I remember driving to training one day, pondering this paradigm shift and feeling like a horse with flappers on all these years. Suddenly I saw a blue sky for the first time. I started to understand what Nell was trying to tell me when she said eat real food. I realised how much marketing had lied to me. How in my degree of design, packaging made me buy foods that I thought was good for me. Later on, the readings of Michael Pollen were so pertinent here, when he said the more the box says this is good for you, the more it’s not. While the real good things for you, he writes, sits quietly on the produce shelves with no packaging at all.
Another big turning point came when I watched the film, King Corn, learning about how vicious corporate America is. And that I have to step up on what I’m buying and eating. That these food scientists and magazines that tell me what diet and things to eat, they don’t have a clue!
I deepened my journey with the book by Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A year of food life. Although this was not strictly Paleo, it taught me that only in food consumerism can we really make a difference. If we keep buying meat from feedlots, they will never change. If we keep buying banana’s that have travelled more than most families ever do on vacation, we will never encourage local farmer’s markets, or even better, growing our own little vegetable garden.
Now after almost three years of Paleo journey, I have learnt and felt the following:
- It is so simple to do, that it looks complicated because we can’t wrap our minds around it. For example, dessert can be just a few grapes. But our tv tells us dessert needs to be some baked thing topped with ice-cream or custard.
- Paleo is not a diet. It is not the new Atkins or South Beach. It is not new research where wine at dinner is now good for you, tomorrow new science research says it’s not. Paleo is founded from our caveman days. What we were meant to eat. Yet the science is there supporting this is what our bodies need. Nothing processed.
- Our western diet all went haywire the day breakfast cereals came to the table. Before the ‘convenience’ of this boxed food, we were cooking real food that looked like food.
- Eating is supposed to be shared, enjoyed and a very social thing. I always felt irritated that I had to eat and sleep. Now I have come to prize these very two things!
- Changing to Paleo does you good, and does the earth well. It’s such a great way to just be a better person. You run clean, and you turn the earth back to green.
The reason’s for eating Paleo will become worthwhile to you when you start feeling it on your body. It’s shockingly wonderful and uplifting, and the best gift you can ever give yourself.
My mentor is: Barry Murray
An Irish trail runner by passion, nutrition scientist by profession, he has taught me about getting all your energy systems firing to their max and fat adaptation is key to this. He has also taught me about the power of subtraction, and grounding meaning that it’s about being a ‘Connected Athlete.’ Curious for yourself…. optimumnutrition4sport.com