Always Learning, Always Changing
Over the past year, I have changed my eating habits to a wheat free, gluten free, grain free way of enjoying food. I did this because I had started doing some reading, learning about living a paleo lifestyle. What I learned was providing me enough information to realize it might be a good choice for me. At the same time, I realized I was gluten sensitive. This was a big deciding moment to change how I was eating for my better health.
It has been just over 1 year.
In that time I have enjoyed eating what I would consider a Paleo Lifestyle strategy.
I have felt better than I have in years. I have reduced my weight easily, effortlessly. There are no cravings except occasionally I crave potato chips. You see potato chips are my comfort food. This was the snack food we got when we were young. I have always eaten them and in the past many years I eat them on so very few occasions I never thought about them being a problem!
I have felt better than I have in years. I have reduced my weight easily, effortlessly. There are no cravings except occasionally I crave potato chips. You see potato chips are y comfort food. This was the food we got when we were young. I have always eaten them and in the past many years I eat them on so very few occasions I never thought about them being a problem!
So I was reading an article today by Nora Gedgaudas of http://www.primalbody-primalmind.com, Top 10 Worst Nutritional & Dietary Mistakes People Make
8 ) Believing that junk food “in moderation” is OK.
This is a biggie. People will rationalize ‘til Sunday why it’s OK for them to eat French fries or potato chips “once in a while” or have their daily beer. While it’s true that it really isn’t what you do “once in a while” that usually determines your ultimate health or success in life (of course, the definition of “once in a while” is another interesting thing to consider) but what you do consistently that matters most…this does have its exceptions.
For instance, the only genuinely safe amount of trans-fats in anyone’s diet is ZERO. A single serving of trans-fat in French fries or chips may take up to two years for one’s body to fully eliminate, and its biological effects on your system in the meantime are chaotic and anyone’s guess as to how deleterious they are likely to be.
Is “occasional” Russian roulette an “OK” thing?
MSG is an excitotoxin and always does some degree of neurological damage. Is neurological damage “in moderation” OK? Furthermore, sugar consumption in any quantity is damaging and dysregulating to the system. Some of the effects are reversible and some not. Ultimately, it is the cumulative effect associated with glycation and insulin production that determine our health and life span.
We live in a world where we can ill-afford any compromise to our health or well-being. Every meal matters. Is “a little hormonal chaos” or “just a tad” of systemic damage acceptable?
In the end, it’s all a matter of what you prioritize. If health really matters to you, then the less you compromise it, the better. If superficial indulgence matters more…then I doubt you would be reading this.
It’s a choice we make.
We need to make our choices more consciously and thoughtfully–and less impulsively. Furthermore, the less you compromise your health, the easier it becomes not to compromise (you just don’t get tempted after a while) AND the least likely you are to backslide and fall back into less healthy patterns of eating. –Like the Nike ad says: “Just Do It”. Stick to your guns. Maintain your “health integrity”.
The ongoing and positively cumulative payoff will well exceed any superficial compromise to your impulsive desires. Your quality of life will not suffer in the absence of French fries, candy, potato chips, dessert or doughnuts. If you think it will, then you may need to take a look at what may be either addictions or a lack of healthy priorities.
Time for more change! This is the exciting part of the journey! Always learning, always changing. Hopefully for the better! Check out The 21 Day Total Body Transformation program to help you!
I will be developing a strategy to remove potato chips from my eating strategy!
Check out the complete article as there are lots of really valuable info.