As I lay in bed at night, I think of all the things I want to do to help people. I want to help people reach their full potential. A lot of people (myself included) are held back by fear. The fear of the unknown; I was too. I took a leap of faith when I started the Paleo diet. Sure there are hundreds of people with before and after pictures; millions of success stories about how good people feel when they eat the paleo way. And like a lot of people not only was I scared that I wasn’t going to be able to do it, but I was very skeptical. How was I going to feel? Would I feel hungry all the time? How long will this “diet” last? Questions anyone would have when changing their whole lifestyle. But I put my fears aside and decided no matter what I was going to try my hardest, because honestly, I hated the way I felt.
According to the CDC, more than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. [Read abstract Journal of American Medicine (JAMA)]. That is insane! Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, are some of the leading causes of preventable death. [Read guidelines]. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese was $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. [Read summary]. I personally believe obesity is preventable and it starts with the way you look at food. I know you hear it all the time, but food is fuel for your body and in order to properly fuel your body, you need to make good food choices. I hear all kinds of excuses, ” well it’s really hard to eat healthy around the holidays” or my favorite, “we go out to eat all the time; it is so hard to eat out and be healthy.’ All excuses. It IS really hard to go out to a delicious burger place and not get a giant cheeseburger and greasy fries. It’s hard, I know, I’ve been doing it for almost a year now. Eventually it becomes a habit. I admit, there are plenty of times I don’t want a salad, or a lettuce burger, but I have experienced the consequences of eating those foods. Trust me, it’s not pretty.
When I tell people about the paleo diet, they say they can never commit to eating that way because they love candy, bread, pasta, rice, and cheese too much. I tell those people to stop and think about what they are saying… essentially, they are saying they love those food items more than they love taking care of their bodies. That was me, practically my whole life. But my stomach hurt all the time, I had horrible gas, and I hated getting dressed in the morning. It was an awful downward spiral; the worse I felt, the crapper I wanted to eat. I guess that is why they call it “comfort food”. Logically it doesn’t make sense, but that is how I felt, and I am willing to bet most of you have felt that way too (at least I hope I am not the only one). At a certain point, you have to break the cycle; you have to decide that you are going to be stronger than the cravings. I know each and every one of you reading this today has that strength, now all I have to do is get you to believe it.
Isn’t it about time you put your fears aside and let your faith guide you?! If this post changed just one person’s mindset about food, then I have done my job. Trust me… you can do it too!
I hope everyone is staying warm and dry! Have a great night!