“Knowledge is power and knowing is half the battle.” – evidently a version of this quote could be attributed to Francis Bacon and/or Thomas Jefferson. I on the other hand, attribute it to GI JOE “And now we know, and knowing is half the battle!” —what? Barbies are not the only things little girls can play with people! The origin of this quote however is not the reason for this blog post. The quote lays out a valid argument for knowing why you do what you do. No, we don’t have all the answers, but being informed decision makers plays to everyone’s benefit. Why do you eat what you eat? Who is feeding you information about food and why have you chosen to listen to them?? Okay, I know what you are thinking “hello, aren’t you just another person feeding me information?” Yes and No. I want to encourage you to make informed decisions. Do your research, know the whys. It is easier to make better decisions when we have reasons to back it up.
Why do you eat paleo? “Because someone at my crossfit box told me to.” — haha that is absolutely silly. No offense.
Maybe this scenario would be a good launching pad for your paleo adventures, but this should not be THE REASON for why you eat what you eat. Knowing the reasons for a particular diet or exercise regimen reinforces good behavior and is flat out common sense.
My last post talked about just adding broccoli. If this is already overwhelming you, take this as a time to learn and not another thing to-do on your ever growing to-do list! Baby steps, baby steps. (What About Bob?) Back to my tangent, you shouldn’t just cut out dairy, grain and sugar because someone tells you to—everyone and their dogs has an opinion. You should do some research for the reasons WHY this might be beneficial and then if you feel like it might be a good fit for you, take the next step in the process. What is that step? A 30 day detox from each of the food groups (concurrently). After you have done this (and no it is not easy), then you can try to integrate the food groups back into your diet (one at a time – a week to two weeks apart) and see how your body responds. If you have any side effects (headaches, nausea, diarrhea, inflammation, etc) then most likely that is not a food you should continue to eat. Your body does not like it for a reason, not because your body is defying your taste buds and wants to make your life miserable; although, you could possibly feel that way at times. What we feel is not always the “truth” or what is best. —but we will save that conversation for another day.
So, what is right and best? Remember this is the golden question! Do the research. Here are some websites (and a few books) that I love and give a ton of information on paleo and clean eating.
The Primal Blueprint; Wheat Belly; Primal Body, Primal Mind; It Starts With Food
AND JUST REMEMBER: Knowing is half the battle!