I follow the Paleo diet. I posted about it last week and I kind of gave an overview of what it is, how it works, and how it affects me.
Like I said in the last post: I am not a dietician, I am not a doctor, I'm just an athlete who is trying to be better than herself. I am currently participating in a paleo challenge and it's by far the hardest thing ever, but I'm making it. I've done a bunch of my own research and found out why paleo is good for me. Main reason: Because the inability to limit the amount of processed foods, dairy, and grains leads to heart disease, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes. Who doesn't want heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, or to be obese? This girl. Don't misunderstand me: I love pasta, bread, cheese, and processed foods. Love them. There's nothing I'd rather eat than a large stuffed crust pepperoni pizza at any point the day. BUT, it isn't good for me. Just because I eat paleo doesn't mean I'm forcing anyone else to eat paleo. I don't know your life and I don't know your body. What I do know is: eating paleo has bettered my body, my health and the bodies and health of the people around me. Literally. I've never met anyone who didn't benefit from limiting the amount of processed foods and chemicals they put in their bodies. This is what I also know: paleo is not hard. I want people that I know to live healthier lives. I really believe the being healthier starts with what you're putting in your body. Know what is really hard on me? When people ask me about how I lost all this weight (cause this shiz wasn't easy) and about how they want to lose weight, too. I tell them about Paleo and the need to get all that crap food out of their lives and they respond with: "oh no, girl, you're crazy," "I love pasta too much," "I can't go without cheese," or whatever crazy excuse. Because that's what those are: EXCUSES for why you're not fit. It is really hard on me to listen to people say over and over again that they want to be and get healthier and then shove crap in their mouths. You can work out every day of your life and not be anywhere close to healthy if all you're eating is food juiced up with chemicals. You don't have to do CrossFit to be healthy. You don't have to eat strict Paleo. But you do have to be conscious of what you're eating and how much you're eating it. You need to be aware that the things you put into you have a direct correlation to how you look and feel (that's what she said). So today, look at yourself. If you don't like what you see, decide that you're going to change it and do whatever it takes, by any means necessary (what up, Malcolm X) to make that change happen. Quit talking about it. Be about it.