I have been a bit quiet lately, for two reasons; 1, my iPad was lost/stolen & 2, going Primal exposed my bad posture and back issues, which I have been working on… Recently I have been asked a lot of questions regarding my current ‘diet’, but the most asked question is “Why am I dieting, I don’t need to lose any more weight?”. My answers are simple, firstly it is not a ‘diet’, it is a lifestyle. Secondly, I did not choose this lifestyle to lose weight, it is just one of the many healthy benefits of living a ‘Primal’ lifestyle. There are two main reasons I decided to change my lifestyle;
One, for my children and two, for myself!
1 – I started a family relatively late in life, Adam was born when I was 38 and Grace when I was 41, and as they have been growing up they have started being more demanding of me, physically. Last year I noticed how much more physical activity Adam wanted me to get involved in, and I could feel my body taking a bit of strain. As much as I enjoyed all the play, there were times I had to just stop, and I could see the disappointment on his face. It was then that I realized something had to change, if I wanted to be involved as a parent I would have to become a lot healthier.
And so the research began, looking for diets and fitness routines that could fit into my current lifestyle. With both parents working full-time there is little to no time to go to the gym so it required a fitness routine that could be done at home. My searches took me to Mark’s Daily Apple quite a few times but the diet didn’t appeal to me, no grains and no sugars, really? I believed in Conventional Wisdom so much that just the mere thought of eliminating grains and sugars seemed ludicrous! And then a well-known Professor Tom Noakes came along and dropped a little bomb, agreeing that eliminating grains and sugars is the best way towards true health. So I went back to Mark’s Daily Apple and delved into The Primal Blueprint a little deeper. I haven’t looked back! It is the simplest most holistic lifestyle program I have found, encompassing diet, fitness, sleep, sun and play.
2 – I have been living the Primal Lifestyle for about 4 months now and realized that for it to become a true lifestyle I need to take ownership of it. While I am extremely grateful to my children for getting me on this path, I am now doing it for myself, and my family will benefit regardless. I have chosen to adopt Grok’s motto of ‘Live long, drop dead!’ as opposed to ‘Live long, suffer, drop dead!’ How many people do you know who have, or have relatives or friends who have suffered in their final years before dying? I don’t want to suffer, and I don’t want my family to see me suffer, I want to be as healthy as I can be before my time is eventually up.
So now you know why I am still ‘dieting’, why are you living the lifestyle you currently live? I dare you to be honest….