Living a paleo lifestyle, as with anything else that starts to become mainstream, will be accompanied by debate (can you say bacon?), differences of opinion, scrutiny, blatant sarcasm, humor, mean spiritedness, and politics. I have been asked by several people; what is my opinion about this, that, or the other, or are you ANGRY at something that might be happening, like the recent article spouting about “health officials” reaction to the paleo diet.
Here is my answer.
Stay positive, because the only way to truly make change is to start with yourself and to lead by example with a kind heart, gentle words, and a strong example. The reality is, paleo living is saving, changing, and vastly improving lives by simply keeping it simple and that fact outshines any contradictory article that might be backed by “health officials.”
Eat Food. Enjoy it, make sure the Food that you Eat makes you feel, look, and perform your best. If you are not feeling, looking, or performing your best take a giant step back and revaluate your life for a minute. What looks wrong – start by looking back over a day or two of your life and decide: Too many paleo treats? Too much sugar? Too much caffeine? Not enough protein? Not enough veggies? Grains slipping back in? Not enough sleep? Not enough exercise? Too much exercise? Often, once people take a look at how they are living, they see an obvious problem that is easy to rectify that has nothing to do with making it so darn difficult but all to do with making it really freaking simple.
I used to make it super duper hard. I would freak out, tweak out, and stress out over everything and good ol’ Robb Wolf would always keep me grounded with his simple and life saving advice:
Eat protein, veggies, and some fat with every meal. Exercise smart. Sleep at least 8 hours a night in a darkened room. The only thing I would add to this prescription would be to: Stop taking yourself so seriously, laugh a lot, cry when you need to, hug more, make love more, and play until you are fall-down-tired.
Stay Positive. Eat Food. Keep it Simple. And as always.