The folks at the site Paleo Leap have got it right as far as I’m concerned. It goes to show that Paleo is more than simply a way of eating, it’s a philosophical approach to living. As they produce articles that deal with genetics, nutrition, exercise, stress, as well as other things. This approach is concerned with how our bodies are meant to work, and supporting that process, rather than trying to hack it with tricks or spins.
Mindset matters: This is a wonderful post that teaches us that encountering stress is not what determines the health risk. It’s how we frame that stress for ourselves. We all know people who seem to be the calm in the storm, those who can weather any situation. Like the aikido master who is the eye in a hurricane of movement and flinging bodies, we too can be the person around which stress never penetrates, and merely swirls about.
It’s an important point, because too often we feel we are victims to our circumstances. In reality, how we choose to interpret them, and what we choose to make them mean for ourselves is what determines how stressful they are, and how much power we have over them. Training with Landmark can be instrumental at shifting this paradigm. I highly recommend it.
No Perfect Diet: I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it. Do what works for you! There is no one diet, or exercise program, or alternative care, or homeopathic, or supplement that works for everybody. This goes for medicine too. Nothing works the same on everybody. So it’s important, I think, for people to experiment with themselves, and not simply take the recommendation of anybody. Try that diet for 30 days, see how you feel. If it doesn’t work, don’t do it anymore. But make sure you are giving it a good shot. Don’t do it halfway and then decide it didn’t work. That also goes for chiropractic, acupuncture, or massage. Follow the recommendation, and then decide.
Nutrient Synergy: It’s great when I see things that support viewpoints I’ve had for years. I personally don’t take any supplements on a regular basis, except for Vitamin D, and that’s only occasionally. I’d rather get my vitamins and minerals the way my body has evolved to take them in, through whole foods. And there is a whole set of reasons why, but this is one.
Turns out that the vitamins and minerals you find together within certain foods can provide a synergistic effect (meaning that the results gained from eating the whole food is greater than the sum of the individual effects) which will make you healthier in the long run. Whole foods are always better, which is why my wife and I spend more money on food than we do on rent.
It’s a wonderful site. Check it out!