My ambition is to improve not only my health, but the health of my whole family (nuclear and natal). The personalities that I have to deal with necessitate baby steps (and some serious covert ops), but more on that later. First, I’d like to explain WHY I have set the lofty goal of paleolithic nutrition and active lifestyle for my family.
Not that long ago, I was 120 pounds heavier than I am now, and I could still stand to lose 10-20 pounds (I am vague here because I’ve never been thin, so I don’t really know at what weight my body would be thin… Plus I’m not sure how much of what’s left on my body is fat or just extra skin. Geez, I’m sorry, that was totally TMI and we just met. I’ll try and stick to the salient points). I was a chunky kid, but probably not medically overweight until sometime in middle school. I wasn’t athletic, I was addicted to junk food, and I had a metabolism that didn’t let me get away with that.
So I grew up (as kids tend to do) and somewhere in early twenties, I reached TWICE my ideal weight. I eventually got it together and lost 100 pounds following various forms of low carb diets (I actually lost all that weight twice, but that’s a long story and best saved for another blog post). But then, nothing worked to lose the rest of the weight; and, I was suffering a variety of health issues. Ultimately, I was drawn to try a paleolithic diet, which has radically improved my health in just two short months. I am also an enthusiastic yoga practitioner and can now claim to be the healthiest (and thinnest) I’ve ever been.
I guess finally being truly healthy should be good enough. But for me, it isn’t. As my focus turns more to long-term health and longevity and breaking (for good!) the bad habits I had for about two decades, I also want to ensure that my husband lives a long, healthy life with me and that our two young daughters grow up mentally and physically healthy without developing all those bad habits that got me to such an unhealthy place to begin with. I want to break the cycle.
Why this blog? I’m guessing that if you are reading this, you are interested in paleolithic nutrition for yourself and for your family (or you’re related to me… Hi Mom!). As I set out to improve my family’s health, I hope that my stories might inspire some other person (or better yet, persons) to attempt the same.