Thirteen Years Ago

Thirteen years ago, I discovered the Paleo diet. I wish I had stayed with it. I’m going back to it.

These days, too many people are using the words, ‘Paleo Diet’ in their writings and recipes and neither what they write nor what they cook have anything to do with eating the paleo way.

For reference, when I use the word ‘diet’ I am referring to a way of eating, i.e. a nutritional meal plan that is beneficial to your health, not ‘eat this and lose weight’ although many do lose weight on paleo.

What is the Paleo diet? The paleo diet is a healthy, ancient way of eating that excludes; grains beans legumes, and white foods such as potatoes, sugar, and dairy. Here is the food pyramid for the Paleo Diet.

The Paleo Diet Food Pyramid: 5 things to know

You will notice there are no legumes which means no legume pasta, or GF pasta, no GF this or that. It is not the gluten in grains that prevents them from making the cut on the pyramid, it is the toxins they contain. The same holds true for beans and legumes. It is because of the lectins and one other reason I will get to shortly.

Eating food containing lectins may cause digestive distress in some people. That’s because the body cannot digest lectins. Instead, they bind to cell membranes lining the digestive tract, where they may disrupt metabolism and cause damage.Aug 12, 2020, from Heathline website.

Also, lectins are found in all plants, but raw legumes (beans, lentils, peas, soybeans, peanuts) and whole grains like wheat contain the highest amounts of lectins. You are still eating lectins when eating leafy greens, fruits and other vegetables but in lower amounts than what is found in whole grains, beans legumes.

While digestive issues are on the rise in America, ,any doctors refuse to acknowledge it is due to the increase in people eating whole grains, beans and legumes and only blame poor eating habits (into this category many will place red meat but it is one of the easiest foods to digest), lack of exercise, etc. The same things that cause all disease.

Consuming high levels of plant material is no guarantee of improved health.

How was paleo ‘discovered’? Well, the so-called paleo diet was being eaten by the peoples of North America since they emigrated there from their own native countries centuries ago. This way of eating is also enjoyed by tribes people in Africa. One of the issues between American settlers and the Indians was that many American tribes were hunter-gatherer and the settlers grew their food by tearing up the land and planting seeds in neat rows. These rows of food need protecting so up go fences and suddenly people who hunt are cut off from following their food source to where ever it has gone.

The paleo way of eating was not invented but it was observed and adapted by, Vilhjalmur Stefansson. He was an arctic explorer who literally missed the boat (ship) that was supposed to take him to the rest of the expedition party, and lived with the Eskimos (Eskimo means meat eaters) while waiting for the next opportunity to go exploring.

Here is a LINK to a pdf explaining some of Stefansson’s findings about the health benefits of eating meat. Note it also includes references to popular food myths about scurvy and needing to eat grains. Neither of which is true, but both are so ingrained in our culture that these ‘sacred cows of nutrition’ even make it into t.v. shows. I can just see the writers of say, ‘House’ or, ‘The Mindy Project’; W1 ‘Uh hey guys we need content for next week’s show what can we write about?’ W2 ‘I watched a news article about how eating red meat is bad for you. Let’s to a show about people eating low-carb high-fat diets getting scurvy, heart disease and being fat.’.

A paleo diet means eating food as close to its natural state as possible. This means there is no such things as; paleo baked goods, pastas, cheeses, desserts, etc.

Now, some people will argue about whether or not dairy is ok to consume. I am going to leave that up to you but remember, coffee is made from beans. If you have been eating a paleo diet and are still experiencing some symptoms of illness, pain, brain fog, inflammation etc. you might want to explore going off coffee and seeing if that helps.

Beware websites with ‘paleo’ recipes that include; grains, beans and legumes. These people pander to other people’s weaknesses in order to have high ‘follow’ numbers and to make money.

The other reason for not eating carbs on paleo is to help overcome carb addiction. Carb addiction is why people experience ‘paleo flu’. Let’s call it what is is, withdrawal. Some people use food the way others use drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. Finding substitutes for foods excluded from eating plans can inhibit people from experiencing success with their new way of eating which in turn can cause them to become discouraged and quit.

Since the paleo diet is modeled after tribes people who do not eat plants, the other problem that has come up, which also aligns somewhat with what was mentioned above with people not being able to let go of the misinformation that people must eat vegetables.These people redesign the paleo pyramid to look like this:

What is the Paleo Diet? - The Paleo Mom

Or this which is all kinds of wrong (see the grains there in the middle-ish?).

The Definitive Guide to the Paleo Diet | Outside Online
Carb addict’s ‘paleo’ pyramid. Saying a small amount of grains is ok is like letting a drug addict a small amount of heroine is ok. (It is NOT.).

Disclaimer: Please consult your healthcare practitioner before beginning this or any other dietary change especially if you are obese and on medications. This information has been provided as an educational resource and not as a diagnosis or attempt to diagnose any illness or provide a cure. However, you may do a search on the internet and find inspirational stories from people who have had complete turnarounds to their health by eating paleo despite what popular t.v. shows and hte media try to tell us. Ask yourself’ if XYZ is so bad for us per the news articles with which we are bombarded, why are the people who eat lchf diets so darn healthy and good looking? Let’s look at some lowcarb high fat faces. (many are Keto faces but they are still eating lchf)

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They all look so much healthier and happier!

Whether it is; paleo, carnivore, or keto, low-carb eating does have its benefits. There are 11 weeks left in 2020. How nice would it be to start a lc diet and actually lose weight during the holidays instead of gaining it?Can your body really take on another 10-20 pounds?

Christmas stuffing: here's what happens to your body when you overeat
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Binging is gluttony

assorted-color fruits on display
Photo by, Luis Aguila from Unsplash @5thsun

Have you heard about ‘Covid 15 or Covid 10’? It is not a new strain of the virus but a reference to the weight people are gaining during the pandemic. I for one have been eating like it is my job. My assignment, should I choose to accept it is to consume as many calories as possible everyday.

That is not really my assignment, but I have been living as if it were. It’s not just Covid stress. It’s the Covid stress compounded with normal life stresses, the general lawlessness in American right now (especially seen in how people drive AND how we are treating each other). It all adds up.

Normal stress reducing techniques are replaced by things we know are not good for us but we justify their necessity. When I confessed this to my priest, this is what he wrote back.

 Thanks be to God, He is merciful!    Let us gain a “broken and contrite heart” from observing and confessing our passions.   We are weak indeed….  And the current cultural oppression of pandemic and politics seem to drive us all the more easily toward the passions for some degree of relief and escape, if not simply “excuse”.   In the “High Priestly Prayer” of our Lord in John 17 He prays:  “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.”  It would sure be easier if we could be taken “out of the world”….   Keeping ourselves from “evil” is a lot more work!   Nonetheless, our Lord is with us and prays for us…. So that in Him “all things are possible”.   I expect that although we are not being removed from the world, nonetheless, “the world” needs to be removed from us… and that is surely what He means when he uses the word “evil”….   That we be kept from domination from the passions and reasonings within.  The post communion prayer unto the Theotokos specifically states “deliver me from the bondage of my own reasonings”.
God help us!   And God is helping us!   Glory to God for His immeasurable sustaining grace and mercy.

I hope this brings some measure of insight on how to better deal with ‘comfort sins’ or ‘comfort passions’. As Christians, we are called to remove the world from within ourselves.

Binging on food, drink, entertainment, etc. is all gluttony. How can we do better? More prayer. Prayer for ourselves our family our community.

It is being predicted that there will be riots after the election no matter who wins. Join me in praying against that.

There has been a radical display of hate the last few months. How about a radical display of love?

Where can you start? Example; one of my nieces was in a terrible car accident yesterday. Her car was T-boned by a driver running a stop sign. I have seen so many people running red lights and stop signs lately. STOP DOING THIS!! You have no right to do this. If you are running late that is your problem and you don’t endanger the lives of other people to make up the time you spent over-sleeping or doing whatever it was that prevented you from giving yourself enough time to safety travel to your destiny.

Let’s work on being humble, loving and considering others better than ourselves. This IS what Jesus did.

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My focus this week is on NOT eating to excess (well, not JUST this week but now is a great time to start making changes).

Can you think of something that needs adjusting in your life that you can begin to change today?