Time to make some changes
A couple weeks ago I had some blood tests taken mostly because I’m diabetic but also because it’s been a couple years since I’ve checked my numbers.
When they came back, I found that my good cholesterol was too low, my bad cholesterol was too high, my blood pressure was too high, my glucose numbers were too high… it just made me want to go get high.
That was a joke, I don’t partake in that sort of thing, however, it made me think why my numbers were so high when I was taking my prescribed medicines for all of my issues and only missed my dosages on rare occasions.
Why was I spending my money on medications if they weren’t helping me in the way that I needed? I could certainly use that money on other things but without the meds would my quality of life allow me to enjoy that extra money?
That’s when I started looking into ways to make myself healthier without the use of prescription medication.
I want to be healthy and increase my quality of life and start being more active.
My research led me to articles on the Paleo diet and I instantly knew that this is what I need in my life but it still took me more time to research how to properly implement this into my life and the others that live in my household.
What is the Paleo Diet?
A Paleo diet consists of foods our ancient ancestors use to eat. When I say ancient, I mean a couple million years ago and up to about that last ice age. Think caveman cuisine.
It’s not a whole lot different than what I’m eating now; just a few changes but they’re huge changes for me.
Anything we could hunt or gather, such as free range meats, fish, nuts, seeds, fruits, leafy greens and vegetables, are acceptable to the Paleo diet.
Grains found in cereal and pasta, refined sugars in candy and sodas, and dairy products, are not acceptable.
This means no pizza or cheeseburgers, or lasagna. At least not the way I’m used to it being served. Luckily there are alternatives.
Our ancient ancestors consumed a Paleo diet for roughly 2.5 million years. It was only about 10,000 years ago that they began cultivating legumes and grains. Let me put that in perspective for you; I’m a 48-year-old man who has been eating cultivated foods my entire life and the equivalent change to a Paleo diet for me would be the last 2 months and 3 weeks, or roughly .4% of my life.
Some more food for thought
I’ve read that our ancient ancestors, prior to the cultivation of food, were much taller, muscular, agile compared to modern-man who is overweight and out of shape, stressed and sleep deprived, and suffering from dozens of preventable diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Seeing that, I knew that I needed to make some changes in my diet. I’m not overweight by any means but I am, like I mentioned, diabetic and I have a neurological disease called Myasthenia Gravis. Both diseases reduce my levels of energy and it takes me twice as long to do simple chores as it once did.
Heck, I used to be in the Army and could run as far and fast as they needed me to. I even ran in 3 different marathons, but now I doubt I could make it around the block without dropping out.
What comes next?
Well, that’s a good question and my hope is to really give this Paleo diet a try. I want more energy. I want to be able to go running again. I want to be able to get out from under the thumb of the pharmaceutical conglomerates.
I have to learn all that I can about the Paleo diet and slowly incorporate it into my everyday lifestyle. This also means that my dad, who lives with me, is in for some changes as well. I’m sure he’ll be supportive in most ways but kicking old habits is going to be a challenge for both of us.
I’ve just received my copy of Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle from Amazon. I chose the paperback instead of the Kindle edition because I like a paper, physical, book that makes it easy for me to highlight and bend page corners for quick reference.
If you have any Paleo tips for me or others that may read this, please leave them in the comments below. I’d really like to hear from others that are just starting out as well as those that are fully immersed in the Paleo lifestyle.