IS Paleo the Way?

Written by bridget on . Posted in Food and Health Education, Weight Loss

IS Paleo the Way-

It’s so HOT TREND right now….

This Paleo thing….

So much so that TWO of our National Current Affairs programs aired stories about this craze on the same night, AND have committed to putting their “unhealthy, overweight” presenters through 10/12 week challenges on this regime.

I have somewhat become used to people’s fascination and intrigue with the Paleolithic Dietary way, although I have to admit a few years ago it really bugged me!

The truth is, I first learned about the Paleo Diet about 12 years ago at a conference hosted by MLA (!) and guest featuring Dr Loren Cordain.

I was really interested in his research and work after hearing him speak, so right there and then I made “buddies” with Dr Cordain and stayed in touch with him upon his return home to the US. We actually discussed the idea of me taking on a research role with him, however at the time I was juggling at least 5 different roles, so I declined.

I did however “digest” and “consume” all of the information and research I could find on this way of eating, including all of Dr Cordains books.

I was curious to see what it was like to “live like a caveman”, so I decided to do a little stint following his guidelines.

I had LOADS of fun visiting the Vic Markets to load up on fresh fruit and veggies, as well as some gorgeous seafood :)

Chilli, lime and garlic mussels became a breakky favourite!

Whilst I navigated Dr Cordain’s Paleo Guidelines – not strictly as I actually SUCK at “Diets” & have never actually done one (!) – I learnt a lot and for the most part felt really great!

I am aware though that EVERYONE feels pretty good for the first few months of any “cleaner/cleansing” dietary regime and that the true measure of a methods “success” cannot actually be properly assessed until at least 6 months down the track, and even then TRUE change is not “qualified” until it’s been maintained for FIVE YEARS! (yep, how many people do you know that continue to follow any new fad for THIS length of time!?)

Since I learnt that about change many years ago (what qualifies as TRUE change)- I drastically shifted my thinking and approach about the habits I would even CONSIDER introducing into my life. Instead of being seduced by “bright-shiny-objects” promising “overnight success”, I would stop and ponder, “Is this something I could maintain for 5 years and beyond?”

If the answer was a NO, then I simply dropped it like it was hot and continued on about my day and life! :)

This question has been SUCH a life-saver for me in terms of assessing where/how to spend my time and energy in my life, and I truly recommend that you borrow it to see if it works for you :)

So many of my clients, students and followers drain so much of their precious time and energy into pursuing paths that lead only to frustration, stagnation and at times giving in all together. I don’t want this for anyone, so I am FOREVER promoting ideas and information that is good for the LONG RUN and the WHOLE PICTURE of life :)

Anyway! Back to IS Paleo the Way?

In short, my answer is NO.

Personally, it is way too restrictive and there are many things about it that I don’t agree with…. It doesn’t FEEL right for me to live my life, and make food choices, based on a book, or research, or someone else’s (highly educated as it may be) OPINION.

I have learned through the years that I can ALWAYS trust my intuition and so if I am to put a name, or label, to “the way I eat”, it could only be described as Intuitive Eating. 

Though I learnt a lot from the research and sampling of Dr Cordain’s work, I took with me ONLY the aspects that INTUITIVELY felt right.

Today it may appear that I eat quite a “Cave Man” style of eating (you might have noticed from Social Media that right now I’m loving Lamb Shanks for breakfast!), however the TRUTH and REALITY is that I HONESTLY let my body guide me….

I drink wine. I drink coffee. I eat OODLES of fruit. I have no “out of bounds” foods.

My guide is simply, “What will make me FEEL best right now?” 

I encourage my clients to implement this way of eating too.

I tell them to give themselves TOTAL FREEDOM and CHOICE, always. 

The guiding mantra I “prescribe” to them is this:

“I can eat WHATEVER I WANT. There is NO right or wrong, good or bad. There is only what will make me feel GREAT now, and over the next few hours.

How do I want to FEEL? What corresponds to that right now?”

So to summarise where I stand on Paleo professionally……

It’s a NO.

There is NO ONE WAY for everyone!

We are ALL different.

Our DNA, our biochemistry, our history, our medical background, our lifestyle, our preferences, our culture, our “phase of life”, our values, our priorities, our beliefs…..

NOT ONE of us is the same as another.

Furthermore, our lives, and yes physiological state, has evolved enough from Cave Man days to make much of what was right/good/appropriate “back then”, irrelevant or redundant today.

But, REGARDLESS of any of the arguments one could make against “the paleo way/diet/system”, there is ONE resounding reason why I DONT recommend it….

No matter HOW you package a “diet”, it’s still a DIET.

If it has RULES; eliminated/out-of-bounds foods; is restrictive; analytical and most of all OVERRIDES and ASSUMES AUTHORITY over your VERY INTELLIGENT, inbuilt guidance system, ie your INTUITIVE INTELLIGENCE, then it’s ALWAYS a NO from me. 

I have learned over the 23 years of living this lifestyle (the healthy, fit, happy one), and the 13-15 years of coaching, consulting & practicing professionally, that EVERY PERSON innately KNOWS what is right/good/appropriate for them to eat in ANY given moment.

The KEY or CLINCHER is CONNECTING our body to our mind and NOT operating as a “walking head”, as so many of us do!

Your body knows.

It is ALWAYS right. 

You can ABSOLUTELY ALWAYS TRUST it.

When you are in tune with your body it will ALWAYS give you the feedback that you need to navigate your moment to moment decisions on food, exercise, health in general, rest, recovery, in fact absolutely ANYTHING.

For reasons beyond our understanding or comprehension, sometimes what “they say” is right for us, actually ISNT.

How many times have you “known” something that “experts” or “doctors” or “authorities” couldn’t or wouldn’t agree with you on, and later you have discovered that lo and behold, YOU WERE RIGHT!?

How many times have you heard of these stories from others??

How many times have you discovered that the THING being recommend as the latest, greatest, hottest superfood or health hero been absolutely NOT ok for you??

For example, personally, my body does NOT do well on spirulina, coconut oil or green smoothies.

A client of mine knows that despite recommendations, she does NOT do well on red wine and responds much better to bubbly.

For some people HIIT is the BEST exercise strategy for fat loss, whilst just as many others GAIN weight when they do it!

There are endless examples I can give you of these “they say, but your body knows better” scenarios….I’m sure you have your own??

I have been in the “game” WAY TOO LONG to NOT know that YOU KNOW BEST.

Your body knows. Your wisdom knows.

The “game” is to get your head out of the way, or more correctly, CONNECT it to your BODY.

Many of us are SO DAMN afraid of trusting our bodies….

Of letting go of the rules….

Of embarking upon a road that has never before been travelled….

Of pioneering our OWN DAMN WAY….

We are fear-mongered into believing that we NEED to follow some special regime or protocol or DIET if we are to achieve the health, energy, weight and fitness we desire…..

Yet, its ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE….!

Have you ever seen an overweight animal in the wild??

NO.

Our inbuilt intelligence knows EXACTLY WHAT to eat and HOW MUCH in order to achieve and maintain optimal health and physical form.

We just need to learn to DISCONNECT from all that NOISE out there, and tune DEEPLY into our never-wrong inner guidance system.

With practice, patience, consistency and commitment this “method” becomes second nature, once again.

We never, ever need to analyse or worry again about “what to eat and how much”, instead we can simply tune in, receive and implement.

The feedback process is absolutely invaluable and whilst we may “appear” to make “mistakes”, we never actually do.

We’re ALWAYS getting feedback and if we embrace that with NO judgement, loads of curiosity and ample amounts of gratitude, we can begin to get clear on just what our body loves and thrives on, RIGHT NOW.

It will change. The only constant in life is change.

However, as long as you’re in tune, you will get that feedback!

You DONT need to FEAR or WORRY!

Despite what you may have been lead to believe, your body DEEPLY loves and cares for you and has only EVER done it’s best to support you to thrive and dominate :)

Think about it, without ANY input from you, it breathes, it digests, it unconsciously reacts in beneficial ways when you’re in danger, it does EVERYTHING that it needs to do for you to function, heal, stay safe and survive…..

It’s only ever been our over-loaded and informationally-inundated MINDS that have gotten in the way…

No???

So…..

Where are you on this journey?

Are you able to listen to and trust your body?

Are you ready to live a totally FREE and SELF-DIRECTED life?? No diets, no fads, no rules…. 

Or are you afraid? Stuck? Frustrated?

Somewhere in between??

I’d LOVE to hear from you…..

Please comment below or email me on bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au

All my love,

BridgetJane

Health and Happiness Coach
Dietitian~Counsellor~Psychology of Eating Coach
Founder of New Leaf Nutrition and The Glow Project

You can read client feedback and success stories on my Facebook Page and website
https://www.facebook.com/NewLeafNutrition

Curious about how I MIGHT be able to help you find YOUR own way on this happiness, health and weight loss journey? Let’s make time to chat! I always offer an Initial FREE 20 minute Consult so we can explore your goals, where you’re at and HOW you may be able to get there, with or without me :) Email me bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au to schedule your free Initial Consult. 

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Baked Banana Custard AND a WHOLE WEEK of Breakky Ideas!

Written by bridget on . Posted in Food and Health Education, Ravishing Recipes

Today, I have for you a WEEK OF HEALTHY BREAKFASTS! 

We all know that starting the day right is a KEY aspect to getting this healthy lifestyle thing nailed, yet for many of us breakky can be HARD to work out….

Whether it’s ’cause we’re rushed, or not hungry, or we don’t like the typical choices, quite often it is something I see as a perfect place for improvement in many of my clients and students lives….

When you feed your body well at this time, it sets up your brain, energy levels, physiology and even emotions in a way that is SUPPORTIVE and CONDUCIVE to optimal health, energy and happiness throughout the entire day.

So taking the time to work out what works for YOU in this arena is something that will pay you back in volumes!

Today I have a very different, novel, EASY and DELICIOUS breakky suggestion to share with you, plus a whole other 6 ideas from our awesome recipe contributor – Bianca of @wholefoodsimply :)  

(From Bianca) ”I have a very fussy almost two year old. He is constantly changing his mind on what he will eat and drink, and some days he really cannot work out what he wants. One bite of an apple, nope, that’s not it. He peels a banana, no, that won’t do. Licks a cracker, spits out his cherry tomato, throws his cucumber, and then goes back to the fridge. When we get to this point, I whip up our baked banana custard; he will happily eat one or even two full serves of this, every single time. My daughter also loves it, but as long as there isn’t too much spice I always seem to score one million out of one million from her.”

Wholefood Simply Baked Banana Custard

INGREDIENTS:

-2 (300 grams) ripe bananas
-4 medjool dates, seeds removed
-270ml (1 cup) of full fat coconut milk
-4 eggs
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-pinch of salt

METHOD:

Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the ingredients into your blender or food processor in the order listed above.

Blend at high speed until smooth and well combined.

Place four ramekins onto an oven tray, pour the mixture evenly into the ramekins allowing room for the mixture to rise whilst cooking.

Place the tray of ramekins into your oven and cook for 35 to 40 minutes or until the custards are nicely golden.

These are perfect hot or cold. Enjoy!

Bianca, Wholefood Simply

Yummo! Who would’ve thought that Baked Banana Custard could be a HEALTHY breakky idea?!?!

WHY NOT?!

When you start to really own that HEALTH and a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE can and should ALWAYS be fun, enjoyable and delicious, then you really start to get creative and discover so many AWESOME ideas!!

I know that all those years ago when I transformed my life, getting my body and being to say YES was the key to my success! :)

Because I enjoyed every step of the journey it naturally inspired me to keep going :)

This is what I wish for you too! Ease, joy, fun!!

As you will have heard, the journey informs the destination!

So if it’s not fun now, it won’t be later, and deep down your very intelligent mind KNOWS this! 

And herein lies the key to your success or sabotage! So consider it carefully :)

You can check out Bianca’s WEEK OF BREAKKY IDEAS HERE

Let me know what you think and what you try! :) Comment below or email me on bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au

Until next time, enjoy creating your picture of health and also enjoy exploring some new breakky ideas!

ALL MY LOVE,

BridgetJane

Health and Happiness Coach
Dietitian~Counsellor~Psychology of Eating Coach
Founder of New Leaf Nutrition and The Glow Project

You can read client feedback and success stories on my Facebook Page and website

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Why your picture of HEALTH matters A LOT

Written by bridget on . Posted in Food and Health Education

This week I was sitting at a Cafe, working & being productive whilst I waited for my car to be tended to.

And whilst I was there I happened to glance over in the direction of a Fitness Professional.

She was tucking into a container of brown rice, chicken and avocado….

And I didn’t mean to judge, but I kinda did….!

My eyes rolled just a little as I thought, “How boring!!!”

And… “No wonder people don’t stick to a healthy lifestyle when it’s all bland and predictable and same old and BEIGE…..!”

And it got me thinking…..

HEALTH can look SO many ways!

FITNESS can look so many ways!

The “ideal body” can look an infinite number of ways…..

You only need to take one glance at an Instagram feed to see all the interpretations or “Ideals”…

Brazillian butts….. Crossfit physiques…. Lean and long….. Curvy and voluptuous….

Raw Food…. Paleo….. Vegan…… Whole 30….. Sugar Free…… Fermented Food….

Weights…. Yoga….. Walking….. HIIT…… Pilates…… Dancing…. Running….. Martial Arts……

And so what I wanted to ask YOU today is,

Whats_Your_picture

what is YOUR picture of health??

AND is your picture and idea of health something that naturally EXCITES and COMPELS you, or is it something that makes you want to run a mile in the other direction (getting a lift of course!) and hide in a cave??

Your picture of health has A LOT to do with where you’re at right now!

With how easy and enjoyable and rewarding you find your Healthy Lifestyle journey….

You see, we are MEANING MAKING creatures….

We seek pleasure, and we avoid PAIN….

That’s just how we are primally “designed”….

If your “picture of health” is full of stuff and images and meanings that are more closely associated with pain (ie. loads of hard workouts; nothing but brown rice, chicken and broccoli; no alcohol or fun foods; suffering; deprivation; BOREDOM) then NATURALLY you are NOT going to gravitate that way!

It will take you LOADS of willpower and effort and constant coaxing to convince yourself to move towards health….

And it will be NEAR impossible to maintain….!

On the contrary, if your picture of HEALTH is full of COLOUR and HAPPINESS and FUN, you are going to move towards it ORGANICALLY without having to PUSH or FORCE or bribe yourself….

Your mind will associate health with PLEASURE….

And so, you will gravitate THAT way, naturally…..

Yes.

Your PICTURE OF HEALTH directly helps OR hinders your Health Journey.

So today, your task is SIMPLE….

Spend some time reflecting on just what your picture of health is….

Start to create a Board on Pinterest of what images excite you in relation to health and be mindful to consider their MEANING….. (to your subconscious mind!)

Does that super taut butt get linked up with “pain, impossible, _________(insert some other negative connotation)” ???

Or does your brain associate that butt with JOY and PRIDE and YES?!

Be careful to collect and collate images that REALLY excite you from a deep and enduring place….

Ask yourself, “What does this image mean to me? What does it involve? Insinuate? Can I see myself in this picture?”

Take the time to actually ASK yourself, as you may be surprised at what you discover….

Something you THOUGHT you wanted, something you may’ve been working towards for a very long time, actually may be something that your subconscious mind is pushing away because of associations you are not even aware of….!

So don’t rush this and make assumptions….

Go deeper than the initial, superficial thought…..

Ask yourself IS THIS REALLY WHAT I WANT??

When, and only when, your CONSCIOUS and SUBCONSCIOUS mind are on the SAME PAGE in terms of your picture of health, will you start to effortlessly and easily move this way!

You may benefit from taking aspects of your health picture and journalling on them.

Write out and explore what each part ACTUALLY means to you….

Be curious about if it is more about PLEASURE or PAIN….?

I promise you this process and exercise will yield incredibly beneficial affects for you.

Let me know how you go too, and what you discover :)

Comment below, or email me on bridget@newleafnutrition.com.au

BIG LOVE,

BridgetJane

Health and Happiness Coach
Dietitian~Counsellor~Psychology of Eating Coach
Founder of New Leaf Nutrition and The Glow Project

You can read client feedback and success stories on my Facebook Page and website
https://www.facebook.com/NewLeafNutrition

 

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