Having listened to a number of the presentations from the Paleo Summit I asked my 19-year-old beautiful daughter Emma to listen to this one with me as she is very much living the paleo life too. Here is what she said about the presentation from Dr. Cate Shanahan and also an insight into Emma’s paleo mind looking at her perceptions of paleo and her experiences thus far…
This was actually the first broadcast I have listened to of the series posted throughout the week and now after this one with Dr. Cate Shanahan I regret not listening to the others. People ask me all the time why I chose Paleo, why I wasn’t eating any grains or refined sugars usually making comments such as “So, you can’t eat any of the good stuff then.” However that isn’t how I see it at all, I NEVER go without and can safely say that I prefer these new, nutritious foods I now eat as opposed to pizza, sweets and fatty foods. I’ve never eaten terribly so the transition to Paleo wasn’t too tough however justifying my actions hasn’t been so easy. A typical college students diet isn’t something that usually consists of kale salads and nut porridge with fruit so when I’m asked why I chose this diet for myself I’ve generally found it hard to convince my audience. These broadcasts as well as many resources have provided me with the knowledge and history behind my new way of life, which I can now use to educate others. It’s one thing to be on a diet but it’s another to change your way of life. Who would have known that broccoli and almonds provide a large source of calcium? With no dairy in my diet these facts are very useful in order for me to make sure my body gets all of the nutrients it needs.
I had been a vegetarian for about six months prior to becoming Paleo and toward the end of that six months had started to lose myself. What I mean by that is I felt down, lacked that energy I’d always had, didn’t really look forward to the next day, I had lost my spring. I personally know that Paleo works because as soon as I switched I noticed differences immediately. A mixture of vitamin D, fish oils and my new balanced way of life brought on a new wave of Emma. I now had more energy than ever, my skin cleared, my hair now grows faster than ever and because of the coconut oils in my diet it is very healthy and strong. People who aren’t in the Paleo circle may say it’s just another fad diet however I’ve never heard of a diet that increases over all health, energy levels and weight loss all at the same time.
The more I think about Paleo and the more information I consume about it leads me to think well duh, of course it works! Meats, nuts, fruits, vegetables provides all the nutrients our body needs. The food that we consume fuels the brain, If you had a choice would you choose sugar and carbohydrates to do so? I don’t think so, being a cave girl I know that it’s the nutritious greens and proteins that will provide that ultimate fuel I need to get me through a day of college. Before becoming Paleo I would be tired half way through the day but now I can be up at the gym for 8am and not come home from school until 8pm and still be able to do some studying and have the concentration needed to do so. When you’re giving your body what it needs it’s very surprising as to what it can do. I believe in the saying ‘your body is a temple’ and now I can say my temple is as strong and unyielding as its ever going to be and I plan on keeping it that way!
It is SO great to get a younger minds perspective of palo and reiterates the importance of leading by example and educating our kids to teach them to make good choices for themselves. Thank you Emma!
Now to convince the other two