We all do. Maybe not forever but we all have at some point in our lives. And I’m not referring to the obvious ones like being a mother or father. I’m a brother and will be an uncle to 2 newborns in July.
I am referring to labels where there are multiple interpretations of what it means to be this or that. This is very common when it comes to politics (democrat or republican or libertarian for the United States) and religion. Us human beings think that it’s not right to talk about these topics because there can be a lot of hate. I love talking about it all as I remain open-minded and realize that I can learn something from everyone no matter how crazy their beliefs may be.
If you are a republican then your way of thinking is without a doubt the right way. If you are a democrat then your way of thinking is without a doubt the right way…
Wait… that’s not possible!
This is why I’m an independent when it comes to politics. Instead of saying that I am a republican and then blindly believing everything that republicans stand for, I prefer to look at each issue separately and decide how I feel about it.
Religion is an entirely different mess. It amazes me how folks can be so sure that their belief is correct when there are countless different religions and every individual interprets said religion differently.
I LOVE thinking deeply and so I do; sometimes out loud to my self or while in a conversation with another human being. I refuse to say my way of thinking is definitely correct when it comes to how the world got started because we will never know! It’s fun to think about and discuss and be amazed at how awesome life is with those that are open-minded…
Where the hell is this going?
Are you Paleo? Primal? Low carb? Low fat? Low calorie? Vegan? Vegetarian? Grain free? Dairy free? Gluten free? Legume free? Fruit free? Vegetable free? Calorie free?
Maybe you do weight watchers and have to keep track of every morsel you put into your body. Maybe you are on the South Beach Diet or Jenny Craig! Or perhaps you look at the dozens of diet books and are clueless as to what to do. Or maybe you are like me and enjoy buying books on Amazon and notice more than 39,000 books in the diets and weight loss category. Yikes!
I personally went ‘Primal’ on April 5, 2010 so I am no stranger to labels! I have used Paleo and Primal interchangeably since that date for good reason. Why separate them? It never made any sense to me. Let’s all be friends!
Well, I am now ditching both of those labels. I am NOT against Paleo. I repeat: I am NOT dismissing Paleo in any way, shape or form.
I love the Paleo community to death. It’s changing the world in a massively positive way (for the most part as it’s definitely not 100%!) and will continue to do so. But it’s not just those who eat Paleo and thus basically avoid grains who are changing the world. It’s those who follow the WAPF eating guidelines too. And even vegans. Yes, vegans! Perhaps a small percentage but there are those who are making a positive difference and who are NOT against those who choose to eat grass-fed beef from local farms, etc.
There are also folks who don’t dismiss any food group who are changing the world. And I mean making a positive difference in hundreds, if not thousands (or millions!) of lives. And isn’t this what matters in the end? People like Matt Stone via 180DegreeHealth.com come to mind.
I don’t want to label how I eat. Ever since I’ve dropped the label from the way I’ve eaten I have felt more free and have literally been less apt to go after junk food. Why? Stress! I have definitely eaten oatmeal a few times while here in Hawaii. Why? Because I can! Oatmeal nourishes ME. My body does not seem to enjoy nuts too much yet oatmeal makes me feel gooooood. Wait. Nuts are Paleo while oatmeal is a grain.
I’m done with that. I’m going to venture out and try buckwheat pancakes. And sprouted bread. And I’ll continue to eat wholesome cheese that does not cause me problems. I’ve learned that specific cheeses make me congested while others don’t! So perhaps you would thrive, yes THRIVE eating sourdough rye bread that you make yourself… try it!
What about PaleoFX in March?
I suspect that most of you don’t know that I am speaking at PaleoFX at the end of March. It’s no 45 minute presentation but I am on the community pannel. Perhaps you think this is ironic. PaleoFX is less than 2 months away and I am launching a new website this month while having already published letters to the Paleo Police and coming up with labels like Primleo.
I believe that starting anew will open more doors for me. It will allow me to positively influence choices that other human beings make that will possibly turn their health around for the better. Isn’t this what matters in the end? A lot of folks have immediately dismissed what you have to say when you put a label on it. It’s just the way it is.
By ditching labels you become open-minded and so do those you talk to. At least this has been the case for me. I was known to push Paleo onto family and friends during the first year. And then I backed off. Guess what? Now they are more curious than ever and eat more towards a Paleo approach than not. But they don’t say they eat Paleo and I respect that more than ever since I am now in the same boat as them.
I don’t always make the right decisions but the right intent is always there. I will do what I think is best for me to make the most positive impact on the world.
And so I am beyond stoked for PaleoFX. I always have been but I am more excited than ever to connect with the community in the best way possible.
And when Paleo restaurants open up? You can bet your ass that I will eat at them! The main reasons being that I know real food from local farms will be served and cooked in REAL fats and oils like butter, tallow, lard and coconut oil! I hear one or two are in the works in Austin, Texas!
Please let me know your thoughts in the comments. I respect all opinions. Every word I read influences how I view life so keep that in mind!
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