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An article I wrote about the Paleo Diet from my very first health website, built in 2002.

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Paleo Diet

To start, our health programs and what we coach is not specifically “paleo”, but if you start looking at the foods that damage our bodies and the foods that heal our bodies you’re going to land pretty close to the paleo diet.

Our goal is always helping you to take small steps towards a healthier lifestyle. It’s not about paleo or diets… it’s about you understanding the choices you are making and deciding what you eat. A few steps down the road to your healthier lifestyle you’ll find that what we work with looks very similar to the paleo diet, but it will be different for each person.

Personally, I believe we’re done with the era of “diets” and now simply want to know how we can live better and cleaner. Worth it Living is here to empower the exploration of that. Not just better information, but working together with individuals and companies all over the world to see better and cleaner products become more accessible.

So what is the Paleo Diet?

Here is an article I wrote about the Paleo diet from my very first health website, built in 2002. Yes, the Paleo diet was around 12 years ago, but then it was more commonly referred to as the “Paleolithic Diet” (well, at least in my circles).

My article from 2002, edited and with my comments in “[ ]”


Digging up the Paleolithic Diet

The Paleolithic Diet Basics – eat only what can be eaten through the use of your hands and simple tools.

Do Eat:
Meats and Fish, Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, and Berries

Do Not Eat:
Grains, Beans, Potatoes, Dairy, Sugar.

Why the Paleolithic Diet is My Favorite Diet Plan [And still would be my favorite “diet” today]

Before I had even heard of the “Paleolithic Diet” I had already formed a similar diet of my own. In this diet I cut out all grains, all dairy products and all refined sugar. This was the result of lots of research in an effort to rid myself of my own villains; asthma and allergies. And it worked! But why?

I’ll start with the worst of the bad guys; wheat, oats, barley and rye. All of these grains in the way we eat them have very little nutritional value, and are classified as food after a few B-vitamins are added to it. The real problem is the protein in these grains called gluten.

Gluten causes a toxic reaction in a large portion of the population, we don’t know how many, but studies point to somewhere between 1-30%. Gluten causes a reaction in which the villi (little hairs along the small intestine which are vital for absorbing nutrition) are destroyed with leaky gut syndrome following soon after. [Newer studies show that up to 80% have a genetic predisposition and it’s not just gluten, but a multitude of wheat proteins and even carbohydrates that can cause problems in those with the genetic predisposition.]

So what’s so bad about gluten toxicity?

Other than decreasing nutrition absorption, whole proteins begin to leak into the body. When this happens your liver and immune system have to work overtime to attack and neutralize all of these foreign proteins. To add to this, the body sees these foreign proteins as a threat and builds antibodies to attack these proteins. The problem is that some of these proteins in a partially broken down form have structures that are identical to proteins that make up your body. When these antibodies find their way to these similar structures in the body they attack them. This is thought to be a cause of many autoimmune disorders, such as arthritis and asthma. The asthma part I can talk about from my own experiences.

I lived with an inhaler by my side until the age of 18 when I finally made the decision to get serious about my health. I cut out all grains and within a few months I didn’t even need to use my inhaler when I went to the gym. My asthma was the primary thing disappeared when I cut out the grains, but that wasn’t all. It was amazing to see how quickly my acne cleared up. I used to wash my face twice a day and had tried every cream, but I still had terrible acne. Now it just stays clear. The gluten was causing my body to be under stress and creating an inflammatory reaction that put a load on my whole body, so it’s not so amazing that cutting out the grains made such a big difference.

So there you have it, my case against grains.

On to dairy. Dairy products have both proteins (casein) and sugars (lactose) that are hard to break down and place stress on the body. If you are going to drink milk then get it from grass fed cows as it will have fewer inflammatory fats and more beneficial fats like CLA.

Gluten really seem to be the biggest culprit of disease from food [now I would say sugar, but gluten is right up there], and yet it’s in nearly every supermarket food. It’s not hard to figure out why, the grains simply make more money, they cost less to produce and can be stored for a longer period of time.

The “Paleolithic Diet” is a healthy way to eat that removes grains (gluten), milk and other foods that cause stress on the body. I’d highly recommend that you read up on the Paleolithic diet until you really believe in it, or don’t. Then you’ll be able to make your own decision and stick to it. The best book I’ve read on the subject is Neanderthin by Ray Audett [still a great book, some of the information is outdated now]. He presents the case very well, it’s a quick and easy to read book, and he backs it up with lots of good research.


There you have it, my article from 2002 and I still agree with myself ;).

That article really is still relevant for today because it focuses first on why we eat a certain way and then what that way of eating is. That’s where I come from and that is basically how I still eat.

More Paleo information:

Is Xylitol Paleo?

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Everyone has a story. Our stories are what color in the details of who we are and how we show up to the world around us, and how we engage with it/them: relationships, jobs, schools, etc. We were all intentionally and intelligently designed to be unique individuals.  When we discover who we are, where we came from, and what we were designed for in this lifetime, we find the freedom in seeing ourselves in our truest identity.  It is in this freedom, our personal story can be expressed organically and experienced by others.

The messages of our stories are often communicated and translated through the ways we impact and interact with the people we are privileged to have in our lives— whether for a short while, or for a lifetime. When we discover who we are and the purpose we were uniquely designed to fulfill, we begin to not only value ourselves, we also begin to value others around us at the same capacity of which we value ourselves. Our intentions, interactions, and impact become more authentic, vulnerable, and hold a greater potential to add life changing value to the lives we are privileged to be a part of.

So how do we begin to discover who we are at our core and what we were designed to live for? Awareness is the first step. Taking an inventory of our character, our morals, our values, our tendencies, patterns, feelings, passions, attitudes, relationships can be key to self discovery. These are the fruit from seeds that have been planted in the soil of our young minds from the moment we were even conceived– unconsciously. Taking a brave trip down memory lane to take a good look at where we’ve historically come from, is another key factor to self discovery. These impactful experiences, whether big or small, manifest in our idiosyncrasies. Some of which would be ideal to change, because we and others around us, deserve them to be changed.

We as humans will inevitably share similarities. The genetic and neurological composition of our individual beings however, are uniquely different. When we take a good look at who we are at our core there is a lot to discover about how intentionally and intelligently we were uniquely designed to be, and the life we were destined to uniquely live; serving the world around us at different capacities and various ways.

Here are some questions to ask yourself…
1. Who are you?
2. Where did you come from?
3. What were your designed for here on earth?
4. How were you created to impact the world around you?
5. What does your unique design have, to solve a problem that exists in the community that surrounds your life?
6. When are you going to venture out into a courageous journey of fully living at your greatest potential and impacting at your optimal?
7. What or who do you need in your life, to make this happen? (I call this, resourcing up!)

Sometimes, we need someone in our corner coming alongside us through the journey of self discovery. For those interested in discovering their truest identity and the possibility of unlocking their greatest potential, connect with me! I’d be happy to be a part of that journey and see you thrive as the best version of yourself!

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