I love a good riddle. So is it true Kim is going Paleo or that someone from the Cardinals is Primal? I wish that were the case, but alas this is not the case nor subject of this post. Let’s get started.
Before Gaddafi‘s recent demise, even with him hiding under a rock, he had no doubt heard of the famous Kim Kardashian wedding. We all did. It was well televised and covered in all the tabloids. Good looking basketball player marries gorgeous model – and they lived happily ever after. $10 million dollars and 72 days after exchanging vows, we were all surprised when the news of her divorce got out. Who would have predicted it?
Enter the St. Louis Cardinals. As a wildcard team making the playoffs with no faith they would go anywhere, they beat the Phillies and then the Brewers to make it to the World Series against the Texas Rangers. On October 19, as this image shows, 22 of 26 ESPN experts chose the Rangers to win the World Series. With odds like that, you’d be a fool to think the Cardinals were going to win. After one of the most memorable games in baseball where the Cardinals fought back to even the series, they won the following night to take the World Series. No one would have predicted that – at least not if you work at ESPN.
So what does all of this pop culture talk have anything to do with the Primal/Paleo lifestyle? It’s simple my friends. It’s about predictions.
Like those who were shocked at Kim’s divorce and at the Cardinals pulling it off, how many of your friends and family think this Paleo/Primal thing will actually work for you – and for them?
A good friend recently mentioned some struggles he was having with his Paleo pursuits – basic peer pressure. A buddy at work was making fun of his new Paleo food choices and attempting to convince him he was wrong for abandoning a high carb diet. His buddy is on a different plan you may have heard of: Weight Watchers. In his infinite wisdom and while he was knocking my friend, he was monologuing how horrible the Paleo plan was as he devoured an entire plate of nachos and cheese. I guess WW’s points allow for that, huh? My friend is new to the Paleo plan and was caught off guard explaining insulin resistance; as if it would have done any good. (I hope to lunch with my buddy and this guy in the near future. Should make for fun conversation, don’t ya think?) Do you have friends like that? Most of us have at least a few. Or we did…before we snapped back at their ignorance.
If you are one to go with the masses, please read through my metaphors/analogies and understand this simple concept: just because THEY say it’s good for you, doesn’t mean you have to believe it. Do the research yourself. Question the medical community. Question the health/fitness community. Question the government and their agencies who were designed to protect our health. Question the experts and their predictions of your health. While you’re at it, look at a plan that has been taken from our ancestors – and come to find out it helps to resolve most, if not all, systemic issues our culture is facing at an alarming rate. Who would have predicted that in an age of technology and the industrialization of food, the real answer is in our past? (One last question before I end this: Question your friends and if they are really supporting you or standing in your way?)
Let others stick to the Standard American Diet and here are a few conditions they’ll likely experience:
- System inflammation
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Lack of energy
- An addiction to Angry Birds that keeps you on the couch
- And the list goes on and on
Did your friends and family support your decision to go Paleo/Primal? How did you handle their unsolicited input?