Go Caveman And Feel Great With The Paleo Diet
How often have you tried some fad diet and ended up regretting it? I have tried them all. Seriously. Some diets deprive your body of the nutrients it needs to maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. You lose weight, but you end up looking unhealthy. It wasn't until I was introduced to the Paleo Diet at Dantian Studios that I finally found a diet I think I could live with. You eat great food, get all the nutrients you need naturally, lose weight and your hair and skin look amazing.
What Does This Have To Do With Cavemen?
It got your attention didn't it? Okay, so the Paleo Diet is based around the foods hunters and gatherers would have eaten. The name comes from what is known as the true beginning of agriculture in the Paleolithic era. Believe it or not, it's apparently taken us around 2.6 million years to discover how to eat right again. Go figure.
I am constantly amazed at how many people are are suffering from an allergy or sensitivity to Gluten. I, myself, have always had a love/hate relationship with wheat. I adore anything with a carb in it, but my body has always tended to swell up everytime I eat a sandwich. I am currently trying to reduce my intake of Gluten, and so far have seen a difference in my belly bloat. So, when I got the sample of the Gluten Free Lipsticks from Red Apple Cosmetics, I was eager to try it out. I get asked all the time by my clients (some of whom have Celiac Disease) if they know of any natural, and gluten free cosmetics. Well, now I can happily give them a recommendation!
For the past two weeks I have been focusing on the inner health portion of my journey. I have been known to just go gangbusters with exercise in the past, and do every fad diet on the planet. Loose weight in 30 days?? I want it! But now I am trying to lose weight and get healthy the right way. Slowly. And trust me, it is not easy. Seriously, not easy at all. And yet, it is paying off.
The first person that I was connected to at my new "healthy home studio" (this is what I endearingly call Dantian Studios now) was nutritionist Phil Gephart. He went about assessing my body fat using the BioSignature Modulation technique. Sounds funky, and it is...but it was fascinating! With handheld devise he measured 12 various spots on my body these sites included the cheek, chin, pectoral region, triceps, belly button, quadriceps, hamstrings, knee and calf. The premise is that "Let’s say that after being tested, it’s discovered that there is an excessive amount of fat on the lower thighs (again, relative to the other major fat sites). This indicates that there is a problem with the estrogen levels."
- If the problem area is the triceps, the issue is with the androgen levels.
- If the problem area is the shoulder blades or hip, the problem is with your insulin levels.
After determining the cause of the fat, the next step is to make appropriate modifications in your diet and exercise prescription.
- For the subscapular – shoulder blade- and suprailliac -hip-, controlling the blood sugar levels of the body with more frequent meals, reduced daily carbohydrate and low GI food choices is critical.
- For lower abdominal fat, the key is reducing cortisol levels by restricting the consumption of caffeine and sugar.
- For the glutes, it’s important to detoxify estrogen levels by consuming vegetables such as broccoli that have biochemicals that accomplish this important task.
Didn't I tell you it was fascinating!!??
Next up, Phil schooled me on nutrition. He suggested I stick to a diet that was free of wheat, dairy, and refined sugar. Basically, everything I didn't want to hear! But, I have been following this for two weeks and have seen my belly bloat decrease, and I can actually see my cheekbones again. Hallelujah.
He states: "Science has taught us that it is not fat that causes us to get fatter.
Sometimes in our lives we need something to jolt us awake, and empower us to change. For me, this has been my best friends battle with metastatic breast cancer. We are the same age. The truth is that I have gotten too busy, and too stressed to take care of myself. But, watching Nikki fight so hard to stay healthy made me realize that I had no excuse. Taking care of my body, my health, and my well being needed to be something that I made a priority in my life.
That is when the universe intervened and introduced me to Jaime Hynes and her holistic studio Dantian Studio. I jumped at the opportunity to be apart of the studio, and find out for myself what it meant to be healthy in all aspects of my life.
The key difference between this and a gym? The goal is to achieve harmony for your physical and spiritual body. Isn't that what we all want? To be peaceful and healthy?
I don't know about you, but I have always struggled to find the balance between enjoying my life (I hope to die on a desert island with brie, red wine, and french bread!) and taking care of my body. But, the body part.... the "I wanna look good in a bikini" part doesn't cover it all. You need to be healthy with your emotions and your heart too. That will be the hardest journey for me. To be able to understand my road blocks, my setbacks, and to also come to peace with any grief or fear I have in my heart. The thought of losing my best friend is something that takes over my body, and past losses continue to leave an imprint on my heart. These things need to healed.
SO, for the next couple of months I will be involving you on my journey. My hope is that if I share my struggles, accomplishments, and experiences with my readers, that I will be accountable and in turn hopefully inspire some of you to join me. Beauty is not just makeup or hair products. Beauty is feeling whole, loved, and proud of yourself. I want to glow from the inside.
The classes are small, which I adore.