Thoughts on a New Feature

I saw an issue of Oprah’s magazine at the gym this week, and the cover promised, “Change Your Relationship with Food–Forever!”  That title stopped me in my tracks. I made the transition to Paleo almost a year ago, and in that time I can’t remember thinking about my relationship with food once.  In fact, even terming it a relationship would seem to infuse the situation with a lot of emotional baggage that seems less than helpful.  Seeing the magazine got me thinking about the outrage I felt when I first realized that pretty much everything I had ever been taught about food was wrong.  I started reading everything I could find  on nutrition and decided pretty quickly that the Paleo approach just seemed like good sense.  Still, I was overwhelmed with discussions of anti-nutrients, entire rants for and against almond milk, and trying to decide whether sweet potatoes were acceptable or would ultimately kill me.

A year later, I’m still not totally clear on any of those things, but I feel like I’ve taken giant steps in the right direction.  (And for the record, I had almond milk in my smoothie yesterday and baked sweet potatoes with dinner tonight.) Eliminating most of the processed crap I was eating and switching to organic foods where possible have been big , but surprisingly easy changes to make.  I’ve also been pleased to see more and more studies validating the salubrity of Paleo and traditional foods.  Still, making the transition can be a little scary–first you find out that everything you’ve been doing ‘right’ is wrong and suddenly you’re confronted with navigating the nuances of grass-fed versus grass-finished beef.  In an effort to ease the transition (even for those of us who have been at it for a while), I’ve decided to start what I hope will be a weekly feature here at the Cavegirl–Food for Thought.  I’ll be posting on studies that might be of interest to the Paleo community, along with other links and stories that  seem relevant.  Stay with me and we’ll see how it goes.  For now, I’ll leave you with this food for thought:

A slideshow of The Most Over-the-Top Fast Foods of 2011

A study on the effectiveness of intermittent low-carb diets for weight loss and disease prevention

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