We are not meant to be at war with ourselves, especially not over food. When we give in to spontaneous temptation unconsciously, we are giving our power away. While on any protocol that enhances our health and power, if we suddenly say, “Screw it!” and stuff the highly processed chocolate chip muffin in our mouths, we have just given our power to that muffin. Then the muffin sits in our stomachs, we feel guilty, and maybe not so energized. Then the muffin makes its way through our digestive system and we use the restroom. Literally and figuratively, we have turned our power to crap and flushed it down the toilet. Take your power back.
The answers won’t be found in yet another new “clinically proven” magic diet pill or potion. The answers lie in your own head, heart, and hands. Take action for yourself. Research, read, and ask questions of the experts in this field. If we realistically and honestly take care of ourselves, we have the opportunity to take even greater care of our children. If we are not jumping in to our best life possible, we may not even be around or capable of caring for our next generation. I know I sound like a commercial and it seems a little cliché. I feel your heads nodding in agreement, while at the same time, slightly resistant to drastic change. I was in your shoes a few short years ago. I was trying to juggle two jobs, two kids, an insane workout schedule, friends, family, and a husband. I did not have time for me. I did not have time or money to cook clean and green, read labels, and prepare Paleo convenience foods.
So it is basically about prioritizing. Do you love yourself? Do you love yourself enough to streamline the excess stuff in your life so that you may be exuberant and full of the extra energy that the streamlining produces? The money for clean and green foods comes when we stop purchasing grains, sugars, and packaged processed foods. The money will come when we stop buying very expensive baby gifts when we know the baby prefers the pretty wrapping paper and bow the gift arrived in. The money will come when we don’t have to take the kids to the doctor for yet another cold, flu, or allergic reaction, probably caused by undiagnosed food sensitivities. Then, with that extra time away from the doctor’s office, we can go to the park and play with our children because we have time, money, and energy! Being energized and having fun play dates with my kids makes me happy. Having hiking and running dates with friends on my days off have replaced cocktails and all-you-can-eat pasta at the Italian eateries (before noon, at that!). Move more, lift heavy things, play, and laugh more. The answers are there, in your happy spot.