There’s always been a small compartment in my mind dedicated to obsessing over my weight. Ever since I can remember, how I look has been “a thing”. It was the cause of much of my teenage angst, and that obsession has shifted very little in the twenty plus years since. And I’ve dabbled in every type of weight management technique since.
Admittedly, my cause of anxiety is a little strange. I acknowledge that I’ve never been overweight…but what I am is short, that’s undeniable. So every extra kilo here and there finds its way to a visible place, at least, in my eyes.
A little over a year ago, I decided something had to change. I was looking for a reason to take control back in my mind over elements of my life. Career concerns were occupying a majority of my brain at the time but it manifested in what I ate, and ultimately, how I felt about myself and the world around me. So…I quit sugar. I bought Sarah Wilson’s IQS book, read it cover to cover in one sitting, and started to make some changes. And it worked. I just started feeling better – inside and out. That led to quitting other stuff too – the stuff you think you can never do without. I eliminated bread, pasta, and rice and replaced them with whole food alternatives. Six months in, and I had lost weight, was sleeping (finally) and control was back in the best possible form.
A few months in, G and I went along to hear Pete Evans preach The Paleo Way. Man there’s some science to it. We managed to stay awake for the three hour slide show presented by Nora G, and although it was dry and my brain was doing all it could not to stray towards the tabloid speculation surrounding Kim and Kayne’s wedding plans, the evidence was undeniable. And, since that day I’ve been cleaning up the pantry. Replacing processed favourites with cleaner, whole food alternatives, or in the least, organic types. And, I’ve bought the books, and I’m using them.
The Collins family is not perfect. Our pantry is still full of packets of stuff, and we eat them, just not as much. And I still dabble in dairy…daily. But the small changes we’ve made mean we can have those other indulgences without it triggering some greater physical or emotional response.
So I’m going to say it… PALEO. It’s not a dirty word. It’s just a word for ‘eating real food’.