I've written 5 more reasons why paleo isn't working for you too.
Health coaches and "Paleo Experts" across the world will recommend Paleo as your solution for everything. But you can do Paleo and it still not work for you. If it worked all the time , I wouldn't be in business.
There's so much more to life than what you eat and how you move your body. While these two foundational pieces of a happy and healthy human can be enough to change someone's life, they aren't enough for my standards of health.
How you should feel
You should wake up with a positive mood, a good energy level (without caffeine) and the inspiration to face the world. You should feel resilient and in charge. You should feel ready to face the world and strong enough to do it.
Why paleo isn't enough
It's almost a bit rude to suggest that diet and lifestyle will be enough to fix all your ailments. There are entire industries built on this idea because it's simple to create, recommend and market. You can recycle the same diet and fitness advice and repackage it for profit.
However, in my 1-on-1 consulting experience, 90% of my clients have already been "doing Paleo" and exercising and still aren't happy with their results.
There is something else to the picture... is it sleep? Is it stress? Is it exercise? These are all good guesses but none of them are the focal point today.
You have social isolation
Social isolation is becoming a bigger issue every day. From social media and the "avatar-life" that's lived by those that frequently use Skype and other networking services, to stay-at-home moms that are lacking adult conversation and interaction, this is a forgotten roadblock to health.
You are more susceptible to illness and other virus' if you're socially isolated.
A study wanted to figure out if the act of hugging can provide stress-relief and act as a medicine? They looked at 404 healthy adults and injected them with a virus that causes a common cold.
Among infected participants, those that had greater perceptions of social support and received more frequent hugs predicted less severe illness symptoms.
Find someone to hug. Hug them long, often and passionately. Yes, hug your guy friends too fellas.
You're lacking nature
Over 54% of the the world's population lives in cities, up from 34% in 1960. This number is only going to go up. The cities are where all the action and jobs are! Many people are stuck into the city life whether they like it or not.
Many cities are adding more green space as a sort of "sanity sanctuary" to the concrete jungles across the world. Could you imagine New York City without Central Park?
It's simple. You come from nature and you're meant to be exposed to it on a daily basis. It's when you stray away from nature that illness occurs.
If you stray away from natural foods you suffer. If you stray away from natural movement you suffer. And most importantly, if you stray away from the natural world itself, you suffer.
Nature provides many beneficial compounds that keep us calm and collected. A group of plant compounds called phytoncides are your new secret weapon.
You're exposed to them when you're walking through the forest. But, you may not have access to a forest as much as you'd like. That's okay because I have a secret weapon for you to use.
A study took 12 men and put them in a hotel room with various bottles of essential oils. Sounds like quite the sniffing party. They used hinoki cypress stem oil in case you want to replicate it.
I've written about essential oils before.
The results were astounding! NK killer cells and anti-cancer proteins, (yes, anti-cancer) were greatly increased. The two stress hormones adrenaline and noradrenaline were found to be much lower after using the oils.
I use and recommend essential oils for inhalation and topical use.
Here's a basic organic essential oils kit to get you started.
You're beating yourself up
Clients come to me first through complimentary consultations. 90% of them have at least this one common factor. They beat themselves up emotionally, physically and spiritually. They think lowly about themselves and tend to feel empty, depressed or even hopeless.
There are many factors we can discuss during your consult, but the fact is simple.
If you think like garbage, you're going to feel like garbage.
Whether you're binge eating due to emotional stress or because you've pushed yourself too hard in the gym, there is another cause that's often ignored.
You're thinking negatively.
In a study of 55 adolescents, those that showed greater negative thought scores from the questionnaires were more likely to have eating disorders and eating disorder tendencies.
Don't put yourself down if you make a mistake.
We're all human and we're all working on making ourselves better. The vicious cycle of thinking negative, making negative choices and feeling even worse from those decisions can be a ruthless process that destroys your health and happiness.
I'd like to prescribe a healthy dose of forgiveness. It's good for your heart to forgive.
Forgive yourself. Forgive your spouse. Forgive your ex. Forgive your boss. Forgive your naysayers.
A lifestyle rich in forgiveness will empower you to chase life without fear and the weight of the past on your shoulders.
Eventually the anchors of anger and pent-up emotion will sink your ship. Cut the chains and free yourself. You can do it.
You now have 3 more pieces to the puzzle. Keep collecting them and finding a place for them to fit... cause there's more to come.
What are some pieces you've discovered? Comment below.