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Heart Satiety

10 Mar

I haven’t posted anything in quite a while.  I’m riding a long wave of creative apathy and straight-up boredom in the kitchen.  I have been making the same things over and over; I am not creating new foods over here, and really not searching for any either.  In fact, Heather and I have contemplated turning the blog off because we have nothing new to tell you about.  Besides, everyone who eats a primal diet appears to have started a blog about it, and with much better photography!

In terms of food-spiration, I have nothing.  I know how to employ a clean-diet, it is a great tool.  I feel sad, because I have seen the paleo/Whole30 community take a turn to the obsessive side over the past few years.  Orthorexia is a thing now.  For heaven’s sake, have we not just swapped out one crazy for another?  All the blogs, and food pics and pins, and humblebragging on social media.  Craziness.

The saddest thing is when my own friends feel like authentic failures if they have a month or two, or twelve, of bad eating.  It is a crazy-cycle.  Feelings of tremendous success and pride after accomplishing a month of clean eating, which are subsequently chased away by “failure” (eating some bad food).  It becomes ridiculously mentally consuming.  Are we equating failing at life with eating sugar/grain/dairy?

There is so much talk about “satiety” after meals, and striking that perfect macronutrient-balance, which supports activity but not body fat.  That is a great place to be.  A clean diet provides plenty of physical benefits, but it offers zero relief for the emotional hunger we endure.  That emotional hunger will eat us alive if we do not respond to it properly…we will scratch for anything to fill the void.

Heart Satiety is what we need.

Isn’t heart-satiety what we are all chasing after, above and beyond the satiety of the stomach?  Where can we find such satisfaction of the soul?  I have a hint: it starts at taking the focus entirely off of self, and meeting people’s needs with no abandon.  That might sound harsh.  But tirelessly giving back will never make anyone’s day feel worthless.

Take on only the good of the clean-diet lifestyle.   Good food and the workouts serve ME, and not the other way around.  This mindset is freeing, and makes clean eating all the more enjoyable.  There is a general trajectory of good health-choices, which include a healthy social life, and systematically serving others.  Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up (1 Corinthians 8:1).  Relationships are more important than food!

In the trenches too,
Leigh

 

 

 

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This is a Guilt-Free Zone.

30 Mar

If there is one thing to be relativistic about, it is food.  Maybe I have backed myself into a paleo-corner via blog.  People want to talk food with me, but often from a place of “I keep failing.”  I have even run into friends at the grocery store who have covered their cart: they didn’t want me to see what they were buying.  #paleoelitism.

Look, I get it. I do not eat perfectly 100 percent of the time.  I have, however, been eating clean for three years now.  So it’s definitely easier now than it has been.  It’s routine for me.   But I know there are seasons in life: sometimes eating clean fits in well, and then there are times it takes more effort.

Don’t think of your clean diet endeavor the wrong way.  This is not a deprivation.  Sadly, our society has prioritized instant-gratification above wellness, and wholeness.  Then the “food” industry exploits our weakness for a profit.  Rise above the distractions, and consider the vast variety of foods we were designed to eat.  It’s a blessing to have access to so much  in this country!  Gratitude.

Who doesn’t CRAVE to feel, look, and perform better?  Eating a primal diet doesn’t mean you are on one side of the fence or another.  Instead, think about it as walking down an avenue leading toward prime wellness.   There may be stops or turns along the way, but you can’t wait to continue the walk!  It is not a tedious trip on a balance beam.

You aren’t going to undo the foundation you are laying with one bad day.  Or one bad week.  Zoom out from your daily grind, and take a look at the bigger picture.  And, when you stop by here, see us as a resource for clean meals, ideas, and encouragement, and keep a perspective of flexibility.  There are so many media that will make you feel totally inadequate, and it can deter you from even caring.

I hope we are a boost for you.

Enjoy your journey!
Leigh and Heather

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