Day 8: Why Paleo?

Week one has flown by! Despite a few lacklustre workouts and a serious dark chocolate craving today, I feel good. And I haven’t cheated at all, despite trying to find ways to justify dark chocolate as Paleo – which it’s not really. As soon as I hit day 31 it’ll be a bar of my favourite organic and fair trade brand: Camino (the coconut flavour is definitely worth trying!).

So why exactly did I decide to start doing Paleo? Besides having a boyfriend who’s an elite athlete and an enthusiastic proponent of a Paleolithic lifestyle, I had my own reasons. As a matter of fact, he didn’t ask me to start a 30 day challenge, nor did he even mention it to me. I started because after having a sub-par diet for so long – particularly in university – I decided there had to be a better way to live.

This belief was compounded with my aunt’s recent multiple sclerosis diagnosis, which has been a complete shock to the family. I’m not suggesting that Paleo prevents MS specifically or anything like that, honestly I don’t know enough about the disease or the long term preventative benefits of Paleo to say for sure. All I know is that the MS diagnosis joins a long list of diseases in my family history, and I’ve decided that if I do succumb to any of these ailments, it won’t be because of something I have control over.

I’ve always felt strongly about manipulating food with pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and various other toxins is wrong. I don’t want anything to do with it, and I love that Paleo incorporates that value. Labelling something as safe until its proven otherwise is ridiculous, particularly when it comes to something that is supposed to nourish living beings. It can be expensive, sure, but it all comes down to what you value.

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