A sure sign that you are old is when is you PVR an episode of Oprah and watch it on a Friday night….that is what I did on Friday. I don’t normally like watching Oprah unless she is interviewing people who were attacked by monkeys, transgendered or hoarders. I PVR’d this episode because it was called Food 101 and had on Michael Pollan, author of such books as “In Defense of Food” and “Omnivore’s Dilemma”. I was happy to see that the message of eating real food was finally hitting the mass market…we all know that once you’ve been featured on Oprah, you’ve really made it (so sad, but true). The second part of the show featured Alicia Silverstone who recently wrote a book called “The Kind Diet” which is essentially a Vegan diet and cookbook. I had to cringe at a few of the things that she recommended because she uses soy-based alternatives and also vegan processed foods which is not real food, nor is it good for you (that requires its own post so go google “dangers of soy” to learn more). I did however think that she had one good tip that aligned to my approach to adopting the Paleo lifestyle – “Flirting”. It all goes full circle because as a teenager I learned how to score a guy and basic flirting tips from the movie Clueless….some of my favourite tips which Cher (Alicia Silverstone) teaches Tai (Brittany Murphy) are: “pretend you’re laughing at what someone else is saying” ”make him want you, never go after him” “bring attention to your mouth”. I swear it works! Just ask Semi-Primal Husband!
Moving on, Alicia Silverstone is promoting a less aggressive approach to having people take interest in her diet – this idea of “Flirting”: Take it in baby steps and try 1 thing at a time. The approach is to adopt one aspect of the diet, adjust your life, see how you feel and then take on another aspect. This resonated with me. I feel that people need to flirt with the idea of Paleo…go to First Base before moving to Second. Be a bit of a prude and hold out on going all the way in order to make it a solid and lasting relationship. My approach to adopting the Paleo diet was definitely prudent – First Base was removing grains, starches and processed foods from my dinner. Second Base was fixing lunch. Third Base was breakfast – that was hard!! I held out on moving to third base for a few months – I thought I was going to die without my english muffin or quaker oatmeal. Going all the way was when I finally ditched my 3pm Zone Bar in favour of some veggies, chicken and nuts. Much like a long-lasting relationship you need to start with flirting and take it slow in order to grow into it and fall in love. No one wants to take a one-night stand to the altar! (mom will be so proud that I said that)
Some people may be able to do the ‘one-night stand’ with Paleo and make it a long-lasting relationship. If you can do that, then good for you! Seriously, I admire that. That would not work for me – what did work was taking it slow and doing 1 thing at a time. The Paleo diet is a lifestyle change and it requires you to marry the concept and be committed to it for the rest of your life in order for you to fully thrive and live healthy. I’d rather have someone take it slow and in baby steps successfully then go all the way fast, get freaked out because you’re afraid you can’t commit and end up ditching the program because you were dying without your whole wheat bread (serial dater!).
I encourage you to flirt with Paleo and continue flirting until you’re ready for that life-long commitment…If you’re currently at Third Base, what’s holding you back from going all the way? Do it! Just like in that Meatloaf song Paradise by the Dashboard Light, except you can’t take it back after you’ve gone all the way.