Saturday, May 26, 2012

Take your Supplements

How are you doing with your new Paleo habits? Are you steadily eating away at that elephant? Remember you need to keep reminding yourself until it becomes automatic.

Here's you're next Lifestyle habit. When you feel comfortable, then it's time to work on the next step. But not before.  Don't rush this. Remember Kaizen is about changing your life one tiny step at a time.

You should work on these habits only once all the 10 easy steps to becoming a Permanent Paleo Eater  are an automatic part of your everyday life.  Don't try to do everything at once or you will feel overwhelmed.

Check the list below. If you are still working on some of these habits then keep doing that until you no longer need to think about them.  Only then are you ready to move on.  Nobody is rushing you and nobody is keeping track.  This is YOUR plan and you decide when you're ready.

"A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step"

. .... then another, and another.... Take your time, do it right, and you'll build a solid base for a lifetime of easy and healthy Paleo living.

Taking supplements is a greatly debated topic for a lot of people.  Many feel it's a waste of money, others are adamant that we need them.  I tend to agree with the latter for several reasons, all of which Mark Sisson explains very well in his post here

He also gives a disclaimer saying that he derives most of his income from the sale of supplements, but I don't see anything wrong with that myself.  If you can provide a service that is useful to a great many people and get paid for doing it then I say more power to you.

In this post he says :

 "The main objective of following the Primal Blueprint is to extract the healthiest, happiest, longest and most productive life possible from our bodies – and to look and feel good in the process. ........... One of my tasks is to find the shortcuts – the easy ways to get the same genetic expression benefits Grok got – but by using 21st century technology or just plain old common sense."

I'm not going to repeat his reasons for recommending the supplements that he does.  He does a much better job of explaining them than I could ever do.  If you want the science behind his recommendations then I definitely suggest you read his post.  Again, you can find it here.

I think it's sufficient to just give you the short version and cut right to the chase - exactly what he recommends.
  • a high-potency multi vitamin
  • probiotics.  Not necessarily every day but definitely when you are under stress, when you're sick, and especially when you're taking antibiotics
  • Omega 3 fish oil supplements
  • protein powders as meal and snack substitutes.

I think it's important to say right now that taking supplements does NOT replace healthy eating.  There are those I know who think if they just take a few pills they can continue eating the junk they eat.  It doesn't work that way.  You need a base of healthy eating habits first, then you can supplement to increase and support that base.

At this point I'm going to sound like an advertisement for Mark's products but there is good reason for this.  I am writing this blog to pass on the knowledge I have gained over the years, and one of the things I've learned is that when you find a good supplement line it's definitely worth taking because it saves you money in the long run.

Like Suzanne Somers, I used to have a huge collection of bottles.  Now, I really admire Suzanne.  I think she does some great work and doesn't get enough credit for it, but just looking at how many pills she takes makes me tired.  Imagine swallowing all of that after a meal! 

I was constantly on the hunt for supplements that were not only reasonably priced but more importantly contained everything that I needed.  And to add to the difficulty, often I wasn't quite sure what that was exactly since I'm not a scientist or a doctor, and the more I read the more different viewpoints there seemed to be.   

After reading Mark's blog for a while I decided that the only thing to do was to choose one path and to follow it, so that's what I've done and I've never regretted it. Now I no longer have to worry about any of that.  I have Mark's platinum package delivered every month and don't give it another thought.  The time saving alone makes it worthwhile for me.  And now that I've been taking these for quite a few months I can tell you from personal experience that they do indeed work.  

As I've written in a previous post, this package also contains Primal Fuel, and though at first I was at a loss what to do with it, I have now come up with a few good ideas that work very well for me.  

I do make quite a few different shakes when the weather is warm, but that is unfortunately not the case most of the year where I live, so baking with the powder has become a much better option. I've developed what I consider some really great recipes, and I'm busy working on more.

For example, I have Coconut Rum Protein bars in my freezer for when I travel.  They are easy to pop into my purse and not messy to eat.  And one of these with a hot drink tides me over nicely until the next Paleo meal.

And now, if I'm hungry in the morning, I often have a protein muffin and coffee for breakfast and find this is not only delicious but gives me a great start to the day.  I tend to eat mainly lemon blueberry muffins because blueberries are so good for you, but I also have recipes for raspberry, chocolate walnut, carrot cake and banana nut just to name a few.  

It's certainly wonderful to be able to have a coffee and a muffin on a cold day and know you're actually having something that is good for you.

WIth saying that, Protein powder is certainly a useful addition to your diet but it's not essential, and Mark does point this out in other posts. It's really all the other nutrients that you need to worry about, and if the budget doesn't run to Protein powder, then that is the most dispensable thing on his list.

Not everyone can afford to buy the platinum package, which is why Mark is now offering a lower cost package that contains all the basics you need, and this is a great money saving option.  

For years we've been told that as long as we just eat a healthy diet then we don't need anything else, so it can be hard to get your head around the fact that this is no longer true.  And even harder to make room for supplements in your budget.  But, like eating grass fed beef and free range eggs, good supplements are something that will definitely save you money in the long run because of the medical bills you won't have to pay.

Regardless of whether you choose to buy one of Mark's packages or just look for some good quality supplements in your local store, you definitely need to take something.  It's a well known fact now that our earth has been depleted of a lot of the vitamins and minerals that were there even as recently as in our parents' time.  Sad but unfortunately true.  So get the best supplements you can - at least the minimum Mark suggests above - and make sure you are getting the nutrition you need.  After all, as Mark says,

 "The main objective of following the Primal Blueprint is to extract the healthiest, happiest, longest and most productive life possible from our bodies – and to look and feel good in the process."  

 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw

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