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Balanced Bites Paleo Workshop

26 Sep

This past weekend was crazy busy!!! The adult side of me bought a beautiful set of antique bedroom furniture, the crafty side of me shot photos of East Coast Bride’s latest Etsy shop additions, the kid in me celebrated my husband’s 31st birthday at the bounce factory with inflatable slides and 2-story laser tag (see picture below), and the nerd in me went to an 8 hour paleo workshop.

The workshop was presented by Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe of Balanced Bites (check out their webcasts and super informative podcasts). I was pretty excited to actually hear people speak about paleo, since everything that I’ve learned was by book, website, or phone conversations with Liz (my holistic counselor). Even though I was familiar with much of the information covered, I learned some great facts that I wanted to share with everyone!

  • “It runs in the family”…the phrase many people use when diagnosed with health problems. While you may be genetically susceptible to certain illnesses, it does not mean that you do not have control over how susceptible you may be! By eating the right foods and getting vitamins and minerals through meats, fruits and vegetables, you can possibly avoid or lesson the severity of “genetic illnesses”.
  • Did you know that getting 8 – 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep is an antioxidant? Problems with sleeping (such as being wide awake at night and hitting the snooze a few times) is a known carcinogen. Make sleep a priority!
  • Digestion begins in the brain! Bring back the family dinners or eating solo at the dining room table without TV, internet or distraction. Sit and enjoy that delicious meal!
  • Whole food is packaged with all of the vitamins and minerals needed to process it successfully. Refined food is not (synthetic additions cannot be compared to the real thing).
  • Many articles that I’ve read blame the agricultural revolution for the demise of our health; however, when looking really closely, the last 100 years have been the most influential towards the rapid increase in disease (diabetes, autoimmune, cancer, etc). So what has happened over the last century? More and more food has become refined and processed. Take these foods out of your diet and your body will thank you!

Well, that’s only the tip of the iceberg of the information I learned at the workshop. I am continually amazed at how much I did not know about health before being introduced to paleo a few months ago. The nerdy part of me definitely looks forward to learning more, incorporating it in my life, and sharing it all with you!