Okay gang, I'm back. Still reeling from a rather stressful month, but am back—well kind of.
So last night I sat in the local emergency room for five hours, observed a few things and had a long, overdue chat with myself. It seems three years worth of stress finally caught up with me in the form of chest pain. It had been going on a week and I finally decided I'd better get checked out.
The talk I had with myself went like this "let things go, stop trying to control everything, worrying is not getting you anywhere (but the ER!), find joy and laughter in everyday things, have compassion toward others, love the soul and focus less on the human faults."
Then there were the observations. First, I marvelled at how the emergency staff was able to provide compassionate care yet not get emotionally wrapped up in every case that walked through the door. A big lesson for me. They helped as they could, did the best they could, were kind and comforting, but did not crack under the pressure. The second observation was the number of sick and wounded that came in. Miscarriages, car accidents, migraines, chest pain, illness, wounds, young and old. That's when I thought to myself that into every life the unexpected comes. Trials and heartbreak. No one is spared. I can go on about the stress in my life, but it doesn't make me special, we all have it. What I need to turn my attention to is how I react and respond to the annoyances and bumps in life.
So what does all of this have to do with a book review?
This morning I spent more time with Sarah Fragoso's new book, Everyday Paleo: Embracing a Natural Diet & Lifestyle to Increase Your Family's Health, Fitness, and Longevity and Sarah gave it to me straight (she's a personal trainer afterall)!
In the chapter "Sleep and Stress" she was speaking right to me when she says:
"[The] secret to successfully destressing is the same as my secret to
maintaining a healthy lifestyle—make the choice to do it! We can choose
to always wallow in the challenges that life throws at us or we can embrace
life's challenges, grateful for all of the good in life that we do have.
Bad stuff happens, every day, all of the time, but managing your
health first is the most important factor in surviving the bad
and coming through it thriving!"
What I really admire about Sarah and her book is that she, like many of us, is an active mom who has had her share of painful experiences and personal challenges. But looking at her today, I see an overcomer. She glows and inspires.
I think of Everyday Paleo as a 3-in-1 therapy, recipe and fitness book. Sarah's goal is to help you lose weight, regain your health and achieve a level of fitness you never thought possible. She gives detailed instructions for acquiring a Paleo lifestyle. She shows that eating a Paleo diet is not only feasible for the busiest of families, but also easy, delicious and completely life changing. She offers numerous recipes for all meals of the day, and provides tips for getting around common road blocks, such as eating out and school lunches. Finally, to keep your entire family fit and sane, she lays out easy-to-follow workout routines that you can do at the gym or at home.
If you've been curious about the Paleo way of eating and want an easy to follow plan, this would be a good book to buy. Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution, wrote the forward to Sarah's book. You might check out his book for an indepth look at the diet.
I'd say that our family follows a Paleo-inspired diet. I am not sure if we would ever go 100% Paleo, but the tenets of the diet make a whole lot of sense to me. And the simple, wholesome recipes in Everyday Paleo are all ones I plan to try.
The Concept Behind the Paleo Way of Eating
"We should eat as our ancestors once did, we should eat based on how we
are genetically wired to eat, and we should eat foods that are not processed,
modified, or tampered with in any way, shape, or form."