Your body is a temple

I have been contemplating this phrase recently. Everything you put into your body affects you, and we should always be striving for optimum energy and health. We all have our off days and “cheats,” but just keep this phrase in mind the next time you’re contemplating that 24-ingredient mystery food staring you in the face.

Despite being paleo for nearly 15 months now, I am still learning what works and what doesn’t for my “temple.” Here are some recent changes I am implementing for optimum energy and health:

  • Becoming more mindful of protein intake: Protein is obviously necessary (especially from animals), but excessive protein can cause an insulinogenic response. Instead, replace these calories with fat.
  • Eating more vegetables: Even though I don’t think veggies are necessary for a healthy lifestyle (e.g. Vilhjalmu Stefansson, the Inuit tribe, the Bear), they are great for adding more fat by cooking in coconut oil, butter, ghee, lard, olive oil, etc. And they have fiber. And they will make your mother love you again.
  • Reducing/eliminating caffeine and replacing with water: another post on this later.
  • Reducing dairy (yet again): Just when you thought the Dairy-Free Challenge had died a rightful death, I have decided to remove dairy (again) except for butter. The sour cream and cheese were just too addicting.

So keep that in mind, everyone: your body is a temple. Treat it well, and it will treat you well.

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9 Responses to Your body is a temple

  1. Chuck Grimmett says:

    Good post, Joe!

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  3. Bob Ewing says:

    I really like your approach to fat, Joe. I want to learn more about dietary fat, and how I can incorporate it into my diet. Any suggestions? One suggestion, of course, is for me to post about it. There’s no better way to learn that to write. Still, I’d love to hear more from you on this.

    And you got me to laugh at the part about making my mother love me again. 🙂

    • paleojoe says:

      Hey Bob,
      A quick reply here, but this definitely calls for a thoughtful post. Here goes:

      Basically, my approach to dietary fat has been a) eat fatty cuts of meat (e.g. roasts, chicken thighs, and even beef tongue!), b) eat lots of egg yolks, c) cook with/eat lots of coconut oil, butter, olive oil, bacon grease, etc., and d) supplement with Omega 3 fish oil. In other words, try to fill up on fat, and only eat as much protein as your body requires. The supplementing is necessary for me because I don’t always eat pastured meat.

      On days where you are very physically active, you will need more protein; 100-150 grams, depending on your weight. On sedentary days, you won’t need much at all; maybe 50 or 60 grams.

      I’ll write a post on this next week. In the meantime, grab yourself a brick of Kerrygold butter and eat up 🙂

  4. Staffaction says:

    Yes, good post, Joe!

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