No, I’m not re-launching my site or anything yet, but as my thoughts and experiences with my health journey evolve through the way I eat, move, and think, my vision for “Cutting the Cheese” has evolved as well.
Initially, my thought was to create a blog name that would be refer to Paleo and also be punny. I think I succeeded. I do have to give credit to a close friend that helped me out, so thank you Jasmy 🙂 Cheese is something I LOVE, so I thought it was a perfect fit! However, as I learned more about Paleo, I realized that, yes, in the strictest sense, dairy isn’t “allowed”. But, as time went on, I stopped thinking of Paleo as a diet of restriction, and I started to see it as using food for nourishment. So, given this change, I started introducing dairy in my meals. While I do feel some effects from dairy, I am unaffected in moderation. So, I haven’t always had to “cut the cheese” out of my diet…however, that doesn’t mean I haven’t had to do it figuratively 😉
As I have I started looking at Paleo from a different perspective, I decided to re-brand my blog through a different lens. I believe most of us know what “Cutting the Cheese” means as an idiom. If not, feel free to find out here. The the meaning is funny in the sophomoric sense that many hate to love. It provokes laughter with a bit of discomfort – literally and figuratively 🙂
Recently, I started a Facebook page to go along with my blog. I tend to post a few times a day to this page by sharing some personal experiences as well as sharing information that I find helpful from other blogs/pages. Sometimes I share recipes or just general information about the Paleo way of eating. However, as I have mentioned before, I do see Paleo as a lifestyle. At the same time, I see eating processed foods and treating certain physical ailments with drugs, and not nutrition, as a lifestyle too. Paleo aside, I feel there are obvious sociopolitical conflicts that serve to profit companies that the modern world just accepts. This makes me uncomfortable…very uncomfortable. I didn’t want to believe it. I don’t want to believe it. But I have to believe it. The Food Pyramid, FDA guidelines, GMO’s, yadda yadda are all politically and economically motivated and most of us either want to ignore it, minimize it, or simply believe that the government and big food companies have our best interests at heart. As an individual, I cannot solely change the current political, economic, or food systems. However, it would be silly for me to not recognize the motivation and manipulation of these systems. If everyone realized how they were being manipulated, they would probably be uncomfortable.
Another area I have felt passionate about is self-love when it comes to body image and what we think about ourselves. I have definitely struggled with body image in many ways that I hope to share in future posts. In the past couple months, I have been able to move past a lot of my insecurities and get to a point where not only do I love myself and my body more than before, but I have also realized that I was making excuses about why I didn’t think I was insecure in the first place. Again, this was uncomfortable. Loving who I am, as I am, is uncomfortable. Do I have a Victoria’s Secret model body? NO. Have I lost as much weight as I would have initially liked? NO. A year ago, these answers would have made me very uncomfortable. But, I’m happy to say, that I’m much more happy in my skin, as is, than before. Does that mean I don’t want to lose weight or that I don’t think I would be as attractive if I lost more weight? No, not at all. My priorities have just changed. My goal is health first, and, as Jason Seib says, to look “hot by accident”.
Lastly, I have started to make some changes in my daily routine to include meditation, prayer, and asking for help when I feel I need support in my life. Stress management is a huge part of lifestyle and if affects our bodies immensely. Here is a great summary about stress and adrenal fatigue: The Real Deal On Adrenal Fatigue by Robb Wolf. Making changes to daily habits is difficult. After all the Merriam-Webster definition of a habit is “a usual way of behaving : something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way”. So making changes in our busy, stress-filled lives, especially to slow down and let go of certain outcomes through mediation, prayer, or what have you, is hard and uncomfortable, but it is also very beneficial. I’m not talking about being a yogi and sitting on a mountain in lotus position. These are changes you can make throughout the day in the comfort of your home, but, to do so, priorities have to change.
I’m evolving/re-branding this blog by pushing through uncomfortable barriers and becoming more aware, accepting, and comfortable being uncomfortable! I still do plan to post recipes, etc to have some balance and fun 🙂
Enjoy and feel free to comment about this change!
As a speech-language pathologist, I love reading about learning, neuroscience, and communication. I have “liked” some pages on Facebook which post interesting articles about these subjects. Today, I read a really interesting article about the Zeigarnik Effect. A Russian psychologist, Bluma Zeigarnik, observed an interesting phenomenon while watching waiters fulfill their orders. The article also talks about other studies and gives examples that simply demonstrate that when we start something, we are more likely to finish it.
I am really great at procrastination. I don’t like that I procrastinate, but I do it quite well. There are two reasons that I procrastinate:
1 – I am not really motivated to do a task
2 – I don’t know where to start and I want it to be perfect
Being motivated is a key determinant to getting something done. However, even when I am motivated, I put things off because the task seems so big, and I want to start in the exact, right, perfect place so it turns out well. I felt this way before I started this blog. First, I thought that I didn’t have the right blog name, and then I thought that I didn’t start my diet and exercise at the same time, so how can I really keep track of what influenced my body? Then I thought that I hadn’t taken any measurements until recently, so it’s not really true to my real progress. Lastly, I realized that I was full of reasons not to get start, and I just had to start somewhere, anywhere! I did make sure my blog name was just right though 😉
In reality, it doesn’t matter where I start, because it is about the journey and not the destination. This journey has taught me so much in such a short time. All I had to do was start! And ultimately, I have realized the value of all the imperfections I have encountered. If I started out anything exact, right, and perfect, there would not be any room for progress, and it’s the progress that has motivated me to keep going! Don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to reaching my goals, but what I forget sometimes is that my goals are ideas. They haven’t happened yet. When I turn my goals into expectations, it can end in disappointment and resentment. I try to remember that the journey may alter my idea of these goals, and that is perfectly OK! So, I’m just trying to enjoy what is happening NOW because that is the only thing under my control. I truly believe that when I do this, I’ll be in for a great ride 🙂
I remember an instructor during a Dailey Method class saying, “If you’re thinking about what you have to do tonight, the groceries you need to buy, or what you’re doing tomorrow, STOP. Think positive thoughts. Think about keeping your hips square and tucking in your pelvis.” That’s exactly what I did, and, not only was I less stressed, I had a better workout. That moment was lived.
What types of projects or tasks have you been putting off because you want them to be perfect?