Inform Yourself Friday

A rundown of articles, recipes, photos and quotes that grabbed my attention this week. I think everyone should read, make and see these.

This quote is applicable to a few areas in my life right now: the upcoming, heated Scottish referendum, where those of us living in Scotland (including myself) are voting about the future of Scotland as an independent country or to remain with the UK. My change to training and trying new things. And of course, taking a leap of faith, deviating away from ‘healthy eating’ and trying something totally new, that totally works. Like my recipes, this quote is versatile 🙂

Why a leap of faith to try something new? Because maybe you’re not as healthy as you think you are, even if you’re a primal eater. Sometimes, with some people, changing what we eat is just the first step to discovering some major health issues. Most times, diet alone can make a world of difference. For a small minority, though, that dietary change to primal is just the tip of the iceberg. Primal, or not primal, this article presents what comes off as some minor health issues but can actually be much more.

But what if you’re on the fence about primal eating? What if you have a fear of fat and more importantly, a fear of change and letting go of something you knew as right your entire life? Things in the nutrition world are changing, albeit slowly. This article, on the big fat surprise in nutrition, explains why fat isn’t actually bad for you, and where the whole low-fat fad came from. A good read.

And while we’re on the topic, read about what happened to attempted trail blazer John Yudkin (mentioned in the above article) after he spoke out about sugar. Sounds a bit like something out of the Cold War era.

So you’ve decided to change your diet, you’ve decided to go primal. The biggest question that comes to mind now is “What can I eat?” The internet is FULL of recipes, but starting that initial journey of discovery takes time, patience and education. I’ll give you two shortcuts for recipes you can start using tomorrow if you like, all made with ingredients you can find at your local butcher and grocery store: Against the Grain’s Slow –cooked Thai Beef and the Domestic Man’s Soft-Boiled Scotch Eggs, a potential hit amongst UK readers for sure.

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This beef is to die for!

Finally, where do I fit in all of this? Over the past few months, you’ve heard me mention how I wanted to seek higher education with regards to nutrition and working with people to help get them on the path to primal way of eating. I mentioned a possible masters in nutrition, and found one, but I currently don’t have the £5000 to pay for it. I thought maybe going the registered dietician route, but, as with the masters, my main issue would be that I would have to learn conventional nutrition myths information, and I know I just wouldn’t like it.

Then, I received an email from a friend that changed everything. My favourite primal guru, Mark Sisson, is now offering a certification programme for people who are primally inclined and want to spread the word. I’m going to be signing up to become a Primal Blueprint Certified Expert! I’m going to be learning even more about primal living, eating and moving, and at the end, will have a piece of paper saying I’m qualified to deliver these services. It’s a distance education programme where you progress at your own pace. And at the end, I will be in a long list of Primal Blueprint Experts from around the world. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Tell the universe what you want and it delivers!

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