Reflecting on What I thought I knew … 2

Recently, it has become popular for my friends and family to tag me in their Facebook and Instagram pictures of their meals or to text me photos of other people’s food or grocery labels. I kind of think this is intended as flattery, and I appreciate it. To me, it represents the fact that people are “getting it”, the word is spreading and people are becoming more conscientous of their food decisions. If it means I have to fill the role of paleo police, then so be it. I’m not condemning choices, but by all means if people want feedback, I’m here with it!

That said, it occurred to me recently really how far I’ve come and how much has changed in the past 3 years. Anymore, my kids and I take for granted the way we eat, or shop. Yet, it wasn’t that long ago that our pantry looked very different.

A friend of mine, who is also a teacher, sent me a photo of the contents of a Lunchable the other day, commenting about how gross it looked. While I agree, completely, it made me go back in time to a place when a Lunchable was an acceptable lunch, and $1.99 Happy Meals were acceptable as Thursday dinner.  It’s truly mortifying to admit publicly that yes, grabbing a packet of Goldfish crackers as a snack actually happened in our house. Yuck.

Here is the thing, we all start somewhere and starting is the single most important part. The day you finally realize that what you THINK you know, is not at all what you THOUGHT it was, is a huge step in the right direction. As an advocate for a Paleo lifestyle, what I really am is an advocate for the truth. I believed the marketing and advertising, I believed that fortified food products provided a nutritious and convenient source of fuel for myself and my family. I am like everyone else… except, I woke up. What made me wake up… people who were in my face, consistently, for a long time, telling me to wake the hell up!

There is a lot of back and forth about our approach… “be and example”, “don’t be preachy”, “answer questions when asked, but don’t be in people’s faces about how you eat”… screw that… be whatever you are. If your approach is soft and subtle, fine. If my approach is loud and obnoxious, fine. They both work. I’ll work on the people who need an ass kicking and you work on the ones that don’t like to be confronted. You know why? because people come in all shapes, sizes and personalities, with different motivators. We need more doses of reality, more honesty about responsibility and integrity, more truth about the human condition, more walls torn down around the marketing lies, more information!

Today, I walked into the local bookstore and stood in front of their “new year’s resolution” display table… all diet and exercise and you know what I saw… books… lots of them… written by people I KNOW.  People changing the world, one reader at a time, each one explaining our approach in a different way… because there is a big enough audience for all of us to share our story and we will all catch different fish! So be a voice, be your own voice… and tell your story, it’s catching on!

Without information, without hearing stories; I’d still believe that pesticides washed off my foods with water, I wouldn’t know what a CAFO farmed animal vs a pastured grass-fed humanely raised animal was. I wouldn’t know that corn syrup occupied almost everything I bought and that Genetic Modification was more than cross-breeding species.  I’d still believe the lady at the store who once told me that “farmed” fish was healthier because it was fresh, whereas wild caught fish had to be frozen so it wasn’t as good. Without information, none of us would be here. So, we are charged with the social responsibility of informing others.

The world is inundated with misinformation, creating the desire to cut through the crap is at the root of the Paleo Movement.

The world is inundated with misinformation, creating the desire to cut through the crap is at the root of the Paleo Movement.



About Leanna Cappucci

I am a woman, a mother, a wife, an entrepreneur and I have worn a hundred different hats in my lifetime. I've recreated myself when I've needed to, I've gleaned from the experiences I've been lucky enough to have - both positive and negative, and they have impacted the person that I am today. Like you, I've succeeded and failed and I will continue to do so, because failure is simply the precursor to success! As a coach, as a blogger and as a friend; I am just who I am. I will ramble, I will be honest, I will be emotionally invested and I will say it like it is. I am not a sugar coater, I value honesty. I am not afraid to disagree or have conflict, as those are both healthy and vital to individual growth. I enjoy teaching, learning, discussing and collaborating. As a mother, there is nothing more important to me that the responsibility I have been given to shape the lives of my children, to empower them, to protect them and to help them learn to be strong and independent adults some day.

2 thoughts on “Reflecting on What I thought I knew …

  • Amy

    I loved reading this!

    This week, we started the journey for our mostly g-free kids to the Paleo side. For our five year old, it has been relatively EASY!! He is new to Jiu Jitsu, so we have tied the new food into the new hobby.

    With our three year old, it has not been so easy. She cries, “I’m soooo hungry,” A LOT, but often won’t eat anything. She will eventually, but I am staying the course because when you start reading a lot of g-free products, you instantly think “GROSS!!”

    I am not sure why it took me a while to WAKE UP, but I’m awake now:)

  • Leanna Cappucci Post author

    Amy, that’s awesome, so glad you commented. Stay the course! 🙂

    BTW, I totally agree, GF is a good “first step” but ultimately it is alarming when you look closely and peel back the layers.

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