Anyone in the mood for a little paleo ‘cheese’ recipe? I know cheese isn’t paleo. Don’t get all hot and bothered yet paleo police! Now that I have your attention, read on.
I love information. Reading it, collecting it and sharing it. I’m an educator and a science geek by nature. My undergraduate degree is in nutrition and dietetics, and my graduate degree is in public health and was heavily focused on health education. I enjoy combining these parts of me, the natural “I want to share knowledge with others” part with my love (obsession really) for nutrition, food, and the science that intertwines them. I feel like I can create magic with this recipe!
1) Nutrition = fueling the body so it functions the way it should
2) Food = the fuel
3) Related science = the metabolic processes that occur when the right food (for me that’s the paleo diet because it focuses on whole, real, clean food and makes me feel fantastic) is converted in the body to fuel, providing nutrients for the body to function
4) Public health spin = sharing this information in such a way that it’s easily digestible (pun sort of intended) for people to understand and practice themselves
Mix all ingredients together, bake (let the information sink in to foster behavior change), and serve (practice what’s been learned). It’s that simple!
Hang tight, I’m going to get all academic up in here, but just briefly. Baking time will vary depending on the individual. Readiness for change is dependent on a number of things that are personal to each and every one of us and may include factors that are biological, behavioral, and social (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK43745/). This article is a bit old but for the purposes of health behavior change that I’m discussing here it works perfectly as a reference. Biological examples may include things like current levels of stress and health status, and any existing disease states (such as IBS, Crohn’s disease, diabetes or heart disease). Smoking or use of tobacco, consumption of alcohol, level of physical activity, and current diet status are examples of behavioral factors. Factors related to social aspects of health behavior change may include socioeconomic status, support from others (friends and family), and even someone’s occupation. I talk a bit about behavior change in one of my thoughts for today on my Facebook page (from July 30). In case you are wondering, and I know (hope at least) you are you can find me on Facebook under Alliefitfoodie. Find me! Like me! So, change. Yes. Change doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process. It can definitely be an arduous one. Behavior change is never point A to point B. It tends to be more like point A to point to point Q to point X to point B. Be patient with yourself if you are the one making changes. If someone in your life is working on changing support them and be patient with them. Successful change happens when small, manageable steps forward are taken over time, and everyone has their own timeline. If you are interested in reading more about behavior models related to change check out Bandura (self efficacy) and Prochaska (stages of change). They are two of my favorites. Or just search for behavioral models of change. There are a ton of these from many different authors.
Ok, enough with the academic mumbo jumbo. Let’s put a fork in this (pun totally intended).
I’m calling this recipe my paleo quadfecta success-a! I was shooting for three ingredients to make it a trifecta because that sounds way more catchy, but you really can’t make this happen without number four, the public health component.
Did you know quadfecta is actually a word? I didn’t. I Googled ‘quadfecta’ and it exists (thankfully otherwise I’d have to rethink this entire post). Pretty paleo cheesy huh?