Exercise is important; but diet is critical. At least that’s what Robb Wolf says in his book The Paleo Solution. I believe it to be so.

Not unlike many American women, I have struggled for what seems like a lifetime with body image issues. My earliest memory of not liking the skin I was in is from a time when I was 6 years old. It makes me sad to remember that, and sad for that little girl that instead of enjoying back to school shopping, she was embarrassed to “be” a size 6X. If only I had coded that in my sweet little brain differently. Wearing a size 6X and being a size 6X are two entirely different things.

I am thankful that as an adult I have – to a great degree – learned to accept myself – body and all – and have become comfortable in my own skin. It’s definitely a process that continues to unfold.

Today several friends and I have begun a Lean Turkey Challenge. For me that consists of eating squeaky clean for 42 consecutive days. I will eat only meats, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds and healthy fats. Why in the world would I do that? Believe it or not, for fun! My own nutrition evolution has brought me to the point where this is the norm for me on a regular basis, although I’ll have a few splurges from time to time. But for the next 6 weeks I’m challenging myself, encouraging myself, and applauding myself for cleaning up my act and taking charge of my health and well-being.

Well-being. I like that. Being well.

Be well,

Jeanye

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