Please stick with it and don’t beat yourself up about the chocolate cake. Don’t do that. The paleo-ish lifestyle is powerful; powerful enough that it can easily withstand the occasional indiscretion. Don’t set yourself up for failure and the consequent guilt trip to which we have all been conditioned since birth…because I can pretty much guarantee you’ll have many more pieces of chocolate cake over your lifetime. For me, it’ll be pecan pie. Don’t sweat it. Feel it, make it a very good while before you do it again and you’ll be fine. You’re already a hero unto yourself and the only thing that can change that is you.
Now, you have knowledge. You are becoming an authority — an authority over your own life, health and especially: well being. Soon, you will know with certainty that nobody in the world has the slightest clue about you that even comes close to the knowledge you have and the keen sense you’re developing. And because of your youth, you’ll probably gain it much sooner. We’re no different, physiologically, from any wild animal with no access to healthcare, a safety net or any other contrived mechanism designed to train you into the human zoo — the hive and the hill. Doesn’t mean you can’t break a bone, catch a dangerous pathogen, or have something else go haywire that no diet can fix. Then, you thank your lucky stars for the pioneers and you go and get yourself fixed if you can.
But never fall into the trap of needing the regurgitative diktats of conventional, mass market "wisdom." It’s a fool’s paradise designed to make you, and keep you, dependent.
…That was my response to to 16 yr-old M, a female of the human species, in reply to this email.
I stumbled upon your website today (which always happens with transformations in my life) after searching for soap-free cleansers. I am 16 and after years of being overweight and battling acne and what seems to me like depression, I decided to start working for what I want.
So I’ve made drastic changes to my entire lifestyle, and now I am extra happy that I’ve found your website and the paleo life way. I’ve lost 10 pounds since the beginning of this year, when I happened to start this diet thing, not even a real "new years resolution" to begin with. And I’ve learned enough now to know it’s a total lifestyle change forever. I look forward to a life apart from the SAD diet and lifestyle.
Anyway all that to say, I have started reading your posts since January for the paleo life way for beginners, and most recently, the one about the rare 18 year old guy who is doing the Atkin’s diet and all of this. So here’s another young one who is sick of unhealthiness, falsehood, and self-destruction! And it’s kinda difficult at the beginning right now…I ate a huge piece of chocolate cake today. But it made me never want to eat one again, and now I have found your website and further changes to my life will be promptly made. The paleo lifestyle sounds absolutely wonderful and what I’ve been trying to learn about or find for a while.
I don’t think I’m ever going to a have a tired or resistant bone in my body for the young folks. Amongst all the bullshit uttered daily over the airwaves, the admonition that these people are the future is unimpeachable — well, at least in principle. The Nomenclatura use them just as much as they use the poor, the unfortunate and whoever else they can expropriate, to heap guilt upon you for 1) enjoying your own life too much and, 2) not sacrificing enough. But that’s what parasites do.
Make the world a better place by encouraging young people to be better, more honest, with far more integrity than demonstrated by ours and previous generations (which, in terms of public service, is generally dismal).
So now go let your Facebook and Twitter adult friends know that the kids say "thanks" (not). Buttons are up top.