ONLY A SURFER KNOWS THE FEELING
From water emerged Paleo Pete
The phrase “only a surfer knows the feeling” is divisive. It alienates people who never have or will ever know the feeling of surfing. TV chef, personality and author Pete Evans has the same impact on the general public. And there is no surprise he is also a surfer.
“Paleo Pete” is no stranger to causing controversy with his ketogenic diet plan. Some in the medical world have reacted angrily at claims symptoms from cancer, asthma and autism in children can be managed by changing your diet. Despite the uproar from medical circles, Paleo Pete’s message is taking off.
It’s not about whether you believe his philosophy on food or not, this article’s purpose is about finding how he came to be known as Paleo Pete. Back to riding waves, as a surfer you need to surrender to nature and ride what it throws up at you. Pete has done the same with food.
“I love food and I love surfing,” he said.
“I have a goal of surfing until I am one hundred years old, so in saying that, it makes sense that nourishing myself with the most nutrient dense and delicious foods on the planet will be one of my tools.”
Pete attributes his insights into food and way of life to nature. He goes on further to say having wisdom is defined by having experience, knowledge and good judgement and using common sense.
“The more time I spend in nature and being connected to its energy has helped me acquire what I would call having common sense,” he said.
“Let’s take the issue of sun safety in Australia, we have this unnatural fear towards the sun, people lather themselves in toxic chemicals then lay out in the sun for an unnatural period and believe they are safe from the sun.
“I would rather take a ‘common sense’ approach to the sun and avoid toxic chemicals rubbed onto my body, yet not fear the sun but have a healthy relationship to it while respecting its power and getting adequate exposure daily or when I can so that my vitamin d levels are in an excellent range.
“The same can be applied to many different ways we look at the world and especially when it comes to food, relationships, sex, self love, sleep, movement, decision making and so on.”
Paleo is not just a food fad. It’s a way of life for so many people and now becoming entrenched in cafes and restaurants. Pete said, it’s embedded in the human phsychi to prolong your life and do what you can to be disease free.
“To be healthy is quite simple yet requires a shift in values and priorities and then a healthy Australian population is very easy to achieve,” he said.
“There are many people leading a very simple and healthy lifestyle and we have the opposite where people are making themselves sicker and sicker each day, and I will say it again, it comes down to a choice.”
The true cost of obesity
The economic cost of childhood obesity is estimated to cost taxpayers $43 million per year but it’s the human cost which is more of a concern for Pete Evans.
According to a Monash university study, families have been urged to take a common sense approach in managing their children’s approach.
The Monash University research calculated the cost of the obesity epidemic among children aged six to 13 by looking at the data of 3,458 children according to their 2015 Medicare figures.
Unlike previous studies it looked at the casual effects on public funded health care costs.
The figure of $43 million includes things like targeted exercise schemes, nutritionists, specialist assistance and GP visits.
“So yes I get disheartened when I see the people that are too young or can’t make their own decisions suffer from poor choices from the people looking after them,” he said.
“If people adopted this simple form of eating that I openly share through my social media and cookbooks etc then the health of the planet and the environment would dramatically improve.
“Think about your priorities in life and perhaps look at putting health as one of the top ones.”
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