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18Apr/112

Authenticity

Truth

We’re all attracted to authenticity – people who say what they believe in, stand up for what they believe in and live or die by their principles. And similarly, when you find someone who you realise is prepared to change their opinion for a few quid or a few favours, you lose all respect for them.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot because I trade. Trading for those that have never done it may conjure up images of complicated analysis, charts and healthy dose of greed thrown in to measure. While all of that is true, at the beating heart of trading is judgement of human behaviour. The better you are it, the more you recognise your own failings, the better you become. This spills over into every area of your life, whether you want it to or not.

And at a trading expo last weekend I saw two people who sat at opposite ends of the authentic scale; but at first blush both guys were very similar. Both appeared to be successful, both appeared to know what they were doing, both were full of enthusiasm for their craft. But only one of them was telling the truth, the other was hoodwinking the audience into getting people to sign up for his trading courses, which are criticised in just about every corner of the web. Now, though you didn’t have to have the skills of Derren Brown to figure this out because it’s easy enough to google both of these people, the fraudster gave away his hand right at the beginning of his spiel:

“Ladies and gentlemen, what I’m going to do to you today… cough, I mean, do for you today, is …”

Whereas the authentic guy said the one thing that resonated the most with me the whole day.

“To be successful in trading, you need to keep one motto in mind – to thine ownself be true”.

True that. And what’s this got to do with paleo? A lot as it happens. A lot of the early paleo diet blogs were pretty dogmatic in the beginning, so while the general ideas; saturated fat & meat is good vs grains & legumes are bad, is based on some pretty compelling science, is rice really that bad for you? I couldn’t see that it was. Or could peas cause you a whole world of health problems. I didn’t believe so. And for that reason, I could never quite buy into the whole story.

But, what they all had in common was their authenticity. These people really, really, believed what they were saying. And because of that, if they ever came across evidence that something they believed turned out not to be true, they’d change their mind in a heartbeat. Because they put the principle – truth – before their own ego. It takes some guts to do that.

So fast forward to today, and Paleo thinking has evolved. Richard Nikoley picked up on one single line from Sean Croxton that sums up all the best advice from every decent blog out there today:

Eat real food. Listen to your body. Live a great life. And do what works for you.

If that’s not true, I don’t know what is.

Truth pic from Newtown Graffiti

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  1. I’ve seen this evolution in my own life. I started out 100% dogmatic “Paleo…” then, as I learned more and found the work of Weston A. Price, I had to consider the real detriment/benefit to some of these non-orthodox-Paleo foods (the presence of Vitamin A & Vitamin K2 specifically) It’s funny to see the evolution in my own writings. I now incorporate a few “NP” things: G-F ghee & butter, fermented foods, butter oil, cod liver oil, and don’t sweat a little rice in my sushi or potatoes with breakfast. Above all – As a generally healthy, Real Food eater – my biggest beef with any Real Food Dogma is the continued ignorance of our basic, innate bodily intelligence. The body knows what it needs.

    • Hi Liz, you and me both. One of things that nearly stopped me writing this blog was the idea of making all your mistakes in public, but some of the best blogs do this all the time. I agree with you about the body IQ.


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