Four P’s – Phamily, Phriends, Phood and Phun!

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I’ll start with the video. Watch this as a precursor to what is written below.
I’d like to start by thanking my man, Brad Feeser of Hearty Films.
I’ve only recently met Brad, but I liked him from the start. A guy with a contagious smile and a zest for life, he is passionate about what he does and it shows.

A recent conversation we had went like this:

Brad: What’s your ultimate goal?

Me: Good Question… 🙂

Pause a few minutes

Me: Family, Friends, Food and Fun!!

Brad: I’m struggling with that question as well. But my favorite is to use film to help others accomplish their goals.

Isn’t that great? Brad is not sure what his ultimate goal is, but in his effort to answer, we find the words to help others accomplish their goals.
I would argue that this is in line with Greg Glassman describing CrossFit as, “A global network of friends committed to making the world a better place.” I love that!!
What is this all about? What is this gushy, soft, motivational talk about helping people and goals? Isn’t this a website dedicated to Culinary Fitness and teaching people to cook healthy food?

It is. It is. But, it’s much more than that…

A part of my “ultimate goal” is to use food to help others accomplish their goals. It ails me to see people struggle with their diets. Not just people, but people who have made a conscious effort to improving the way they eat.

I see elite athletes eating food as fuel, not caring what it tastes like, but merely shoveling it in to keep their tanks full.

I see my grandma so sick and frail that I barely recognize her, so resistant to real food and addicted to sugar that there is virtually no hope for her improvement.

I see my mom, after having gastric bypass sugery, slowly putting the pounds back on, so addicted to sugar, it cannot be explained.

I see the general public and their conventional wisdom, being lied to, their minds so calloused by myth that they call you crazy when you present them with the truth.

I see people willing to learn, but unwilling to put in the time, effort and practice to understand how their bodies work and, furthermore, how to make delicious foods that will nourish.

What is the common theme among all of these people I see?

FOOD.

Food is an amazing thing. At least it is to me. I have loved food for as long as I can remember. I used to eat raw hamburger while it was sitting on the counter next to the stove waiting to be cooked. Raw bacon? That too. I’d sneak it because I was taught not to eat raw meat. No one explained why, I just knew that it was taboo, so I snuck it. It tasted good to me. I knew nothing of food borne illness, all that I knew was that I was hungry and it tasted good…

Fast forward a few years and you’ll see that food has been a common thread all through my life. Well, that is true for all people. We all eat food, every day. However, for me, it has transcended the nutritional need and become the basis for my career.

I often compare cooking with other professions. Cooking brings people together like nothing else, except maybe death, but even then there is food involved, no? Compare a cook to say, an accountant. How many times have you been invited over to your accountant’s house on a Friday night to crunch numbers? How about a dentist or a surgeon? Do they get together with friends and cut people open or fill cavities? I mean, maybe, but you just don’t see it…

A cook, on the other hand, sings a different song altogether. If you can cook well and you invite people over to cook together and eat; to turn the kitchen into a gallery of food art which is subsequently consumed, now that has allure. Your invite will seldom be turned down and you’ll often get a call back asking if another friend can come or a relative who is in town, or even someone’s mom…

Anyways. Where is this going, dude? What is this article all about?

I don’t even know to tell you the truth. I guess it is an attempt to answer Brad’s question, “What is your ultimate goal?”

The question is loaded, but that does not mean an attempt to answer it shouldn’t be made.

What do I want to do?

I want to share the stories I have and teach the things I’ve learned.

That my career to this point has been based on food is a blessing, not a curse. I mean sure, I constantly analyze people’s approach to food, nutrition, fitness, and what’s healthy. I am seldom pleased with a restaurant experience and I get sick of hearing people explain how black beans and brown rice are healthy. But, it’s not a curse, it’s just part of the program. The blessing is holding in my back pocket the ability to walk into any environment, to know which food works well with the human body, and to prepare it so that it tastes good.

I don’t see a future of people cherishing fast food. The first wealth is health and the future lies therein.

So, let me see if I can bring this all back together.

Brad made the above video and gave it to me as a gift in an effort to use video to help others accomplish their goals.

I am using that video in an effort to show you how fun cooking healthy food can be. The video wraps up a five hour experience into just under 80 seconds, but the message shines through. As far as I know, there was no one there who didn’t have fun. What is present in the video? Family, Friends, Food and Fun. If I had to add one more F to the mix, it would be Fitness. All involved parties are dedicated to fitness.

I hope that, through this article, you have a better understanding of where I am coming from and where I intend to go. While my ultimate goal is not entirely clear, I can guarantee you that it involves teaching people how to cook healthy food and having fun while doing it.

I have begun the “Keep It Paleo!” Seminar, which is as in line with my mission as possible. Sure, there is hard work involved in putting seminars like this together, but the end result is fulfilling. People come and pay money to stand on their feet all day and learn about diet, sanitation, food science, knife skills and cooking. They take home 20 meals and get a glimpse at how a professional kitchen ticks. If we go to all of that work and the only thing they learn is how to cut an onion, is it really worth it? Well, maybe. At least they’ll go through the next 30, 40, or 50 years of their life knowing how to cut an onion, and that has value…

But, my hope is that they’ll learn so much more. So, I am going to continue doing what I am doing. My goal is to publish 1000 instructional cooking videos and to make the Paleo Diet approachable. What is invloved in accomplishing that? Several things, and they’ll all play out in due time.

For now, I will leave you with the closing stanzas of my poem, “Ode to Paleo”:

To debunk the myths

we’ve been fed about nutrition.

And show you the truth about food

is my mission.

So come with me

and the goods you will witness.

Let Paleo Nick be your guide

to Culinary Fitness!

“Keep It Paleo!”, my friends!
Sincerely,
Paleo Nick

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