I have to start by saying that when I first heard about the primal movement I thought it sounded absolutely ridiculous. I was in the kitchen at work, heating up a typical “clean” lunch (filled with some sort of whole grain, no doubt) when a co-worker I had not seen for over a month walked in. She was the size of an average young woman when I left… and now she was a significantly smaller version of her previous self. When I asked what her secret was she told me all about cavemen, zero grains, and the amount of meat she was eating. Part of me was worried about her health, but the other part was pretty curious.
She referred me to www.marksdailyapple.com (MDA) where I started learning more about primal living. I still wasn’t convinced that this was something I should try; but then I started going through the success stories. I couldn’t believe how similar the stories were to my own; similar health issues, backgrounds, and struggles. The more I related to the stories, the more curious I was. So I purchased a copy of Mark Sisson’s book, The Primal Blueprint for my kindle, and it all started to make sense. I’ll let you explore the “Primal 101” section of MDA for more information, if you’d like to know why I’m eating the things I’m eating, and avoiding the things I’m avoiding.
I’m calling this 30 day challenge an experiment because there are a few things I want to test:
- Will I really lose weight? (The book says losing 1-2 pounds of body fat per week is what I should go for)
- If I do lose weight, great, but at what cost? How will I feel? Will my brain be cloudy all day, or will I have some energy? Will my workout performance improve, or weaken?
- Will my skin look healthier?
- Would it actually be possible or me to eat this way 80% of the time, for the rest of my life? I’m a bit of a foodie, so I’m not sure how I feel about this.
Mark has 10 primal “laws”, but I’ll mainly be concentrating on two:
- Eat Lots of Plants and Animals (grass-fed meat, veggies, fruits).
- Avoid Poisonous Things (processed foods, refined sugar, grain-fed and antibiotic filled meats, grains). Grains includes things like: wheat, rice (through wild rice can be eaten in moderation), corn, oats, cereals, breads, pastas, ancient grains, etc).
I will also be eliminating dairy products for the 30 day time period, because I think I may be intolerant to dairy (Mark says it’s okay to eat dairy in moderation, but only if you are able to digest it without issues). I will also be limiting the amount of legumes I eat, as per the book’s instructions.
I’ll be addressing other aspects of primal living (like the primal take on exercise) as the month goes on.
Each day I will share a journal of what I’ve eaten throughout the day (with pictures, where possible) and my general thoughts in terms of how I feel and how things are going.
Once every 2 weeks I’ll be weighing in to see if there are any fluctuations on the scale. At the end of 30 days I’ll also take my measurements, to see if my body composition is changing. I’ll then let you decide if this lifestyle might be right for you, or if it’s another unsustainable fad.