Towards the end of 2011 the BF had been talking about losing a few lbs and getting back to his ‘fighting weight’ (my words not his). After doing some extensive reading and research he began to contemplate the idea of going primal with his diet, I’m not talking full on caveman eating (lets be real, cave men didn’t have bacon and that would be a travesty to let that food group go). For him going primal has meant eating foods that don’t cause a spike in glucose (i.e. breads, pasta, rice, grains) and instead focusing his meals on all natural, organic and non-processed foods (i.e. nuts, fruits, veggies, meat and occasionally cheese).
Lucky for him, he has dropped about 15 pounds and feels great. His energy levels have sky-rocketed and his determination for healthy living is in overdrive. After talking with him about this new lifestyle in great length (I wasn’t about to give up cheese or the idea I’ll never eat a bagel again) I decided to give these style of eating a try, in moderation, allowing myself grains in infrequent small doses.
I will admit the change has not been one I have adapted to easily and with open arms. I love bread and butter, bagels and my favorite snack was pretzels and diet coke, but after reading The Primal Blueprint and giving the adaptation a few weeks, I’m happy to say I’m making the migration to natural eating and feel better. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy grains from time to time (I had a handful or two of chips at my girls night last night- I can’t say no to chips and salsa) but I’m not revolving my meals around grains and processed foods like I was before.
Here’s an example of my daily eats:
Breakfast can include an omelet with veggies and cheese (I use 2 egg whites and 1 full egg):
You’re probably thinking : “That is crazy”, “It’s unrealistic”, “Sounds like atkins”. I received all of that feedback and more. And I understand your concern. I had the same until I read Primal Blueprint and its really more about cutting out the additives and eating naturally. As I mentioned, I don’t plan to cut out everything fun. I still enjoy birthday cake for my family, or a special treat for girls night once a month. I simply choose to moderate the intake of ‘avoided foods’ and limit the frequency.
This lifestyle has also changed my workout routines, but that’s another post for tomorrow.
To learn more about the Primal Blueprint eating visit: www.marksdailyapple.com . You’ll be surprised about what you see. And get excited because the recipes on A Pinch of Ginger are about to get ‘real’.
Feel free to send me questions about this eating and lifestyle at firstname.lastname@example.org