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Day 58 - Going Primal

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

I've decided to go Primal and Low-Carb. Most of you know I am severely gluten-intolerant... so this isn't the largest shift ever for me--in fact, I am already eating many of these foods and cooking 90% of my meals at home. The major shift is going to be eliminating non-fermented soy products, added sugars, and pasteurized dairy... and eating fewer carbs.

So, this means my diet will consist of...

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I will still eat some legumes and maybe the occasional gluten-free grain... I will still indulge occasionally in red wine and dark chocolate -- HOWEVER, these won't be a staple part of my diet by any means.

Also, my diet WON'T consist of...
-Added sugar or juice. I might still use a tiny bit of honey or agave, but not too regularly. If I want something sweet, I will eat some berries or apples, or a sweet potato.
-Artificial crap and additives/preservatives
-Pasteurized/Non-Grass-Fed Dairy (no cheese while eating out!)
-Vegetable Oils (except xtra virgin olive and coconut)

I'm aiming to stay below 100g carb per day (about half of what I am taking in now), with one day per week below 50g. All of my carbs will come from fruits and vegetables.

Fitness-wise, I've got a new plan. I'm going to be doing all-out sprinting intervals once, and I'll be doing one full-body strength training to fatigue once each week (not the same day). The rest of the week, I will just be doing light cardio... aiming for 2-5 hours of light (below 75% HR) activity per week. I might actually do c25k at a much slower pace on my light cardio days. The point is, I only want to do really heavy training two days per week, so I have plenty of time to recover between workouts, and so my cortisol levels aren't chronically elevated.... and I am ramping up the low-intensity stuff for maximum fat burn without overtraining.

Sun: Rest
Mon: Walk 30-60 min
Tue: Strength Training to fatigue
Wed: Walk 30-60 min
Thu: Walk 30-60 min
Fri: Sprinting intervals
Sat: Walk 30-60 min

Sooo, that's the plan!
I'm 100% committed to this. Wish me luck!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ICAMP2 6/10/2013 7:44AM

    Primal/paleo here too... love seeing others on SP who are moving towards this path. I have lost all my achiness and pain in my joints and have cleared up allergies like crazy since following this.. Right now I am cleansing with the whole30, but overall have been following paleo because I am also gluten sensitive. The legumes are the tough area for me because I love love love beans! However I feel so good I just remind myself of that when I think about going back!

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CYNDERROSE 4/12/2013 3:24PM

    Good luck!
I've been trying to eat Primal this month (I've had a few slips) but I feel so much better.

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KENSHO 4/11/2013 11:17AM

    Good luck!!

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KIPPER15 4/10/2013 8:23PM

    Your nutrition plan sounds very interesting.

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BECOMING_HOLLY 4/10/2013 1:12PM

    Jamie -- This is kind of the direction I have been going (naturally) too. Some days are much easier than others, but I feel healthier when I stick to it!

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RUNASHLEYRUN 4/10/2013 11:30AM

  Good luck on your new journey!! emoticon

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KIKIMAV 4/9/2013 7:01PM

    That's a very solid plan!!!! emoticon
I have never tried anything like that in my nutrition, but the more I read and hear about paleo (or sort of), the more I am impressed on how much it benefits one person!!!
I'm looking forward to hear more of your progress with it! emoticon

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CARYNV07 4/9/2013 5:30PM

    I started eating paleo about 6 weeks ago and it was one of the best things I could have done for my body. I feel so so so much better than I used to and it helped curb the urge to binge I often felt. I've found that I obsess about food so much less than I used to. It's really been an amazing change.

Good luck!

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CPRESSON 4/9/2013 5:02PM

    My doc put me on a low carb (30-40g/day), no sugar diet (ketogenic diet) a couple of months ago. It was tough with training for a half marathon the first 3 weeks or so, but I seem to have adapted to it pretty well now. He's going to run my labs in a couple of weeks and hopefully my blood glucose is back to normal (it's been at pre-diabetic level the last 2 years). Once I hit my weight/body fat goals and get other issues worked out, I'm thinking I'll probably stay on a primal/paleo diet. I do occasionally miss my rice, potatoes and bread, though :) We can do this!


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FLMOMX2 4/9/2013 3:47PM

    Best wishes for you on this journey. I'm on it with you per doctor's orders. Lots of proteins and limited carbs--I'm doing no grains or potatoes. I'm trying to stay under 100 g carbs. emoticon

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MRSP90X 4/9/2013 2:23PM

    Sounds like an excellent plan, and I totally understand it as I am doing something similar as well! Love your Sparkpage!

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LORI0612 4/9/2013 2:15PM

    WOW! That's impressive! Good luck on your new journey and you'll have to keep us posted on how it goes! I'll be anxious for updates! emoticon

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SMILINGTREE 4/9/2013 1:21PM

    When I first read about Paleo/Primal/whatever-you-want-to-c
all-it, I was so skeptical. Now, several years and nutritional experiments later, I think it is probably pretty close to what my body needs. I attempted a month of veganism and it soooo did NOT work for me. I did some research and found that is the case for quite a number of people.

Also, when I stop eating wheat, I always lose between 5 and 10 pounds within a week or two, so that seems like a pretty good indication it's not a good thing for me. I've learned so much about other grains - quinoa, millet, etc. - and found that a small serving of some sort of carb is important for me to feel sated.

Good luck with the Primal eating. I hope that it works for you. It's so frustrating to feel like you are always searching for the "right" combination - well, that's how I feel, anyway.

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VHALKYRIE 4/9/2013 1:07PM

    Grains aren't a staple of my diet anymore, either. I never ate many legumes to begin with, so it wasn't a big change for me. I hope you get good results with it!

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