As Primal as I am Able
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
For those of you who have been curious, I am still alive and using the site for food tracking and whatnot. My life has become increasingly hectic as of late, so I have neglected my blog a bit. Here I am, though, bringing it back from the dead. I am slowly attempting to enter the world of Primal eating. At this point on my journey for health and fitness, I've already had to give up wheat, barley, rye, and oats due to being diagnosed with celiac disease. That transition led me to give up pretty much most of the packaged foods that I was eating. The big adjustment in this for me is giving up legumes. I think I could live off of peanut butter, but I'm learning to love almond butter as a replacement.
I know that currently, there are different groups who advocate for different levels of strictness and adherence to the diet. (Commonly termed the “Food Police”). I am not, nor will I ever be one of those. There are certain foods that I am currently not planning to avoid. For now those mostly fall into the dairy category. Things like yogurt (I make my own plain yogurt), butter, and cream.
So, in short, the changes to my diet in particular will be eliminating the following:
Soy, peanuts (and other legumes for that matter), most dairy, grains, sugar, and artificial sweetners.
Foods that I will not eliminate (some are contested as to whether or not they are acceptable primal foods):
Limited dairy: homemade yogurt, cream, butter
Coffee (My true love)
Certain supplements (creatine)
In light of this, I suppose you could call my new eating style “as primal as I am able” rather than “primal perfect.” I am also going to experiment with making a few of my usual staples at home. I began with yogurt and guacamole. I want to branch out and make my own nut butters and salsas, too.
At any rate, wish me luck. If any of you have food/blog/etc suggestions, please feel free to message me. I'm interested in learning from other people who eat/live this way.