Congratulations Kittiestars and EnglishRose for taking the leap and committing to trying the lifestyle. Great that you have had some wins already to help keep you motivated.
I have been following a Primal plan for about 8 months. I agree the longer I have been following the nutritional part of the plan, the easier it is - as to turning down pie at a social event - no problem - it is about mindset, but also body reactions.
I understand people need to move at their own pace, so there is no right or wrong - here are some considerations.
Consider eating clean, including eliminating grains for 30 days, then add them back in - you may notice a much more intense reaction than if you continue eating them on a 80/20 type program. I had no idea how much impact grains have on my system - no way would I eat that pie now, cause I know how my body will respond - and it is not good.
Consider how exercise, sleep and stress impact the how process. GF and I started at the same time and have both seen tremendous scale and non-scale victories. For the most part we are comfortable with our level of mastery regarding the nutritional piece, and to a degree on the exercise front - we are now putting more of our attention and learning towards stress and sleep.
We are both amazed at how much impact managing stress and getting enough sleep has on our health, particularly the non-scale elements. I suspect the sleep and stress is very much like grains - only when you go clean can you really understand how much impact they are having. Until we had cleaned up our diets and are exercising regularly, we didn't see the impact of stress and sleep.
So the bottom line, this is a little bit of a cautionary tale and an experience-based advocacy. Sisson writes consistently about the four elements of a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress. My advocacy - don't focus exclusively on food, you might miss something important that is impacting your health and ability to properly metabolize all the good food you are eating.
Edited by: EGALITAIRE at: 9/10/2012 (10:50)
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