Being primal seems to really suit me

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I've been following The Primal Blueprint from MarksDailyApple.com for a little while now, albeit somewhat loosely, and recently I tightened it down to under 85g of carbs a day. I try for 110g of NATURAL fats and 125g of protein to round it out. And it's amazing how great I feel!

So far, a big benefit is I’m hungry far less often. I think the fats are playing a big part in that. I used to want to eat constantly. Like I would beg for something to turn off my hungry sensor because it was on 24/7. Now I’m ok going for hours, my stomach tells me when I need food, and as opposed to the near-come I’d be in around 2:30 every day, I don’t have the afternoon sleepies much at all. Plus my skin looks great and I’ve lost a few pounds and I’m not even exercising yet.

I want to clarify about the fats. I’m enjoying the natural fats like coconut oil, avocados, and meaty goodness, but I’m avoiding the man-made fats. I think they are killing people and I don’t want to be their victim. The same goes with most man-made food. I don’t see how “diet food” with 4 natural ingredients that have been horribly bent by 17 unnatural ones can be good for our bodies at all. I’m pretty sure God intended us to eat animals, but there might be a good reason he didn’t have high fructose corn syrup and cellulose powder grow in your standard garden.

I've experimented with adding in wheat and/or sugar a couple times, and each time I get a bunch of side effects: Asthma, swollen ankles, constant hunger, bloating, acne, sore joints, and a fuzzy brain. A couple of bites are ok, but more than that and I know the punishment will be noticeable. Plus I crave them for days. Seriously it takes me 3 or 4 days to not think about cake. It’s like a hangover, only it can’t be fixed by a Bloody Mary in the morning.

While I would love to get some soft, buttery garlic bread and a slice of cheesecake, I'm skipping the bread and making the single slice of cheesecake last 4-5 days. I'm finding alternative treats and it's not so bad. I definitely have found it easier to walk away from the bad when I call it poison in my head and think about the damage it does. Imagine that, I've finally found a way to trick myself into being healthy. Yay me!
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  • ADZY86
    Yay for you indeed! I'm soooo with you on this one! I feel like I've wasted so many years trying low-fat, low calorie, and missing out on all those natural fats and meaty goodness that you just talked about. In 5 days I can see my skin looking better, my energy is sky high. It took me today to be honest not to crave man-made fat and carbs, but I feel like I'm over that hump. This is the way to go.
    Good luck with it all x
    3394 days ago
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