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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!

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  • ICAMP2
    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!
    1837 days ago
    Good luck!
    I've been trying to eat Primal this month (I've had a few slips) but I feel so much better.
    1896 days ago
    Good luck!!
    1897 days ago
  • KIPPER15
    Your nutrition plan sounds very interesting.
    1898 days ago
    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!
    1898 days ago
    Good luck on your new journey!! emoticon
    1898 days ago
    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
    1899 days ago
  • CARYNV07
    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!
    1899 days ago
    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!

    1899 days ago
    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
    1899 days ago
  • MRSP90X
    Sounds like an excellent plan, and I totally understand it as I am doing something similar as well! Love your Sparkpage!
    1899 days ago
  • LORI0612
    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
    1899 days ago
    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.
    1899 days ago
    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!
    1899 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/9/2013 1:34:45 PM
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