1) Does anyone on this board follow Primal Blueprint? Why did you pick this version of the Paleo/Primal Lifestyle?
I'm new to this and I'm still reading up on all the different aspects & styles of 'Paleo' life style so I'm not really sure...yet!
2) What lead you to change your Lifestyle to Paleo/Primal? & 3) Did you make up your own version of Paleo/Primal -- if so, how? Meaning which foods/exercise/thinking do you fall into that grey area btwn?
About 6 months ago, mid 2010 a guy @ work started paleo life and while at first I thought he was crazy but then I saw the weight dropping off (20+ kg in 6 months), we talked about the ins and outs of eating paleo but I was still unsure if it was for me.
I've had my own struggles with weight since a teenager, in my adult life have tried a few diets with no real success (mostly due to lack of commitment/will power). The only diet I have previously tried & returned to due to some success was with Light & Easy (1200 cal a day preprepared meal palns delivered to your home). I have a very busy lifestyle so this made it 'easy' to stick with (e.g. Jan10-June10 lost about 7kg).
Then I quit smoking 5th June 2010 and basically substituted cigarettes with chocolate and chips/crisps. I put back the 7kg (and then some) in no time at all and while I was proud of my efforts to improve my health via various lifestyle changes (quit smoking/moving more), I knew my diet HAD to change! I let myself enjoy the holiday season without guilt tripping myself and decided to get my diet & health on track in 2011.
By mid Jan 2011 I knew I could not stomach going back on L&E, the food tasted bland and was not appetising to me at all, the thought of frozen dinners made my stomach turn...
So I started off minimising the about of startchy carbs (bread/rice/potatos) and inputting more healthy options (my previous work lunch would've been chips&gravy or a chicken schnitzel sandwich with a sugary drink, I changed to tuna&salad with a bit of fruit each day and water). I cut back on sugary drinks (especially energy drinks) and cut back my alcohol consumption (was never a big drinker but would have 1-2 vodka mixer drinks a night, switched to weekends only and no binge drinking).
My friend @ work mentioned the Whole9 30 day challenge to me again, and I thought 'what the heck, it has to be better than what I'm doing now, if he can get these results just by altering what he's putting into his body with minimal changes to exercise regime then I can give it a go. Besides, it could not be nearly as hard as quitting smoking and if I could do that I can do anything!'
I started the Whole9 30 day challenge on March 1st, the night before I made a nice Lamb roast with lots of 'good' veggies and gave myself a treat, some delicious roast (white) potatos. Shortly after, I started to get sharp guts pains & I blamed the roast taters as I had been slowly cutting back on all the procssed crap, I figured that was a reasonably good assumption to make.
Since March 1st, I have been almost 100% Paleo (as per Whole9 challange rules). I didn't like black sugarless coffee (I'm a latte fan) so I ended up just switching to green tea, which I love. I have had 2-3 'minor' cheats along the way, I added a tablespoon of soy sauce to one of the 1st paleo stirfries I made as I overdid the Chinese 5 spice. My next stir fry had only a teaspoon of soysauce, so I am still working on perfecting the 100% paleo stir fry. I couldn't help but use a little worsterchire & salt free tomato sauce to marinade some pork chops the other night either. Otherwise I am fully committed to just keep going, I feel better on the inside, my skin is looking better than ever, I am sleeping well too, although I need to get myself to bed earlier that's for sure.
I have lost 10+kg since Jan15, my first week of paleo I dropped 1.9 kg, 2nd week 1.7kg so Paleo is really where the action is at.
Although I have mentioned my numbers above, 'Paleo' as I know it is really abut health for me.
I don't want to end up a statistic and just accept that I will get diabetes, autoimmune disease or cancer like everyone in my family. What really kicked me into gear was when the Doctor told me my BMI (craptastic statistic I know) had crept into the 'obese' range. I am now in 'overweight' range and creeping down in a very good way.
My 'bad' cholesteral is in a good range (5.2) and this nutritionist that visited my workplace for basic tests told me my 'good' cholesteral (0.9) could be higher, which made me exicted to hear I could eat more avocado/nuts. She also spewed a lot of (crap) 'facts' about the evils of butter and the NEED for me to eat rice and carbs and vegetable oils/margarine (PFFT!).
I disregarded that bit and just ate a few more nuts a bit more frequently. I am scheduled to get my hormone blood tests soon (as soon as I can fit it around busy work schedule) as my mum & both sisters have been diagnosed with PCOS and given my crazy feeling of inbalanced hormones I think it is pretty likely I could have it to.
What has motivated me to continue has been my journey, I've seen the results, I FEEL the results, and after starting to research more about this diet/lifestyle and the possible positive impacts on my health (now & long term) I can't deny that this seems to be the best way forward.
I am definately planning a 'celebration' meal after my 30 days, but I want to keep it as paleo as possible. Maybe a sweet potato bake with full cream, definately a latte with full cream milk! I only used to have 1 coffee a day and I buy my coffee beans freshly roasted from another guy at work & I do miss coffees so much, more than chocolate and chips combined!
Sorry this is so long, I am new to this (19 days in) and I'm pretty enthusiatic to say the least.
This has got to be the best 'diet' I've ever tried, I don't feel bloated anymore and have more energy than ever before, even without the coffee and energy drinks, which is to me amazing as I have been working 50-60 hour weeks at work.
With my busy work schedule I don't always have time/energy/will power to get active on weeknights, I try to just focus on keeping with the food plan at the moment and keep active on the weekends with barefoot jogging on the spot in my lounge (go the wii machine!) and I try to do a 1/2 hour weights/stretch routine once or twice a week to build muscle. I'm still overweight, so I am careful to make sure I focus on quality of movements rather than quantity, as I've read you could overdo it and cause injury if you have been sedentry for a long time (that's me) and go to hard, too fast.
It certainly helps that I have support @ work through my friend, who gives my tips and links and the odd recipe, and his missus makes amazing paleo 'muffins' with almond meal that I benefit from every now and then!
At home my partner is really supportive and is eating paleo for dinners with me, with no issues or complaints. He has Barretts/GERD in a big bad way and he has told me his guts are feeling better too, he has lost weight even though he still has his latte each morning and drinks copious amounts of milk (it helps with the acid reflux). I still keep chocolate and chips in the house for him, I don't mind buying 'his food' while doing the grocery run as I wouldn't want to force the 100% thing on anyone. I think you really have to want it for yourself and OWN IT to make it work. We are both loving the variety in our diet (strange, cut out all this other food and still have more variety?!) and I have cooked 3 new dishes in the past 2 weeks that I have never tried before in my life with great success and pleasing results!
Anyway that's my answer, I will now go reasearch this Primal Blueprint you speak of!