Friday, June 24, 2011

The Beginning

   So I really don't have time to write a blog, but........I'm doing it anyway. My wife and I have currently been eating "primal" for a little over a month now. The word "primal" fits my wife very loosely since she is constantly trying to eat other things. She has not really bought into the primal lifestyle like I have. So this journey will be about what I learn along the way from both reading, living, and my interactions with her as I try to get her to be more primal and less, well less normal?

  For those that haven't heard the word primal before, what about paleo? archevore? not ringing a bell? Okay, so if you haven't heard about this movement from someone yet, don't worry you probably will and you will start with me. This movement is based on evolutionary biology, with the idea that our bodies have not evolved enough to handle the types of foods that most Americans and western societies eat. Primarily, grains and sugars. These types of foods are the reasons cancers continue to rise, heart disease, celiacs disease, and other "common" diseases that some researchers believe would be non-existant if did not eat so many processed foods. I'm not a scientist, although I am currently working on my PhD, it's not in a science related field and I am still learning about all of the biology. If you are interested in learning more about the evolutionary biology information check out these sites:
Mark's Daily Apple:

  Now all of those sites are good and will give you a ton of information if you look around long enough. I particularly like the archevore website because so far Kurt Harris hasn't tried to profit off of his knowledge. He simply talks about the different trends in the paleo diet and the science behind it. He is a MD. I follow the primal lifestyle which is talked about by Mark Sisson at Mark's Daily Apple. This is a large online community where he posts articles and blogs and then people talk about them. There is also a forum where you can discuss with other people trying to go primal.

The basic idea behind the diet is eat as much meats, vegetables, and fruits as you'd like. Eat nuts and seeds as well. Move around frequently at a slow pace. Play a lot. Be smart. Lift heavy things several times a week, and sprint every 7 to 10 days. And that's basically it, you'll learn as you read more to limit the amount of fruit because of the fruit sugars which increases your carbs and will cause you to not lose weight (assuming you are doing this for weight loss). I've only been doing this for a month and have dropped 15 pounds. My wife who has been doing it off and on and eating a lot of other stuff along the way has lost around 6 pounds.

So that's that, not the best beginning in the world, but i'd like to just be able to share ideas that I have as I come up with them, and maybe eventually write something worth reading.

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