I just ordered the book (I like to read up and feel like I have the big picture...) My dad does Atkins, but all the greasy garbage he eats makes me nauseated. I'm hoping it's not too similar. Counting carbs and eating 10 slices of bacon feels like a fad diet to me... I want a lifestyle that is sustainable.
A bit about me... I never developed weight issues until my mid-twenties.... I was naturally lean and very thin eating ALOT (always been a foodie) any garbage I wanted (in fact too skinny for a male... about 5'8 and 120 lbs...) I was put on an SSRI medication for anxiety issues and my weight skyrocked to a whopping 215 lbs over about a 3 year period.... I'm now 2 and 1/2 years off the medications and feeling great :-) I've lost a portion of the weight with no effort... and I now sit at about 180 lbs... That being said, however, my body never recovered fully from the damage. I have stretch marks on my stomach and have QUITE the potbelly despite some intense full body lifting sessions at the gym 3x a week. Granted, I am now almost 31 years old now and know that it does get more difficult with age (the desk job DOES NOT HELP MATTERS.) Also, insulin resistance does run in the family... I struggle with my soft addiction to anything sweet and starchy on a daily basis. The medication is not entirely to blame though it was the catalyst.
I'm nervous about going primal for few reasons. I have a very sensitive digestive system. Fatty foods, red meat, olive oil, and soy make me really ill (IBS with both D and C.) I strongly dislike eggs...I'm also concerned (not because I don't think I could make the lifestyle changes) but because I live on VERY tight budget. I could eat fresh veggies and organic meats and fruits forever and be satisfied... I am just concerned about making ends meet. I invested in a foodsaver so that I can cook in bulk, freeze, and have my own little preprepped meals to make it easier. I'm questioning whether or not this is the right lifestyle for me given my finances, hatred (yes hatred) of eggs, and sensitive tummy..
I live in Minneapolis, MN. We do have Trader Joes and Whole Foods here. Any suggestions as to how to make this work on a budget? Also, any of you folks out there with sensitive digestive tracts care to chime in about what works for you? Is this lifestyle sustainable for a busy guy on the go? Also, how do you all deal with the peer pressure from co-workers and family members pushing junk on you constantly?
Sorry for the ramble.... I'm nervous and excited at the same time :-)