My primal challenge is to bridge the gap between my current quasi-primal lifestyle and one where I can hold my primal head high.
I've made a lot of changes over the last three years. First came "the big decision." I was a 31-year old ex-smoker and reformed vegetarian who still ate too many carbs and didn't exercise enough, though most people thought I was fit. But I KNEW I had so much more potential. It started with Crossfit. Then came the Zone diet. Then Mark Sisson. A year in, I had lost about 5 lbs., looked good, and felt better.
Then, in 2007, cancer blindsided me. I went through six months of chemotherapy (and lost another 10 lbs). When I could, I kept Crossfitting. I found out I was gluten and lactose intolerant. (And had been for a long time--funny the things that a naturopath can tell you that allopathic doctors cannot.)
I'm now over a year out of chemo, and (fingers crossed) marker free. But the surprises haven't ended, as I recently discovered that I have a rare immunosuppressive disorder which leaves me susceptible to infectious diseases. Pig flu, yikes!
Add on top of that a 9-month old baby boy (ain't he perfect!), and a move to a new city, I've been more than a little stressed out lately.
That brings us to today, the start of my Primal Blueprint Challenge. Recently I've been slipping in my commitment to the Primal lifestyle. Though my meat and veggies are mostly organic and free-range, I've been taking Mark's advice to enjoy red wine, dark chocolate, espresso, and old cheese a little too liberally. Add in not enough sleep, a few "whole grains" and too much work, and it's literally a recipe for death.
With all this in mind, I wrote down a few things to be doing in addition to all the good things I already do:
sleep 9 hours a night
limit coffee, alcohol and chocolate consumption
no dairy (even with lactaid!)
de-stress with laughter, family, meditation, saunas, massage, great sex and sunshine
no eating after dinner (usually 6 pm)
try intermittent feeding
cut the carbs (150-200/day)
no sugar, processed foods, nitrates, hydrogenated oils, etc., or things with more than 5 ingredients