Iíve came across Daily Apple about 3 months ago following a link to Markís Blog post on Fat Free Foods. I thought it was really funny so I started lurking around the site to see what else I might find. To my great surprise, I found information on Primal Blueprint and quite frankly, I thought it was the most outrageous claim about a lifestyle Iíve heard in a long time.
Iíve been following CW for about 5 months prior to discovering Daily Apple and lost 10lb of the 20lb that I needed to loose. Hearing the fact that Mark was against grains and sugar made me kind of mad at first. I spend so many days in front of the computer learning about the importance of whole grains to fuel our bodies and now some guy who was already fit before he started with this lifestyle is telling me that this is all BS!
I clicked a little cross at the top right corner of Daily Apple and did not want to hear about it for the next couple of weeks. Then someone gave me another link to saturated fats and information on coconut oil. I was so convinced that saturated fats are strictly to be avoided that once again, I got mad and followed the link just to see who was claiming saturated fats are good. Well, what do you know, I came right back to Daily Apple and read Markís post from start to finish. This time Iíve decided to have an open mind about it and see how Mark was actually backing all of those statements up.
I spent the next 3 days on Daily Apple reading everything I could find, going over Success Stories, and eventually ordering the book. A lot of what was written on DP started to make sense and Iíve decided to give this lifestyle a try for 30 days. I figured that if upon the completion of this experiment I donít feel any better than I do now, I can always go back to my old ways of eating.
My first goal was to completely cut off grains. I gave away all the rice, beans, and flour I had in my house so I donít get tempted. Sugars and artificial sugars also went out the door. I then set a goal to stop eating processed foods unless they are very minimally processed like half&half made from pasteurized milk. My final goal was to switch to organic and/or locally grown produce and grass-fed or grass-finished beef.
Prior to starting this 30 day challenge Iíve been living Primal for 3 weeks in which I first lost 3 lb and then gained 2 back. The weight stayed pretty much the same and my carbs have been under 100 the entire time. My fats were always above 55% and my protein was 75g on low days and 127g on high (there were more high-protein days than low once).
At first, the transition was quite painful. It wasnít painful in the way of giving up the carbs or actual sugars, but the fact that my body wasnít used to carbs being so low. I had a bad brain fog and was drained every night for the first week straight. One day that I went into ketosis during my first week I barely made home from work and went straight to sleep. After the first week I started to see improvements in my energy level and the cravings started to go away. I would have a little piece of dark chocolate here and there, but other than that I had no desire to eat sweets or bread. I still did eat quite a bit of fruit because we are in Summer months and my favorite fruit, cherry, is in season. I also eat berries that I picked myself and I swear, they tasted so much better knowing that I sweat my booty off picking them in the hot son.
One thing that is still present in my diet that Iím debating about whether to exclude it or not is dairy. I always loved dairy and now I live in Wisconsin, so that love is a given. I never had any negative effects from it and if anything, it made me feel better. I found a local farm that sells raw organic cow milk and I make my own Kefir and cheese with it as well as drink it as is. It is absolutely delicious and I canít imagine giving it up. How about those great blueberries with real whipped cream? You canít beat the taste of that! Or a little cream with my morning coffee? Or a piece of raw milk cheese with fruit? Or goat cheese sprinkled on my salad? No, I think dairy is here to stay.
So as I begin this 30 day challenge, my goals are:
- to loose 5 lb of body fat
- to limit fruit intake to 2 servings a day (mostly berries)
- to keep my carbs strictly under 100 g a day
- start sprints (at least 2 a month)
- start weight-training (at least 2x a week)
- to help my boyfriend see the benefits of this lifestyle and go primal with me