Alrighty, here goes nothing.
To start off this journal, a little bit of history. I am a female in my early 20s and I have always been "skinny" and in reasonably good shape. I have heard most of my life that, for women, weight gain (and by that I mean unhealthy fat gain)is inevitable once we hit our mid 20s to early 30s and I do not believe it, at least not to the extent that it is usually seen. I spent over a year as a vegetarian which was mostly motivated by the way that animals are fed, handled and treated. After having issues with iron and worrying about vitamin B12 I had to come to the conclusion that humans have evolved to eat meat and unless I wanted to spend my life worrying about supplements I was going to have to change my outlook.
My current full-scale omnivore diet was actually spurred by MDA (I read an IMPACT magazine exercise nutrition article written by Mark Sisson and soon after checked out the site). The first post that I read was on sunscreen; it really shook up my thoughts and threw my current sun protection beliefs out the window (and I liked it).
I actually had almost a full month where I was eating mostly primal and I really felt great. For some reason I let Tim Hortonís and other practically carb-only establishments get the better of me.
So here I am. August 5, 2009, 15 days short of 23 years old and ready to make a positive and life-long change.