I keep flirting with the idea of going "Primal," but each time I follow through for 1-2 days, sometimes slightly longer, and then come up with some reason to take a break: I tell myself it will be too inconvenient to bring it up around friends, that I don't want to be "that girl" with food issues, that food is rooted in social/cultural patterns that I don't want to miss out on, etc...so while I think I feel better the better my food intake is, I don't know what it's really like to cut out grains, sugars, and dairy long-term (while I know dairy is allowable, given the amount of sensitivities people can have to it, I'm interested in cutting that out at first and then adding high quality dairy back in and seeing if there are any negative effects).
This is my attempt to be more committed. With the exception of a few days or weekends here and there, my diet has always been based on whole foods more often than not, and I've been cutting back on grains in the past year. I started Crossfit about a year and a half ago and have been doing that pretty consistently, although there have been occasional months off due to travel and/or illness. I get sick way more frequently than I think someone my age, activity level, and generally healthy eating pattern should, and I'm hoping that a focused attempt to be more Primal will improve both my overall immune system and energy levels.
age - 27
height - 5' 4.5"
weight - 115-118
normal eating - lately, ~2200 cal/day, generally lots of veggies, fruits, and lots of calories from fat. According to fitday, my diet consistently lacks calcium, vitamin D, and iron, so I try to remember to take supplements of those specifically [I struggle with this, though, maybe being consistent should be one of my goals!]
My primal challenge goals:
1) Stick with it for the next 30 days!
2) Gain lean body mass and increase strength. Long-term, I'd like to see my weight stay closer to 120 and a little above, maybe even 125 if I can do it and stay about the same general size, as I think the associated strength gains would be tremendous.
3) To never get sick again. (just kidding, but that would be sweet)
Food from 1/27/10:
B: 2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, blackberries & blueberries
S: Brazil nuts & dried mango slices (Trader Joe's "Just Mango" slices are the best!)
L: Salad (mixed greens, orange pepper, canned salmon, pine nuts, dressing mad from olive oil, champagne vinegar, & s&p); spaghetti squash w/tomatoes*, onions, zuchinni, & yellow squash (squash on squash, yummy), apple + sunflower butter
D: 2 of my favorite recent concoctions - Cabbage, carrot, and mung bean salad w/ginger, jalapeno, lime juice, sesame oil, and s&p "dressing"; ground beef w/garlic, ginger, jalapeno, and scallions
S: banana w/almond butter & cinnamon
*My canned "organic diced tomatoes with basil, oregano, and garlic" from the Whole Foods 365 label ended up containing 8.5g of sugar per serving...I was totally ticked off as I expect to have to read for sugar in tomato sauce, but didn't bother reading the label can on what was supposed to be straight tomatoes! It was almost too sweet and not the taste I was looking for, but wasn't going to throw out the can after I had already opened it.