I think journaling is a wonderful thing...so after a few weeks of researching and learning about the 'Primal' way of living and eating and having completely crossed over to the 'Primal' way I'm going to jot down my thoughts and musings. I've immersed myself in three different books, one is of course Mark Sisson's 'Primal Blueprint', second is Dr. Perlmutter's 'Grain Brain'...and third is 'Primal Body, Primal Mind' by Nora Gedgaudas...all of these books have a little different twist on the primal way of eating but are basically the same theory at least from what I can tell..I'm reading all three going back thru over and over the information. I like Mark Sisson's emphasis on fitness...each book has good information to glean from. For the past 7 years or so I've followed a food combining program, actually the old Somersizing plan from Suzanne Somers and I've been successful in losing overall about 40 lbs., having gotten serious and dropping the last 22 or so lbs. a little over a year ago. It is very similar to the primal way but with wheat and grains very included but encouraged eating organically....so in reading about the primal way of eating I was pleasantly surprised to see that I've pretty much been eating a similar way all of these years except for the food combining aspect and the grains. I've also been successful in maintaining my weight where I want it....I decided to go gluten free about a year ago and felt better almost immediately....Having heard about 'primal' from a friend I decided to try it two weeks ago and even though it is similar to how I've been eating there are items that keep popping up such as pre-packaged meats with nitrites that I was occasionally eating and things like pork rinds and such...so I've had to tweak more than I thought I would have to..and that's okay. What it tells me is that I've been pretty sloppy with the organic and healthy aspect of eating and not as strict as I should have been. I've learned in my readings how very bad those things are even occasionally. Living in a small isolated town also makes it difficult to eat organically especially meats...so I'll be making more trips to the city to go to whole foods for organic meats and other items...it will be worth it. I like the food combining aspects of the way I've been eating for so long, proteins and fats together, carbs (like gluten free oatmeal) with fat free (such as fat free milk), fruit alone on an empty stomach, veggies with pro/fats OR carbs (as long as no oils or fats) so I'll stay with food combining as I feel like it causes less belly bloat. But going 'primal' I've decided to give up grains completely and won't do any more fat free items. I've added coconut oil to my daily plan and made some home made ghee also. I won't give up dairy completely as in my favorite cheeses but made some almond milk to substitute for so much heavy cream in my organic decaf coffee I have every morning. I bought a glucometer to check my blood sugars every few days to make sure I'm in the right place with that, so far I've been around 85 to 90....and I got some ketostix to test ketone production and am right where I should be with a +1 so I'm mildly burning some ketones. I'm trying to have about half a cup of organic blueberries every other day or so too to get some fruit in as suggested. What it boils down to for me is that I've been successful in losing and maintaining my weight where I want it....but now it's time to concentrate on my internal health more....I want to live a long time with a clear mind, energy, less osteoarthritis pain and I think going 'primal' will help me to do that. It will be interesting to see if my cholesterol comes down with my next labs because I have very hereditary high cholesterol but choose to not do statins...so hopefully my tests will come out normal. I'm very excited about switching to this 'primal' way of eating.....my enthusiasm is high and I know I will see positive health results in the future. And I look forward to jotting down my 'musings'.....
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Primal Musings of MountainRose....