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  • Jumping In vs. Transitioning

    Hello,
    I've ready up on paleo/primal lifestyle changes etc and agree with everything (very eye-opening!). I've also read The Paleo Diet for Athletes. I'm a distance runner and rock climber + cross training for both.

    I wanted to know- was it easier for those who have a adapted/sustained this lifestyle to jump right in, cutting all processed foods/grains/refined sugar (my biggest feat) or was it easier to transition slowly. I'm leaning towards just jumping in, just a little hesitant b/c of the "withdrawal period".

    Let me know what you guys think!!

  • #2
    Transitioning is for the weak.

    You make a decision and you carry it out; you jump in.

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    • #3
      go ahead and jump in. i tend to believe that change is easier all at once, and if you're leaning that way already, go for it. if you're going to have withdrawals, you will have them either way. it sounds like you're pretty active, so focus on your fitness and before you know it you won't want the crappy foods any more.
      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60178.html

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      • #4
        It's entirely personality dependent. Some folks do better transitioning, some do better diving in. Paleo/Primal is no different than any other activity - whichever one you naturally lean towards in other challenges (that you succeed in! ) that's how you should approach this.

        IMO, etc.

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        • #5
          primalrob is telling you the nice way that 'transitioning' is for the weak.

          deedub is telling you that he tolerates weakness and would not see a problem with his son getting beat up on the playground.

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          • #6
            I kind of transistioned in. I was eating a ton of junk food (cookies, brownies, fast food). I started buying apples, oranges and bananas to replace the snacks and if I ate at a fast food place, I'd order salad with grilled chicken instead of burgers and fries.

            I lost an incredible amount of weight pretty quickly, but then slowed down. After a few months I had cut way back on the fruit and wasn't eating anything processed such as salad dressings or breaded meat. It took me probably 3 months to realize full-blown primal blueprint was the best way to eat.

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            • #7
              Jump in! Just know that the carb flu is real for a lot of people and your energy/motivation will/may be low until your body catches up with what you are asking of it. Bost to do it during a recovery cycle in your periodization. Sweet potaoes and bananas will be your go to foods for longer duration workout carb feeding/re-feeding. Some will say you are a kook for trying to be an endurance athlete, but it is really not so hard. I have been doing it and coaching several athletes who are doing it. My calendar has two marathons, two 50K's, a 50M and a 100K run for 2012.

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              • #8
                Mrs. Griffin and I just hopped right in. Neither of us experienced a "Carb Flu" of any kind.
                There are two wolves fighting within a man's heart, one is Love, the other is Hate. The one that wins is the one you feed.

                My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. - Jack Layton

                The Primal Adventures of Griffin - Huzzah!

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                • #9
                  I kind of transitioned in, too.

                  I didn't really like fatty foods and didn't want to cook eggs and bacon for breakfast. So I started with homemade full-fat yogurt for breakfast and traded out the granola for nuts, and salad for lunch. On weekends I would get a bagel sandwich at my breakfast hangout. Still fairly natural, low sugar foods, except for the bagel. I was still running at lunch at the time and just kept getting hungrier and hungrier. So I decided to give the high fat thing a shot and did so by mixing creme fraiche into my yogurt. Wow, not hungry for lunch anymore. What a miracle. Then I overheard someone at my breakfast place order a bowl of eggs and bacon. It's not even on the menu. Good-bye bagel sandwich. Soon I went full-on into it and started making pastured eggs, bacon or chorizo, lots of butter, even steak and eggs for breakfast and felt even better.

                  Bottom line, the transition was mainly figuring out what to eat and how to fit it into my life, not so much trying to avoid withdrawl or anything.
                  Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                  • #10
                    Thank you all for your responses! Guess I'm jumpin' in

                    Here is another question (and maybe I should post this in the athletes forum?) - I'm 5' 5'', 138lbs, probably around 21% BF. I would really love to be around 16-17% (personal preference and performance wise). I'm of the mindset that I need to count calories to really lose the weight/body fat.

                    Is this really necessary if one is following primal guidelines? I've looked up some of the article on here, but didn't get a clear response ( I know responses on here are all of personal opinion)- What is your opinion on this?

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                    • #11
                      A lot of the guys here will tell you to do carb refeeds. Look that up. It's pretty interesting and even for this old lady seems to work when I do it very modestly.
                      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                      • #12
                        You don't need to count anything. Primal is about doing as little work as possible and enjoying life as much as possible.

                        Stick to the guidelines and feel your way through, trust your soul.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Run_Climb_Live View Post
                          Thank you all for your responses! Guess I'm jumpin' in

                          Here is another question (and maybe I should post this in the athletes forum?) - I'm 5' 5'', 138lbs, probably around 21% BF. I would really love to be around 16-17% (personal preference and performance wise). I'm of the mindset that I need to count calories to really lose the weight/body fat.

                          Is this really necessary if one is following primal guidelines? I've looked up some of the article on here, but didn't get a clear response ( I know responses on here are all of personal opinion)- What is your opinion on this?
                          Tracking calories was useful for me in the beginning, if only to just to figure out what a good day looked like according to my BMR and all that jive. I haven't tracked in months, though. Once you've got all of your good habits dialed in, tracking is completely unnecessary.

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                          • #14
                            I would eat based on the Primal Food Pyramid and eat until sated. Easy-Peasy!
                            There are two wolves fighting within a man's heart, one is Love, the other is Hate. The one that wins is the one you feed.

                            My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. - Jack Layton

                            The Primal Adventures of Griffin - Huzzah!

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                            • #15
                              I transitioned in. I think it depends on your personality and how healthy you already are. If one week ago you thought a bag of cheetos and some ice cream was "dinner" and a whole wheat bagel with low fat cream cheese was "diet food", you'll want to take smaller steps. If you are currently pretty healthy and know how to cook you might as well jump in.
                              If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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