I've just recently taken to trying all of this, and I really believe it can help. Mostly because no matter where I see it brought up, the only people who call it a fad are people who haven't tried it! Everyone who's tried it says it works. I've got a lot of things I'm working through and I wanted to throw it out to the experts (anyone who's seen results counts in my book!)
Couple things.. first, one of the main draws is that I'm trying to help my wife lose 30+ pounds for our vow renewal ceremony in the end of June, and going primal seems like a good way to do it.
The problem is she has a weak ankle (something she's had forever), which she injured recently doing jump squats. I'm trying to think of different things we can do to keep cardio going, and help burn fat. We're going on walks around the neighborhood to keep moving, but it's not exactly heart rate elevating work. She's going to start doing water aerobics soon, and biking once the weather warms up. Are there any other low impact things we can do?
Second part is actually part of the "Don't let perfect get in the way of good" idea.. converting my wife from a pasta lover into a meat and vegetable lover has been a tricky process, especially because she's really picky and doesn't like things like tomatoes and squash, and other things I find delicious =)
We also (unfortunately) went on a big shopping trip before I heard about the Blueprint, so we have a house loaded with the usual American diet foods (whole wheat of course, because that's the healthy option! =/ ) In an effort to both get rid of that stuff and as a transition method, we're trying a "One carb-based meal per day" mantra to try to lower our intake while still consuming the food we paid for, as well as not overloading her with a complete cold turkey of foods she enjoys.
However, we've been doing this for about two weeks now (one carb meal per day is putting us around 100-120 I'd estimate) and she's actually gained 1/2 a pound. I'm not giving up because I know we're doing it all wrong, but I was hoping maybe carb reduction would show at least some results. There are probably any number of things getting in the way though, from lack of exercise to poor sleep (I just read the article today, very relevant) to eating on weird schedules (she can't fall asleep before 12-2 a lot of nights, so gets up at like 10-12 the next day and doesn't have much for lunch, then whatever we do for dinner.. maybe screwing up her metabolism?) to perhaps just not cutting out enough carbs from our diet.
Anyway I know I could probably publish my own competing novel to Mark with all the questions I have, but thanks to anyone that made it this far and maybe has some insight on what the most important things are to change first! It's a slow transition process, but I'm firmly convinced it's worth it having read the scientific studies behind it. Thanks!
Josh, a Half-Grok