Semi-Primal to Vegetarian to Vegan to Primal
Hello guys and girls!
Today marks my 12th day of going Primal! I feel fantastic, and I have been fortunate enough to see fat melting off already. This is probably helped by my regimen of CrossFit. Primal eating has also given me new levels of energy in my CrossFit workouts that I didn't know were possible. It is amazing how much better I feel in only 12 days. If Mark should happen to stumble upon this post, I wish to thank you greatly for everything! (You'll be seeing a comprehensive success story in your inbox in the future to come. I am sure of it.)
This year was the beginning of a commitment to being healthier. A greater commitment than I had never known before. At the beginning of the year I weighed 280. (The previous year I had gotten up to 290, almost 300.) This really didn't look all that bad to me. I am 6' 7", so the fat was well distributed about the body. Though, I have always had some body image issues. I have NEVER been lean as for back as I can remember, and I am definitely at the leanest build I have ever been with. And I still have a ways to go. But I digress.
(If you care for more stats, I am 20 years old, and my weight now hangs at 240. Waist size has decreased from 40/42 to 36/38. Just noticed today that some of my 38s are starting to fall off as well!)
When I reflect over how I began this year, in the first month or so, 10 pounds dropped off with ease. The funny thing is, when I try to remember what I was eating, it was actually rather Primal food. Normally I grilled/sauteed some veggies and a piece of meat for each meal. I still consumed grains of course, and I doubt my carb consumption was completely reasonable. (And fats, bah, they were evil at that time.)
Sometime in February, after talking to one of my vegetarian friends who lost 50 pounds when he made the switch, I did as well. What started as health reasons, turned into a vehement opposition to the practice of eating meat for what I thought were ethically and logically sound arguments. I lost another 20 pounds as a vegetarian from February to June. I made the switch carefully, to make sure I was still getting the requisite protein and vitamin nutrition. Then at the end of June, after talking with a new vegan friend, I was convinced to make the switch to veganism. (Actually, my weight went back up by about 5 pounds during this period, which admittedly lasted only 3 weeks.)
Then through CrossFit I heard about the Paleo diet. I started perusing vegetarian Paleo diets, and slowly my vegan arguments were weakened. The first thing to go was my health justification. The amount of nutrition information that I was now facing, the health arguments were all quite fallacious. Then in my research, I saw my ethical and moral arguments also had many holes and those two had to be re-evaluated. (I based my beliefs mainly on the reason of Humanism, feeding more people.) Then I found out about "The Vegetarian Myth" and that was the final crumbling point. I reviewed the points in the book and I saw that even my vegetarian stance was flawed.
So now what?
I had stumbled upon Mark while looking up protein sources actually. (His top 10 post on protein I believe.) Slowly, I began to peruse his website, and then I devoured it. I spent upwards of 40 hours in the course of maybe just 3 days, reading everything like it was the most delicious meal I had ever savored. It all made perfect sense, and Mark's strong stance against dogma was respectable. That was it. I was waiting until the following week to drop grains, but that Wednesday I woke up and just said screw it. Grains were gone. (At this point I had already cut out gluten varieties, during veganism.)
Perhaps my good will be viewed prematurely. I mean it has only been 12 days. But I now know more about nutrition than I have ever thought I would know. I am actually considering a degree in dietetics after I finish my current one, because I have never quite felt an intellectual rush as strong as the one I get when reading about insulin surges.
This just feels right. My very soul and being seems to know it. And its great!
Thanks Mark, and hello everyone!
EDIT: Oh and if anyone is themselves vegetarian/vegan or has a vegetarian/vegan friend and are curious to know what my arguments were for that and what my arguments now are for being Primal, feel free to contact me. I would be glad to talk to you/your friends.