I wanted to save my 'big guns' for last but since this was the first issue you brought up, I'll deal with it first, also.and I'm dealing with some health issues that I'd like to see if the Primal Diet could resolve (they seem to be hormone/endocrine related).
It sounds like you're concerned about weight loss and healthy heart; of course, not sure what your hormone/endocrine related issues are...
To me, that was the main reason to get serious about this way of eating: for optimal health.
I highly recommend you sit back and take some time to read a few articles on this website and see if any of it rings true for you:
Foods That Damage, Foods That Heal: <http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/articles/heal13.php>
It is possible that if you choose to follow the above program, you might gain weight but it should regulate itself as your body heals (but it will take time).
I, too, was a big baker; taught my 14-yo DD the same love, but over the past year, we have had to adjust our thoughts of what "showing love through baking" looks like. If I don't think eating grains is good for me, it is hard for me to gift someone something made of grains; it can't be good for them, either!First, I love cooking, baking and experimenting with food, and I'm afraid the primal diet kind of limits the baking aspect. But I can get over that in the end, or just bake for other people if need be .
A very touchy situation, as well. Hopefully others here can address this and give you ideas. For me, it came down to my health was more important. My mom seems to be finally getting it (tho i no longer live at home...).Second, I live with my family and often cook for them, and they also prepare meals for me. It's kind of a trade-off, and I know they will not be interested in joining this crusade (they are heavily Italian & very much into pasta & bread, though they do dig meat). ...
I will leave you to read the above article to see how you think about continuing to consume legumes and oats.Third, I love me some legumes and oats. I
Not TMI at all; certainly a very real issue to some people and something that needs to be addressed. On the forum for Bee Wilder's program (link above), we discuss constipation often and this is something she just stated recently:Lastly, let's talk TMI and constipation. ...
"1) When you've been consuming high carbs/fibres they make your bowels move faster which: a) does not allow time for your body to absorb nutrients needed for cellular health, and b) does require intestinals muscles to move as usual and which also stretches them out. See this by Dr. Jan Kwasniewski, M.D. the Polish Doctor who created The Optimal Diet:
Also in Life Without Bread Dr. Lutz describes how intestinal muscles stop working when you consume high carbs/fibres, particularly raw carbs. [great book!]
This is how it works: You eat food and the waste is moved along the bowel by circular muscles in rather the same way as a worm moves (it's called peristalsis). If you eat a high-fibre diet, the fibre itself forces waste through and that peristaltic action is made redundant, i.e. not needed. After a while it stops working. Now you change to a low-fibre, more natural diet, and your bowel muscles don't work as they should, so you get constipated.
But the muscles will recover if you keep eating properly, which is what my [Bee's] program is all about.
[it1958's note: I promise you, I consume less than 10g/fiber/day and I have ZERO bowel issues; they are VERY happy.]
2) When a person is unhealthy their cell membranes are not constructed as Nature intended, which includes cells in the digestive tract, liver, gall ladder, red blood cells, white blood cells, etc.
3) Also toxins make all cell membranes rigid/stiff as explained here:
she also wrote:
"Since our bodies cannot digest fiber your large intestine is forced to change into a fermentation pot by creating bacteria and yeasts in order to break it down (like herbivores do), so that's why fiber is so damaging to the body, and why I [Bee Wilder] don't recommend nuts, seeds, grains, or raw plant foods of any kind, including vegetables -see Raw Versus Cooks Carbs to understand:
Doctors mislead us in many ways since they always work at reversing natural body processes with treatments to stop the symptoms, but they do not treat the cause of symptoms, which are always the same:
1. Lack of the correct combination of nutrients that all humans need in order to be healthy.
2. Lack of oxygen at a cellular level.
3. Accumulation of toxins, poisons, and waste because of an inability of the body to detoxify like it should.
4. Lowered vitality (energy) due to stress, shock, injury, emotional upsets, losses, relationship or financial worries, being unhealthy, etc.
5. Poor "Nutritional Status" acquired from parents upon conception.
The better way to help your constipation is by taking megadoses of vitamin C - see my constipation article:
If you got constipated after starting on this program it is mainly because you changed over to it too quickly.
If you were constipated in the past your body will retrace each and every episode while it is healing itself, and direct treatments aren't as able to change or correct that natural process: