I've been "practicing" being primal for a few weeks now, and I'm ready to dive in with a 30-day challenge. I know the holiday season might seem like a weird time to try this, but I figured that there will always be social pressures against primal eating so why not now?
A little back story: I used to be very much in the low fat, low protein, carboholic, runoholic camp. A weight gain brought on by emotional eating and an injury brought on by running to eat caused me to really re-evaluate what I was doing. I decided to focus on 5k running and went on a lower carb diet. I had moderate success at each- I improved my 5k PR by about a minute and lost 8lbs and 4 percentage points of body fat. At 5'4" (I'm a woman) I went from 130lbs to 122lbs and 25% BF to 21% BF.
I realized (surprise!) that cutting back on starches really worked for me and that short fast running was way more enjoyable than slogging through long runs. So here I am, taking what I feel is the logical next step.
AM workout: run with sprint ladder (1min, 2min, 3min, 3min, 2min, 1min)
PM workout: (I go crazy if I don't move around a little bit after sitting on my butt all day at work) 25 min power yoga
B: Omelet and banana
L: Gigantic salad
S: (If needed) Apple, almond butter, salami
D: Roast pork with tomatillo salsa. Mixed veggies cooked in butter. Salad.
Things I know will be a challenge:
4 oatmeal chocolate chip cookies sitting on the counter.
Not feeling "satisfied" with breakfast. I was an oatmeal eater for a long time, and I'm feeling a psychological hunger for it in the morning.
Well, I didn't make it without eating the cookies on Tuesday, but I was totally grain free yesterday. I probably ate too many carbs from fruit, etc, but at least I got through the whole day eating primal foods.
I'm feeling a little "off" today, but that may have everything to do with work stress and nothing to do with the diet.
Here's the plan.
Workout: Run with sprints, a little power yoga
B: Omelet with cheese, banana
L: Huge salad
S: Apples and almond butter
D: Beef stew with carrots and parsnips
I put everything in fit day and realized I'm pretty high on carbs and low on protein (fat's okay, though, mmmmm) so I need to work on that. No more bananas after this week should help.
Still going strong with the primal foods, but struggling with getting enough protein and not too many carbs. I was hesitant to plug everything into Fitday because I've never been much for calorie counting, but it's been illuminating. I also need to cut back on dairy (I've been having cheese on my salad and in my omelet). I'm going to cut out the banana this week and add a protein drink made with whey powder and unsweetened almond or coconut milk at lunch time and see how that goes.
Fell off the wagon a bit over the weekend, but I'm ready to go this week. I think I've addressed my protein/carb problems, and I'm feeling pumped up. I'm NOT going to gain weight this winter. Especially after I found out how much trouble it was to lose it.