Aug 112010
 

My name is batty, and I’m a modern day cavewoman.

…yeeeeaaaaaaaahno.

Does anyone remember Encino Man? No? OK, we won’t mention it again.

What I mean is that I live a primal lifestyle.  In my neverending quest for fitness and health, I came across a few blogs that advocated living and eating the way our ancestors did, prior to the agricultural revolution. The more I read, the more it made sense to me.  I nom-nom-nomed my last processed protein bar back in March of this year, and haven’t looked back.  The ensuing changes – mental and physical – over the last few months have been astounding.

Want to know more? Drag your clubs this way, please.

This is not food. It is a collection of chemicals made to taste like something you think is food. Have you read the ingredient list on this bad boy? Great Odin's Raven.

Eating primal (not to be confused with the paleo diet – while most of the principles are the same, there are significant differences in each) is about whole, natural foods including red meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. You know…*real* food.  It’s about making this food come from *quality* sources - preferably organic, free range, and grass fed. You’ve probably noticed that there is no mention of grains on that list. The primal world asserts that despite our modern era, our biological processes have not changed much since the Paleolithic era.  Grain consumption is still a relatively new aspect in terms of human evolution, so our bodies have not evolved enough to get any nutrition from grains.  Seeing how a large number of the population seem to have problems digesting grains, you just have to wonder if we should just not be eating them at all.

Contrary to popular opinion, eating primal isn’t just “low carb” eating – it just happens to end up that way after eliminating the carbo-processed-mega-bombs also known as bread, rice, pasta, and other grain based food.  I can certainly go low carb by eating a ton of Atkins bars a day, but my body isn’t going to reap any nutritional benefits from it.  It’s about not relying so much on the carbs and shifting your body to use fat as fuel. It’s about limiting your sugar intake and reducing systemic inflammation that can lead to a host of diseases. Its about achieving a good balance between the omega 3 and omega 6 fats that you consume. It’s a nutritional Tetris – hard dropping the right blocks to fit together and clear as many lines as you can. Except when you get the I block when you don’t need it. God, I hate that.

So, what has this lifestyle done for me? First off, with the lower sugar levels and the lack of insulin spiking carbohydrates, I am just so much more stable mentally and emotionally. (Shut up.) The appearance of my hair, skin, and nails have improved drastically. Physically…well, let’s cut to the footage:

This is a picture of me, taken a year ago. Not *too* bad, right? Back then, I was doing P90X 6 days a week and making sure I had my fill of oatmeal and Fiber One. Let’s compare this to what I look like now, after just 4 months of eating primally:

Well hello there, 8 pack. But it’s not just about looking good, either – I have a ton of energy, and my strength gains are impressive. In the gym, I can now squat 210 lbs, and deadlift 230 lbs, which is not too bad….FOR A GIRL. *hairflip*

Are you finding yourself  counting the minutes until your next meal after consuming your 300 calorie morning bowl of oatmeal? I don’t experience that anymore. The bulk of my calories are from protein and fat, which takes the body longer to process, which means I can feel satiated on less calories for longer. I hardly ever experience those hunger pangs that usually lead to a face full of Haagen Dazs.  And that 6 meals a day thing? Its not necessary. I eat when I’m hungry, stop when I’m not. I am listening to my body instead of adhering to some rigorous schedule (OBEY. CONSUME.) which insists that your metabolism will be shot if you do not eat every 3 hours. Does my metabolism look shot to you? As a result, I am able to enjoy more food at mealtimes, and REALLY enjoy the food I eat.

What *am* I eating? Very little I consume comes from a box or a can. Meat, and lots of it.  A ton of vegetables, eggs daily, and fruit. Dairy products are allowed in moderation, and nowadays I enjoy my treat of 85% dark chocolate instead of a heaping hunk o’ cake from the bakery down the street.

MmmmMmmm….chocolate….the cake IS a lie.

But I digress. Here’s a shot of a typical ‘first meal’ for me, seeing as the term ‘breakfast’ has been pretty much eliminated from my vocabulary:

How's that protein bar treating you?

Amish eggs, chicken, and avocado over organic spring mix. With all this deliciousness on my plate, who needs toast?

Primal living isn’t just a fad diet for me, it’s been a complete lifestyle change that I’ve fully embraced (with open arms…ok, ok, I’ll stop) for the long haul. When I go to meet the End Boss of Life, I’d rather do it with my gun show blazing. PEW PEW!

For more information about the primal lifestyle, make with the clicky over to MarksDailyApple.com, where you’ll find a ton of fitness, nutrition, and health resources that might just persuade you to rethink that morning bagel.

The only drawback from living like this? My Star Trek uniform no longer fits. Curses. Does that replicator make free range chicken?

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  3 Responses to “Fire Good. Bread Bad.”

  1. You are an inspiration, Batty!!!
    —kuno out—

  2. I disagree with your comment that there are significant differences between the paleo diet and primal. First your link for the paleo diet is to a book. A book with a diet that the author adapted back in 2002 to make politically correct for a pre-Gary Taubes time. The paleo diet was around long before Cordain printed his first book. Before the most popular book was Ray Audette’s Neanderthin, which advocates lots of fat. A correct definition of the paleo diet can be found by clicking my name.

    Now, there are some differences between paleo and primal. The only major difference I see between paleo and primal is the allowance of dairy on the primal diet. The only other difference is some non-paleo protein powders are allowed for some people on the primal diet. And you mention chocolate. It is not paleo. Is it primal?

    As someone that has followed an orthodox paleo diet for 14 years, I find Cordain’s book to have damaged the paleo cause with his silly changes to what had been the diet before he published his book.

    You can read much of Neanderthin here: http://books.google.com/books?id=QKo8n_20izMC&printsec=frontcover&dq=neanderthin&hl=en&ei=3FZjTMmDHMK78gbZup1Q&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCoQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

    • a little PEBCAK error on linking the book, thank you for pointing it out. clicking the new link, you’ll see the comparison. and yes, dark chocolate is allowed on the primal diet.

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