Post # 1
So, about a year ago I had some friends who were on the bigger side talk about the Primal Blueprint and how much research she had done and how it advocated a simple, primal diet of mostly meat and veggies.
She’s had about 30lbs worth of sucess, which is a big deal for her, and I bought the Primal Blueprint book by Mark Sisson, and have been leafing through it at a more liesurely pace. It makes sense to me that if our ancestors were able to sustain themselves and be healthy, cutting out most of our modern diet to a more clean and less processed diet makes for a better lifestyle.
I’ve never been one to sucessfully diet. I’m a curvy bee at, presently, 222lbs! This is not something that I’ve associated negatively with in my body image, but there are definitely places that I hate on my body. Arm flab, tummy bulge, wiggly thighs – thats the stuff that makes me faceplant when it comes to my own weight. After years of being on antidepressants and medications that made my weight flutuate, I’ve started fresh and am trying to get back down to a healthier me. I still want to keep my curves, but…well, smaller curves.
I’m a fiend for Yoga, Pilates, and Bellydancing. It makes me overjoyed to see that Netflix has a variation of Instant Streaming Yoga and Pilates videos that are targetted differently to keep me occupied, but the real reason I posted is to see if there are any other Primal Bees out there!
I’d love to trade recepies, stories, thoughts – basically find a nice support group going in to my lifestyle change 😀
Post # 3
Me! I’ve been reading Mark’s blog (Mark’s Daily Apple) after a trainer at my gym suggested it and I started the Paleo diet a couple weeks ago for a couple reasons – to get in shape and because I’ve recently been diagnosed with gluten sensitivity. So, the no dairy, no cereal grains actually work perfectly for me.
I’ve defintely noticed that I do have more energy and after I got over my initial longing for baked goodies I have noticed that my sweet tooth is starting to die down a bit. I don’t feel the same cravings for sugar anymore. Although I do say, I miss cheese :(.
On the upside I’ve already lost 4lbs and my Darling Husband commented that he can see my abs! Hooray!
I’m going to try to make some flaxseed bread this weeekend, if you’re interested I’d be happy to PM you the recipe.
Post # 4
I am a big advocate of the “primal/paleo” diet, and I think Mark Sisson has one of the best approaches out there. He’s extremely moderate in his approach: he “allows” consumption of some dairy, chocolate & alcohol. He also advocates an 80/20 approach, which I think is realistic. He seems to keep an open mind about dietary issues & will present the facts on both sides of the debate if asked.
Post # 5
I just started eating Paleo last week. I will say I felt like complete crap the first couple of days, but that’s because your body goes through a “detox” period but now I feel great! I’ve lost 4lbs already and like the PP said before, my cravings for sweets are starting to die down. I’m also doing the 80/20 and allowing myself 1 cheat day a week (within reason – no need to go eating a whole pizza!). I suggest you try it! I’d love to have some other bees to go on the journey with!
Post # 6
See, that’s what I’m pretty excited about – the fact that it isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle change that allows for the natural occurance that you’ll have some sort of sweets / dairy / grain on occasion!
The biggest hitch and hinderence in this lifestyle change for me is that the Mr absolutely head over heels LOVES breads. Loves baking, loves eating breads of all types, and since he’s been a child that has been the primary staple for his diet. Mac & Cheese, half loafs of bread as actual /meals/ – the works. It makes the primal side of me cringe! I think he’s started to come around after making him read more of the Primal lifestyle and learn more about it, but it’s totally a hard pill to swallow.
What was the hardest part of starting for you ladies? For me, it’s getting him on board, but it’s slowly changing over :3
Post # 7
I sort of follow this plan without intending to. I have celiac and can’t eat anything with gluten. There are obviously gluten free substitutes, but I usually just skip them.
Post # 8
@DistantVampire: I think the hardest part for me is when I go out to eat with friends – they love Italian food so it’s tough to sit there with giant plates of pasta staring me in the face. Gr….
Darling Husband is pretty on board. He LOVES baked goods as well (I like to bake and I tease him all the time that it’s the real reason he married me). I still continue to bake for him though, I just don’t eat it. I figure it’s my choice to eat this way not his so I continue to make dinner like I did before. The only difference is I stick with the veggies and protein and he’s the only one eating the starch.
Post # 9
Yay! I searched the thread for “Primal” not expecting to find anything, but here you are! SO and I have been primal for about a year and a half and we LOOOOVE it. I was vegan before that (los angeles will do that to ya), and it was so not for me. I am completely happy with my meats and veggies. Actually, I think I eat more veggies than my vegan/veggie friends do lol.
Post # 10
I started last week and its been tough. I have always had cereal and bread in my diet so I have had a hard time giving that up. Still cheating on the sugar a little, but I figured I have some time and am trying to fight one craving at a time so I don’t go crazy. 🙂 However, even with the cheats, I am seeing some results! And I actually do feel sooo much better than when I was eating major carbs. I think I will probably stick with this diet for the long haul.
Post # 11
Bumping up an old thread because I was hoping to see if some more bees could share their experiences with the primal blueprint? Fiance and I are seriously making this kind of change to our diet/lifestyle, but we don’t know anyone who’s been doing it long term (though mostly everyone we’ve talked to has had a positive experience!).
Post # 12
My biggest problem with it is time, my location and lifestyle means that following it takes a lot of time and effort and I’m kinda lazy :/
But when I’ve followed it well, I’ve felt AMAZING. Once my currently crazy life settles a little, I may get back on the wagon. My mom lost a ton of weight and got so much energy when she did it.
Post # 13
I’ve had great experiences with this. The biggest thing is to have the right food ready and to not slack off at going to the grocery store. It is not easy going out for dinner also so we try to avoid it.
Alot of websites suggest that you can have one ‘cheat’ meal per week. I find i have zero self control when I do this and the one meal very quickly turns into a month of ‘cheat’ eating. We try to reserve non paleo meals for bithdays and hoildays. Beware of eating gluten after avoiding it for a while! It will likely upset your stomache.
Post # 14
Great success with this, I feel so much better eating this way. Our fridge is broken right now so we have been eating meat and frozen veg every night (we have a chest freezer w a 1/4 of a cow we purchased).
Post # 15
We have been eating this way more or less for the last 2 years (sometimes more strict than others). I’m currently eating a bit of grains because that’s how I do best, but the basic idea is tons of vegetables and good quality protein/meat. It is work to eat this way, but I don’t want to go back to eating processed crap like most people do. Real food just makes you feel so much better.