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My Adventures going Primal - A 21 day challenge

Monday, November 21, 2011

So I decided to try something different, I did the 21 Day Primal Challenge by Mark Sisson. The title of his book is 21 Day Total Body Transformation. It was just released last month. He also has a website with great information.

For those not familiar with this lifestyle it is pretty basic. Eat natural food (meat, fish, eggs, vegetables and fruit) and exercise more naturally(no cardio junkies or hours lifting weights). Which means:
NO grains – flour, wheat, rice, corn, oats, ect. That would come down to no bread, cookies, cakes, pasta, anything made from grains including a lot of cooking oils.
NO sugar – nothing, nada including all zero calorie sugars like Equal or Splenda. Which would also mean you only drink water, tea, coffee and limited amount of Red Wine.
NO legumes- beans, lentils, peanuts, and peas including anything made from them like peanut butter.
Very little dairy – butter and full fat cream is ok but lowfat and no-fat cheese, milk etc is out.

So I decided to jump right in and start on October 31. Yes I know what you are thinking – what no candy on one of the biggest candy days of the year?!

On day 1 - I took all my measurements and cleaned out the pantry/fridge of all the “bad” foods and filled it with “good” foods.
Weight 215.2
Waist (belly button) 43
Hips 45
Bust 38.5
Leg (right thigh) 24.5

The book takes you day by day slowly going more primal. One of the biggest benefits I found for me was wonderful amounts of energy and no mid-day crash. I felt great after just a few days on the new “diet”. Many days I gave up the gym to go walk in the sunshine. What a great feeling! One of the assignments was to track everything and see if the carbs, fat and protein were all inline. Mine on Day 10 was calories 1411 of which Fat was 54%, Carbs 17% and Protein was 28%. The perfect primal range would be 20% carbs, 65% fat and 15% protein. So I was happy with my numbers.

OK fast forward to day 21 and I am sleeping better at night, waking up energized and ready for the day, I have no cravings for grains or sugars. Yes I know hard to believe but true, I have indulged a couple of times in Dark Chocolate that is high in cocoa content like 75% or better. Husband said yuck due to its bitter taste with no sweetness. And I did have red wine, probably more then I should of but all things in moderation.
Weight 210.8 down 4.4 pounds
Waist 42 down 1 inch
Hips 44.5 down ½ inch
Bust 38.5 stayed the same
Leg 24 down ½ inch

Overall this has been a great lifestyle change for me and one that I will keep. I am losing weight without measuring or feeling guilty. Primal people are big followers of the 80/20 rule and of living life to its fullest.
If anyone out there wants more information or has any questions shoot me a Spark email and I will do my best to answer you or atleast point you in the right direction.

Grok on!!!
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    I have been reading Mark's website too. Best of luck. emoticon
    2992 days ago
  • -SEVEN-
    Good for you! This is very similar to Doug Kaufmann's Phase One Diet! Which I have been on several times- very healthy, in my opinion!
    3377 days ago
    Checking in to see if you are still following this plan!
    3406 days ago
  • DEE797
    CONGRATS on your progress! Sleeping better at night and waking up energized! That's a big one for a lot of us. I hadn't heard of this way of eating til I saw your posts and now your blog. Will have to check it out.

    Wishing you continued success on your journey! emoticon
    3428 days ago
    emoticon Congrats Sharon good job! Today is my 21st. I will blog about it tonight!
    3428 days ago
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    I'm glad to hear you like it and are enjoying it! I like that primal and paleolithic diets are grain free and devoid of sugars and fake foods. It makes me feel so much better not eating those things.
    3428 days ago
    I'm glad you are doing and feeling well!
    3428 days ago
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