A little background information:
• Before the Primal Blueprint, I found out that I was eating low-carb (under 150g) this whole time but I wasn’t getting enough fat. Even worse, I was eating the wrong types of fat (mostly vegetable oils). My fat intake was anywhere from 30-50g, which is way to low for me (I found out that I should probably be getting up to 170g of fat right now!). I was pretty much eating all of the protein that I needed all along (right now its 81g but will increase later on. Before it was 75g, and then 78g).
• During 2011, there were a few times were I ate “Primal” meals. I noticed positive effects right away…I had no allergic reactions.
• In mid/late-October 2011, I went strictly Primal for about 2 1/2 weeks (no grains, legumes, processed foods, and vegetable oils/bad fats). Afterwards, I had to re-introduce grains and all of that Neolithic stuff to my diet because of financial constraints (but except that this time, I was consuming Olive Oil along with them and stayed away from the bad fats as much as possible until mid or late-December when my Olive Oil and money ran out). This also gave me an opportunity to see how I react to grains some more, this time with a new perspective (which let to the conclusion on last week’s post). Unlike before the PB, this time I ate grains more sensibly. I think that I have actually eaten grains sensibly this whole time, especially in recent years, because of my grain allergies/intolerances, and because I found real foods to be tastier. I would have to say that I was “part-Primal” or half-Primal” this whole time.
• When I went strictly Primal in October 2011, I noticed that my cracked and dry fingertips started improving. In addition, my dandruff started subsiding and my scalp felt stronger (I was shedding less hair). It must have been the Olive Oil and I think even the Almond Butter, as well as the elimination of Neolithic foods.
• Before the PB, my fitness wasn’t really an issue but I was finding ways to improve it. After finding out about the PB, (In 2011) I incorporated Primal Fitness laws into my lifestyle and I saw significant improvements. My resting heart rate was around the 60s before the PB. Afterwards, it was (and still is) 42 beats per minute. In addition, I’ve put on some more lean body mass. I was already lean before but I found out that there could have been some improvement. I’ve lost a total of 2ibs. of fat and put on a total of 7ibs. of lean body mass (I don’t need to lose weight, by the way)…so that’s 7ibs. gained and approximately 30-35 more pounds to go (I’m the “old” face of poverty, which is skinny). Finally, I found out that I was moving around a lot at a slow pace this whole time.
Primal Blueprint 6-day follow up:
I “re-entered” Primal eating on Sunday, after getting an week’s supply of meat, coming to last week’s conclusion, and after learning more about the PB and self-experimenting last year. This time, I had to be semi-strict, meaning I had to eliminate grains and processed foods but not legumes and vegetable oil. The reason I can’t eliminate legumes and vegetable oil at this time is because of financial constraints (I need to eliminate legumes too, because of the high carb content and possible lectins, and vegetable oils because of the high Omega-6 content). We barely have any veggies (if any) around here and I need to get my carbs from somewhere. I think that legumes are a more sensible solution. I seem to be more sensitive to grains than to legumes, but I’m eating them sensibly. Here are some results and findings so far:
• I’m craving fats…really craving them. Thursday, I was thinking about eating fats like coconut oil/milk and I had the same thoughts Friday morning, right when I woke up, and this time grass-fed butter and nuts were included (I know this sounds weird to some of you who are not familiar with the Primal/Paleo lifestyle). I was also thinking about almond butter this whole time (since early in the week). After visiting the Mark’s Daily Apple forums and re-visiting MDA blog posts & comments, I found out that I may not be eating enough calories, which explains why I’m feeling low on energy and craving fats (something which I’ve always felt, except that back then I was craving carbs). At first, I thought that this was the low carb flu, until I came upon this. I don’t think the low carb flu makes sense in this case since I’ve pretty much been low-carb (but also low-fat) nearly all of my life. (I think that this is more of a “low-fat flu”.)
• I’ve learned to listen to my body more. I knew this the whole time but I wasn’t really sure how to do it until now. I know now that the reason I’m craving fats is because i’m most likely not getting enough.
• Grain/carb cravings are at their lowest levels ever. I’m barely getting any. Instead, i’m getting (good) fat cravings now.
• I seem to have put on some lean body mass. Earlier in the week, I’ve noticed that I might have put on some more lean mass in my stomach area (it looks leaner). On Friday, I’ve noticed that I might have put on some lean mass on my lower arms (it doesn’t look and feel as skinny as it did before, and feels & looks much leaner). I need to go weigh myself soon.
Things I’m working on right now:
• Getting good fats. I think that this will be my first priority once our budget clears up a bit (since fats make up the bulk of my calories). I’ve discussed this with my mom on Thursday and she agreed to help me buy some good fats for me to use once our budget clears up.
• Getting some grass-fed eggs, canned seafood, herbs, spices, and Primal snacks and other Primal foods. I know where to get them, I just need money.
• Getting some dietary supplements. I need to get a multivitamin with antioxidants, probiotics, protein supplement, and fish oil. I really would like to get these supplements from the Primal Blueprint website, but that’s out of my reach for now (but that’ll change somewhere in the near future).
• Getting more veggies. I want to see if its possible for me to join a CSA once our budget clears up (and maybe even after I get my Driver’s License). I would also love to have my own garden but that’s out of my reach for now (but that’ll change somewhere in the near future).
• Seeing how much my performance in intellectual tasks has improved. I am really curious to find out about this. I expect it to improve once I make the full transition to Primal. (This might take a while…)
• Getting rid of my fatigue and systemic inflammation. For this to happen, I need to increase my (healthy) fat consumption and balance my Omega-3/6 ratio. (This might also take a while…)
• Gaining more weight by putting on more lean mass. (Once again, this might also take a while…)