Group Forum: The Primal Blueprint

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Posted: 07 Jun 2012, 18:44
Just wanted to share what is working for me right now. I'm not a big meat eater (I like fish mostly), but I started this new eating lifestyle called The Primal Blueprint.

What I thought were sinus headaches have stopped. I dropped 7 pounds in water weight in one week, and I feel better. Primal Blueprint founder Mark Sisson believes the Food Pyramid is out of order. He says this is the order we should eat foods from most to least:

1. Meats, fish and eggs (eat that the most)
2. Vegetables
3. Health Fats (avocados/olive oil...etc.)
4. Moderation Foods (fruits, starches, high-fat dairy, rice)
5. Sensible Indulgences (dark chocolate, red wine)

Here is what Sisson wrote:

"Grains, beans, and legumes were not readily available until we developed agriculture roughly 10,000 years ago. Fossil records suggest that human health took a hit with the advent of agriculture, as much as you can tell from bones. Agriculturalists were shorter than and had more cavities, smaller brains, and weaker bones than hunter-gatherers. Life expectancy also dropped.

High-fructose corn syrup and vegetable oils were only made available in the last 100 years, with HFCS coming just 30 odd years ago. Today, people are fatter, more diabetic, and get more cancer and heart disease than people living 100 years ago, even if you account for differences in lifespan. Most, if not all of those illnesses are directly attributed to our poor modern lifestyles and diets."

Hope this helps!

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Posted: 16 Jun 2012, 10:48
Obesity has a stronger link to the addition of all the processed foods that are now available. Corn-syrup is a man made item and is not a whole food. The major weight changes have been in the past 40 years. MSG has been linked to increased appetite and it is used in so many processed foods. In my parent youth, beans and grains were widely available, but most people were thin at that time. Just watch the old movies. People ate whole foods then. They did eat meat, but it was not the primary food in their diet. They ate lots of vegetables, beans, and grains. Meat was raised without the hormones that the modern day animals get and they didn't have solutions added at the grocery store.
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Posted: 24 Jun 2012, 18:13
Very is this working for you? A few years ago, we decided to completely eliminate HFCS, hydrogenated fats, and hormones from our diet. Grocery bills are pretty high, but we have noticed a major difference in our children's behavior/onset of puberty. I am big into lots of fruits and vegetables. I don't know how long I could go without fruit....but the rest seems in keeping with what I could do. The other big piece of this is that hunter gatherers MOVED! They had to in order to survive. Today, we don't move enough.

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Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 00:59
You're right about not moving enough. It's unbelievable how sedentary we are these days, myself included. Trying to do more work around the house to make up for it.


This diet is more costly, but I have lost 35 pounds - 20 in the last three months when I really started following it more closely. The first week was all water weight - 7 pounds of it.

My migraines have stopped. I'm not sure why because I did food allergy testing and they said I'm not allergic to glutens. I haven't pinpointed what gives me headaches, but it is definitely linked to food as I learned from a recent meal when I ate fast food.

This diet is obviously better for the colon (sorry). I'm eliminating wastes better.

My biggest challenge is finding stuff to eat.

Red meat kind of grosses me out. So I'm eating mainly fish and some chicken. I have a weird schedule and it's hard finding time to cook. I just need to really map this out and get serious.

I'll be honest, I fall off the wagon a couple of days per week, but I'm not gaining weight, I feel better, and I'm closer to better health than ever before.

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Posted: 06 Jul 2012, 06:17
So glad to hear Kanthony Smile Everyone has legitimate points on this thread but the best point is it is working for you! You feel better and you have set goals in mind (such as finding the time to cook). I have a very busy schedule as well. What I find easier is pre preparing my food on the weekend for the week. I will sit down and take inventory of what I have... set out what I'm doing for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I usually eat breakfast at work and it is usually pouched oatmeal packets. Easy and quick and tasty. Lunch is usually the same.. quick and easy. Sometimes it will be leftovers if I cook a big batch on the weekend or it may be a processed food item such as a lean pocket. I supplement with snacks of apples, oranges, strawberries, cherries whatever I bought for that week to snack on. I also eat very little every 2 hours. By the time I come home I am ready to work out and then cook a sensible dinner which usually consists of chicken breast or fish and a veggie. Or I may eat a sammich with home made guac that I prepare fresh.... Love it! And ya know what?! It works for me Smile I feel great! I have lost 4 lbs since Sunday and 22 overall since I was the biggest I have ever been in my life. Yes I fell off the wagon as well. But I found another one ran and jumped right back on Smile
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