The 30 Day Primal Blueprint Health Challenge
I learned about paleo nutrition from Mark Sisson’s book, The Primal Blueprint. I cannot recommend this book enough. It is the simplest explanation of who we are as humans from a nutritional perspective. We must understand the machine that is the human body in order to fuel it properly. You wouldn’t put cheap gas in a Ferrari, so why would you put crap fuel in your body? I’m going to re-read the book this month, pull out my copy of The Primal Blueprint Cookbook, and do a 30 Day Primal Blueprint Health Challenge. Why don’t you join me?
Why a Primal Challenge?
Why am I doing a 30 Day Primal Blueprint Health Challenge? Results. Based on results, I know that the paleo or primal nutrition plan works for me.
Most people don’t know what fuel to use. This is understandable being that we’ve been lied to and duped by big food companies and the politicians that they pay to help sell us their message. The old Food Pyramid was absurd and the new one still isn’t getting it done. The sooner people realize that fat is not the primary thing making us fat, the sooner we’ll take some steps to reverse the damage that high carbohydrate diets have done to our bodies.
The results are certainly not isolated to me, although I will tell you that I simply don’t gain weight any more. I’ve been at 160 pounds since I started eating paleo/primal in early 2010. Before then, my weight would fluctuate by as much as 10 pounds. I’d get up to 170 pounds [quickly] when I would stray from my workouts. Earlier this year, I went on a cruise…and lost two pounds.
But, I’m just a regular guy. I’m sure this type of lifestyle couldn’t work for any sort of high level athlete. Except, maybe, for Novak Djokovic.
Mr. Djokovic won the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament yesterday, completing what John McEnroe called, “the greatest season ever in tennis.” (He also won Wimbledon and the Australian Open.) Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal did an article on Djokovic’s rejection of a grain based diet in favor of a paleo plan in 2010. The article opens with this:
“Maybe the answer is as simple as this: Since last year, he’s swearing off pasta, pizza, beer, French bread, Corn Flakes, pretzels, empanadas, Mallomars and Twizzlers—anything with gluten.”
On a side note, I believe many people are walking around with mild gluten allergies and they don’t even know it. They have no clue they are putting poison in their bodies every day.
With all of this in mind, I am going to once again embrace a 30 Day Primal Blueprint Health Challenge. Why not try it yourself and see what happens?
The 30 Day Primal Blueprint Health Challenge
It’s funny how things come to you in your life right when you need them. Right now, I’m in need of a little direction. I’ve been training, but not with a great deal of intensity. I’ve been eating pretty well, but not well enough. Since embracing the Primal Diet, the nutrition side of things is fairly easy for me. I just modify it to support the workouts that I do.
Here is the link to Mark Sisson’s challenge:
This is a simple plan. But, like many simple things, it isn’t easy. For some people, giving up grain-based foods is going to seem like an impossibility. When I first did this type of challenge in early 2010, it was very difficult for me. Once I learned why these foods weren’t all that they were hyped up to be, and that far more nutritious alternatives (like fruits and veggies) existed, the changes became much easier.
Check out the challenge and see if you think it might be a fit for you. I’m happy to do whatever I can to help you get through it. While I’m not a certified Primal trainer, I know the information well enough to help do what I can to educate and support you.
My Fitness Plan
I know the hardcore members of the Primal community will disagree that I’m actually doing the Challenge because I’m going to drink Shakeology every day and I’m going to continue my high cardio P90X and Cycling Hybrid Workout. [Incidentally, I’ll probably be passing on a few other elements of the Primal lifestyle that just don’t appeal to me – like marrow and tallow. I’m a firm believer in not eating things you think are just gross.] No one is perfect – and I’ll make the decision for myself regarding these “vices.” There is nothing I like more than riding my bike up very, very steep hills, so I’m going to keep doing that. And, Shakeology just rocks my world, so that’s not going anywhere.
I will be shifting my training a bit this week to include two P90X strength workouts [Chest, Shoulders & Triceps and Legs & Back], one Insanity workout, my cycling workouts, and (hopefully) yoga. (Right now, I’m struggling with yoga…feel free to shoot me a message on Facebook and encourage me.) I’m also going to surf for an hour three times a week. I have a stand up paddleboard and this is my version of “Play” (see the Primal Challenge Rules). I’m also going to incorporate the sprints that Mark recommends. Not exactly sure how I’ll work that into the plan here, but I’ll figure it out. We take the kids to the beach a couple of times a week, so I’ll probably just do it while they are digging holes in the sand.
The Food: A Primal Primer
The Primal food plan is pretty simple. It includes lots of meat, chicken, fish, eggs, nuts/seeds, healthy fats, and veggies. It leaves out grains, beans/legumes, added sugar, and unhealthy fats. I will consume fruit, alcohol, dairy [I only eat Greek yogurt and the occasional sprinkle of cheese], and dark chocolate [not a big one for me] in moderation. During this time period, Monica will be starting Insanity and follow the Insanity Elite Nutrition Guide. That plan includes grain-based foods, so I’m going to have to adjust. In addition, I have two kids that need to eat, so we all need to make adjustments and figure out what works best for everyone.
Along the way, we’ll be filming videos of the food we are eating. My hope is to show you how we adjust. We’ve made everything from Primal Enchiladas to a very simple batch of Bolognese sauce to pour over a bed of steamed (or not) vegetables or…pasta [I totally busted myself in the video below]. We’ll keep posting these on our YouTube Channel, so be sure to keep an eye out for new videos.
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