So, I started my health and fitness journey three years ago and am elated to be continuing on this path with many a tweak and experiment here and there.
Of course our bodies are super intelligent and engineered for survival and nobody ccan know your body and life like you can.
Having said that, we do have much in common with each other and for that matter other mammals.
The biggest change that I initially made was to cut out all grains, which was actually easy for me because I was motivated to get in shape.
Again, initially I just cut the grains, didn't really know what I was doing,(after all, grains are supposed to be a staple in our diets, right?) So, as the results of losing 45 pounds in approximately 3months, I started studying ancestral ways of eating and running (with many a cramp and going very slowly, still go slow btw).
I now understand that our current prescribed diet of high carbohydrates and high sugar is a death sentence and has been misguided. The high animal fats and minimal carbs and moderate protien of our ancestors diet truly served to pave the way for our healthy survival.
Today we have unprecedented disease, cancer, alzhiemers, (which is being now referred to as type 3 diabetes) diabetes, etc.. And yet most of us have been following the high grain/low fat paradigm, so whats the problem?
Well, obviously that paradigm is flawed and doesn't work.
So to get started why not try to remove some or all your grains, for a day, or two, or week!
Just experiment to se how you feel, but of course limit your sugars also. Just eat real food like asparagus, broccoli, grass fed beef and fatty fish, for example. There is plenty of great paleo/ancestral food available.
But it's up to you to take back your health, and it's easier than you might imagine.
you can call me at 402-525-5828 and I can share with you my story, listen to yours, and see where we go from there!
Couchpotatoprimalfit changing the world one person at a time
So, is it immoral to eat sugar or what?
Of course not! But, we do eat lots of the tasty stuff. Also we get it in surprising places. If we look at some of the ingredients in the packaged foods we eat we see that high fructose corn syrup is in there. Also, the breakfast cereals we eat, usually with sugar, just turns to sugar in our bodies very quickly. All the grains we eat turn to sugar quickly also.
So, there's nothing "wrong" with sugar, it's just so prevelent. Our bodies take care of us as usual by secreting the hormone insulin which stores the sugars in our blood as glycogen in our liver and skeletal muscles. We then use this glycogen as back up energy, for workouts and emergencies. When our glycogen stores are full (most of our stores are full because of lack of consistent movement and exertion) insulin stores this sugar as fat.
Now our " counter" hormone to insulin is glucagon and this hormone releases the fats stored in our cells into the blood stream for our use as energy. I need to reiterate the fact that we are evolved to be fat burners. Can you imagine our ancestors running down a beast but having to stop for a donut? Or the days when food was scarse? They didn't depend on instant cheap carbs, they didn't have them. But I digress, back to glucagon. Glucagon releases this stored fat into our bloodstream for use when needed and this fat energy is a very effective and clean burning fuel. The problem though is that when high levels of insulin are present our glucagon can't work, so we are in a fat storage mode instead of fat burning.
This of course is just a brief overview but I think important to mention because with decades of eating the standard american diet (s a d) we become insulin resistant, our cells become almost immune to insulins influence and so we produce even more insulin, making fat burning very difficult.
I want to mention just two more ideas. One is that not only do we love sugar, so does cancer, cancer cells thrive on glucose.
The other quick mention is that insulin resistance precedes diabetes and now alzhiemers disease is being referred to as type 3 diabetes.
So, it really behoves us to adapt a primal lifestyle to reclaim our birthrite as amazing human mammals, fat burning beasts! Eat primally, sleep primally, play and move primally, enjoy the sun, enjoy your LIFE that you have inherited from you survivor ancestors.
Just some thoughts
to your primal, ancestral health,
changing the world one person at a time
There's an app out there, now available. It's totally free and very responsive, also self renewing. Pretty amazing. Well, it actually has been around for a million years or so. It has self protecting software. It actually works for you every second and really knows more about you than you do! It's main job is to keep you alive, thriving, and productive.
Yes you guessed it, it's your amazingly intelligent body! You inherited it and all you have to do is give it a chance to function according to "factory specs".
And these can be found in your primal blueprint, your DNA which has been programmed successfully for a couple million years.
So here's to you discovering your primal awesome self, your "paleo" self.
couchpotatoprimalfit changing thhe world one person at a time
We have inherited Life from our parents, and their parents, and their parents, and so on. From our ancestors. Back in our grandparents' grandparents' day, there wasn't an obesity epidemic, cancer was hardly known, as well as early onset ahlzhiemers. Of course diabetes was not so prevalent. We've made totally awesome accomplishments in science, technology, and medicine, you name it we have done great things! But why are we fat, cancerous, diabetic, and senile before our time (if in fact there really is a time for this degeneration)? Bold and earnest people world wide are discovering the plain and obvious fact that what we put in out mouths has a direct effect on our health.
The unpopular fact that bread us making us fat is just that, very unpopular but very true. Yes there is life without bread, in fact people world wide are experiencing dramatic health benefits from not eating the ubiquitous processed crap that is so addicting.
Why not try becoming an aborigine in modernity?
Lets eat and live more like the native americans, good healthy meats (unless you are doing the vegetarian route), plenty of good veggies, (no white potatoes or rice) lots of good fats (butter, olive oil, fatty fish, animal fats, avocados) and lets live joyously active lives, no more couch potatoes (unless you are part of my primal tribe of couchpotatoprimalfit).
Lets be modern day aborigines!
Lets be aborigines in modernity
And show proper respect to our ancestors by so doing!
Call me, I can help
In health ,
Couchpotatoprimalfit-- Changing the world one person at a time
First of all LIFE is good!
We humans have been evolving for around 2.5 million years, give or take a day or two.
One of my favorite ideas was put forth at http://realmealrevolution.com/the-facts. Dr. Timothy Noakes postulated the idea of human existence being compared to a 24 hour period, where for 23 hours and 55 minutes we ate without grains, the agricultural revolution (civilization) occurring about 10,000 years ago, 5 minutes on the clock, and for the last 5 seconds we have been consuming highly processed foods.
Today we are in the midst of a major health crisis, cancer, ahlzhiemers, diabetes, just to name a few. As far as we can tell, these diseases didn't occur in our earlier existence, at least not as ubiquitous.
Sooooo, our first step is to get off the train tracks because a train is coming. Stop eating processed carbs and sugar (which are the same thing)!
Of course, no one needs me to tell them, after all, we have Coke, Pepsi, Mansanto/Bayer, Novartis, bristol/meyer etc. etc. to tell us what to do. No they don't really tell us, they just control what information we get, control the production of seeds throughout the world, implement trade policies etc. I'm not a multibillion dollar individual, so I can't compete on that level.
But I have reclaimed my health largely by totally ignoring the conventional wisdom and attempting to eat and live holistically, more in line with our ancestors.
I short story, I quit grains and ate whole fats and lost 45 pounds and now continue to educate myself and enjoy outstanding health and physical benefits because of it. Not all of us are exactly alike, but we do share many similarities.
No matter your age, weight, genetic inheritance, there is a way to reclaim your health and life!
Oh, and the government and your doctor (probably) aren't going to be of much use to reclamation efforts.
I feel a little guilty. It was soooo easy for me to drop weight and become fit! Well, there was a little pain, in starting to run, cramps, etc.. My goal was and is to this day to become fit, not necessarily focusing on weight loss, just becoming fit. As with most or all primal eaters, we absolutely love the great food we eat, our tastes have changed for the better. So, anyone who wants to eat great food, feel awesome, get healthy, and have more fun in your life, stay tuned! Grok on!