Primal Blueprint

Primal Blueprint Vs. Paleo Diet

by laura on January 15, 2012 · 1 comment

Primal Blueprint

Primal Blueprint Food Pyramid (Marksdailyapple.com)

Primal Vs. Paleo Food

For the last few weeks I have been tossing around the idea of going low-carb. I haven’t been entirely comfortable with the idea because, well, low-carb and I haven’t gotten along so well in the past. I also believe that any diet plan that completely eliminates a food group is not so good.

I started in on my research and discovered the Paleo diet, which led me to the Primal Lifestyle by chance.  Both diets are based on similar evolutionary science, but there are differences.

Both diets suggest that you eat more protein, limit carb intake, and eat lots of veggies. One of the major differences is saturated fat intake. Paleo restricts intake of fats like butter, coconut oil, and even eggs. Limiting saturated fats is based on the unfounded fear that it raises cholesterol and instigates heart disease. Eggs are just about the most nutritious thing that you can eat, bite for bite. But you gotta buy the good ones or grow your own, trust me, it’s worth it.

There is a lot of debate out there about fats right now in the health and science community. New research points to eating a combination of different fats, including saturated fats as optimal. The other fats available may not be so healthy like canola oil for example, heralded for it’s omega 3 content which is normally processed out by deodorization. Kinda pointless.

Another difference is that on the Paleo Diet you can have diet sodas and other sugar substitutes. I am not really on board with this based on my own personal experience with artificial sweeteners and my hate of sodas. Sure, they may be okay for occasional use. But I have found that artificial sweeteners often stimulate sugar and or carb cravings like no other. Bad news! The only artificial sweetener that I have had any success with is stevia. And even with stevia, I keep it to a minimum.

In conclusion, I found the Primal plan made more sense to me. Nutrient dense foods, plenty of fats (of all kinds), protein, and lots of veggies with a fruit here or there.

I plan to blog regularly about my experience with Primal Blueprint. I am pretty excited about it because after just a few days on the plan, I am feeling great. I have been feeling very energetic and I have noticed that my cravings for carbs and sugar have already subsided. I really wasn’t expecting that to happen so fast.

I am not looking for a “quick fix”, but I do want to lose a few. I have high hopes that this will be the type of plan I will ultimately   incorporate as “lifestyle”.

Primal Blueprint Fitness

by laura on January 15, 2012

Primal Blueprint Fitness, Caveman Style

I love the Primal Blueprint approach to fitness. I think that I am most attracted by it’s simplicity. After my manyPrimal Blueprint Fitness years of excessive dieting, and excessive exercise like long distance running and daily hours of other cardio. I now realize how much damage I did to my body and the nutritional deficiencies I created. I thought it could never happen to me, that I was the picture of fitness and health.

In reality, I was starving. I ended up with serious deficiencies in vitamin D, E, A, B12, B6,  Zinc, Magnesium, Iron, and Potassium.  Each one of these deficiencies on their own lead to serious disease, all together they spell certain disaster!

Primal Blueprint Fitness, Let’s get Real!

Now back to the fitness. Primal Blueprint fitness is based on a few “laws”. First, move frequently at a slow pace. Lift heavy things, and finally sprint once in a while. It does kinda sound too good to be true. I don’t think it is. We have evolved to develop our fitness this way, so why not?

Chronic cardio workouts lead to sugar cravings as well as interfering with the immune system and endocrine function. Not to mention the heavy wear and tear, as well as vitamin and mineral depletion as a result of heavy cardio.

Brief sessions of lifting can promote optimal hormonal secretion as well as prevent the catabolic effect of prolonged sessions that leave you completely drained.

Sprinting is pretty darn primal. Think, caveman being chased by a lion into the nearest tree. Short intense sprints (on foot, bike, elliptical, stairs) lead to optimal hormonal balance, lean muscle development, and efficient and accelerated fat metabolism. Running in short intense sprints has also been shown to keep the heart rate elevated for a longer period of time, thus increasing calorie burning for the rest of the day.

Primal Blueprint fitness is also all about not having a strict regime. A bike ride , a game of frisbee now and again, throw in a nice hike/sprint here and there. Try to incorporate some strength training during your favorite television show. You can easily do squats and lunges while watching TV. This is great strength building for the lower body. I also enjoy working out with fitness bands for strength training. You can take them with you where ever you go, they are highly portable and you can use them for training just about any muscle group.