I finally got around to reading Mark Sisson’s book, Primal Blueprint last week. I have to say that I was afraid it would be Atkins redux but was pleasantly surprised to find the lifestyle he promotes very similar to my own about 14 years ago, when I felt at my prime. And that was, indeed, my reason for buying the book: chasing after that Glory Days feeling. I hoped it would give me a clue as to why I have such low energy lately, despite eating so much wholesome food. All of those years ago, I ate the foods he promotes because I was nursing a baby with allergies. Her intolerance necessitated my eliminating some things from my diet, things he believes we are unfit to digest- like grains. He believes that all of us are allergic to grains on some level. Huh. Even super grainy, oat topped, 100 percent whole wheat; or especially so. Had I not felt so good when I went mostly grainless years ago, I would not have even considered it.
But, what have I got to lose in trying this for a few weeks? I already knew store bread and flour is mostly nutrient devoid after being ground and sitting on a shelf for so long. I don’t really care about it. I’m just not that food – driven, I don’t have the energy.
The rest of the book is easy to swallow. But in the case of his “Lift Heavy Things” strength training and only occasional hard workouts, I already do that. I just don’t believe in lots of gym time. It’s not me. I have to force myself to strength train for 15 minutes in my garage twice a week because I’d rather be moving around. But, I could also stand to back down the intensity of my runs.
I like his emphasis on slow steady movement. I like long slow jogs and walks, or chatty bike rides. But I think reading this has motivated me to force my kids to do it with me.
I’ve been doing things a little more his way for a week and a half and I think it’s working. For instance, last night I was up until 1am ripping out a sweater I had just knitted because the shoulders were deformed. A few weeks ago that would have made me crabby, sick, and cross-eyed this morning. Today, I was just crabby.
That soup and sandwich look delicious! I don't even like tomato soup. 🙂
I don't like the canned kind either, but if we make it ourselves-yum!