- I lost a noticeable amount of weight.
- I gained leanness and muscle.
- I no longer have PCOS or tryglycerides
- I no longer get migraines any more.
- And I connect with my body
So back to the basics for the moment. What is the primal / paleo lifestyle?
It refers to eating, moving, and behaving in a manner that our ancestors did for 100s and 1000s of years before agriculture came into the scene. So human life for all those years was all about foraging for food (walking lots and lots), hunting (sprints and lifting heavy) and eating real food they hunted, like animals and fish, and plants, veggies, leaves, berries, nuts and seeds.Cut to today. We no longer have to move much; predators don’t chase us nor do we hunt.An alarm clock awakes us, instead of daylight. We sleep much later than we should, because we’ve stayed up to watch a random movie, thus cutting our sleep time by a few hoursWe rush out in the morning to work, grabbing whatever unhealthy breakfast option’s available in the canteen that day. And don’t let me get started on the food. (There’s a whole post coming up on that!)
Then we ask the question. Why am I getting fat?
Every single activity I’ve mentioned in the last para including the time spent in the gym, builds cortisol. Which in turn makes us fat. That’s the very very short story.Evolution takes 100’s and 1000’s of years. Our bodies today have just not evolved to the kind of lifestyle we live today.So essentially, the primal lifestyle calls for living a lifestyle as our ancestors lived by giving our body what it genetically needs, by using modern conveniences to the best of our abilities. The lifestyle calls for enough sleep, enough sun (none of that lathering ourselves with chemicals like sunscreen the moment we step out), good real food (lots of it), and a lot of movement.
In a nutshell these are the first steps to embrace the Primal lifestyle
Start Loving fats. Stop fearing them.
Get chronic cardio out of you system. Make it functional.
Less is more when it comes to workouts. Believe it.
Stop eating grains and sugar. They’re doing more harm than good.
Sleep a lot. Don’t belittle it.
And once you sink your teeth into the ‘meat’ it’s not tough. Trust.
In my next installment I’m going to talk about the food (including my rant about stuff they call food these days), then the physical fitness, and then the extras that are important but overlooked. Finally I’m going to write about how you can reconnect with your body.