ShineHarder

Documenting my my life process.

Month: April 2016

Back on the Mat

I’ve healed enough to get back into Brazillian Jiu Jitsu.

It feels good.  Only drilling for now.  Rolling will start next week.  I just wanted to make sure everything still worked the way it used to before I had instruments and cameras and scissors and stuff opening me up and poking around.

In three month’s things do change, but a lot more stay the same.  The warm-up did have me a little gassed, I used to be able to smoke it so, it might take a few classes to get fully back into the game.

Its good to see the school grow.  There are a lot of new faces,  and most of the old ones too.  People come and go in martial arts schools thats just the nature of the game.  It takes a lot of effort and consistency to do any advancement in jiu jitsu, thats one of the things that make it special.

Coming back from Hernia surgery or any type of medical scare must feel even more special, I could of chilled on my hernia.  Friends shared they experiences with hernias where they went untreated for years because of fear.  A fear of not being able to practice at my full potential ( all 41 injured years of me ) scared me into getting surgery.

The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

This is the first diet I actually enjoy. Its a shame to even call it a diet. The Primal Diet is an eating paradigm.   Its easier to describe it as I know it.

Lets start with what you can’t eat.

  • No Bread
  • No Beans
  • No Sugar
  • No Processed Food

Now with what you can eat.

  • Meat ( Antibiotic free or free range )
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Fruit

Its really as simple as that.

As of today I’ve lost 15 lbs eating like this.  Trust me, it has not been my intention to lose weight, my intention is to reduce my chronic gas and minimize inflation.  My wife thinks I’m getting too skinny, but I feel great.    Apart from my stomach being flat as a board, I don’t feel too skinny.  My body actually feels strong yet slim.  It would be nice to gain some muscle, but I’m happy with the drop in body fat.

The Primal Blueprint is the brainchild of Mark Sisson. The Primal Diet is essentially a eating paradigm of eating like cavemen. Its not as meat concentric as the Atkins and Paleo methods of eating.  I don’t really know if I’m following it correctly.

You don’t have to buy the book.  He gives away all the information you need.   He lays out everything you need to know on Marks Daily Apple.

Don’t think its all roses and unicorns.  There are downsides.

  • Its expensive. I spend about 25$ every 3-4 days on food. Nuts are my largest expense.  Cashews are $8- $10 a pound, and I eat a lot of cashews.  Pistachios are even worst they run 12-15 per pound.   Healthy snacks are expensive.
  • It takes Planning. The foods that are ok to eat don’t keep fresh very long.  All the bad foods like rice and granola can be stored for later, but fruits and vegetables have a non negotiable expiration date.  After a month I’ve just got the timing down.

 

 

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