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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.

 

 

Food Prep, Action

Tools

Food prep container and scale.

So its been 3 months that I’ve been doing serious food prep and I love it.   Weekly food prep does have its ups and downs, but I love it.

First the Good

  • Save money on eating out
  • Eating healthier meals
  • Better portion control
  • I’ve dropped 5lbs.

Now the Bad

  • More Dishes
  • More Prep ( ok, I”m lazy )
  • No real meal variety.
  • Sometimes I don’t eat the meals.
  • The “Big Cook” is time consuming.

 

20150922_111239One thing with weekly meal prep, the meals have to be simple.  Really simple or else they won’t get made, at least for me.  I like to cook simple but, my wife on the other hand likes to experiment with recipes.  This just means we have to save the complicated concoctions for special weekends.

Food does turn into fuel, but is that such a bad thing.  There are lots of examples of eating for pleasure all over the place and I don’t want to copy that.

 

 

 

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