Going Primal!… *rawr*

In betwixt work work and um, more work, I have been trolling the web like some half crazed info-junkie trying to understand this journey I am gearing up for.   I want to be sure I am well prepared to begin so I don’t set myself up for failure.

I have had a few people ask me what made me choose not to go with eating clean.  My main reason is the grains.  I’m ditching them.   All of ’em.  Cold turkey.   And the clean eating crowd says to get a quarter of your daily servings from… grains!

Eat Clean Plate

The Eating Clean Plate from the Gracious Pantry

It is almost a mirror image of the USDAs My Plate  …

Having seen the documentary Fat Head (I mentioned it in an earlier post. You can find it on Hulu.com)  and done some reading at Mark Sisson’s site  I decided to remove grains from my diet.   So instead I want to be eating like this:

Primal Blueprint Food Pyramid

It bears only the most basic resemblance to the food pyramid we grew up with  in school.  In fact the only resemblance is … they are both pyramids

And there the resemblance pretty well ends.   But having grown up on the Pyramid, it’s what i understand well so the Primal pyramid works well for me. visually.

The other major decision I have made is go primal rather than paleo.   I believe in the Paleo diet  but I’m part mouse – meaning  I love my cheese.  Going cold turkey on dairy makes me break out in a cold sweat, get the shakes, and huddle in the corner whimpering… Seriously.   Roy and I have already cut back on dairy.  I gave up cow’s milk a few months ago and can’t say I miss it since I drink Almond milk.  I like the taste better :).   I’m not a tremendous yogurt eater either or cottage cheese or sour cream.   Just good old cheddar is my biggest weakness, though a nice chunk of smoked Gouda  is divine.  Anyway, you get my drift.   Paleos don’t do dairy so this was going to be a big stumbling block for me.    Primal says you can have some dairy… in moderation.  So I wll have to cut back but I don’t have to give it up entirely *whew*

Cause I can tell you right now, going cold turkey on the grains is going to be a challenge enough!  My body is addicted to them. I’ve been indoctrinated all my life about the wonderful benefits of grains!   I love a good southern melt in your mouth, slathered with butter (or saw mill gravy!) biscuit and the smell of a fresh out of the kitchen warm Reuben sandwich makes me salivate.  Oh and pizza!!! Thick crust pizza… yum!!!   Of course let’s not forget  all those breakfast cereals, breakfast bars,  Little Debbie snack cakes,  Hawaiian  Bread,  burritos, tacos.. oh the list goes on and on of things that are grain based or have grains in them.

So anyway, I’m gearing up for our first official Primal grocery trip later this week.   It’s going to be quite an experience.

Happy Monday everybody~



Let the Winnowing Begin…

So it appears, at least for the time being that MFP has become my new FB.  I can’t stay outta there, lol.   I keep trolling the boards and reading  – reading – reading.  For someone starved for information on what’s out there, what’s been tried, what works, what doesn’t work etc  – it’s like a free for all feast!!  And I am gorging myself!!

Yesterday I asked about coconut oil.  I have been reading that it is much better for you than vegetable oil and canola oil.   Someone directed me to Tropical Traditions and said I can also get it in my local health food store.   Temple isn’t big enough to have one of those.  We just got our second (and only major) grocery store about 2 years ago.   So I’ll have to go to a neighboring town or order online.  For cooking I need the expeller pressed type since it has a neutral flavor.  Folks use it also on toast and in their coffee as well.  So I’m excited to give it a go.  Just need a good paycheck because it’s pricey.  But everyone says it lasts a long time.

Today was a day of more new discoveries.  Two major ones to be exact.  Since I have still be mulling over the East Clean diet I mentioned in an earlier post, when someone mentioned The Gracious Pantry as being a good starting place for someone new to clean eating, I looked it up.   I poked around a bit but I’m not heading there I don’t believe.  I believe my path lies in a different direction. But I thought I’d post it here for anyone who might feel that is their path.

Which leads me to my second big discovery of the day, and the one I’m pretty darned excited about!!  *drum roll please*  Some one posted a link to Mark’s Daily Apple.    and not just a link to the site, a link to a specific article he wrote…    here!!!   It was my “Ah ha!” moment.   That pivotal point where my path toward health takes a definitive step… a purposeful step forward.  I feel invigorated, excited, motivated.   I think this is my direction, my path; and so my mind fast forwards – envisioning myself healthy again, more mobile again, less fearful of what tomorrow holds.  I see such possibilities and I’m pretty darn giddy right now.   Of course I still have a long way to go on this.   And I may delve into this and at some point decide that this is not my path.   But so far I don’t think so.   Along that same path you can also check this out for more info on a Primal/Paleo Diet

So follow me on my path if ya like 🙂  I’d love some company.  I’m going to keep posting on other information I find, even if it’s not part of my ‘path’ because I love finding out new things and it will also give me my own personal references to other info if my path leads to a dead end.

Here’s to Health and happiness~