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Primal Blueprint diet, week 3

By Linda

This is the 3rd week of Primal Blueprint eating, and I’ve mostly stayed on plan. Mostly. There may have been a sort of frenzied rooting in a cereal box last weekend around 9 PM when I thought I was going to up and die if I didn’t eat something crunchy that wasn’t a goddamned apple.

There are times when I feel like this eating plan is pretty easy to stick with, and times when it feels . . . not so much. I think overall my sugar cravings have decreased but my desire for starchy foods has only gotten worse. My dream foods right now are pretzels, potato chips, crackers, things like that. This might be because a delicious bowl of fruit does the trick for satisfying a sweet tooth, but there’s nothing much like a cracker that isn’t, you know, a cracker.

With a few exceptions, I’ve been pretty successful at eliminating grains while on this plan. Other than my morning half & half, I’ve had no dairy. These are big changes for me, since I normally eat a lot of both. And here’s a big thing I’ve noticed over the last week: no headaches. This is highly unusual for me, as I take ibuprofen every day for mild headaches—nothing chronic or severe, just ongoing discomfort I’ve always associated with eyestrain and screaming kids and sinus issues. So, virtually no headaches now. Crazy.

I’m very very pleased with the steady energy I have throughout the day. This is a change that seems subtle until I really think about it: no crashes. No insane craving for M&Ms for that instant energy hit. Deep, restful sleep at night and not much trouble getting up early.

I’m not really watching my calories and there are definitely days when I am probably eating more than I should, especially since some of my snack foods are fairly high in nutrients (like almonds. So easy to eat a CRAPLOAD of those things at once). I think I’ll re-evaluate after the marathon, see if I think it’s worth cutting back to drop another few pounds. Right now I am feeling okay with the extra flab here and there, the 5 lb. loss since starting this plan has made a difference in how puffy my belly looked and that’s mostly what I cared about.

I didn’t write down my foods for this past week, but it was mostly more of the same things I’ve posted before: lots of veggies, lots of fruit, eggs for breakfast, some kind of protein + veg for dinner, some fruit smoothies here and there. Oh, and I discovered that cooking vegetables in salted water makes them taste delicious—for real, I’ve been eating a ton of boiled purple cabbage lately, and it is SO GOOD.

This whole eating plan is going quite nicely with some of the fascinating information I’ve been learning in my nutrition class, specifically the processes of carbohydrate digestion and the problems with ingesting too many simple sugars. (Here is a really good lecture on this topic, if you’re interested.) Consuming too many refined carbs doesn’t just make it harder to maintain a healthy weight, it increases your chance of developing Type 2 diabetes (which is, as you probably know, becoming a major epidemic in this country), and it increases your chances of getting heart disease. Insulin resistance, where your cells gradually become less responsive to insulin if you continually flood your system with glucose—which is what we’re primarily eating when we eat industrialized, packaged foods—is hugely problematic.

I miss gorging on crackers and ice cream, for sure, but I feel good that I’m treating my body better. It really is a useful plan for someone like me who has a hard time with the concept of moderation. I’d like to keep doing this (excepting some carb-loading for the marathon weekend), and I’ll let you know how it’s going a couple weeks from now.

15 Responses to “Primal Blueprint diet, week 3”

  1. deb roby Says:

    When I stopped eating just wheat I noticed a big difference in how I felt. After decades of living on TUMS for chronic heart burn, I realized I didn’t need them anymore. And the constant drip from my sinuses went away.

    Have never gone the full primal route -but I’m thinking about it. I think it would easier than many other ways of eating. So gladly watching your take.

  2. rhaazz Says:

    Wow. This post is like a wake-up call for me. Thank you.

  3. Becca Says:

    This is really interesting and I’ve just started reading the article (Mark Sisson’s) that you linked to. I think I am going to give it a go – I am about 40 lbs overweight and am slowly trying to change my lifestyle. Looking forward to follow along and so awesome that you’re seeing results!

  4. MEP Says:

    What becomes readily apparent when you eat this way for any length of time is that simple carbs and sugar are addictive. The more you eat, the more you crave, and the more you need to satisfy your hunger. They screw up your body’s natural satiety signals, and cause your belly to grumble and growl with hunger even when it is full! I used to get shaky, weak and lightheaded if I didn’t eat every few hours, and have not had that sensation since I cut out the sugar and grains. Yeah, having my clothes fit better is nice (I maintain you will not get skinny eating this way, but you will get stronger, more sturdy, and less flabby and bloated) but the freedom from constantly craving and thinking about carbs is the real benefit.

  5. Paige Says:

    What kind of beverages are you allowed on this plan? I’m assuming my beloved sweet tea is out of the question, but one can only drink so much water. Is fruit juice allowed? Vegetable juice?

    It’s been very interesting following your and Kristin’s progress! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Kristin Says:

    Linda, have you tried to make the almond flour muffins or coconut bread yet? When you are completely jonesing for something bread-y…they may help.

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