We have been eating Primal for nearly 2 months now and couldn’t be happier. We love the food we eat and rarely crave the old foods that we used to eat. In fact, I personally have had zero cravings for non-primal foods. But, if I think about it, I should be surprised. I’ve never been big on fruit and a nice juicy, rare steak has always been extremely appealing to me. I do admit that I used to love pizzas and sandwiches, but my diet now has me so completely satisfied that I don’t even crave those things anymore. What I do crave now are fatty cuts of meat and veggies sauteed in butter.
I get asked a lot of questions about my diet since losing all this weight and people wanting to know what I eat and what I do for exercise. There are always those that have heard of Paleo/Primal and can wrap their heads around why I would eliminate so many “healthy foods” from my diet. But that’s really just it, so many of these so called foods aren’t foods at all. They’ve had to processed and fortified to even be considered “nutritious”. I stopped looking at all those boxes and bags as food, period.
Then there is the inevitable gasp or shocked expression when I mention that my diet is high in FAT, saturated fat at that. Fat that comes from animals, butter or coconut oil and that’s it. No seed (vegetable oils). Our bodies need these fats, they are called ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS for a reason, because they are ESSENTIAL. J. Stanton of Gnolls.org says it best, we are fativores. But won’t all that fat make you fat? Nope, not at all. In fact, when I’m getting enough fat with my protein that is when my body is using my fat stores the best and I’ve lost more inches since changing my lifestyle than when I was eating the standard “healthy” diet recommended to everyone wanting to lose weight. Eat fat to lose fat. Everything you were ever taught about nutrition is wrong folks.
So, you don’t eat grains (including corn and rice), legumes, or table sugar. What do you eat? I eat plenty of fat, meat (mostly from beef), eggs, veggies and a little fruit. I at times have a little cheese, but not often since I’m lactose intolerance. I will have a little yogurt from time to time (plain, no sugar added). Even without the grains and beans my diet is varied and delicious, I leave every meal satisfied and without the food hangover I used to get. My food no longer weighs me down and makes me feel like I need to nap. In fact, just last week I had forgotten that I had just eaten 10 minutes prior and I ran sprints for 10 minutes without getting sick!
On the menu tonight are New York Strip Steaks (cooked rare, just the way I like) with a side of homemade guacamole and salad made with spinach and romaine.
Questions are always welcome!