What is Primal?

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Hi Readers!

If you read my About page, you saw that I am “Primal”.  Some of you might have heard of the Primal lifestyle, but others are probably thinking “what the heck is that??”

What I know about Primal comes from “The Primal Blueprint”, written by Mark Sisson, one of the leaders of the primal/paleo community.  He also has a blog called “Marks Daily Apple”…I highly recommend it as a great source of information about how to be primal in today’s world.

The PB outlines how we can be healthy, super fit and strong, and enjoy life.  Mark Sisson breaks it down on his blog in the “Definitive Guide: The Primal Blueprint” into the following components:

  • Eat lots of animals, insects (eww) and plants
  • Move frequently at a slow pace
  • Lift heavy things
  • Run really fast
  • Get lots of sleep
  • Play
  • Avoid Trauma
  • Avoid poisonous things
  • Get sunlight each day
  • Use your mind

When I first saw the list, a light bulb went off… and also the words “well duh!” popped into my head.  I mean doesn’t that all make perfect sense?  And it really is that simple.

Of course, when I first heard about it I was sceptical that something so simple could be so good for me… I mean weren’t we always taught the conventional wisdom of calories in vs. calories out?

The PB looks at health and fitness differently by focusing on the theory that fat stores are driven by insulin production rather than excess calories; and fat burning happens with consistent low level exercise, building muscle, occasional sprints, and a diet higher in protein and healthy fats rather than extreme cardio, low fat, low sodium diets.

There are actually many books and scientific journals on this topic; I am far from an expert in this area, however I have done enough reading about it and actually living it to be firmly committed to the concept.

I plan to blog alot more about this topic, so stay tuned for the next in my Primal Musings series!

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