10 Cool Things About Being Primal

June 4, 2012 at 11:55

Little Miss Sicky Poo

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I thought it would be fun to give you the highlights (in my opinion) of living a primal lifestyle.  People often want to know what the benefits and motivations are behind this choice of lifestyle so here are a few of my favorites.

  1. No more afternoon energy crashes
    Prior to becoming primal, I would typically be exhausted around 2-3 in the afternoon.  I would yawn constantly and crave bed, but now I cruise right through the afternoon with no problems.  Sustained energy throughout the day is pretty awesome.  Just think of how many more things you can get done during the day if you’re not falling asleep during the first half of the afternoon.  Now I feel bad when I see people in the office start to drag around the 2 o’clock mark.  I want to say “You know, I know how to fix that”,  but there’s a fine line between helping and getting preachy if you know what I mean
  2. Better body
    Loss of body fat is always a nice side effect of going primal.  If you’ve got extra, it will quickly be gone.  Notice I said body fat and not muscle mass.  Chances are, you’re not going to get the “skinny fat” effect with a primal lifestyle.
  3. Better skin
    Want a glowing complexion and soft and supple skin?  Go primal.  No other diet has impacted my skin health and appearance the way going primal has.  The addition of oils and fats in your diet, the nutritional density of the food that you are eating and the removal grains and sugar create balance and efficiency within your body.  When you are healthy inside, it shows on the outside.
  4. Less aches and pains
    The afternoon energy slumps that I used to get were often accompanied by headaches and migraines.  In addition to this I had a painful case of psoriatic arthritis which is similar to osteoarthritis in that it attacks the neck, spine, hips and knees and can sometimes be debilitating.  I was constantly popping Advil or some sort of pain killer to get relief.  Now I don’t need the pain killers. I have full range of motion in my joints and the headaches are a thing of the past.
  5. Not constantly hungry
    When you are consuming a high amount of carbs and not fueling your body with the proper amount of fat, you get into a cycle of being constantly hungry.  High carb meals spike your blood sugar and when it crashes your body sends you a signal that you are starving which in turn makes you ravenous.  This becomes a vicious cycle and is the reason why most people can’t go more than an hour or two without eating.   It also causes overeating and weight gain which is why most people can expect to put on a few pounds every year as they age.  When you are primal, you are eating meals that are high in fat and protein.  High fat meals are very satiating and leave you feeling full for a much longer period of time.  There is no blood sugar spike and therefore you feel steady throughout the day.  You will of course feel hunger when you’ve gone a while without eating, but it is not the same kind of hunger that makes you feel ill and shaky.
  6. More energy and stamina
    It is simply amazing what I am able to get done these days now that I am primal.  Every day I wake up with a full tank of energy and I am ready to go.  Daily tasks are no longer daunting to think about and I can get them done happily and without feeling wiped out.  The best part is that I’ve got a little extra at the end of the day now to give back to my kids and my husband.
  7. Sunnier disposition
    It probably shouldn’t be any surprise that physical health is directly related to emotional health.  I could make a case just based on the idea that freedom from pain and exhaustion is enough to make a person smile a little more often.  When you feel good and your body is well tended to, it impacts your mood.  I can testify that going primal has made me much happier, calmer, less stressed individual and I’m having a lot more fun!
  8. Bacon, Sausage, Steak, Ribs, Butter, oh my!
    Does this need any explanation?
  9. Fewer prescriptions
    It seems to be a recurring theme in the primal community that people experience such improved health that they are able to say goodbye to some if not all their monthly drug prescriptions.  Health conditions may improve to the point that you no longer need those prescriptions to get along.  I’ve been able to get rid of a few monthly prescriptions myself which is a huge plus.  This was actually a goal of mine before I became primal.  I was very concerned about the side effects of the drugs that I was taking in order to suppress symptoms of chronic conditions.  I had already given up on psoriasis medications long before this, but I was still using about 3 medications to deal with my asthma and allergies which were ridiculously out of control.
  10. New cooking challenges
    I love to cook.  So going primal opened up new opportunities for cooking and testing new recipes.  I am constantly creating new primal meals and using my family as taste testers of my creations.  This is not to say that you need to be a gourmet cook to be primal. Eating this way can be quite simple if you want it to be, however, I like a little flair in my meals, so I’m always looking for the next best thing.

 

What are your favorite things about being primal?

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