Vacation

I apologize for my absence from posting, but I had a little vacation. Question of the day is how do you stay primal during vacation?  Do you indulge in things your normally would not?  Is that the end of the world?  Well no, I am coming off a nice beach vacation.  I had the opportunity to visit 2 very different beaches. One in Florida in a little place called Navarre Beach, you should look it up wonderful place to relax.  The second was on North Padre Island in Texas in the White Cap Beach Area.  The first beach was just me and Lorie had a great time. The second was with some great friends and we had a blast.  Ok so I will be honest I did cheat a little although I don’t think I did so bad.  I had probably too many “Ciders” which yes they have sugar and I was counting, although I do drink a dryer version, but sugar is sugar.  Of course I am always gluten free (would have ruined the vacation) I did have a little corn and rice especially in some Gluten substitute crackers and bread.  I took advantage of some alternative I normally stay away from, but I knew once I got back I would be back to my normal diet.  Do I feel Guilty, actually no, I am very strict normally and I think I am still falling in the 80/20 rule, so I feel pretty good.  However, I will say I am going to be extra strict for the next few weeks, just to make sure I have not broken my habits. I think I will be ok.

Now to move on I was pleasantly surprised today to see the following article posted on o Foxnews:

The Truth about Low-Fat Foods

This is great read it is about time that mainstream press starts getting it and they we correct the false doctrine in the Standard American Diet (SAD).

I promise more blog post coming more often so please don’t abandon me!

 

 

No need to Reboot

I have learned something interesting.  I started this month thinking I needed a reboot to get things going on my primal diet and lifestyle.  Here is what I learned quickly; no need to reboot! I was already doing a pretty good job.  My diet is on point, some others say live the 80/20 some are 5/2 with many other variations in between.  I would put my diet in the 90-95% range, and only discount it because I do like my hard cider and although I only drink it on the weekends; I have a hard time making that one primal.  That is literally it other than the few things when you have to eat out that are beyond your control such as the oil used or maybe they added a little sugar to something and didn’t disclose it.  Since I found myself stressing over this whole reboot of the 21 days I decided to end it.  The stress was not primal and I was trying to hard.  I feel so much better that I can relax and enjoy being primal the rest of my life.  Ok caution here, if you are on your first 21 day challenge do not give up, I apologize for the lack of post to support and lack of new recipes.  I promise more are coming, just need to convince a few friends to share some more stuff they are doing and send it to me so I can post it.  Oh yes you if you are reading this, send me your primal recipes and I will add them to the recipe section I will give you as much or as little credit as you want.  If you have a picture of what you prepared that is always helpful.  Although sometimes I make something and I will be like that doesn’t look anything like what I made. You can email them to me use the contact on my blog or just send to primallivingtexas@gmail.com

Day 4

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Today I am taking a break from my regular blog, to bring you a picture of my first Grand baby.  I will return to my regular scheduled blog this weekend.  Isn’t she beautiful!

Day 2 and 3

Well the last two days have been a whirlwind of training, meetings, dinners, and more meetings.  So I fell a little behind.  Good news without complete details is my diet has remained very primal, with the exception of a few too many drinks one night.  However Wednesday through the rest of the conference will be black coffee and water.  I will say the meals have been at times disappointing, for instance lunch yesterday the only thing I could eat was the salad and some fruit absolutely no protein that wasn’t between bread. Snacks between session have also been a load of sugar loaded processed carbs, like chips, flavored popcorn, and “healthy” bars, well so they say till you read the label.  How can you advertise something as healthy with all of those ingredients.  Enough on that rant, my biggest obstacle is primal lifestyle this week, I did get an hour of reading last night, let me tell you The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes has been eye opening and I highly recommend it for anyone.  Otherwise I would say lifestyle is somewhat of a failure, I realized last night that I have not seen daylight in a few days, that will change this afternoon as I plan to walk the strip. There is on success this week, I have talked to more people this week about my primal lifestyle with several asking to learn more.  I have found it very enjoyable to talk to others about it and educate them.  It is so amazing to me how misinformed everyone is about what is good and what is bad for you.  Ok that is all the time I have right now, I will check in again later.

Conference Day 1

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I was disappointed to find out that the gym at the hotel didn’t open until 6am, normally not a big deal, but my first session starts at 8am.  I did find some good news, a hole in my schedule in the afternoon from 2-4 perfect window for a workout.  Which I did accomplish, 2000 meter row and a WOD that consisted of a lot of Kettlebell Swings and push-ups.  So staying true to my version of primal fitness mission accomplished.  Now food my be a little more challenging today, let me start with breakfast, luckily I was on my own, found the Grand Lux Cafe, I had omelette, bacon, strawberries, and a cup ok 2 cups of coffee.  I wish the rest of the day would have been that easy; lunch was a challenge, good thing that eating primal I can go long periods of time without feeling hungry.  They brought in box lunches all sandwiches, they forgot about my “gluten free” request.  I ate the guts out of the sandwich (which wasn’t much) and an apple. My boss decided we would go somewhere else for dinner, this little Italian spot the view was incredible the inside made it seem like the outside.  I tried to order the half chicken, but they ran out so forced me into the New York Strip Option 14 ounces of goodness, on the menu it said with potatoes I asked for a substitute, and the brought me my favorite grilled asparagus.  That was an incredible steak.  Ok so where did I go wrong with dinner, it would be the hard apple cider I had with my meal, still well within my 80%.  Later in the evening I would enjoy a glass of red wine.  That was it for food, felt pretty good.  Where I did fall short was in lifestyle, I had every intention of posting this last night and doing some reading, but sleep trumped everything.  So not a complete failure, I know someone is reading this going well sleep is primal and yes it is and probably one of the most important things you can do that we don’t get enough of every day.  I woke up about 3am with my mind wandering and found it hard to stay asleep.  Reading and blogging in the evening help me remove the wandering thoughts.  Now it is Tuesday, eating another great breakfast, but will leave the details to my next post.

Sugar

Sugar – It is in everything, I dare you to find something in a can or a box that doesn’t have any sugar in it. Oh but wait what is this High Fructose Corn Syrup, dextrose, maltose, lactose, sucrose, nectars; ok I could go on and on for a while. They are all forms of sugar. Why do we need so much sugar? – We don’t, but it is in everything. Not to long ago I went to the store to get crushed petite tomatoes; I looked through every can on the shelf and guess what every single one had added sugar. I finally found this little box of crushed tomatoes from Italy (looked like a juice box) with no added sugar. I found a total of two brands both in boxes with no sugar out of 25+ others. Not a great ratio. So one would ask why is sugar so bad, it taste good. Well first it is a carbohydrate in raw form. A sugar molecule (the white stuff in your pantry) is 50% Glucose and 50% Fructose. A smart observer would say well fruit has Fructose, and it does, just not as concentrated as the granular stuff. What happens is the body absorbs the Glucose into the blood stream and burns some it for fuel. However, the Fructose has to be processed by the liver and it turns it into fat, yes fat. Now the excess Glucose will also eventually be turned to fat if you don’t burn it all. Normally in fruit the amount is so small and if we are following a primal diet in which we are burning fat for fuel instead of Glucose for our body no big deal, that is the source of fuel our body wants since we are fat adapted. Ok so I have rambled on, my points is READ THE LABELS! Homework, a friend of mine told me about a film called “The Sugar Film” it is free on Amazon Prime, watch it! Amazing what sugar can do to someone in just 60 days.

Why

This blog was created to help each other strive to live toward a more primal lifestyle.No we are not going back to living in caves, but we are striving for things that make our lives healthy and strong.  The focus will be on your overall health.