Who Does This?
Want to know more about your fellow readers? The following links will give you a sense of the Primal community; who else lives like Grok, pictures of what they eat, and how they succeeded.
Once you’ve got an idea of what it means to live the Primal lifestyle, consider trying it out for 21 days.
Click here to view an infographic describing how to conduct your own 21-day challenge. Additionally, you can dig deeper into each section of the infographic by visiting this more detailed Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge page.
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Is It Primal?
You know the basics: Lean meats and vegetables are healthy, grains and sugars should be avoided. But what about everything else?
Dairy: Dairy isn’t strictly Primal. After all, Grok didn’t start his day off with milk? No, at least not after infancy. But some forms of dairy, like yogurt, provide probiotics that help with digestion and even to some degree nutrient absorption. Additionally, butter and heavy cream offer a high source of healthy fats. I consider cheese a “sensible indulgence,” fine in moderation. And if you do drink milk, I would suggest milk with higher fat content like whole milk rather than skim or 2%. The bottom line is dairy, for those that can tolerate it, can be enjoyed in moderation on the Primal Blueprint diet.
For a long list of Primal foods, check out the Smart Fuel category.
Buy Real Food Products or DIY – Buy only packaged or convenience food items made with real, high-quality ingredients. Full disclosure: I own such a food company called Primal Kitchen. We make Primal, Paleo, Keto, and Whole30 friendly items without the sugars and industrial seed oils found in most convenience food items. You can also make your own…
Primal Compromises & Extreme Cardio (For the Runners) We all know that we need to exercise to be healthy. Unfortunately, the popular wisdom of the past 40 years?that we would all be better off doing 45 minutes to an hour a day of intense aerobic activity?has created a generation of overtrained, underfit, immune-compromised exerholics. Extreme cardio isn’t the answer to optimal health. Read these posts for the whole story:
However, I do realize that running is a passion for many people. It is possible to live a Primal lifestyle while participating in endurance training, the key is to be smart about training and understanding the necessary compromises:
Strength Training While many come to MDA to slim down, others come because they believe they are too scrawny or “skinny-fat.” Is there a secret to bulking up? Is there a best way to eat in conjunction with lifting? These links provide the answers:
Primal on the Cheap A regular diet of grass fed beef and wild Alaskan salmon is Primal and delicious, but it may not be feasible for the poor college student or the person struggling to make next month’s rent. While health should take precedence, it’s still possible to stay Primal when the coffers are running low. Here are a few posts to help find the cheap eats.
Family Matters So you’ve gone Primal, now if you could only convince your spouse to do the same! The following posts cover topics such as discussing the PB with your family, introducing your child to Primal living, and how the Primal Blueprint fits into our modern culture and environment.
Common Health Scams, Myths, and Overhyped Nonsense Perhaps the crunchy hipster at your Whole Foods Market is raving about a “blood type” diet, or your friend is pushing you to buy a bottle of his noni juice. These posts sort the real from the ridiculous.
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