I Will Never Go Back to the Broken Conventional Wisdom of My Past
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I first heard
about the Primal Blueprint from Slick Rick, the long haired, five
fingered shoe wearing odd ball my cousin married. He had ditched
grains four years before and never looked back, and was always dropping
jokes about how he loved bacon. I thought he was crazy with his
caveman talk and dismissed his low carb philosophy as one that didn’t
fit into my modern diet.
You see, I
took carb-a-holic to an extreme, consuming well past the 600 carb
a day average of most Americans. I maintained a medium body size
until I hit college, when I gradually began to pack on the pounds.
By the time I was married at 28, I was overweight headed to obese,
suffering from gastric reflux, fatigued, and unmotivated. The big
blow came when my general practitioner diagnosed me with PCOS (Polycystic
Ovarian Syndrome) after several unsuccessful months of trying to
get pregnant with an irregular cycle. I assumed this was some genetic
curse (after all, that’s what every doctor I talked to told me)
and started down the path of Metformin and fertility drugs. I felt
miserable, the meds made me crazy, and I got fatter on my SAD. After
two years of failure, we took a break. I hated the way I looked
and felt now 60+ pounds overweight and still without a baby. I joined
a gym and hired a personal trainer determined to at least feel good
about my body. Following six months of cardio four days a week,
light weight training, and a restricted diet of healthy whole grains
and low fat tasteless foods, I had a pathetic 15 pound weight loss,
raging appetite, and shin splints to show for it. By this time my
husband and I had decided to adopt, and brought home our little
boy in October of 2009. I had a renewed “healthy” outlook and was
determined to feed our growing family the best balanced nutrition
I knew. We had the food pyramid down pat. Our diet was filled with
whole grains, lean meats, and processed carbs and over the next
two years I continued to gradually gain another 20 pounds.
As 2012 approached,
and I began to think about New Year’s resolutions, my mom decided
to motivate me and my sister-in-laws with a little weight loss challenge.
She set up a Facebook group for us and a few friends to help encourage
each other along the journey, told us to pick our diet of choice,
and rewards were set for each month’s weight loss percentage winner.
Almost everyone but myself went with Weight Watchers. I just couldn’t
do the same old failing plan again. My mind began to drift back
to Slick Rick. Could he be right? Maybe he wasn’t so odd after all.
His diet seemed to go against everything that didn’t work for me
in the past. My gut (no pun intended) told me I was eating too many
carbohydrates, so I decided to give it a try and devoured The
Primal Blueprint in just two days. I don’t like to do anything
halfway so I fully committed to change and ditched grains, potatoes,
and sugar, and ate lots of meat, vegetables, and fruit. I kept a
Primal journal for the first few weeks to help me get started. Immediately
the weight started to melt off just as I had read that it would.
I began walking a moderate amount because of the new energy I gained,
and slowly worked up to sprinting once a week and body weight exercises.
Within a month, my gastric reflux was gone and I could eat all kinds
of Primal foods that had given me indigestion in the past when paired
with grains. I never felt deprived, and noticed heightened taste
awareness of foods that wouldn’t have appealed to me previously.
I lost my cravings for sugar and carbs and the desire to consume
the foods that had been making me fat for years. I found foods that
I enjoyed just as much or even better than those that had gotten
me in trouble on the scales. I regained my love for bacon! I started
intermittent fasting a couple times a week and was surprised at
my lack of hunger pangs. At last! I was a fat burning beast!
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