Alright y’all, it’s official- I’m going Primal!

I’ve been reading and getting inspired by Mark’s Daily Apple for years, but all previous attempts at sticking to the primal diet have not exactly gone stellar.


This time, however, is different.

Ok, this time will be different.

I’ve been primal for 3 days. I have the shakes, headaches and stomach aches of a person detoxing from delicious things like Sour Patch Kids and other examples of artificial yumminess.

(In the past I’ve tried substituting berries for Sour Patch Kids, but guess what- they’re not Sour Patch Kids. Those weird, chewy, plastic-ish morsals of sweet and sour deliciousness have no substitute.)

So why is this time different, you ask?

Two reasons:

1. Buddy system. I convinced Eric to do it with me.

sheldon and amy

2. I’m not doing it to lose weight. I’m doing it to feel better.

Essentially, I’m testing the theory that my allergies and stomach aches are due to the crap I eat.

Here’s how I see it- when you change your diet to lose weight, you’re making an effort to get away from your current condition. When you change your diet to feel better, you’re making an effort to move towards a future goal. It’s a slight, but powerful, difference in motivation.

Whenever you make a change, ask yourself if you’re doing it to get away from something, or to get closer to something. The former is the quickest way to repeat your former mistakes, while the latter will change your life.

I know these withdrawal symptoms are normal and I will continue to feel like crap for a week or so. (Although I’ve always been a late bloomer so I estimate it’s going to be another 2 weeks.) But after a while I’m going to feel better than I did before.

I’m looking forward to that.

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I will see you Thursday for Thinking Out Loud.

(Although all the thoughts I’m thinking right now probably shouldn’t be shared out loud.)

ron swanson this is my hell

I miss candy. Le sigh.

Do you eat primal, paleo, gluten free, or other?

Do you eat to live or live to eat?

What’s your philosophy when it comes to food?


37 Thoughts on “Primal Me

  1. Oh I cannot wait to see this pan out- wishing you all the luck buddy. Hope you have more success than my sister and I did combined- by day 10, you could probably convince yourself the sliced ham is just like a chocolate croissant.

    That statement may not be accurate. Blame my grain filled brain.
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  2. Perfection on the animated gifs! And, I think you already know my answer – food is my fuel basically. However, I do not deprive myself of anything – gluten or otherwise – and I thank God I don’t have an allergy to burgers and fries! Good luck – you definitely have the right motivation so that is key!
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  3. Good luck to Eric!…By the way, does he have any allergies or stomach up-sets? I’m just saying….Bless his supportive heart!
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  4. I totally agree with you, it’s much better motivation if you work towards something, not away from it! I’ve made multiple attempts to cut back on pizza and wine, but it hasn’t gone so well…
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  5. hell yes to cutting crap out of your diet! the detox is hard, man; like REALLY hard. it took me two whole weeks of homicidal rage and intense cravings until i finally got over it. so hang in there. if the craving gets really bad, just eat some fruit and then drink a huge glass of water.

    you’ll notice a big change in the way you feel pretty quickly. i cut out rice which hello, is like the food of my peeps, and when i did that, i felt so much better the next day.

    i read the primal blueprint off that website – i love all of it. it promotes eating healthy, movement and reduction of stress which is a breath of fresh air considering every other “fad” out there demonizes everything that’s not part of that particular lifestyle. in my opinion, a HEALTHY BALANCE is key to a long, healthy and happy life. no one can never eat desserts/rich foods; sometimes the occasion calls for it but the balance of what you eat is essential.

    can’t wait to hear about your progress and how you’ve been feeling!

    ps – food does play a huge part in allergies/stomach issues. 85% of physical ailments comes from the gut which is why when you start to eat cleaner, you feel better almost instantly. also, i had wicked bad eczema and the worst sleep but since i changed my eating habits and started exercising regularly, my sleep is on point and my eczema went away.

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    • Thank you soooo much for this comment! I’m taking your advice like gospel. Things are good- i feel a little slow and cranky, (read: homicidal rage and cravings) but i also sorta feel better in a weird way as well- so i’m hanging on to that.

  6. I’m impressed that you were able to convince Eric to do it with you! I definitely don’t have any real diet philosophies outside of ‘do what I want!’ That being said, I have noticed a lot more skin issues since going off the pill so I may experiment with my diet a bit to see if I can bring those down a little.
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  7. I eat paleo – and wouldnt eat any other way, it’s not just for CrossFit!

    I feel better, stronger and have loads more energy. Havent felt bloated in well over 10 months now!

    But now, I crave the foods that are paleo, it’s amazing how your tastebuds will change (and how quickly they will change) and you find yourself dying for a date rather than candy!
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  8. It’s awesome that you’re attempting to do this, and even better that Eric is doing it with you. I think having a buddy to do these type of things with makes it a bit easier.

    Years ago, I was having major stomach issues. It was bad! I suspected dairy was the issue and although it was hard (since I love dairy!), I cut it out of my diet completely. It made such a difference and it gave my body time to heal. Now I’m able to incorporate dairy into my diet here and there – I just can’t over do it.
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  9. Haha! Good luck!! I bet you do notice a huge difference in how you feel!!
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  10. HERE FOR YOU! I have been primal/paleo + for more than 12 years!!!! Email me if you need to! :)

  11. I have done multiple paleo challenges through my CF gyms and always feel like ‘ugh, why am I doing this to myself, this is stupid, everyone thinks I’m stupid, I feel stupid’ – even though I know how awesome I feel and look. A couple of weeks ago I made the decision to eat paleo as often and as easily as possible. Not through the gym, not for any other reason than I’m tired of waking up congested, having rand-o stomach aches and my skin acting like a hormonal teenager. There are days that I’m 100% {food-wise, can’t quite give up the wine yet} and others that I just have to suck it up and eat whatever the chef at work is doling out that evening. But I don’t beat myself up over it. I also have a stock of fruits for those late-night sweets cravings that satisfy quite well. It’s hard, but I know how great I’ll feel once I’ve got it dialed in and stay consistent. Keep it up!! After the initial withdrawals, it’ll be easy-peasy.
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    • Thank you!! Your point on this: “I’m tired of waking up congested, having rand-o stomach aches and my skin acting like a hormonal teenager” is EXACTLY what i’m trying to change too!

  12. I just eat – no set way. We try to keep things fairly healthy but I also love Cheetos and wine!!!!
    Good luck with the detox!
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  13. Oh man! I love to eat!! But I agree with you that sometimes eating a ton of crap can make you feel terrible. Why is that artificial stuff so good!?!?!
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  14. I live to eat, without question. As far as I see it, a good meal is the pay-off for putting up with the other 23 hours of the day, which are spent not eating, and dare I say it *gasp!* either exercising or working, or something equally mundane.

    I’m lax paleo (let’s say, 90%), but still have a ‘non-primal’ meal each week, which is usually weekend breakfast with my mum. Because if I ever turned down a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, I would instruct you to give me a black eye.

  15. Oh I am so looking forward to reading more about your journey. I tried primal living to help with my hormones but unfortunately didn’t have much luck- I enjoyed the food but it didn’t give me the desired results. Especially as the Primal approach allows for red wine & dark chocolate, I found it much more realistic than Paleo- clearly we know my priorities ;)!
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    • That red wine and dark chocolate absolutely influenced my decision :) I also like the wholesome, non-processed principles of primal, versus paleo where i believe you can have artificial sweeteners like diet coke. I’d rather have the dark choc :)

  16. The best of luck, girlie! I’ve never tried going Paleo specifically, but I’m definitely no stranger to playing around with my diet to see what works and what doesn’t. It may be a pain in the ass to deal with detox and cravings, but it’s sooooo worth it if it makes you feel better. Definitely looking forward to seeing how this goes for ya 😀
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    • Thanks hun! Yeah im really looking forward to seeing if indeed my body reacts well to cutting out processed foods, or if it doesn’t notice. I like being aware of the power of food.

  17. GOOD LUCK! I don’t think I could ever go paleo… I love dairy/oats too much. Plus as a runner it would be so hard for me, but I’ve been reading about it.
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  18. I think the buddy system is a great way to go, and I’ll be curious to check out how it makes you feel. I’ve given up on anything that will help me lose weight. I seem to hold at the weight I’m at no matter what I do, so my body must be telling me something, but I certainly feel stronger and more toned when I’m doing things right. My biggest enemy is my sweet tooth, so I’m trying no chocolate in the house (lord help me!). :) I don’t follow any particular diet…I just experiment with foods that make me feel better than others. I know over the years I’ve had to cut WAY back on pasta. I always feel just a bit too bloated…but then again I love it and always at too much of it at one sitting so… anyway, good luck!

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  20. I don’t really know you well enough to make comments about your dietary choices, but I figure when has that ever stopped me before. Yeah, it hasn’t.

    Maybe simply ditching the processed stuff (Sour Patch candies, although gloriously delicious and weirdly sour) without going full blown Paleo/Primal would be enough to cure your body woes. Then again, I’m guessing you know yourself better than me (imagine that, she says sarcastically) so rock on with yo’ bad self.

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