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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Grok On!

Do you remember this post from back in January where I was talking about getting serious about my health again and just generally removing my head from my rear end?   Well, in addition to everything I mentioned there, the ante has been upped this week. 

Back in 2008 I was so unhappy with how I felt, just sluggish and "blah" all the time.  I thought it was because I'd put on a few pounds and maybe buckling down on things would make me feel better.  Well, a coworker was doing Atkins and I thought, eh....what the heck, I'll give it a try.  

At first, it was great. I felt AWESOME!  It was like someone had turned up the dial on my energy level and was stepping on the gas pedal.  I was eating more fruits and vegetables than I'd eaten in my whole life!   But then....we found ourselves {Wolverine joined me in this adventure, so we could do it together, just as we do in all our adventures :) } trying as hard as we could to make "Atkins" versions of the food we used to eat before.  These were mostly horrible.  I mean they had some kind of weird after-taste or the texture was awful or they just tasted like chemicals.  Ugh.  We found ourselves wondering is this what we want?  The answer was Atkins was not for us*. 

Fast forward a bit to January 2009 and I stumbled across a book called Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson.  This book was literally life changing for me.  It made me realize that the way I was feeling when we were doing Atkins (in the beginning) was they way I could feel all the time.  I just needed to start looking at food in a different way.  If I filled my body with the right type of fuel (vegetables, meat, fruits, nuts, etc), it would reward me with energy and health.  

I had the epiphany that eluded me before. 

I struggled on Atkins because I knew certain foods weren't "allowed".... but wasn't it my "right" to eat those foods?  Isn't that what people ate?  The lunch bags and plates of people around me and everyone's shopping cart was filled with CRAP.   I mean I wasn't going crazy and eating tons of junk food, just normal stuff - so shouldn't I be fine?

But then after reading Primal Blueprint it changed my way of wasn't my "right" to eat those foods, I was eating them because that's what I have always eaten and I would rather eat what I wanted and be miserable than feel amazing and fill my body with nutritious and delicious food.  But would I? I wouldn't.  My mind set had changed.  It was no longer I wasn't "allowed" to eat those foods, it was I didn't want to put that food in my body.  

Our primal adventure began in January 2009.  Was it always easy?  No....not really.  Did I "fall off the wagon" a few times - yeah I did.  But what kept me coming back was knowing that when I was eating primally I felt like a well oiled machine.  It was incredible.  Will I tell you that I didn't build "carb days" into my life - no I won't.  There was a period of over a year that we would eat carb heavy once every few weeks and I was in the best shape - physically and mentally of my life.  

I was primal through my entire pregnancy with Te-Man - everything went amazingly well, almost zero issues, not even the normal pregnancy complaints.

Then....well....we didn't so much fall of the wagon as drive our wagon off the cliff.  I could bore you to tears with excuses and reasons, but they don't matter.  What matters is that the entire time I wasn't primal I had a nagging....almost guilt....that I was filling my body with junk that I shouldn't and that even though I wasn't eating all of the processed junk in boxes and bags from the grocery store, my body was still starving for nutrients and I was feeding it food from which it couldn't get those nutrients.  I have a Grok On t-shirt in my closet and every time I would wear it or see it hanging there, I would feel like a fraud.  

I am fraud no longer! We re-committed ourselves to eating primally on Monday and I feel AMAZING already.  I feel great physically - but mentally I feel a weight lifted off of my shoulders because I know I made the right decision.  

Is it more expensive, yes.  Is it a pain sometimes when you just want to be lazy and order a pizza, yes.  But it is worth it 100 times over.  

I would really encourage you to take a peak at Primal Blueprint.  Not because I think everyone should "go primal" (we have experimented with a standard way of eating, vegetarian, vegan, Atkins, and primal and we found what works best for us), but because it might be the first step towards realizing what the food you put in your body does for you.  

And if that encourages you to add more fruits and vegetables into your diet then how can that be a bad thing? 

Grok On! 

*Please note, that Atkins and Primal are VERY similar, heck, almost the same - we just weren't prepared with all of the information we needed at the time we were doing Atkins and we were doing it wrong.  Atkins isn't about combining weird chemical laden ingredients to form some kind of edible concoction that is similar to a "non Atkins" food....we were making it that and completely "missed the boat".  

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