How to Deal with Common Primal Stumbling Blocks
Mark’s Daily Apple
by Mark Sisson: Listening
to Your Body
Primal Blueprint Challenge wouldn't be complete without you
facing some actual challenges. Yesterday, because we're all in this
together, I asked you to share
your struggles with everyone in the comment board. We all face
hurdles everyday, but it's not often that we get to discuss them
with other like-minded individuals, let alone get advice on how
to surmount them. Today, I'll give my two cents. I've read through
all your comments and collated them to arrive at a couple dozen
to briefly discuss. In the future, this post will serve as a resource
for solutions to challenges commonly encountered in the Primal lifestyle,
an FAQ of sorts. If I've missed any major ones, let me know and
I'll see about including them.
fearing the fat."
What is it
that you fear, exactly? Do you worry that saturated fat is going
to induce a heart attack? Cause
it won't. Or maybe you're worried eating animal
fat will turn into fat on your body. Reasonable concern, but
it won't do that, either, assuming you don't eat way more food than
you need. And eating too much rarely happens when you're focusing
on fat, because fat
is highly satiating. Fat, you see, is the perfect
fuel source for the human body, and once you've gotten past
flu, fat burning mode feels really, really right. To get to
know fatty acids more intimately, check out my definitive
guide on the subject.
I'm all for
seed and vegetable oils, but good fats from meat,
and actual nuts?
There's no reason to fear those.
having trouble getting enough protein."
have to be that difficult. First, consult this excellent
resource containing the protein content of common foods. Then,
make sure to include one of the protein sources at every meal. Just
eat some meat, a couple eggs,
some fish, and call it a day.
scared of getting too much protein."
can handle plenty
of protein. It's true that some patients with impaired kidney
function need to rein in their intake, but protein
doesn't precipitate the problem. In fact, there is far more
evidence that animal protein is health-protective.
fighting a major sweet tooth."
Ah, the sweet
tooth. A common nemesis, judging from the responses in the comment
section. I'm sorry to say it, but you'll just have to bear it out.
Stick with the plan, and in time the cravings
will vanish and you'll notice astonishing, subtle sweetness
is common foods. I would advise against going nuts with fruit or
artificial sweeteners (although if you're going to use one, go for
which has ulterior health benefits) to satisfy a sugar craving,
as they'll just feed into it and fruit will become like candy (psychologically).
Just hold out, let the cravings pass, and then you'll be able to
enjoy fruit and even a bit of honey without going crazy for it.
can't give up grains."
Sure you can.
Like all difficult but necessary things in life, there's a ten-step
process for that.
Primal on the road."
got to be prepared. If you're on the road on a regular basis, and
it's not just a fluke, one-time road trip or vacation, you have
to start planning. Fill a cooler with hardboiled eggs, jerky, fruit,
veggies, and other snacks. Cook a big batch of steak the day before
and pack it in ice; cold steak is delicious. Canned tuna, sardines,
salmon, and oysters are fine choices, too. In other words, read
to staying Primal on the road.
running out of ideas for recipes that last the whole week."
There's a seemingly
endless stream of quality Primal recipes going up around the net
(just Google "primal recipes" or "paleo recipes"), but this page
and the comments here
should get you started for now. And don't forget about the two cookbooks
I've put out to address this exact problem: The
Primal Blueprint Cookbook and Primal
Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals. For weeklong batches of food,
stews, soups, roasts, and curries are the ticket. The crockpot
is your friend. Keep some homemade broth
on hand, plus plenty of fresh herbs.
The best part is that the cheaper
cuts of meat are best for stewing.
don't know where to start."
I've got just
the thing: Primal
Blueprint Fitness. It's an extremely solid fitness plan for
beginners looking for simple workouts, but it's also good for more
experienced folks who just want to stay in shape without spending
a lot of time in the gym. You don't even need any equipment, besides
maybe a pullup bar (though any horizontal structure that can support
your weight works). With PBF, you'll learn how to lift heavy things,
move frequently at a slow pace, and run really fast every once in
don't know anything about…"
Maybe you just
don't like running? Sprinting doesn't have to be sprinting on a
track. It's just about moving yourself through space (or using a
stationary machine to simulate moving yourself through space) at
breakneck speed. You want to go all out, whether it's on a bike,
crawling on all fours, running stairs, or swimming laps. Leave nothing
on the table. Here are a few more tips.
is an essential human activity, and it can be physically difficult,
but it shouldn't be scary. If you need assistance with performing
the actual lifts, check out my guides to the five essential movements:
press, and the plank.
frequently at a slow pace."
Learn how to
again. Here's why
you should. If you're going to do so barefoot, learn
how to do that, too.
struggling with my workouts. Like, I'm not completing them and I'm
you're overtraining. First, establish that you truly are overtraining.
post and get back to me. If you are overtraining, read
post to learn a ton of ways to solve the problem. Eat more food,
eat better food, reduce volume/load/intensity, get more and better
sleep… those are but a few.
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September 23, 2011
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