Who’s With Me?
In case you still haven’t heard, the annual Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge starts TODAY over at Mark’s Daily Apple. For the next month, Mark will be posting daily contests (last year, I won some coconut oil, fish oil, coconut vinegar, and a yoga mat!) in addition to posts elaborating on how to better apply Primal Blueprint principles to daily life.
So, how about it?
If you’ve been sneaking around the edges of primal living, dipping your toes in, considering the plunge…why not now? It’s only 30 days, after all: 30 days of clean eating (lots of plants and animals; no grains, sweeteners, or processed foods) and physical activity (frequent easy motion, some lifting of heavy things, and a bit of sprinting). If you don’t “look, feel, and perform” better (to quote Robb Wolf) after 30 days, then you can go back to your usual eating habits and know you gave it an honest shot. No harm, no foul.
If you’re already primal, why not bump things up a notch? This is tough for me, as I already went “all in” earlier this summer and don’t have much left to change. However, I’m going to take this opportunity — conveniently balanced on the cusp of the seasons — to shift back toward my more formal, winter workout schedule. That means 2 heavy lifting plus 1 sprint session per week, minimum, in addition to continued summer activities such as horse training and extra farm work. (I’ll further increase the formal workouts in October, when I lose the daylight I need for farming.)
I’ll also tighten up my diet a bit, moving further along the spectrum from primal toward paleo, again reducing such items as dairy (once I finish off the small amount of cheese and Greek yogurt in my refrigerator, I won’t buy more), alcohol (social occasions only), and dark chocolate (meh, I can live without it for a month). I’ve already reduced my nut consumption from 1-2 oz daily to 3-4 oz weekly, and will continue that trend.
Let me be clear: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with consuming any of the above in minimal to moderate quantites (depending on individual reaction and goals). However, I do believe there’s great benefit in eliminating common “problem” foods (especially dairy) periodically, if for no other reason than to see how we feel without them. After all, I never know how crappy grains made me feel until I eliminated them…and on that count, I don’t see myself ever going back!
How about you? Are you going to take the challenge? Why (or why not)? What are your specific goals? Do you have a plan?
Who’s with me?