What is the Primal Lifestyle? And why should I follow it?

Imagine, if you will..

 

You’re walking through the dense jungle, leaving your cave or home you had built. (Much like the one shown below):

Image showing cave shelter
Welcome, home.

 

In one hand, a spear the other, is bare. As you are walking barefoot across sticks and leaves, you don’t think twice, this is your nature. You’ve walked these forests a thousand times. You are crawling over rocks, climbing branches as about 100 yards away, you spot a wild boar. So instinctively you drop down slowly crawling, keeping your eyes fixed on it. You get close enough, and slowly rise, not to alarm it. As you cock back, you throw your spear, just right catching it in the heart. Instantly killing it. as you hoist it up on your shoulder you find a stick, and sharpen it as you arrive back at your home, putting it over the fire to slow cook all day. As you go out, foraging for nuts, and other vegetables or the occasional fruit you can find. As you find nothing else. Today was a lucky day, you actually get some meat to help keep you going through the rigorous daily activities you have to do, in order to live and survive. This was the daily life, of our ancestors.

Image showing our ancestors.
Huh, who? Me?

 That’s exactly how we lived, tens of thousands of years ago.

There were no, Walmart, or big grocery stores to go shop at. There was no, frozen pizza, chicken nuggets, french fries, hell no friend, breaded, potato. corn. anything grain like. It was meat, when you could get it. And all the vegetables you could gather. You didn’t get the luxury to go and buy it in abundance only to let it all waste. There was no ice cream and brownies for you “cheat meal” or “cheat day”. The food you ate back then was to survive, to nourish your body. To keep it able to keep up with your necessary daily activity. You walked, daily. You crawled, and jumped. Sprinted when being chased on occasions. You climbed, and lifted heavy things. Hoisted animal carcasses. You threw spears, stabbed with spears. Sharpened sticks. And there was no down time. Not even to blog like I am right now. You were always busy.

I guess that is what we have “evolved” into.

The “I want it now, it’s easy to get and than I will let it waste because that health thing was only a fling”. So we go back to our unhealthy grains, and we go back to our unhealthy foods. We get those frozen pizzas and those corn dogs, and such. And we stuff them into our bodies, getting the little amount of protein they offer. And hardly nourishing our bodies, and actually doing the opposite. Killing ourselves, slowly and surely. Getting a number of diseases, that weren’t around 100,000 years ago. Because the food additives just did not exist. They were not even thought of. We evolved from, living with the Earth and living minimally. To depleting resources, and ill use of nature and our short times on the planet.
Image showing how we have "evolved".
Evolution of destruction.

 What does it mean to eat, live and be primal?

Well, after I found the blog called “Marks Daily Apple” I decided to start adapting to living a primal life. Mark Sisson, is the one who created The Primal Blueprint. ( A book I highly recommend, as well as own myself). 

Being primal, means living the way our ancestors did thousands of years ago.

  Being primal means:

  • Eating good foods, animals, good fats, plants and the occasional fruit.
  • Low carb, your only carbs should come from plant sources.
  • High fat, good fats such as avocado, coconut, olive oil, etc.
  • Moderate protein.
  • Walk daily.
  • Lift heavy things.
  • Stay active.
  • Play (doing socially fun things or things you enjoy)
  • Minimal stress.
  • Get a good amount of sleep.

That pretty much outlines the basics of living a primal lifestyle.

It is more than  just a diet, it is a lifestyle change. No more being a couch potato. (speaking of potatoes, they are bad. They aren’t included in the primal lifestyle. Unless it is an occasional sweet potato). Now, that isn’t saying you cannot watch TV. Just, don’t revolve your life around it. Just stay busy, stay active.

Walk around, do movements that mimic the lifestyle back then. Crawl, hop, jump, walk, sprint on an occasion, lift heavy things, compound movements. Just do the opposite of all you have been taught.

Carbs are bad. That is the cold hard truth.

Potatoes, grains, corn, all of it. 99% of what the modern diet consists of. (Standard American Diet). Is bad for you. And is killing everyone slowly,  as we live “happily” complying with all the commercials and ads. Speaking of those fancy commercials, “if you’re hungry, grab a snickers.” Oh, yes, grab that snickers. Satisfy your hunger, for about 10 seconds. Until you want another, and another. Of those empty calorie heart disease bars. All I see when I look at the candy section:

  • Cancer.
  • Heart disease.
  • Diabetes.
  • Obesity.
  • Tooth decay.
  • Death.

Because eating a diet, consistent of all that, is a surefire way to be put on prescription medication, that causes more problems than it fixes.

Let’s look at the caloric and nutritional make-up of a normal sized Snickers bar (Directly from: Snickers.com)

Nutrition:

Serving Size 1 unit (52.7g) Calories 250
Servings Per Container 1 Calories from Fat 110

Amount/Serving %DV*
———————————————————————-
Total Fat 12g 18%
    Sat. Fat 4.5g 23%
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholest. 5mg 2%
Sodium 120mg 5%
Total Carb. 33g 11%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 27g
Protein 4g
  • Vitamin A *
  • Vitamin C *
  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 2%

Also a direct quote from Snickers.com:

“SNICKERS® brand handles your hunger so you can handle, well, anything. It is a treat that can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.”

This is all I have to say to that….

What?
Remember that confused guy in the beginning?

  To live the primal life, is to live the life that was lived for hundreds of thousands of years. Before artificial anything was around.

Now am I implying to go out and hunt for food everyday? To ask that of most people is, asinine. Quite frankly, not a lot of people CAN do that. But, what I am suggesting, is to go out and buy GRASS fed animals. ORGANIC fruits and vegetables. To buy GRASS fed everything. To supplement where you lack, with ORGANIC products. And to use healthier alternatives. Because, they’re out there. And, they are not that much more. You may also not KNOW how to cook Primal meals. Lucky for you Mark Sisson also wrote a book called, The Primal Blueprint Cookbook.

 The argument I always use is, would you rather pay $1.00 extra for the grass fed beef a pound. Or be charged $100.00 monthly for medication, and a hospital bill from your cancer treatments?

  Because, it’s not a matter of IF anymore, it’s a matter of WHEN. If you eat a diet, like the modern American.

That’s it for today guys and gals.

Stay healthy, stay strong, stay grain free, Stay primal.

Until a future time,

Coach Corey.