Posts Tagged ‘Primal’

Whole30 – Summary

June 28, 2010 1 comment

Taking part in the Whole30 challenge from May 16 – June 14 served to solidify my commitment to a Primal Lifestyle as opposed to a Paleo one.

I saw no obvious physical benefits from sticking to a strict Paleo diet. My weight remained the same, although I did feel leaner, this was not reflected in my weight or composition. There were definite and obvious physical benefits when I switched from the Standard Canadian Diet to a Primal 80/20 diet in January of 2009.

A strict paleo diet would never work for me on a long-term basis. I would be setting myself up for failure. Perhaps, if I had health issues, I would be a motivated to stick to a strict diet but I like 20% of my diet being made up of foods that would be off-limits.

Does that make me weak? No! I believe that makes me realistic. I know what works for me, I’m a Quasi-Primal Girl. I like pizza, beer and fresh-baked cookies once in a while – the key for me is knowing that eating these not so good foods, once in a while, is not going to be disastrous.

What is disastrous for me is constantly thinking about foods that are off-limits. It sets me up for failure before I even begin. If I know that I can have that pizza on Friday night with a beer and it’s not going to hurt me I’ll be more apt to stick with the plan the other 80% of the time.

The bottom line: I’m back to my Primal Life and happy to be there. I’ve found what works and I’ll keep doing it until it stops working for me – making adjustments along the way.

FitDay Summary May 18 – June 14 (No option for May 16 – June 14):

  • Calories Burned/Day: 1965
  • Calories Eaten/Day: 1854
  • Fat/Day: 127.2 grams 60%
  • Carbs/Day: 67.8 grams 14%
  • Protein/Day: 115.6 grams 26%


The Top Ten Reasons I’m a Quasi-Primal Girl

March 8, 2010 Leave a comment

I have to be the first to admit that the title of my blog is somewhat of an oxymoron. I’m not a pure in the true sense of the word pure. Let me rephrase that  – I’m not pure in relation to Primal Lifestyle pure.

I truly believe in the benefits of living Primally. I’ve lived it and experienced the benefits first hand but I have a confession to make, I don’t and won’t live it 100%, I’m not even sure I live it 80% I really have no idea how primal I am. Some days 100% and on the rare day, probably below 50%.

I know eating Primal is the best choice but I just can’t imagine giving up absolutely all non-primal foods and beverages, FOREVER.

That being said, I resemble a Primal Girl most of the time but there are the rare occasions when the Primal Girl in me, is possessed by some other unprimal being. I suppose what I am is a Quasi-Primal Girl (quasi – having some resemblance usually by possession of certain attributes).

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Thick and Frosty: Blueberry, Coconut-Milk Smoothie.

January 17, 2010 2 comments

Blueberry SmoothieThis is a favourite quick meal replacement in our house. It’s nutritious, tasty and easy to create. One word of caution though; you’ll want to have a pretty robust blender (certainly if you double the recipe) to chop up the ice and frozen berries. I use a Vitamix and even it needs to work hard to thoroughly mix all the ingredients. I’ve tried cheaper blenders with this – and frankly none of them were up to the task, leaving chunks of ice in the final result.

This recipe yields a single serving (but, can be doubled, if your blender is up to the challenge) and according to FitDay, (analysis below) is about  422  calories per serving (with  22 g of Fat,  39 g of Carbs and 25 g of protein). Lots of calories here and this smoothie will keep you satiated for several hours.


  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup of premium coconut milk
  • 140 g of frozen blueberries (approx 1 cup)
  • 40 g of banana (peeled, of course) (See Note 1)
  • 1 scoop (22 g) of protein mix (See Note 2)
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter

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The Frittata – Simple, Nutritious, Primal and Tasty!

January 13, 2010 28 comments

Frittata served up!This is one of my favourite primal breakfast dishes. (Works for lunch or dinner too!) The Frittata is a type of Italian omelette consisting of eggs, veggies, cheese and meat – but you don’t need to fold it like a traditional omelette. Just pour into the pan, stir gently, cover, cook, place under the broiler and serve.

This is also a VERY flexible recipe – I find it’s an excellent way to make use of left-overs – chop up and throw in last night’s left-over steak or chicken and you’re on your way. This frittata is super low in carbohydrates and high in good fats and protein. As a bonus, I find it reminds me a whole lot of pizza, so if you’re a pizza lover, you’re going to like this. (The jalapeno and cheese topping give it that extra pizza taste.)

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Weight Loss (and Better Health) Guaranteed With The Primal Blueprint

January 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson, of Marks’s Daily Apple is my top pick for a diet book. Not really a diet book per se but a total Primal Lifestyle book. Mark’s Daily Apple is where I started my research about primal eating and fitness and remains my favourite source for Primal lifestyle knowledge, to this day.

Sisson believes that we evolved to eat and exercise the way we (humans) did, pre-agriculture. “Family Grok” and “Family Korg” are used as comparisons between the Primal Lifestyle vs Conventional Wisdom – modern- lifestyle. At the end of each chapter is a summary, so a reader can skip to the summary for a quick read/review. Although some readers may think that Sisson’s approach is hard core, (some followers are) that is not my take. My opinion, from following his blog and reading his book is that he believes and lives what he says but also believes we should all find what works for us as individuals, as evidenced by his wife, Carrie, who lives her own version of the Primal Blueprint and his son, who is a vegetarian (not so primal).

My husband was one of the first people to purchase the Primal Blueprint, in fact he purchased five, when it became available in mid 2009. We gave the extra 4 copies away to family and friends who expressed interest and each one of them has experienced positive and dramatic results.

The Primal Blueprint lays out the 10 laws of  the Primal Lifestyle in an easy to understand, humorous and concise fashion and it’s obvious that the Primal Lifestyle is Sisson’s passion. (Sisson feels so strongly about the Primal Blueprint that he even guarantees results – buy his book, read it and after implementing the recommendations, if you don’t get results, you can return the book for a full refund.)

The Primal Blueprint doesn’t disappoint and it’s the primary reference that I recommend to family and friends to start their journey on the right path.

Take a listen to Jimmy Moore’s podcast interview with Marc Sisson.

Another Fit Girl – 39 Pull Ups

January 10, 2010 1 comment

Crystal West is a very strong 44 year old, fitness model and athlete. I would be happy completing one pull up unassisted, let alone 39.

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More Fit Girl

January 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Coach Tara doing more pushups.

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