I wasn't really sure what I was going to write about next, because we can only take so many daily updates before we get bored. The idea hit me at random as a pleasant and lovely thought, and then my brain said "Hey, you should write about this!"
And what was that?
"More than anything, the Primal diet has opened me up and introduced me to a whole interesting, creative world of food that I might not have known otherwise."
Before I went Primal I followed a conventional weight loss lifestyle. Run a lot, eat 5-6 mini meals full of fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean meat, and run a lot more. Obviously it worked in large part, but I was also obsessive- about food, about calories, about running. I was eating too little and running too much. My meals were healthy by conventional standards, but there wasn't a lot of passion in them. You can't be too passionate about carrot sticks and Kashi bars. I was eating for fuel, not for love.
Enter Primal Blueprint.
It didn't happen immediately, but Primal lifestyle quickly fueled in me a passion for food beyond counting calories and monitoring macros. Over time I found a place for myself in a very vibrant community full of amazing people where we're constantly learning from each other and sharing our food adventures- even if it's not much beyond "Hey, look what I ate today!"
That has to be my favorite thing- reading my friends' blogs, or seeing their posts on Facebook about this new food they tried, or new recipe they developed. It's an ever-expanding world of cuisine that's just so active and colorful. Unlike my old weigh-and-calculate lifestyle, this one never gets boring. More than any health or weight loss benefit Primal lifestyle may have given me, it's this group of people with their undying passion for great food that I love the most.
I don't have any fabulous new recipes right now and it's sort of bumming me out. My food has been healthy and Primal, but generally quick and fairly mundane. In fact last night's dinner was a half pound of sliced roast beef and a pint of blueberries. Today I snagged a quick protein shake and a bowl of venison chunks for breakfast and lunch. Work and school sort of has a way of making food an afterthought rather than the focus.
For dinner later I think I'll treat myself to a huge pile of roasted carrots, the remaining venison, and a few strips of delicious smoked pork jowl. After the carnage I intend to put myself through at the gym, I'll deserve it.
Perhaps, since I was up at sunrise to rush off to Chemistry class and take a brutal test, I'm going to indulge in another Primal pleasure before hitting the gym.