Heading in to my 3rd week of following a Primal Diet I do have some insights to share and, as promised, I want to start providing some details in regards to my Primal meal plan.
The first 2-weeks were rocky due to
- A flare up of Meneire's related issues that started prior to 9/11, so they are not a result of my dietary changes - An overwhelming lethargy - A stomach bug that may or may not have been due to my dietary changes
The level of lethargy really took me by surprise as everything I've read about the Primal and Paleo diets is how energized they make you feel.
My carb intake on the Primal diet is ~ 70 grams/day. While not super low (less than 50 grams is needed to put your body in to a state of ketosis), it's about half of what my body is accustomed to.
Apparently, what I experienced is referred to as a "low carb flu". Some people have this happen to them while others do not. It can take your body 2 - 3 weeks to adjust.
I'm happy to have gone thru this stage as it likely indicates that my body is increasing fat oxidation pathways and decreasing fat storage pathways. At the end of the day, that's why I've decided to go Primal, so it looks like everything is starting to "click".
For now I feel like my body is definitely starting to embrace the concept that grains and legumes simply aren't necessary. The lethargy is gone and I'm starting to feel more energized.
I've used the past two days to prepare a Primal Vegetable Chili and Gyro loaf that will be readily available to me throughout the week. I think of these as my version of 'Fast Food'.
Monday's meal plan will be as follows Breakfast: Two farmer's market eggs basted using Kerrygold unsalted butter, vegetable hash of sauteed Brussels sprouts, onions and mushrooms and a 2 oz homemade pork breakfast sausage patty.
Lunch: Homemade Primal Vegetable Chili with a side Big Girl Salad that includes Romaine lettuce, raw spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, roasted red peppers and avocado, topped with EVO and lemon juice
Snack: Blackberries and raw cashews
Dinner: Filet of Sole stuffed with Spinach, roasted asparagus and scallions with sauteed mushrooms
If you're following a Primal or Paleo diet I'd love to know how you're doing on your program, hear about your successes and share recipes!