Confession – A GreenFoodie’s Eating Adventures

I have a confession to make. I am overweight, unfit and unhealthy. I know, I know, its not that I’m sick, or obese, I should be grateful for this great life that I have and am (mostly). Its just that I’m, well… blah. I’m much plumper than I should be, I have no energy, and I’m certainly no poster girl for amazing health and vitality. This isn’t the way we were designed to be surely! And this is definitely not the legacy I want to leave my baby boy.

No, I’m not generally one for self-flagellation at least not so publicly. This confession is more a starting point on a new journey towards the ultimate me. Svelte, fit, and full of energy, like… well, She-Ra, the heroine of my childhood (why not have some fun with this?). As a girl I scoffed at Strawberry Shortcake and be-headed Barbie, She-Ra was my idol. I would play for countless hours with my She-Ra doll slaying evil and saving the Universe.

Obviously my tongue is firmly lodged in my cheek, but what is the point if you can’t have fun? So, what makes me think I can do it? The secret to my power is… Primal!!!

With the help of the ‘Primal Blueprint’ by Mark Sisson, and his popular blog ‘Mark’s Daily Apple,’ I will be making some changes to my diet and lifestyle, which will probably raise some eyebrows. For starters, I agree with the premise that humans have evolved to be successful hunter gatherers over millions of years and the introduction of grains into our diet through the development of agriculture has come at a great detriment to our health and well-being. More recently, the industrialisation of agriculture and the ‘frankenfoods’ (genetically modified, nutrient deficient and highly processed) that currently dominate our diets is putting our health at even greater and more imminent peril.

I have already changed my diet to align myself closer to a ‘Primal’ and GreenFoodie lifestyle. As expected, fruit and vegetables make up the bulk of my diet with moderate amounts of ‘clean’ (organic, free-range, grassfed, wild-caught) proteins. This sits well with my GreenFoodie ethics. I am also successfully cutting all sugar and simple carbs out of my diet completely, including the devilishly addictive grains (wheat, corn, rice etc).

In the last 10 years I have become increasingly intolerant to gluten and I even tested positive for coeliac disease in one of my blood tests. That didn’t stop me from eating gluten though. The fact that I felt rubbish after eating it never seemed to convince me to stop poisoning myself with it. Same goes for sugar and sweet treats. It doesn’t help that grain and sugar is so pervasive in our modern diets.

I was really reluctant to give up my sugar and carbs because it felt like I would lose some of the simplest pleasures in life but I’m happy to say that the Primal Lifestyle still allows me to indulge my sweet tooth with stevia as a sugar replacement and yummy fruit (especially berries, my favourite) and keeps me feeling full with healthy fats.

I love that fats are considered an important part of a healthy diet and I am really enjoying eating full-fat everything, butter, cooking with drippings, eating nuts, seeds, avocadoes, coconut and coconut cream, eggs and animal fats. The caveat here is that these must come from clean sources as much as possible.

Below is the Primal Food Pyramid that mirrors the diets our hunter gatherer ancestors would have eating and for which we have evolved (courtesy of Mark’s Daily Apple), compared the food pyramid being advocated in a modern diet (courtesy of Nutrition Australia).

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I can’t wait to try a whole different repertoire of delicious food based on vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, meat and fats. I’ve already started experimenting with healthy sweet treats. I’m addicted to the Chia Seed Pudding that Zoe has posted previously and yesterday I made a delicious raw brownie with almond meal, macadamia meal, raw cocao, shredded coconut, stevia and cultured butter. I’ll post the recipe next week. In the meantime, wishing you the best on your own GreenFoodie journeys.

 

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2 Responses to “Confession – A GreenFoodie’s Eating Adventures”
  1. Gustoso says:

    Check out the “Fat Head” dvd and you’ll see the food pyramids by governments are nonsense and not so healthy after all.

    • Genevieve says:

      Thanks for letting me know about the ‘Fat Head’ DVD. I have ordered it and will watch it as soon as it gets here.

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