When I first stumbled upon the concept of paleo/primal living, I was actually looking up ‘ezekiel sprouted bread’ on Google because I heard that it was a ‘super bread’ promising a lot of health benefits; There was a top ranked article from MDA that the search returned, which claimed “no bread is truly safe” and this is how I was exposed to the paleo idea. I was instantly hooked on to this revelation that my favorite foods were potentially harming me in ways I didnt realize
I started by testing these claims on myself – staying wheat & rice free (grain/carb free) and cutting out sugary stuff (I’m looking at you sweets, cupcakes, donuts, coffee shakes)
In the first few weeks that followed, I felt the marvelous (and well documented) effects of cutting out grains/carbs – a sense of constant energy as opposed to energy swings with meals, an utter quietness in my tummy as opposed to constant IBS, and progressive effortless weight-loss.
Fast-forward 2 & 1/2 years to the present (circa Apr 2015) and I’ve been through multiple festivals/celebrations such as Halloween/Thanksgiving/Beerfest/Octoberfest/Christmas dinners etc which can all challenge one’s steadfastness with paleo/primal living 😀 and successfully come out OKAY. I want to give you, who are on the edge about how you’d make paleo work, my humble support and encouragement to try out & experiment with ideas freely, to see what works for you & to stick with the easier changes that integrate with your particular lifestyle well. There is no ‘one true’ way of eating/living – we all customize and tailor our life to best suit our way of life.
Over the first few months of 2015, I was fortunate to find the desire & commitment to partake and complete the Primal Blueprint Certification provided at marksdailyapple.com – This is a fully online course spread over 13 ‘modules’. Each module consists of text, audio & video components and after each module there’s a moderately-tough test that requires 75% or greater to pass. Successful completion of all 13 modules gets you the certification – it took me about 30 days to complete the entire certification (total of 30-35 hours). I feel that this is the end of a phase, and the beginning of another – I look forward to what’s in store on the primal path 🙂