Remember when I started eating more primal? It meant that I changed my diet from carbohydrate-centric to something healthier: focusing on protein, fat, fruits, vegetables and nuts.
Looking back 3 months later I feel great!
The migraines and headaches which have been plaguing me all my adult life are so much better it verges on the miraculous. They’re not entirely gone, and that one hormonal week every month is still touch and go, but count me HAPPY!
When I first mentioned this wonderful progress in Sunday’s post, I hadn’t even experienced a single migraine during this month’s celebration of womanhood. And of course that meant it was time for a learning curve! Because apparently that’s how I roll.
It being weekend (my Achilles Heel) I did indulge in some (OK, a whole packet of) jelly sweeties on Sunday afternoon, thinking that I was through the rough part of the month, hormonally speaking, and I could celebrate by letting up a little.
Ha! That one hour of indiscretion cost me dearly.
By that evening I could feel the migraine building. Worse, the next day I not only woke up with a full-blown migraine, but I craved more sweetness. I craved and I caved. And that set the pattern for (so far) this whole week: Migraine. Cravings.
By day 2 of this scourge, I changed the pattern: I stopped caving to the cravings. I mean, really, when you measure cause and effect, carbs and headache, against each other, it’s just not worth giving in, trading health and well-being for that momentary, cheap pleasure - which cannot hold a candle to the joy of functioning well inside a healthy body and feeling energetic and vital! Hopefully eating right again will mean that I will soon wake up again (please!) without my head pounding and my left eye feeling blind.
So here is my personal bottom line on living primal:
When I stay away from carb-intense foods -
- the headaches virtually disappear – which is AWESOME! – and
- I stop wanting carbs. (That is truly a surprise to me, because I have always craved heavy carbs, like potatoes, rice, chocolate, etc. even during the year and a half I lived as fruitarian.)
As long as I stick to proteins and veggies, with some fruit thrown in, I don’t experience cravings. At all. In fact, my once beloved potatoes don’t even taste that wonderful to me anymore. I’d rather reach for the other, more flavourful and colourful veggies.
Now just imagine what could happen when I step it up and really commit to this way of life (that means weekends, too, Pippa!)
- The headaches – which have defined so much of my life so far – might truly become the very occasional stress marker I believe they are supposed to be (I’m so close already!),
- My energy levels,and with that my sense of well-being, will increase, and
- I will continue to lose this layer of fat I’ve built up in my carb-binging haze.
So, if you struggle at all with headache, pre-diabetic syndrome or diabetes, heartburn or cravings – I’m not even going to mention weight here, because it’s all about HEALTH for me – why not put primal living to the test? See if it works for you!
As it happens, Mark Sisson has just announced The 2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge, starting on 12 September. That’s this coming Monday, folks! It offers the opportunity to try this for yourself within a community where – especially for this month – motivation is going to abound in terms of daily information, competitions, challenges, support, and most importantly: the way you will feel.
I’m going to use it as an opportunity to jump into primal living with both feet, fully committed, to see where the whole package will bring me. And that encompasses far more than what I eat. It also addresses physical activity, sleep, stress, and basically everything else us human beings call LIFE. If the benefits I’m already experiencing are so mind-blowing, just imagine what changes full commitment may bring!
I’ll be posting about my primal journey every Monday. Join me for the ride – it’s going to be amazing, that I know!