Lately I’ve been considering a simple fact: in all the time since I began my personal journey beginning in the spring of 2007 — that resulted in 60 pounds of fat loss, massive reduction in blood pressure, cessation of prescription medications, fabulous lean muscle and strength gains and a host of other lifestyle improvements — I have yet to even try being a “purist” about it.
In fact, I’ve largely ridiculed the notion: just about every chance I get.
But the fact remains that I’ve never given it a shot. And while I doubt I’m anywhere near a purist at heart for any major stretch of time, what would it hurt to at least give “Pure Paleo” (well, as near as you can reasonably get from local food outlets) a fair try?
What have I to lose, or to fear? And there’s no doubt I’ll learn something. The experiment will be a success because, either I’ll achieve nothing much more than I already have, confirming that purity is not very important or, I will experience additional enhancements to my general condition that are important enough to make me reevaluate my whole approach.
We’ll see. Success awaits.
So the plan is, commencing Monday morning, I’m off and running. For 30 days. No booze, no “cheats,” pretty simple meals consisting of meat (including organ meats), fish (including shellfish), fowl, eggs, vegetables (including sweet potatoes as principle starch), and fruit. No dairy, with the exception of clarified butter (ghee – no milk solids, just the fat). No nuts either. I just don’t see them as an important Paleo food. Instead of a handful of nuts, how about a hard boiled egg, or a quick omelet? I think I’ll stay away from all cured meat products as well. Since I’m bothering to do this at all, I want to see what a real pure approach does, if anything much more than a lose approach, particularly for someone who’s been at the 80-90% level for some time.
I’ll step on the scale Monday morning, record my weight, snap a pic, and then that will be it until the end. No constant monitoring. Also, no measuring, weighing, macronutrient apportioning, or meal times. I’ll eat when I’m hungry, only when hungry, and with no regard to time of day or night. I’ll stop eating when I’m no longer hungry — even if it means setting a portion of a plate of food aside — and if I’m not full, I’ll have another plate and another until I’m full. I’ll keep a food log of what I ate and when.
1-2 times per week I’ll extend a period of hunger to simulate the natural unpredictability of always having food on hand 24/7. Intermittent fasting.
In terms of activity, I’ll still have my 1-2, 20 minute walks per day with the dogs. I’ll visit the gym to push, pull and lift heavy things 1-2 times per week, 20-30 minutes per session. I’ll do 3-6, 15-30 second sprints — or intervals on a stationary bike — once per week.
I’ll got to bed when I’m tired and get up when I’m not.
And that should about cover it. Did I miss anything? I’ll post a progress report each week in order to capture any thoughts I have about the general difficulty or ease of the program, and then of course, a wrap-up at the end.
See you on the other side, after plenty of meals like this: