I am currently trying out ‘primal’ eating.
Fruits, veggies, nuts, meat, eggs, dairy, fat.
No grains or sugar.
I’ve been doing it for five weeks.
The idea behind this way of eating has been popularized by Mark Sisson in his book, The Primal Blueprint.
He asserts that as man existed for a couple of million years before the development of farming caused the widespread consumption of grains 10,000 years ago, we have not yet evolved to handle them effectively.
That our diet should only consist of food similar to that available to early man – animal products, fruits, nut, seeds and vegetables with some dairy thrown in. That we should eat intuitively, amounts and times to suit our individual needs.
I particularly liked Sissons’ take on conventional wisdom regarding a healthy lifestyle.
He debunks most of it in ways I totally agree with.
He recommends getting adequate sunlight using coverups or shade to protect the skin from the sun rather than the liberal use of sunblock. Insulin should be controlled through the use of a primal diet and avoidance of grains and sugar for weight management.
And he advocates a relaxed lifestyle without excessive exercise and prescription drugs for emergencies and odd occasions only.
The primal way of eating seemed to make sense so I tried it and feel good with it. Better, of course, than the cycles of caffeine and sugar that can make up my day if I’m not careful.
I gave up wheat a while back so a lot of the work to transition was in place. I eat soups, salads, meals, smoothies. I have to turn down the bread basket, the bagels and I’d like a sandwich now and again. But it isn’t too much of a sacrifice.
However, my big problem still exists.
I eat when I’m not hungry.
All the time.
I rarely feel hungry because I’m constantly topping myself up.
I eat when I’m bored, when I’m upset, while I prepare food for others. I eat when I’m enjoying myself, for a treat, when I’m with others.
I even eat before I go out to eat.
I rarely sit down to eat whole meals although I do eat healthily and in a balanced way.
I just eat too much and too often.
I am thinking about food, shopping for food, just a few feet away from food virtually all of my waking hours.
It is too central a part of my life.
I love eating and I really love eating when I’m hungry. I love to look forward to a meal and totally enjoy it. But I hardly ever get that hungry.
Eating has become mechanical, arbitrary and purely functional.
So I’m going to take the advice of my cats.
And eat only when I’m hungry.
I can eat as much as I like and when I like as long as it is when I’m hungry and not because I’m bored or stressed or because it’s there.
It’s not a weight thing. It’s a quality of life thing. I want to sit down with my family at the end of the day and really savor my food and the experience.
Food is a wonderful thing.
Do you eat all the time? Until you’re too full? While your preparing other people’s food? Or do you not? (If you don’t, please leave me some tips!) Let me know in the comments. Thank you!