Prehistoric, Primeval, Primitive, Primal conjure up images of an archaic period when dinosaurs and troglodytes ruled the Earth. Times were so much easier then, they really were – if you ignored the daily fight for survival and constant threat of debilitating and often fatal infection. If not a safer time then a simpler time that curiously offers a multitude of life lessons and nutrition guidance that we can absorb and assimilate in to our daily routines on our quest for enhanced function and higher quality of life…
For pretty much my entire existence I have been the less than proud ‘owner’ of excess fat around my belly. During my twenties and thirties I was extremely active (running, biking, hiking and duathlons to name a few) and even at my peak there was still an unwelcomed expanse around my middle that refused to burn off.
As I entered middle-age I switched over to soccer as my main sport which endowed me with an impressive anaerobic base but slowly diminished my previously strong aerobic capacity. It also didn’t help that I moved to the US in a Sales role and spent too much time in hotels, airports and restaurants. As a consequence my fitness levels dropped and concurrently my weight and body fat increased.
I have spent much time researching the mechanics and biochemistry of weight loss but I was never fully satisfied with what I learned – it always felt like there was a missing piece to the jigsaw and this was demonstrated in vivo repeatedly when any changes I made to my lifestyle ultimately failed to deliver the desired outcomes.
Enter my Brother-in-Law, Mario, who eulogized about a ‘new’ Primal lifestyle approach that had drastically improved his conditioning. He was the epitomy of good health and had a six-pack that wouldn’t look out of place on the set of 300 ! I decided to investigate.
I quickly discovered that he had immersed himself in the Paleo way of life and was particularly consumed with The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. Following his lead, I bought my own copy and very quickly realized that within Sisson’s writings lay the missing piece of my puzzle.