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How the Pieces Fell into Place – part 1 0

It was always a mystery to me – a brain-twisting, utterly frustrating mystery that appeared to defy logic. How could I exercise so much yet never quite eliminate all of the chub around my belly ? It was disheartening, but thankfully never turned into an unhealthy obsession. It was all the more irritating because I had studied biochemistry and human physiology at university and believed that I should be capable of solving this ‘corporeal conundrum’. To this end I read several very highly regarded books that certainly improved my understanding of the dynamics involved, but never fully resonated with me as I was always left with a key unanswered question, or two. Of course it doesn’t help that we are all so unique in our design and function that one person’s resolution does not necessarily apply to another.

 

Some years ago, I was immersing myself in the teachings of the leading proponents of Orthomolecular Medicine (Linus Pauling, Abram Hoffer et al) when I was compelled to read ‘Mega-Nutrition’ by Richard Kunin. Published in 1980, it detailed the author’s program which was designed to utilize vitamins and minerals to optimize health. Within the over 300 pages, there are two very interesting chapters related to diet – the first implicating sugar intolerance in many disease states and the second a brief outline of Dr. Kunin’s recommended diet, the Orthocarbohydrate diet, that suggests reducing carbohydrate intake to improve health. I found the entire book fascinating, but in the context of weight-control those two chapters succeeded in tightly focusing my attention on the potential harmful effects of sugar (carbohydrates) on my body. There are even several paragraphs contrasting today’s ‘Standard American Diet’ with that of primitive man’s !

Jigsaw Brain v2.0 (sugar)

So now I had the first big piece of the puzzle, sugar/carbohydrates, but where, and how, did it fit in to the elaborate jigsaw puzzle known as life ?
 
 

Coming next : How the Pieces Fell into Place – part 2…

 

 

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Reconnecting with your Inner Troglodyte 1

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…

 

Primal Nutrition Journey

The Journey to Primal Nirvana

 

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.

 

Coming next…How the Pieces Fell into Place.