The primal diet, based off of the book “the primal blueprint” by Mark Sisson in 2009, is about eating foods that primitive humans would have eaten.* It insists that people eat raw, unprocessed foods, including fruits, vegetables, and specific oils.* There are many important aspects to this diet yet three main aspects stand out as truly encompassing what the diet is truly about.
Consuming Foods high in Nutrient Content that help, not Hinder your Energy Levels-Organic plants and vegetables are favored in the primal diet since they’re not high in toxins and lack of nutrients like grains, refined sugars (candy, soda) and processed oils (trans-fats).*
Make Sleep a top Priority-Sleep is emphasized in this diet due to its ability to heal muscles after heavy use, as well as its ability to help to ensure optimal cognitive function levels.*
Avoiding Cardio-Chronic Workouts-It’s believed that exercising too much can have negative effects on the body, including muscle depletion and the weakening of the immune system.* Mark Sisson recommends slow movements such as weight lifting, since cavemen didn’t run for miles on end in the Stone Age.
Focusing on these tips are a great way to ease your way to potentially starting your experience with the primal diet. As always, please consult with your health care provider before making any changes to your diet or exercise regimen.