Challenge week, case study

June 25, 2017

A few weeks ago I set you a challenge to try and do a least one week of 100% Primal friendly food, no slip ups or treats just all on the menu eating.

 

I followed it up with a post trying to highlight that all though we know that 100% is clearly optimal and will get you to your goal in the most effective way it’s not all ways achievable due to modern life influences. But sometimes it’s actually down to you, you make the decision of what goes into your mouth, and if you are happy and healthy is a slip really that bad?

 

One email I received was a very open and honest log of one of my original tribe members who has done great with Primal over the last 18 months. The email highlights how he fits in one of his enjoyments in life, alcohol.

 

 

Hi Dean,

 

 

We were in London over the weekend and food choices have been tough as we ate at pubs mainly. It was especially challenging where only burgers were on the menu.

 

Since swapping to Primal I no longer drink lager, ale or white wine but I do drink cider, red wine and whisky. The cider needs to be as dry and flat as possible. While I know alcohol is not good I do generally have 5 or 6 pints a week but don't get hangovers like I used to with lager.

 

It's an honest diary with a few bad choices but my weight is under control and I feel better in myself. If I make a bad choice my system lets me know!

 

Cheers

 

RD

 

 

The great point with this is that he is making an informed decision with what he is doing, notice the point of weight being under control and feeling better, but more importantly he accepts that his body will “let him know” that it wasn’t great, this is what I mean when I say you have to accept the consequence of your bad choice but enjoy them at the time and put it behind you.

 

The food diary is also interesting to look at, it is by no means perfect and I am not proposing that it is all healthy or that everyone would be able to do this to the same extent but as we all ways say the journey to your goal is harder than maintenance and this is very individual.

 

I have highlighted his slip ups but look at all the other choices, and remember as mentioned in the above email that this was an exception to the rule, being away doesn't often lend itself to being totally on the money.

 

 

 
Monday

Bacon, eggs, spinach
Nuts and dried fruit
Scotch egg
Paleo muffin x 2
Latte x1
Hot water and lemon x 4

 

Tuesday
Bacon, eggs, spinach
Nuts and dried fruit
Fillet steak, sweet potato fries, spinach
Paleo muffin x 2
Latte x1
Hot water and lemon x 2


Wednesday
Bacon, eggs, spinach
Nuts and dried fruit
Scotch egg
Paleo muffin x 2
Latte x1
Hot water and lemon x 3
Dry cider x 2


Thursday
Bacon, eggs, spinach
Chicken salad
Paleo chilli
Nuts
Latte x1
Hot water and lemon x 3
Dry cider x 2
Re wine x 3
Dry cider x 2


Friday
Full fat greek yoghurt, blueberries, chia seeds and drizzle of honey
N/A
Cod burger and potato fries 
Peanuts
Latte x1
Hot water and lemon x 1
Dry cider x 5
Red wine x 1
Whisky x 4


Saturday
2 poached eggs, avocado, chilli, feta and chorizo.
N/A
Avacado, mozarella, tomato to start

Sea bass, asparagus and salad as main

Tiramisu for dessert
Peanuts
Latte x1
Hot water and lemon x 1
Dry cider x 4
Whisky x 4


Sunday
2 poached eggs, avocado, chilli, feta and chorizo.
Paleo burgers and sweet potato fries
Full fat greek yoghurt, blueberries, chia seeds and drizzle of honey
Latte x1
Hot water and lemon x 1
Tea with milk
Glass milk x 3
 

 

 

Many thanks to RD who handed this very open and honest diary to me, I know how well you have done and hope you continue to enjoy your Primal lifestyle.

 

 

 

Thanks to all those that took part

 

Keep it primal

 

Dean

 

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