The Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge

I have just begun read­ing Mark Sisson’s book, The Primal Blueprint, and I’ve decided to take The Primal Blueprint 30-day Challenge — which began two days ago, eek! — to coin­cide with my read­ing. It will involve some dietary changes and some minor adjust­ments to my cur­rent work­out reg­i­men, but over­all, it seems like a good fit for me at this point in time, espe­cially since I’ve hit my weight loss goal and now need to look toward low­er­ing my body fat per­cent­age and adjust­ing mus­cle mass upward. This would be that prover­bial last 10% that is always so dif­fi­cult to com­plete.

So what will it mean to “go pri­mal”?

Mark explains:

My basic premise is this: The Primal Blueprint is a set of sim­ple instruc­tions (the blue­print) that allows you to con­trol how your genes express them­selves in order to build the strongest, leanest, health­i­est body pos­si­ble, tak­ing clues from evo­lu­tion­ary biol­ogy (that’s the pri­mal part).

Generally speak­ing, the diet adjusts from a 40÷30÷30 mix to a higher (healthy) fat, much lower car­bo­hy­drate mix while main­tain­ing reg­u­lar pro­tein intake. Of course, there’s much more to it than that, oth­er­wise there would not be a book about it, nor a web site with thou­sands of arti­cles on the topic.

Mark breaks it down into 10 rules for liv­ing.

The Modern Primal Blueprint® – The Rules of Living Today:

 1. Eat lots of ani­mals, insects and plants.

 2. Move around a lot at a slow pace.

 3. Lift heavy things.

 4. Run really fast every once in a while.

 5. Get lots of sleep.

 6. Play.

 7. Get some sun­light every day.

 8. Avoid trauma.

 9. Avoid poi­so­nous things.

 10. Use your mind.

Sounds sim­ple, right? Some of the items are, while oth­ers will require an adjust­ment period. For me, one of the biggest changes will be avoid­ing poi­so­nous things. So many of the mod­ern “foods” we eat are processed. One of the processed foods on my list is diet iced tea. To con­quer this poi­son, I will first switch to unsweet­ened tea, and even­tu­ally to tea that is lower in caf­feine. Some day I may entirely remove caf­feine from my diet (again).

Even though it may seem like an extreme life change, The Primal Blueprint is meant to be an attain­able lifestyle. My first goal — aside from get­ting caught up on the first two days of the chal­lenge — will be to reach the 8020 level on the blue­print.

Be well.