What’s so bad about grains and legumes?

In many ways, Living Primal’s nutrition philosophy seems standard and run-of-the-mill.  We advocate the elimination of processed foods, partially hydrogenated (trans) fats, sugar, artificial sweeteners and added salt. Most people get where we’re coming from here, as it’s generally accepted that these gems (let’s face it, we can’t even call them food!) don’t contribute favourably … [Read more…]

Benefits Beyond Weight Loss

When shifting from a conventional diet to a primal style, the major motivation for most people is usually weight loss.  This is understandable.  Most of us have a few pounds to shed and seeing the dial on the scale drop is an easy way to measure how well our lifestyle changes are working.  However, weight … [Read more…]

Obstacles: Part 1

The potential benefits of adopting a primal lifestyle seem almost limitless. I’m always amazed to hear how differently it impacts people in their day-to-day lives. Ask a handful of primal followers what the best part is, and I’m certain to get a handful of different responses. People tell me constantly that they finally have control … [Read more…]

The “Big Rocks” of Weight Loss

It’s easy to become overwhelmed when embarking upon any change, and lifestyle change is certainly no exception. To that end, we have borrowed a concept from business coach Steven Covey called The “Big Rocks” of Life. When trying to fit a bunch of big rocks, gravel, sand and water into a jar, he argues that … [Read more…]

Beware of gluten-free advertising

Gluten is a protein found in most grains including wheat, rye and barley. Derived from the Latin word for glue (that’s right…glue!), gluten is what gives bread dough its elastic texture. But in the last few years, we are seeing a growing gluten-free food movement, suggesting that foods containing gluten may not be as healthy as … [Read more…]

Primal Vacations

Primal vacations? This might conjure up visions of makeshift shelters, caves, woods and loin cloths.  However, as we all know, the primal analogy is a guide for food choices and simpler living, not a return to complete ancestral ways.  We have been on two trips recently, one being a trip to Lake Placid and the … [Read more…]