Understanding the concept of primal lifestyle

Primal eating is all about getting back to the basics and eating foods in their raw, natural state as much as possible.

The primal lifestyle is also known as the caveman diet as, technically, you eat a diet similar to that of the cavemen of yore. Psychological fulfilment comes when you realise how tuned you are to your body, when you're full of energy and no longer feel the need for a snooze in the middle of the day. Today, with expert insight from Dr. Simran Saini, Weight Loss Management Consultant at Fortis Hospital, we take a look at the primal lifestyle diet.

The concepts and eating patterns that primal lifestyle advocates. Living a primal lifestyle advocates eating, moving, and behaving in the manner in which our ancestors did in the Paleolithic era, before the age of agriculture of the last few hundred years. The lifestyle was different, with surviving by hunting for preys, eating unrefined food most of the time and having a physically active lifestyle. Eating healthy unprocessed food is the entire basis of the primal diet.

The primal lifestyle highlights the importance of going back to basics; back to our roots. The importance of going back to basics and getting to our roots is a combination of multiple health benefits, including improvement in psychological and physical health. The body's stamina, defense system and fitness increases. Our peace of mind improves and we are less prone to ailments.

Top 8 health benefits of primal lifestyle are: Improvement in blood pressure and overall lipid profile.

Improved glucose tolerance.

Increased insulin sensitivity to reset and improve the body's ability to utilize glucose.

Improves digestion.

Improves glow in skin as we are eating healthy food.

Greater mental clarity.

Decreased headaches/migraines.

Increased control of self and increased stamina.

The prospect of psychological fulfilment. The psychological prospect of the Primal diet says that one needs to be at peace with nature and at peace with oneself. Amongst this is included - sleeping on time, exercising regularly and rejuvenating the body, getting enough sunlight to charge our energy and to enjoy our work. This is the perfect way of beating depression and being at peace within the body and mind.

Future of Primal Living. "The future of primal living is clear. They say time repeats itself. We have developed so fast over these hundred years, I think mankind is growing tired and we have everything but peace of mind. And for this peace of mind we need to go back to our roots. It is required to rid us of our health related disorders, depression and crime. Once we all go back to our roots and start living in peace with nature, things will change for our own good."

Sample diet plan for primal living is: Breakfast : A bowl of berries with coconut milk

Lunch : Roasted Chicken made with fresh salad containing grapes and steamed broccoli

Snack : Few almonds and raisins

Dinner : Hard boiled eggs

Now, let us have a look at what Aloka Mehta Gambhir, a staunch primal lifestyle follower, has to say about primal lifestyle.

"I have been living a primal lifestyle and been eating paleo for the last two years. Firstly I'd like to state that it's more of a lifestyle than a diet. The lifestyle is simple. All you have to do is cut out processed foods, grains and sugar, and eat good fats, animal proteins, and lots of green vegetables and fruits. You have to cut out doing hours and hours of cardio and instead focus on mobility, do functional exercises, move a lot, and lift heavy things. Your mindset has to change from calorie in, calorie out, to eating nutritious whole foods, while focusing on workouts that open up fat metabolic pathways.

To sum it all in one line, for me primal lifestyle means - eat when you're hungry and don't eat when you're not. There are no rules or fixed timings in mind. Within a month since going primal, I lost about 5 kgs, and dropped inches, gained lean muscle, stopped getting migraines, my periods became regular for the first time, and my pcos went away. I had border line triglycerides, which also disappeared. Today, at 30 I am far fitter and healthier, with increased immunity and strength and well defined muscles, than I've ever been in my life before."

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