Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, came to the conference to give us an overview of his recommended way of eating for “effortless weight loss, vibrant health and boundless energy.” Bold claims, right!?
Mark’s primal eating plan has the following goals in mind:
- Burn off stored body fat
- Build or preserve muscle
- Increase energy
- Improve strength and power
- Get sick less often / never
- Less discipline, structure, sacrifice, pain, calorie-counting, portion control — but more health benefits!
Mark says we all possess the DNA “recipe” to be a healthy human, but the key is switching the healthy genes on and switching the disease-causing genes off based on the signals we give them through the foods we eat. Cool! He claims that with this way of eating, we can become lean, strong, fit, smart and disease-free.
Mark’s main dietary recommendation?
NO SUGAR or GRAINS! Mark highly recommends reducing our dependency on carbohydrates as a food source, and focusing on protein, healthy fats and vegetables. If we do this, we can “control insulin and become a fat-burning beast.”
To quote Mark exactly (which I know probably ruffled a few feathers of the whole-grain lovers in the crowd): “There are NO requirements in human nutrition for ANY carbohydrates! Grains are totally unnecessary.” Whoa!
Mark recommends to try cutting out sugar and grains for 30 days and checking in with how you’re feeling.
Some of the best fats that Mark recommends are macadamia nuts and coconut oil. Mmmm.
He also recommends that if you’re eating animal products to choose organic, grass-fed, free-range, hormone-free whenever possible.
What do you think? Do you think sugar or grains are a necessary part of the human diet? Chime in!