Father Andrew's Hot Body Gym

August 12, 2009

Baby Steps to a Better Life

Filed under: diet, real talk — Tags: , — Mara @ 8:37 pm

So we’ve all heard the prescription. Our friends have heard it. Probably more times than they’d like. But it just sounds so hard to jump into! Too many things to give up! Too many material changes of habits and customs! What can you do if the distance from here to healthy seems insurmountable?
Mark Sisson recently gave us an answer in his “10 Baby Steps to Help You ‘Get Primal'”: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/10-baby-steps-to-help-you-get-primal/. He offers 10 really doable first (or second or third) steps to get you on the right track without feeling like you have to overhaul your life right away.
I also recommend my first step to people who are concerned about having to change all of their food and weigh everything and generally get psycho about eating. I started by just keeping track of my macronutrient consumption using mydailyplate.com and aiming for the Zone proportions of 30% protein, 30% fat, and 40% carbs. They provide a handy dandy pie chart that graphs your macronutrient intake, which makes it really easy. I began to tweak what I ate to get the right proportions, and I quickly learned that I had to stop eating so much bread, pasta, and cereal and start eating more protein. From there, it was easy to tweak a little more here and there every so often until I am now much closer to the Primal diet.
Do you have any thoughts on good first steps toward changing your eating (and exercise) habits?
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