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October 1, 2009

Introducing Mrs. Sisson

Filed under: diet — Tags: , , , , , — Mara @ 1:20 pm

Here’s a great post by Mark Sisson’s wife, Carrie. She practices a primal lifestyle as well, and as a post-menopausal woman, she looks incredible. In the post she answers questions from readers regarding what she eats, how she exercises, etc.

Three things stood out to me:

1) She is a fish eating vegetarian (added fish to her diet when she realized she needed the protein), which is interesting for those of us/you who avoid various animal protein sources for one reason or another. Here is one successful primal person’s story on that. She also eats a lot of dairy (hooray!) and protein powder, probably to compensate for that lost meat.

2) It shows some of her food blog. She eats well over 100 grams of protein a day…. Dang! She is obviously in the “maintaining” category, so she eats a lot of fat. Abby, I thought this might be useful for you to look at!

3) It is nice to hear from a woman, and an older one at that! For us girls, and for any of you with mothers or sisters, this is inspiring and also addresses some of those questions that male bloggers can’t touch.

Posted By Mara

1 Comment »

  1. Abby said…

    It’s crazy to me that she eats so much fat. I guess I’m just at a loss as to why I gained weight and other people maintain or lose weight.
    September 30, 2009 9:12 PM

    Maravilla said…

    Everybody is different, and you have to find what works for you. It may be that you can never eat as much fat as her. But I will hazard a guess, again: insulin response, and too much food. She consumes less than 100 grams of carbohydrates a day, and that is almost purely from vegetables and low-carb fruits. 1 banana, 1 apple, and 1 cup of almonds would take you to 100 grams, ignoring any sweets or other vegetables you might eat. It’s really easy to go over. And any carbs without protein to balance it will cause an insulin spike and all the associated bodily woes.

    I just don’t want you to think it’s a complete mystery. Everyone is different, and you’ll have to find your own equilibrium, but there are really obvious things that were off about the way you were eating, unless you don’t believe what Crossfit, Zone and Sisson say about insulin response. But from my experience, it has proven true. Give it a solid, three-month try before you throw up your hands.

    So how has your new approach been going? Are you still keeping the food journal? With portions this time? How do you feel?
    October 1, 2009 8:48 AM

    Abby said…

    Yeah, it’s just weird, I don’t know how we are really all that different body wise. I def don’t think I go over 100 grams of carbs a day. The Zone is going good so far. I would like to be able to eat more fat, it makes food enjoyable. I guess I’ll get there someday or ever. I do think that I’m starting to lose some weight, judging by my clothes but it’s hard to determine without a scale. I have been slacking on the journal but will start up again soon.

    I just don’t see how MDA and the Zone can be at such opposite ends on the fat scale and people see results from both of them. I feel like the more I read up on nutrition the more confused I get.
    October 1, 2009 8:58 AM

    Maravilla said…

    People following the Zone can end up eating 50% of their calories from fat too, just not before they’ve lost the weight they want. Until then, they eat 30-35% from fat, so not really that far off. Either way, MDA and Zone are very similar if you look at them in comparison to “convential” low fat high carb nutrition. Both are high protein high fat in relation to the national norm.

    Comment by Micah Vandegrift — October 1, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

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