Hello everyone! Today is Sunday. A day of inspiration. A day to relax and be grateful for all that you have. Read this success story and then contact me if you have one to submit yourself. All comments, questions and concerns are greatly appreciated and can be left below. Grok on!
My name is Tyler Peeters and I’m 23 years old. Much like the one and only Primal Toad, I received my nickname (Lunchbox) at a young age. I was a short, fat kid. As time passed I grew to be a tall fat kid. At one point I was 6’1” and about 265 lbs. I put myself on a pretty rigorous workout program that dropped me down to a skinny 175 lbs in about a year.
Despite my massive weight loss and my new fitness regime, I didn’t have the energy that I had when I was younger (and less “in shape”). I started going low carb while performing the p90x workout program and found it surprisingly easy and energizing to not eat grains. Conventional wisdom always dictated that grains are where we get our energy from.
It was 8 months, 13 days ago that I decided to go Primal.
A friend of mine introduced me to Mark Sisson’s blog, Marks Daily Apple. I found the concept of living primal to be very interesting and bought his book, The Primal Blueprint. Since the day I bought the book, the main thing that I have noticed about my new diet is my energy levels.
I sleep a full night now, often without waking up at all. Going from waking up 6 or 7 times per night to sleeping through a full night not only improves my energy levels throughout the day but improves my mood, my daily routine is more regular (now that I’m not hitting the snooze button 3 or 4 times), and my health in general.
When I wake up in the morning, I no longer require a sugar-laden Nitrous Oxide supplement in order to function at the gym. I just scarf down a banana and I’m on my way. Going primal is truly the best decision I’ve ever made.
How do grains mess with our sleeping patterns?
I’m not sure the exact mechanism by which this works but I do have a degree in Chemistry and Biology and have a rough idea of how eating grains ruins our sleep. I suspect that it has something to do with the way grains affect your blood glucose levels.
When a grain is introduced, your blood glucose spikes and remains elevated for a long period of time as the different sugars are broken down by your insulin. This causes your body to keep releasing energy for hours after you eat grains (that’s why your mom always told you to eat spaghetti before sports). This means that if you eat a lot of grains throughout the day, when you go to sleep, your body is still breaking your blood sugars down and this keeps you from entering a very deep sleep. Eliminating the grains and processed sugars eliminates your blood sugar spikes, leading to an amazing sleep.
That’s my (not so) short story about how going primal has changed my life. By the way, for those of you who care, I’m now sitting at a muscular 215 lbs.
Thanks to Toad for providing me with the opportunity to share my story.