Primal Living – a Balanced Diet Plan and Exercise Regimen

Primal Living – a Balanced Diet Plan and Exercise Regimen

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There are two key elements to any successful health plan – a healthy balanced diet plan with balanced diet food and your exercise routine. Primal living bases itself on the basic concept that the food we eat should be natural and akin to that which our ancestors would have eaten – no grains and dairy products allowed – and having an exercise regimen based on outdoor activities and nature.  Living Well have a lot of great tips and advice on their website.

Running and Primal Living
Running is one of the base elements in any exercise programme, and primal living is no different in that respect.  The key difference with primal living running is that it isn’t done in the gym, on a treadmill, it’s done outside in nature, just as our ancestor the caveman used to when he was hunting his food.

Problems with Gym Running
The problem with running on a treadmill is that the surface is not natural, it’s too flat and consistent.  This means it’s first of all too easy and secondly, it’s not natural and how our feet were designed to be used when running. Running outside, on rough and uneven terrain is going to give you a much better workout, and help your feet work the way they should.

Footwear
Another important point to bear in mind is footwear. Of course, caveman didn’t have Nike’s or other types of footwear – in fact they didn’t really have any footwear and would hunt barefoot.  If that were possible, then primal living would suggest it, but the fact that we wear shoes all our days means it is impractical, and possibly dangerous, to suggest running barefoot outside.  That said, there are certain types of footwear that come close, such as the barefoot type shoe available in sportswear shops, the ones with the 5 toes design.  These allow your feet to move around relatively freely, and certainly allow movement in your toes which makes them the next best thing to barefoot running. The problem with most of the sports footwear is that they provide too much padding and protection, inhibiting your feet from moving naturally when running. And when running outside, they can actually cause harm because they don’t allow the foot to manoeuvre around uneven ans unstable surfaces, causing twists and strains and even broken bones.

The above is a short introduction to primal living exercise and how running outdoors can play a big part in it. If you’re interested in knowing more, check out Living Well.

Primal Living and A Healthy Balanced Diet Plan

Primal Living and A Healthy Balanced Diet Plan

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There is plenty of advice out there for anyone wishing to start a balanced diet plan, with information and recipes for all variety of balanced diet food. Living Well  have some excellent tips and ideas for anyone interested in primal living amongst other things.

What is Primal Living?
Primal living, for anyone not familiar with the term, is basically a diet and exercise regime which is based on eating food that would have been akin to that which our ancestors ate, with no processed products.  If it could be hunted or gathered then it would have been part of the diet.  Also, primal living encourages participants to spend time and exercise outdoors, in nature.

The Paleo Diet and Primal Living
Exponents of primal living will point out that the Paleo Diet, one of the key elements of primal living, is just that – a key element, but not the be all and end all of primal living. If you want a simple definition of what a Paleo Diet looks like, think of the caveman and his diet, if he couldn’t eat it, neither should you.  One of the issues that brings is that some of what we might consider as part of our basic food intake, things like bread and milk or even pasta, would not be considered true Paleo Diet foods.  It’s probably true to say some pragmatism is required on some points of the Paleo Diet.
That said, with the popularity of the Paleo Diet at the moment, there are plenty of different types of food that can be considered true Paleo. This would include meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and greens as well as anything else that can be got from the surroundings.

Benefits of Paleo Food
Paleo food is extremely nutritious, being full of amino acid, vitamins, minerals and much more.  These elements are great for muscle mass, fat loss, sleep, energy levels and even your IQ.  All of those body functions thrive on the types of things Paleo food provides.  If we compare that to the typical food found in the modern diet, processed food, sugar and non-productive calories, we can say that the elements much of these products contain provide little that our body can use to its benefit.  Even low fat diets become useless, removing the nutritious elements our body actually needs.Whilst our body can, and will, continue to keep going with a modern food diet, it will not be healthy – skin and hair quality will deteriorate, energy levels will go down as stress levels go up. Your body will simply not be getting the fuel it thrives on.

Fuel for our Body
As previously stated, the Paleo Diet is not primal living in itself, but it certainly is a key element in the primal living ethos.  The basic requirement of any machine, which the body ultimately is, is fuel and the food we eat is our fuel.

If you are interested in primal living and would like to know more, take a look at Living Well for some great information and advice.

Life And a Healthy Living Diet

Life And a Healthy Living Diet

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Nutrition
When embarking on a healthy balanced diet plan always remember it has to be a nutrition balanced diet.  Whilst your goal may be to lose weight, or just to be more healthy in general, it’s also important to ensure your body gets the nutrition it needs to function well.  If you want more information on the importance of nutrition, check out  for some useful tips and information.

Eat Healthily
Probably the best advice for someone who wants to lose weight is not to count calories so religiously, but simply eat more healthy food.  The theory about calorie counting is that as our body gets less input, it has to work harder to provide the necessary fuel to keep us going, and in doing so the body burns off more fat.  The theory sounds convincing and, up to a point, may be correct.

Modern Times
However, working against the theory is the general change in our metabolism in  recent times due to the availability of food in more modern times.  As our bodies have became accustomed to eating more because we can, our ability to burn fat has also changed.  The calorie counting theory may have worked perfectly in bygone times when food was scarce but things have moved on.

Same Calories, Different Bodies
Studies done on overweight and thin people indicated that both groups tended to consume similar amounts of calories over a day.  The difference was not in the total amount, rather the type of food eaten.  Thinner people tended to eat more complex carbohydrates and proteins, whilst the overweight people had more simple carbohydrates and fats.  These studies suggest that calorie counting in itself is not going to work.

Exercise
Another point to consider is that losing weight by dieting alone is unlikely to be sustainable.  It’s important to have an exercise regime to complement your diet.  If not, it will not only be harder to lose weight, but harder still to keep the weight off. Further, remember that it might be easier to lose weight at the beginning of a diet than as you progress; the “low lying fruit’ is easily picked in the early days.  An exercise regimes tends to have the opposite dynamic, it gets easier as you progress.  So, combining the two makes perfect sense.

Mind and Body
Having a healthy and nutritious diet may not be as hard as you think, and even if it can be the rewards in terms of both physical and mental well-being are worth the effort.

For more information and tips on eating more healthily, visit Living Well.

Why You Should Have a Healthy Balanced Diet Plan

Why You Should Have a Healthy Balanced Diet Plan

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Healthy Eating Plan
Most of us would like a healthy eating plan, and are always looking for the best healthy eating plan.  There are a multitude of companies you can find online who can help you do just that.  Amongst them are Living Well.

Sticking to your healthy eating plan
Once you have identified your preferred healthy eating plan, the next most important thing to do is to stick to it! That’s easier said than done, of course. However, there are some tips to follow that will help you stick to that plan and get the healthy body, and mind, you are looking for. The most important thing to remember is that it’s a series of small steps that will get you where you want to be, and need to be.

Seven tips for your plan 
Tip 1- Prepare your own meals.  As much as possible, make your own food to take control of exactly what you are eating. When you eat out, you don’t really know exactly what ingredients are going into what you order and may not be eating as healthily as you think.

Tip 2 – Make your changes the right ones.  When you are considering what to change, make sure you swap bad elements for good ones.  Too often, people swap bad for less bad, or worse still, bad for even worse.

Tip 3 – Keep it simple.  Don’t get too deeply into the scientific stuff.  Focus on cutting out the pre-packaged and heavily processed foods and instead increase your intake of fresh food.

Tip 4 – Read the food labels.  When you are shopping for food, take the time to study the food labels and make sure you understand them. Manufacturers can be guilty of putting too much unhealthy sugar and fat into supposedly healthy food products.

Tip 5 – Think about how you feel.  If you want to succeed with a healthy eating plan, you need to feel you’re more healthy after eating.  If you think how you feel after eating junk food – nauseas, uncomfortable and lacking in energy – compared to how you feel after eating healthily, it should be a motivator to keep going.

Tip 6 – Keep hydrated.  Most people don’t drink enough water, leading to listlessness, headaches and tiredness.  And, many times we mistake thirst for hunger.  Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help your plan.

Tip 7 – Moderation.  Don’t be too extreme with your healthy eating plan. You can cheat now and again.  Also, make sure you are covering all of the food groups necessary to be healthy.

Success
If you follow the above tips, you will be much more likely to stick to your healthy eating plan , and enjoy the physical and mental benefits of it.

Want to know more?  – visit Living Well.