Beginning my adventure in Paleo … or is it Primal?

27 May

I have tried my best to be as healthy and fit as possible. Unfortunately I am the only one in my home that want to take this lifestyle with me. But I am hoping that I can lead by example and everyone else will follow my lead … in time.

I have tried a few different types of diets in the past few years. I had great success doing a carb/calorie cycling type of diet while doing Stronglifts 5×5 last year.

For some time I have read about this somewhat new diet called Paleo or Caveman or Hunter Gatherer diet. Been practically ignoring for some time but I keep stumbling upon it in my search for knowledge on how to improve my well-being.

So after much prodding around, I was convinced by a fellow Marine (Steve Weick)  to check out the Paleo Diet and by Rob Wolf’s book called “The Paleo Solution“. I have not finished the book at this time but much of the things I read in it kinda makes sense from the information I have stumbled upon outside the book. I have also stumbled upon Mark Sisson‘s “Primal Blueprint“, which looks very similar to the Paleo diet. I also stumbled upon a nice “Paleo How to” guide on and can be found here:

So I started to do the Paleo/Primal diet 2 weeks ago. The first 3 days sucked and I felt VERY tired and sluggish, most likely from the drastic lost of carbs in my diet. On the fourth day I felt normal enough again and continue to do so up to today!

I plan to continue this adventure on Paleo/Primal for the next few months until I have to do my annual physical and get my blood work with my doctor (who is VERY against me doing a paleo diet and wants to get my blood work ASAP!) around August/September of this year. So that is about 3-4 months away to let my body adapt to this new diet and see the results. I would consider the results of my blood work the last judge if this diet is fact or fad. (I am not new to being an experiment, I did join the USMC after all … )

So for now I am actually enjoying this adventure so far. I have cooked some of the best meals I have had in a long time … and they are all made by me!

In a few months we will see if this is will be something I will continue to do or a bad recommendation from a fellow Marine, yes I am looking at you  Steve Weick!


Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Food


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8 responses to “Beginning my adventure in Paleo … or is it Primal?

  1. lovetotrain

    May 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    good luck! i tried the paleo ‘diet’ with a very open mind and i decided i wasn;t go to make any definite decisions.. and 6 months later i wouldn’t have it any other way. food is so much better this way!!

    • Mannix Castro

      May 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      I am still kinda on a neutral ground why I wish I can fast forward 3 months and see the difference and bloodwork already!
      I tried my dog on a raw meaty bones diet, reminded me much of the philosophy behind Paleo.
      I guess that is what got me to be more open about it and actually gave me the push to try.

  2. J. Stanton

    May 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Saw your pingback to my article…I’m glad you found it inspiring!

    Keep in mind that your doctor will define “high total cholesterol” as anything over 200, and tell you to change your diet or go on a statin…

    …when the region of minimum mortality is between 200 and 240! Low total cholesterol is just as strongly associated with death as high total cholesterol. (a href=””>See this article for statistics and references.) In the absence of a VAP or other test that actually gives LDL particle size, TG/HDL is the ratio most predictive of future risk.

    Live in freedom, live in beauty.


    • Mannix Castro

      May 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      I am a nurse at this time.
      Ironically, I am against most medicine and believe that we can do so much better with other natural means.
      Currently working in a nursing home so I know more about people at their last legs and the typical conditions and treatments they get.

      I do find many of the new information I been finding very interesting.
      It is sad how the mainstream media has saturated and brainwashed the masses and most are happy to live their lives like sheep.
      I like to question things and at times find things out for myself and not be closed minded.

      Learned much in search in improving myself by stumbling upon strength training and now learning more to complement it by these new information in diet that I just recently stumbled upon as well.

      The article in your website helped open the doors to understand more about my new adventure in life and I am sure there are more knowledge I will find down the road.


  3. Mike

    June 8, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I’ve been following the Paleo/Primal lifestyle for the past few months and have been seeing a great deal of success. Please read about my story and the method I followed here:


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