I’m a Canadian living in Scotland that follows a primal way of eating, while running the (big) hills and trails around Scotland. Beginning in March 2014, I eliminated sugar and grain-based carbs from my diet, and added in a lot more healthy fats, as well as protein and vegetables at every meal. I went Mark Sisson Primal. I know you may be thinking ‘Low carb???!?!? But you’re a runner!’ but trust me, it can work. Read all about my primal journey here.
I have ambitions of becoming a Primal Blueprint Expert through Mark Sisson‘s certification programme, to go along with my Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and Applied Health. I would like to eventually leave teaching to become a full time food writer. I have plans for a book and an ebook too. I’d also like to offer services to help people in their journey to a healthier life.
I currently write part-time for Primal Eye Magazine, the UK’s first Paleo lifestyle magazine, in the categories of fitness and health. I’ve also begun some additional free-lance writing, so if you’re interested in my work, let’s talk.
I believe it is so important to learn the REAL facts about nutrition, and understand the science behind it. We’ve had so many terms and theories thrown at us, but all are so abstract. Good science helps break that and creates a true understanding of how our bodies work and our individualised physiological response to foods. Most of my reading and research involves finding out the science behind how we lose and gain weight. I also believe that food is fuel and medicine, and if we eat right, we can be the best version of ourselves. This is the reason for my tag line ‘Why survive when you can thrive?’
As a runner, I’ve transitioned from just 10km’s to 10 mile races, half marathons and trail races. I’ve got a few half marathons and 10 mile races under my belt, and I’m building my trail race ‘portfolio.’ Since September 2014, I’ve annihilated my 5km Personal Best, 10km PB and my 10 mile PB by minutes, and have broken my 10 mile PB several times. I ran to my first sub-2 hour half marathon in July 2015, breaking this PB by over 10 minutes. All my PB’s were a result of diet combined with smart training, not running more and more and more.
I believe all these personal bests were partly due to an 11 kg weightloss, but also building muscle and training differently, according to Primal Blueprint Fitness. Primal eating has also helped immensely.
Primal eating can seem like a huge, overwhelming undertaking, but once you inform yourself it can be one of the most satisfying and liberating ways to eat. I’ve created my series Primal Lessons as a way of teaching my readers about the many facets of primal eating. If you’re not sure whether a food is primal or not, check out my Primal Larder page with primal-friendly fats, proteins and carbs, (hint: this could be a grocery list). My page Coconut Friends are real life testimonies of people that have had success with primal and paleo eating. And finally, you can check out my Primal Recipes page for an index of the recipes I post to this blog.
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