This past Saturday, Jesse and I went to a Primal Blueprint/True Nature Training workshop here in Portland. We signed up a few months back after seeing the workshop posted on Mark Sisson’s, Primal Blueprint website. Anytime opportunities like this pass through Portland or somewhere nearby, I try to take advantage of them. I love being reminded of why I live the way I do, meeting other like-minded individuals and inspiring those new to the lifestyle. It’s downright motivating. Not only that, but it’s neat to hear other people’s stories and where they’re at in their life.
The workshop was lead by Tara Grant (Primal Blueprint part) and Tracy Barksdale (True Nature Training part). Overall, the the workshop was great, particularly the discussions. I wish we could have done more of the movement stuff, but we kinda ran out of time, so only got about 60 minutes of the True Nature stuff. Most of the movements are things that I already do and that we implement at Recreate, but it was fun seeing other people’s reactions and approaches to things like crawling, rolling, etc. Ideally, I think the workshop duration should have been at least an hour longer, to allow more time for the movement stuff. Alternatively, it would have been fun to split up the discussion/presentation with a bought of movement (5-10 min. long) every hour or so. Anyway, maybe there is more time usually, but I’m sure a lot of it depends on the discussions and questions. Our group was very engaged and had a lot of comments, discussions and questions, so it took some extra time!
A lot of the information in the presentation was a refresher for me and things I already know (i.e. why grains are bad, healthy fats, etc.), but I still learned some new things. Here are some things I had in my notes — some new and some just interesting:
- Our bodies produce 20,000 units of vitamin-D after only 20 minutes in the sun (without sunscreen/block, of course).
- Vitamin-D2 is an artificial form of vitamin-D and is not useful AT ALL. Vitamin-D3 is where it’s at!
- “Focus on the present moment to avoid stupid mistakes.” – #9 on Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint list
- You CAN reprogram your genes! Genes respond to what they’re given and will turn on or off based on our inputs. For example, just because other members in your family have cancer, PCOS, autoimmune conditions, osteoporosis, etc. does not mean you are doomed. It means you are potentially susceptible to such things, but the genes for these conditions can stay dormant based on your inputs and environment. Nourishing yourself properly, managing stress, exercise and sleeping are key here!
- Your body does not recognize industrial oils (canola, vegetable, soybean, safflower, etc.) as fat, but rather, your body sees it more like plastic. This is why people can eat endless amounts of chips, fries and other packaged foods, and not feel full. The fat in these products does not satiate you because your body does not recognize it as fat! These franken oils do not register in your body! Fat is filling and satiating, remember? That’s why you feel more full when eating REAL fats or foods cooked in real, healthy fats and are unable to eat endless amounts.
- Lectins are the origin of nearly all autoimmune conditions. In fact, the formula for AI conditions is diet + genes + leaky gut. Poor diet choices turn on the genes and leaky gut, leading to AI conditions.
- Lectins sail through the intestinal barrier and take other toxins with it (leaky gut!). In turn, this can also block the absorption of nutrients. This can trigger AI conditions, SIBO, problems with weight gain and much, much more.
- Phytates bind minerals in the digestive tract and create deficiencies in calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and vitamins A, B, C and D. None of us can digest phytates!
- Anything that gives you gas and bloating is not normal and is a sign that something is wrong! No, it’s not normal that beans give you gas…we’re not meant to eat them!
- Tara Grant’s, “Gatorade” recipe – just mix and drink:
- Pinch of sea salt (for sodium, obviously)
- Squirt of fresh lemon juice (for potassium)