Eating Primal at Five Guys

Being in the consulting business, I travel from time to time. Travel sometimes makes it difficult to eat well. In my case, I am trying to eat according to the Primal Power Method.

Last week, I traveled to Houston. It’s was nice three-hour drive there. During my stay, I needed to grab a quick lunch and ended up at Five Guys.

This was tough. I really like a good burger and I really (and I mean REALLY) like Five Guys.

So I rushed my order and asked for a “Bacon Burger” all the way. Usually, I would order a bacon cheese burger but my Spidey-sense told me to skip the cheese. Then something inside me asked if I could have it lettuce wrapped. The guy who took my order said, “No problem!”. I smiled and paid for my order.

While waiting for my order, I realized that I should have asked for no mayo and no ketchup. I love mayo, but I am not sure it is a good source of fat according to the Primal Power Method. Ketchup has a lot of sugar and was probably a bad idea.

A few minutes later, they called my order. Turns out the ketchup, mayo, and mustard were in separate containers and I enjoyed my lettuce wrapped bacon burger without them.

The other ingredients (grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, and pickles) seemed okay to me. Although I should probably double-check on the pickles and the bacon was probably cured (eat uncured bacon instead), it looks like a Primal Power Method meal is possible there.

Getting Back Into Eating Right

If you have followed this blog or know me personally for any length of time, then you know that I have constantly battled with my weight since high school. So much so that a few years back I wrote a few posts on nutrition when I had gotten a few wins under my belt.

Three years ago I stopped focusing on my nutrition and exercise and managed to put on over 50 lbs. Well the time has come again to wage war on obesity and I figured I would openly share my goals and my progress against it.

Now, I am no expert on nutrition or health. So what I do, I do with the goal of living a better life and being a better father, husband, friend, and employee (in that order).

In terms of nutrition, I started eating according to the Primal Power Method a little over two weeks ago and have seen great results.

In terms of exercise, didn’t change a thing. I still try to walk about 15-30 minutes every day. I still try to take the stairs instead of the elevator. I usually park a good distance from my non-home destinations (driving large truck forces that on you anyway). And that’s it.

So, what are my results?

  • On January 5th, 2015, I weighed in at 284 lbs.
  • On January 12th, 2015, I weighed in at 275 lbs.
  • On January 19th, 2015, I weighed in at 270 lbs.

That’s 14 lbs in two weeks.

My goal is to get under 200 lbs. Which means I still have a long way to go. However, I am hopeful after these results and will keep on trucking for now.

I will share some of my challenges along the way. I hope you will take the steps necessary to live better and become an improved version of you.