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19 Sep

Contest: Share Your Struggle

Picture13 3The Prize:

Hunks of grass-fed meat, raw nuts and dried berries all conveniently packaged together: If your struggle during the first week of the 30-Day Challenge was finding healthy snacks or Primal meals while on-the-go, Steve’s got you covered. The lucky winner of today’s contest will receive two Steve’s Club Samplers ($32 each) and five Grass-Fed PaleoStix ($30).

Bonus #1: Use promo code paleokitmda for a 10% discount through the month of September.

Bonus #2: 15% of the proceeds go to support Steve’s Club National Program to bring CrossFit and nutrition education to at-risk teens in cities across the country.

The Contest:

It’s been one week since the 2011 30-Day Challenge began. How are things going? Well, I hope. While I know many of you are already seeing and feeling the benefits of going Primal, I imagine there are those of you out there that are finding the transition to be less than a walk in the park. And why not? Decades of bad habits and poor eating don’t get reversed overnight. So today I’m asking you to share any struggle you’ve had in the last seven days of this challenge. Did you have a tough time kicking your usual bowl of morning cereal? Was the sandwich platter at your company meeting speaking to you? Were you unable to muster up the energy or willpower needed to attempt a Primal Blueprint Fitness workout? Big or small leave a comment below expressing your struggle AND how you plan to go about overcoming said struggle, and you’ll be entered to win the prize above.

Check back tomorrow when I’ll be attempting to address many of the common stumbling blocks you list in today’s comment board.

The Deadline:

September 19, 6:00 p.m. PST. Only 9 hours to participate in this one. (I need a little time to put tomorrow’s promised article together!)

Who is Eligible:

Any U.S. resident that faced some sort of hurdle or stumbling block in the first week of this challenge. Sorry worldwide readers. Most countries prohibit import of meat products.

How a Winner is Chosen:

A random drawing will be held among all entrants.

To track all the contests visit the 2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge Contest Page for daily updates.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Well, my goal was to try to get more sleep. I’m finding it difficult to properly wind down and get to bed at an earlier hour. It’s obviously not hard on the weekends, but during the week I have a more rigid schedule. There are only so many hours in a day.

    Thomas wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • I’m having the same problem. Sunday nights seem to be the worst; I go to bed running through my to-do list in my head. Tonight I’m trying yoga after dinner to help clear my head.

      Alisha wrote on September 19th, 2011
      • Ditto. My next goal is to spend the money to get some curtains that cut out all light. Hopefully that’ll help. I also plan to go back to doing Sudoku right before bed – for some reason that puts me right to sleep! It takes just enough brain power so that I can’t run through lists in my head, but not so much that I don’t get sleepy.

        Carisska wrote on September 19th, 2011
        • No!!!! You need the early morning light to get your circadian rhythm right! Once its on you’ll simply wake up at a decent hour and get tired earlier. This coming from a guy that used to sleep from 4am to 12 noon. Now wake up with no alarm 7-8ish. If you are waking up too early and haven’t started getting to sleep earlier take a nap. Natural sunlight and primal diet/exercise have resolved all my sleeping (and subsequent drinking) problems

          Gino wrote on September 19th, 2011
      • Alisha – I definitly reccommend yoga. If you have iTunes, you can download yoga podcasts for free. I highly reccomend the YogaAmazing videos. They have one called Yoga for Anxiety which I find to really help clear the mind before relaxing and going to bed. Check it out!

        Hilary M. wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Getting at least 8 hours of sleep is my challenge as well. It was difficult one of the week nights last week since I’m a baseball fan and my Detroit Tigers were trying to clinch the division and playing in Oakland. I had it set to record on my DVR and just went to bed earlier so I could get my much needed 8 hours. What has helped most is not even turning on my computer once I come home from work.

      Steve wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • I travel a lot for work, 2 or 3 nights a week, and though I get reimbursed for meals, and it’s tough to stay Primal on the road.
      One of the things I’m experimenting with this week is making my fatty-protein-veggie shakes ahead of time – I fill up 3 or 4 pint jars (think your mom’s canning jars) and pack them in a cooler with me. I can pop them in the fridge at the hotel, and breakfast and lunch are taken care of!

      Shaun wrote on September 22nd, 2011
  2. My struggle this week has been my motivation. :( I’ve been really good nutrition wise and have gotten in a few walks after work, but didn’t maintain the momentum I had when the weekend came. I’m so ingrained (pun intended) with “quick fix” diets even though I KNOW this is a WOL not a fix.

    WinkBlu wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Ah, forgot the action plan! My plan is KISS (keep it simple, stupid!) One meal, one day, one activity at a time.

      WinkBlu wrote on September 19th, 2011
  3. My struggle is a half supportive household. High chance of cross contamination and presence of primal junk/cheat foods(dark Choc covered almonds, Terra chips, Coconut ice cream etc)

    dave wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • My struggle is the opposite – how to not be a hassle for the rest of the family who is not on this journey. I hope to set the example and then push for change using myself as an the ‘test dummy’.

      Trevor_K wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • I have the same problems. I have a vegan and a exchange student that just move in. I am juggling cooking two meals.

      Aretha wrote on September 19th, 2011
  4. My struggle this week and over the coming months is the feasts that are, and will continue, to happen over the next few months.

    My plan is to analyze previous similar situations where I have caved, work out what the triggers were and rehearse in my mind my new strategies.

    This weekend it worked. I was hosting a non-primal party and I had to sit there and watch other people eating all these carb-laden foods. I had offered some berries along with all the other stuff and just ate those. I also made the shift from *food* to *connection* as the main part of the event. It was purely a mental shift.

    Alison Golden wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • If you like them, put out some good olives. That’s what I do at parties and they’re always a hit. Last time we hosted we did olives, nuts, berries and veggies for snacks and no one seemed to care there weren’t chips, pretzels, etc.

      The “connection” shift is so true!

      Shannon wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Luv the image and mental switch of “the connection” concept… great take away for me! thanks!

      Michele wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Try carrying stevia. I watched my friend order a delicious bowl of strawberries and shake some stevia on them.. add a bit of cream … and pure heaven.

      Denise wrote on September 19th, 2011
      • The more I read about carbs, processed oils, sugar, etc., the more revolted I become when I see those types of food. From someone who has dieted for over 30 years (since I was 12), this is an unprecedented change of heart. Thinking this way makes it much easier to bypass all the carby, sugary, oily things that once would have controlled me.

        I think this means I’m becoming a fanatic!

        Julie wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • I just think of all the internal proteins they are glycating by those carbs, and wonder…why would anyone want to age and sicken themselves if they knew better? I make “hot chocolate” with unsweetened (undutched) cocoa powder, stevia, and a splash of cream or coconut milk) – better than any “carb”!

      deb b wrote on September 19th, 2011
  5. My struggle this week was that I travelled to Philadelphia to do a race. I was hit with temptations from my home-region (sticky buns, ice cream, pretzels, etc).
    I navigated the minefields of gluten and sticky, sugary buns. However, I did give in and have an ice cream shake.

    My plan for the future? I was disappointed by the flavor of the shake, actually, which will make them easier to avoid in the future.

    Melody wrote on September 19th, 2011
  6. My struggle was working in a day to sprint. It for some reason seems more difficult than lifting. I’m putting it in my calendar right now to ensure it gets done.

    Nick wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Nick, I was also concerned about finding the time to sprint. I had no plans on Sunday, so tested it out. From the time I got up, dressed, drove to track, did workout, drove home and showered, it was only 1 hour total. The sprint workout doesn’t take long (and the track is only 2 minutes away). All in all, definitely doable on the weekend.

      Amy wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Found long ago that I prefer bike sprints. I love spinning and take 2 classes a week – one I go easier in and enjoy the companionship and the other I go all out.

      Melinda wrote on September 20th, 2011
  7. I’ve been struggling with my activity levels since summer has ended. I really want to implement a quick and easy body weight exercise routine at home as opposed to a gym workout.

    My plan is to exactly what i said. Go to the basics and keep it simple!

    Jeffrey Strickland wrote on September 19th, 2011
  8. My struggle this week was coming down sick right on top of a large, pre-planned dinner get together. I gave myself permission to indulge at the dinner, but avoided almost all gluten and grains. I still probably overdid it on the sugars and carbs, and it showed in the scale, but I’m feeling better in terms of illness and ready to get back on the bandwagon.

    For the future, continuing to search out primal options at group get-togethers is key.

    Abby C. wrote on September 19th, 2011
  9. My struggle was my family wanted pizza on Saturday night. I did have a big salad, but I also ate some pizza. To overcome this struggle I went grocery shopping yesterday and got all primal groceries, lots of good meat and veggies!! Last night I made stuffed peppers using grated califlower for rice in the filling.

    hbmcracer wrote on September 19th, 2011
  10. I struggled to navigate a 6 hour flight without dipping into the bags of chips or sugary drinks offered on the flight.

    Liat wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • I overcame the struggle by bringing some good paleo foods, i.e. Jerky, olives to tide me over.

      Liat wrote on September 19th, 2011
  11. Having been somewhat of a Primal eater for a few months, I bout PB and read it quickly and excitedly and jumped in with both feet about two weeks ago (before I knew there would even be a 30-day challenge!) My biggest challenge was surprising to me- sleep. I worked for two weeks at adjusting my mind and life to let myself rest and get a full 8 hours of sleep. It has been revolutionary! For the past three days my sleep schedule has been off and I see how it affects all aspects of my life- from eating to exercise and mood. I am thoroughly sold on letting my body sleep!

    River wrote on September 19th, 2011
  12. EMPTY ENERGY!!! My 1st week struggle was having enough energy. I teach Elementary P.E. and am going all day. Prior to the challenge I was downing 16oz. Monster energy drinks (1-2 a day) and having plenty of soda(3-4 a day). Once those were gone and my higher carb count, my energy levels dropped quit a bit. I still drink coffee, so I made a glass to bring to school and drink it chilled around 1:30 in the afternoon. This still didn’t help much. Over the weekend I felt like I finally had plenty of energy, so I cleaned house, mowed the lawn, and helped a buddy move. Oh yeah, and worked out. I am starting to feel better. I love the primal lifestyle, and on a great note I have lost 6.6 lbs in the first week.

    Jeramy wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Try using coconut milk for “quick energy” it is good in iced coffee. Also, matcha (powder) with coconut milk is great, and maybe a packet of vit/trace minerals. I like electrolyte stamina (an Emergen-c type product).

      deb b wrote on September 19th, 2011
      • Ditto on the matcha … I add it to other herbal teas with great flavor, or add some vanilla or cinnamon or both. I love, love, love the smooth flow of energy it gives me all day. It’s really green! and not cheap, but wonderful stuff. I’ve never tried add coconut milk to it Deb – I’ve give that a try. Sounds yummy.

        Annette wrote on September 21st, 2011
  13. My struggle is that I just started a new desk job and I haven’t been able to get outside during sunny hours for my daily D.

    I think I can get around this by eating my lunch a little quicker, bringing gym shorts, and taking a walk during my break. I just wish I could savor my lunch AND have ample time for sun.

    Funkadelic Flash wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • You can just eat your lunch outside. There’s nothing that says you have to be moving to absorb your daily D. Find a nice place to sit and enjoy your lunch while soaking up your D.

      I trick I’ve also used lately since it’s been so nice out is if I have a meeting with someone, I ask if they want to go meet outside and get some fresh air. I found most folks love the idea and now they have been suggesting it. Outside meets are now a new fad at our office.

      Jennifer wrote on September 19th, 2011
  14. This Primal thing is a struggle for me and my wife, but one that (hopefully) is getting easier as time goes on.

    I’m a city councillor in my city, and there are a lot of events where I have no control over what is served. As someone who enjoys partaking, it’s been tough – and as someone who enjoys a pint or two at the end of the day, it’s hard to pass up a few drinks with friends. It’s become very much about being conscious of what is coming up, what the social schedule says, and trying to decide what is going to be 90 and what is going to be 10 (I’m aiming for 90/10 instead of 80/20).

    To be honest, it’s been a lot harder getting back to primal than it was getting into primal. The hardest part now is KNOWING what is good and what is isn’t – then I live with the knowledge that if I buckle, I’m hurting myself and my health. Maybe that’s a good thing, but it makes the weak moments difficult to bear. But those have become fewer and more far between.

    Struggle number 1 right now is getting in a workout – I have two jobs (and a 3rd ‘job’ that I don’t get paid for, but is equally as important) plus trying to be a dad and husband on top. I think I’m figuring it out, but the workout is generally the thing to fall by the wayside. I’ll keep at it, because I know that’s what’s best for my little guy.

    Siscoe wrote on September 19th, 2011
  15. My hardest thing during this challenge was this past weekend when I had a sports event for 2 days in a row. Typically everybody is always eating after a race, and there are a lot of noodles and baked goods for fuel. I am proud to say that I did not eat any of it (and my only slip-ups, which were still Primal, were to eat some fried rice and some nuts). Looking forward to being 100% Primal this coming week and lessening up on the exercise that I was doing to train for this event.

    sakura_girl wrote on September 19th, 2011
  16. As I mentioned previously my biggest challenge is incorporating fitness as I have some fears to work through about leaving the homestead which can cause some pretty bad panic attacks.

    After posting about this in the forums on my journal however, someone had mentioned hula hooping which I can do in my own back yard! I’ve spent the last few days learning about how to make my own hula hoop and I’m hopefully this will help.

    My second hope is that continuing along with this way of life/eating will help with the panic attacks allowing me more freedom of movement both physically AND mentally. In the mean time, I’ll be in the back yard with my white homemade tube trying to move more then I did yesterday which is more then I can say I’ve done for the last decade.

    Lilyheart wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Hi Lilyheart, one trick I’ve used at home is getting an over the door chin up bar. I got one that easily fits over without any screws. I’m not very good at chin ups yet, but I try a few everyday and feel myself getting stronger. As I walk through the door with the bar I always pause and do a quick pull up or just hang there with my body weight and my abs tensed for a minute.

      Jennifer wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Lilyheart, you could also grab a jump rope and some simple weights. Take up yoga at home, there’s lots of DVDs and online videos. Any calisthenic-style exercises can be done at home: sit-ups, push-ups, squats, what-have-you. Jumping jacks. Burpees.

      A lot of what I do is at home, so don’t despair. Just be sure to keep moving. :)

      Karen P. wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Hi Lilyheart, I am so happy you are checking out the hooping. It is so much fun!

      NorCalGirlDiver wrote on September 19th, 2011
  17. I started back to school and am in class two nights a week. My struggle was coming up with things to eat myself and feed my husband for dinner. I depend on leftovers a lot for breakfasts and lunches, so I ended up with several meals where I really didn’t have anything to eat. I stayed primal, but my meals left something to be desired (beef jerky and a pear, anyone?) I cooked up a batch of chili this weekend and froze it in individual servings to keep us fed for the next couple of weeks. My goal is to cook extra meals each Sunday until I get a good rotation of meals going for school nights. I would love some ideas for additional freezer-worthy primal meals.

    JennF wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • I also like to cook big batches of primal and low-carb foods, then freeze in individual servings.

      I’ve had a lot of luck with chili, bigos (a braised, Polish “hunter’s stew” with sauerkraut, veggies, and tons of meat) and ensalatrada (braised shredded pork shoulder mixed with spicy green salsa). The best thing about these is you can eat them stand-alone, or quickly fabricate some side dishes to go along with them.

      One of my favorite recipes is this mediterannean stuffed eggplant that I make (see: http://getfitkatie.blogspot.com/2011/08/recipe-stuffed-eggplant.html).

      I prepare double or triple of the spiced meat filling, and freeze it in 2 cup portions. Then, I’ll break it out when I want to use it and serve it over fried onions and peppers, or stuffed into tomatoes, eggplant or peppers and baked. I’ve actually used it in a pinch to stuff little mushroom caps for a get together, and it was the hit of the party.

      Kate wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Do you know that MDA has a free download of reader created recipes (good photos, also)? Just do a quick search and it should pop up. A lot of paleo’s rely on the crock pot. I had some nice pastured pork, just threw it in there with some liquid smoke. Planned on “doing something” else to it, but it was fantastic just as it was.

      deb b wrote on September 19th, 2011
  18. My greatest struggle is convenience. I want to grab easy food, which usually isn’t any good. I’m overcoming it by just telling myself to “suck it up, buttercup” while giving myself good planning – like cooking up everything on Sunday, etc.

    M Ward wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Do you live near a Trader Joe’s? Some of their “convenience” foods are perfect: lamb and organic beef that just has to be gently reheated. Sliced real turkey breast, frozen wild salmon at reasonable prices that can be gently poached, even if you haven’t thawed, a chopped salad ( 8 healthy blend, includes lots of cruciferous veggies), etc.

      deb b wrote on September 19th, 2011
  19. My struggle is my social life. A lot of time is spent with friends, either entertaining in my home or going out places. On Friday night I had a movie night and we ordered pizza, and yes, I wanted pizza, but I ate a salad and instead of beer, I had a whiskey on the rocks (Segrams dark honey whiskey, btw? GOOD!). Last night at book club 90% of the stuff I couldn’t eat (chips and hummus, bruschetta on toasted bread, spinach dip, cookies, etc) but I made myself a plate of a couple small chunks of cheese (gouda and blue, yum), had a spoonful of strawberries and the paleo pumpkin pie I brought.

    Honestly though, the hardest part seems to be explaining to people not just what I eat, but WHY I eat what I eat. And if I hear one more time “but whole grains are good for you!!” I’m going to shoot someone ;)

    Rebecca wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • I found it easier to just say I have developed an allergy to Gluten and most grains. People are so brainwashed by CW that mentioning a disease will shut them up… until my friend said but “don’t they have a pill for that”. Oh boy.

      Roxanne wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • I recently hosted a movie night as well. I made sure that the food I served was so tasty that folks didn’t even think “where’s the pizza.” I had hot wings and sweet potato fries and instead of popcorn, I made a big bowl of kale chips.

      Jennifer wrote on September 19th, 2011
  20. My struggle this week? Finding out that I don’t do well even with fruit sugars. Cut out all other sugar, including honey. That wasn’t hard at all, as I have been eating plenty of meat and fat.
    BUT, I tried having LaraBars and dried fruit as snacks a couple of times. I ended up overeating and feeling lousy. Got crabby as well.
    The fix for my problem? Nix the fruit sugars as well and stick with eating what helps me think and feel better.
    :o)

    ~Laura

    thegomezclan wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Laura–I made myself a Larabar-type dessert on the weekend and had to force myself not to eat the whole thing (It was soooo good!). The worst was when I gave the kids a taste and then they wanted more too. Somehow we made it through the weekend with some left over for today.

      Sugar is my biggest struggle. I sell raw, organic honey and it is hard when I get it on my fingers not to want to lick it off! :-)

      Some of my tips to make it through–remember how I felt when I overate sugar (headaches, insomnia, bloated, tired). Also, I pray to the universe to help me through. At moments of desperation, that always seems to help.

      Oh! One last technique if I am at a social event and I really, really want to indulge in the sugar–I simply remove myself to the washroom, close the door and do some deep breathing/praying. Sometimes that reprieve is all I need to strengthen my resolve. Plus no one ever asks why I had to go to the washroom so there is never any awkwardness about providing an answer as to why I’m not eating certain foods. ;-)

      Happycyclegirl wrote on September 19th, 2011
  21. My struggle was to resist the cake and pizza at my daughter’s fifth birthday party. I made a big bowl of broccoli/raisin/bacon salad, and kept my plate full of that to help resist the urge to cheat.

    Jason wrote on September 19th, 2011
  22. Couple of struggles. One is my energy level. I’ve been getting at least eight hours of sleep for a while now — as in several months — but I’m not as energetic as I’d like to be. This struggle kinda plays into my other one: sprints. I like sprinting, but it takes a lot of energy for me to want to sprint.

    I’m going to stick to the sleep schedule in the hopes that getting my diet lined up will eventually help with my energy levels. And as far as sprinting is concerned, I’m going to start slowly, really slowly, and build up.

    HillyRu wrote on September 19th, 2011
  23. My struggle has been sugar; I don’t keep candy in the house because I eat it if it is there. My husband bought some halloween candy and was eating it in front of me. So I’m going to have a talk with him tonight because my self control is poor and right now I just can’t have it around me.

    Jen wrote on September 19th, 2011
  24. It’s a tie between my social calendar and self control. Socially, the temptation is refined carbohydrates and alcohol.

    Even at home though, it is knowing when to stop eating, even Primal foods!

    James wrote on September 19th, 2011
  25. For me the struggle has been overdoing dairy and not having enough veggies. It’s been easy to fill up on yogurt, whipped cream, and fried cheese, but I was seriously lacking energy. So I got a cart full of leafy greens and no dairy at the grocery store yesterday! I’m already feeling better.

    Mary Ashley wrote on September 19th, 2011
  26. My struggle this week has been resisting the desserts that were left over from my wedding. Grandma’s amazing cookies are there staring me in the face. Delicious gluten/sugar bombs that can easily derail me.

    Jacob wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • First, Congratulations Jacob! Now, take grandma’s cookies to work and leave them in the break room without looking back. This way you won’t feel guilty for throwing them out and your co-workers think you’re being a nice guy, when you’re just trying to get rid of temptation!. :)

      Jennifer wrote on September 19th, 2011
  27. My biggest challenge this past week has been making sure to keep the menu interesting. I have been eating 95-100% paleo for about 6 weeks now, and I am finding myself in a rut of eating meat and a green vegetable every dinner. The kids are really starting to get bored.

    Robin wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Have you tried paleo pizza? There is a really good recipe out there for cauliflower crust pizza (google it). This fools even my highly suspicious daughter!

      Also, my family really likes stir fry and thai coconut curry. They are good for you, and definitely paleo.

      I have two recipes I created that are pretty good (Chinese Stir Fry: http://getfitkatie.blogspot.com/2011/08/recipe-chinese-stir-fry.html and Cashew Chicken: http://getfitkatie.blogspot.com/2011/08/recipe-cashew-chicken.html ).

      Kaet wrote on September 19th, 2011
      • Try Meatza…just google it.

        Dennis wrote on September 20th, 2011
    • Sarah Fragosa, who writes the blog Everyday Paleo, just came out with a great paleo cookbook specifically for families. My kids have loved everything I’ve made … from curries and stews to egg muffins. Chekc out her blog and then order the book if you need more inspiration for cooking paleo with kids.

      Cathy wrote on September 19th, 2011
  28. At the very moment I am fighting the urge to snack at work even though I am not at all hungry! I think my “hunger” stems from boredom (my job is super tedious), so I’m working on some ways to get over it! I am thinking maybe drinking some tea will give my mouth something to be preoccupied with…we’ll see how it goes!!

    Kelsey wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • I have this problem, too. I wish I had found a way to overcome it, but it’s actually gotten worse now that I’ve eliminated sodas. I’m making sure to have jerky around for snacking, and then I’m trying to drink as much water as possible, but it’s still hard some times.

      Virginia wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • I have a similar issue with my office, especially since people bring in baking and snacks so often. I keep 2-3 half litre bottles of water in the fridge and a selection of fruit juices in smaller containers. Mix in a few tablespoons of flavourful juice for every bottle and keep sipping all day long, it keeps me full and hydrates me before the gym after work.

      Jasmine wrote on September 20th, 2011
  29. I went to a warrior dash this past weekend, but it was with a group of friends who are SAD eaters…. the big carb-fest breakfast was hard to resist.

    Nicole wrote on September 19th, 2011
  30. My struggle, thus far, has been an occasional craving for a soda. It’s not the caffeine–I broke that habit within the first week (I started my personal challenge a couple of weeks earlier than the “official” one–but just the taste of something besides water. I’ve done relatively well; putting my water in a glass with crushed ice seems to have some kind of psychological effect on how I perceive the taste. But I’ve resorted to a few Zevias (stevia-sweetened sodas) and more mainstream brand diet sodas.

    Mike wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • I found some products made by True Citrus called True Orange, True Lemon and True Lime. Small packet of powder with 0 carbs, cals, prot or fat, and completely unsweetened, really helps take the boring out of a glass of water.

      Dennis wrote on September 19th, 2011
      • I second that. I love True Lemon and True Lime! Great products. I haven’t used True Orange yet.

        Kate wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Mike, I had the same battle. What helps me was switching to carbonated water and tossing in something to flavor it. A slice of lemon or lime or a few berries and a bit of mint. The bubbles fool my mouth that it’s getting soda.

      Jennifer wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Have you tried club soda with lemon or lime juice in it? That is what I used to break me of my Rockstar habit.

      David Stevens wrote on September 19th, 2011
  31. My struggle this week was actually the kindness of my family. My aunt had a dinner party for me, my fiance, and some other close family members. The dinner was totally primal! swordfish, leeks, brussel sprout salad… but, she made a berry ginger cobbler for dessert, and out of her love for me, she made a “gluten-free” one specially for me. So I ate it. It was delicious, but had sugar and white rice flour in it. Not the worst paleo sin ever, but there was no way to refuse such a kind and thoughtful act.

    Nikki Orth wrote on September 19th, 2011
  32. My struggle is the fact that I learned to cook from my grandma, And while Bacon and Eggs for breakfast were great, its the homemade apple pies, and Chicken and dumplings that are hard to give up!

    Dirk wrote on September 19th, 2011
  33. My struggle has been the sweet cravings! I’ve always had a sweet tooth, but it’s been a lot worse this week since finally giving up the grains completely!

    Christy wrote on September 19th, 2011
  34. Breakfast! I’m doing great with all of my other meals and snacks. I’m doing good with my movement (exercise and play) as well as with sun exposure. I’m even starting to see an improvement in my sleep, which has been a lifelong issue for me — my insomnia started when I was 13 or so.

    But breakfast, man. I’m still having trouble getting myself up early enough to cook breakfast, and I often don’t take the time to eat until I’m at my office (I leave the house around 6:15 every morning, and arrive at work around 7:15). My habit for breakfast at work has been quick oatmeal with dried fruit & peanut butter mixed in.

    Desperate for something I didn’t have to cook in the morning, last night I put together a spinach salad with hardboiled eggs and crumbled bacon. I’m missing the morning oatmeal — it’s become something of a comfort food — but I’m hoping I’ll find more time this week for experimentation with breakfast foods.

    Maggi wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • Maggi, I really like to mix up a smoothy when cooking doesn’t do it. I love using 100% whey pwdr, unsweetened almond milk, a dollop of heavy cream, cinamon and freshly grated nutmeg along with 1/4 large avocado…oh, and crushed ice. Wow, I make it right up to lunch time with that tasty, smooth drink.

      Mary wrote on September 19th, 2011
  35. I had a minor stumble this weekend….a wedding that was out of town. I stayed in a cabin with 8 other people and making a primal menu with other people that did not eat this way was difficult. BUT now I am back home and re-setting!

    wendy wrote on September 19th, 2011
  36. My struggle has been dinner time. I make it all day steering clear of grains and then comes dinner. We are a family of four and I try and get us sitting down at the dinner table together most days of the week. I think growing up in the midwest has ingrained (ha ha) my brain with the thought that our dinner meal is incomplete without bread or potato. Last week potatoes, corn, and legumes found their way into the meals. This week I have sat down and went searching for new recipes, I am going to stop making our old recipes sans grains and go with something completely new. Meals not centered around what I am trying to avoid.

    Heather A wrote on September 19th, 2011
  37. My struggle(s) the past 7 days were: my daughter’s 16th birthday and a night out with friends. The birthday celebration involved a couple of meals out (I did avoid the bun on my hamburger but had to eat the fries!) and a chocolate mousse cake (made from scratch and I will NEVER have the willpower to say no to that!). On our night out with friends, I somehow ended up with bread on my plate and ate it without much thought … then we went back to their house and had cheesecake (didn’t want to offend by saying no). My plan for the future is to be more committed to my primal ways and stay away from fries, bread & cheesecake (should be easy if I remember how I felt after eating them -ugh!

    Vicki wrote on September 19th, 2011
  38. One of my goals for the 30-day challenge was to get 8 hrs of sleep at night. I’ve always had it as one of my top priorities to get enough sleep every day, but lately it’s been so busy with work, family, garden, etc.
    Ironically enough, this past week has been absolutely crazy at work and I’ve taken up some additional responsibilities within my community. I’m spreading myself thin and can’t seem to get even 6 hrs of solid slip in a 24-hr. Because of additional stress, it seems like by the time I do get to bed, I’m so wound up that I can’t relax and stop my mind from wondering.

    chocolatechip69 wrote on September 19th, 2011
  39. My struggle this past week has been being very hungry and finding that I hadn’t brought enough food to work for the day. I want to avoid snacking out of the office junk food store downstairs. I did avoid the junk this past week but was uncomfortable. However, I spent the weekend preparing filling goat stew to bring for lunch and homemade grassfed beef jerky for a snack! This week should be better.

    Triwolf wrote on September 19th, 2011
  40. My challenge is staying active this week… I damaged my achilles tendon last weekend and walking and biking have become very difficult (wheelchair or boot & crutches), which means I have to swim and stand.

    Action plan is to go to the YMCA in the morning AND evening to go swim and to stand more at the office. So easy to use injury as an excuse to do nothing….. but sitting ALL day is NOT primal :)

    Kate wrote on September 19th, 2011

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