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19 Sep

Contest: Share Your Struggle

The 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. My goal was to NOT eat when I’m NOT hungry. Last night was bad for me, I was tired, lazy and bored and I gobbled up a bunch of nuts and cheese for all the wrong reasons. Boo!

    MolliCule wrote on September 19th, 2011
  2. My struggle has been dealing with dinner parties and or events in which I did not get to cook my meal. I don’t want to upset anyone by not eating the food provided. In response, I think I have to do more research to determine ahead of time what I can consume in these situations.

    Brett wrote on September 19th, 2011
  3. I’ve been primal for about six and a half months now. I’ve written down everything that goes in my mouth. I have logs with my weight, measurements and blood pressure. I have logs of my training times, weights, distance, etc. ad nauseum. Sounds obsessive?
    This past week, I’ve been working on STOP and PLAY. Sometimes I cave and write things down again, but I also laugh.

    rose wrote on September 19th, 2011
  4. It’s quite challenging to keep a balance between O-6 and O-3 fats while at school, even with fish oil supplementation. Virtually everything is coated, cooked, or fried with a vegetable oil. Over time I have phased out putting anything onto my salad. That’s right, I eat greens like grok ate greens: raw and dry.

    Luke wrote on September 19th, 2011
  5. I really struggle with pattern recognition, especially when it comes to what I eat. A second set of eyes viewing my nutrition and lifestyle logs really helps me find patterns, because on my own, I kind of stink at it.

    Anne wrote on September 19th, 2011
  6. By far the hardest thing for me is keep my calories up. I am slightly addicted to the gym and have an incredibly fast metabolism. I used to eat brown rice, oatmeal, etc as an easy source of quick calories. It’s been tough adjusting to get the proper caloric intake that my body demands.

    Andrew wrote on September 19th, 2011
  7. Pizza, Pizza. My boys are on soccer teams, and the team mother are always having get togethers. If I don’t eat beforehand, Down goes one or 2 slices.

    And during a football game. A beer just seem right compared to red wine, or water.

    Other than that, at home and at restaurants, its all meat, salads and vegetables.

    I have lost my taste for cake, and cookies.

    Steve wrote on September 19th, 2011
  8. My struggle has been birthday parties that my son has been invited to. I gave in and had cake yesterday. Big mistake. Cake led to Chex mix which led to oatmeal and I woke up this morning with the runs and nauseous.

    This morning I am back full force on Primal and will remember the way I feel right now next time I’m faced with a temptation.

    Susan M. wrote on September 19th, 2011
  9. My struggle is going to happen this friday. A welcome to our company pizza lunch. I guess I’ll just bring my own? The pizza will not be the problem as much as the invitation it will create to question my current ‘diet’. I hate being the center of attention, much less when the focus is on my body composition.

    Kelli wrote on September 19th, 2011
  10. My biggest struggle so far has been undoing the damage that was done to diet, exercise, and sleep after my wife’s GYNECOLOGIST(!) told her this was a silly fad diet and we should both stop it at once. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up!

    Dave wrote on September 19th, 2011
  11. My issue is low energy and headaches. I consume about 50 g of carbs each day in the form of veggies, nuts, and berries, yet I still feel so sluggish. I supplement with potassium, so I don’t think that’s the issue. I have no more low blood-sugar shakiness, which is awesome. But I still envy those of you who say you have endless stores of energy…

    Amy wrote on September 19th, 2011
  12. My struggle was a business meal that was provided for me and the only options were sandwiches! I dissected it and ate the insides.

    Alison wrote on September 19th, 2011
  13. I think the biggest struggle was going to a restaurant with friends. You want to eat primal but you don’t want to be “that guy” that ask for a bunch of substitutions that ends up confusing the waiter.

    Also giving up the soda was/is difficult. I thought it was just the caffeine but I think it is something more psychological than that. I can’t remember a day in the last few years where I didn’t have a soda at least once.

    Clent wrote on September 19th, 2011
  14. As others have mentioned, I struggle to get in enough sleep every night. I really feel that this is one of the most important aspects of Primal life because most Americans know we need to eat and exercise better, but we often overlook our poor sleep habits. I plan to be strict this week and get to bed by 10:30 or so to see if I can get myself on a better schedule that I can maintain indefinitely. I think avoiding my late night TV and Internet Surfing should help greatly with this :)

    Chase wrote on September 19th, 2011
  15. My goal this month is to eat primally 80% of the time. This weekend I did not eat primally at all. ): and I think I have come to the conclusion that it is because I don’t handle cheat days well. I eat some junk, then the next day I think..”well, it didnt affect me THAT much…” cravings come back, I get upset, feel guilty, think the day is ruined, so then I say to myself, “I will start tomorrow!” And tomorrow turns into next week, etc. All-or-nothing, Downward spiral. I am back on track as of today though!

    hrw wrote on September 19th, 2011
  16. I could go the rest of my life without bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc… Sadly, it’s the sweets I’m having a hard time with. Keeping them out of the house is one thing, but dessert is brought to every function, OCF meeting, etc… and they’re so hard to resist! I caved last week; fingers crossed this week is better!

    Alex wrote on September 19th, 2011
  17. Eating in hasn’t been too hard, but eating out for the first time last weekend was a nightmare. I had to modify what was on the menu, and then send it back because it still wasn’t something I could eat. The meal was OK, but what’s the point of eating out if it’s just OK? I think I’ll be avoiding restaurants from now on.

    Julie wrote on September 19th, 2011
  18. My struggle has been mostly at work. People bring cookies, cakes, doughnuts, pastry… the CEO even brought bread from a local bakery in one day! Ugh! I feel like while I am at work I am surrounded by temptation. The girls at work keep saying that I eat all the healthy boring stuff and then give me crap about my changes. When I am at work is when I feel the most weakness!

    Katy wrote on September 19th, 2011
  19. My family and I are undertaking this challenge. And as the instigator .. ahem .. guy who got us going on it, things are falling to me to lead 4 folks through this including my 15 year old son and 61 year old mom. So this week was tough, explaining the workouts to all and demoing them as best I could. Tues was out assessment day and I felt like I dropped the ball there instead of making that a full workout, we just did the assessment. So I think getting everyone together for activity has been the most challenging thing. I dodge quite a few arrows on eating this week so actually that went well! But it’s ALL worth it. 80/20 rule for the win, don’t stress out about things and just keep moving forward!

    Rob Horton wrote on September 19th, 2011
  20. My struggle is packing primal snacks for when I work. It is hard not to look longingly at the day old pastry bin. My plan is to make sure I have jerky, nuts or some left overs so I can munch on them and feel satisfied at work.

    Sofie wrote on September 19th, 2011
  21. My biggest struggle is that I live alone and there’s no one for me to answer to if I decide that “just this once” (which always turns into more) I can eat a non-primal food item. 80/20 turns into 60/40 or worse. When I had a roommate, she could hold me accountable. Now it’s just me. My goal is to write everything down this week to try to stay accountable to myself.

    Holly wrote on September 19th, 2011
  22. My biggest struggle is beer, I am a huge craft beer afficionado, and I normally watch the game with my other craft beer drinking friends. I brought a bottle of red wine, and drank a couple glasses yesterday during football, but it was difficult to resist the tasty beers and good natured jesting of my friends. I will try to limit my exposure to these tempting situations!

    aaron kirsch wrote on September 19th, 2011
  23. My struggle is peaches! We are up to our eyeballs in peaches. With all the picking, drying, and canning it is hard to stay away.

    My plan is to make sure I have enough fat in my diet so I don’t feel hungry.

    Bobbi wrote on September 19th, 2011
  24. The first 3 days went perfectly and then on Thursday I went to lunch with a co-worker. We go chinese food and while it had rice I thought it wouldn’t be too bad but after walking home I had a severe hypoglycemic attack. I wound up eating all the junk I hadn’t gotten around to clearing out yet. The weekend wasn’t perfect but was more or less on track. I am going to do two things: 1) make better lunch choices and have a good afternoon snack and 2) clean out the kitchen of all the stuff I no longer want in my diet.

    Ranlome wrote on September 19th, 2011
  25. Oh man, perfect timing for this contest! This week I realized how strong my sugar craving is. I am ok when there are no sweets around, but when they are presented to me it only takes a bite for me to become a sugar gorging monster. I had a week of work events at nice restaurants. Those desserts looked too good to pass up :). I felt the difference in my body afterward. How do I plan on overcoming this craving?… I need to cut the feelings off at the pass and associate sweet spikes with the bloaty, unfocused crash that happens afterward. There was a nice article on the radio yesterday on strengthening will power and the effect of glucose on diet willpower: . Maybe there’s something there. Also, I did not make a PBF workout schedule for my week. I would like to gain some structure for my weekly activity and maintain it for the remainder of the challenge (and beyond). The main issue is I am not getting enough heavy lifting in my week.

    Reid wrote on September 19th, 2011
  26. My struggle is attempting to transition to a primal lifestyle while simultaneously figuring out my food allergies. I’ve been eliminating and testing foods for a few months already (and I have several months to go), and it’s hard to give up inexpensive beans-and-rice for more primal alternatives when there’s not much money to go around, and primal staples like eggs and beef are off the table anyway.

    My solution? I’m open to ideas, but so far my plan is to address the allergies first: at this moment getting that figured out and preventing new allergies from developing is more pressing than taking care of long-term concerns like the result of a steady CW diet, though I hope to get to that in due course. But in the meantime, I can certainly work on other aspects of my life: getting sunlight during the day and darkness at night, taking long walks (I don’t have enough food to support more strenuous exercise), making sure I have time for “play” (and paying attention to what activities do feel like play), squatting to poop, etc.

    Grok on,

    Owen wrote on September 19th, 2011
  27. My struggle is sweetening my coffee in the morning… I am working on lessening the amount of sugar I use and finding an alternative to sugar in the raw which I currently use. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Lauren W. wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • I had the same problem. I found coconut milk creamer which they have in french vanilla and hazlenut flavors. Makes my coffee sweet and i don’t need sugar. There is some carbs in it but not nearly as bad as sugar.

      Karen wrote on September 19th, 2011
  28. Cheese glorious cheese! That’s my issue. I just love the kerrygold cheese with a glass of wine at dinnertime. My plan is to finish up my remaining small hunk of it and not even go near it in the store next time!

    Ernie wrote on September 19th, 2011
  29. My company, Terumo, was celebrating its 90th birthday today which included brunch.

    I bypassed the juice and grain infused egg concoction and simply ate the meat and cheese off the mini bagles.

    I succeeded even though my associates were looking at my plate leavings in an odd way. I thought one would actually grab the mini bagels that were barren.


    Pam wrote on September 19th, 2011
  30. My struggle is diary. I can’t seem to cut out the cheese but I am eating less. The way I am overcoming is just to be aware I am eating it. Once I realized how much dairy i was eating, it was easier to make substitutes and cut some out.

    Kate N. wrote on September 19th, 2011
  31. My struggle has been trying to keep it primal, interesting, and local/regional, as a rather picky pescatarian. Been eating a lot of eggs (which I love!), but I’m going to try branching out with a new kind of fish or two. Even though I might not like them, I’ll never know if I don’t try, right?

    Julie wrote on September 19th, 2011
  32. Cookis. There were a big plate full of them at church and i Was not able to resist.

    Karen wrote on September 19th, 2011
  33. I’m trying to eat less overall. Although I’m eating primally, I like meat (a lot) and sometimes I eat way too much cause it’s there. Just cause it’s Primal doesn’t mean total calories don’t come into play!

    Ryan wrote on September 19th, 2011
  34. Struggle: sleep. I can’t get to bed on time. I just have too much to do, balancing work, family, and “me” time. As early as I have to get up in the morning, it’s a struggle for me to go to bed at a correspondingly decent hour.

    Fix: something needs to come off my plate. My first choice would be work, but I suspect it’s going to have to be “me” time, which will drive me nuts. Guess that’s why it’s called a “challenge.”

    Another struggle for me is weekend eating. Disrupted routine means disrupted eating habits, and I end up snacking too much on the wrong stuff (fruit). Possible solution: fast all weekend… 😉

    Kyle wrote on September 19th, 2011
  35. My struggle is, as always, my wife. She is the little voice on my shoulder saying “Will you please eat this (hot dog/ice cream/etc.) with me today and have a cheat, and then we will be good starting tomorrow.” When I say know she is so hurt and disappointed that I often give in anyway.

    My current plan is just to remind her that I am trying to be as clean as possible for 30 days. After that, though… might need some suggestions.

    Kris wrote on September 19th, 2011
  36. My struggle is always with tired and stress eating. Always at night. I’m working on this by not watching tv at night and putting my ass to bed ASAP. I have had some success. But I’m going all in this week. Absolutely no eating after dinner. If I am tired I am going to bed.

    Courtney wrote on September 19th, 2011
  37. This last week was the start of my “birthday season,” as my husband refers to it, with a string of different events and celebrations, all involving food and drink. I’ve been able to make good primal choices with the food on offer, but oh that champagne…

    Marianne wrote on September 19th, 2011
  38. My biggest struggle was a deep depression on the first three afternoons on the program. I felt normal in the mornings and evenings but 1-4 was tough.

    My body has seemed to adjust this hasn’t been a problem over the weekend.

    Craig wrote on September 19th, 2011
  39. I had two struggles-drinking my calories still proves difficult to overcome and my DH lost his job which made my stress levels zing through the roof leading to wanting to stress eat and wonder over if I would be able to eat like this after all since money is nonexistent. I’m drinking water every time I get up as a rule of thumb to keep me hydrated and I am going to keep eating this way untilw e literally run out of food plus we are applying for foodstamps tomorrow. Scary times.

    Dawn wrote on September 19th, 2011
  40. I wanted to get up early before work and do my PBF workouts. I have been having trouble getting up early enough to complete these before I have to leave for work. I am going to try to get to bed an hour or two earlier at night and see if that helps me get the energy to wake up early enough to knock out the workouts.

    Justin wrote on September 19th, 2011

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