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  • Originally posted by Primal Cilla for life View Post
    Jacqui,
    I'm with you I had an initial good burst of wgt loss and inch loss but everything has slowed down now. I just keep remembering that i have tried everything else and that I know that CW doesn't work for me. I know I have got a lot of the primal things right but I wasn't consistently lifting heavy things or sprinting often. So I'm just trying to get the whole lifestyle together. I just keep thinking it isn't a matter of if I lose the fat but a matter of when! I also feel great. Cilla
    you are right, i feel i am on the right path, there is no going back to CW, that is why even if my weight is going down slowly, i haven't gone back to sugar, i just believe i will be OK. let's keep the support

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    • Hi All,

      I have finally picked up my copy of Primal Blueprint yesterday after a long time lurking on Marks Daily Apple!!

      Been struggling with CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndromes) for years, a blood test two years ago showed that I have developed high sensitivity to various foods (mainly veggies...) and yeast intolerance. The test ended my life of vegetarian, I removed bread and pasta from my diet, together with eating meat again, CFS has been slightly improved but I have since put on weight and now it's plateaued at 60kg.

      The fact that carbo-loading depleted my energy and gave me run (non pun-intended) in the past running events, I tried to reduce my carb intake to 5g/ kg bodyweight while training for triathlon, conventional nutrition ADVISES endurance athletes to consume 5-10g/ kg bodyweight a day to prevent glycogen depletion. Despite the cut on carbohydrates, I saw no improvement with neither CFS nor sports performance.... Then I came across Tim Noakes' evolutionary dietary change.

      I was skeptical at first, because he's consuming merely 30g carbs a day! Anyway, I further reduced my carb intake to about 200g a day, was reluctant to give up my museli breakfast! I had a few light-headed and sugar craving moments, plus I didn't know that 150-200g carbs a day (some days over 200g) was still a lot so the dietary change didn't stick.

      When I was STILL eating a lot of rice cakes 2 weeks ago, I decided to go cold turkey altogether in order to lose a few kgs for the upcoming running and triathlon events. It's been 10 days since I went 'semi-primal', eating about 100-150g carbs a day, mainly from skim milk (I'm allergic to cream and full fat milk) and soup. The most noticeable changes are a flatter stomach and improved gas issue. Now that I know I should target 50-100g carbs to burn fat, it would be interesting to see how I break plateau with a new lifestyle that started today.

      Joey

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      • Originally posted by Bubsy_brown View Post
        Hey Primal world.

        My name is Garvin. I am really loving the primal community gathered in Marks site. I have being adopting the worlds oldest diet for 3 weeks I know it works because it "just feels right".......I am reading reading reading all things related to real food. However, I am experiencing some trouble in getting to sleep at night. I have being reading the importance of sleep, the negative effects of a poor sleeping pattern has on the body. . But God do I find it hard to sleep......Any HELP???
        Hey Garvin, I am only on my 7th day, but I noticed I had some sleeping problems for a few days as well, I think it was because I am getting newfound energy from the diet, but have not yet reduced the amount of stimulants I used to need to get through the day (caffeine, and some medication I am on) once my energy becomes consistent I am going to try and do a slow reduction of stimulants, as well, I haven't been doing enough of the primal exercise to burn some of that energy and I am hoping that will help to. I am also experiencing the "just feels right" thing. Kinda awesome right?

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        • My energy level is up, I'm sleeping better, and I'm no longer ravenously hungry all the time. The weight is just melting off!!

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          • health and fitness
            health is most important to the people in their life..good heath habit is wont to the good life.i think is very good idea to live in long time.

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            • Just wanna say Hi to everyone! A Newbie from Philippines hoping to be feel free in this forum. Thanks!

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              • hello all...i'm 12 days in and have given up grains completely...but not sugar. I have fruit (maybe one or two servings per day, some days none) and every night I have a small scoop of ice cream. Other than that, everything else is primal...breakfast is a primal omelette, lunch a primal salad, dinner is chicken or salmon with vegetables. I excercise 3x per week, about 30 minutes on the elliptical. It's a start! I'm 5'4" and 138. I feel great but I'm not losing an ounce...in fact I've gained a pound or two! Any suggestions?

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                • Hi ocnorthampton! Nice to see you, I'm new myself.

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                  • Wish i'd found this type of lifestyle and forum earlier in my life
                    Would have been an urban grok right now
                    Yet - at 24 - it's not late, it's actually NEVER too late for a good change....the right change!
                    Thanks, Alex
                    "...Primal or not primal - that is the question!"

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                    Starting weight 85kg, 22% bodyfat (December 2012)
                    Current weight 78kg, 15% bodyfat (March 2013)
                    Desired weight 83-84kg , 7-8% bodyfat (May 2014 or sooner)

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                    • Originally posted by alicat1125 View Post
                      hello all...i'm 12 days in and have given up grains completely...but not sugar. I have fruit (maybe one or two servings per day, some days none) and every night I have a small scoop of ice cream. Other than that, everything else is primal...breakfast is a primal omelette, lunch a primal salad, dinner is chicken or salmon with vegetables. I excercise 3x per week, about 30 minutes on the elliptical. It's a start! I'm 5'4" and 138. I feel great but I'm not losing an ounce...in fact I've gained a pound or two! Any suggestions?
                      Ditch the ice cream - i think fruits are in the "allowed" zone, as long as you don't over-eat them!
                      Also - elliptical isn't a bad form of exercise - try doing it backwards, it's a better form of exercise. Also give a chance to some squats and push-ups and whatever works for you - for the start! Bodyweight training are a great form of cheap exercise (eg : not needing to buy equipment or going to the gym) - even Mark endorses these!
                      Good luck and ... just ditch the ice cream, replace it with a primal smoothie that you can freeze and enjoy AS ice-cream
                      "...Primal or not primal - that is the question!"

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                      Starting weight 85kg, 22% bodyfat (December 2012)
                      Current weight 78kg, 15% bodyfat (March 2013)
                      Desired weight 83-84kg , 7-8% bodyfat (May 2014 or sooner)

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                      • have been looking for a source for duck eggs for a long time. hope to see you soon

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                        • .the right change!

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                          • Hello everyone. Yet another newbie here. Very excited to start my journey with this clean living lifestyle. Hopefully I get to know you guys over time.
                            "It's true, you are a good woman. Then again, you may be the antichrist."

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                            • The Questions:


                              Your location: USA

                              Age (If you want): Over 60

                              How Primal are you: All the way

                              Do you consume dairy: No

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: I lost muscle due to aging and going vegan

                              Favorite exercise: walking, strength training

                              Favorite Primal food: Strawberry, pecan, chicken salad

                              Best part about being Primal: I feel great and have more strength

                              Worst part about being Primal: It's hard to find grass fed and/or wild meat

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                              • Just joined! Love the forums Mark! Kudos on the idea for creating this!

                                Cheers!

                                Brian Nametko

                                Brian Nametko - Seeking Alpha

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