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  • Hello all! I am new to this forum and was highly considering going primal, enough to research it quite a bit, make a grocery lost and make 5 days so far of a meal plan. Then I read the newbie forum post that talks about carb flu. Then I read that going primal may elevate my bp. Oh geez. Here's my backstory, I'll try to keep it short ad possible.
    I'm 37, mom of 3. I always had a great metabolism and was very thin until I had kids at 24. I still easily lost most of the weight and was a healthy weight and quite active until 2007 when I herniated a disc shoveling snow. It took only 3 months before the disc was so degenerated that there was barely 10% remaining and I had to have it removed and my back fused (L5/S1.) I had a recovery which is normal for that surgery, 1 month of bed rest, 3 months using a walker, 5 months in a back brace. I gained 50 lbs in the 8 months from when I hurt my back through when it was healed enough for me to be back to normal daily living. I do now have degenerative disc disease, and am not allowed to shovel, mow the lawn, or life over 10lbs for the rest of my life! :/ recently my neck discs began a quick degeneration and I have an upcoming MRI to see where they are at this week
    In 2008 I began to get extremely depressed and over the last 6 years I have now been hospitalized in a mental health care facility 8 times, tried most every natural (yes Zija, essential oils, the works) and then prescribed depression med that I could find. I even had ECT shock therapy in 2011. Diagnoses are Major Depression, Severe, Recurrent, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and PTSD.My blood pressure has risen so that I am on a med for that, my thyroid whacked out and I was diagnosed with Graves Disease, I developed a bleeding ulcer for which I take a med for, and I am still 50lbs overweight. I am now a large, 6 foot tall woman, who is depressed and ill. I have no found any doctors who have been able to really help, although I currently see a therapist weekly, a physical therapist bi-weekly, and my psychiatrist bi-monthly. I add that I am 6 feet tall because I have always had a horrible self-image, but am extremely frustrated feeling like shorter larger women look way more proportionate that tall ones. I feel like a beast. So anyway...
    I have never really dieted. My mental health is my foremost concern and even considering continuing calories or not eating when I am hungry just stresses the hell outta me. I have been able to maintain my weight and not gain more, so I keep thinking if I could just lose this weight and then eat like I am now I would be ok. Who knows. I can tell you I would NOT be ok to feel flu-like for 2 weeks to 2 months of transitioning to this new way of life. I couldn't. I am not being light about that, but seriously just being in pain daily often makes me suicidal which is horrid. And my latest BPs have been 169/135 147/124 145/119 and that was just six days ago at the doctor's office, while on my BP meds. I CANNOT do anything that would raise my bp more.
    Is there anything that I can do to try this without feeling like total crap? I would love to be a healthy size again.
    If it helps at all, I already stay away from caffeine completely, I hate all sodas and only drink water, and I don't have a sweet tooth or like chocolate. I do like carbs and that is my problem I am sure.
    Thanks.
    Last edited by Danzaroonj; 09-01-2014, 03:29 PM.

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    • i want to start eating primal ive got lpr and hiatus before and done a nissen fundoplication im a profesional athlete but lpr still kicks in even with fundo and gets me worse im desperate need to start training again lpr kicks in almoust no matter what i eat and i need t oturn to paleo can i have some advice tx.

      also seem to have allergies and sort of esophageal spasms dr cant help me at all !!

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      • Me too


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        • Interesting about the esophageal spasms. I just found out i have the same. I'm a newbie out of Fresno, Ca. I am really interested in meeting up with likeminded in the area to get I some occasional sprints, get out and play. Maybe a short hike here and there. Whole Foods is offering a paleo cooking class saturday oct 4th from noon to 2pm. I'm looking forward to it. $26 a seat. Well if anyone the general area would to meet up there or like to start a meet up group let me know. Ciao for now, Carri

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          • Thanks bro for the helpful info. I came across some great Paleo Cookbooks at www.paleodietbible.com

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            • Tonya


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              • New to all this and taking baby steps, grains had to go first, sugar & dairy gone. Things like almond milk and sugar free gum are still mild staples but those are soon to get the boot as well. I am seeking what works best for my body as I spend an adequate amt. of time in the gym. Love to lift, that is my passion!


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                • Newbies Start Here: Primer to the Primal Blueprint Lifestyle

                  My name is Tricia and this is how I started.

                  My best friend from PR sent me primal blueprint in June. I slacked and didn't actually read it till August. I wish I would've in June...why you ask? Because I have never felt better! I'm turning 40 on 12/15 and have never felt so good! My skin is clear and my mood is so good I surprise myself! I love that I get to try new Vegies all the time! I've shrunk, my clothes fit again and did I mention I look great in my jeans again! This is not a diet it's a lifestyle change and one to be embraced! I'm looking to do the whole 30 in January. Today I cheated and so crappy that the crap food I had/use to have actually makes me ill! I love my paleo/primal. My husbands diabetes is easily controlled now and my 20 year old loves all the foods! Thank you Mark!!


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                  • Hi everyone, this is my first post as I just registered

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                    • Welcome aboard!!
                      Began Primal Living: 25 Sep 2012
                      Starting Weight: 82kg (180 lbs) - Lost 30 lbs since going Primal!

                      "I do not eat enough carbs to justify eating low-fat."
                      "Have some bread with your bread, pasta, bread, and HFCS." - Unicorn
                      "I also walk my dog twice a day now instead of paying someone else to do it." - IronGirl
                      "Tell me you're not weak minded enough to be outsmarted by a donut?" - not on the rug


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                      • Today is Day 1. In all honesty I know more about PB lifestyle than I do about posting on Forums and many things technical. I want to be a part of the online community this time around. There is a post somewhere in cyberspace from yesterday that lets you know I lost my Primal compass over a year ago. I want to stick with it so I am going to do things differently this time and be a part of PB community. I think my biggest challenge over the next 21 Days will be to stay connected.

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                        • Originally posted by Aine Vend View Post
                          Today is Day 1. In all honesty I know more about PB lifestyle than I do about posting on Forums and many things technical. I want to be a part of the online community this time around. There is a post somewhere in cyberspace from yesterday that lets you know I lost my Primal compass over a year ago. I want to stick with it so I am going to do things differently this time and be a part of PB community. I think my biggest challenge over the next 21 Days will be to stay connected.
                          Glad you're back to primal. Jump in anywhere.
                          Stop by to visit at http://primalways.net
                          Old Paths ... New Journeys

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                          • Hi

                            Is any one have problems sign ing to the app
                            For the free 21 day challenge????
                            Thank you
                            Mary


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                            • Hi I am new and I'm rubbish at forums. I think I've already offended regulars by mentioning the aitkins diet! Any way I'm not up to speed with the diet but I will help you stay connected if you help me with the all the dos and donuts of pb. I am on day 3, I'm not hungry but I do feel rough. I am unable to get exercising this week maybe next week too. Two small children and a job leaving not a lot of time for the gym at moment. Will that affect my weight loss progress? And are you doing the diet for weight loss too.


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                              • Gemma, you may be a kindred spirit. I don't know the difference in the reply types, where do the stars by threads come from, what do they mean?, Go advanced, and so on, LOL. I'm kind of a dinosaur but I'm willing to learn. The rough feeling may be carb flu, you can search it on the blog site. I hope to stay primal for life. I've been stopping and starting over the past few years. I'm committed this time though, progress not perfection but I want to move upstream at a continuous pace, no back pedaling.

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