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  • 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???

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    • How do I start a new thread ? I have some questions!!

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      • How do I post a new thread...?? I'm new to this site and forums in general and I can't figure out how to do it!!

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        • Wow, impressive... one question, Are you eating dairy??

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          • Cisco-kid - - Im new to, not sure how and who we direct questions to!

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            • Hi everyone. I am new to this website and the whole primal journey so I apologize if I am asking repetitive questions since I cannot seem to find some answers. I began weight watchers about a month ago and was not really losing a significant amount of weight on the program until I started researching this whole lifestyle. I started limiting my intake of carbs to around 100g a day and have since then lowered them to 50g. I am a somewhat vegetarian in that I do not eat red meats, but still enjoy some lean meats. I have been consuming about 100g a day or more and have been afraid to up my fat grams to over 50. So I guess my real question is how many grams of protein/fat would you suggest for someone looking to lose about 15 pounds (goal of 135 lbs)? Is dairy necessary bad? I tend to eat about 3 servings of fat-free cottage cheese a day. And once I reach my goal, what is the maximum amount of carbs, you would suggest? Thanks so much, I appreciate it!

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              • I've just found your site today and of course, joined right away. The idea of a back to basics, what we ate when we were a healthy species, diet seemed revolutionary when I learned of it. Next, I was off to the library to find Robb Wolf's excellent book, The Paleo Solution, and then of course Loren Cordain's Paleo Diet. Mark Sisson's name came up just today in another natural health forum to which I belong.
                When I was still building condos, I hit my highest weight ever. For a 6'1" man, 206 is not extreme but still it is too much. 27 stories, lots of stairs every single day, and I couldn't get rid of the gut. When I saw the number on the scale, I could not understand. Why couldn't I lose the weight? Surely, I thought, my job comes with many benefits, including that it's a "paid workout." It just didn't work out that way!
                Today, I weigh-in at 175-180, after cutting sugars, breads and the muffins that seemed like such a great "breakfast on the run." And that's with almost no effort, no running, and no workouts.
                Still trying to get my wife on board; she's wants to but won't give up her rice, being still convinced that carbs are "essential," and "brain food."
                When I eat Paleo/Primal, I feel good, I can go for hours between meals, my eczema goes away and there's another, more serious, health condition I have that has been very quiet lately.
                Looking forward to having another source of healthy lifestyle information at hand. Thanks.
                Last edited by Quinch; 10-23-2012, 10:55 AM.

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                • Hi you all!

                  My name is Jacqui and i am eating primal these last two month, after so many years of dieting and trying everything to lose weight.

                  I feel great, is like finally i feel free from food, i eat and that's it, no cravings, no binging, no six meals a day, no 15 gr carbs per meal, free!!!

                  but, although i have lost some weight, like 7 pounds, i haven't been losing weight for two or three weeks now and there is this very low, annoying but clear voice inside my head saying "maybe is just another fad diet, you are again not burning fat and maybe until now it was all water and ... ",

                  so as i am feeling so great and i don't want to go back to the way i ate before, i decided i needed support urgently... can you help me? what can i do so i don't stop believing, until i start really losing weight like the incredible stories i read at this site? i really think this is it, i need this to work, i am 36, i cant go back to being sugar dependent, but i need this to work, i need to lose weight, for my health, and other reasons...

                  hoping to "read" from you!!!

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                  • Hello.I was eating primal until this summer that I spent four months boating with friends..I ate like they do and gained five pounds and a nice case of pre diabetes ..so I can show them this site and prove I'm not a control freak about food choices

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                    • Just hang in there. It takes time for our bodies to realize we mean business and are really going to get healthy forever..

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                      • Yes I'm a bit lost too.there's so much going on and tons of great info.we will catch on I'm sure

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                        • how much time were you primal before the summer?

                          Originally posted by treefrog View Post
                          Hello.I was eating primal until this summer ...
                          how much time were you primal before the summer?

                          did you start "primaling" to lose weight?

                          how is that going?

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                          • 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

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                            • Hi! Just wanted to share something which is a gross subject, but for things like intestinal bugs (bad case of diarrhea), sweet potatoes are great!! I microwaved a sweet potato for 10 min. (5 min. then flip over) and ate it plain (didn't eat the whole thing).
                              I was so hungry after 24 hours of no food, and everything in my body being purged from both ends. I made this and it really helped! I alternated it with plain scrambled egg. Also drank sips of water often. I think the old "remedies" of crackers, soup, etc. don't work as well (crackers are bad anyway). Are sweet potatoes Primal?

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                              • No more bumping threads!

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