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    I normally don't post on online forums, but the last month here on MDA has convinced me that this must be the friendliest, most supportive, best spelling bunch on the internet. So I thought I'd pitch in on my experiences with being Primal.


    Background: I'm 27, married with one 5 month old son, and work a desk job as a mechanical engineer.


    I found my way here from Boing Boing who had a link to Free the Animal's article on not using shampoo. His site referenced MDA. I read a while, bought Mark's book, and decided to experiment with going Primal.


    About 2 years ago my wife was diagnosed with hereditary high cholesterol. To keep her off meds, we switched to a whole food diet and got off of red meat. When we made that change I dropped some weight from college. I was never very overweight, probably 5'10" and 180 at the time. Not overweight, but soft.


    I've been eating 90% primal for about a month now and have dropped from ~175 lbs to 163 this morning. Most of the weight seems to be from my love handle area which is where I tend to keep my extra weight. The afternoon crash is almost non-existant now. I sleep better and have more energy in the morning. After a few days I lost my cravings for sweets, bread, and pasta (I do make an exception for a piece of my wife's homemade artisan bread).


    My next step is to get back in to lifting heavy things to build my muscle back up. I haven't done much strength training since college.


    All in all, I've been pretty pleased with my experiment so far.

    My wife and I have our own humble food blog. Not 100% primal, but we try to keep it interesting.
    www.fatandflour.com

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    Sounds like a solid plan. Welcome!

    In your face, Space Coyote!

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      Breakfast: smoothie made of full fat organic yogurt, berries, and whey protein powder


      Lunch: BAS with cucumbers, cheddar cheese, and smoked salmon


      Supper: two baked fish filets and a piece of veggie pizza (with homemade from scratch crust)

      My wife and I have our own humble food blog. Not 100% primal, but we try to keep it interesting.
      www.fatandflour.com

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        Yesterday's food:


        Breakfast: Three eggs scrambled with onions and mushrooms that were sauteed with bacon grease


        Lunch: Two chicken thighs


        Supper: Drove an hour to have sushi with a friend. Had the sashimi sampler and a big roll (tuna, salmon, avocado, hot sauce, wasabi mayo) with a little rice. Fantastic.

        My wife and I have our own humble food blog. Not 100% primal, but we try to keep it interesting.
        www.fatandflour.com

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          My dad is a mechanical engineer :]


          Welcome BayouPrimal!

          "The penis is the male animal-flower, a soft-firm dildo, a warm dream."
          -Raymond Peat, PhD

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            welcome BayouPrimal from another Louisianaian! What part of Louisiana? If anywhere near Lafayette, Osaka has a roll called Dr. Keaty. It is crabmeat with jalopeno wrapped with baked salmon with a spicy mayo and roe on top, so good! Looking forward to following your primal journey

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              Thanks for the replies. I'm in the Lake Charles area.


              Breakfast today: 4 eggs scrambled with onions, topped with raw milk organic cheddar


              Lunch: Pork loin with homemade vinegar coleslaw


              Supper: Venison chili


              Activity today: Spent most of the day working on the house we're building. We got the floors prepped for coating (finished concrete floors) and should be ready for sheetrock in a week or so.

              My wife and I have our own humble food blog. Not 100% primal, but we try to keep it interesting.
              www.fatandflour.com

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                Hi BP! Glad you are here. Fellow Engineer here - I do networks.


                Cheers!


                Primal since February 2010. On seventh round of P90x.

                My Blathering, Babbling Journal

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                  We were out of eggs and leftovers today, so I had a smoothie for breakfast this morning. Full fat yogurt, berries, the last of the peanut butter, and whey protein.


                  Lunch was leftover pork loin and vegetable curry.


                  Supper was pulled pork and primal cole slaw. The cole slaw was made with cabbage (of course) and a mix of vinegar, yogurt, honey mustard dressing, and seasonings.


                  No big activity today, but I did buy the supplies today to build a slosh tube for future workouts.

                  My wife and I have our own humble food blog. Not 100% primal, but we try to keep it interesting.
                  www.fatandflour.com

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                    I am so jealous of your slosh tube! Let us know what it is like!

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                      Catch up for yesterday:

                      Breakfast: two fried eggs with leftover pulled pork

                      Lunch: BAS

                      Supper: leftover pulled pork and cole slaw


                      Breakfast today: Fried eggs and bacon


                      I haven't been too active lately, as I've just felt drained after I get home from work. For now I'm chalking it up to building the house and the time change. I need to try to get more rest in the evenings.

                      My wife and I have our own humble food blog. Not 100% primal, but we try to keep it interesting.
                      www.fatandflour.com

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                        hey another southerner!! i am in Mississippi!

                        Get on my Level
                        http://malpaz.wordpress.com/

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                          Catching up...

                          Lunch yesterday: BAS with pork loin

                          Supper last night: Pork loin, broccoli, and asparagus


                          Breakfast today: smoothie (full fat yogurt, berries, whey protein, banana)

                          Lunch: BAS with pulled pork

                          Supper: sirloin steak with salad

                          Snacks were a handful of almonds and an orange


                          I built and tried out my slosh tube this evening. It's killer. 8 ft long, 4 inch pipe. Played around with it a little then put it over my shoulders and walked around the yard a bit. Abs were burning within 30 seconds. This will be a useful tool.

                          My wife and I have our own humble food blog. Not 100% primal, but we try to keep it interesting.
                          www.fatandflour.com

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                            Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled with half-and-half

                            Lunch: IF

                            Supper: Ceasar salad with shrimp, margarita

                            My wife and I have our own humble food blog. Not 100% primal, but we try to keep it interesting.
                            www.fatandflour.com

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                              Haven't had time to update daily, so here are some highlights.


                              My wife has been really supportive of my new eating habits, even if she won't go primal herself. We've been whole-food for a couple years, so she does eat pretty well compared to most.


                              She made some primal cookies lately, cocoa powder, coconut flour, dark chocolate chips, and an egg to hold it together. Pretty good, but feels like cheating

                              My wife and I have our own humble food blog. Not 100% primal, but we try to keep it interesting.
                              www.fatandflour.com

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