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    Hey Everyone!


    I'm relatively new to the Primal Diet. I tried it out a week before this (a co-incidental test run). Turns out I'm addicted to carbs. Pizza is my "Carbynite." I'm here to give it a serious go.


    My goal is to slim down so I can be a better rock climber and hopefully have more energy as well.


    Day 1


    Food:


    B: None, woke up late

    L: Bag of cherries

    S: Bag of cherries (Part 2)

    D: Spinach Salad (added cranberries and nuts and drizzled with lemon juice. yum!)


    Exercise: Rock climbed for an hour and a half.


    I walked into the store today and I was overwhelmed by the sea of boxed foods. In my musings, I looked at the nutritional label of some food I used to eat and found out that most of that I couldn't understand. I liked the listing of "natural flavors." I got this "phantom of the opera" image in my mind of mysterious blobs wearing masks of fruit(and capes. Can't forget about the capes),


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    I understand what you mean. I was in line at the store yesterday and I looked around at what the other people were buying (phantom foods!) and I just wanted to save them all and give them hugs.

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      If you are addicted to carbs, watch the fruit. Where's your primal meat!?

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        I was going to ask the same thing... where's your protein!? Get some meat in there or at least eggs. Eating cherries and cranberries all day isn't going to help you break the carb addiction.

        Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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          Agreed... not even close to enough protien.

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            After reading the posts, I'm gonna try to get more meat in my life. Prior to the primal challenge, my eating habits were of a vegetarian with "meaty mondays." It feels weird to be eating food once considered "taboo" 6 days of the week.


            Day 2


            Food:

            B: two fried eggs

            S: cherry tomatoes and raw mushrooms

            L: sauteed Kale; Okra, tomate, onion stew, Kombucha

            S: handful of blueberries

            D: Big helping of leafy greens and half a chicken

            Midnight S: handful of cherries


            For now on, I'm going to try to spread out my protein consumption. That was a lot of meat for just one sitting.


            Exercise:

            Walked to a local farmer's market conveniently located three and a half miles away (took two hours to walk there and back). Rode my friend's bike to the library (30 minutes)


            Side nots:

            This was (i'm embarassed to say) the longest walk I've had in years. I have a new found respect for walkers. I'm glad I had the foresight to bring a nalgene bottle though. It was so humid while I traveled on foot! During the trip, I felt that I was connecting with my inner Grok, trekking across some concrete tundra.


            FYI, if you're planning on cooking a chicken in the oven. Use a tray. I cooked mine on the rack and the oil burnt when it dripped down. Suffice it to say, I had to place the smoke detector in the bathroom for a good 30 minutes while I dealt with the smokey mess. Quite the learning curve!

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              Good work! Making progress -- that is what the challenge is all about!

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                Day 3


                Food:

                B: chicken and spinach omelet, no cheese

                S: handful of almonds

                L: chicken with some blueberries

                S: kombucha

                D: spinach salad with some smoked salmon and chicken


                Exercise:

                rock climbing for two hours


                Side notes:

                I had my first awkward conversation about my primal diet. My friend works at a bakery and...well, he gave me THE weirdest look. Same response with another friend of mine: supportive, but questionable looks. Best if I keep my diet incognito...they're just not ready yet

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                  The first of many conversations as such I'm sure don't let it get you down though! I've run into people who actually ask me (under my breath) if it is some sort of 'pyramid scheme' or something... It'll get better though as they see your health improve. I've managed to convert a few of my friends only after losing 60 lbs myself (I know weight is a weak metric, but people respond to it). Stick with it though, eventually they will come around

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                    Day 4


                    Food:

                    B: left over chicken

                    S: almonds

                    L: More left over chicken

                    S: bought a piece of chicken from a cafeteria (I'll never forget a snack again)

                    D: red pepper and two big helpings of spinach

                    S: Chicken and almonds

                    (have you noticed a motif in today's menu?)


                    Exercise:


                    walked for 2 hours and gardened a bit at my community garden.


                    Musings:

                    I tried walking differently today to emulate barefoot walking. My calves are cursing me right now. I got myself a nice portion of okra today. A little more and I'm gonna try to make a stew...fingers crossed!

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                      Day 5:


                      B: Spinach Omelet (no cheese)

                      S: a bunch of cherries and some two strawberries

                      2:30 - Began intermittent fasting. Temptations be gone!


                      Exercise: Crossfit workout (intense 15 minutes)


                      Musings: One of the most intense workouts I've had in a long time. Glad I started fasting; Who know what would have happened if I ate some food beforehand? yikes

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                        Day 6:

                        6:30 am - I broke my fast (breakfast!) with some chicken and and cherries

                        L: Chicken and Spinach with a handful of almonds (finally finished the left overs today!)

                        S: more spinach and almonds

                        D: (I didn't have time to buy groceries for dinner so it comprised of...) 4 pickles, small bag of beef jerky, and a spinach omelet


                        Exercise: walked for an hour and a half


                        Musings: While I was walking, i saw a man propose and another couple actually get married. Crazy. I have a confession to make...I cheated my diet a little today. My friend gave me some chocolate covered cheesecake (for the record, it was smaller than a post-it note) when I came to visit him. I didn't want to be an impolite guest, so I ate it. I did decline the perogies he made though. That's about it today.

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                          Day 6:


                          Food:

                          B: spinach Omelet and cherries on the side

                          L: Chicken kabob and piece of flank steak

                          S: almonds

                          D: chicken salad with cherries for dessert


                          My body is starting to realize that this is all it's getting. I've been having more intense cravings for junk food. Must...hold...strong...


                          Exercise: Rest Day


                          Musings: I'm currently working on making my own hammock (It's gonna be asym.). I spend a few hours figuring out how a sewing machine works (the one I borrowed is from 1908!) and almost broke it twice. Took me forever to figure out how a bobbin works. Finally figured it out. Gonna get supplies monday or tuesday and finish it all of by thursday hopefully. fingers crossed. My body is still aching pretty hard from crossfit. That workout really really kicked my butt!

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                            That meant to be day 7. Oops...

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                              Day 8:


                              Food:

                              B: Almonds and cherries

                              S: almonds

                              L: Spinach omelet and some smoked salmon

                              D: buffalo steak

                              S: dark chocolate bar and almonds


                              Exercise: Rock climbing


                              Musings: Cravings are becoming more pronounced. It's getting harder to deal with it. I think I ate more than I intended because of my junk food urges. I gave in today and had a big ol' chocolate bar. It was a good reprieve. I think my body is starting to realized that it's not just a temporary thing. I'm going to separate myself from these temptations the best I can. Tricky little buggers...

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