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    Hi! I'm a 30 year old dude who really really likes the movie Amelie. Also, I'm finally committing to a primal diet after considering it for over a year. I've got a super long background story as well.

    Used to lift weights maniacally and tore a bunch of stuff. Had many failed surgeries. Diagnosed with genetic connective tissue disorder, living with constant pain in most large joints. However, it could be much worse, plus I'm in the middle of a nutrition PhD program, which gives me loads of excuses to research primal stuff.

    Tomorrow is day one! This carefully-posed guido picture is me from over a thousand days ago! And that other picture is the eponymous real guy from Amelie! While I've replaced all my muscle with fat in the past three years, let this reminder serve as a...ummm, reminder...that seeing abs again isn't out of the question. And if being primal helps the pain at all, that would be the cat's pajamas.

    Good luck to all, and don't forget to eat the occasional primal dessert. Just got the Primal Cookbook, and there's some very tempting recipes in there...


    Last edited by Guy_From_Amelie; 07-21-2010, 08:39 PM.

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    $200 worth of cookware just arrived from Amazon, amounting to my first real foray into cooking. Here's what's in the box:

    -Moderately cheap knife set (chef, utility, useless bread, paring, shears, bamboo block)
    -Potato ricer (for making cauliflower rice)
    -Bamboo utensil set
    -Bamboo cutting board
    -Meat thermometer
    -Stash Herbal Tea Sampler, 108 bags
    -Some other stuff

    What do I replace my teflon pan with? Stainless steel? Hard-anodized-super-corrosive-resistant-never-stick aluminum?

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    • #3
      Primal Day 1

      Meals
      B- Whey/egg protein; blueberries
      L- Salad: Salmon, mixed greens, carrot, mushroom, olive, cucumber, olive oil
      S- Almonds; sweet pickle
      D- Truffle fries with gruyere cheese; probably 2 beers (PS: I have a date tonight)

      Exercise
      -30 minutes very light stationary biking
      Last edited by Guy_From_Amelie; 07-24-2010, 12:46 AM.

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      • #4
        Primal Day 2

        Food
        B- Whey Protein
        L- Falafel sandwich, Chinese dessert bun
        D- Bacon-wrapped filet mignon
        S- Celery and almond butter

        Exercise
        -10 minutes stationary bike

        Today was all over the place. A bit of a tummy ache from Primal day 1, combined with it being Friday, made for a not very primal day.
        Last edited by Guy_From_Amelie; 07-24-2010, 12:46 AM.

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        • #5
          Primal Day 3

          Food
          L- Whey Protein
          D- Chicken-lime burger (+coconut oil, ketchup, mustard); Mixed vegetables (+butter)
          S- 3 glasses Sangria, 1 glass beer

          Exercise
          None

          Drank more than I ate yesterday. Not that hungry though, but I'm getting ready for the eye of the chocolate and ice-cream craving storm to pass.
          Last edited by Guy_From_Amelie; 07-25-2010, 09:24 PM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Guy_From_Amelie View Post
            Used to lift weights maniacally and tore a bunch of stuff. Had many failed surgeries. Diagnosed with genetic connective tissue disorder, living with constant pain in most large joints.
            How is your 25(OH)D level?

            You're far enough north that getting optimal (not sufficient mind you) levels of D from sun is impossible 9 months a year and difficult to impossible the other 3 (depending whether you work indoors or out).

            What's your research turning up regarding zinc and connective tissue issues?



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            • #7
              You should be a primary care physician! My PCP asked me a year ago about Vitamin D, which I tested low for. But I've been taking supplements for a year, so it's probably a non-factor. And incidentally, half of my job last year was screening article abstracts for the upcoming Vitamin D guideline revision!

              I haven't looked up zinc and connective tissue. Should I? I perhaps naively figured that eating a good amount of meat would negate problems associated with low zinc.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by
                You should be a primary care physician!
                Yes, I should. lol But....well, life has it's ways. Though honestly, there is nothing I want more. Long story. It's all over the place here at MDA. Sooner or later you'll find it. Or hopefully not.

                Originally posted by
                My PCP asked me a year ago about Vitamin D, which I tested low for. But I've been taking supplements for a year, so it's probably a non-factor.
                How much are you taking? And how about another test just for shits and giggles? Was it Quest or LabCorp?

                See my linked D doc below for more information regarding levels, labs, supplementation etc.

                And incidentally, half of my job last year was screening article abstracts for the upcoming Vitamin D guideline revision!
                O_O *is envious*

                I haven't looked up zinc and connective tissue. Should I?
                Yes.

                I perhaps naively figured that eating a good amount of meat would negate problems associated with low zinc.
                One might think I used to as well, then I started tracking. In a primal/paleo/environment of evolutionary adaptation, zinc intake would likely have been quite high compared to what we get now relative to calories, to calcium to magnesium, to copper and much of it would come from organ meats. How much organ meat are you eating Yeah.....

                It's worth tracking for a few days.

                Also, have you heard the interesting stuff bubbling up regarding high calcium intake and optimal D levels?

                Katherine



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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cillakat View Post
                  Yes, I should. lol But....well, life has it's ways. Though honestly, there is nothing I want more. Long story. It's all over the place here at MDA. Sooner or later you'll find it. Or hopefully not.
                  I read your first journal post, which is quite the Pandora's box. So now I have to read more before responding.
                  By the way, my original goal was to go to med school and do a preventive medicine residency. But, alas.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Guy_From_Amelie View Post
                    What do I replace my teflon pan with? Stainless steel? Hard-anodized-super-corrosive-resistant-never-stick aluminum?
                    I do keep on teflon pan for eggs....for the tines when I'm feeling lazy. I generally though, use my all-clad sautee pan for eggs...just be sure to use enough butter.



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                    • #11
                      Primal Day 4

                      Food
                      B- Whey Protein
                      L- Buffalo Chicken wrap
                      D- Mediterranean stuff (falafel, etc)

                      Exercise
                      -30 minutes of "Just Dance" on Wii
                      -A long walk

                      Okay, not so primal again today. But I haven't purposely eaten anything too bad, plus there's no been no real dessert so far. Back to standard primal fare after I get groceries on Tuesday.

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                      • #12
                        Love the Wii workout Your food looks great, no crazy snacking or super processed foods. It all evens itself out eventually

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Evita View Post
                          Love the Wii workout Your food looks great, no crazy snacking or super processed foods. It all evens itself out eventually
                          This Wii workout was pretty interesting actually. I was dancing to "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls, trying to beat the high score, in my underwear. Then I noticed the blinds were up, and the mood changed.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Guy_From_Amelie View Post
                            This Wii workout was pretty interesting actually. I was dancing to "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls, trying to beat the high score, in my underwear. Then I noticed the blinds were up, and the mood changed.
                            that....

                            ....is brilliant.

                            i do hope there was a crowd outside on the sidewalk all displaying cards saying 10.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by batty View Post
                              that....

                              ....is brilliant.

                              i do hope there was a crowd outside on the sidewalk all displaying cards saying 10.
                              Hey, I grew up in Canton! I presume you're angry with Lebron, used to work in a steel mill, and frequent the Flats?

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