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  • #16
    getting my kids interested, yay!

    so I was lamenting living in a houseful of carb addicts, but tonight I was at dinner with my two younger daughters (the 16 and 17 year olds) - we were having sushi, and primal came up, because I was forgoing some favorites and sticking mostly to sashimi. They were asking questions, because while neither of them has weight to lose, they are both starting to become health conscious.

    The happy part is that they are both interested, and will be coming to the website to read through articles and decide if they want to try this with me! Sooo happy, it'd be way easier to have some in-house support. The oldest daughter (18) has no interest. She was at dinner also, and maintains that she cannot give up mac and cheese. Still, 2 out of 3 is a good start! And with the 17 year old doing most of the cooking that I don't, if we both start to cook primal we may sway the rest of the family whether they like it or not.

    it's all baby steps..
    ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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    • #17
      about 2 weeks back to primal, a checkin to remember how it's feeling later

      One of the coolest things about having a journal is that later, when I am really feeling awesome and am tempted to go back to my old SAD ways, I can look back and remember WHY I feel good. One of my lifelong patterns is to get healthy, feel great, and then let things slide because after all, I feel great.

      So I'm two weeks in and here are my observations:

      1. I have not stepped on a scale yet (scared to, no idea what my starting weight was) but my clothes are slightly more loose than before.

      2. Carb cravings? Essentially gone. One of my favorite things ever is french fries, and I happily munched on my ribeye steak and asparagus last night while watching my daughter eat sea-salted french fries. Not the slightest craving. Nor for the key lime pie she and my husband shared at dessert.

      3. I feel like I eat a TON but when I punch everything in to livestrong I still get carbs at roughly 50 a day, fat and protein high, and calorie count within the weight loss range I set for myself. I think because of this I am ready to start some IFs.

      4. energy/mood improved. Now this is a tricky one to track, because I finally went back on my ADHD meds at roughly the same time. I am hoping that I won't need the meds at all at some point, because I have a sneaking suspicion that the ADHD is made worse by SAD diet.

      so to my future self, if I come back and read this when I'm feeling even better: remember WHY!
      ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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      • #18
        day 14

        I can't believe it's only 14 days in and I already see change. I posted in the "share your triumphs" thread already today that I happen to be comfortably wearing a pair of favorite pants today that I haven't fit into for more than a year.

        And yesterday's food? I had just coffee with heavy cream at breakfast, then lunch was bacon/egg caesar salad. Then my husband met me after work for sushi, and I found that I had almost no appetite. I had a couple of little chicken drummies, 3 pieces of salmon sashimi, and 2 pieces of roll (yes, a tiny bit of rice) and I was more than done. Normally when I go to sushi, it's so delicious I just keep going, but I literally felt zero desire to.

        This honestly kinda reminds me of how I used to feel when I took Meridia (the now banned weight loss drug) - it took away my food drive, I lost a ton of weight, and interestingly enough, I sort of naturally low-carbed it.

        happy happy!

        and re: the family, the husband is going to try primal now. He's mostly sad about breakfast, because no toast to sop his egg yolk up with. he's two days in right now.
        ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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        • #19
          yesterday was interesting - I'm finding that I am losing my appetite quite a bit on primal. I had coffee with heavy cream in the morning, and a handful of almonds and berries. Then I went to work and IFd until dinner, which was ribeye steak (a bad one, unfortunately - never going to that restaurant again) and salad. I like that I'm not experiencing food cravings on this style of eating.

          Also been reading Gary Taube's "Why We Get Fat", and that is going a LONG way to reinforce that I don't ever want to do a carb-based diet again. Yikes, what happens when you eat tons of carbs is scary!
          ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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          • #20
            Hi. I just started on New Years after watching Gary Taube's lecture on why we get fat online. I also read the Schwarzbein Principle that explains why insulin and low fat diets gives you high cholestrol. So I'm curious...did your cholestrol get better?
            And so far, a week in, I am loving this way of eating. I'm so satisfied and I too have lost all desire for carbs.
            It's nice to read other people's journals that have been doing it for longer and see the results. So thanks:-)

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            • #21
              cholesterol

              Originally posted by eelnus View Post
              Hi. I just started on New Years after watching Gary Taube's lecture on why we get fat online. I also read the Schwarzbein Principle that explains why insulin and low fat diets gives you high cholestrol. So I'm curious...did your cholestrol get better?

              So far I don't know about the cholesterol, I haven't had it checked. I will say that the last time I took lipitor (which my doctor is ALWAYS trying to push on me) a pretty high dose only lowered me from 460 to around 400. Then she wanted to double my lipitor dose. That's when I started looking for alternatives.

              I've never done a diet with anywhere near this much cholesterol and fat, and I grew up doing the chronic carb/cardio routine, so my plan is to get my lipid reading after a full 6 months of primal, just to have a better baseline on the diet.

              I will definitely post results when I get them - it's just going to be 5 months from now.
              ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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              • #22
                low carb flu?

                I need to go find the thread for it... the last couple of mornings, I've been excessively tired in the mornings. My energy comes back mid day, but mornings I am just dragging. Is this a tiny speed bump as I adjust? I've been doing primal for just over 2 weeks. Yes, I started right BEFORE christmas, weird, huh?

                anyhow, even though I'm dragging in the morning, I haven't reintroduced morning carbs. I used to have a glass of fresh-squeezed oj every morning, which was probably a huge blood sugar spike.
                ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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                • #23
                  well, if it WAS low carb flu, it didn't last long. I had two mornings where I was tired, now feeling back to normal.

                  am into the last chapters of Gary Taube's book, now on to disease. I am SO GLAD I got this book, since I do have genetically high cholesterol, that section is of particular interest. Reading the actual science, I'm pretty happy with my low triglycerides and high HDL. I mean sure, I have high LDL as well, but my HDL is higher and it seems that's what counts.

                  I'm kinda sad that I spent the last 20 years following the exact wrong advice for my health, but at least I know now. And I definitely need to get my family to read that book.
                  ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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                  • #24
                    I am curious about the genetically high cholesterol - I have it too. I have been mostly primal since October but haven't had blood work done yet. I haven't read that book - what does it say about high cholesterol? (I also have ignored drs advice about statins up to this point!)

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by sforsyth View Post
                      I am curious about the genetically high cholesterol - I have it too. I have been mostly primal since October but haven't had blood work done yet. I haven't read that book - what does it say about high cholesterol? (I also have ignored drs advice about statins up to this point!)
                      "Why We Get Fat" doesn't really get into the nitty gritty of high cholesterol until the end - and even then, he doesn't specifically address the genetically high kind, he addresses the general issue.

                      A few key points he made though:

                      1. the ratio of HDL to LDL is probably the most important thing. HDL needs to be higher than LDL to lower risks. While LDL does tend to go up a bit on low carb, so does HDL so it's a wash in terms of health.

                      2. triglycerides are uber important, and low carb diets make triglycerides go down. that's major risk factor #2

                      3. LDL isn't just LDL - there is small, dense LDL which causes plaque to form in the arteries, and there is "big fluffy" LDL that floats around the system harmlessly. Guess what causes small, dense LDL? If you guessed carbohydrates, you guessed right! So carbs make LDL an even more deadly form of LDL and high fat content makes LDL "big and fluffy"

                      for me, I don't even like to get screenings any longer, since it all just ends with my doctor wringing her hands and giving me another lecture on lipitor and "low fat diets". But I AM going to get screened every six months for the first year of doing primal, just to see what's up.
                      ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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                      • #26
                        Day 19!

                        noticed that when I went skiing for the first time this season, the muscle soreness wasn't as much as usual. Benefit of primal? not sure, maybe I just did less. The husband and I did decide to mostly take it easy, and only skied for about 2 hours. But we've been couch potatoes for the past month, so I expected worse.

                        will see how it is when I do a 2 day ski trip this weekend.
                        ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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                        • #27
                          almost through my first month! On the 23rd, I will have been primal for a month. So far I feel like I've been doing about 90/10 instead of 80/20. The food part is easy, my 10 is red wine. :-P

                          Anyhow, just a journal check-in - just got back from a mini ski vacation, and had to report back. Notes:

                          1. I could wear ski pants that last year I had been unable to fit into. Yay! (cause they are way cuter than the ones I called my "staypuft marshmallow pants"

                          2. My skiing was better! I felt like I had more muscle to help or something, not sure. I haven't been incorporating all the primal workout yet, mostly just doing the diet and the activity I did before (yoga, a bit of swimming) so I am going to attribute this to the diet.

                          3. I DID have a bit of a hard time with energy spikes. Keeping in mind that I'm less than a full month in, I would attribute this to my body not having fully adjusted to burning fat instead of carbs.

                          in all though, a great trip. AND, as I've seen others note, my muscle recovery time seems far better on primal. I should be more sore than I am, considering I skied to the point of exhaustion on the second day. I called it when I was feeling as if I'd probably bite it and injure myself if I stayed out longer.
                          ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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                          • #28
                            Just passed my first full month! I was going to have one cheat that I miss (the gourmet cupcakes everyone is always making fun of) and found that I actually didn't have any desire to eat one. Not much of a sweet tooth before going primal either, but I did sometimes love a cupcake.

                            So, no celebratory cupcake, but I did have some full-fat plain yogurt with fresh raspberries, and it was the best dessert EVER. Yum.

                            5 more months to go before I finally get on a scale and get my blood work done...
                            ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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                            • #29
                              6 week mark. woo! I had a real cheat for the first time yesterday, went to mexican restaurant with friends and ate both the refried beans and corn tortillas. Felt kinda yucky this morning though, so I don't think I'll be doing that again soon.

                              Tonight I'm debating between trying to make burgers with the primal buns, or doing the yummy recipe posted on the front page today, the double-pork stuffed chicken breasts. Those sound pretty awesome.

                              My goal before the end of February: get myself doing more than yoga. Right now that's all I'm doing, and only 1-2 times a week. This week it's a goal to do sprints at least once, and pilates at least once. Maybe will even do the gym that I waste money belonging to (since I don't go) and do some weights. Will check back in with myself and see if I followed through.

                              Oh, and happy note to self: fitting in to size 10 dress for 7-year-inversary with the husband. (was between 12 and 14 at Christmas) yay!
                              ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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                              • #30
                                k... tomorrow will officially be two full months! Had a little slip up while on vacation, in that I had cocktails (the bad, sugary kind) on several occasions. Felt not as great, got back to normal. Today I had the desire for a quarter pounder with cheese, and fries. Resisted, figuring it'd probably not taste as yummy as I remember it. Instead, drove home for lunch and had a half avocado stuffed with tuna. yay me!

                                Still have refused to get on scale, still need to up the primal workout. Yesterday, tried a quickie routine from P90X creator, but didn't finish it. Worried about sore muscles, when I am only doing yoga right now.

                                I have been struggling with my usual issue: now that I'm feeling better, I keep thinking a little cheating won't hurt. I really need to resist that, it *always* lead down the slippery slope to SAD. Anyone else have that issue?
                                ***if you fall down seven times, get up eight.***

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