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    I love the concept of primal eating. It just absolutely makes sense! Plus I love the idea of natural living and sustainability. I've taken small steps, but starting tonight, I'm taking the full plunge into a better way of life. I had a wonderful start a couple of weeks ago, but then slipped into bad habits again. Only a few meals over the course of 3-4 days in the past week or so has been truly primal. The rest has been all grains and sugary processed junk food.

    I started gradually gaining weight when I began a desk job back in 2000. Before that I was physically active in the jobs I held from grocery store clerk to restaurant server and never had any trouble with my weight. I always felt healthy, but given that I was younger I probably didn't notice the true effects that my eating habits inflicted. With starting a desk job I didn't stop the eating habits and when I moved from my parents place (22), fast food became a staple, with the occasional home made meal, but I really wasn't that much of a cook. I just didn't know how back then. In 4 years I went from 130lbs to 155lbs at 5' 2.5". I stayed at that weight for another 2 years, knowing I wanted to lose weight, but didn't really think seriously about it. In 2006 I then met my wonderful boyfriend and moved to the Chicago area, where in 2 years I gained another 20lbs from experiencing Chicago sized grease and proportions. At one point I weight 178, the highest I've ever weighed. I've been hovering around 172-175 over the past 3 years, and never experienced any significant weight loss. After a trip to Co to visit my best friend in April, my activity level went up and when I got home afterwards I found I weighed 166lb, which was a huge deal for me! It wasn't to last though, I gained back up to 175 which is where I'm at right now.

    Only in the past couple of years have I learned what I need to do to be truly healthy and I always ask myself why I could never discipline myself to complete a program or make a full on lifestyle change. I always say it's so hard, but I know deep down that if I truly believe that it isn't hard at all, that it will become simple, but even believing that has been a challenge. I haven't been able to find the switch in my mind to tame or lock up the monster in me that I allow to give into addicting processed and fast foods. It is not only physically hurting me, but emotionally it's been killing who I am as it's all I can think about! That is how much I've disappointed myself, and how many times I've broken promises to myself. Mark's Daily Apple has been a true inspiration for me, coupled with my friend who lost 300+ pounds on The Blood Type diet within 1 year. Seeing her lose the weight was the most phenomenal thing I've witnessed (outside of television and the internet). To see it in the flesh is truly remarkable. That said, I have nowhere near that much to lose, in fact 40 pounds seems tinsy in comparison, but it has been no less difficult as if I did weigh 300+ pounds. I need to retrain my brain and nothing has inspired me more than MDA to do so.

    Right now it is a more expensive way of life and with the groceries I have bought thus far and I've purchased at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. These purchases make a difference in one's budget especially buying organic meat. But to me it's worth the cost. Heck, I've dumped enough in the fast food industry over the past 10 years! Time to refunnel that spending into primal groceries and see the heath benefits which will save me medical bills to boot!

    So here it is, I'm starting again on the wonderous everday effort of going primal. This journal will help me. It all starts tonight, with a bit of chuck roast and a hefty green salad and for desert a small piece of a dark chocolate bar. Yummy!

    Summary of stats:
    Weight: 170 (as of November 2010, haven't weighed myself since then)
    Height: 5' 2"
    Waist: 38"
    Hips: 43"
    Bust: 38"
    Belly: 39"
    Last edited by zsadie; 01-18-2011, 12:08 PM. Reason: Updating stats
    "Achievement begins with belief."

    "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

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    website: Horse and animal artwork; DaynaCreations.com

  • #2
    Originally posted by zsadie View Post
    It is a more expensive way of life and with the groceries I have bought I've purchased at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. These purchases make a difference in one's budget especially buying organic meat. But to me it's worth the cost. Heck, I've dumped enough in the fast food industry over the past 10 years! Time to refunnel that spending into primal groceries!
    Welcome back! Your dinner tonight sounds yummy. Chuck roast was one of the first things I cooked when I went Primal, and it was soooo good.

    I thought PB eating was way more expensive at first, but I have found that maybe it's really not. For one thing, my appetite is so much smaller now that I don't graze all day long on snacks and sodas, which are cheap, but really add up. Unless we go out to eat at a good restaurant, I hardly ever spend money on food other than at the co-op anymore.

    Also, I have spent so much less money on doctor visits and medications since I started (I was a migraine sufferer, and they have disappeared on PB.) While you may not have any health problems now, you probably would have on that diet. Not to pick on your diet in particular, all SADs are pretty unhealthy, and mine was way worse than yours, I bet. But in a few years or at some point in your life you (we, all of us) would have probably developed some really expensive diseases on the SAD. Sooo ... you are spending a bit more now in order to spend a lot less later, maybe you will more than break even monetarily, and for sure you will feel better physically!

    So, yeah, way to go! We'll be here to cheer you on
    ~ Ex-Herbivore Goes Carnivore: Jazmin's PB Journal ~

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    • #3
      Good point about the potential hospital costs associated with eating the SAD (Standard American Diet??? I assume that's what that stands for) for life. As I experiment more with different recipes and utilize left overs more readily (instead of letting them go to waste); then I'm sure it'll all balance out. I've tried to stick to a $250 grocery bill each month between myself and my significant other it's HARD TO DO! We usually end at $350, especially since my boyfriend will continue to eat his SAD favorites despite sharing my findings and beliefs. He's inherently cynical of everything, and won't eat whole vegetables or fruit (tomato soup, apple juice and orange juice, don't count!). As I become more adept at cooking healthy primal foods (he'll eat the meat and potatoes, pasta, etc, no questions asked!), I'd like to find more creative ways to incorporate veggies without him knowing. It's a psychological thing with him. I only hope to set an example eventually, as I continue to get healthier and have more energy, do more things with more gusto and stamina than he might have. My problem is he'll probably start chalking up his inability to keep up with me to old age! He only just turned 40! We'll see what happens I guess.
      "Achievement begins with belief."

      "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread27309.html

      website: Horse and animal artwork; DaynaCreations.com

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      • #4
        I just read Mark’s latest post on “The Psychology of Giving up Junk Food”. Very interesting read and I am among the many that give in to those temptations that plagues my mind everyday. My problem is getting into a routine and lasting long enough on a healthy eating lifestyle to curb bad habits and turn them into good habits. My fast food binges, random foraging for snack foods and simply ignoring why I cared to eat healthy in the first place prevail at most 3-4 times a week. I'd like to get into a routine of cooking and preparing my breakfasts and lunches for the next week on Sunday's, then freeze the food in containers so I can just grab and go throughout the week and then make a good easy meal for dinner or whenever I’m hungry, that my boyfriend and I will both enjoy. Of course I suppose my significant other isn't helping my healthy efforts. We're very much live and let live folks. He buys what he eats, and I buy what I eat and there are some foods we enjoy together. What he eats is typical of a modern teenage boy, but he's 40 years old (pizza, donuts, cookies, Hostess products, processed junk foods, Kraft Mac & Cheese and other pasta dishes, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and ham and cheese sandwiches). He absolutely won't touch veggies or whole fruit. With these processed junk foods in close proximately to me as we live together, it makes it that much harder for me when I'm trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle. When I allow negativity to get the best of me, I find myself not caring and grab for whatever I can or order take-out if nothing appeals. It seems as I’m in a constant start stop mode which is stressful and emotionally draining.

        One of the mental exercises I know that will help me is retraining my mind for a more positive outlook. If I’m constantly dwelling on the past then past habits will always take precedence. If I’m focused on the future, I’ll continue to disappoint myself when I haven’t met that vision I have of myself after eating healthier foods consistently for a good length of time. I need to focus on the present moment, what is it my body truly needs when I crave something I know is unhealthy? How do I not wage a war in my head when my resolve is constantly challenged at work, at home and at family gatherings? If I’m craving a cheeseburger I should make a hamburger patty at home, pile some good goat or feta cheese on it and eat it on a bed of leafy greens. I’ve done this before and it’s quite satisfying. Sometimes throwing an apple slice in between with a drizzle of home made dressing over the top is even better! If I’m craving fries, roasting sweet potatoes in the oven is a much healthier choice. If I’m not sure what to eat and think about grabbing a frozen burrito or joining my boyfriend in a Mac & Cheese night then I should just walk away and find something motivating to help me make a better choice, such as a walk, or reading MDA, or talking to a friend, or even grabbing a healthy snack such as carrots or celery dipped in hummus. All these things and more are quite doable. I only need to make practice of them and eventually I won’t even consider the junk food!
        "Achievement begins with belief."

        "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

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        website: Horse and animal artwork; DaynaCreations.com

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        • #5
          Starting over again today. Every hungry moment I'll remind myself why I'm on this journey to a better healthier life. I will listen to my body's needs and pay close attention to how different foods effect me.

          My plan for the next week:

          Avoiding all types of grains
          Eat when I'm hungry
          Drink when I'm thirsty
          Get some vitamin D

          This morning, I started out the day with a hard boiled egg sprinkled with salt (would have loved freshly ground pepper too, but I forgot to bring it to work), sliced half apple and jasmine green tea. I feel satisfied, although a slight amount of uneasiness in my tummy after eating the apple slices, though it did pass quickly. Makes me wonder if my system rejects carbs in the morning.
          Last edited by zsadie; 12-10-2010, 07:11 AM.
          "Achievement begins with belief."

          "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread27309.html

          website: Horse and animal artwork; DaynaCreations.com

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          • #6
            A new day, and a new start!

            This morning I had:

            Scrambled eggs mixed with chunks of feta cheese and sprinkled with sea salt, pepper, and garlic and a side of 4 pieces of bacon and a cup of peppermint tea.

            My goal today is to eat as little carbs as possible!

            Okay...I cheated and had a small burrito for a snack topped with cheddar cheese, but for dinner I'm having roast chicken and broccoli salad. yummy!
            Last edited by zsadie; 12-11-2010, 04:34 PM.
            "Achievement begins with belief."

            "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread27309.html

            website: Horse and animal artwork; DaynaCreations.com

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            • #7
              Okay, once again I got off track...I wonder how in the world I keep flipping back and forth between eating what I KNOW is healthy for me and what I KNOW is not. It doesn't make sense! I feel so much better when I eat healthy, so what gives? You would think the way I feel would be enough motivation to keep going! I don't understand it. Just keep moving on!

              Today, I'm doing excellent! I had a hardboiled egg and sliced tomatoes for breakfast. for lunch I've had left over salmon from the night before with a spinach salad mixed with feta cheese, almonds, pecans, walnuts, cranberries, dried currants, and sliced apples. sounds like a lot I know but it really wasn't! all together it probably added up to be a cup of ingredients. It was absolutely yummy deliciousness! Tonight I'm having hamburger patties and some roasted sweet potatoes.
              "Achievement begins with belief."

              "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread27309.html

              website: Horse and animal artwork; DaynaCreations.com

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              • #8
                Feeling a little under the weather today. I've been having some neck and shoulder issues that are preventing me from getting a good night's sleep. If only I would have been able to call in sick to work when it started so I could give myself a good physical therapy session, (hot epson salt bath with lavender oils, cold packs, willow bark tea, and relaxing as much as my body needs), unfortunately, the nature of my work is such that I can't take any time off unless it's a dire emergency. *sigh* Frustrating....can't wait to see the benefits from working towards a much better way of life for me that fulfills me mind/body/soul.

                One significant change over the last 6-7 months (even before I knew of the Primal Blueprint); is that I've begun to enjoy my teas completely sugar free, while before I would need a little something to sweeten it. I thought that would never change, but much to my great pleasure I find I enjoy the full bodied flavor of good herbal teas! Green Tea, different herb varieties, Jasmine green tea, fenugreek and more...Yummy stuff!

                Today I started out the day with celery sticks coated with unsalted almond butter and little half pea sized dabs of agave syrup on them (yes I know the ugly side of so called "agave nectar" and rarely use it anyway, but after this bottle I won't be using it ever again). for lunch I had salmon with green beans and roasted almonds. I bought this at Brookhaven Market as I forgot to bring my salad dressing for my salad! The salmon was amazing, and the green beans with almonds were marinated in a butter sauce with herbs and spices. Yummy! Love that store! BTW, trying to find a salad dressing in the supermarket that doesn't have any canola oil, soybean product, or other added artificial GMO ingredients is near impossible! i also find that I have a sensitivety to vinegars for some odd reason so trying to find something without that is even harder! Time to make my own!
                "Achievement begins with belief."

                "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread27309.html

                website: Horse and animal artwork; DaynaCreations.com

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                • #9
                  The New Year approaches and I'm ready for it! 2010 has been a difficult year for me in making promises to myself of adopting a healthier lifestyle and not meeting those promises. It's really set me on a path of further destruction, mind body and spirit. I tripped across the Primal Blueprint in November 2010 and I still haven't adopted the concepts fully and have fallen way off track already too many times. I was already getting thoughts in my head of going Paleo or following the BloodType diet, so coming across the Primal Blueprint seemed like the next step or advancement. I thoroughly believe that PB will work for me because I KEEP COMING BACK TO IT and that I absolutely love the concept! It makes sense and hearing all the wonderful inspirational success stories really motivates me! I've tried many of the recipes in the cookbook, and they have been amazingly delicious! I love the brownies! Very tasty! I love the nut butter bars, but they took me a LONG time to make because my blender had trouble grinding all those nuts!! I managed in the end, but it took me close to 4 hours!!! I know I can't sustain cooking like that for any length of time, so I hope to gather more useful cooking utensils in the coming year to help me speed the process up. I know the more I cook the better and quicker I'll get! Also keeping PB approved snack type foods available wherever I go will be a saving grace for me. Quick grab and go is my life right now and I'm having a hard time overcoming that, even by planning. I want to get to a point where I pretend I'm on a great journey and I have packed a supply of travelling foods to sustain me on my quest. Jerkies, dried fruit, nuts, veggies, etc.

                  Re-reading many of the posts that really turned me on to the PB lifestyle in the first place and sparked the WOW factor helps me too! I can't tell you how many times I've come to the site and a new blog was posted about precisely the thing I was wondering about. Or I'd just finish a CW meal and hop on the site and read more inspirational stories and reflect back on what I just ate and feeling the regret and then the inspirational fire to get back on track the next day.

                  2011 is going to be my year of successes! I WILL live a healthier lifestyle and see and feel those results! I WILL move back to Colorado! I WILL meet my career plans!!!
                  "Achievement begins with belief."

                  "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

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                  website: Horse and animal artwork; DaynaCreations.com

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                  • #10
                    This week is starting out well! As of yesterday I've officially started on the path to better health and lifestyle. I'm starting with food and I'll work my way up to incorporating more exercising. I feel unbelieveably motivated right now and I hope to sustain it! I'm very proud of myself in that I resisted the tempations of left over pastries from Einston Bros that appeared in the kitchen at work today. Oh, they looked tasty, especially the cranberry cheese muffins....my absolute favorite!!! I ignored them, and reminded myself of what the ingredients within would do to my body and I then pretended they weren't there. I succeeded! Yaay for me! I've been tracking my meals on SparkPeople.com and found my carb intake for Monday was a little higher than my goal for that day. I was aiming for 80, but gave into to tempation just after dinner. I had TWO, a very yummy two I might add, Klondike Dark Chocolate bars! Oy! That little slip up added an additional 58 grams of carbs. Sheesh! What was I thinking! Well, actually, I justified eating them, just to be rid of them never to buy them again! I was really really good the rest of the day though!

                    YESTERDAY::-)
                    Breakfast:
                    greek yogurt
                    raspberries
                    blueberries
                    coconut flakes (unsweetened)
                    Almonds
                    maple syrup

                    Lunch:
                    Albacore tuna salad (onion, celery, salt, garlic powder, organic mayo)
                    baby greens
                    drizzle of olive oil
                    walnuts
                    feta cheese

                    Dinner:
                    Ribeye steak (4 ounces)
                    broccoli
                    mashed parsnips

                    :-(
                    2 Dark chocolate Klondike bars

                    :-)
                    TODAY

                    Breakfast:
                    Bowl of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, banana slices, 1 tbs of maple syrup, shredded coconut (unsweetened), walnuts, and coconut milk (extremely yummy!)

                    Lunch:
                    Same as yesterday, but without the olive oil, feta cheese and nuts. and I added the left over broccoli from last night.

                    Dinner:
                    Planning on cooking up some patties for dinner. We bought a few at Whole Foods this past weekend. I wanted to try their bison burger and my boyfriend got two cheddar hamburger patties (he'll have his with buns, extra slices of cheese, and mayo, ketchup and mustard). With my bison burger, I plan on having it over spinach and leafy greens, and on top a slice of apple, feta cheese, almond slivers and some kind of home made dressing, (not sure what yet...have to see what I have).

                    For desert (if necessary), I'll have a few pieces of my 73% dark chocolate bar
                    Last edited by zsadie; 01-04-2011, 12:09 PM. Reason: added formatting
                    "Achievement begins with belief."

                    "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

                    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread27309.html

                    website: Horse and animal artwork; DaynaCreations.com

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                    • #11
                      I haven't been on MDA to track my meals since Monday! I have however been tracking them on SparkPeople.com. One of the most notable things I've noticed with switching to PB just in the past 4 days is that it's much easier to stay within the approximate range of PB protein, fat, and carbs (for losing weight) that are right for me at this moment in time. When I first signed up for SparkPeople, I kept the default recommendations because I didn't know any better and which were based on the input I entered when I joined, which are needless to say based on conventional wisdom. I always exceeded my fat intake, calorie in-take and always went under the recommended carb and protein in-take. The carb in-take however was generally around and somedays over the 150 mark but under the recommended most days. That goes to show just how off CW is! I haven't been on MDA long, but it astounds me how much better I feel just after 4 days eating PB approved foods! I've been keeping my carbs under 100 which is my goal for this week and protein and fat has been hovering around the 46-95 range. It's been easy too!! I also said the same thing when I first joined back in November and was 4 days on, but wasn't as strict on myself as I am this most recent go round. I'm just breezing through the week even against tempting leftover pastries from meetings at work! I'm looking forward to continuing on this path. I'm so excited about it! My intial goals when I first started to try and lose weight were to do just that lose weight and LOOK better. Now my health goals have changed somewhat. I still want to look good of course, but my desire to feel better, live a healthier more natural lifestyle trumps that by a significant margin! I've also added in another motivating factor and that is that I wish to share with the people that surround me the true positive benefits of changing eating habits for the better and for life and the truth behind CW and finding alternative solutions to leading a truly healthy life. I wish to set an example to my peers, so I'm keeping my mouth shut about the PB lifestyle as I continue to adopt PB until people start to really notice a change in me. It's that change I'm looking forward to seeing, and that has kept me going this week thus far. I've had plenty of opportunities to give in to temptation and with the exception of Monday evenings foray with Dark Chocolate Klondike bars, I haven't blinked an eye at 'beige' food for the remainder of the week!

                      I had a brief conversation with a co-worker that I walk the stairs with during break times. She's older than me by about 20 years and what I'd consider very traditional and conservative. She doesn't agree about the grain thing, and touted that it's hard to cut grains in these modern times, and while I can see her point with that because they're everywhere and I've HAD trouble before, but I explained to her that for me cutting out the grains has been quite easy this week with some small amount of meal planning, and that just in 4 days the difference in how I feel for the better is significant enough to encourage me to not eat grains anymore. I told her that my bloating went away, the chronic dull and sometimes harsh crampiness in my gut is gone and that pain in my knees has gone! I just feel great and I left it at that.
                      "Achievement begins with belief."

                      "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

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                      • #12
                        The foods I've been enjoying this week have been awesome! I have found that waiting until I'm truly hungry to eat the wholesome goodness of PB approved foods that the absolute full flavor of the foods comes out in all their tasty glory! I never really thought I'd notice such a difference in taste, and because of that I'm so much happier eating these foods than eating what I thought was tasty fastfood. The implications of that revelation to me are huge! Before, and not long before I would eat fast food for the convenience, and also because I enjoyed it in the few moments I was eating it, sometimes 2 times a day 3-4 days out of the week! but then regret it later as the heavy bloating sick feeling engulfed me. It was a temporary comfort food. Now with eating primally all this week, with only one tiny slip up on Monday, my goodness! I realize what I've been missing! WOW! I feel more alert, energetic, HAPPY! It truly astounds me what a downer eating fastfood and processed foods are!

                        The salad I made for my lunch today was absolutely the best. I couldn't believe the flavors, the richness, the crispy freshness. Scrumptious! Because of how much I enjoyed it I have to make record of it for future reference and for anyone who would like to give it a try.

                        All the ingredients I used are organic

                        Fresh spinach leaves (about 1 cup)
                        Dried cranberries (unsweetened) (small handful)
                        Cold left over Italian Chicken breast chunks from the night before (about 3 oz) (recipe is from the Blood Type Diet Cookbook)
                        Walnuts (handful, I have small hands)
                        Goat Feta Cheese (1 oz)
                        Gala Apple chunks (half a medium sized apple)
                        Seeds of Change Certified Organic Greek Feta Vinaigrette dressing (found at Whole Foods) (2 tablespoons) (The ingredients are: Water, sunflower oil, vinegar, evaporated cane juice, feta cheese (cultured milk, enzymes, salt), garlic puree, sea salt, corn starch (grrrr), dried onions, spices, extra virgin olive oil, dried red bell peppers, onion powder, locust bean gum (I'm looking that one up to see what it is!). I'm sure you can use whatever dressing you prefer, homemade or whatever.
                        Measure to whatever portion you desire. pile on the ingredients and drizzle with the salad dressing. Yummy!

                        For those looking at numbers:

                        Serving size (just a guess, but all the ingredients probably would fit loosely measuring 2 cups)
                        Calories: 334 grams
                        Carbs: 11 grams
                        Fat: 21 grams
                        Protein: 28 grams
                        "Achievement begins with belief."

                        "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

                        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread27309.html

                        website: Horse and animal artwork; DaynaCreations.com

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                        • #13
                          Today, I'm feeling quite sleepy, but happy and content. I absolutely love how light my body feels right now not being bogged down by excess sugar and grains. I think I'm sleepy because of how early I wake-up to get ready for work. I believe it's against my circadian rhythms, but I can't get around the fact that I gotta work (at least at the current moment in time). I've never been much of a morning person. If allowed to follow my natural sleeping cycles, I'd go to bed at 11:30pm - 12 am and wake up around 7:30am-8:00am. As it stands, I get maybe 6-7 hours a night and I know I need more like 7.5 to 8 hours. I sleep like a log though! There was a spell earlier in December where I felt like I wasn't getting quality sleep. I was so exhausted! Even my boyfriend mentioned I was restless in the night. I'm better now thankfully!

                          Well on to journalling my meals for the day so far:

                          Breakfast:
                          Apple slices from half an apple with a spread of almond butter ( this was a first try for me and it was absolutely yummy!)

                          Lunch
                          the salad mentioned earlier

                          Snack:
                          Walnuts, soft goat cheese, and baby beets

                          Dinner

                          Tonight we're having leftover roast beef (the Deli Style Roast beef recipe in the PB cookbook) My boyfriend will have his usual rice and beans with that and I'll likely just stick with the meat depending on how I feel.

                          My goal with this week was to simply get in the mode of eating whole primal foods and not going over 100 grams of carbs. I've succeeded so far! I so proud of myself! Next week I hope to incorporate more exercise, especially walking and sprinting! I love to sprint! As I get better at adopting the lifestyle I hope to incorporate pilates and more lifting heavy things in my weekly exercise routine. For now though, it's the food I'm most concerned about!
                          "Achievement begins with belief."

                          "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

                          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread27309.html

                          website: Horse and animal artwork; DaynaCreations.com

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                          • #14
                            This weekend was another test of my resolve to eating primal. Saturday morning was awesome! My boyfriend had one of his favorites, toasted bread with beans and scrambled egg (bleh), and I made myself 2 eggs over easy topped with butter roasted almonds. I also made small pot of green tea for myself, and set out the orange juice for him. I set the table for us to eat our morning meal there, which we never do and it ended up being one of the best breakfast meals ever because of that. Very relaxing and enjoying each others company. Saturday was a busy day for us, housework, running errands, some shopping, etc. Usually, this leads to getting hungry in the middle of it all and eating at Portillo's or some other similar Chicago favorite. But I'm proud to say I passed by the temptations without a slightest glance! We both ended up kind of thirsty instead and the habit of bringing water with me hasn't set in yet, so we stopped at a 7-11 to get some provisions. I got a bottle of water, and Jack Links Beef and Cheese snack. I know, I know.....horribly processed, and a bit of slip up and I really have no excuse for eating it. Next time we're out and about I hope to just pack a few primal snack items to munch if I get hungry.

                            We also found ourselves obligated to attend two get togethers in the evening, and these tend to send me way off track with all the various food and appetizers around. Our first visit was a family get together with my boyfriend's parents. Lovely people, always a good time and his mom is a fantastic cook from scratch cook! She had her awesome homemade guacamole out and I was hoping for some veggies I could use to dip a few in and savor the taste of the mostly primal goodness (have no idea what she puts in it other than the obvious that I can see), but alas there were pita chips sitting out and I indulged in a few, but I kept my portions in check at least. Waiting for the remaining guests to arrive before diving into dinner was excruciating. Finally, they said let's dive in! There was chuck roast cooked 6 hours in the slow cooker, the usual Spanish rice and beans (his family is hispanic), french baguettes, fruit salad, and potatoes (cooked with the roast). I piled on the roast, ignored the potatoes, and had a side of the fruit instead. very good meal! The meat was fantastic! His mom also bakes homemade Christmas cookies. She had several left over and had them all piled on a tiered presentation dish, I indulged once again on one almond crescent cookie. Then just as we were leaving she broke out the brownies....for which I'm a sucker for and can't resist, no doubt they were made with copious amounts of sugar, but all the same I had one tiny little corner piece as it was offered on our way out the door on to our next get together, and it was absolute heaven of course.

                            The next party was a little easier to resist the temptations because I was full enough from the family dinner. This was a group of friends getting together as a 1st annual New Year's celebration. Lot of people there, and cocktail goodies. Well, for the first half I was excellent...said no to drinks (except water and seltzer water), and other food offerings. Later I was starting to feel a little hungry, so I helped myself to the veggie platter, and had some baby carrots, broccoli, tomato and celery dipped in a tiny bit of ranch dressing each. That sated me for another hour or so and then we found ourselves in the food area again and I sat next to the food table. I indulged once again and had a homemade lemon cookie..bleh...wasn't too impressed with that, and proceeded to fold and indulged in colby jack cheese and Ritz crackers for which I had 6 little 'sandwiches'.

                            Now for me this was an amazing accomplishment! Usually I'll have a great deal amount of everything offered, but I am so proud of myself for exercising the restraint I did!

                            As to how I felt this morning, I can attest that the little I slipped on had its negative effect on my digestive tract. So to get back on track this morning, I had coconut pancakes topped with raspberries and blackberries and a small drizzle of maple syrup ( also substituted honey with the maple syrup in the batter too), and for lunch, after overcoming a mad craving for McDonald's, I enjoyed a wonderful mixed greed salad with Chicken, tomatoes, cucumber, walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, and Seeds of Change dressing. It filled me up before I could finish it all!

                            Have no clue what we're doing for dinner yet this evening so we will be likely scrounging...
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                              Well, I had Portillo's last night because I planted that thought in my brain from earlier. I had a cheeseburger, and cheese fries and a coke. Oh it was tasty, but I regretted it this morning. Woke up with the most horrible tummy cramps! If I had thought just to take out the bread, and not have cheese fries, or the coke (though I only drank a quarter of it). I think I would have been okay. You'd think I'd know by now. Oh well. Today is off to a good start!

                              Breakfast
                              Had some left over bacon from the morning before, leftover coconut pancakes, and handful of blackberries and raspberries and a small drizzle of honey.

                              Lunch
                              Left over roast beef slices, broccoli, baby beets, and soft goat cheese

                              Beverages
                              Green tea (two cups)
                              Fenugreek tea (1 cup)

                              Dinner
                              Planning on cooking up some salmon filets, and fresh green beans

                              I might stop by the store and pick up some cottage cheese and some more bacon for tomorrow, plus I could use some more salad greens. hmmmmm
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