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    I'm going to start my 30 day challenge today (as I'm typing this, my hands are shaking and my mind is saying, "Wait just one more day!"). Since I have a bunch of meat in the freezer already, I'm not going to go buy more atm, although I found a site that ships grass fed meat from 2 hours away. Problem is, I'll be spending probably over $100 every 2 weeks on food. But... it seems worth it. I'm so conflicted! I could go to my local butcher shop and get 90% lean beef 10 lbs. for $23, but which is better?


    Anyway I decide, here are my rules:


    1. Only meat for 30 days. Not necessarily only organic (I'm doing baby steps, I've decided), but as long as it's less than 5g carbs, I'm ok.


    2. No soft drinks. Only water.


    3. If I choose to drink alchohol, it must be red wine, and I can only "go overboard" once a week.


    4. Try to eliminate coffee unless I can have it without any sweetener. If I can't, I'll go with tea.

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    So. Thus far, I've had a few pieces of salami for breakfast. Um... going well.


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    So, upon reading others' journals, I see that everyone's also tracking their progress as well as posting self-perscribed rules, and I like that.


    Thus far, eating MOSTLY low carb (as opposed to Primal, which is more organic meats) for the past few weeks, I have not tracked my weight. One reason, because I don't own a scale, but also because I'm afraid of what the numbers would say. Instead, I'm keeping tabs on how I feel, energy levels, etc.


    Right now, I feel so much thinner, and -haha- my stomach doesn't stick out past my boobs anymore. Overall, I just don't feel so jiggly and gross. I can't really tell if my pants are looser yet since I wear them fairly big anyways.


    I am experiencing a lot of brain fog, particularly when waking up, but it seems to go away soon after (it may just be the coffee I'm drinking just minutes after posting in my rules that I'm not to drink it!).


    Energy levels are slowly rising, I think. It's never been a secret that carbs have slowed me down and made me super tired for years. I cannot believe how eliminating grains and things makes breathing so much easer. It's crazy - I always thought it was because I ate too much and my stomache pushed on my lungs (is that even possible? haha).


    Well, we'll see where this 30 day challenge takes me. As long as I don't gain weight, I'll be happy - hah! I'll weigh myself at my mom's in early November.


    Next months challenge, I've already decided is going to be just like this one except with grass-fed meats -- unless, of course, I decide to purchase a bunch next paycheck.

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      One of the things you're discovering is how grains increase inflammation - and when you stop eating them, it's amazing how much easier it is to breathe (among other things). I personally had rheumatoid arthritis, IBS and migraines, and all of them disappeared when I cut out grains. And although I'm still having my seasonal fall nasal allergies, the effects are much less pronounced this year than in previous years, probably because I'm not eating wheat anymore.


      I'd also like to suggest a cheaper alternative to meat - whole eggs (not just the whites, you NEED the yolks). I buy about four dozen a week, which is still less than $100 a month expenditure, and eat five to six every day. Look for cage-free, free-roaming if possible, and enhanced Omega-3. You'll know they're enhanced if their yolks are darker yellow or orange (orange is better and more flavorful). We eat meat too, every day, but eggs are a good protein and fat source as well.


      The ratio I live by these days is 70-80% fat, 25-30% protein, and no more than 40g of carbs per day (and I try to hit below 30). Hope this alleviates your fears about "too much fat." No such thing!


      Reading your posts, I have no doubt you'll succeed. Keep us updated on your progress!

      Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

      Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


      Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

      My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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        Thanks so much for the encouragement and advice, Griff! I'm so excited you posted on my journal! I love reading your posts. You're such a warm person and your posts always make me happy


        I love eggs. They're so versatile, you can put anything in them, and I don't know why I don't eat more. I have to look for a place that sells free range.


        Yeah, the breathing thing is huge for me, because I was getting scared about asthma and stuff like that. I, too, have a nearly debilitating problem with migranes. I have noticed that my seizures have cleared up (petite mal or something like that. My mind just loses the control of my body, so I stare off and my hands or whatever go on autopilot but mostly just don't move.), and just realized that I haven't actually had a migrane in the past week! Is that because of inflammation too?

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          Hi again wrinkledamanda: Yes, all of that could be due to gluten or grain intolerance in your body, which is now saying "FINALLY! YOU LISTENED TO ME!" I also used to have pinprick seizures like you're describing; that's now a thing of the past for me.


          I'm convinced that my late father's migraines and other health problems were directly related to a wheat allergy. They tried everything and nothing helped, but they never looked at his diet. I'm sorry he never got the benefit of primal nutrition.

          Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

          Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


          Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

          My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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            It's a shame that nobody looks at their diet. So many of people's problems are because of diet, but instead of taking a look at that we cover up the symptoms by taking meds without ever looking at the source. I read somewhere this weekend that food is medicine - and we're medicating ourselves with toxic processed crap that resembles nothing like what nature already provides. I've always known this, I just didn't know what was the right diet and medicine. It's amazing how I feel when I eat right.


            I've been thinking about asking the bf if he'll go on a 20 minute walk with me after work. He could benefit from excersize, too. We could just take a nice little walk through the park. It'll be a great way to decrease stress and get us both out into nature (which has always calmed and stabled me so), and elevate our moods.


            I've decided that I'm definately going for the grass-fed food this next Thursday. There is no reason not to.


            I've also definately decided to just cut the coffee. I'm drinking tea right now, and feel superb. I only got about 4 hours of sleep today, but I'm not tired yet - which is amazing in itself! - and part of it I think is due to the fact that I laid in bed for a little bit stretching and lightly breathing and thinking about what I'm going to do in order to get ready for work instead of jumping out of bed and being pissed off the whole time I'm getting ready. No complaints! I should feel lucky I have a job and an apartment.


            I just love salmon smothered in olive oil and parmesan cheese and basil. I had that just now and it rocked.

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            • #7
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              Man, I am not doing well. The coffee thing isn't going badly (I broke down and had a cup with 1 1/2 tbsp sugar yesterday and might again today -- that's not horrible, right? Maybe it is...), and I made strong black tea and had a bunch of that tonight.

              The food part is going so well, but it's the booze I'm lovin on too much.


              I had 2 small bottles of wine and 3 beers. And a shot of vodka. Well... maybe two. See, I need to write it down so I can lay it out in front of my own eyes. I'm getting worried about addiction. I didn't realize I drank so much until I tried to stop. It's something to think about.

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                all those beverages in one sitting???????

                well....I like booze too, and hubby makes it! Its omnipresent! I keep it to a minimum (compared to former days). Lst night though, I had a shot of bourbon, and hours later a shot of hubby's Port! so delicious!

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                  Yeah, all of those in one sitting... And it's not like relaxing on a day off, either. I do this on a work night (morning). I reeeeally need to cut it back. I didn't have any today, though, so that's good. I've just got to take it day by day.


                  In better news, I IF'd without even trying! I didn't realize I was doing it until my stomach started growling and I just made a passing choice not to eat. It was more of a, "Lets see how things go" than a conscious choice, actually, and I'm still not hungry, not dizzy, not grouchy, not tired. I had a little bit of shrimp at around 1:20 am on 10/5, and when I got home around 8:00 am, I had 2 small minute steaks and haven't eaten since, though I don't feel any different. It's... amazing. I'm constantly in awe of how my body is adapting to this new way of eating, and I gotta say, I'm really enjoying it. I even reccomended a friend from a different forum because she's in the same sinking boat I was in.


                  I finished reading the book today, and those last couple chapters were full of inspiring advice on basically how to spend money, do things because it's fun, and just how to enjoy life. I know a lot of people who forget about this so often and they're suffering because if it. My mom, for instance, constantly asks me when I'm going to grow up (My answer is, If I survive 2012). Well, I've got a job which is a feat in itself in these times, a bf whom I love unconditionally, a crappy apartment that's really small, but maybe that's a huge sign for me to toss some unnecessary material things - and not buy more - and I don't see why I should change any of that right now because I'm happy! She mocked me vehemently for a long time because I told her I liked being poor (one can romanticize it so that it looks glamorous), and I do. It forces me to stay humble and grounded. Money isn't everything. I'd rather have time for friends and family (but also have enough to keep myself afloat of course) than have a career that keeps me away from things I love. If that's bad, then I'll keep living wrong.

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                    I've got it. I've finally found the solution to help me not drink. For one thing, thwere's a website that I enjoy visiting when I'm down because it makes me feel better that there are people who fu** their lives worse than I can. It's textsfromlastnight.com. It's hilarious and a great mind-numbing read, but I realized earlier that it really makes me want to drink. So, no more of that. I'm banned. Surprisingly, that was a huge factor. But...

                    Cher has always been a huge idol of mine, and I recall an interview where she said she never drank and never smoked. Wow. She really is an amazing role model. <3


                    I&#39;m getting my sh** together!

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                    • #11
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                      Well, this weekend I didn&#39;t fall off the wagon so much as divebomb headfirst. It started with a bottle of wine Friday night when I wanted to have a couple drinks while I finished up the painting for my mom&#39;s birthday... which escalated into 3 bottles of wine, 1/2 bottle of vodka, and no finished painting. Actually I was not productive at all. Then Saturday, still hung over when I went into work, I ordered a hoagie and a pizza. Having not eaten on Friday or all day Saturday, I wanted something quick. So... I wound up eating all of the hoagie and half the pizza, which I finished Sunday morning along with a bowl of ice cream. Yuck. I was not satisfied whatsoever, so I&#39;m wondering why I kept eating. I&#39;m thinking that&#39;s just because it was there which NEEDS. TO. STOP.


                      I&#39;ve come up with a second solution, since the last one worked surprisingly well until I decided I was going to relax with some paints and a bottle. I will buy ONE bottle of wine per week. ONE. And that&#39;s all I get. If I can successfully drink no more than that per week for 3 months, I will reward myself. I&#39;ve been wanting to get my nostrils punched at 10g for awhile, and if I can complete my goal, I&#39;ll finally do that for myself (if finances permit, of course). The next paycheck I can afford to do this, I will purchase the jewelry to really set my sights. I would like a new tattoo, but I don&#39;t want it to look all wierd once I reach my weight loss goal, so better to get a new piercing instead. Fun yay!


                      The third solution is to drink out of one of those dinky wine glasses. And sip. I love to drink (read: chug) from the bottle, and I can no longer do that because I don&#39;t guage how much I drink. I get caught up in the moment and lose myself. So if I really enjoy the wine and the flavors and take my time, I shouldn&#39;t have this problem.


                      I feel good about my solutions. I&#39;m getting back on track with some fish, and I had eggs earlier which helped. I need to incorporate some excersizes (I got so energized last week a few times and danced. Does that count?), so I&#39;ll either do some dancing, or I&#39;ll lace up my sneakers - asking for vibram 5 fingers for Christmas - and just make an effort to get outside. Something to move around. Just something.


                      I&#39;ll get there.

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                        It worked! Whoopee! Only one glass today!!! And I didn&#39;t fill it up the whole way, either. I took my time and sipped it and savored the flavors, and honestly, it was way more satisfying than chugging from the bottle. I am so proud. Happy holey nostrils (again...) here I come! Well, that and weight loss. You know, that&#39;s good, too...

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                        • #13
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                          Sweet. No drinks today but water and coffee. With the coffee, I&#39;m putting in less and less sugar, and I got heavy whipping cream, which is delicious.


                          I had hard salami and provolone cheese before bed (on sale, and soooo good! Though I think I may have to cut out the cheese) and eggs smothered in butter and onions, and when I woke up I made develed eggs with mayo, parmesan cheese, and black pepper. Soo good! And then I&#39;ll of course have my salmon with olive oil and parmesan, and delicious minute steaks when I get home from work.


                          After my stint with Dominos this weekend, I&#39;m trying to get back to my plan - which worked so well. I&#39;m not sure why I bought the cheese today, but that&#39;ll be cut out. The salami is for snacks, and I&#39;ll just keep to the plan that worked well for me. It&#39;s best when I just stick to the same thing every day. Especially if it works.

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                            Huh. I was wondering why I hadn&#39;t felt so awesome in the past week. I plugged my meals into Fitday and found out why. I guess I do need to do that every day. It really helps because I plug in everything that goes into my mouth, and if I don&#39;t want to put it into the calculator, I just won&#39;t eat it. It&#39;s surprisingly effective.


                            Drinking&#39;s been well. Meaning I just haven&#39;t. "Sensible indulgences" just aren&#39;t working out in my favor, so I&#39;ll stick to eating only meat. I kind of went overboard on the dark chocolate, so I must cut that out. Chicken wings (hot or medium -- no bbq sauce or anything like that) sound good right about now. Mmmmm chickens...


                            J might be joining me in my meat eating endeavors which is cool and very nice of him. He knows I like PB a lot and feel good regardless of whether or not I&#39;m losing weight, so that&#39;s some special encouragement besides. He doesn&#39;t think he can get rid of the rice and Hamburger Helper, but I think he can with a little effort.

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                            • #15
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                              Hey there - well done with the drinking. Several years ago I used to regularly get home from work and crack open a bottle of wine. At the time, I thought it was fine, but looking back, it really wasn&#39;t.


                              I&#39;ve worked out since that i have an addictive/obsessive personality, so having certain things in moderation is hard for me unless I walk away from the temptation for a long time. So now I can take or leave drinking, a d if go on a night out, I can stick to two glasses of wine and that&#39;s that.


                              Right now, I&#39;m being very primal indeed, and loving every minute of it. Today is my second IF day in a row and then I&#39;ll give it a break for a few days. Let&#39;s see what happens!


                              Enjoy!

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