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    Hi All!

    I just joined this forum yesterday and started changing my diet around. Not going to go into the whole history bit again - if anyone wants the full story (and I mean the FULL story - it's a long post), check out the Meet and Greet section

    I'm only *partially* sure of what to put down here, so this is going to be a work in progress for some time, until I get a format down that works for me. For now, I'm kind of basing it off of the 10 rules, just slightly modified. But first, some basics:

    Name: Pranita (I go by Nitha or Narp as well)
    Age: 25
    Height: 5'4"
    Heighest weight (Nov 2010): 222lbs (the series of 2's almost made me giggle)
    Starting weight (as of yesterday): 210lbs
    A couple of significant diagnoses - PCOS, Insulin Resistance, IBS

    I've found that the PCOS is getting better just from cutting out carbs since November. Off of birth control and, while they're not at the point where I can count days like some people I know, my cycle is coming on something of a regular basis again. Hopefully the other two will diminish with all of these changes as well (from what I've read, it seems like that's happened for a few people...)


    Okay, now, onto yesterday:

    Food
    Breakfast - a few slices of summer sausage (I really need to check the ingredients on this - I'm not sure what is in it...)
    Lunch - Salad (Spinach, Broccoli, Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, Onions, Chicken, Ham, Egg, Oil and Balsalmic Vinegar - something about this didn't agree with my stomach. I was definitely sick for a few hours after this)
    Pre-Dinner (I was REALLY hungry when I got home) - a couple handfuls of Pistacios
    Dinner - Hamburger pattie w/ guacamole and pico
    A few hours after dinner - more pistacious and some rasberries

    Something about lunch made me sick, which was kind of suprising. I don't think I've ever reacted that way to a salad - but it was also the first time I tried putting oil and vinegar on my salad. I may just leave it alone for a few days and chalk it up to a change in diet (which my stomach has never reacted well to) and see where I am in a few days. Otherwise, I may need to start cutting out the vinegar or the oil (hopefully not both).

    Exercise/Sunlight/Play
    I think this is always going to be the biggest hurdle for me. I didn't do any specific exercising. I did make an effort to take stairs instead of elevators during the day, but having a desk job usually means you don't move around a whole lot. I did also make an effort to do as much walking as I could outside (work campus has a lot of underground tunnels connecting every building to each other - I was trying not to take them yesterday) - I probably got more sun than usual, but I'm not sure if it was enough.

    Sleep
    Slept a lot last night, which was a nice change. I did have to kick the cats out of my room to do it, though. I never sleep quite as soundly when they sleep on the bed next to me. Still debating whether or not I should do that every night or if I should try and slowly get used to them being around - hopefully when I'm used to them I'll sleep more while they're nearby.

    Trauma/Posionous Things
    I've always been a worry wart I think it comes with the territory of an anxiety disorder. I don't know how to not imagine the worst case scenario and take steps to make sure something bad doesn't happen (though a lot of time that means just NOT doing anything at all). Nothing of note on that front for yesterday. In terms of poisonous thing, just a note to myself: AVOID the desert line in the cafeteria at work. Really - just don't look. It will do you no good.

    Mind
    I honestly think I OVERuse my mind at work sometimes, and typically when I come home the last thing I want to do is try and work it anymore. I should probably find a way to change that. Definitely didn't do much of anything last night, other than reading PB
    ~Nitha

  • #2
    Welcome, Nitha! (I'm gonna stalk you girl)

    re: the anxiety - do you take any supplements? if you're open to it, I would suggest taking magnesium (there are a bunch of threads in the forum), because it helps 'reverse' IR and can also help with sleep and anxiety! I almost feel like I'm 'cheating at life' by taking it sometimes, haha.

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    • #3
      I hadn't heard of magnesium before, so I will have to check that out. Currently taking a multivitamin, fish oil tablets, and vitamin D, so I have no problem with supplements I will have to check out magnesium as well!

      And please, stalk away! It gives me someone to talk to! (and if you haven't figured out already, I like to talk )
      ~Nitha

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      • #4
        Hi All,

        Back again for another day I still need to get myself over to a grocery store to try out the magnesium, but I haven't managed to do so yet. Here's how yesterday went:

        Food
        Breakfast: California Cutie (I LOVE these things) and some Pistacios
        Lunch: I got a salad like yesterdays, but I only really picked at it. I HAD be hungry about an hour before I got to lunch, but I was stuck in a meeting and couldn't get away. By the time I got to the cafeteria, I wasn't really hungry anymore.
        Pre-Dinner: Pistacios
        Dinner: Same as yesterday as well (there were leftovers )
        Post-Dinner: Dark Chocolate

        Still a little sick to my stomach after lunch yesterday - something about that salad just doesn't agree with me. I'm going to try getting rid of the balsalmic vinegar and seeing how things go today (assuming I'm hungry for lunch...) I had a massive craving for chocolate after dinner yesterday - not sure why, but I had to have something, so that's what it ended up being. At least that's the last of it in my apartment.


        Exercise/Sunlight/Play
        I'm just trying to work a little more movement into my day-to-day life. I have an 8-hour (more like 10-hour most days) desk job that doesn't really afford much movement. IT Industry usually means you spend far too long staring at a computer screen. I did park on the other side of the parking garage so I had to walk through it more, as well as taking the stairs whenever I could. I was outside as much as I could be when I was walking between buildings. Then, after work yesterday, I decided to take a little adventure. I had been toying with the idea of starting to walk to the grocery store and Target that are nearby my apartment (they're the two stores I most frequent). Grocery store is litterally right across the street - but I had never bothered to walk there, always just jumping in the car. Target is a little further, but not a bad distance. So I decided to experiment a little yesterday and walk to the Target, just to see how far away it was and how long it would take. I was expecting to take 45 minutes to an hour to get there. Yeah - it took me about 15 minutes. Apparently I'm a bad judge of distances on foot! I walked there, wandered around the store a bit, and then walked back. It was barely 45 minutes by the time I got home. I was kind of dissapointed - I was expecting a much longer walk! But I think I'll start walking to the grocery store and Target from now on, instead of driving up to them Seems like a pretty easy way to get some extra walking in.

        Sleep
        Not so good last night. I was on my computer until about 9pm and knew I wasn't going to fall asleep right away after that, so I found an old book of mine to read for a little bit. Well, a little bit turned into reading until midnight...when I finally did fall asleep, the cats kept waking me up by yowling outside my door. Woke up two or three times to shoo them away. All-in-all, not a very good night of sleep for me.

        Trauma/Posionous Things
        Walking along the side of the road to get to Target certainly FELT like a big risk in my head, but I was on the sidewalk next to the road, and on the furthest edge of the sidewalk that you could get from the road. The only way a car would hit if me if it was aiming for me!

        Mind
        This really got nothing yesterday. I was beat when I got home. Vegged out in front of the TV and computer and really didn't do much of anything. Will probably be the same way tonight, honestly.
        ~Nitha

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        • #5
          Hi Nitha! Welcome, and good luck on your journey! It really doesn't look like you are eating much at all, which could be why you are not feeling great and a little queasy.
          For lots of tasty recipes, check out my blog -http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/

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          • #6
            Really? But I'm never hungry past all of that...maybe add more oil or butter to the meals as they are now? Cause I don't think I could eat much more if I wanted to! Thank you for the advice!
            ~Nitha

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            • #7
              What is a california cutie?

              You might want to try downloading f.lux onto your computer.... after sunset, the light from the computer screen becomes more yellow and less blue, and so computer use interferes with your circadian rhythm less, and I've found that it's easier for me to get to sleep ever since I started using it.

              +1 on incorporating moving slowly into your daily routine! My friends who think that you *have* to go to the gym to 'work out' are kind of annoyed/confused by the fact that I've stopped going to the gym and am losing weight when I didn't before, haha. I prefer just walking outside, especially now that it's spring, and it's easier on the feet than being on an elliptical machine is too.

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              • #8
                Welcome! I'm new too...I'm also ravenous all the time. You definitely seem to not be eating enough, but I guess listening to your body is really the key, right? Also we don't know what your portion sizes are! Good luck

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by imasin View Post
                  What is a california cutie?

                  You might want to try downloading f.lux onto your computer.... after sunset, the light from the computer screen becomes more yellow and less blue, and so computer use interferes with your circadian rhythm less, and I've found that it's easier for me to get to sleep ever since I started using it.

                  +1 on incorporating moving slowly into your daily routine! My friends who think that you *have* to go to the gym to 'work out' are kind of annoyed/confused by the fact that I've stopped going to the gym and am losing weight when I didn't before, haha. I prefer just walking outside, especially now that it's spring, and it's easier on the feet than being on an elliptical machine is too.
                  California Cutie is kind of like a tangerine. They're pretty close, at least, and I think they're DELICIOUS! One of my favorite fruits, and this coming from a girl that isn't that fond of fruit!

                  I downloaded f.lux as soon as I read your post. We'll see how it works tonight. Thanks for the tip!

                  Originally posted by tanyayogi View Post
                  Welcome! I'm new too...I'm also ravenous all the time. You definitely seem to not be eating enough, but I guess listening to your body is really the key, right? Also we don't know what your portion sizes are! Good luck
                  Yeah, but I'm also very good at not knowing what my body is trying to tell me - it wouldn't be the first time that I just didn't notice that I was hungry. I will try and include portion sizes in my next post - that's another thing I'm not so good at, but I'm trying to learn Thanks for your reply!
                  ~Nitha

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                  • #10
                    Welcome and best of luck on your primal adventure! I would recommend taking control of your stress (worrying) as soon as possible. It's easy to start; take 1 minutes out of your day to have nothing else going on, breathe deeply, and if you start worrying then gently remind yourself to focus on the positive. With time, your mind will start to take the cues more and more often.

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                    • #11
                      Another day, another learning experience

                      Food
                      Breakfast: Nothing - was not hungry at all in the morning
                      Lunch: Fish (kind of like a large crab-cake) and about a cup of greens
                      Pre-Dinner: Pistacios (I LOVE these silly things)
                      Dinner: 1/2 pound ground beef, avacado, pico (Only ate 2/3 of this)

                      So with all the mentions yesterday of not eating enough, I got worried when I got to dinner and was not at all hungry. So I made myself dinner anyway and started to eat. Umm...yeah, bad idea. I forced down about 2/3 of it, and boy did I ever feel nauseous by the end of that. Whats worse? Woke up at 3am with my stomach feeling like something was clawing it's way out from the inside. Aweful, aweful pain. A couple of bowl movements and a little bit more sleep, and I was fine, but the one lesson learned here for me: Don't eat if you're not hungry. It's really not worth it.


                      Exercise/Sunlight/Play
                      There has been no Sun in Wisconsin for a few days now. We've been blesseed with overcast skies and mixed rain and snow. So no real sun yesterday. However, when me and a coworker had to visit someone on the other end of campus, I convinced him to walk over instead of picking up a phone. We did a lot of that outside. Then we turned around and walked over to another person's office to work on some other stuff. Probably ended up with about 30 minutes of walking total from those excursions (we have a BIG campus). Good thing we walked then, cause by the time I got home it was raining and miserable out - no walking done after work! I'm still parking on the far side of the garage and taking stairs and such. A little bit at a time, I'm just trying to incorporate it into my day.

                      Sleep
                      Other than my stomach waking me up rather rudely at 3am, I slept pretty well. Feel asleep at 9am, woke up at 3. Probably fell asleep again at 4-ish and woke up at 7:30. So, just about 9 hours combined. Still a little groggy this morning, though.

                      Trauma/Posionous Things
                      Nothing interesting for yesterday.

                      Mind
                      Nothing for yesterday either. I came home, trolled MDA a bit, and then read most of the evening. I didn't even stay on my computer long enough to figure out if the f.lux program works or not! Oh well, there's always this evening!
                      ~Nitha

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                      • #12
                        Hi All! Back for a check-in from yesterday...

                        Food
                        Breakfast: Nothing - was not hungry at all in the morning
                        Lunch: 2 Porkchops, greens, onions, tomatoes, and a few red potatoes
                        Pre-Dinner: Pistacios (I LOVE these silly things)
                        Dinner: Last 1/3 of the dinner from Friday, Rasberries, California Cutie
                        Post-Dinner: 1/2 Dark Chocolate bar

                        Was still a little stomach sick throughout the day yesterday. It seemed like eating anything at all was just irritating my stomach. Not horribly irritated, but enough to notice every time I ate. It seemed better by the end of the day, though.

                        Exercise/Sunlight/Play
                        It was another beautiful, cloudy, rainy, snowy, cold day in Madison. There was no sunlight to be had. I did spend the day out with two friends, shopping. On our feet for a full 6 hours. We were looking for bridesmaid dresses (one of my friends is getting married in September). It was fun, though. We enjoyed just being silly and girly for a few hours together!

                        Sleep
                        Sleep last night was AWESOME! Fell asleep around 10pm, woke up for maybe 10 minutes around 3am, but I was pretty much half asleep and didn't really notice. Woke up fully at 7am, bright-eyed and bushy tailed. Definitely a very good sleep

                        Trauma/Posionous Things
                        Nothing interesting for yesterday.

                        Mind
                        Nothing big for yesterday. Spent the day shopping, spent the evening reading. It was a nice way to spend a Saturday!
                        ~Nitha

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                        • #13
                          Looks like things are going well! How are things lately?

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