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  • Siouxie's own version of the Primal/Paleo diet

    Ok here goes....

    Basically I've always thought I was reasonably healthy, hardly ever got sick, but always had/have a general feeling of lethargy and mental fog, finding it hard to verbally articulate myself and finding it easier to be solitary.

    Also - the major reason behind my diet/lifestyle change is my skin - nasty cystic adult acne. I am no longer on hormonal birth control (not that it helped) but I am on an antibiotic which I began around the same time as these changes about a month ago.

    So far in the last few days I have noticed an increase in energy, and possibly a less foggy brain. My eyes look clearer too. Week 2 or 3 into it I went on holiday and spent hours around the pool in the sun and by then end of the week my skin was looking clearer - so I may also have a Vit D deficiency, which is no surprise as I spend 5 days a week in an office and actively avoided the sun every day.

    So as well as dietary changes I make an effort to get a good amount of sun on my arms, legs and face every day, with a zinc supplement and probiotic every day as well.

    So my diet is pretty much wheat/diary/grain/sugar/tomato/most fruit free.

    My day usually consists of:

    Morning: Probiotic. Fresh lemon juice with filtered water.
    B: Cubed sweet potato steamed in the microwave, sometimes with avocado, 1-2 organic detox green tea.
    L: Green spinach-y salad with pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Sometimes avocado. Zinc. 1-2 green tea.
    D: Salmon (occasionally chicken) with more sweet potato or fresh/frozen veges such as pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower etc cooked with Organic unrefined coconut oil
    Night: Antibiotic. Sometimes more lemon juice & water.
    Snacks: Nuts & Seeds: Brazil, Almonds, Pepitas, felafels made from packet mix, small can of 4 bean mix.

    Today I bought a 1kg packet of frozen blueberries and free range eggs with no added hormones or antibiotics and will include them in my snacks.

    I was completely sober for the first 3 weeks but have been drinking vodka and soda on occasion recently (and red wine last night when I went out to dinner) so have been cheating, but will tighten things up from now on and only drink if I'm heading out at night, which isnt every week.

    I'm giving the drugs 3-6 months so the diet has time to kick in, then I'm going to gradually wean myself off.

    Has anyone here seen good results in their skin problems?? How long did it take? Thanks.
    Last edited by siouxie84; 04-24-2011, 03:13 AM.

  • #2
    Hi Siouxie. Welcome.

    Are you ok with meat? (Beef, lamb, etc.) Sounds like you may need more saturated fat. Coconut if you don't do meat or dairy.

    Go very easy on nuts, seeds and beans.

    Red wine and other non-grain drinks are fine, in moderation (like one drink/day.)

    Do you track what you eat? Are you getting enough food?

    Might try vitamin D3 supplement, or have your level tested if you can.

    Good luck with primal.
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    • #3
      Thanks Hedonist.

      I haven't ruled out red meat all together, I will eat it occasionally (as in every few weeks) but as a personal choice I don't buy it when I go shopping.

      I have started using coconut oil when I fry things up and steam things in the microwave. I even tried pouring a little bit onto a plate, solidifying it in the fridge and eating it like that - not bad but not overly tasty either.

      I'm eating brazil nuts, almonds and pepitas because of their beneficial Vitamin and mineral content for my skin. Almonds especially have Vit E which is one of the best Vit's for skin. I should cut down tho, but they are so easy to eat as a snack.

      Today's food was:

      B: Boiled egg. Steamed sweet potato with coconut oil. Spinach and avocado. Green Tea.
      S: Black tea
      L: Chicken, lettuce and cucumber salad.
      S: Lemon Juice, nuts, blueberries, small amount of canned 4 bean mix, leftover sweet potato/spinach/avo from breakfast, chicken. Green Tea.
      D: Salmon cutlet, coconut oil, sweet potato, leek and pumpkin (and 2 hot chips )

      I might have some more blueberries for dessert later if I feel like it.

      I got plenty of sun being outside for an ANZAC day parade so I got my Vit D. As for my skin progress - a few under the skin bumps that I feared would erupt into cysts still have not shown up and I don't think they will. My skin is predominatly just dull spot scars which is an improvement, but still frustrating. I know they will fade but I'm so impatient!


      • #4
        I've had good results in terms of skin changes after going Primal. It took about 8-10 weeks for me to clue in to the changes, though. Change is still ongoing but certainly noticeable to me. In addition to better skin, I find it's also less sensitive, which is a plus.
        August 2010: 207 lb, 37" waist, 25+% BF | Currently: 177 lb, 33" waist, ~15% BF

        I have a new site up and will soon be blogging at The Wayward Mind. (My journal is semi-retired at this point)


        • #5
          Hit a new low weight today - 56.4kg (I'm 165ish cm) which takes me to the lowest end of the 'acceptable' BMI range.

          Is good (what girl doesnt like losing a little pudge?) but also a little worrying. I was never overweight to begin with so if I keep losing weight I'll be skeletal. 55kg is my ideal weight so I have a little more room to play around in.

          I have gone back on my No Red Meat preference.

          Yesterday my legs were feeling weird, kind of tired and lethargic and I've noticed that whilst I have more energy I still feel lethargic - if that makes sense, so I ran out and got some marinated kangaroo steaks - 2% fat and high in iron. The marinade probably isnt primal (not to mention all the additives etc) but the normal stuff is too gamey-tasting for me. Will make my own marinade next time.

          Very tasty. Will keep the 'Roo on the menu methinks.

          I havent been exercising (what a waste of money that gym membership has been) but only because I dont want to sweat with makeup on until my skin sorts itself out. Plus winter is creeping in - less sun!

          May have to invest in a good Vit D supplement - anyone know who does a good Vit D in Australia? Blackmores?


          • #6
            Ate like a pig today - all primal - but a lot of it. I think my monthly is due tomorrow which could explain it.

            Being on the birth control implant caused my cycle to be not so cyclic (sp?). It was so irregular I had no idea when it would arrive until I got some minor symptoms in the days beforehand. I had it removed in January this year, and my second cycle after removal was 26 days after the one prior, and tomorrow is day 26 again, so if it arrives in the next 1-3 days I will be happy as this means my hormones are balancing out.

            Another good thing is that I havent gotten the usual PMS symptoms either, which weren't major to begin with, but regardless they have lessened. Another good sign!!

            Food today:

            B: Sweet potato and avocado. Lots of Green Tea.
            L: Spinach, chicken and avo salad
            D: Salmon fillet with bok choy and leek with coconut oil
            S: Lemon juice, brazil nuts, blueberries, more sweet potato, sml tinned salmon, coconut oil, hazelnuts.

            Doesnt look like much after I've written it out, but it was. Blerghh fat tummy.


            • #7
              It's a friday. Had 2 glasses of red wine with the workmates and have had a few vodka's with soda water and a generous splash of fresh lemon juice at home watching the royal wedding.

              My monthly didnt come today. Had a few crampy pains, but that could've been digestion related. Still have a few days to play around with before I get concerned about my hormone level.

              Food today:

              B: Sweet potato, lots of green tea.
              L: Bought salad of spinach, chicken, cucumber, onion, black olives, roasted pumpkin and avocado mayo.
              D: Marinated kangaroo, bok choy, leek and sweet potato.
              S: lemon juice, packet mix falafels, coconut oil, brazil & hazelnuts, blueberries, roast veal (vodka + red wine).

              Sun exposure was limited to about 10-ish minutes. It can be a pain working in an office all day, you get to late afternoon before you realise you havent been outside, and by that time it's too late. Will definately be making up for it this weekend. Will even go for a walk or 2.


              • #8
                Lazy Saturday today, visited a farmers market for the first time (omg that german sausage bbq made my mouth water!!) and did some experimenting in the kitchen.

                I made my first green smoothie, and I have to say it was quite tasty!:
                1 can of reduced fat organic coconut milk

                And I also threw together a coconut slice:
                1/2C almond meal
                1C shredded coconut (it wasnt until I got home that I read the ingredients list - added sugar and additives! - I didnt want to waste it but will be a bit more vigilent next time, it just goes to show that manufacturers will add in extra crap whenever they get the chance!)
                1 free range egg (fresh from the farmers market!)
                Lemon essence.
                Makes about 8 small slices. Tasted lovely raw but held it's shape better after I baked it. The added sugar definately had me comeing back for more

                Another "raw food" product I found today is a snack bar by 'Raw Revolution' and they have 4 flavours - I had cashew and agave nectar, they also had chocolate and agave, chocolate and coconut and spirulina and cashew (they were all out of the spirulina, otherwise I would have gotten that one). All organic and very very tasty. Will definately go back for the spirulina one.

                EDIT: Just did a search on agave nectar on this site - have now found out it is just as bad, if not worse, than normal sugar shame.

                Also made Kale chips with EVOO and himalayan crystal salt. I bought 2 massive bunches of kale today (I was a kale virgin until today) and I have no idea what I'm gonna do with it all!

                Had a high, stable level of energy today even without any carbs (which I mostly get from sweet potato, will have some for dinner soon though). I was so motivated that I even sat down to do some boring study! Only managed a few pages though Got a fair amount of sun - there was no cloud cover so didn't need to stay out for long.

                Going out for lunch tomorrow and we are checking out a boutique chocolate store that has just opened in town. Their hot chocolate is to die for! Unfortunately I can't have any as they more than likely use diary milk but I may give in to 1 or 2 dark choc truffles. Will also try to make some almond meal and coconut milk pancakes if I wake up early enough.

                Time for some more vodka and soda methinks!
                Last edited by siouxie84; 05-01-2011, 03:01 AM.


                • #9
                  My hormones are definately on their way to balancing, got my monthly on day 28 exactly which is great news, and basically no pms symptoms at all. The naturopath I saw earlier made me do a saliva hormone test which showed that my ratio of estrogen/progesterone/testosterone was that of a post-menopausal woman! (I'm 27 btw) and as far as I can gather I was estrogen dominant, which causes all types of problems.

                  Skin wise I've been better - nothing new but some existing non-inflammed whiteheads have decided to start to come out, which they eventually had to I suppose. Red marks still bother me.

                  It was (and still will be) a very indulgent day. Tried to make some pancakes with almond meal, coconut milk, egg and blueberries for breakfast. EPIC FAIL!! it just couldn't stick together in the pan ah well gotta try these things. I ended up chucking the rest of the mix in the oven and baking a very large chewy cookie-thing.

                  Went to visit the chocolate shop today and I'm very proud to say that I resisted ordering the very best hot chocolate in the world and had a peppermint tea instead (I have a tiny sip of my friends hot choc tho - sooooooo good). I did buy 4 little truffles - all dark chocolate but some have gooey centres, and a small block of 100% chocolate. Wow that stuff tastes absolutely foul by itself! Will have to melt a bit down and mix it with some coconut milk or my green smoothies.

                  We then went for lunch and I had a beautiful melt-in-the-mouth beef cheek with red wine 'jus', grilled bacon and a big half field mushroom. Unfortunately it was all on a big bed of whipped potato (whipped with cream by the looks of it!) I managed to scrape most of it to the side but I did ingest some of it. And for dinner I'm meeting another friend at a pub, so more alcohol and more food.

                  I have ordered my very own copy of the Primal Blueprint book - can't wait until that arrives!
                  Last edited by siouxie84; 05-01-2011, 02:54 AM.


                  • #10
                    Grrrrr. My skin is being very sh!tty today. Nothing new, just existing little ones becoming big inflammed ones. I will not pick. I will not pick. They have to come out I suppose - but why cant they just dry up and fall out like good little pimples?!?!?!?!? It's also a bit more oily than usual, but that might be due to that time of the month.

                    I've noticed that because I'm not getting as many carbs I need to graze all day. That being said my energy levels are still stable throughout the day and I'm always in a good mood, which is a plus for my stress levels (and for my skin).

                    Dinner last night was good - sizzling garlic and chilli prawns with a dressed salad and 2 glasses of red wine. The salad came with 6 huge slices of turkish bread on top - I mean come on! 1 or 2 might be ok to soak up the prawn oil if you wanted to...but 6?? P2P (prior to primal) I would have eaten at least 3 or 4 of those slices.

                    My dining partner is a naturopath, and she commented on my weight loss - which must be a bit more advanced than I thought. I told her that I wasn't eating wheat and grains as well as dairy and sugar, and she confirmed that a lot of her clients feel better when they are off gluten, and that it irritates your stomach (or digestive system or something like that). So I'm very happy that a flesh and blood person has confirmed what I am doing isn't completely nuts!

                    I have noticed whilst I've been eating out that 85% - 90% of the meals on the menu will include either potatoes, pasta or rice, have bread on the side and/or a creamy dressing. No wonder everyone is getting fat when it's so hard to choose a meal without heavy carbs to go with it. If it's on the plate, you feel the need to eat it or else you're not getting your money's worth.

                    Food today:

                    B: Green smoothie (kale, blueberries, coconut milk), sweet potato, lotsa green tea.
                    L: Leftover blueberrie & almond meal cookie-thing, boiled egg, spinach & pumpkin salad.
                    D: Salmon, McCain sweet potato superfries, frozen mixed vege stirfry in coconut oil.
                    S: Brazil nuts, tinned salmon, more leftover cookie-thing, smoothie, 2 falafels, lemon juice, dark chocolate truffle.

                    I've just smashed up some frozen blueberries and mixed them with some coconut oil and put it in the fridge to harden - hopefully will taste nice.

                    Exercise today was a small walk at lunch to the park where I sat in the sun for 30 mins or so.
                    Last edited by siouxie84; 05-02-2011, 04:35 AM.


                    • #11
                      My appetite has calmed down today, I don't feel the need to continuously chew on something like I have been the last few days. I've never really paid attention to minor things like my appetite before, because I've never really been conscious of my hormones and how they actually have such a profound effect on my entire being.

                      It's quite scary to think that we have the very easy ability to feel amazing and work on such a high level, but we succumb to media advertising and believe that big business' products will make us feel better, which they may do for a short while before making us feel worse (alcohol), or they may make one part of you better whilst poisoning another part (such as body cream which may make your skin smooth, but contains parabens which poison your insides and affect your hormones). The compounded impact of all these different poisons that we put in our bodies dulls our ability to understand how we are really feeling, and we dont understand that until we experience the feeling of proper health.

                      Haha wow I'm a bit philosophical today.

                      So far I have eaten:

                      B: Green smoothie, sweet potato, green tea
                      L: Leftover McCain sweet potato super fries and vege stirfry from last night's dinner,
                      S: Lemon Juice.

                      Usually by now I would have chowed down on a handful of brazil nuts, a falafel or two, and any other random snack I have lying around. I still have this afternoon to get through tho!

                      EDIT: Haha what did I say! I got through my nuts and falafels (yes I know they have chickpeas in them, but they are a good little snack to have on hand).

                      Something I have noticed recently is that my nails are looking really, really pink, darker than normal. They look really healthy! When I first noticed I thought they were more noticeable because I had a bit of a tan, but looking at them today they look really good

                      Also - and this might be my wishful thinking - but since I started drinking my green smoothies, my dark acne marks are fading quicker. My face is kinda gettng more even-coloured quicker than normal. But this is obviously a work in progress.
                      Last edited by siouxie84; 05-03-2011, 05:49 AM.


                      • #12
                        I'm loving the new series of Masterchef right now - 3 episodes in and I'm addicted again. Who knew watching 40 people make mayonnaise would be so fascinating?? It's weird, I love love love cooking shows, but I have never liked to cook myself!

                        Well these days I am 'cooking' more and kind of enjoying it, as long as it's quick and simple with limited ingredients. I just don't see the point of slaving away in the kitchen for hours on end with 50 different ingredients, just to produce something that is eaten in 5 minutes! There must be something about cooking I don't get. I must not have "the passion"!! Easy stirfries with oil, salt & pepper, fried or microwaved salmon with nothing else, maybe some fried chicken slices with cajun seasoning - easy peasy.

                        Experimented with a freezer dessert tonight: Blended coconut milk & oil, shredded coconut and frozen berries - basically a frozen smoothie. Always good to have something to chew on after work besides eggs. I also added shredded coconut to my new batch of green smoothies.

                        I think I might give the falafels the flick. I had 3 today and my stomach felt a bit nasty afterward - could it be my body finally rejecting the legumes??

                        Food today:
                        B: Green smoothie, sweet potato, green tea
                        L: Spinach, tinned wild alaskan salmon, sweet potato & avocado salad, blueberries.
                        D: Salmon fillet, sweet potato
                        S: Brazil nuts, smoothie ingredients, 2 eggs, falafels, lemon juice

                        I wont be surprised if I wake up with an orange tan tomorrow after all that sweet potato!


                        • #13
                          It's a bit strange but I've started getting minor headaches in the afternoons, whereas before I hardly ever got headaches. They don't really hurt, but they are noticeable - I wonder what could be causing it? It thought it might be the legumes in the falafels, but I havent had any today and I still got a slight afternoon ache. Possibly it's the carbs or lack thereof. I'm sure I'm getting enough fat from my coconut milk smoothies in the mornings and from avocado and frying my vegies in coconut oil....hmmm dunno.

                          Drove past a place that makes raw food today so I dropped in for a snack. I've been there before and had a raw pumpkin pie (other ingredients unknown) which was delish so I was hoping they had some today, but no Instead they had a raw pizza which was your basic vege ingredients on a nut base. It was really yummy but it wasnt until I ate it that I realised they had a tomato based sauce on it (as most pizza's do - duh). I've been avoiding tomatoes because I think they might break me out, so hopefully nothing nasty erupts in the next few days. Ideally the green smoothies and anitbiotics will counteract any bad reaction I might have.

                          Another thing I got was a raw chocolate cake, again the majority of ingredients are unknown besides nuts & raw cacao (I'm guessing). I have no idea how much sugar is in it so the few bites I had of it after dinner may well be making my blood sugar sky rocket as we speak. I am drinking some lemon juice now to reduce it's glycemic load. I don't feel any sugar rush at the moment but will report back.

                          Another thing I have just noticed after having some of the cake, is that I don't feel like demolishing the lot in one sitting like I would normally do (or maybe because it's really rich). I had a small bite this arvo when I bought it, a few more after dinner, and there is still at least half the slice left. I've read other people's comments that they too develop a resistance to eating as much sweet stuff as they used to before primal. Yay for my waistline.

                          Todays food:
                          B: Green smoothie, sweet potato, green tea (aka the usual)
                          L: Raw pizza slice, spinach, salmon, sweet potato & avo salad, blueberries
                          D: Cajun spiced chicken breast, stirfried frozen veges, choc pie
                          S: Brazil & hazelnuts, lemon juice

                          It definately looks like I'm eating less, but I never feel hungry. I actually feel like I'm eating more than I should. Then again I eat a fair amount of nuts and the sweet potato I have in the morning is a substantial amount - still if I'm gonna eat too much of something it might as well be a whole food.


                          • #14
                            Update to the Great Raw Chocolate Cake consumption:


                            I never felt a sugar high or rush, but boy do I feel sick in my stomach now. I also had 2 squares of 60%+ dark chocolate with nuts, so that would have contributed.

                            I'm taking this as a good sign that my body is changing and rejecting rubbish - I'm just hoping this wont show up on my skin tomorrow.

                            Speaking of my skin. The small non-inflammed whitehead that turned into a big inflammed boil just before my period has finally relinquished its gunk, so its not looking too flash at the moment but at least its all out. sorry if TMI

                            Overall skin tone is looking better and marks are fading slowly.


                            • #15
                              Had a major stressful time at the end of work today. So much so that I have indulged in more than a few (with more to come I'm sure) vodka lemon & sodas (it is friday after all!). Not in the best of moods, a bit depressed, due to a few reasons but all will be well tomorrow.

                              We had morning tea at work today. Normally that would make me VERY pies, sausage rolls, dips and other crap - woohoo yummy (not). But today it just really really annoyed me. Because everyone congregates near my desk for morning tea, I left the building and sat outside in the sun for 15 minutes.

                              I think my facial skin is getting drier - which is good! Most noticably on my forehead. My skin has been soo oily for so long, but it appears to be drying out. Now that I think of it, my acne definately must be due to my diet and/or hormones. My forehead has been the oiliest place on my face, but it's the only place that i havent had adult acne. Bizarre.

                              Ate a fair bit of chicken skin and other fatty bits tonight, plus the parsons nose! It tasted sooo good! I'm so glad I can eat this stuff and not feel guilty about it anymore.

                              I lost another 200g in weight when I weighed myself today. 56.2kg. Kinda good, kinda concerning. My skinny jeans are getting loose!! Mum and Dad had a go at me as well about my weight. They are soo stuck in their little lifestyle rut that I'm seriously not going to bothing explaining what I eat. As long as they see me eat, and realise I'm not starving myself, they can't complain too much.