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  • Former Vegetarian going Primal! My 14 Day Challenge.

    First, you can read my introduction thread here if you wish. Anyway, I've challenged myself to try going strict Primal for 14 days. I'd like to go longer, but I may not be as strict after the two weeks. I started yesterday. Here is my log:

    May 5'th 2011

    Breakfast - Two hamburgers and a mix of peas/corn/green beans plus broccoli fried in the leftover fat.

    Lunch - Made a hamburger and then fried three eggs in the leftover fat. I also fried some leftover vegetables from earlier in butter. (So far, everything has been delicious... but eating this much animal fat seems crazy to me at the time!)

    Snack - While on break at work, I had some dried fruit and nuts. I didn't plan on having either, but there was nothing else I could've had and I keep these in the car.

    When I got home from work, I was surprised that I didn't feel like having the late dinner I usually do. I guess this diet really does fill ya up.

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    May 6'th 2011

    Breakfast - Pretty much the same as my lunch from yesterday: Made a hamburger and then fried three eggs in the leftover fat. I also fried some (peas/corn/brussel sprouts) in butter. (Eggs fried in leftover hamburger fat are delicious!)

    Lunch - Two hamburgers and... I forget. Should've written it down sooner. :P

    Snack - Dried fruit and nut mix. Also, a little peanut butter. I know that I need to try and cut out these foods.

    I'm pretty sure there was something else I ate too, but my memory is failing me.
    Last edited by TimF; 05-07-2011, 06:28 AM.

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    • #3
      Don't have peas or corn. They're not primal at all, and they're bad for you.
      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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      • #4
        Yep. Gotta give up the peas and corn. Snow peas would be ok, because they're meant to be eaten whole, but if the legume has to be peeled to get at the inside, it's not primal.

        Corn is a grain and eating it is a waste of time. People don't digest it well and 99% of it comes out whole! Save your money and buy some spinach or chard instead
        Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

        F/49/5'4"
        Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
        CW: 146.8 lbs
        GW 140 lbs
        A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

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        • #5
          Welcome to the forum. Hope your 14 day challenge works well for you!
          "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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          • #6
            Welcome back to meat eating! where in Jersey are you? if you're central/south you have some good farms for grass fed beef if you decide to go that route later on (you should, but definitely not right away, get everything else in line first)
            I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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            • #7
              Note taken about peas/corn. I'll get some other veggies when I go food shopping tomorrow. I always knew they weren't the best veggies for you anyway, but they're usually what the rest of the family brings home.

              Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
              Welcome back to meat eating! where in Jersey are you? if you're central/south you have some good farms for grass fed beef if you decide to go that route later on (you should, but definitely not right away, get everything else in line first)
              I'm in North Jersey, but I could always go up to New York State for that (it's not that far).

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              • #8
                May 7'th 2011

                Pre-Breakfast - I didn't mention this before, but so far I've been really tired on this diet. So today, I've decided to start my day out with some carbs: a banana, blueberry, peanut butter smoothie. (again, I know I need to cut out the peanut butter)

                Breakfast - Three eggs fried in a tablespoon of butter.

                Lunch - A hamburger and three eggs.

                Snack - I randomly had a tablespoon of peanut butter and a small handful of raisins (maybe a dozen).

                Lunch2? - Salmon and mushrooms fried in butter (Salmon was previously cooked a day or two ago in the oven, but then I wasn't hungry so it sat).

                I feel as if my mental fog has lifted. Not sure whether if I'm getting over carb flu, the raisins did it for me, or it was one of the caffeine (+ herbs that're supposed to be good for energy) pills that I took throughout the day.

                Snack (at work) - Dried fruit and nut mix.

                Note: I think I'm going to not count these past couple of days because I have not been 100% primal. I want to try to go 100% for 14 days.
                Last edited by TimF; 05-07-2011, 09:10 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by belinda View Post
                  Corn is a grain and eating it is a waste of time. People don't digest it well and 99% of it comes out whole! Save your money and buy some spinach or chard instead
                  So I decided to peak at my, er... droppings yesterday and, sure enough, I saw whole kernels of corn in there. So yeah, no more of that.

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                  • #10
                    Heheh. If only all non-primal foods were quite so obvious.

                    You'll definitely be tired at first, it's the transition to lower-carb eating. (You may not feel like you're eating super-low carb but it's probably lower than your old diet, after all.) Try a forum search for "low-carb flu" and you'll see it's very common.

                    Some people get over it within days, for some it takes weeks. My impression is that the stricter you are about staying low carb, the faster you get past it, though. Otherwise you sort of keep spiking in and out of the low/high carb zones...
                    "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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                    • #11
                      Aha... haven't heard that before. So is the banana/blueberries smoothie in the morning going to prolong things, in your opinion? Part of why I wanted to try this diet is I have a tendency to experience mental fogs and fatigue (I'm also ADD), but so far I've been more tired eating more primal. But I just read Mark's post on the low-carb flu so, if after a few weeks I really start to feel lasting energy... I guess it's worth it. It just sucks because I'm having a hard time getting things done. Perhaps I should just have some coffee and make the best of it. I definitely want to stick this out and see what happens.

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                      • #12
                        It could. I didn't really experience it in the classic sense myself since I was pregnant and already feeling like I had zero energy, heheh.

                        So many people have said they're glad they stuck it out, sounds like a good plan to me! I've also heard some forum folks say they think it really helped their ADD.
                        "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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                        • #13
                          5/8/2011

                          So I woke up this morning, on about six hours of sleep, and felt more energy than I have in the morning for awhile. I have no mental fog.

                          Breakfast - Three eggs friend in butter and a cup of black coffee.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TimF View Post
                            Aha... haven't heard that before. So is the banana/blueberries smoothie in the morning going to prolong things, in your opinion?
                            Yes, it will. You're priming your body to expect a high-carb diet every time you have one of those. For now, cut out all carbs except leafy greens and stick it out until you get through the low-carb flu. Your body is kicking an addiction. Once you've got past that point, you can cautiously add a few more carbs; I'd recommend sticking to berries and nuts and not much of either, if your goal is weight loss. If it's becoming an athlete, you can add some tubers - sweet potatoes, mostly, stay away from white potatoes.

                            You will have to exercise willpower and eat meat and fat when you get the inevitable carb cravings. The only reason your smoothie made you feel better is that you got a fix for your addiction. Don't be ashamed; we've all been there, but you have to get past this to make Primal work for you.
                            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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                            • #15
                              OK, so... I was really bad today. Cake, a (very small) whole wheat wrap, and some dark chocolate covered "blueberries" (really just blueberry fruit juice). It was mothers day and some family came over. They brought some stuff I should have refused, but... I didn't. :P Starting back up cold turkey tomorrow. No carbs, except vegetables, nuts as snacks (no dried fruits), etc. And I'll expect that I may not be productive while getting over the low carb flu, assuming it comes back when I cut carbs. I have enough meat, but I think I'll run to a farmers market in the morning and stock up on local vegetables.

                              If I really feel completely pitiful, though, I honestly might sneak a banana or something before work. It sucks having to deal with customers all day when you feel like complete crap and can't concentrate.

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