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  • Celation's Primal Journal

    Hi all,

    I've been going Primal/Paleo for the last two years with good levels of success - for the most part...

    Initially it was purely as a health thing - my eczema was unbearable, to the point of me being almost unemployable. Doctors said I was on my own, as I didn't want the steroids or the petroleum creams. After much research diet trials and food journals, I settled on the Primal/Paleo diet.
    When everything else had failed, the Primal diet brought my eczema down to almost nothing over a period of two or three months, and I noticed the benefits to my health, weight and fitness immediately - despite doing almost no exercise at the time. I dropped from 188lbs to around 165lbs over this time.

    Having fallen off the wagon a couple of times, with my eczema returning each time, I'm on this for life now.

    So the reason for the journal? I'd like my skin completely clear. Plus - okay, being past 40 and never having seen my abs, the vanity has kicked in, and I'd quite like to see them this side of 50. I don't think they're far away. The fat calipers say I'm down to 15% body fat and falling, so - fingers crossed.
    This journal will help me keep track.

    Current stats:
    Male (probably won't change)
    5'9" (likewise)
    15% fat

    The major changes I've made recently are to ditch all dairy; no coffee (watching cortisol levels for my skin - was 2 a day); and up the exercise. Oh - and trying to get more sleep. Big one that.

    Today's meals:

    Breakfast - scrambled eggs and sausages (w 1g carbs)

    Lunch - steak, watercress, green salad.

    Snack - blueberries, strawberries (handful)

    Dinner - lamb, vegetables

    Drinks - black/green tea, herb teas.

    Exercise - Primal Blueprint Bodyweight:

    Pushups - 45; 40 (45 is the most I've done in one go since I was 12 when I managed 50!)
    Pull/Chinups - 5; 8
    Shoulder press pushup - 6; 10 (?)
    Forearm/Feet Plank 90
    Side Plank 2 x 45.

    Now to finish those side planks and eat the dinner I've just listed.
    Last edited by Celation; 07-07-2011, 03:39 PM.

  • #2
    You're doing great!
    Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!

    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


    • #3
      Search MDA for eczema. There are lots of posts.

      Are you getting plenty of vitamin D? Very important for skin.
      Ancestral Health Info

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      • #4
        Hedonist - cheers. I might have let that one drop recently.

        I've been trying to get natural sun wherever possible, and eat lamb's liver once a week, but I guess that might not be enough. I'd better take a look at that.

        And - thanks Belinda!


        • #5
          Okay - yesterday's log. A short one.

          Breakfast - Scrambled eggs and sausages.
          Snack - blueberries and a few pistachios.

          Lunch - nothing at the canteen, so decided to start my fast, and went for a woodland walk instead.

          Dinner - nothing.

          Exercise - a woodland walk - approx 2 miles; sprint for the bus (doesn't sound like much, but I ran to the next stop along, and still caught it. I was impressed. )

          This morning I was bleedin' starving...


          • #6
            Went a bit mental Saturday morning, being completely starving and feeling pretty weak from the 24 hr fast. On hindsight, it didn't feel right (the fast), and perhaps I shouldn't have done it. Usually I fast from evening to evening, but this one was breakfast to breakfast. Anyway...


            Breakfast - Blueberries, raspberries, cherries, almonds. Bacon, eggs, sausages, leftover bolognese sauce. (Told you I was starving)
            Felt exhausted till around mid-morning. Don't usually feel that bad post-fast.
            Lunch - Roast chicken, vegetables. Dark chocolate
            Dinner - nothing. Probably some more Dark chocolate.
            Drink - Lime juice, tequila, soda.


            Breakfast - curried eggs (yum!)
            Lunch - rump steak, vegetables
            Dinner - omelette w. ham, cheese and mayonnaise; coleslaw.
            Drink - lime juice, tequila, soda.

            Exercise - none all weekend. My excuse - waiting for my resized Vibrams to arrive. Crap excuse...
            Ah - did do another woodland walk. And added some foraged blackberries to the food list.


            • #7


              Breakfast - eggs and ham
              Lunch - gammon steak and veg
              Dinner - turkey stir fry ratatouille (tastes better than it sounds); coleslaw
              Treat - dark chocolate


              Breakfast - eggs and sausages
              Snack - leftover turkey stir fry
              Lunch - salmon steak; broccoli
              Dinner - lamb rack, vegetables (ready for after the exercise)

              Exercise - doing it now - Primal Blueprint bodyweight
              Pushups - 50; 40 (50!!!! "PB" as my dad used to say! Haven't done that since I was 12!!!)
              Chin/Pullups - 10; 6 (ouch)
              Squats - 25; 25 (I get bored with this one)
              Shoulder press pushup - 12; 12 (really difficult to get the position right)
              Forearm/Feet Plank 120
              Side Plank 2 x 60.

              So - I guess I'm ready to move onto the next plank progression. Not convinced the shoulder press is right yet. Gonna keep going with that one.

              Oh - and the Vibrams didn't fit. Had to send them back. Grr.


              • #8

                Breakfast - eggs and sausages (could do with a bit of variety here...)
                Lunch - chicken, ham, coleslaw (scavenged from the fridge)
                Snacks - blueberries, nuts
                Dinner - pork chops, veg. Dark chocolate

                Exercise - lunchtime country walk. (Really need to order updated Vibrams)