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  • Tom Ewer's Journal

    Okay...so I'm brand new to this. And when I say brand new, I really mean it - having first visited this website about 4 hours ago!

    I am making a 30 day commitment to the lifestyle promoted by this website. When that period has ended I will analyse the benefits and move forwards accordingly.

    Upon reading the first few articles I came across, I decided to start the diet immediately. No "well I'll just have this last chocolate bar" or anything of that rubbish.

    For dinner, I had chicken, stuffed with pork, wrapped in bacon, with carrots, peas, and mushrooms.

    After an hour or so I was still hungry, so I had a two egg omelette with chicken, bacon and mushrooms. I have a feeling that eggs might get old for me quickly...we shall see.

    I think one of the most challenging things is going to be tackling my sweet tooth. I can feel sated but still want something sweet. From what I can see, the Paleo diet does not major on sweet things.

    So why am I doing this? Roughly in order:

    1. I want to look good
    2. I want a better complexion
    3. I want to be fitter
    4. I want to kick my insomnia
    5. I want to be more alert

    Pretty vain I know, but honesty is my policy!

    One of the main reasons for me being here is accountability, so I hope you guys can give me support!

    Thanks for reading!
    Leaving Work Behind - Building a Community with a Common Goal - To Create Sustainable and Scalable Online Incomes

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    I am here for you!
    Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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    • #3
      Mark freely admits that vanity works for him. Hehe.
      Ancestral Health Info

      I design websites and blogs for a living. If you would like a blog or website designed by someone who understands Primal, see my web page.

      Primal Blueprint Explorer My blog for people who are not into the Grok thing. Since starting the blog, I have moved close to being Archevore instead of Primal. But Mark's Daily Apple is still the best source of information about living an ancestral lifestyle.

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      • #4
        Day 1 - It Begins...

        Day 1 - It Begins...

        Well this is my first full day living the Primal lifestyle. I don't expect to transition immediately - it will likely be about reading up, getting better informed, and adjusting accordingly. My diet is definitely the priority though, so I am diving into that full on.

        I haven't eaten yet today as I don't feel particularly hungry. I rarely do for at least an hour after getting up (which is usually 8am). One thing is a bit strange though...I woke up feeling a bit nauseous, and I couldn't get the idea of eating meat for breakfast out of my head! It was making me feel a bit sick, almost as if my body was telling me that it was going to miss my usual breakfast of fruit n fibre!

        Anyway, that feeling is now beginning to fade. When the hunger kicks in I will probably have some fruit, and take it from there!
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        • #5
          Well I've managed to stomach some food. I still feel bit a bit nauseous, but I'm hoping it will fade.

          Breakfast: Mixed fruit

          Snack: 3 rashers of bacon and two scrambled eggs


          The snack was an unusual moment for me. I was feeling a bit peckish at around 11am, and figured I might as well have something. Having bacon and eggs just because you were a bit peckish and fancied it, on a diet?! Surely not...

          A Bit More About Me

          I'm 25 years old and in reasonable shape.

          I'm 6'1" and 208 pounds. However, I am quite broad and carry the weight well. I play squash, cricket and golf, so get a good amount of mixed cardio.

          I used to run (up to 35 miles a week) but gave up on that when it got cold! Plus, although it was satisfying in a way (and I could eat 4,000+ calories a day and still lose weight), it was never really something I enjoyed.

          I am looking to build muscle and lose fat, but I am not going to start off with a gym regime. I am going to concentrate on eating lots of protein and doing "casual" strength exercises such as pushups, pullups etc. After 28 days I will evaluate how that is going for me and take it from there.

          I'm using Fitday to track my intake. I am aiming for my rough daily intake to be 210g protein, 80g carbs, and 100g fat. I am just going to eat what I want for the first few days, with those rough amounts in mind, and see how close I can get, then take it from there.

          That's it for now!
          Leaving Work Behind - Building a Community with a Common Goal - To Create Sustainable and Scalable Online Incomes

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          • #6
            Lunch: breast of chicken with mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower and balsamic vinegar

            Mmm...that was tasty!
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            • #7
              Next time you might go for the bacon and eggs for breakfast and the fruit for a snack if you are still hungry.
              Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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              • #8
                Why would that be better? :-)
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                • #9
                  Dinner: 12 pork and beef meatballs in a tomato, onion, carrot and mushroom sauce (all homemade) and cheese

                  Man, that was filling! But then, I suppose half a kilogram of meat should be...is this over the top? The way I see it, I might usually have say 6 meatballs with pasta - this way, I am just replacing the pasta with more meat!

                  That brings my calorific intake today to somewhere under 3,000 calories including around 200 grams of protein, which was around what I was looking for.

                  It's all a bit of a guessing game at the moment!
                  Leaving Work Behind - Building a Community with a Common Goal - To Create Sustainable and Scalable Online Incomes

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                  • #10
                    Any feedback on my first day would be much appreciated
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                    • #11
                      That would be better because protein and fats provide satiety (feeling full/satisfied) that fruits do not. So, if you eat the eggs and bacon first you may not even want the fruits.
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                      Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by honeybuns View Post
                        That would be better because protein and fats provide satiety (feeling full/satisfied) that fruits do not. So, if you eat the eggs and bacon first you may not even want the fruits.
                        Makes sense...I only ate the fruit because I felt sick and couldn't stomach bacon and eggs...I thought fruit might settle my stomach.
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                        • #13
                          Day 2: a bit of a struggle...

                          Woke up this morning feeling sick again, so no bacon and eggs for breakfast! Just had a few grapes. The nauseous feeling actually got quite bad, before subsiding at around 11:45.

                          I'm in London today for work, and as such couldn't make my own meals. This turned out to be a massive restriction.

                          At about 12pm I stopped off at a cafe and had a chicken salad. Pretty sure the chicken wasn't 100% meat. Had an apple too.

                          At about 3pm I spent 15 mins trawling through shops trying to find something I could eat! I eventually settled on a chicken caesar salad and a small pot of grapes and melons. Not ideal, but it was the best I could manage.

                          Which raises a concern for me - it was really difficult to find food today. I am hungry right now as it is 3:30 and I have probably only consumed about 700 calories, which is not what I am used to!

                          How do you guys cope with finding primal-friendly food whilst out and about?
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                          • #14
                            Dinner: 2 Pork chops, 4 rashers streaky bacon, carrots and broccoli
                            "Dessert": 4 rashers streaky bacon, 3 eggs, scrambled

                            Downloaded and am reading Mark's Primal Blueprint book.

                            Did Marks PBF LHT self-assessment this evening - I had no idea how exhausting it would be! I'm utterly drenched in sweat! My results were as follows:

                            22 pushups
                            3 pullups
                            42 squats
                            5 divebombers

                            Pushups were ok...it was only a few months ago that I could do 30+, so it's a good thing I've decided to get into the shape of my life, as my fitness has clearly been deteriorating.

                            The pullups were really difficult...I used to be able to do around 15 with a little bit of inadvertent help from my legs. Doing them with your legs hanging is rather more challenging!

                            Squats weren't too bad, but were probably the worst in terms of "burn" - my quads were like jelly afterwards!

                            I've never done divebombers before - I actually did 5 1/2, but the form wasn't good, so I stopped and called it 5. Best to get the technique good - quality over quantity!
                            Leaving Work Behind - Building a Community with a Common Goal - To Create Sustainable and Scalable Online Incomes

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                            • #15
                              Day 3: Good Progress!

                              Morning sickness again, bleaugh. Hope it will fade with time.

                              Managed some breakfast at around 10:30am, which was an improvement.

                              Breakfast: 1 breast of chicken, 3 rashers of back bacon and mushrooms.

                              Had a round of golf at 1pm. I usually have a Twix on the 10th hole, but of course I resisted! I was pretty peckish by the time I was finished, so I went home to make up my primal dinner.

                              Dinner: "Mexican" chicken salad (probably isn't Mexican in the slightest, as I made it up myself!). 1 1/2 breasts of chicken, 3 rashers back bacon, 1 red pepper, half an onion, 3 cloves garlic, 5 medium white mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, seasoning (paprika, garlic pepper, chilli powder, cumin), sour cream, cheddar cheese.

                              It was really tasty and thought it would fill me right up, but two hours later, I am still pretty hungry (or certainly feel it). However, I'm not going to eat anything more tonight, to see if that helps alleviate the morning sickness.

                              All in all, another successful day, with lots of low level cardio!
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