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  • Primal Journal - Grok in Japan (JPGrok)

    I escaped from hospital last week: acute inflammation of my caecum (large intestine near the appendix) with a blood test result that would seriously embarrass Grok. When I was admitted, I had very high white blood cells, high c-reactive proteins and a host of other bordering-on-the-high-side results and slightly weakened kidney function.

    With a week to think about things and a fresh read of Primal Blueprint cover to cover, I decided to give the primal lifestyle 100% when I got out. That was a week ago and I feel great. To keep me motivated, I thought I'd keep a journal - thanks for reading.

    About JPGrok:
    Age: 31
    Sex: Male
    Height: 6' 2" (188 cm)
    Weight: 171 pounds (78 kg)
    Fat: 19.8%

    I'm tall and lean and years of poor food choices and frequent over-indulgence in beer and chips has left me in the least desired skinny-fat category. Before I checked in to hospital, I was 82 kg with 22% fat so it seems the lack of food has done me good! I live in the countryside of Japan, have good access to fresh vegetables in the summer and 6 months of cold, snowy winter. I have played with primal living before but never gave it 100%.

    Goals:
    Firstly, I'd like to get my weight up to around 190 pounds (85 kg) and get my body fat down to around 15%. I'm not going to worry to much about the amount of food/calories I'm consuming but just see where the journey takes me and adjust if necessary.

    I'll post what I do and eat and update weight/fat every week or so. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all.

    JPGrok
    Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

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  • #2
    primal in Japan is tough! there is a longish thread over here about Japan. good luck

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread3936.html
    Fear of the unknown...They are afraid of new ideas. they are loaded with prejudices, not based upon anything in reality, but based onÖ if something is new, I reject it immediately because itís frightening to me. What they do instead is just stay with the familiar.

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    • #3
      Hi Valarauko, thanks for the link - good to know there are a few of us over here in Japan living like Grok. Yes, it's tough. It is a little easier up here in Hokkaido I think, plenty of fresh local seafood and an organic vegetable/fruit community. I'll post on the other thread about where I get all my goodies from when I find 5 mins.
      Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

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      • #4
        Today's movements/food

        Hot (30 C/86F ish), sunny and humid in Hokkaido, clouds on the mountains.

        Up at 6:00, 3 egg omelette with coriander, flax oil, parmesan cheese, chilli peppers and salt. Fried in coconut oil. Handful of pecan nuts and a kiwi fruit.

        8:00 Walk/hike/run around a local lake with my 2 year old (15 kg) on my shoulders. About 2.5 kms. Lots of insects and hot.

        9:00 50 push ups (over about 7 sets, it was all I could do!) and 20 pull ups. Will increase these by 1 or 2 each time.

        10:00 Walk to business partner's office (about 1 km) for meeting.

        Lunch: Hokkaido wagyu beef (about 250 grams) with big salad of local-grown vegetables: cucumber, tomatoes, coriander, spinach, peppers. Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, balsamic and lemon juice dressing.

        Snack: Two blocks of 70% chocolate (prefer 86% but have run out) and some more pecans. Ice water with freshly squeezed lemon juice.

        15:00 Played football (soccer) outside with my shirt off for about 20 mins. I rubbed a little coconut oil on my shoulders as they always take the brunt of the sun. Followed by cold shower (Grok would have used a waterfall although there isn't one nearby) to cool down.

        Dinner: Locally raised "Green Eye" chicken (no hormones or antibiotics but sadly not organic) with more salad, broccoli and cabbage.

        I'm writing this before I have it but I'm sure I'll have another couple of blocks of chocolate and some nuts before bed.

        I haven't used my brain much but I'll probably do a Sudoko before bed and read a little more of my novel. Another great day! Depending on how I feel, I'll either do some heavy squats or deadlifts tomorrow. Depending on the weather I will walk to work (2 km one way).
        Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

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        • #5
          Forgot to mention, found 2 beautiful fillets of fresh spring trout, locally fished (not farmed) yesterday. Already looking forward to dinner tonight.
          Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

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          • #6
            I felt pretty tired today so not much exercise, just 20 minutes playing outside with my 2 year old boy.

            Breakfast: 3 egg omelette with flax oil and a little cheese, handful of pecan nuts.

            8:00: 20 minutes reading my book outside in the sun.

            Lunch: chopped organic cabbage with black olives, two cans of tuna with a little mayo, coriander, cucumber, tomato, dill pickle and lots of olive oil.

            Snack: handful of Brazil nuts, three small blocks of 86% dark chocolate. 50 grams cheese.

            Dinner: 250 grams of fresh local trout fried in butter with tomato-stewed zucchini, mushroom and onions (served cold). Fish was amazing, ate it all, skin and all.

            Cheat: someone bought me a sweetened pre-packaged coffee, too polite to turn it down but threw half away. I feel a little bloated today, not sure if it was the coffee or perhaps too much salt somewhere.

            Early start for work tomorrow but plan to squat heavy when I get home. I think it's getting close to sprint time when I get the energy, I might mix these up tomorrow if the weather is a little cooler, it was 30 degrees and humid today. If I get my squats in tomorrow, I'll go for a long walk on Wednesday.
            Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

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            • #7
              Yesterday

              Hot and sunny, cloudy in the afternoon.

              Breakfast: 3 egg roll (Japanese style dashi-maki) with coriander, flax seed oil and paprika. Handful of nuts.

              Pre-lunch: sprints (5 sets of about 100 metres on loose gravel road) followed by squats (4 sets of 50 kg (110 lbs)). I wanted to go heavier but the sprints had already given my legs a good workout.

              Lunch: Two local wagyu steaks (about 250 grams) with big salad, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

              Afternoon: Played football in the sun with my boy for 20 minutes

              Dinner: Chicken mince "hamburgers" with salad and broccoli

              Snacks: a couple of handfuls of walnuts and brazil nuts and a few blocks of 86% chocolate.

              Tired this morning (I have two small kids that like to wake up at night) and have a busy day at work: will try to get a long walk in at some point and a nap if possible. Deadlifts and bench press tomorrow.
              Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

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              • #8
                Legs were a little sore today after yesterday's sprints and squats. Busy day at work and ate lunch out.

                Wet and windy but still hot and humid.

                Breakfast: 2 egg Japanese roll mixed with lots of spinach, flax seed oil and chilli pepper. Bowl of strawberries and full cream.

                Lunch: Ate Japanese "soup" curry: lots of vegetables and meat in a watery "soup" curry. Sounds poor but tastes pretty good. No rice, extra meat. Tasted salty and sweet, never noticed this before. Not sure if I will choose to eat there again.

                Dinner: Wasn't too hungry so ate a bit of left over steak and a small salad. Handful of nuts. If not hungry tomorrow morning will either skip breakfast or just have some fruit; I have some organic plums in the fridge.

                Got back from work at 18:30 and took a stroll for about 3 km. I seem to have picked up a bit of a chesty cold (consequence of antibiotics at the hospital?) so energy levels are low. If I feel up to it, I'll do deadlifts, overhead press and bench press tomorrow.

                Out of interest, does anyone else read this? No matter either way, it's still motivating. Just wondering.
                Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

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                • #9
                  Found out some interesting stuff about wagyu in Japan today; turns out the cows are often finished with grain and are given feed imported from the USA. I am disappointed to find this out and it has just made finding good meat in Japan one step harder. I have found a place that sells Australian grass fed beef so I guess that's where I'll go to next. Sigh.

                  Breakfast: 2 LL egg Japanese roll with cream, butter, parmesan cheese. Two plums with cream. Yum.

                  Pre lunch: 20 minutes in the sun throwing a ball around followed by 30 min workout:

                  Deadlift: 100 kg (220 lbs) x 5 (with two warm up sets with less weight)
                  Barbell bent over row: 60 kg (130 lbs) 5 x 3 sets
                  Bench press: 50 kgs (110 lbs) x 5/4/4/3/2 (thought I was stronger than this! Was going to start with 60 kg)

                  Lunch: Super hungry - 300 grams chicken breast fried in coconut oil, cabbage, mushrooms, olive oil, sauerkraut, red peppers, chopped brazil nuts and covered in butter. Was still hungry so ate a piece of cheese, more nuts and a piece of chocolate.

                  Dinner: Steak fried with garlic, chopped Kohlrabi slow fried in butter and a big spinach salad.

                  Will weigh in tomorrow morning. I bet you are all really excited about that.
                  Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

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                  • #10
                    Oh, yeah. They are reading. Just take a look at how many times your journal has been visited.

                    I'm finding this interesting.
                    Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                    • #11
                      Hi honeybuns, it's a bit more exciting to know I'm being watched! Thanks for the reply. Friday's weigh in post coming soon.
                      Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

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                      • #12
                        Friday weigh in

                        Body weight: 78.0 kg (171 lbs) -> 78.6 kg (173 lbs) GOAL: 85 kg (190 lbs)
                        Body fat: 19.8% -> 18.8% GOAL: 15%

                        Lean body mass: 62.5 kg (137.8 lbs) -> 63.8 kg (140.5 lbs) increase of 1.3 kg (2.8 lbs)

                        Wow, I was impressed with these results. Dropped 1% body fat whilst putting on 0.6 kg. Long may this continue. Had some extra butter in my eggs this morning to celebrate!

                        Distance left to 1st goal. Weight: +17 pounds to go. Body fat: -3.8% to go.

                        I have a busy weekend away with the very non-primal in laws (lots of rice/sweets and belief that meat is evil) so will forage accordingly and probably lose a little weight. Might not update this for a day or two. Have a great weekend everyone.
                        Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

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                        • #13
                          One thing I have found very helpful when going to a situation full of tempting, non-primal foods is to have a high protein meal before going. When you are there you just won't want the wrong stuff because you are not hungry. It will be much easier to say no, thank you!
                          Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks HB, great idea.

                            Quick update before we start the drive.

                            Breakfast: 3 egg omelette with cream, flax seed oil, fried in butter.

                            Pre-lunch: sprints! 7 x 100 m at the back of my house, slightly uphill on uneven and pot-holed ground. Lots of jumping and instantaneous movements. All I needed was a bear behind me to really be Grok.

                            Lunch: Ate out at a restaurant that often serves wild venison. They were out of stock (boo) but had grass-fed lamb (yeah). I asked them to skip the rice, sweet soup, the dessert and the coffee but give me a big-assed salad and more meat. They charged me a little more for the meat but I got a lot, guessing around 300 grams of tasty lamb. Broccoli, cabbage, carrot, red onion, daikon (big radish). Came home just now and finished off the plums and cream. Yum. (HB, that should fill me up for my trip to the sugar-laden in-laws).

                            Dinner will be hit and miss but had lots of food already and will take some nuts.

                            Enjoy the weekend!
                            Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

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                            • #15
                              OK, back from my CW (conventional wisdom) weekend with the in-laws and I picked and foraged quite successfully.

                              Friday night dinner: Avoided rice, ate lots of "umani" which is chicken thigh, carrots, beans, fish paste, locus roots cooked in a soy/sugar/fish broth. Not perfect, but I doubt it raised my insulin levels too high. I had a handful of nuts I had taken with me and drank green tea. I did have one small can of local beer to celebrate the Obon holidays with the old man but stopped there.

                              Saturday breakfast: said I would cook myself some eggs, ate with chopped cabbage, some more nuts and two kiwi fruits.

                              Lunch: ate out at a Japanese family restaurant, had freshly cooked mackerel, salmon sashimi, miso soup and fried vegetables.

                              Dinner: Fried up a load of sliced pork and ate with a big salad of spinach, tomatoes, lettuce. More kiwi.

                              I went food foraging with my wife on Saturday and bought loads of great foods from a couple of import shops in Sapporo: coconut oil, organic olive oil, flax seed oil, unsalted macadamia, walnuts, pecans, 5 bars of 86% chocolate, canned black olives, some dill pickles, and more. Also found some organic/fair trade body wash which is a rare find in Japan. Walked around the shops for a couple of hours which was good exercise. Also found a pair of vibram 5 fingers for my little boy, slightly too big now but perfect for next summer.

                              We also took a detour to an organic farm and bought a load of tomatoes, blueberries and other fruit. This place also sells home made smoked bacon (not organic but with no added preservatives, flavourings or colour) so we picked some up. Awesome.

                              Not much sleep last night (2 small kids) but plan to either: go for a long walk OR squat depending on my energy levels. Probably the former. Will post later. Hope you're all having a great weekend.

                              JPGrok
                              Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

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