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  • Primal Journal-Gritty

    So, I thought I would start a journal because I am serious about this way of living and need to keep myself accountable. Had a Twix staring me down earlier today.

    Anyway, I am 32-year-old female who doesn't want to lose weight, just wants to eat real food and pass on the Cheez-its, Kettle chips and Sour Patch kids (weakness). I have been eating primal for four days, except yesterday I had a major hypoglycemic episode and had to eat non-primal foods to get my sugar back up. Thanks to the people on this forum, I was given suggestions and feel great today. I am maintaining my carbs at 150 g a day.

    I cant wait to start reading everyone else's journals.

    Anyway, so far today I have had:

    Breakfast: 2 eggs+1 slice of bacon+1/4 c. greek yogurt+1/4 c. blueberries
    Snack: Apple+handful of smoked almonds
    Lunch: 1 c. Spaghetti Squash+2 fried eggs+1/4 avocado+2 slices tomato+1tbsp Coconut oil
    For dinner I am making stuffed peppers

    I find myself still hungry and still cant go longer than about 3-4 hours without something to eat despite using a lot of fat when I cook. Maybe that will come with a little more time.

    I am definitely feeling the effects of sugar withdrawal (refined sugar), which kind of sucks, but nothing I cant handle.

    Thanks for reading!

  • #2
    Welcome to the forums. I hope everything works out for you. I'm at the complete opposite end of the spectrum, as I have as much weight to lose as you have body weight total, so have no useful advise beyond 'keep grokking on'


    • #3
      That lunch looks delicious. I'm inspired! I wish avocados weren't so damn expensive though

      I found myself very hungry for the first couple of weeks. I think I've made up for that with lots of protein (and usually whatever protein I'm eating has fat too) after some adjustment time.

      Welcome! Please keep posting, this is a great community
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      • #4
        Hi gritty!

        Welcome! It is hard at first, but maybe eat more fruit, nuts and Greek yogurt in the beginning to wean yourself off of the refined sugar. I also have high quality dark chocolate available for that same reason.

        Keep posting and let us know how it's going.



        • #5
          Last night's dinner was really good. Cooked Carrots and stuffed peppers.

          I like to meal plan a little ahead so I know what I will be eating and not give in to temptation.

          Today's menu:

          Bfast: 1/4 c. greek yogurt+1 c. cantaloupe+1 fried egg+1 piece of bacon This kept me satisfied for about 5.5 hours
          Lunch: ground beef leftover from peppers+1 apple
          Snack: nuts
          Dinner: Chicken (can't decide if I want to fry it in Coconut oil or grill it)+vegetable+fruit

          My blood sugar feels more controlled, and I trying to get about 150g of carbs a day. So far, so good, though I would REALLY enjoy some refined sugar goodness in the shape of gummi worms. But won't.

          It's weird, usually I am starving and chow down on a multi-grain chips. I am not even craving them like I normally do. Progress. Woo!


          • #6
            I feel like crap.

            It's been six days since I started primal and I feel like crap. My intake is full of fats (bacon, coconut oil). Fruits, veggies, eggs, greek yogurt, MEAT.

            I dont know if it is sugar withdrawal or what, but I feel constantly hungry (and i use a lot of fat). I am not craving grains or sugar that much, but I eat around 150-160 carbs a day, and I am still losing weight (which I cant afford to do).

            I am at a loss here. I feel really emotional all the time, and I know that can be sugar withdrawal, but woo, this is hard! I have had some dark chocolate (not much).

            Plugging along, plugging along.


            • #7
              It's probably just carb withdrawal. Hang in there! TOTM?


              • #8
                Agreed about the carb withdrawal. Also, since you're constantly hungry make sure you're getting adequate protein. You can probably handle the extra calories, so maybe consider adding a protein shake (use water and some coconut milk to mix it up and maybe even an extra egg) to your daily intake.
                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


                • #9
                  thanks guys. Yeah i think my good carb range is 170-180, a little higher than most. At least for now. A protein shake sounds like a great idea. And I am also increasing my calories from about 2200 -2500 to about 2700-3000. I know it sounds like a lot, but it works for me.


                  • #10
                    Well, now here is something weird. About 2 years ago, I started itching horribly and would have weird rashes that would go away just as soon as they appeared. My doc said she thought it was an allergy to my dog, which I thought was weird since I was never allergic to dogs before. I didn't want to get allergy tested because it's expensive and would probably be told to take Singulair or Zyrtec no matter what it was.

                    This afternoon I slipped up and ate four multigrain crackers. And now I am itching like crazy, my nose is all stuffy and I have a rash on the back of my arm. I hadn't noticed that I wasn't itching over the past week.

                    Pretty sure I actually have food allergies.

                    Finding out all sorts of coo stuff eating Primal.


                    • #11
                      Feeling pretty good today. Blood sugar is controlled! Woo! I went over to my mom's this morning. The hubs and I take our dog (our 70-pound boxer, our baby) every Saturday for a visit so her nana can give her a treat or two (apple, carrots). Usually when I go there, I nosh on pie, candy out of the candy drawer, and whatever else I can find. Today, I didn't do that, but I know that habit is still there because I kept opening the candy drawer. I found some mixed nuts so had some of those with grapes. Satisfying, but I cant tell my carbs (for me) aren't high today because I am experiencing a little carb flu. No biggie, I will get through it. As long as my sugar is stable, I can rock it out.

                      Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled in coconut butter, greek yogurt, 2 piece of bacon, grapes
                      Snack: mixed nuts, grapes
                      Lunch: 2 eggs scrambled in coconut butter, canned tuna fish (white, solid), avocado, sunflower seeds all mixed together (pretty good!)
                      Snack: cashews, grapes, apple
                      Dinner: I will probably have a bacon burger (2 patties) with cheese (no bun) with a side of veggies (cooked carrots?),
                      Snack: probably a couple boiled eggs

                      Weight today: 92 pounds. lol. Working on getting that up a bit.


                      • #12
                        That's great that you've found the source of your rash! I'm really hoping this diet will help with my allergies too.
                        Became Primal August 2011

                        SW - 84kg / 185lb
                        CW - 60kg / 132lb
                        GW - 60kg / 132lb