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  • My N=1 experiment. 1. Cut way back on dairy, nightshades, grains, and sugar 2. take a flavorless shot of calories in the form of MCT or Extra Light Olive oil chased by a tsp of xylitol in a liter of water in the middle of a 2 hour flavorless time span twice a day 3. take a 1 hour nap or listen to meditation

    Yesterday...well I did do smaller portions yesterday, then I did get hungry at the end of the night. I made a little 'snack' but really I could have either had another cup of tea or just gone to bed. No big deal (a T of cream cheese, a T of PB, a few walnuts and some stevia) but I could have done without. But part of learning to listen to my body is eating a little something when my tummy is growling so that I can learn to trust myself.

    I am still totally of the belief that we gain weight when we eat more than our bodies need...that day. The calorie number, I believe, is not one we can calculate. We just have to learn to listen to our bodies cues, my body knows when it needs calories and it knows when I need to stop, I know that the only way I will lose weight and keep it off is to learn to listen, correctly interpret, and ACT UPON those cues.

    This morning I decided to go back to my BPC. It is not drastically different that what I do every morning in calories/carbs/anything else, and I like the taste of it. My version is 14oz of coffee, 1T HWC, 1T coconut oil, 1T kerrygold, and stevia all stirred with a stick blender to make it foamy.

    My optimism is down a bit, hoping the BPC will help my mood!

    STATS:
    Calories: 1936
    Carbs: 60
    Fat: 170
    Protein: 97
    Fiber: 17 Net Carbs: 43
    Sugar: 18

    carbs and sugar came from fruits and veggies, I didn't have any grain, flour, or sugar yesterday, yahoo, that is 3 days.

    Result: 259.4 RATS hanging in the plateau

    My Golden Rules:

    1. Eat only when physically hungry
    2. Eat only what I really want
    3. Eat slowly, mindfully, consciously
    4. Stop when I am no longer hungry
    5. shots of tasteless oil in the middle of 2 hour flavorless time window

    Sleep yesterday:
    overnight 4:38
    meditation/nap: 1:50
    total 6:28!


    Thankfulness: my job! I get 3 day weekends, work 4 mornings, and the pay is very good (DH would be happier if I worked more hours, but that will come I think). Anyway it allows me plenty of time to do my creative things, keep up with the house (particularly important this week as we have company coming), and not feel stressed. Now if I could start selling the stuff I make, life could be perfect.
    Chris
    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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    My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

    My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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    • Originally posted by demuralist View Post
      Unfortunately, yes. I use a fitbit to record actual sleep. I am in bed for between 7 and 8 1/2 hours, but am only actually sleeping 4 to 5. I try to nap/meditate mid afternoon because for some reason my sleep efficiency is much better then.

      p.s. welcome! and good luck on your primal journey.

      Thanks, been lurking for a while, time to get active on the forums.

      I haven't followed this thread and it has probably been discussed before, but that lack of sleep seems like a major problem to me. As far as I can see, any changes you do to your diet will be pretty pointless for weight loss until you get a good solid 7-8 hours of sleep. If you stick with 5 hours you may want to check out "sleep hacking" as practised by the Bulletproof guy, see Step 5: Improve Your Sleep The Bulletproof Executive

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      • Thank you so much for the link, I will spend some serious time investigating it. And yes the lack of sleep is a major problem, but "normal" remedies have not fixed it. So this link may have something that will. I really do appreciate that you took the time to post it!
        Chris
        "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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        My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

        My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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        • super interesting link A Bad Combination for Women: Intermittent Fasting and Paleo The Bulletproof Executive
          Chris
          "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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          My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

          My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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          • My N=1 experiment. 1. Cut way back on dairy, nightshades, grains, and sugar 2. take a flavorless shot of calories in the form of MCT or Extra Light Olive oil chased by a tsp of xylitol in a liter of water in the middle of a 2 hour flavorless time span twice a day 3. take a 1 hour nap or listen to meditation

            Yesterday...well I had what I would consider a pretty successful day. My eating was controlled, in other words I followed my 4 golden rules. I got a lot accomplished around the house. And I got a meditation in.

            I did my BPC in the morning, which feels like such a treat it is so yummy. I did my flavorless shots in their windows of time. I ate when I was hungry, stopped before I was stuffed, had no sugar or flour.

            Result 260, up .4 RATS, damn plateau.

            My optimism is down but not out!

            STATS:
            Calories: 1644
            Carbs: 36
            Fat: 146
            Protein: 63
            Fiber: 16 Net Carbs: 20
            Sugar: 6

            carbs and sugar came from fruits and veggies, I didn't have any grain, flour, or sugar yesterday, yahoo, that is 4 days.

            My Golden Rules:

            1. Eat only when physically hungry
            2. Eat only what I really want
            3. Eat slowly, mindfully, consciously
            4. Stop when I am no longer hungry
            5. shots of tasteless oil in the middle of 2 hour flavorless time window

            Sleep yesterday:
            overnight 5:22
            meditation/nap: :30
            total 5:52


            Thankfulness: I am very grateful for the support I get from my (2) online journals, not only does it feel like I have people surrounding me with open arms, but I learn a lot as well.

            I roamed around the site "BulletProof Executive" yesterday. Looking for clues to improve my sleep. Unfortunately, I have not found anything yet that I can institute to help. His bulletproof diet is not far off of what I already do (I could tighten this up, but will have to do it slowly so the family doesn't catch me). He suggests a lot of supplements. I am not comfortable taking supplements unless I have been tested and found deficient (ie. my vitamin D levels are low). Also, I don't really trust that supplements have what they say in a form that my body will absorb, and don't know how to check on this unless I get tested fairly regularly to see if they are working and that I am not overdosing.

            Most of what I found, so far, on his site also concentrates on insomnia, but falling asleep is not really my issue so much as staying asleep. So I will keep roaming there hoping to find insight, because I really need to figure out how to get a higher efficiency of sleep.
            Chris
            "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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            My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

            My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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            • If you find anything on the sleep thing, let me know. Likewise, if I find anything, I'll be sure to share. That's my same issue as well.

              Today is PN registration. The program starts on Monday. I'm traveling again the next two weeks, so I haven't/won't been/be around much

              Take care and hang in there.
              -- Ruth

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              • I may be wrong, and forgive me if I am, but it seems like the days your weight drops your carbs are higher and the days your weight goes up or remains steady are your lower carb days.
                Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                • Ruth, can't wait to hear about PN! I will most definitely let you know what I learn regarding staying asleep!


                  Honeybuns, thanks for the observation, I have been focused on the calories and the fact that they don't predict the scale, I missed that, I really need to sit down and make a graph. I am not really limiting carbs per se right now. But it does work out that way on many days. Probably because I have limited them for so long I am just used to it.
                  Chris
                  "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                  My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                  My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                  • Ruth, found a thread that said being deficient in vitamin D causes sleep disorders, ...Most of the neu*ro*log*i*cal prob*lems my patients have are not directly related to vitamin D, they are related to the fact that D defi*ciency causes sleep dis*or*ders; insom*nia, sleep apnea, REM related apnea, unex*plained awak*en*ings to light sleep, inap*pro*pri*ate body move*ments dur*ing sleep. All of these dis*or*ders keep us from heal*ing our bod*ies dur*ing sleep. When the sleep improves the headaches, seizures, foot burn*ing, tremor, body pain, walk*ing dif*fi*cul*ties, depres*sion, mem*ory loss, etc. all get bet*ter"

                    those are my problems! Luckily the only consequence of my sleep issue has been my weight! Well and some memory issues right now, and depression in the past. also, I know that I am D deficient, I had my doc mega dose me a few years back, not sure why it stopped, but I was supposed to keep taking it from over the counter, and well I am not good at taking my medicine. So for the next couple of weeks I am going to do 2,000iu 3 times a day. That is less than what I was prescribed (50,000iu once a week). So I know it is safe for me for at least the 6 weeks is was prescribed. That puts me at the beginning of September. We will see if this is the missing link!

                    I have got to get some good quality sleep.
                    Chris
                    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                    My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                    My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                    • You know, that's something to really think about. One df the best things I've seen. Most everything addresses insomnia - rarely my problem. Those are a LOT of my problems. You are awesome!!! (ps - registered for PN. Can't wait to come back & share!)
                      -- Ruth

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                      • That is exactly what I thought when I read it! I rarely have insomnia anymore, the rest of the night is the problem!

                        Can't wait to hear about the PN!
                        Chris
                        "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                        My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                        My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                        • My N=1 experiment. 1. Cut way back on dairy, nightshades, grains, and sugar 2. take a flavorless shot of calories in the form of MCT or Extra Light Olive oil chased by a tsp of xylitol in a liter of water in the middle of a 2 hour flavorless time span twice a day 3. take a 1 hour nap or listen to meditation

                          Yesterday...well my WTF attitude kicked in. I just do not do well if I go for a few days staying on plan and the scale does not reward me. And mentally I do not feel comfortable not weighing at least most days, I have gone that route.

                          So yesterday I decided to go ahead and enter a cake contest that is this Saturday at the outdoor concert we are going to. I had originally decided not to put myself through making a new recipe and all the tasting that is involved in that. Anyway, it is a summer series and we have gone to all of them since it started. Well it is an anniversary for them and to celebrate they are doing the cake contest. It is sponsored by Jack Daniels. But yesterday with my bad attitude, I decided to go ahead and bake the cake. Is was a Lemon Honey Jack cake (i used Jack Daniels Honey Liqueur). Tasted great!!!!! but fell apart, so it was all in vain. I did do a lot of tasting, though not nearly as much as usual. My DH ate the layer that fell apart (I was making a dome for the Observatory where the concert is held and it collapsed), I froze the 2 I had planned to use for the base to use for when company comes. good news is I didn't make the frosting! That is my real downfall.

                          Anyway, I tracked it as best I could. I actually didn't really eat dinner, just a very small taste then decided I was still full from the cake tasting.

                          Result 260.2, up .2 could have been worse. Back on track this morning, my stomach felt like crap all night!

                          My optimism is actually back up! I had my little hissy fit and now I am back on it. Plus now that I have added the vitamin D back I feel confident my sleep issues may be coming to an end!

                          STATS:
                          Calories: 1844
                          Carbs: 126
                          Fat: 134
                          Protein: 59
                          Fiber: 22 Net Carbs: 104
                          Sugar: 53

                          high carbs, high fat, high sugar is probably not a good combo. I suspect if the carbs are high but from fruits and veggies, that is probably a good thing for me. Again, I am really not trying to direct the macronutrients right now. Just playing with food combos that will keep me from binging/obsessing with food.

                          My Golden Rules:

                          1. Eat only when physically hungry
                          2. Eat only what I really want
                          3. Eat slowly, mindfully, consciously
                          4. Stop when I am no longer hungry
                          5. shots of tasteless oil in the middle of 2 hour flavorless time window

                          Sleep yesterday:
                          overnight 5:46

                          Thankfulness: WARNING.....TMI coming up.....Pharmaceuticals. Dh has ED, I had decided that yesterday was the day we were gonna talk about alternative methods of physical intimacy, had a list, the kids were gone. So he comes home, strips down, walks into the kitchen naked (we have always joked with the kids that when they are gone clothing would become optional in the house). So we laugh about it, I ask him if he wants me to take a photo and fuzz it to tease the kids with, we laugh some more. Then he says, you get naked and lets go lay down and chat. I am shocked and amazed. anyway, without the gory details, he took something that reversed the ED. So we did not have the conversation last night, but we had fun.
                          Chris
                          "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                          My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                          My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                          • Yay!
                            Primal since 9/24/2010
                            "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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                            • The cake sounds good.. sorry it was a flop though. Keeping it in the freezer for company is a great idea since you and the hubs entertain.

                              So when it comes to carbs are you eating starchy carbs too?
                              Karin


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                              • Not trying to. The cake was a blip. Although today, I had a flatout, not primal, but yummy wrapped around my tuna salad. Mostly my carbs are coming from fruits though. And maybe once a week I will do a piece of homemade bread. I never really loved things like pasta, rice, potatoes, etc. So I don't miss them and while I make them for the family I am not drawn to them and don't eat them.

                                Here is what I had today...
                                6:45 - 7:15 BPC (today with MCT I am out of Coconut oil)
                                8:15 - 8:45 Double Green Matcha tea, iced with Stevia
                                10:15-11:30 21g ELOO and 1tsp xylitol with 1 liter of water
                                1:00-1:30 tuna salad with homemade mayo, apple, a few walnuts on a flatout-had a craving, yum, Double Dark Chocolate Tea, iced with stevia
                                3:45-4:15 21g MCT and 1tsp xylitol in 1 liter of water
                                6:30-7:00 ground beef cooked with fresh salsa and spices, konjac noodles, over a mixed green salad
                                8:30 Republic of Tea Red Velvet tea, iced with Stevia.

                                I have mostly been doing a smoothie for lunch though, just got a craving for the tuna today.

                                I think that for the most part, taking a liter of water with a tsp of xylitol 2 times a day is helping to quell my cravings for sweets. At least I don't go looking for them. If they are right there (like the cake batter), I will still eat it.
                                Chris
                                "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                                My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                                My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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