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    I am brand new to the Primal Diet, this is literally my first day. I want to journal to see how my health, energy and moods change. I learned about Mark's Daily Apple on the Spark People website. At first when I visited his blog I was a little skeptical - it just seemed a little too out there for me. For some reason I was drawn back though, I couldn't stop reading and found myself wanting to know more. I bought the book (thank god for Amazon) online and got it the next day. I spend all weeking pouring over it. At first I just read ahead to the food part to see what I could eat and was a little disappointed. I wasn't sure if my husband would go along with it. I put the book down for a day, then picked it up again yesterday and read it from the beginning almost the whole way through.

    A little history, I have been dieting for a really long time. My most recent adventures in weightloss involved eliminating sugar and wheat. I had amazing results. My energy level was higher than it had ever been in my life. My moods were great. Prior to starting the no sugar diet, I went through almost a year of moderate health problems that seemed to be mostly pyschological. My doctor could not find any real problem. I was constantly hungry, my moods were erratic at best and manic at worst, I frequently felt anxious, dizzy, lethargic, and much more. I tried anti-depresants, adding more protein to my diet. Nothing worked. The no sugar diet was a god send, it was like magic. Within 2 days of eliminating sugar *and coffee* I felt like a new person. I was only able to keep this up for a couple months. My sugar addiction got the best of me around the holidays.

    Now nearly a year later I am desperate to get back to that feeling. I have tied unsuccessfully many times over the past few weeks to cut out sugar. For some reason I still feel tired and anxious and hungry.

    I really would like to just nourish my body and not be hung up on what I'm eating. I want to focus my attention on my family not food.

    I still have plenty of fat to lose. My focus to start wont be fat loss though. I imagine some will happen naturally by eating better. I am gonig to break this journey up in to 3 phases. The first phase is just getting my body used to eating well, not being hungry and eliminating the cravings. This first phase will last probably 30 - 45 days. I will know when my body is feeling normal again.

    Starting Weight: 173.2 lbs
    Starting BF: 35%

    The second phase will be to eliminate the excess body fat by monitoring carbs and possibly through I.F.

    The third phase will be maintaining my healthy body with lots of fruits, vegetables and meat.

    At least for the first 30 days I am going to eliminate dairy. I think I might have a mild problem with lactose, so I want to get rid of it for a while then reintroduce it later and see.

    Oh, yeah. I also have terrible adult acne. It has gotten really, really bad over the past few weeks. I'm not quite sure what it could be. I think I might have started using Stevia around the time it got bad, so I will definately not use that for the first 30 days, then if I decide to also bring back coffee *which I can't drink unsweetened or black* I will try stevia again then.

    Well, thanks for reading.

    Added: Also, terrible inflamation & bloating, especially in my hands and legs. I can't wait for this to get better. Sometimes I have a hard time making a fist.
    Last edited by mommyrunmommy; 08-29-2011, 03:23 PM.
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  • #2
    Day 1

    Food
    Breakfast
    1c. mixed organic frozen berries
    2 organic, cage free eggs w/ 1/2c. organic frozen spinach cooked in bacon fat
    Organic Green Tea

    Lunch
    Romaine Salad w/ Chicken Breast (about 1/2c), bacon and bell peppers

    Snacks
    carrost
    almonds

    Dinner
    Canned albacore (not sure how I'm going to make this moist & tasty yet)
    Romaine Salad
    Broccoli steamed

    I haven't decided dinner 100% - I might make a change.

    Exercise
    I want to take a couple walks today at work, hopefully adding up to atleast 30 - 45 minutes.
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    • #3
      Well, day 1 started awesome. I felt great. I got home and lost it. I started getting frustrated with my husband and kids. then I didn't 'feel' like eating what I had planned, so I made a frozen pizza. Then the next day I felt guilty . . . anyway, I wasn't 100% the last couple days. Yesterday I started doing some reading in preperation for my food plan for next week (I have to plan meals a week in advance at least so I can get all shopping done over the weekend). I started reading a ton of primal/paleo blogs about parenting and feeding your family primal/paleo. There was one blogger in particular who really inspired me.

      This morning I woke up and made myself some boiled eggs, bought some chicken breasts and bacon to go with my romaine and salsa. I have so many reasons to do this and do it right, I can't give up. My family needs me to do it because there's no way they will ever do it without my leadership.

      What I'm eating today (in no particular order):

      Hardboiled eggs
      Almonds
      Romaine
      Salsa Fresca
      Chicken Breast
      Bacon
      Banana ??
      Tuna ??
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      • #4
        Well done for getting back on it! It can be hard at first but it WILL get easier. Hope today has been better.
        Finally uncovering the real me!

        My 'Serious Six' journal.

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        • #5
          Thanks gingernut! It was hard, but I am so glad I did it.

          I stuck to my guns all day yesterday. I was't really hungry once dinner hit, but I ate my salmon anyway.
          I ended up eating this yesterday:

          AM: 2 whole eggs (cage free, organic)

          Snack: 22 almonds

          Lunch: Romaine, 4 oz chicken breast, 3 slices bacon, 1/2c. salsa

          Snack: 2 c. baby carrots, 2 eggs, 1c. frozen berrie mix (organic)

          Snack: 1/2 beef stick from US Wellness ( I got them for the kids, but wanted to taste them. not my cup of tea, but my son loved it.)

          Dinner: 4oz wild sockeye salmon

          This is how my day ended, according to FitDay. I totally did not realize how low my calories were, I felt mostly satisfied all day.
          CALORIES 1,364
          CARBS 82g
          FAT 69g
          PROTEIN 111g

          I probably should give up coffee, but really really don't think I could successfully do that and stay Primal. I feel like I am letting go of so many poor choices, one more big change may be too much right now. I'm going to be sure not to have sugar with it. I wil use Stevia. I only have Stevia in the Raw right now, but will look for the extract that people here have said is better.

          Today this is what I'm planning on eating:
          AM: 2 whole eggs (cage free, organic), 1.5c. TJ's cherry, berry mix and 1oz goat cheese ((yummy))

          Snack: 22 almonds

          Lunch: Romaine, 4 oz chicken breast, 3 slices bacon, 1/2c. salsa

          Snack: Larbar if needed

          Dinner: 5oz wild sockeye salmon, 2c. broccoli sauted in beef tallow w/ garlic & onions
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          • #6
            So I started all gung-ho, then slipped, restarted, slipped again . . . . now here I am back to gung-ho. I feel so crappy after the last 2 -3 days of eating SAD. I am achy, inflammed and tired. I started the day great though, I ate 2 eggs, 3 slices of bacon and coffee with "coconut crack creamer". I know that dairy is a no-no due to my acne, so I made the recipe a couple days ago for the coconut cream, it's pretty good. I wasn't sure at first when I tasted it, before chilling it, but the next day it was definately better. It has the consistancy of whipped cream - I think it would be awesome over berries. I will see if my kids will eat it over some warm berries for a dessert this weekend.

            I really need this change for my health, I will do this and take control of my health and wellbeing. I am sick of being tired and not feeling 'good'. I want energy and I want to enjoy my life instead of wandering through it in a inflammed, bloated haze.
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            • #7
              I didn't get very far in my first attempt at Primal. I have started and stopped several times since, never giving up hope that at some point it would stick. I feel deep down that I've finally turned a corner. I recently read "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes. That book is life changing. I did already believe that sugar and refined carbs were bad, I knew for sure that they are bad for me and make me feel like crap. That wasn't enough to change my habits. Reading about how deadly they really are though, that makes all the sweet things that I normally crave look like rat poison.

              I have been primal for the past 3 days. I know, not long. I'm feeling the carb flu alittle. Some aches and pains, and I had a headache for a couple days.

              My health has been a problem, and I really wanted to get my body switched over to burning fat for fuel and not carbs fast. Plus I am a severe carb addict, especially sugar. Even Stevia causes cravings in tiny doses. I am dong zero carb for the first 2 weeks. I know this is not necessary, but it definately makes me feel more in control. It's actually alot easier for me. I rarely have time to cook, so cooking a bunch of meat once a day is much easier than making fresh vegetables and salads also. I will start adding vegetables a little at a time after this first 2 weeks. I will also try adding some cheese and yogurt, seperately, since I've never had a problem with them. When I get a couple months in, then I will add wild berries. I will avoid other higher sugar fruits for the most part. Also, since I am anemic, I will incorporate liver at least once a week. I am still trying to figure out a pallatable way to make it.

              That's my plan. I feel really good about it. I am proud of myself for making changes for my health.

              My main goal is increased health: no inflamation, clearer skin, normal levels of iron and ferritin, increased energy and good moods. Secondarily, I would like to lose about 30 lbs. I think that will be a natural bi-product over time.
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              • #8
                I have the worst headache today. Ever since I woke up my head has been hurting. I guess I am still suffering the carb flu.
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                • #9
                  1 week down!! I definately had a couple rough days last week. I feel great today though. I made the mistake of trying my coffee with Splenda this weekend though - it left me feeling light headed and very irritable. That won't happen again.

                  I decided that I will scrap the Zero Carb 2 week idea. I am getting so bored with only meat - it's making me crave other food. I will go ahead and add in salads and vegetables. I am still going to hold off on fruits for a little while. Only becuase I know that I am so sensitive to sugar and I want to make sure my body has plenty of time to heal.

                  Losing 5 lbs the firset week is great. I know a good deal, if not all of it, is water. That's good though, I know my body is turning in to a fat burning machine.

                  Food Today:
                  Morning:
                  Coffee w/ Coconut "Crack" Creamer & 2 packets Stevia in the Raw
                  4 Eggs
                  1/8 c. Shredded Cheese
                  4 Slices bacon

                  Lunch
                  4oz Tri Tip
                  4 - 6 oz Chicken Breast
                  Small Peice Zucchini

                  Dinner
                  4 - 6oz Pot Roast
                  About a half can diet root beer

                  **I'm not sure if it was the soda or the cheese, but I felt pretty bloated at the end of the day and really hungry this morning. I'm pretty sure the bloat was from the soda - I know better - so no more sodas for sure. The hunger this morning could've been from the artificial sweeteners in the soda or because I didn't eat enough. I will watch both. Also super tired last night.
                  Last edited by mommyrunmommy; 01-10-2012, 10:15 AM.
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                  • #10
                    Yesterday was an interesting day. My husband and I planned to have lunch together after an interview he went on. His interview ran really late, so I ate lunch late and the lunch was quite a bit smaller than what I would've fixed for myself. I wasn't really feeling hungry afterwords, just unsatisfied.

                    I drank a little diet root beer after dinner. I think it made me bloated. I know sodas, diet or regular, are not great. I definately will work hard at avoiding them more.

                    I am going to start tracking my energy levels. I thought by now I would have more energy, but last night I was so tired I couldn't keep my eyes open after 9pm.


                    Energy @ Waking: Zero - wanted to crawl back in bed
                    Energy in Evening: Good until about 10pm. Then pretty sleepy.

                    Food
                    Morning:
                    Morning:
                    Coffee w/ Coconut "Crack" Creamer & 1 packets Stevia in the Raw
                    4 Eggs (cooked in bacon fat)
                    6 Breakfast Sausages (gluten free)

                    Lunch:
                    Pot Roast
                    2c. Romaine Salad w/ Bell Pepper, Sardines, EVOO & Red Wine Vinegar Dressing

                    Dinner:
                    Steak
                    1/2c. Frozsen Veggie mix (broccoli, cauliflower, carrot)
                    1/2 a Atkins Almond Coconut bar (wanted something a little sweet)
                    Last edited by mommyrunmommy; 01-11-2012, 09:21 AM.
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                    • #11
                      Lots of cravings yesterday.. I am sure it was mostly because I was running around a lot, and really stressed about some childcare issues. Eating sweets is definately my way to stuff feelings down, and try to avoid them. I didn't do that yesterday. I was a little misreable in the morning and afternoon, but ultimately I know I am better for dealing with it instead of eating it.

                      Energy is still an issue. I am curious if it has something to do with my period just starting the other day and my super low iron/ferritin. I am going to keep track of my energy. I am hoping that the next cycle will be better. My PMS was ridiculous last week - crazy moody and short tempered. I always get that way about 2 days before my period starts. I am hoping that after a month of no sugar/refined carbs that it will not be so bad.


                      Energy @ Waking: Very little, but better than yesterday
                      Energy in Evening:


                      Morning:
                      Coffee w/ Coconut "Crack" Creamer & 1 packets Stevia in the Raw
                      4 Eggs (cooked in bacon fat)
                      5 Breakfast Sausages (gluten free)

                      Lunch: (planned)
                      Steak
                      2c. Romaine Salad w/ Bell Pepper, Sardines, EVOO & Red Wine Vinegar Dressing
                      1/2c. Frozen Veggie mix (broccoli, cauliflower, carrot)

                      Dinner: (planned)
                      6 - 8 oz. Plain Ground Beef Patty
                      1/2c. Frozsen Veggie mix (broccoli, cauliflower, carrot)
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                      • #12
                        I was so tired and irritable the end of last week. I just didn't feel like posting. Pretty much each day I woke up tired and fell asleep exhausted. Eating was mostly good. I did endulge several times on some low carb atkins candy I bought for my husband. I'm not sure why I did - I know it's junk. I definately didn't feel too good afterwards. I will make sure if I'm going to treat myself, it's atleast something I will enjoy like dark chocolate or cake.

                        I quit coffee on Friday. My headaches weren't bad, which was awesome. I quit in the hopes that my energy would get better, but nope. I guess I need to face facts that I need to take iron supplements for my low iron and low ferritin. I really don't want to because of the constipation and pain, but I don't know how long it might take for just eating Primal to help, or if it even will. I am hoping I can get an appointment with Chris Kessler about his without needing to do the whole intake thing (I can't afford it), but I want to get a second opinion on this.

                        I am going to start keeping track of my food on SparkPeople. Mostly so that I know my carb counts. I am a little curious about macro ratios and calories, but will not choose foods or limit foods based on these. For the most part I just want to see if my fat and carb intakes affect my energy at all.

                        Energy @ Waking: not much
                        Energy in Evening: Okay, a little tired but not as wiped out as before. Fell asleep around 10:30 - 11pm.


                        Morning:
                        3 hardboiled Eggs
                        3 Breakfast Sausages patties (gluten free)
                        1 cup green tea (w/ stevia)

                        Snack:
                        1 cup strawberries
                        1/4c. Coconut "Crack" Creamer

                        Lunch:
                        Asian Stir Fry (lettuce wrap filling - w/o lettuce) Asian Ground Beef, Mushroom, and Broccoli Slaw Lettuce Cups | Nom Nom Paleo

                        Dinner:
                        Mexican Stew (borrowed from Everyday Paleo, but tweeked to add zucchini & mushroom & remove cabbage)


                        Calories: 1,822
                        Carbs: 62g (14%)
                        Fat: 132g (65%)
                        Protein: 92g (20%)
                        Last edited by mommyrunmommy; 01-17-2012, 11:29 AM.
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                        • #13
                          Well, today would've been day 5 without coffee, but I ended up getting a little cup at Starbucks this morning. I used half&half and stevia. It was not good. I just didn't enjoy it. I really only like coffee with cream and sugar. Some day I will allow myself to have alittle sugar in my coffee, but I for sure want to wait until my body is healthy all around (energy, iron, weight). For now I am enjoying a little green tea with stevia and unsweetened herbal teas. I don't miss my diet sodas either. I had a tiny bit of one this weekend, and it just wasn't as good as it used to be.

                          Today I feel so good. My moods last week and especially this weekend were so bad - I didn't see how they could get better. I hope this is a trend and not just a fluke.

                          My hunger hasn't been out of control like when I was on the SAD, but I still do 'feel' hungry throughout the day more than I think I should. I'm not eating just to eat because I know that I'm eating enough. I'm kind of thinking that it's not real hunger, but cravings. Right now I'm trying to stick to my 3 meals and 1 snack (if hungry) and not eating a ton more.

                          Energy @ Waking: Okay. Seems to be improving alittle bit each day. Good sign.
                          Energy in Evening:


                          Morning:
                          3 hardboiled Eggs
                          5 Sausage Links (gluten free)
                          Tiny bit of coffee w/ half & half & Stevia (tasted pretty bad - not really worth drinking the whole thing)
                          1 cup green tea (w/ stevia)

                          Snack:
                          1 cup strawberries
                          1/4c. Coconut "Crack" Creamer

                          Lunch:
                          Mexican Stew
                          2c. Salad w/ EVOO & Red Wine Vinegar

                          Dinner:
                          Oven Crisped Chicken Thigh
                          Frozen Veggie Mix (Normandy)

                          Calories: 1,571
                          Carbs: 57 (14.6%)
                          Fat: 99 (57%)
                          Protein: 109 (28.2%)
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                          • #14
                            Welcome back on the horse MRM. Sounds like your going thru some carb flu and it depends on your body when that will be over.

                            I was looking at your meals; what's in the mexican stew? Maybe doing away with the dairy and sugar for a couple of weeks to see how your energy levels respond.
                            Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ELCO14 View Post
                              Welcome back on the horse MRM. Sounds like your going thru some carb flu and it depends on your body when that will be over.

                              I was looking at your meals; what's in the mexican stew? Maybe doing away with the dairy and sugar for a couple of weeks to see how your energy levels respond.
                              Hi ELCO14 - I guess it cold be the carb flu still. I have mostly cut out dairy - but I don't really have any side effects when I have had the occasional sprinkle of shredded cheese or tablespoon of half&half (wont have that anytime soon since no coffee). As for sugar - I had a tiny bit last week once, but that's it.

                              The mexican stew is a recipe I altered from Everyday Paleo. It's Canned enchilada sauce (which is pretty much tomato sauce, vinegar and spices), beef, mushrooms, zucchini, 1 carrot (for whole pot), garlic and onions. Nothing non-primal.
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