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  • Strict Vegetarian to Raging Carnivore- Rawr!

    I'm feeling pretty jazzed about this way of eating so I'll jump in with both feet. I'm only on the computer at work, though, and check it intermittently.

    The first five years of vegetarianism were how I felt now. Really happy and full of energy. Lost weight, felt great. Then I got divorced, really skinny, and when I started putting weight back on, still veggie, it just kept coming. Exercise wasn't helping. I never ate fast food- I was a whole foods vegetarian. I ate low-fat. Didn't matter. Weight kept coming on.

    At 192 I started re-evaluating what I was doing and started looking at the vegetarian's nightmare: Atkins. It helped. I got to 185 but induction was too tough. I tried homeopathic HCG and lost 20 more pounds. Then when I got off HCG just a short week ago I went full paleo. I read Gary Taubes books and Robb Wolf and now I'm reading Mark's. I do add a bit of full fat dairy but mostly paleo. I've lost another seven pounds. This morning I was at 157 and my attitude and energy levels are just soaring.

    So here I am getting digging deeper. My goal is to reach 135 and be more toned than I was when I was a First Five Years Vegetarian.

    Breakfast: coffee with heavy cream; full fat Fage (I was in a rush- need to boil some eggs)
    Snack: a couple of Tanka Bites
    Lunch: whole tomato (eaten like an apple); tuna fish with mayonnaise (soybean oil- when I run out I'll get olive oil version)
    Tonight I'm making Everyday Paleo's Rockin' Moroccan Chicken. I'll probably have a handful of nuts when I get off work.

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    Breakfast: eggs scrambled in coconut oil, a piece of buffalo jerky, 1/2 c coconut milk
    Lunch: Leftover moroccan chicken from last night with a couple of slices of tomatoes
    snack: blueberries and almonds brought to work
    Dinner: I dunno. I forgot to thaw anything. I'm cooking salmon cakes with ginger sauce for friends tomorrow night so when I pick up those groceries I'll get a couple of red meat slabs to throw on the grill tonight.

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    • #3
      Welcome and good luck.
      I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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      • #4
        Thanks. My husband and I had a little discussion about saturated fat this morning. I commented on how the coconut milk had kind of a waxy undertaste. He said he guessed that's why it wasn't as popular a drink as other beverages but I countered with how I thought people were freaked out by saturated fat. He was like, oh, if it's high in s.f. that explains it- you know that's not good for your heart. So there we went, him defending the agricultural revolution and me defending the cavemen. I've read a lot, but I don't recycle well- sad primal blueprint. It has a poor advocate in me. I'll keep working on it.

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        • #5
          Hello and welcome!

          Just a quick comment on the mayonnaise: you may want to try making your own once you run out instead of buying the pre-made. All the brands that I'm aware of still have sugar, corn starch, and random unnecessary stuff in them even thought they use olive oil. It is really super easy to make your own!

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          • #6
            thanks I will. Or use something else for tuna lubricant.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by seashells View Post
              So here I am getting digging deeper. My goal is to reach 135 and be more toned than I was when I was a First Five Years Vegetarian.
              Meet Staci: Your New Powerlifting Super Hero | Nerd Fitness

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              • #8
                I will never tire of that link, ever. I send it to any girl that ever says the word 'tone' or talks about being afraid of lifting weights.
                I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                • #9
                  That's a great link. This girl is not afraid of lifting weights. I had a trainer who really worked me and taught me a lot.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by seashells View Post
                    This girl is not afraid of lifting weights.
                    I certainly don't disagree with that statement, but I think I would characterize it as she's not afraid of her genetic potential.

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                    • #11
                      Better, js290. That I probably would identify with better.

                      Breakfast: I was running short on time. I choked down a spoonful of coconut oil and grabbed a handful of walnuts and blueberries. A cup of coffee with heavy cream.
                      Lunch: A couple of hard-boiled eggs, some buffalo jerky.
                      Dinner:
                      We're having friends over to be guinea pigs. I've set the table beautifully with polished everything. Flowers, candles. We're having shrimp wrapped with bacon, salmon cakes with homemade ginger mayo, curried cauliflower, mixed greens and I'm going to TRY to whip up a couple of cans of chilled coconut milk and add blueberries. Or dark chocolate. Probably the chocolate... wish me luck!

                      Here's a question: I'll post it to the nutrition board if it's better there. My husband will eat the paleo stuff I put in front of him, which is full of fat, of course. But during the day he'll also eat highly processed carbs (he's thin, but has high blood pressure). Is this the very worst combination of foods?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by seashells View Post
                        But during the day he'll also eat highly processed carbs (he's thin, but has high blood pressure). Is this the very worst combination of foods?
                        High blood pressure is caused by fructose metabolism producing uric acid which messes with nitric oxide levels.

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                        • #13
                          Last night I cooked chicken thighs for the first time ever. I'm so tickled with myself. I put minced shallots and garlic under the skin and brushed them with olive oil and a little salt and pepper. I didn't have a roasting pan so I used a cookie sheet with a cooling rack on top (this morning I scraped at the drippings and ate them for a light breakfast since I really wasn't hungry). Served with a huge vegetable salad and some brussel sprouts that weren't going to last much longer, topped with bacon. Good lord- it was a large meal, but we weren't uncomfortable after. -and probably explains the lack of appetite this morning. I brought a left over thigh with leftover salad for lunch and I can't wait to experiment more in the kitchen! Husband loves the cooking but I worry about his rogue bread-eating when I don't cook for him.

                          I bought and put together a "power tower" this past weekend and so far I've just been playing on it. My big goal is to be able to do a pullup. Right now I just hang there and grunt. Today I'm going to write out a real action plan so I can start exercising properly on the thing. I can do the wimpiest of tricep dips and if I put a weight bar across the dip station I can do inverted rows. Anyway, my boss is on vacation so I'll actually carve some time out of my day to write out sets/reps of some exercises.

                          Totally loving primal living... I feel SO great, I just keep losing weight, slowly, slowly, and my arms are getting toned, my legs are hard. Very pleased.

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