Here goes...I hope I'm going about this the right way! I think journaling is a great way to keep track of food and fitness, but have never done it in a public way before. So I will start now.
I've been reading over this entire website for about a month now and adopted the primal eating plan three weeks ago. It's a long story, but after a year and a half of chronic pelvic pain and two surgeries I seem to have reached a breakthrough -- two different doctors advised me to go on different versions of a strict diet that closely resembles what you all do here as an experiment to see if diet could affect my symptoms. Nothing else was working, including some hardcore hormone treatments for endometriosis, and another surgery was the next option, even though it was not completely clear that my ongoing pain was due to endo. So, I looked at the two diet lists I was given -- one for a diet to combat endometriosis, the other for a diet to help with interstitial cystitis -- and made a "grand master" foods list. What I ended up with was basically the Primal Blueprint plan, with a few adjustments (Ok, the endometriosis diet is vegan, but that's the only big exception. I eat meat.). Here's the thing: I did this -- cut out all grains, all sugars and artificial sweeteners (I have been low carbing for six years, so I didn't really consume sugar anyway, but was an avid consumer of splenda and diet coke), all caffeine, all soy, all dairy, all chocolate (endometriosis diet), making me gluten free, soy free, dairy free, sugar free; plus I've been reading up on all the positive changes I can make in my diet on this website and a few others.
Long story short: since I made these changes, my pain has DISAPPEARED, as in the chronic pelvic pain I felt every day that kept me glued to the sofa with a heating pad doped up on percocet for months and months and months and forced me to take a quarter off from writing my dissertation is suddenly GONE. This is the truth.
Anyway, now I want to keep a journal too, to keep myself honest and also get advice if anyone looks at it and notices something worth commenting on. So here goes:
Breakfast: two hard boiled eggs with coconut oil (I make a little cut in the egg down to the yolk and squish some coconut oil in there, where it melts and is pure deliciousness) and salt, rooibos tea with plain coconut creamer, 1/3 cup blueberries
Snack: raw cauliflower
Lunch: barely ripe pear with six walnut halves
Dinner: roasted chicken breast with skin on mache salad with walnut oil (I'm not supposed to have anything acidic from now on, so oil only on salads), pine nuts, one strip applewood smoked bacon, steamed asparagus
Snack: Fage 2% yogurt with bee pollen and flaxseed oil
Exercise: Today I did 30 minutes alternating walk/jog on the treadmill, then an hour long spinning class with an instructor who does mostly intervals
Note: I'm a recovering anorexic, so don't blast me for having a low calorie count -- to me this is a ton of food and I felt full all day. I added yogurt back in, because frankly it's my greatest pleasure in life right now (it's been a bad year - GOODBYE 2009!) and doesn't seem to cause a reaction for me, even though I'm lactose intolerant.
Thanks for any feedback! I'm on my way!