I have been following the Primal Blueprint quite strictly for 2 weeks now. Today, I did the weighing and measuring thing, and I have shed 6 kg, my BMI is down from 34 to 32, and my waist has reduced 2" (my hips have gone down by 3", but I have a pronounced apple shape due to PCOS and insulin resistance). I think it's working!
A few words about me: I'm a 39 year old woman living in London, UK. I'm tall (5'10") and have found it easy to put on muscle when weight training in the past (which has happened twice in my life, both times lasting only a few months). As I already mentioned, I have PCOS and am taking metformin - a good thing, as type 2 diabetes runs in my family (older sister, mother, grandmother). However, I'm hoping that through eating healthily, in the Primal way, I will improve my body composition and normalise my hormones. I also need to reduce my BMI under 30 so I can be referred to a Fertility clinic for IVF, but I hope to continue until my BMI is in the normal range (under 25).
I've tried low carb diets in the past (Atkins, 10 yrs ago, and Schwartzbein, more recently), and they worked well for me. Until I relaxed too much with 'treats' and started eating both high carb and high fat! Madness! That's why I'm taking Primal seriously, and have cut out all processed foods, grains and dairy. Well, I'm doing a dairy challenge - after 1 month I'll re-introduce some cheese, cream and butter into my diet and see how it goes. If I don't get diarrhoea and/or cravings, then I'll continue with it. But only organic, and possibly goat or sheep - after all, I don't want to grow into a cow!
OK, this is getting long already! So, what do I eat? Mostly eggs and veg for brekkie (fried in coconut oil or poached in the microwave), meat or fish with salad for lunch and the same for dinner, but with cooked veggies (steamed, roasted or stir-fried). If I need a 'dessert' or a snack, I have some raw nuts, frozen berries or coconut milk (or a combination).
I don't know if it's the ketosis (probably, as my appetite has gone way down) but I was getting slightly bored with that simple menu. So yesterday I made some omelette cupcakes with l/o roast chicken, mushroom and rocket that I had for breakfast today (and will have for 2 more days). Also, a delicious chicken liver pate with orange and brandy, using goose fat and ghee instead of butter. Divine for lunch with a big salad sprinkled with some pine nuts!
Well, that's it for my first journal entry. Please feel free to comment! )