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  • #31
    Yesterday was another bad day - no stars! I just felt so utterly exhausted that after I'd done some basic tidying up I just lay on the couch for the rest of the day. I didn't make it to the store, and come dinner time I let myself order take-out (just this once), which somehow always ends in a chocolate binge, a bloated stomach and a restless night. No more! I know better than this now. Guess it takes a while to unlearn such rooted habits. Even though my brain knows I will feel bad afterwards, there is something inside me that still thinks this is going to be a "treat".

    Breakfast: yoghurt with ground nuts in it
    Lunch: salmon and veggie leftovers (now that was a treat!), glass of milk
    Dinner: Shoarma + 1 chocolate bar with nuts and 4 chocolate pralines

    Back to accumulating stars today! This time, I really want to break my 'record'. Should be easy, since it's only 12 in a row Though this time I didn't make it past 6. Fail...
    Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
    When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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    • #32
      Yesterday's food:
      Breakfast: 1,5 egg, fried with bacon and green bell pepper
      snack: 2 fresh figs
      dinner: minced meat wrapped in bacon (I don't know what they would be called in English) with mashed potatoes, peas, carrots and sliced tomatoes. I only took a little bit of the mashed potatoes, even though they were so very lovely. I think I may have shrunk my stomach, or at least my appetite
      dessert: 1 clementine

      I called back my doctor this morning to get the results of my blood tests, and turns out I'm over the acute part of the disease and I'm not longer infectious, which is both good. Then she said I had to wait at least another month before I can start any kind of training! I'm a bit bummed by that... Even though I'm still losing weight, slowly but steadily, since I'm not doing any kind of exercise whatsoever, I'm a bit worried that I may be losing muscle tissue - not that I had that much of that to begin with
      She also said the extreme fatigue is due to my liver having to deal with all the waste from fighting the virus. I guess I can start looking in to that, maybe start drinking more water because I have been slacking off on that account. Maybe I need to add more (good) carbs to my diet, because I can't imagine my liver would like having to create all that glucose itself when it's already over worked...
      Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
      When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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      • #33
        But I've read that eating more fat is one of the most detoxifying things you can do! Especially for your liver. I would avoid fructose most of all (any fruit) if you want to give your liver a rest. That's great, though, that you're healing. It's hard to not give it your all sometimes, but healing and recovery is more important than anything else. Last week, when I was going through some digestive issues, I didn't do any strength training but still lost two pounds. I'll be back at the full exercise plan this week and it'll be interesting to see if I actually lose about the same amount of weight.
        Starting weight: 225
        Current weight: 195
        Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
        Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
        My Primal Journey


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        • #34
          It is a bummer when you have to cut the training down. I had a minor surgery operation thingy last week. The doc said that I need to take it really easy for a few weeks.. I really am missing swimming the most! So just some walking and hoping for the best now!

          I think the no fruit and more fat thing is good advice. Have you seen the video called Sugar the bitter truth. It talks about fruit sugars in it, it is interesting to see how sugars effect you liver. I think it is a great watch if you have the time, it is here on youtube.

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          • #35
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            (going to put my stars in my posts as an extra motivation, trying to get as many in a row as I can!)

            I'm not sure I can give up the fruit entirely - it's nature's candy! Well it's all I allow myself these days... But I'm going to the 'big' supermarket today where they have loads more stuff so I guess I can pick up some berries or other low glycemic fruit. And more coconut milk

            food log:
            breakfast: 2 primal pancakes with blueberries
            snack: crayfish tossed with almond flour and fried in coconut oil
            dinner: chicken breast + leftover mashed potatoes, peas and carrots from the night before
            after dinner snacking: 1 fig, 2 clementines, yoghurt with ground nuts in it (not all at once though, but I stayed up late reading 'A Song of Ice and Fire' ;-))
            Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
            When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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            • #36
              You can give up fruit entirely. It's just a matter of whether you think it's important enough for recovery. Plus, if it feels that essential right now, it might actually mean you're depending on its sugar too much. Instead of fruit I, from time to time, have coconut milk with stevia (coconut pudding) or a stevia drink mixed with apple cider vinegar or a little lemon juice.

              To see what fructose specifically does in comparison to other sugars to your liver, check out this really popular lecture on the topic. It's pretty nerdy, but the doctor has earned a sort of celebrity status because so many people have made it through the lecture and had their minds blown:

              Sugar: The Bitter Truth - YouTube
              Starting weight: 225
              Current weight: 195
              Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
              Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
              My Primal Journey


              Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Nutrition Facts For Foods

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              • #37
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                Yes I have seen the Lustig video (the entire thing) a while ago, but I've also seen a lot of people who seem to have good reasons to disagree with him. I'm not a biochemist, so I have no basis to say either of them are correct and the other is wrong. But I recall even Lustig saying in the video that fruit is ok, in moderation, and if you eat the entire fruit, on account of the fibre content and other goodie nutrients that come with it. It's not like I'm living on fruit here And I've already given up all coffee apart from the one cup I have in the morning (I used to drink it all day), all alcohol (not that I ever drank much) and all other sugar. I think my liver is quite happy that I exchanged the nightly chocolate bar/tiramisu/Ben&Jerry's for a piece of fruit. And I still think that changing my habits the way I did is the reason why the mono hasn't affected me all that much, considering how ill it can make other people (I'm pretty sure I've never actually had a fever - just a kind of feverish feeling and general weakness). The three ground rules I've set seem to be a good fit - for me - and something I'll be able to keep up indefinitely, which is the most important thing to me. I won't let perfection get in the way of great, or whatever it is that guy at Three New Leaves says After all, even Mark Sisson has sugar (sugar!) in his coffee
                Anyway, I don't want to sound ungrateful, because I really do appreciate you guys taking an interest and you've both given me very helpful tips so far! This forum has been awesome, and it's lovely to feel part of a community that has the same goals. And I'm feeling better every day. Grok on, as they say

                Food Log: (okay, it has become clear that it's kind of silly to try to categorize my meals according to convention, since I hardly ever eat before 1pm, have dinner at night, and then sit up reading until 1am, which does make me feel hungry again 5 hours after dinner, but what should I call that then, 'post-dinner'? Dinner²? Breakfast? I'm just going for a non-categorized list from now on.)

                - yoghurt with a bit of ground nuts in it
                - 1 fig, bit of smoked salmon
                - loads of broccoli in parmezan sauce, sliced tomato, half a leftover chicken breast and a small sausage
                - 1 banana and a handful of blueberries with whipped cream
                - 1 apple

                (okay I did have a lot of fruit yesterday, but that's an exception )
                Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
                When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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                • #38
                  ☆☆☆☆

                  Yesterday's food log:
                  - 1 egg, fried with bacon and a bit of leftover sausage, a few cherry tomatoes
                  - some smoked salmon, handful of cashews, glass of milk
                  - the fantastic spatchcocked chicken with loads of lettuce, sliced tomatoes and shredded carrots. Have decided this is definitely my favourite primal dish so far! Maybe it's the extra kick of getting to cut the spine out of something
                  - 1 fig, one clementine
                  Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
                  When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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                  • #39
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                    I didn't feel sick or tired at all yesterday, so I took the opportunity to catch up on house work. Between the mono and the studying, this place had become a mess! Afterwards, I even had enough energy left to try out a new recipe (which didn't turn out all that great, but at least I tried). It's great to be healing!

                    Food log:
                    - 2 primal pancakes
                    - 2 handfuls of cashews, glass of milk
                    - tried to make this primal pizza, but after I had put it in the oven with my toppings on it, the crust turned to mush I also only had the 2 little egg plants, because the woman in the video mentions that an egg plant is usually 1.5 lbs (?), which didn't occur to me to check (or maybe I heard it wrong). Anyway I came up short for even one pizza, and I had wanted to make 2, so I quickly whipped up another almond meal crust for a second pizza so my house mates wouldn't have to go hungry. Half of that second pizza is sitting in the fridge now, silly me. I keep overestimating how much I will want to eat lately...
                    - 1 cut up banana + 1 handful of blueberries with whipped cream for dessert

                    Wow - that's a high calorie day if ever there was one. Think maybe I'll just eat some salad today
                    Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
                    When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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                    • #40
                      Yes - getting rid of most of the bad stuff for most of the time makes life a lot easier for your liver and is putting it ahead of the average American's. So that's a big victory already. And yeah, Lustig says some fruits are better than others because of the - I think - glucose to fructose ratio. It's something like one part glucose helps neutralize the effect of fructose, as in the case of berries or bananas. But not all fruits fit in that category. Apples, for instance, have been bred to be so sweet that many varieties actually have more fructose than is good for you.
                      Starting weight: 225
                      Current weight: 195
                      Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
                      Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
                      My Primal Journey


                      Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Nutrition Facts For Foods

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Lex26 View Post
                        Apples, for instance, have been bred to be so sweet that many varieties actually have more fructose than is good for you.
                        You should come eat the Norwegian apples! Yummy! There are trees all over at random and they are great - I am fairly sure they are not GMO either since they are so freaking tiny.

                        Also, I really like that you are doing your stars on here! That is great! I made a really good pizza crust the other day. My boyfriend really was missing pizza so I took up the challenge. I did not want 100% almonds though, so it has some plus other yummies like cauliflower and cheese. If you are interested just say, Ill post it up

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                        • #42
                          I can imagine about the apples - my mum and little sister went to Norway a couple of years ago and they kept going on and on about the beautiful unspoiled nature they saw. I'm so jealous of that, when I hear people on the forum talking about hiking or just going for a run in the woods. Neither of us has a driver's license though, so we can't really move out of the city.
                          About the pizza crust: for now I'm going to try and perfect the one with the eggplant. It was really tasty and crunchy before the mush happened, so I'm determined to find a way to prevent that

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                          Food:
                          I had a bit of a dessert-y splurge last night and felt a bit guilty about that, mainly because the super-fresh medjool dates that are sold at the Mediterranean market near our house are so amazingly plump and moist they already taste like sin, and to dunk them in mascarpone... well... But I didn't break any rules, so I've chosen not to beat myself up about it. And to grant myself a star anyway.

                          breakfast/lunch: shared the leftovers from the almond-crust pizza (this pizza was actually perfect, but way too caloric due to the almonds, so I'm a bit sad I won't be making it any more hehe)

                          dinner: steak with cream of mushroom sauce (made with 1tsp of arrowroot), lettuce and sliced tomato, string beans sautéed with the leftover bell peppers from the pizza (yellow and green), onions and some beautiful oyster mushrooms also picked up at the Mediterranean market. That last dish actually turned out quite photogenic and tasty even though I just sort of tossed stuff in a pan, so I'll definitely be making it again. I love a nice colour palette on my plate

                          extra: ahem... 2 figs, 3 fresh dates dunked in mascarpone, 1 banana, 1 piece of hard cheese

                          exercise/sun:
                          It was a lovely day out and I felt up to it, so I finally got around to getting my bicycle to the repair shop. Got some sun on my face on the way back, and had a lovely stroll around the neighbourhood collecting groceries.

                          Sleep:
                          Finally had a night where I didn't lie awake for hours before falling asleep, and I promptly slept in until 1pm! I suppose I needed it...
                          Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
                          When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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                          • #43
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                            Food:
                            breakfast: yoghurt with some ground nuts in it
                            dinner: more steak (the butcher has given me huge cuts the day before), leftover veggies & baked potatoes
                            extra: 1 banana, 3 dates dunked in mascarpone (well I had to finish them off, didn't I?), piece of hard cheese

                            Exercise/sun:
                            Finally felt up to it, so I took my sister to go see the "woods" at the edge of town. It's just piece of land that hasn't been built on, and there's trees, but also the highway passing above you. Not quite nature, but it made for a nice long walk and when we got home we both had mud on our pants. No sun though, sadly.

                            Sleep:
                            Same as yesterday. Weird. I went to bed at 11:30, slept about an hour later, then woke up at 5 and tossed and turned for hours. When I finally fell asleep again and woke up it was past noon. The funny thing when I am primal is that I always wake up in the middle of the night because I have to pee real badly. And it's not even that I'm drinking more water or anything. I have no idea what could cause it. It doesn't really bother me, but it's just this odd thing that I only get when I've been primal for a few days.
                            Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
                            When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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                            • #44
                              ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ ☆

                              Have started cutting my nicotine patches in half again yesterday. It's weird that scares me so. I did feel a little more 'munchy' than usual, but I'm allowing myself (decaf) coffee again so I can have something to taste, which helps. (I don't like tea) We'll just see how this goes.

                              Food log:
                              breakfast: yoghurt with ground nuts in it, 1 banana
                              dinner: big ass pita salad
                              extra: big handful of pecans, 1 clementine

                              Exercise/sun:
                              none whatsoever

                              Sleep:
                              Dozed off on the couch around 9:30, but only half asleep, until 11:30 when I decided to go to bed. Read 1 chapter of 'A Song of Ice and Fire', then lay awake until past 3am. Had the most crazy, feverish dreams until alarm went off at 10am. Here's hoping the walking I'll do today will help to sleep normally tonight...
                              Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
                              When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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                              • #45
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                                Ah bugger. Went to regular patches again. Felt really really irritable yesterday, and I can't have that just yet. Friday is my most important and hardest exam, and also the last one for this semester, so I can focus on other things after that. (this was always the plan, but I had to cut one in two because I ran out on a Sunday) Yesterday was also an exam day, so I ended up mostly grazing as usual. I did attempt a new recipe - this zucchini bread here, that turned out quite lovely, only it didn't have the distinct green hue you see in the picture, which was a minor disappointment. I also may have added way too much honey, because the recipe called for 1 tbsp of honey and 3 packets of truvia, and how do I know how sweet a packet of truvia is, so I just cleaned out the bit that was left in the jar (about 3tbsp worth, as my sister ate all our honey while she was here). It's not bad, but I don't think I'll add any sweetener at all next time. It was already sweet enough that it made me have to go brush my teeth last night to keep me from having yet another piece (a good trick to prevent an oncoming binge, I find), but now I'm done with it. I'm giving the rest to lil' sis to take with her as she leaves today, and saving some from the boy.

                                Food log:
                                - pre walk to campus and exam: 1 banana
                                - post exam and pre walk back home: 1 apple
                                - lunch (?): big handful of pecans, bit of smoked salmon
                                - dinner: heated this kale/minced meat/apple/squash dish I had frozen a while ago (wasn't a winner the first time around either, don't know why I made and froze so bloody much of it ), 3 pieces of zucchini bread creation.

                                Exercise/sun:
                                Walked to campus and back, which is about 3.5 miles in total. No sun though, as it was overcast and bloody freezing! It was nice though. I like long walks in any weather, as long as I'm dressed for it.

                                Sleep:
                                Thought I'd be pretty sleepy after having such a bad night before, but come night time I didn't even try, so I just sat up reading until 2 in the morning and stumbled out of bed at 10:30. Good enough, I guess, but I'd like to turn my rhythm around again to normal hours before I have to go back to work next week.
                                Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
                                When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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