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    I've been following the Primal Blueprint as best I can off and on for the past 6 months or so. I've had a tremendously rough year, so it when I say "off and on," I mean it. I figure this diet must have potential, though, if I've managed to come through everything without a net weight gain. Now, I'm trying to stick to it consistently so I can actually lose some weight. This journal is to keep me accountable, 'cause obviously I need that.

    My goals are to lose about 20 pounds (I'm currently at 150) and to get stronger before my husband and I start trying to have a kid.

    Sooo...here's how I've done for the past three days:

    Monday: Started off well with a bowl of meaty chicken bone broth and baby bok choy. Then, hubby came home bearing Taco Bell. And I ate a chicken quesadilla and a soft taco. Boo me.

    We took a six mile hike together and went to Applebee's for dinner with a gift card. I tried to be good, but there aren't many good options. We had boneless buffalo wings, cheese sticks, and I had Cajun chicken and shrimp with onions and mushrooms. I skipped the potatoes it came with.

    Yesterday:

    Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with cheese, roasted broccoli and bacon
    Lunch: Homemade Thai coconut curry soup with chicken, bell peppers, shrooms and bok choy
    Dinner: Bell peppers stuffed with Costco Italian sausage, tomato, mushrooms, spinach and fresh mozarella, plus a salad with butter lettuce, tomatoes, onion and fresh mozzarella (the mozzarella needed to be used up ASAP).

    Exercise: Planted 4 out of 5 apple trees. I'm in the process of trying to build my own little garden/food forest to hunt and gather in, using permaculture principles where possible. One thing that attracts me to the primal blueprint is that I can grow or raise most of it. I'll probably start a separate blog about it, if anyone's interested.

    Days without cheating: 1

  • #2
    I'm interested in how you set up your garden!
    I have a veggie patch (about 700 sqf) that I grow my own vegetables on, well.. that's the plan , so I'd love to exchange ideas and tips!

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    • #3
      Hi Shamia,

      I've got mostly red clay, so last year I sheet mulched a 600 square foot patch. Basically, I layered crap from the chicken house, newspaper and cardboard, a mix of more crap from the chicken house, stuff from the compost heap and manure, straw and leaves. That killed off the weeds and grass, created some topsoil, and the resulting horde of earthworms made the soil looser and easier to work with. Then, I planted tomatoes, pole beans, lettuce and spinach in the shade underneath the pole beans (this didn't work as well as I thought it would), zucchini and peppers. We got a lot of beans, a decent amount of tomatoes considering the vicious summer thunderstorms that kept knocking them down, and a decent amount of peppers.

      This year, I'm going to expand my garden area and do more with companion plants to bring in beneficial bugs and improve the soil. I'm also planning to get more chickens, rabbits and fruit trees started. And asparagus. Definitely asparagus.

      What are you growing this year?

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      • #4
        Food log:

        Breakfast: Chicken bone broth with shredded chicken, baby bok choy, soy sauce and ginger.
        Lunch: 2 of the leftover stuffed bell peppers from last night, plus a small bowl of coconut curry soup.
        Dinner: Chicken and snap peas in a peanut/coconut/curry sauce (once I use up the peanut butter I have, I'll switch to almond butter), cauliflower rice and green beans.
        Dessert: Red wine and 2 squares dark chocolate.

        Days w/o cheating: 2

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        • #5
          Food:

          Breakfast: Eggs, bacon and Excedrin migraine ('cause I felt like I was getting one)
          Lunch:Leftover chicken and snap pea curry w/cauliflower rice
          Snacks: 2 apples and 3 squares dark chocolate (got a sympathy card from the vet since I recently had my cat put to sleep. Needed chocolate.)
          Dinner: Normandy pork and apples over pureed roasted parsnips and turnips with green beans. 1 glass white wine

          I think I found a mashed potato substitute I like as much or better than actual potatoes!

          Days w/o cheating:3

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          • #6
            Well, hubby derailed me last night by taking me to the local diner.

            I'd had chicken broth broth with bok choy and soy sauce for breakfast, tuna guacamole lettuce wraps for lunch, and then for dinner hubby was h-u-n-g-r-y and didn't want to wait for me to cook. I was as good as possible given the selection at the restaurant. Okay, not really, but I did try to minimize the damage. I had a hamburger steak with grilled onions and peppers, cottage cheese and fruit (canned in syrup, unfortunately) and mac n cheese on the side. Sorry, I refuse to pay for iceberg lettuce (ew), so a salad was out, and I also refuse to pay for overcooked canned green beans. They were also offering sliced tomatoes, but it's winter and I was scared.

            I only ate half the mac n cheese, no bread and I split a dessert strawberry cobbler with my husband. Because really, the only reason to go to that restaurant is the dessert. We live in the boonies and we don't have much close.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by alikay View Post
              Well, hubby derailed me last night by taking me to the local diner.

              I'd had chicken broth broth with bok choy and soy sauce for breakfast, tuna guacamole lettuce wraps for lunch, and then for dinner hubby was h-u-n-g-r-y and didn't want to wait for me to cook. I was as good as possible given the selection at the restaurant. Okay, not really, but I did try to minimize the damage. I had a hamburger steak with grilled onions and peppers, cottage cheese and fruit (canned in syrup, unfortunately) and mac n cheese on the side. Sorry, I refuse to pay for iceberg lettuce (ew), so a salad was out, and I also refuse to pay for overcooked canned green beans. They were also offering sliced tomatoes, but it's winter and I was scared.

              I only ate half the mac n cheese, no bread and I split a dessert strawberry cobbler with my husband. Because really, the only reason to go to that restaurant is the dessert. We live in the boonies and we don't have much close.
              This by no means sounds like cheating to me. This sounds like you are sticking to the 80/20 rule quite well. I love all your meals, they sound so delicious! Makes me want to venture out of the normal a bit.

              Right now my one goal with the 80/20 is when I eat the indulgent things in the 20 percent I stop when I am satisfied or slightly full.

              Good luck on the weight loss. How tall are you if you don't mind me asking
              Never give up on anything you can't go a day without thinking about - Tony Horton

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              • #8
                Originally posted by alikay View Post
                Hi Shamia,

                I've got mostly red clay, so last year I sheet mulched a 600 square foot patch. Basically, I layered crap from the chicken house, newspaper and cardboard, a mix of more crap from the chicken house, stuff from the compost heap and manure, straw and leaves. That killed off the weeds and grass, created some topsoil, and the resulting horde of earthworms made the soil looser and easier to work with. Then, I planted tomatoes, pole beans, lettuce and spinach in the shade underneath the pole beans (this didn't work as well as I thought it would), zucchini and peppers. We got a lot of beans, a decent amount of tomatoes considering the vicious summer thunderstorms that kept knocking them down, and a decent amount of peppers.

                This year, I'm going to expand my garden area and do more with companion plants to bring in beneficial bugs and improve the soil. I'm also planning to get more chickens, rabbits and fruit trees started. And asparagus. Definitely asparagus.

                What are you growing this year?
                Hi Alikay,

                I got lucky, it's sandy loam (is that a good word? google translate found that for me - it's basically the best soil you can have here in the Netherlands) so I didn't have to add much - only a bit of dried cow manure.

                I have: strawberries (4 kinds), zuchini, pumpkin, garlic, onion, potatoes, beans (snowpeas, peas, sugar snaps, string beans), spinach, lettuce, peppers (5 colours), hot peppers (12 variaties - they are not sold here, and it's a bit too cold to grow them, but I have a tiny greenhouse so I'm trying), artichoke, andives, beets, rocket, arugula, chervelbulbs, radish, tomatoes, tomatillos, unions, carrots, swiss chard, various cabages.

                That's a whole lot of veg, but I only grow a few plants of each, apart from the lettuce and spinach.
                This should give my household of 2 enough for a year (with canning and freezing maybe even through winter) .

                Unless, of course, the bugs, beetles and mice eat it all before I can

                Where do you live? (general area, I mean) We have pretty cold winters and not so hot summers so it is quite challenging to grow things.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by CrissyTibby View Post
                  This by no means sounds like cheating to me. This sounds like you are sticking to the 80/20 rule quite well. I love all your meals, they sound so delicious! Makes me want to venture out of the normal a bit.

                  Right now my one goal with the 80/20 is when I eat the indulgent things in the 20 percent I stop when I am satisfied or slightly full.

                  Good luck on the weight loss. How tall are you if you don't mind me asking
                  Hi CrissyTibby,

                  Thank you! I'm 5' 1" and now 145 pounds. Yes! Some/all of that missing 5 lbs is undoubtedly water weight, though. I'd like to get down to 130, but my main goal over the next few months is to get stronger and in better shape. My best friend just had a kid and my husband and I decided we're going to start trying for one in the next year, so I'm fighting off a case of the baby rabies, lol.

                  For recipe ideas, I've been hitting NomNomPaleo pretty hard.

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                  • #10
                    Food log for yesterday:

                    Breakfast: Skipped it 'cause I wasn't hungry.
                    Lunch: Meaty chicken bone broth, Italian-style, with tomatoes and spinach and a sprinkle of mozzarella on top.
                    Snack: An apple or two
                    Dinner: Bacon-wrapped tuna medallions, roasted acorn squash wedges and roasted brussels sprouts with garlic. Plus two glasses of white wine.

                    Exercise: Planted a dwarf pomegranate tree.

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                    • #11
                      And for today:

                      Breakfast: eggs and bacon
                      Lunch: Coconut curry broccoli soup: 1 bunch broccoli, 1 can coconut milk, half a can of curry paste, 2 cups chicken stock and a couple tablespoons of peanut butter, plus a little fish sauce, lemon juice and sriracha sauce.
                      Dinner: Roasted Chicken with Onions and Apples and a side of sauteed kale with lemon, garlic and olives.

                      Exercise: Planted 2 dwarf apple trees and a peach tree.

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                      • #12
                        Well, yesterday started off okay with eggs and bacon. I skipped lunch and just had an apple as a snack. Then, it all went south.

                        I had my 11-year-old cat put to sleep a little over a week ago. According to the vet, she probably had cancer in her spine. Anyway, after my husband and I got home, we decided to build her a funeral pyre in the pasture and sprinkle her ashes around the base of my apple trees. We have so many animals and stray dogs around that I was afraid if we buried her something might try to dig her up.

                        I went to collect the ashes from the fire. Apparently, it didn't get hot enough. I found bones, and her little kitty skull, which I cradled, Yorick-style, until I broke down and started bawling. I'm going to get another tree or a rosebush or something to bury them under. Finding them was hard, though, and husband tried to comfort me by taking me to McDonald's.

                        It's amazing how McD's tastes bad and good to me, all at once, now. A few glasses of red wine followed.

                        Back on track for today, hopefully.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Shamia View Post
                          Hi Alikay,

                          I have: strawberries (4 kinds), zuchini, pumpkin, garlic, onion, potatoes, beans (snowpeas, peas, sugar snaps, string beans), spinach, lettuce, peppers (5 colours), hot peppers (12 variaties - they are not sold here, and it's a bit too cold to grow them, but I have a tiny greenhouse so I'm trying), artichoke, andives, beets, rocket, arugula, chervelbulbs, radish, tomatoes, tomatillos, unions, carrots, swiss chard, various cabages.

                          That's a whole lot of veg, but I only grow a few plants of each, apart from the lettuce and spinach.
                          This should give my household of 2 enough for a year (with canning and freezing maybe even through winter) .

                          Unless, of course, the bugs, beetles and mice eat it all before I can

                          Where do you live? (general area, I mean) We have pretty cold winters and not so hot summers so it is quite challenging to grow things.
                          Nice! I have some strawberries that I planted over the summer. We'll see how they do this year. I really want to make my great-grandmother's (totally non-primal) strawberry preserves recipe with some of them. It just feels wrong to make it with the monstrous grocery-store strawberries we get here.

                          I live in Georgia, so we have hot summers and not-too-cold winters. Actually, this year we barely had a winter at all.

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                          • #14
                            So, Tuesday I tried skipping breakfast so I could get right to work. I ended up eating an early lunch about 10:30 because I was so hungry. I took the leftover roast chicken and apples, shaved off some thin slices of cheddar and made cabbage rolls out of them. Not bad.

                            Then, I had an apple for a snack, plus a can of tuna and 2 slices of bacon over the course of the afternoon.

                            For dinner, I roasted brussels sprouts and mushrooms and ate them with the rest of the leftover normandy pork.

                            Oh, and I tried that coffee with butter that I see people chatting about on here. Not doing it again.

                            I didn't have any wine last night, when I've been in the habit of having just a glass or two after dinner and before bed. Started thinking about my sister and cried myself to sleep. I didn't think I was relying on wine to cope that much, but maybe I need to re-evaluate.

                            Today, I ate an early breakfast of roasted turnip and bacon, then had an apple and some leftover chicken for lunch. For dinner I had the catfish in butter cream sauce recipe from this site, plus sauteed green beans and broiled tomatoes with goat cheese. Also, I had one miniature bar of Hershey's Special Dark chocolate.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by alikay View Post
                              Nice! I have some strawberries that I planted over the summer. We'll see how they do this year. I really want to make my great-grandmother's (totally non-primal) strawberry preserves recipe with some of them. It just feels wrong to make it with the monstrous grocery-store strawberries we get here.

                              I live in Georgia, so we have hot summers and not-too-cold winters. Actually, this year we barely had a winter at all.
                              I'm growing the tiny wild strawberries (hopefully!). Ok, not too wild now that I'm growing them, I guess.. but they should be tasty. I'm off to Georgia in June! (roadtrip Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, back to Florida) I want to see Savannah and visit Trader Joes in Atlanta in Georgia. Maybe go see Paula Deen.. haha

                              I'm sorry about your sister. But I know it is ok to cry. Better out than in, I always say.

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