Hi everyone... just to introduce myself: I've been losing weight and re-gaining it for years. I was overweight from age 10-ish until I was about 19 years old. Right now I'm in the best shape of my life (I've been thinner, but not fitter), but it's still not great, and I'd like to lose about 15 more pounds. I've been eating a lot of junk, thinking it's "ok" because I count my calories, but I know eventually it will catch up with me somehow if I don't change my habits now. I also tend to get intense carb cravings and wind up binging, which should have been enough to tell me that processed carb junk has too much control over me. Also, I'm 25 years old, married (he's not primal but he'll eat whatever I cook!), I'm working on a PhD in biochemistry, and my interests include video games, football, stand-up comedy, and hunting. =]
I've been reading MDA for a few weeks now, trying to take in as many articles and blog posts as I can. I am hoping to lose some weight, but this appeals to me more as a way to maintain my health long term.
Last week, on Tuesday, I starting making an effort to eat almost-primally, staying under 150 carbs each day. It was going well and I dropped a few pounds (of water weight of course) right away! Amazingly, my cravings for carby food (which I used to suffer from literally ALL DAY LONG) were nearly gone, other than some fruit cravings after dinner. Then Friday night, Saturday all day, and Sunday morning were pretty much carb-fests (and I gained back those pounds, darn it).
I got back on track Sunday afternoon. Yesterday (Monday) was decent, I'll post my meals:
Breakfast: Hardboiled egg, half a banana, tbsp peanut butter (I know, I know)
Lunch: Pork shoulder roast, roasted broccoli w/ olive oil
Snack: 1 oz mixed nuts, other half of banana, tbsp peanut butter
Dinner: bacon cheeseburger cauliflower (see below), snap peas
Snack: grapes, dark chocolate calcium supplement
Extras throughout the day: 2 pieces sugarless gum, 1 serving crystal light, splenda and half&half in coffee, 1 hard candy.. I'm ok with these for now
I need to work on increasing my protein, but I'm happy with those carbs. I can't get over the % calories from fat number, it's still freaking me out that over half of my calories are coming from fat. That's a big mental hurdle for me.
Last night's dinner was really good and nearly primal (it could easily be made fully primal). Here's my recipe:
-Grate or process half a head of cauliflower to make it rice-ish
-Cook about 1/4 pound of bacon until crisp and chop into small pieces
-Brown 1/2 lb ground beef with 1/2 a medium onion, diced
-Add cauliflower and cook until slightly softened
-Add about 2 tablespoons tomato paste and 2 tablespoons yellow mustard (estimate)
-Remove from heat and stir in 2 ounces finely grated cheddar cheese and the chopped bacon
I liked it a lot.. total comfort food, which I needed after a day of the "low carb flu." My husband seemed to enjoy it, too... luckily I packed away some of it for my lunch today before he finished it off! I served his with french fries and mine with raw snap peas.
I've got some homework to finish, so that's all for now... I know that's long and rambly, but I think it will be nice to have a record of how I was feeling at the beginning of this journey, so I didn't want to leave anything out.