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  • I'm with GP. Celtic sea salt flush is mega yuck! Took first 2.5 mg iodine today with all my other stuff. Lots of pills to swallow everyday now. Oh well. All for my health, right? Also dropped my dosage of lexapro from 20 to 10. So far, no repercussions by way of withdrawals or mood problems. Pretty pleased by that.

    Had 2 scrambled with kraft pepper jack cheese and two sausage patties for bfast, leftover cheese ham and potatoes for lunch and thinking I might be able to skip dinner. Enjoying a hot chocolate right now since its pretty effing cold at the track right now. Might be enough to hold me over.

    Ok, gonna get going. On my phone and the 3g sucks down the battery fast! Cheer for the 3B tonight, ladies!
    Primal since March 5, 2012
    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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    • My mess of vitamins... Not pictured: 15 mg Folate, 10 mg Lexapro, Celtic Sea Salt

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      Contents:
      2.5 mg Iodine
      (2) 200 mg Selenium
      (2) 600 mg Calcium
      1000 mg Vitamin C
      (3) Cod Liver Oil
      1000 mg B12
      (2) 1000 mg D3
      Stress Tab + Iron
      30 mg zinc
      ?? mg Magnesium
      Primal since March 5, 2012
      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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      • Today I am going to start tracking my food consumption again. I want to make sure that what I'm eating on a daily basis is within parameters (carbs/protein/fats). I fear that I'm too low on carbs, but not long enough to go into ketosis and stay there, but with my fatigue and other symptoms pointing to a thyroid condition, I don't want to exacerbate any problems by consuming too few carbs. I wish I didn't have to see calories too, but the program I use (myfitnesspal) requires calories to be recorded...

        I went to a store called Greatest Grains on Friday and picked up a few things. First, the coconut bliss ice cream. I have to admit, it was pretty good! It's a bit pricy, but I think that's what'll keep me from eating the whole pint at once. I also picked up some iodine capsules and some celtic sea salt. When I went grocery shopping on Saturday, I also picked up some vitamin C, sellenium and magnesium. I now take 17 pills a day... *sigh*

        I reduced my lexapro from 20 mg to 10 mg. I haven't noticed any problems other than I wake up with withdrawal symptoms now, but I know they'll go away once my body adjusts to the reduced dosage. I can't help but wonder if I should be consulting with a medical professional about all my supplementing and medication self-adjustments.

        My aunt (an elementary school nurse) commented yesterday that it looked like I'd been losing some weight. YAY! I *heart* her! lol I didn't get into details with her, just said that I'd been working on it and she said I'm doing well. I would have loved to talk to her about it, but there were people there that I'm being vague with (in-laws). My brother-in-law (I don't like him) thinks I'm doing a fancy version of Atkins. And of course, my mother-in-law was there too. I'd rather just talk to my aunt one on one about it without so many other people there to chime in and tell me that I'm doing a fad diet.

        Speaking of fad diets... my sister told me yesterday she started a "high protein" diet... she wouldn't share anything with me and I'm worried about what she's doing. And she gets pissy if you ask her too many questions - she was rather pissy yesterday anyway... I wonder what she's doing... she's probably doing something less than healthy and knows I'd disapprove, which would explain why she wouldn't tell me about it. She doesn't eat vegetables like at all, so I imagine it's a zero carb thing. *tisk tisk*

        We had DD's 2nd birthday party yesterday. I indulged in some CW foods - a little bit of baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw and pasta salad. Of course, I also had cake. I didn't eat breakfast, so that lunch I guess was my breakfast. I didn't want to take 17 pills and a sea salt treatment in front of everyone, so I skipped them yesterday. I had a bit too much cake yesterday (3 pieces - 2 of them rather large) and each one with vanilla ice cream. It was good, but I'm ready to be back on track. I'm feeling the carb hangover today. Not nearly enough protein in those two burger patties I ate. Surprisingly, NONE of this indulgence appeared on the scale this morning...

        Dinner last night was a pork roast with potatoes in the crock pot and some steamed pea pods. YUM! So good.

        I better stop rambling, but I do want to mention one more thing. When I finally get hungry enough to eat breakfast, I will be having my usual 3 boiled eggs and 3 sausage links, but I'm pairing all that with some baby spinach - probably 2 cups worth. Since I will likely IF through the lunch hour, I figured I better add some greens or other healthy carbs to my breakfast to avoid the carblessness. Again, thyroid considerations.

        I hope everyone's having a good Monday so far. Mine was off to a really rocky start b/c I didn't want to get out of bed... but, I'm here and I'm awake... that's a feat to be proud of! hahaha
        Primal since March 5, 2012
        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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        • Forgot to mention that I'm considering cutting about 4-6 inches off of the length of my hair. It's getting to the point where it's a chore to even put it in a ponytail every day. Plus, I want to go pooless and I think it'll be easier to transition having shorter hair that can still be put in a ponytail. My hair tangles and without conditioner to allow me to brush it without yanking half of it out each morning, I'm iffy about starting pooless. Might do that this next Saturday.

          I wonder how much weight I'll lose cutting 4 inches off... hmmmm. lol
          Primal since March 5, 2012
          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • Jenn, for some strange reason, my daily weight often seems to be one day behind what I'm actually doing. Indulgences show up not the morning after, but the morning after that. Cutting back hard is often the same. Just can't figure that one out. I hope your body doesn't work the same way.

            Okay, somehow I missed the memo. What is celtic sea salt?

            I hear you about not wanting to discuss certain things with certain people. Sounds like your sister feels the same way, LOL! The best "talking" we do is by example, anyway. I had one acquaintance practically begging me the other day to tell me how I did it. I didn't have time to go into it, but I did refer her to the Primal Blueprint website. Although she knows that's a relatively new thing for me, she was quite interested.

            I'm lucky in that my family has been quite supportive. They know how much I've struggled with my health and a simple explanation that I think grains might be part of my problem is enough for them to respect what I'm doing.
            5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
            Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
            Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

            More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
            - Lewis Mumford

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            • Celtic Sea Salt is (on this site) taken with iodine supplements. From what I've read and how I understand it is that the iodine receptors in our bodies don't know the difference between iodine and fluoride, chloride or bromide. The celtic sea salt flush binds to these 3 ides removing them from the iodine receptors so the iodine can bind to the receptors, allowing it to be used in our bodies. The ides are then flushed with the celtic sea salt. You can learn more about all this in Gay Panda's journal (near the end - last 20 pages or so) or if you have the time, you can read the iodine anyone? thread.
              Primal since March 5, 2012
              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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              • It's 10 am and I still haven't eaten my breakfast. Starting to feel hungry again. If I eat now, I will have fasted for 16 hours.
                Primal since March 5, 2012
                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                • Thanks. So much info on this site, it's hard to absorb it all.
                  5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                  Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                  Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                  More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                  - Lewis Mumford

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                  • Originally posted by Judg View Post
                    Thanks. So much info on this site, it's hard to absorb it all.
                    I concur!
                    Primal since March 5, 2012
                    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                    • Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
                      I fear that I'm too low on carbs, but not long enough to go into ketosis and stay there, but with my fatigue and other symptoms pointing to a thyroid condition, I don't want to exacerbate any problems by consuming too few carbs.

                      I reduced my lexapro from 20 mg to 10 mg. I haven't noticed any problems other than I wake up with withdrawal symptoms now, but I know they'll go away once my body adjusts to the reduced dosage. I can't help but wonder if I should be consulting with a medical professional about all my supplementing and medication self-adjustments.

                      I better stop rambling, but I do want to mention one more thing. When I finally get hungry enough to eat breakfast, I will be having my usual 3 boiled eggs and 3 sausage links, but I'm pairing all that with some baby spinach - probably 2 cups worth. Since I will likely IF through the lunch hour, I figured I better add some greens or other healthy carbs to my breakfast to avoid the carblessness. Again, thyroid considerations.
                      jenn...from what I'm learning after discovering my own thyroid & adrenal issues, people like us (& Lex) should not be fasting. It jacks up the adrenals to release more cortisol & messes with the balance. Only people that don't have thyroid issues can fast safely. Just something I thought I'd mention. I don't know if you're eating broccoli, cauliflower, kale etc...but we should be eating that cooked & not raw. Raw interfere's with thyroid.

                      I would also like to caution you about reducing any meds. I would talk to your doctor about wanting to taper off the Lexapro & see what he says. I am not a big fan of doctors...but they are a necessary commodity in this day & time. I've become very cautious about "self medicating"...without doing lots & lots of research. My MIL spends tons of money on this supplement & that supplement or this herb or that herb, looking for the "magic" that will take care of her problems. She is on thyroid medication because the doc said her TSH was low. They didn't check her T4 or free T3 or anything else, nor try to get to the bottom of why it was low. He's just a regular MD & she didn't question him on anything...& she should know better. Anyways...the whole point I was trying to make was to be careful. I think I've mentioned before that a good naturopath is wonderful!!! But you still have to question everything they tell you too. I'm a big "why" person! lol

                      17 supplements??? man I couldn't take that many. I'd gag. I'm taking about 5 & that's plenty for me to get down. I'm a firm believer now that proper nutrition is the key to so many problems. With some added supplementation here & there.

                      ok...sorry I went on & on. Congrats on your progress so far!!! Have a great day!!
                      Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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                      • Wouldn't it be funny if your sister has gone primal, but doesn't want to talk about it, either?

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                        • I was thinking the same thing Sabine!!! LOL I wonder how many may be following a primal lifestyle but hesitant to say anything, just like we are!!!
                          Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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                          • My sister would not go primal... She's not open minded enough to try the different foods. She's too picky about food. If anything, she may have decided to try Paleo, but I don't think she'd go primal.

                            PC, here is the breakdown of my supplements and why I'm taking them.

                            D3 (2), B12 (1), Cod Liver Oil (3), and Zinc (1) for depression/anxiety
                            Stress Tab (1), Calcium (2) for adrenals
                            Iodine (1), Celtic Sea Salt, magnesium (1), vitamin C (1), and sellenium (2) for thyoid
                            Lexapro (1) and l-methylfolate (1) for depression/anxiety

                            It is my intent and the sole purpose of going primal to eliminate my need for anti-depressants all together. Reducing my dosage is a test much like taking all these supplements. I've researched them and their interactions with my medications. I've spoken to countless pharmacists and explained why I was taking the supplements. My doctor has only cautioned me on taking the iodine saying that she's never seen any research that justifies it... but not seeing it doesn't mean she's ever looked for it either.

                            I'm not open to eating organ meats yet. I have a significant aversion to them. Until I become open enough to try them, I'm ok with taking supplements.

                            But, man, this celtic sea salt flush is horrid. Can't I just sprinkle it on my food??? Is there a way to make it taste better?? Seriously!

                            On the topic of people going primal and no one knowing... there is a guy who works in my building who wore 5 fingers to work on Friday... anytime I see someone wearing 5 fingers who isn't a long distance runner, I instantly think they must be primal.
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • I also want to stress that I'm not IFing on purpose. I'm just eating when I'm hungry. If I'm not hungry, I'm not going to eat... as such, it's 11 am and I'm just now eating breakfast.
                              Primal since March 5, 2012
                              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                              • I'll second what PC said up there about thyroid/adrenal problems (interchangeable almost because they're so connected). A lot of us have had a long habit of not feeling like we need breakfast and, at first, this seems like a strength or advantage. The truth in many cases is that cortisol/adrenaline might be so high in the morning that it suppresses appetite. If we're suffering from a thyroid or adrenal problem, we need to reduce the amount of cortisol our body uses as much as we can. Eating breakfast, even if you're not that hungry, helps lower cortisol levels and replaces the glucose you used up while sleeping. It's called breakFAST because when you wake up, you've already fasted through your sleep.
                                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
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