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  • 30 Days to maintaining Primal for good.

    I have been following No S for over a month and decided to try to get back to primal for hunger/health.

    Here is the problem. When I have the S Days (these are free days, but not binge days, as I was taking them) on the weekend and I eat whatever I want I feel like a pile of crap and I binge like crazy.

    I am only looking to lose the two pounds No S has put on me and then just stay Primal except for strays at social events. If I really want a piece of cheese cake, or pie at thanksgiving I will have it. I just don't see the point in a whole weekend of junk food and if I could moderate the weekends better like some can on this plan I wouldn't be binging.

    So I am committing to all of April. All primal foods until I have gotten through the hard part and I know I can handle treats once in a while without binging.

    I am not putting a cap on things like wine, dark choc., or the right kind of diary. I don't binge on these foods. I don't care to deprive. I care to get into this lifestyle and stay.

    I have started and stopped journals too. I really don't keep up with them like I should so I am going to say this will be my last journal just for these 30 days to get me started. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

    Day 1

    Meal 1:Greek Yogurt w/ Blueberries, & Almonds - Apple w/ smear of almond butter - 2 slices of bacon

    2 Coffee w/ Heavy Whipping Cream

    Meal 2:Pumpkin w/ breakfast sausage, cottage cheese, cherry tomatoes

    Meal 3:MBAS (My big ass salad is what I call it--I eat it often) Spinach, chicken breast and sausage, sauteed bell pepper and onion, olive oil for dressing, sweet potato cooked in the microwave like chips. A little bit of 85 dark choc.

    1 Coffee w/ Heavy Whipping Cream

    Ended up having 2 of the mini bottles of wine (ends up being one big glass) and 3/4 the bar of dark chocolate. -- These are things I am not willing to give up so I figure I will buy 1 - 4 pack of mini wines a week and one dark chocolate bar and when I run out I will just wait until the next week to eat more. Problem solved.

    So I bought them today and won't buy any until next Sunday.
    Last edited by CrissyTibby; 04-04-2012, 10:28 AM.
    Never give up on anything you can't go a day without thinking about - Tony Horton

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    Day 2

    Had a hard time sleeping after the wine and dark chocolate.

    B: Yogurt/Dark Choc/Blueberries/Salami

    3 Mugs of Coffee w/ 3 Tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream in each

    L: Pumpkin/Eggs/Tomato Paste/Turkey Pepperoni/Cherry Tomatoes/Carrots

    D: Albacore Tuna w/ 2 Tbsp Yogurt/Spinach w/ Bell Pepper and Onions/Olive Oil/Turkey Bacon/1 small apple/Pumpkin

    Kombucha Tea
    Last edited by CrissyTibby; 04-03-2012, 05:22 AM.
    Never give up on anything you can't go a day without thinking about - Tony Horton

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    • #3
      What is No S?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by lucy1984 View Post
        What is No S?
        No Snack, No Seconds, No Sugar Except Sometimes Days that Begin in S.

        I know it sounds a little nuts, but it did get me eating 3 meals without snacks, but I put on weight binging on the S Days.
        Never give up on anything you can't go a day without thinking about - Tony Horton

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        • #5
          Originally posted by CrissyTibby View Post
          No Snack, No Seconds, No Sugar Except Sometimes Days that Begin in S.

          I know it sounds a little nuts, but it did get me eating 3 meals without snacks, but I put on weight binging on the S Days.
          Doesn't sound nuts. It's sound logic when you think about it - my downfall would be the sometimes days too. I can do a lot of damage to my diet and a few hours, let alone two whole days!
          I'm also fully commiting to Primal for April (may help me navigate Easter). Good luck!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lucy1984 View Post
            Doesn't sound nuts. It's sound logic when you think about it - my downfall would be the sometimes days too. I can do a lot of damage to my diet and a few hours, let alone two whole days!
            I'm also fully commiting to Primal for April (may help me navigate Easter). Good luck!
            Good luck to you!
            Never give up on anything you can't go a day without thinking about - Tony Horton

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            • #7
              I have been eating 3 meals until I am full. I don't feel the need or urge to binge. I am going to take some pics tonight so I can compare at the end of 30 days. I am only looking to lose the 2 pounds I put on during my month long "I am going to binge on whatever is in site" episode.


              Day 3:

              Food:

              4am: Yogurt/Blueberries/Almonds/2 Eggs/2 Bacon - about 500 cals

              3 Coffees w/ cream - 300 cals - I will be honest, I drink 3 mugs of coffee a day and I NEVER intend on reducing this. I use to drink energy drinks like water and so this is a good compromise for me.

              10am: Spinach/Bell pepper/Onion/EVOO/Turkey Bacon&pepperoni - 430

              6:00pm: Pumpkin/Eggs/Turkey Pepperoni/Apple/Almond butter/Salad 735

              Kombucha Tea -- so yummy! - 80

              Total: 2045

              Workout: Body Pump

              I am not limiting my cals, but I am just counting to see where my appetite is landing. I have never made it through an entire 30 days Primal so it would be neat to see a little bit of a reduction in hunger. Yesterday they landed somewhere around 2200, but like today, that is a rough estimate, but good enough for me.
              Last edited by CrissyTibby; 04-03-2012, 04:03 PM.
              Never give up on anything you can't go a day without thinking about - Tony Horton

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              • #8
                Day 4:

                Well I took Day 3 pics yesterday. I told myself I was just going to do a journal for 30 days and move on, but I think I am going to do a journal for every 30 days with pictures and weight. I was so full all day yesterday that it is giving me hope that I can stay the course for longer than 30 days.

                5:30am: 2 tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream w/ Coffee 100 cals

                6:00am: Crossfit

                7:45am: Yogurt/Blueberries/Almonds/1 Egg/2 Bacon 430 cals

                8:15am: 2 tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream coffee 100 cals

                12:00pm: Spinach/Bellpepper/Onions/EVOO/Turkey Bacon/Bacon 420 cals

                3:30pm: 2 tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream w/ coffee 100

                6:00pm: Pork Roast w/ tons of veggies/butternut squash/apple w/ pb/turkey pepperoni/bell pepper -- whew ate a lot -- aunt flo paid her visit -- but NO BINGE!!! yay!!! I estimated I would say around 800

                6:30pm: Kombucha Tea 80

                Total: Had a glass of wine later in the night...so ended around 2135
                Last edited by CrissyTibby; 04-05-2012, 05:12 AM.
                Never give up on anything you can't go a day without thinking about - Tony Horton

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                • #9
                  The trick to beating sugar cravings is not to beat them into submission with a 30 day period of abstinence, but to be smart about indulging them. Your body is not stupid. When you crave something sweet, it's for a reason. People will try to tell you that sugar is addictive and that's why you crave it, but try eating a few cubes of plain white sugar or drinking a glass of maple syrup and you will see that sugar is not addictive, the hyperpalatability of the processed food that it comes in is. Honey, maple syrup and blackstrap molasses are all perfectly healthy sweeteners, as they contain vitamins and minerals. The first two have been sought for thousands of years.

                  One should also eat according to the circadian cycle, eating sweet things (as well as the bulk of one's food) in the morning or early afternoon.
                  You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
                    The trick to beating sugar cravings is not to beat them into submission with a 30 day period of abstinence, but to be smart about indulging them. Your body is not stupid. When you crave something sweet, it's for a reason. People will try to tell you that sugar is addictive and that's why you crave it, but try eating a few cubes of plain white sugar or drinking a glass of maple syrup and you will see that sugar is not addictive, the hyperpalatability of the processed food that it comes in is. Honey, maple syrup and blackstrap molasses are all perfectly healthy sweeteners, as they contain vitamins and minerals. The first two have been sought for thousands of years.

                    One should also eat according to the circadian cycle, eating sweet things (as well as the bulk of one's food) in the morning or early afternoon.
                    Insightful! I had not thought about it like that before.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
                      The trick to beating sugar cravings is not to beat them into submission with a 30 day period of abstinence, but to be smart about indulging them. Your body is not stupid. When you crave something sweet, it's for a reason. People will try to tell you that sugar is addictive and that's why you crave it, but try eating a few cubes of plain white sugar or drinking a glass of maple syrup and you will see that sugar is not addictive, the hyperpalatability of the processed food that it comes in is. Honey, maple syrup and blackstrap molasses are all perfectly healthy sweeteners, as they contain vitamins and minerals. The first two have been sought for thousands of years.

                      One should also eat according to the circadian cycle, eating sweet things (as well as the bulk of one's food) in the morning or early afternoon.
                      I have always tended to eat more food earlier in the day (my schedule has always seen me up around 3-4 am)-- so that is nice to know.

                      I believe you are right about the sugar. I wanted to commit to 30 days as more of a kick off. I don't usually struggle this hard with my diet and the small amount of sugar during my weekly cheat meals was turning into crazy amounts of junk. It really was more mental and now I am putting some bars up, so to speak, until I can get the mental fortitude back. I plan on only small indulgences around big social events and in cases where there is little primal food to be found. I am still eating fruit, dark chocolate, and drinking wine during my 30 so I am not avoiding all sugar.

                      Thanks for the info, Day 4 and I am feeling like a new person without all the junk.
                      Last edited by CrissyTibby; 04-04-2012, 10:32 AM.
                      Never give up on anything you can't go a day without thinking about - Tony Horton

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                      • #12
                        Day 5

                        Aunt Flo is full swing. I woke up swollen all over and cramping badly.

                        Before I started Primal/Paleo last year I was already eating veggies and protein most days with no starches and little fat and then switched, but my periods that whole year and a half were light and I never cramped. After only 3 months of eating a SAD they are really bad now, so hopefully a month or so in and they will ease up.

                        Meal 1: Yogurt/Blueberries/Almonds 400
                        2 Coffees w/ HWC 200

                        Meal 2: Whole Bar Chocolate/Pumpkin/Eggs/Tomato Paste/Turkey Bacon 1125 -- wow-- no big-- not trying to eat much less than 2100 right now anyways

                        Meal 3: Spinach/Onions/Turkey Bacon/EVOO/salami/carrots 485

                        Total: 2220
                        Last edited by CrissyTibby; 04-05-2012, 03:36 PM.
                        Never give up on anything you can't go a day without thinking about - Tony Horton

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                        • #13
                          Day 6

                          Still super sore from cross fit so I am taking today off. I usually workout Tues/Wed/Thurs/Friday and then take three days off, but I think I am going to do a 3 day on/4 day off split and then a 4 day on/3 day off split every other week.

                          I slept 10 hours last night. That is the first time in months I have slept that long.

                          I still have the carb flu pretty bad, but it feels a little less awful each day.

                          Day 6

                          B: Yogurt/Almonds/Blueberries/Egg/2 Bacon 430

                          Coffee - 3 w/ HW 300

                          L: Grass Fed ground beef/Spinach/Bell pepper/Onion/EVOO/butternut squash 650

                          Wine - 135

                          D: Turkey Bacon/Butternut Squash 340 --- got really hungry at dinner and had some higher cal meats and some almond butter with an apple -- daily total way up-- but still no binge -- so overall ok

                          Total Cals: around 2500
                          Last edited by CrissyTibby; 04-06-2012, 05:13 PM.
                          Never give up on anything you can't go a day without thinking about - Tony Horton

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                          • #14
                            Just some things I was thinking about over the last couple of days.

                            Though I haven't stayed primal over the last ENTIRE year -- took a few life changing months off because what I was putting in my mouth was the last thing on my mind -- I have made some big changes

                            1. I was addicted to energy drinks -- like a 4 pack of diet redbulls a day! I only drink regular coffee now and 3 small cups only.
                            2. I always drank splenda in my coffee -- I don't even like sugar in it now
                            3. I couldn't IMAGINE my life without milk in my coffee everyday -- and now I only like Heavy Whipping Cream
                            3. I had a salivary auto immune and my cheeks would swell like a chipmunk - found out this was due to the energy drinks and fake sugars -- it is gone now
                            4. I ate 6 - 10 times a day -- I now eat 3 times a day (thank goodness--eating so many times a day was time consuming!)
                            5. Though I have gained a couple of pounds I have stayed around the same weight for a year now (even with my crazy binges which is what put on the couple of pounds)
                            6. If I eat crap my skin looks like crap -- one week back at Primal and my skin is looking better -- sorry this is a vain one -- but true
                            7. My hormones aren't all over the place -- sex drive was out of the window and it is back!!

                            Some things that usually throw me off Primal are:

                            Last time I thought my family had to be on board 100 percent too. I have a little boy with autism and I about drove myself mad trying to pack a lunch EVERYDAY FOR 6 MONTHS!!! and keep anything NON Primal out of his hands because I thought it was the only way to help him. I now see I was trying to control a situation that I couldn't control. I feed my kids primal foods in the house and let be what will be outside of the house. We are ALL much saner this way.

                            This was the cause of many fights among family and with my husband so I just had to get over the all or nothing mentality.

                            My goals for the next year on Primal:

                            1. No binging -- this is a big one. This week was the first WHOLE week I didn't feel the urge. This makes me never want to stray. Too scary.
                            2. If I do stray someday I would just like to be able to control it. I don't want the whole spiral thing to happen..it is just food for heaven's sake.
                            3. Though not TODAY, I would like to get to 110 eventually. I understand I am trying to just to stay Primal and not binge at the moment, once I have that down I am going to reach for this goal.

                            Off to study............
                            Never give up on anything you can't go a day without thinking about - Tony Horton

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                            • #15
                              Day 7

                              Yay -- made it through a whole week -- onward to week 2.

                              I did eat a lot this week, but I woke up this morning and wasn't hungry so I just didn't eat.

                              I had to run to the farmer's market and a few places so I grabbed some coffee and skipped breakfast.

                              3 Coffee w/ HW = 300

                              Bought some Chard from the market - going to make a salad:

                              L: Chard/Grass Fed Beef/Bell Pepper/Onion/EVOO

                              D: Carrots/Sausage/Pumpkin/Tomato Paste/2 Eggs/2 Bacon

                              2nd Dinner: Yogurt/Berries/turkey bacon/carrots

                              Total: 1600
                              Last edited by CrissyTibby; 04-07-2012, 05:59 PM.
                              Never give up on anything you can't go a day without thinking about - Tony Horton

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