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  • #61
    Congrats on your progress - I just read your whole journal, and you're enthusiasm is inspirational!

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    • #62
      Glad to see you are doing so great! Congratulations Your diet looks so clean and delicious. I think I'm going to get some duck after reading all your posts. I'm so glad you ditched the artificial sweetener.

      Keep up the great work and let us know if your migraines continue to improve.
      Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

      http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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      • #63
        Originally posted by Bron View Post
        And congratulations from me too It's been interesting reading your journey (I haven't seen your thread before today).

        How did you go sourcing nitrate free bacon? I'm very lucky, I live in a food bowl and our butcher only sources grass fed animals. He also smokes nitrate free bacon and hams (at xmas time for the hams). It's no more expensive than his nitrate version, both are more expensive than the supermarket crap. But that's ok, cos his is real and healthy

        If you havne't been able to get it yet, I was going to suggest approaching teh farmer. Any boutique farms near you???
        Ahh thanks Bron The only place i have been able to find nitrate free bacon is online! I was out of work for a while and i got my first full pay packet today so i will be placing an order tonight! They also do 98.5% meat sausages with no filler or preservatives so i'll be getting some of them too. Wow, you're so lucky to have a butcher like that nearby....my local butcher was very proud telling me his sausages were 60% meat - eek, no thanks!!

        Originally posted by Piscator View Post
        Congrats on your progress - I just read your whole journal, and you're enthusiasm is inspirational!
        Ahh thank you Piscator...i hope you're getting on ok too

        Originally posted by jammies View Post
        Glad to see you are doing so great! Congratulations Your diet looks so clean and delicious. I think I'm going to get some duck after reading all your posts. I'm so glad you ditched the artificial sweetener.

        Keep up the great work and let us know if your migraines continue to improve.
        Thanks for stopping by Jammies Yes, i have been trying to really keep it clean, lots of meat, veg, fruit and water. I don't use recipes very often, i've just been sticking to the basics.

        Oh yes, roast duck, basted for nice crispy skin....lovely! Enjoy!

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        • #64
          Well my online order of nitrate free bacon and preservative/filler free sausages turned up earlier, and i'm so pleased! Is it weird i was so looking forward to my delivery?

          We had sausages earlier, ahh man they were delicious! Worth every penny....

          I've had a good and productive week. I've lost 29lb since i started 13 weeks ago and 5 inches off my stomach. I bought a skirt in a smaller size this week too. This is costing me lots of money to keep replacing clothes I've kept my 'favourite' skirt for the last 5 years in the hope that one day i'll wear it again. Yesterday i tried it on and for the first time in 5 years it fits..and it's not tight, it fits properly. That's a big WIN for me...

          I saw my brother for the first time in about 6 weeks last weekend and his reaction to my weight loss was priceless. His reaction tells me how much better i am looking as well. I think when you see yourself in the mirror every day you don't notice the small changes so his reaction really made my day.

          I was sat in work the other day and i was clasping my hands together in a meeting and i suddenly thought 'omg my hands have shrunk!' hehe It's the small pleasures in life!

          I'm planning quite a relaxing weekend after a busy week. Duck legs roasting in the oven, fruit for dessert....

          Have a good weekend everyone x

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          • #65
            I've been following primal for 13 weeks now and i absolutely love it. 6 weeks ago my Dad started it and has lost 16lb already. We had a great conversation on the phone last night about how easy it is compared to SAD which just leaves you wanting more and hungry. I can't imagine any reason why i'd ever go back to what i was eating before.

            My brother started primal on Friday as well Dear bro, if you're reading this i'm SO proud of you....words can't express how i feel. Keep going, you can do it xxx

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            • #66
              Time for a quick update from me

              I've been following primal for 17 weeks now and i love it, i never want to go back.

              Weight wise i've lost 34.5lb and 6 inches off my stomach. I've dropped 2 definite dress sizes in this time too.

              My IBS has cleared up. Migraines have been a lot better but haven't disappeared altogether. I'm convinced that food plays a major role in them, particularly preservatives, but there are other factors as well.

              We went out for tea one night, steak and veggies, and for the first time i had grain - 4 battered onion rings. Oh maaan, 4 days of IBS! Crippling pains....my belly really was not happy with me! Makes me realise what that stuff was doing to me before. I won't be doing that again!!

              I've been getting lots of compliments about my weightloss and people have been enquiring how i've done it. I have explained a bit but tend to get 'i can't give up bread' a lot. I really shouldn't bother describing what i eat but i guess i'm just so happy to find something that WORKS and is EASY. There was one lady who pissed me off a bit to be honest. I was in work and she said i had lost too much weight, looking gaunt around the face. How insulting is that! It's not even true...i'm not going to eat crap to make her feel better about herself.

              I feel like there's more i want to say but my brain is shutting down for the night. Night all xx

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              • #67
                Time for another update

                I've now almost reached the 6 months mark and i really need to get my progress photos done again!

                Weight loss has slowed down (well, 38.5lb on primal, 48 in total) but body comp keeps improving. I'm down 2 maybe even 3 dress sizes and 7 inches off my belly.

                My favourite meal at the moment is lamb chops (fried in coconut oil!) with broccoli and cabbage. Mmmmm. Simple but delicious. Other favourites are a whole roast chicken (well i don't eat the whole thing but sometimes it's reaaallly tempting!!) I also love roast duck legs. I can't talk about favourite foods without mentioning bacon. Delicious bacon. But not smoked bacon, as that gives me a migraine.

                I used to drink squash and soda all day, now i drink plain tap water with slices of lemon.

                My copy of Primal Blueprint has been passed round friends and family and i am pleased to say there have been a few recruits! My dad has lost 38lb and my mum has lost (at the last count) 21lb. They seem really happy eating this way. My dad used to follow Atkins but finds this easier to maintain.

                I went clothes shopping last week and actually enjoyed it. I tried a fitted dress on and i still can't believe how i looked in it. For the last 5 years i have worn baggy clothes to hide my belly. To try a fitted dress on and feel good in it was an amazing feeling.

                I can't imagine what would happen in my life that would make me drop primal. I love it. I find my meals satisfying and my hunger levels are under control.

                I have taken up pilates to try and strengthen my core for lower back issues. I've found a really good class, i have to be quick off the mark to book a place or it gets fully booked. I am also part way through a couch to 5k running programme. I wouldn't like to attempt running it with an additional 48lb strapped to my back!

                My migraines haven't gone away but they are better than they were. I really think the dose of magnesium i take each day helps and would recommend that to anyone who suffers. If i stray off the primal path i pay for it with a sore head. Good motivation to keep to it Mentally i feel better eating this way, more in control.

                If anyone out there is considering trying primal, do it! Do it for 30 days, be honest with yourself and give it 100%. Then see how you feel.
                Last edited by hulahoop; 10-28-2012, 12:46 PM.

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                • #68
                  I've been really good for 6 months and let a couple of things creep in over the last 2 weeks it's like the sugar wheat monster is back!! My belly is making some very odd noises and it's really pissed off with me. I'm pissed off with me. I've ordered Wheat Belly as it seems relevant!

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                  • #69
                    Re the bacon, this place sells nitrate free Buy Organic Meat Online, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken - Organic Meat & Food - Laverstoke Park Farm | Laverstoke Park Farm
                    Also try looking for local farm shops, a lot of them carry local meat and produce. If they dont carry something they might be able to tell you where to get it or even sometimes source it for you. I never shop at the big grocery stores any more, i can get everything I need fairly local
                    Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

                    http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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                    • #70
                      Originally posted by DinoHunter View Post
                      Re the bacon, this place sells nitrate free Buy Organic Meat Online, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken - Organic Meat & Food - Laverstoke Park Farm | Laverstoke Park Farm
                      Also try looking for local farm shops, a lot of them carry local meat and produce. If they dont carry something they might be able to tell you where to get it or even sometimes source it for you. I never shop at the big grocery stores any more, i can get everything I need fairly local
                      Hi DinoHunter, thanks for the link. I actually tried their nitrate free bacon and sausages a few months ago! Oh man, the sausages were lovely! I think i'll get some ordered when i next get paid...I rang round a few farm shops but they didn't sell nitrate free, but thanks for the suggestions. Nice to know i'm not always just waffling on to myself

                      Well i've been and done a big shop tonight, stocked up on fresh veggies, fruit and meat. Didn't buy any rubbish.

                      Food today:

                      B- banana
                      L- ribeye steak, broccoli, carrots
                      S- bacon
                      T -lamb chops, broccoli, carrots, greens
                      S-tangarine

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                      • #71
                        Food today:
                        B- bacon, scrambled egg in butter
                        L- roast pork, banana
                        T- lamb chops, carrots, broccoli
                        S- 2xplums, satsuma

                        I've been ploughing through Wheat Belly this week, what an interesting read! Will really make me think twice about the occasional wheat... Lately i've been succumbing to the cakes in work (people bring them in on their birthday for the rest of the company). For months i was quite comfortably able to say no, and not actually care that i wasn't having one. The last few weeks have been harder and i don't know why? Having read Wheat Belly i really WON'T be joining in...

                        I want to finish the book tomorrow so i can pass it to my dad on Sunday, he'll enjoy it too!

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                        • #72
                          Originally posted by hulahoop View Post
                          I have a nasty feeling i'm boring people with my mundane posts (sorryyyyy!!!!) It just helps me to recap at the end of the day, plus it helps me build up a picture over time whether the migraines have improved etc.

                          Night all, sleep well xx
                          Nope, not bored. We started primal about the same time and you have great ideas for meals here and it's good to hear your progress. WEll done.
                          Annie Ups the Ante
                          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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                          • #73
                            Originally posted by Annieh View Post
                            Nope, not bored. We started primal about the same time and you have great ideas for meals here and it's good to hear your progress. WEll done.
                            Thanks Annie... i love your meal ideas as well!

                            It has been a while since i last updated, i have preferred to read other people's threads rather than post my own thoughts!

                            Primal is still working really well for me, it's pretty effortless most of the time. Eating this way really does help my health and i feel so much better for it. I was daft last week and had some cake, i paid for it for days!!!! No plans to do that again any time soon i can promise you! No cake is worth days of an upset stomach, hell no!

                            My meal plan currently looks something like this:
                            B- bacon, egg and veg
                            L- chicken / pork / turkey and a truck load of veg
                            T - roast duck / steak / lamb chops and a truck load of veg
                            S - 2 or 3 pieces of fruit if wanted, maybe some left over cold meat
                            drinks - water with sliced lemon

                            I saw some friends i haven't seen for a few months recently, and they all said my skin looked so much healthier, and i look younger. This is something i haven't noticed, as i see my face every day, so that was quite interesting (and good!!) to hear. I've also dropped 3-4 dress sizes now! It's costing me a lot of money to keep replacing clothes, so i'm trying not to buy too much and waiting to see what size i stabalise as. I did buy a skirt in the sale today for 1 though, bargain!

                            I love my veg. I get withdrawals if i don't eat enough!! You can't beat a big helping of broccoli and carrots with a blob of butter....I do eat other veg but most days i have broccoli and carrots at least once

                            I started my 30 day Shred dvd today. I'm aching tonight so dread to think how i'll feel tomorrow haha. I can manage most of it but my body reallly doesn't like the sit ups. I can do a few and then can't get more than an inch off the floor no matter how hard i try. It'll be interesting to see if i can improve!

                            That's it from me tonight, i'm off to read a few threads now
                            x

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                            • #74
                              I had quite an interesting conversation with a relative earlier. Interesting because he was referred to a nurse for diet advice for high blood pressure and was verging on diabetic with his blood sugars. The nurse recommended that he go lower carb, eg drop rice, bread, pasta, potatoes etc and try and eat less processed foods. I was really quite surprised to hear this advice, and pleased of course.

                              He knows what my diet consists of, and has seen me drop a few dress sizes. However, he can't get past the dropping bread thing. He said oh no, dropping bread would be impossible...i just love it too much, plus it goes really well with xyz.. I told him my experience and hope that it helps... I think he's still in denial, not quite ready for it yet. I hope he thinks it over and does some research.

                              The first time i heard of primal/paleo i thought it sounded extremely difficult and i dismissed it for a few months. On realising bread was making me very unwell i came back round to it and realised i could actually give it a go. I'm so glad i found MDA or i could be as ill as i was last year still.

                              B- bacon, banana
                              L- turkey, broccoli, carrot, sprouts, butter
                              T - pork, 2 satsumas

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                              • #75
                                Food today:
                                B- bacon, mushroom, onion, 2 scrambled eggs
                                L- roast pork with jacket potato and butter (i know some people avoid potatoes but i'm experimenting adding them back in)
                                T - roast lamb with garlic, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, butter
                                S- satsuma, banana, grapes
                                water with lemon

                                I've strayed a bit into sugar territory recently so i'm trying to get back into life without it. Thankfully it hasn't involved wheat but it has to stop, it's a slippery slope. I also feel happier when i'm sticking to this way of life 100%. For some reason i struggle to be 80 or 90%. I can't stop at one thing off track, i then have it the next day, and then the next, and then 2 or 3 times a day. Sugar really seems to mess with my hunger signals and i get obsessive about getting another 'hit!' It's strange, fruit doesn't seem to affect me in the same way.

                                I'm not going to worry about eating too much for a few days and just keep it clean. Whatever it takes to satiate my hunger, hence the jacket potato and butter!

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