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  • #16
    Like the Week in Review idea. I might steal it.
    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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    • #17
      Day 8 - 08.Jun.12

      B - none

      L - Roasted chicken w/ onions, peppers, sweet potato

      S - banana, dried apple

      S - greek yogurt w/ blueberries, raspberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds

      D - Coconut shrimp curry w/ spinach, peppers [photo ↓] | 1/2 Avocado

      S - Banana, almonds

      First time in several days having any dairy. I'm moderately lactose intolerant, but can handle most quality aged cheeses and fermented dairy. Was concerned about the greek yogurt, but didn't bother me at all. Glad to be able to occasionally add that to the mix, maybe couple times a week. Now if I can only find it in a full fat version or made from goats milk. mmm

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      My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

      I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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      • #18
        Great snack to have around is meat... I know it sounds weird but when you're cooking slabs of meat (steak, chicken breats etc) cut some into cubes and keep them in the fridge. Throw some veggie sticks on the side and you've got a quick snack that'll always hit the spot
        SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
        Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
        Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
        Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
        Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
        Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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        • #19
          Recipe? I've got shrimp coming up...
          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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          • #20
            Originally posted by Judg View Post
            Recipe? I've got shrimp coming up...
            I totally improvised the coconut shrimp curry and it looks better than it tasted. Sadly there are leftovers, which I'll have to doctor up. Next time I'm going to try one of these two recipes... Curried Shrimp & Spinach or Fast Shrimp. Let me know what you end up doing and how it turns out.
            My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

            I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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            • #21
              Day 9 - 09.Jun.12

              Not starting off great with this weeks goal of getting to sleep by 11pm and waking up naturally. But it will happen by weeks end. Stomach was a bit upset throughout the day, think it was due to Day 8's less than stellar shrimp curry attempt. Ended up throwing out the leftovers Think I might have discovered my new favorite snack/dessert - strawberries with coconut milk. WOW. so yummy.

              SLEEP
              7 hours, alarm clock

              FOOD
              B - 1 egg, can of tuna, banana, almonds
              L - Roasted chicken w/ onions, peppers, sweet potato [photo ↓]
              D - Shrimp, peppers & broccoli in garlic butter | Strawberries & pecans w/ coconut milk
              Snacks - strawberries & almonds w/ coconut milk | almonds | strawberries

              SUPPLEMENTS
              none (another goal for the week is to regularly take my daily vitamins)

              EXERCISE
              20 minute walk

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              My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

              I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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              • #22
                Mmm... add some crushed walnuts to that desert... Delicious!

                If you're looking for the next best thing to a natural wakeup I'd look into the Phillips light alarm clocks. I have one and I love it for waking me up. 20 minutes before your wakup time it slowly turns a light on (mimicing a sunrise at the time when YOU want to wake up. Highly suggested! Check it out at the link below!

                Amazon.com: Philips HF3471/60 Wake-Up Light, White: Health & Personal Care
                SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
                Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
                Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
                Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
                Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
                Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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                • #23
                  Day 10 - 10.Jun.12

                  The big news for the day is that I started the 30-day cold shower challenge. At 63 (if my thermometer can be trusted) it felt insanely cold. Took me a solid 10 minutes after turning the water on to go from outside the tub, to standing in the tub opposite the water, to actually getting wet. After several unpleasant minutes, filled with lots of cursing, it was all done and I felt surprisingly good. I wouldn't say I'm looking forward to this, but I'm up for the challenge, especially if it can help accelerate fat loss. For more info see: Cold Thermogenesis Guidelines / Results

                  SLEEP
                  8 hours, natural wake-up

                  FOOD
                  B - 2 eggs | Smoothie (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, banana, coconut milk)
                  L - Shrimp w/ peas & peppers in bacon grease. [photo ↓] | Smoothie (same as bfast)
                  D - Roasted chicken, w/ broccoli & peppers
                  Snacks - Banana | Strawberries & Pecans w/ Coconut milk

                  EXERCISE
                  20 minute walk

                  OTHER
                  Vitamins - Y | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - Y

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                  My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

                  I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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                  • #24
                    Day 11 - 11.Jun.12

                    Day 11 was a bit rough. Woke up with hives on my forearms, which I'm blaming on the ridiculous amounts of strawberries the past 3 days. Was rather allergic in my teens and 20's, but not so much the last 2-3 years. Perhaps I went overboard lately, so cutting them for a few days and really hoping it's that easy. Also, I'm feeling rut-like in my eating. Getting tired of chicken, eggs and broccoli. Going to check out some primal recipe sites for ideas. On the plus side, figured if I can take a 63 degree shower, surely I can walk barefoot around my grungy neighborhood. So did that for the first time. Was surprisingly pleasant and glass free.

                    SLEEP
                    6 hours, alarm clock

                    FOOD
                    B - 2 eggs, can of tuna, peppers scrambled in coconut oil & butter | Smoothie (raspberries, blueberries, banana, coconut milk)
                    L - Roasted chicken w/ broccoli & peppers
                    D - 2 eggs, 1 bell pepper
                    Snacks - blueberries, blackberries, banana & almonds w/ coconut cream (twice) [photo ↓] | almonds

                    EXERCISE
                    30 min walk (20 min barefoot)

                    OTHER
                    Vitamins - N | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - Y (Day 2)

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                    My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

                    I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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                    • #25
                      You can always check out other journals for recipe ideas too.

                      I made the curried shrimp and spinach dish today. It's a keeper. Although I pretty much doubled the curry (recipes made for "Westerners" cater to curry wimps) and then added extra coriander and a bit of cayenne because it just tasted like it was lacking something, which could have been the fault of my curry powder, or just the fact that we tend to like strong flavours around this household. I also couldn't see the point of going to all that trouble just to puree some chopped onions, so I skipped the whole blender step. But hubby vacuumed it up very happily and I also enjoyed it.

                      FWIW, when I make a smoothie, I usually throw in a couple of raw eggs too. As well as some flaxseed meal and hempseeds. The eggs make it a pretty complete meal in and of itself, and it's easier than cooking... I am a fan of easy.
                      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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                      • #26
                        Day 12 - 12.Jun.12

                        Today was a day of firsts. Since going primal... first refined sugar, first alcohol (cocktail seemed a better option than beer, no wine available. Thoughts?) and first sunburn (ouch). Seriously overdid it with the walking and hanging at the beach. Tried to do cold shower, but it felt like it was burning. Way too cold on my sun-damaged skin. So taking a day or two off and will resume soon. Struggling to meet my goal for the week of a consistent sleep schedule with natural wake-up.

                        SLEEP
                        7 hours, with alarm clock

                        FOOD
                        B - 2 eggs | Smoothie (raspberries, blueberries, banana, coconut milk)
                        L - Shrimp & Chicken w/ Peppers & Peas in garlic butter | tomato, cucumber, onion salad w/ balsamic vinegar & olive oil [photo ↓]
                        D - Vinegar-style Pork bbq w/ peppers
                        Snacks - almonds | dried apples | raisins | vodka & sprite

                        EXERCISE
                        3 hours walk (2 hours barefoot)

                        OTHER
                        Vitamins - N | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - N

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                        Last edited by DashFire; 06-14-2012, 04:27 PM. Reason: Corrected from "Day 13" to "Day 12"
                        My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

                        I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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                        • #27
                          Day 13 - 13.Jun.12

                          The hives from Day 11 have almost entirely disappeared with no itching. Will give it through the weekend and if no symptoms, plan to reintroduce Strawberries in much lesser amounts. The Vinegar-based Pork BBQ is one of my favorite foods, though it used to hurt my stomach some because of all the pepper & vinegar. Had absolutely no issues this time, even with eating it two days in a row.

                          SLEEP
                          8 hours, no alarm

                          FOOD
                          B - 2 eggs | Smoothie (raspberries, blueberries, banana, coconut milk)
                          L - Vinegar-based Pork BBQ w/ peppers & 1/2 lb bacon [photo ↓] | blueberries, blackberries, & almonds w/ coconut cream
                          D - Salmon w/ garlic & butter
                          Snacks - almonds | banana | apple | aged Cheddar

                          EXERCISE
                          1 hr walking (0 barefoot)

                          OTHER
                          Vitamins - N | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - N

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                          My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

                          I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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                          • #28
                            Wow, DashFire, you are going all out! Diet, barefoot walking, cold water thingy - good for you, but just don't burn yourself out doing it all in the first 14 days, okay? If your bod tells you to slow it down, do so. If not, then hell...

                            This is a lot to process. I started with a kind of "head start" because one of my daughters lives a diet very much like the Primal, and I have 6 years of experience cooking for her. In Germany, Sebastian Kneipp is the godfather of all things cold water, and since my family is German, I got a lot of the cold-water ewwwies out of my system there. And I grew up barefoot in Texas during half of my childhood and just never gave it up, so that was okay as well. I found the Vibrams at a local shoe store before I found the Primal - so cool to know that Primal loves them!

                            I'll check back often - you seem sooooo sweet!! If you need anything I can deliver photonically, just say so!
                            I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                            • #29
                              Day 14 - 14.Jun.12

                              Day 14 was interesting. Half way into my Naked Juice I look at the label - 80g of carbs - WTF! No sugar, no honey, just fruit puree & juices. I'm starting to wonder about my "no calorie counting the first month" rule and daily smoothie habit. Then three hours later came my first bread in two weeks. Had a Groupon expiring and it was a conscious (I'm having a non-Primal meal with a friend and going to be okay with it) decision. My body didn't like it though (sleepiness, stomach bloating and grumbling for hours after) which is actually helpful encouragement at this point. If I had eaten like that and felt fine and full of energy, I'd seriously be confused. So after my breakfast/lunch carb-fest, I stuck to protein & fats for the rest of the day.

                              SLEEP
                              6.5 hrs, alarm

                              FOOD
                              B - Bacon & 2 eggs | Naked Juice Blue Machine | Banana
                              L - Grilled Cheese Sandwich (cheddar, mozzarella, grilled chicken, bacon, tomato, texas toast) and sweet potato fries w/ BBQ sauce [top photo ↓] | Vodka & Sprite
                              D - Salmon w/ Dill Beurre Blanc [btm photo ↓]
                              Snacks - almonds

                              EXERCISE
                              1.5 hr walking (0 barefoot)

                              OTHER
                              Vitamins - N | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - N

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                              Last edited by DashFire; 06-15-2012, 08:27 AM.
                              My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

                              I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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                              • #30
                                Hi there,
                                I've been appreciating your posts particularly the one on the contentious fat acceptance thread.

                                Nits I can pick about your diet : Peas are not Primal. They are a legume (use up the fridge stash but don't make them a staple).

                                Go easy on the dried fruit. It's really easy to overdo the quantities since it doesn't "feel" like you just ate a whole fruit to your mouth.

                                Yes, it does indeed sound like you are going through the carb flu. Adding carb heavy stuff like quinoa however, can just prolong the process. It is something that you need to get through and past.

                                Otherwise your food sounds good (and looks very pretty).

                                I think we posted at the same time. Re carb heavy juice. Yeah. Good rule of thumb is "Eat your calories, don't drink them."

                                I wish you well. It sounds like you are headed the right direction.
                                Last edited by Paleobird; 06-15-2012, 11:09 AM.

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