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    Hey there... I've been a long time lurker around these parts. I started my primal journey in August 2011 - so I'm coming up on one year soon. The reason I've finally decided to "come out" in the community is because I need some support to survive being primal this summer while I'm away from home!

    Here's the dealio. I've slowly shifted to primal over the last year and it's been rather seemless for me. I'm a major foodie and LOVE eating - especially FAT - bacon and butter!! Yum! Although I have dabbled - I have never fully trusted the whole "low fat" thing - if something like cheese or cream, that is SUPPOSED to be made of fat, is not made of fat... then what the heck is it made of?? Anyways - my point is primal just felt natural to me. I've always cooked from scratch for the most part - with a some breads and pasta cheats scattered around the place - I feel like all I really did was stop buying grains and shifted all my food porn surfing to primal/paleo blogs, and viola! I turned primal!

    I live alone - so controlling my food is super easy. If it's not there to tempt me I don't eat it. THe 80/20 rule has served me quite well. My 20% is usually when I go out -I don't go out very often - so when I do, I eat whatever the hell I want. Living on my own this has been fine. However this summer I've been all over the place. My grandma is visiting from Poland so I've been spending a lot of time at my parents' house so that I can hang out with her. I've also been spending time at my boyfriend's parents' house. I haven't been on my own for almost a month - and under these circumstances my 20% has definitely been stretched a little too thin. As I said before I LOVE eating! Primal works for me because I hate calorie counting and love stuffing my face - primal allows me to do this. I've never really been overweight - so primal has slimmed me down and given me a pretty sweet beach body without sacrificing my love of putting yummy food in my belly- but now summer is almost here and I fear it could slip away!

    So, yes, my motivation at this point is mainly VANITY. Although overall I love primal because I believe I can be healthy and enjoy food and life til the day I die - this journal is to help me keep on track and maintain, and even better, my beach body for the summer til I'm back to living on my own again. It would be such a shame to be primal for the better part of the year and then let it go at the time when you walk around half naked the most! I'm writing this in my bathing suit right now, seriously!

    My biggest challenge is not succumbing to all the junk food that is available to me. My parents' house as well as my boyfriend's parents' house are not terrible - I can actually find a lot of primal things to eat (I also allow dairy which helps). It's just NOT eating the extra non-primal stuff that gets offerred to me all the time. I love to stuff my face, so this is hard. I haven't done as poorly as I thought I would over the last month. But I definitely need to dial it in.

    So I've actually devised a plan on how to manage my eating away from home! Hopefully, someone was interested enough to read all of this and will support me as I try to put this plan in action for the next few weeks! It would also be great if this could become useful for other people trying to make primal work in less than ideal circumstances! More on the "plan" next time!

    Thanks for reading!
    Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

    Current Primal Journal
    My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
    Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!

  • #2
    Okay so Day 1 complete today. I was actually at my own place the last two days, so I had a bit of time to myself, and a chance to be 100% primal for 2 days. It felt good and it made me feel re-engergized and ready to start my summer challenge!

    Today has been successful in some ways, but rough in others - mostly, because I came home and my grandma had made blueberry perogies (we're Polish)!!! OMG! I love these things and I only ever get them like once a year - so this is normally a no guilt cheat. However, I feel really dedicated, SO... I only ate 4, AND after a pretty heavy workout. I consider that a success cuz I could seriously could eat like 10 of those in one sitting. So I seriously held back - not easy for me.

    So as I said I do have "a plan". I've actually compiled a word document and listed the primal foods that are normally ready available at my parents' house. This way if I'm hungry I just whip out that list and find something that works. I also have some go-to's listed for sweets. This is my plan to deal with the times everyone around me is eating sweets (which is often) - I have a few go-to treats that are primal or pretty close - this way I can enjoy something without the guilt, or stomach pain and still feel "social" - since it seems food is such a social and family thing at my house. Breakfast/lunch are usually easy for me at my parents house. Bacon and eggs are always readily available- so that's a no fail go to. But it gets trickier for dinner and beyond as that's when the carbs come out and then the sweets and snacks.

    Today was okay though.

    Breakfast: Scrambled onions, ham and eggs. Tomatoes with sour cream and chives. (I also had 2 bites of market bread, but I decided to not eat the whole piece and gave it away. Go me!)

    I was still hungry, so I had an apple with some cashew butter and cinnamon.

    Had a killer workout with my sister. Hope I'm sore tomorrow Squats and pushups and planks, oh my!

    Snack: Jasmine tea with some honey.

    Dinner: Burgers. Just had the patty over a salad with romaine, tomatoes, avocados, onions and pickles with some ketchup and mustard.

    Was still hungry after dinner (really could have eaten another patty... but oh well), so I made one of my quick easy "treats" for dessert to fill me up. Acorn squash, apples, butter and cinnamon heated in the microwave- it's like healthy apple pie! I used lots of butter and some heavy whipping cream with vanilla to top it off. Then I was happy. I also took my dog for a nice hour walk.

    Finishing the evening with some camomile tea. Hope tomorrow goes well.
    Last edited by Primal-JoJo; 06-12-2012, 07:20 PM.
    Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

    Current Primal Journal
    My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
    Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!

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    • #3
      Hi Jojo!

      I just recently moved back home for a bit (hopefully VERY temporary) and am pretty majorly struggling to avoid all the non primal crap my parents keep stocked. So much easier when you're on your own and can control what's in your fridge...

      Anyways, hoping I can learn from your plans! Gooood luck!

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      • #4
        Hey AbigailLyn - I know it is so hard not controlling your food! I find planning is really key for me, as well as helping make dinners. Luckily my family is not anti-primal - they don't really live by cw, more an everything in moderation type mentality - so they're quite open to having me cook primal foods, but to feed everyone, we do rely on starches unfortunately :S Is there any primal foods your family would dig if you made??

        I wish you luck! We can do it!!
        Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

        Current Primal Journal
        My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
        Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!

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        • #5
          Day 2
          Pretty good for the most part. Started the day with some lovely sun bathing - getting my vitamin D!

          Breakfast/lunch: onions, sausage and eggs. A piece of cream cheese - sort of the euro version of cow cheese.

          Snack: some cold-cuts and kielbasa. Some home-made iced tea with a bit of sugar and honey. Later had a small coffee with cream and bit of honey.

          Dinner: Lots of veggies and homemade dip (sour cream, garlic, s+p, dill and mayo); BBQ pork chops, a small potato with butter.

          "Treat": a piece of dark 85% lindt chocolate. I bought a bar as an emergency go-to when there's chocolate around. Then I watched my family eat ice cream! (I love ice-cream, and will usually eat some since it's not often - but I had a huge waffle cone ice cream last week). After the whole ice cream thing though I went and made another apple squash treat. This time with coconut oil and milk, instead of butter and dairy cream. It was sooooo good!!

          No workout for today - I was pretty sore from yesterday, so took a rest. Back to something hardcore tomorrow though I also have been taking my supplements: 2 things of omega 3s and my B12.

          Unfortunately I've stayed up way tooo late tonight though... had a snack of some left overs from dinner. But all in all, day 2 was pretty good. Conquered the ice cream temptation - yay me!
          Last edited by Primal-JoJo; 06-12-2012, 07:22 PM.
          Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

          Current Primal Journal
          My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
          Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!

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          • #6
            Day 3

            OMFG! I think I've found my new crack! Dark chocolate with coconut oil smothered on top!! Oh boy!

            Another day with some hits and some misses...

            Started the day with sunbathing (I love vitamin D and my new bathing suit, eeeee! so cute!). Then I did some sprints on the exercise bike and then went in the pool and did a little more sunbathing.

            Supplements: B12, and Omega 3x 2 (should probably up to x3 at home though, since most meat and eggs is CW here) - also drank a cup of my homemade icetea with this (and wished I had made it less sweet)

            Breakfast: Half of a potato, bacon, zucchini, onion omelet. Soooo good - wish I didn't split it with my sister, lol.

            Mistake: Marzipan cappuccino. I was only going to try a sip from my mom, and have tea instead, but the package had less sugar than I had expected so I said "F**k it" and had one. Sugar and caffeine = crappy feeling for me though, so I should have gone with the tea idea.

            Dinner: Was freaking amazing! BBQ chicken breasts and drumsticks with my homemade, primal BBQ sauce (that the whole family loves ). Sauerkraut with pork and mushrooms! (Yay for Polish primal foods!!). There was also a side of rice that I skipped, even though I normally do eat a bit of rice.

            Dessert: Dark chocolate square with a teaspoon of coconut oil. I can't believe I only had one! Cup of tea with a bit of honey and some whipping cream.

            Mistake 2: Tried some poppy seed cake my mom brought out. Damn it was sooo good. Had a half piece and then felt crazy hungry and wanted MOOOAAAR!! I felt like a shark that had a taste of blood BUT I held back and instead ate some leftovers from dinner til it passed. Saved by the sauerkraut.

            Hopefully I will learn from my mistakes tomorrow....
            Last edited by Primal-JoJo; 06-12-2012, 07:24 PM.
            Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

            Current Primal Journal
            My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
            Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!

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            • #7
              You sure get a lot of sun bathing in! wish I could... instead i'm at work. Lucky Duck!
              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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              • #8
                I am AMAZED at your self restraint. I forgot about poppy seed cake, but it is super lemony and deliciousness. I'm going to have to try your coconut oil and dark chocolate crack. I need some primal crack options!!!

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                • #9
                  Good job in choosing to journal through this challenging period. I am certain that being more aware of it will help keep you slipping from 20% to 30% to 40% to OH, NO!

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                  • #10
                    Hey Jo-Jo! Nice work so far, keep it up, if I can help with recipes in anyway at all don't hesitate to message me!
                    Perks

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                    • #11
                      Aww thanks, everyone! I really appreciate all your encouragement! Self-restraint is really difficult for me, so this is definitely a big challenge. On the bright side, I have a lot of time being nearly 100% primal under my belt - so it's actually easier than I thought it would be - lots of stuff doesn't taste as good as I remember, and I'm pretty good at coming up with creative primal substitutes. Also, the last few weeks I gave in to many temptations - so I've sort of got things out of my system, and had enough shitty time in the bathroom (literally lol) to motivate me to keep at it.

                      @ Abby - I think its more my body being at a point where I can feel what's right for it, as opposed to self-restraint. There's no way I could have done this, just beginning primal.

                      Also it's not forever. Once I'm back at home, I'll go back to dealing with my 20% as I used to - I love trying all types of foods, and as long as I'm 90% primal, non-primal indulgences actually seem to help me keep up with my eating habits. @ Sabine - this journal is definitely just to keep track of myself so that I don't go over board, and weigh my indulgences accordingly during this extra challenging time.

                      @ Ecks - yeah, being a grad student with a flexible schedule rocks!!

                      @ Perks - what's the most original recipe you got??
                      Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

                      Current Primal Journal
                      My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
                      Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!

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                      • #12
                        Primal toy!!

                        So my sister brought home this nifty little exercise toy! Unassuming little thing - it's an ab wheel and boy is it a challenge! I love it! I also love that I'm better than my sister at it lol. She's definitely the "sporty" one, and always looks fit and awesome, while I've always been sort of the wimpier one. So it was a surprise to both of us that I seemed to do well with this thing (yay planks!). At least on my knees. The real challenge is doing a full one from the standing up position.

                        I've realized that I love a challenge that seems near impossible. Seriously, when I tried to do the full exercise I thought my back was going to break in half. But I just can't help but take a crack at it every time I walk by it lol. This is gonna be fun.

                        I've also been learning to do pull-ups. Something else that a over a month ago seemed impossible. I can almost do 1 full pull-up. Which is pretty awesome considering I've only been practising sporadically whenever I find access to a bar. Muscle growth is a spectacular thing!

                        This shit is fo REALZ. I'm gonna be Sarah Connor bad ass.
                        Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

                        Current Primal Journal
                        My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
                        Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!

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                        • #13
                          Day 4

                          As usual, got in a bit of sunbathing this morning. It was a bit cloudy at moments so that sucked, but I'm sure it was enough to get some vitamin D. The tan's not looking too shabby either. Hope it's sunny tomorrow morning too! Honestly, I think I just want an excuse to wear my new bathing suit more. It's so cute and colourful- hot pink with colourful leopard print *squee*! Plus I look pretty darn good in it. I think it keeps me motivated to get into that bathing suit every morning and check out my flat stomach. Yes, primal has made me completely and totally vain. It's not perfect, but damn do I love my body more than ever! I finally feel like I've finally got my body figured out. Primal has made me feel so much more in touch with it. Getting up and seeing and feeling my non-bloated hour-glass figure just makes me want to nourish the shit out of it! Anyways, I'll stop now...

                          Fitness: After sunbathing, I did some strength training. Just a bunch of random stuff: weighted squats, pushups, bicep curls, dips, weighted lunges, ab wheels. Felt the burn. My sister also bought some 10 lb weights recently, so those have been kicking my ass. Glad she didn't get wimpy weights. Also did some more random ab wheels through out the day.

                          Took my supplements: B12 and omega 3 x3. Then I basically sort of IFed today. Wasn't really hungry and didn't eat til about 2pm (that said I don't get up early, 10, 11am ish lately). Around 2 I had some sauerkraut and some cold cuts and cheese. Felt too lazy to make a proper meal, plus we were out of eggs!

                          Dinner: Dinner sucked today. But I just sort of accepted it. Sometimes I feel like a primal snob and I hate myself for it, so I didn't complain too much about and just ate it. IFing is fine for breakfast or lunch, as everyone's kind of on their own for that. But I don't wanna ditch dinner with everyone. I like family dinners. And a lot of the time my sisters skip out, so I try not to, just to be social and show that it's important to me. Anyways, dinner was (all home-made, but bleh...) french fries, caesar salad with crappy store bought dressing and bbq sausages (that I find way too salty). But I ate it all. The portions were actually pretty small (for everyone) so that's good, but not quality eatings unfortunately. 20%... tomorrow's another day.

                          Dessert: My "crack", dark chocolate with coconut oil and tea with honey and whipping cream. Although surprisingly for "crack", one piece and one teaspoon or so seems to do it.

                          I think this forum is actually more like crack. I've always been a bit of a nerd, and I've just remembered how much I used to love blogging and forums. Been staying up late lately as I really love reading new posts. I'm gonna try to cut it out tonight and just read a book instead. I'm done eating for today... but I may have some camomile tea with cream and honey later if I hear any rumbles from down below later.

                          Laterz.
                          Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

                          Current Primal Journal
                          My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
                          Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!

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                          • #14
                            I love how happy you seem! I'm loving reading your posts! I'm the only primal person ins my world too so it is interesting to see people's reactions and slow acceptance. Your love of food really makes me smile too, I love food and can not imagine not being able to eat the things I love. Good thing that I love primal foods I suppose. Happy day!
                            Went Primal on 1st April 2012

                            Since beginning Primal:
                            - The stomach cramps I'd been having have vanished.
                            - People comment that my skin is glowing.
                            - I enjoy getting out of bed (most of the time)
                            - I'm so excited by food.

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                            • #15
                              Day 5

                              Yesterday was a pretty fantastic day! Pretty primal, and lots of fun times

                              As per usual, some sunbathing to start the day. I hope the sunshine continues! Haha or maybe not. I suppose I could use some rainy days to get some reading in for school - have definitely been neglecting my studies. But eff it. Life is too short to work all the time.

                              Took my supplements: B12 and Omega3x3.

                              No crazy exercise today. Was freaking sore from the day before! Yay ab wheel! My arms and shoulders and abs were feeling it. Gotta improve the squats and lunges though, or do more. Cuz I wasn't very sore from those.

                              IFed til about 2. So I had a pretty late brunch.

                              Brunch: Scrambled eggs with bacon and sausage. Tomatoes with sour cream, green onions and s+p.

                              Then me and my sis went strawberry picking! Sooo much fun. And delicious. Finally, we didn't miss strawberry season, as we usually do. We always forget, and by the time we usually remember, strawberry season is done. Not this time.

                              Snack: Lots of strawberries!

                              Then I had some fun times hanging out with Ecks! We haven't really hung out since highschool, but it was great to catch up and hang out. It was a really fun evening! We went for some walking in the park. So I guess technically I did do some exercise. Then we went out to a really neat restaurant called Bhima's Warung, that had some pretty close primal options. The meat was from Ecks' butcher and everything was seasonal and organic. I think it was an Indonesian place, but they did also have some Vietnamese dishes so not totally sure.

                              Dinner was: Pork ribs in some sort of hoisin sauce with lots of veggies on the side. This was super good! My only issue with it was the sauce was bit too sweet for my tastes. My pre-primal self would have loved it more lol. Then I had milkey, honey, ginger tea. This was also delicious, but a bit overkill (and by a bit I mean A LOT, lol) on the honey. Unfortunately, I didn't feel well after this. BUT I did enjoy it, and will definitely make a more primal version of this tea at home some time. I have to say, overall this experience has taught me that my taste for sugar has seriously decreased, which is good as I'll be more careful now when eating to make sure to ask if something is very sweet before I eat it, also it gives me a little more motivation to avoid the sweets at my parents' house.

                              I have to say though, the restaurant was seriously top notch. I'm usually pretty hard to impress at a restaurant, since I cook a lot of crazy things and usually feel I can make a dish better (and cheaper lol) at home. So for a restaurant to impress me, it has to serve me something that I've never eaten before. The tea definitely did this for me. Same with Eck's amazing curry he had. Plus the portions were quite generous! Just lots of great flavours. Would love to go back and try more stuff!

                              Really, really great night! Thanks Ecks! You're definitely my kind of company!
                              Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

                              Current Primal Journal
                              My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
                              Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!

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