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  • because of my cat ! - artys primal journal

    So I am a new member to the forum – hello to everyone /anyone who reads this journal.

    I am 52 , female 5’4’’ and weighing 163lbs . My cat is my inspiration for starting to eat this way , yes really !!

    I have struggled with my weight since about 8 years of age, for some reason at that age I became really tubby unlike my other siblings who never seemed to put on any weight no matter what they ate, my sister was always really skinny -and our Mum fed us a very healthy diet of fresh food - no fast food at all and if we had fizzy drinks it was only on birthdays and very little fried food or chips .

    my weight always made me miserable and I have spent most of my adult life on some kind of diet or another, I always watch what I eat, I have a healthy diet (or so I thought ) , preparing all our meals from fresh ingredients, including organic meat, and fruit and veg from a veg box scheme so mostly organic and seasonal , I love cooking and baking and had been making all our bread at home using sourdough .

    over the years at times I have lost weight but never could not keep it off – it went back on and then a bit more for good measure !

    In the past 10 – 15 years or so I became a gym hostage , serial dieter and jogger but exercise always just made me really hungry , still does ! and even at my very fittest and slimmest (not v slim either as I have a large frame !) I was at least 10lbs over weight and now thats spiraled up to 24lbs. I just cannot shift the weight and its getting more and more difficult - I up'd my exercise to such a degree that last year I injured my knee quite badly and have not been able to go running since ...

    I was so worried when I couldn't run that I decided to try Atkins even though I thought it wasn't a v healthy way of eating . I did loose some weight but really really missed my fruit and veg so fell off that wagon early this year.

    So back to the cat ….

    - we have 3 cats, all rescues. One (the most elderly ) got diabetes last year and we discovered through research on the internet that eating carbs for a carnivore is bad bad news and a cats pancreas can recover if put on the right diet (yeah you guessed it low carb !!) and the right doses of insulin ...up to that point our cats all ate the usual fare of canned and dried food both of which are v high in carbs.

    So radical changes in their diet to low carb cat food (only available in the UK on the internet ) . Over the year the cats lost all the extra weight, and went into remission from diabetes - my friends used to joke about my fat cats ...but not anymore...and it made me think !

    In the meantime I came across a book called Why We get Fat and What to do About it – by Gary Taubes. I was really fascinated , so much of what he was saying made sense to me – I could see what had happened to our cats eating carbs – anyhow the upshot was that it led me here. I am so impressed with the info, MDA and website , I have read all the freebies so far and will get the book too.

    I am hoping that at last I have understood some of what my body needs and why I have struggled so much over the years even if its taken all this time. I want my goals to be really achievable so initially I am aiming for loss of 7 lbs . The last time I tracked myself this carefully over an 8 week period I lost just 3 lbs counting calories, working out 3 x weekly burning 4-500 cals per workout, plus being pretty active most other days …it was just so depressing and I felt absolutely hopeless to change what was happening to my body .

    I started eating primally on June 27th but didn’t weigh myself until today, but got up courage since my jeans already feel looser and I can see that my bloated tum is looking much trimmer so I am starting at 163lbs and would like to get to 156lb. I will only be weighing myself once pw

    ….and so far today I ate

    B poached egg, handful rocket, 1 tomato, 2 slices bacon, 2 espresso , semi skim milk

    L salad of lettuce, celery, carrot, apple, red onion, chicken 1 tbsp homemade mayo, water , cup of tea with milk

    D gazpatcho (home made), scallops with baked sweet potato, sauce made with cream, shallot, parsley (yum !) 2 gls red wine

    snacks - goat cheddar, green seedless grapes, 1 tsp almond nut butter

    so its been an ok day was so full couldn't finish my sweet potato ! went for a nice walk and was feeling v hungry when I got home slight carb cravings but seem to be ok after above snacks ...
    Last edited by artyscat; 07-10-2012, 11:36 PM.
    My Primal Journal :http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60751.html

  • #2
    great first journal cat lover here too -- we've got 1 tubby one and 2 skinny ones. Sounds like a nice diet plan today so far, not thought about having rocket and tomato with breakfasts, so thanks for the idea! good luck and hope you get your results soon

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    • #3
      Hi Tachi ! wow thats so nice ...thanks for reading my post , glad to hear from another cat lover too ....the rocket works really well with a poached egg I thought - just a drizzle of olive oil too

      enjoy !
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      • #4
        Hello and welcome! When I read your opening post I was laughing and nodding my head as there are so many similarities between us and even how we ended up here. A cat and a goat featured prominently in my conversion to primal. Your post is making me rethink my cats's diet once again - I have tried to feed them healthier food but haven't been successful.

        I read the Taubes book just a couple of months ago. As soon as I finished it I turned back to page one and read it again. He explains things I have wondered about my whole life. What an excellent writer he is.

        I look forward to following your journey, please keep up the great posts!
        My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

        “"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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        • #5
          hi Siobhan ! thanks for your post - I had a look at your journal too what a great read it is - really love your story about your cats ! and stopping dry food is pretty much 60% of the battle I think to get them eating healthily , it does take a while for them to adapt ...I have found that mine just adore raw liver chick or beef...and I buy a cat food with less than 10% carbs...

          thanks for following
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          • #6
            So you feed only canned or wet food? I have thought about that, but of course my mindset is still CW when it comes to my cats. I need to change that thinking. Everyone (who is everyone, anyway?) says they need the kibble for their teeth, which actually makes no sense to me - it is just shatters and doesn't do any teeth cleaning. Seems to me that knawing on meat would clean their teeth nicely. And not feeding them corn would help also. Corn is horrible for teeth. Okay, now you've got me thinking....
            My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

            “"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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            • #7
              Hi, Cat lover,
              This is for you
              Dansons la capucine - YouTube

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              • #8
                And you may already know Henri -

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M7ibPk37_U
                My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                “"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                • #9
                  Hey Anna5 - I am crying with laughter ....................thats just hilarious and brilliant !! thank you
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                  • #10
                    no I don't know Henri either ...but he's so enigmatic...so very French...

                    but do you both know Simon's cat ?

                    Simon's Cat 'Cat Man Do' - YouTube
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                      Everyone (who is everyone, anyway?) says they need the kibble for their teeth, which actually makes no sense to me - it is just shatters and doesn't do any teeth cleaning. Seems to me that knawing on meat would clean their teeth nicely. And not feeding them corn would help also. Corn is horrible for teeth. Okay, now you've got me thinking....
                      Hi Siobhan ! yes the cats only have wet food now - and its either tinned or I just buy livers at the supermarket but they still need lots of other nutrients so I cannot just feed them raw meat even though they do love it

                      - and too right about those kibbles ..they actually cause the cats to get more tartar on their teeth and a feline dental is tres tres expensive - I have the bills to prove it - yikes !

                      and also that stuff really does give them feline diabetes (FD) and makes them overweight (too many carbs , cats cannot digest carbs at all, even worse than us 'umans !) ..I was just so fed up when I discovered that plus FD is getting seriously common because of all this dried food thats being pushed..its often coated in really tasty cat num num junk that manufacturers discovered that cats cannot resist ...cheeky lot they are
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                      • #12
                        b almond pancakes, strawberries, 1 tbsp maple syrup - I was really hungry probably shouldnt have had the maple syrup - seems I have more of a sugar thing than I realise perhaps
                        L salad of lettuce, celery, carrot, apple, red onion, chicken 1 tbsp homemade mayo, water , cup of tea with milk
                        d lamb steak, broccoli, carrots
                        snacks walnuts, almonds, camembert cheese
                        Last edited by artyscat; 07-12-2012, 09:59 AM.
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                        • #13
                          I adore Simon's Cat - brilliant stuff. I watch these vids when I need cheering up.

                          This is probably inappropriate for me to say, but I think you need more fat in your diet. Instead of sugary stuff, put fat on your food. Okay, I will shut up now. (But I'm a big believer in fat.)

                          Tomorrow I will have rocket, tomato, and an egg for breakfast. (We call it arugula on this side of the Pond, but I like rocket better.)
                          My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                          “"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                          • #14
                            with a trickle of olive oil ...really yum ! have a go ...
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                            • #15
                              well Henri is a new intro for me and made me laugh too ! thanks for the tip on fat will give that a go I have been finding myself feeling really hungry mid afternoon so maybe thats why - any suggestions as to what to eat - I have been have some cheese , ( (think I may not have logged these snacks ) but put in yesterdays so let me know what you think its useful to get other ideas/opinions -thanks !
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