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  • #16
    What a weekend!

    Saturday...

    B: Kick-ass 2-minute coconut bread (I added lemon juice and lemon zest to the base recipe) with a diced-up apple cooked in butter and cinnamon, all topped with home-made coconut cream.
    S: Sort- serve ice cream... in a cone.... whoops!
    D: Omelet, a ton of veggies, bacon, and avocado. On the side I had a chocolate shake made with 1/2 avocado, 1/3 frozen banana, home-made coconut milk, a couple of ice cubes, a bit of cinnamon, and a sprinkling of coconut powder. Lots of water throughout the rest of the night.
    Exercise: A long-ass 14-mile bike ride followed by lots of standing (at the Red Bull Cliff-Diving World Series!). I also had to carry my bike up and down 20+ steps. Twice.

    Sunday...
    B: Irish Breakfast at our local greasy spoon diner. Iced coffee.
    S: Coconut chips, macadamia nuts.
    D: Another 2-minute coconut bread, this time with parsley and garlic powder in the batter, served with home-made faux hummus and half an avocado that was about a day away from being too brown for my liking. Some more macadamia nuts and tons of water afterwards.
    Exercise: A "Four Essential Movements" progression.

    I'm thinking I may have screwed up my progress in the 21-Day Sugar Detox I'm doing, thanks to the ice cream. I felt like shit after the Saturday bike ride, as Sunday morning involved 3 potty trips in the span of 20 minutes. Ugh.

    TMI? Whoopsie daisy!
    >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
    >> Goal (by 1 Jan 2014): 90% Primal / 135-ish pounds / 20-22% BF

    >> Upcoming Fitness Feats: Tough Mudder, June 2013
    >> Check out my super-exciting journal by clicking these words.

    Weight does NOT equal health -- ditch the scale, don't be a slave to it!

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    • #17
      Hey, just cruised through your journal, looks like good stuff. For tough-mudder-esque things, how essential is running? I'm not a runner, I HATE running, but I'd really like to do TM or Warrior Dash or something like that. Next year would be awesome, but at this rate of barely exercising (some kettlebell and body weight stuff at home, biking 2x weekly), I'm not sure how feasible that would be. Upper-body strength is also a really weak spot for me.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
        Hey, just cruised through your journal, looks like good stuff. For tough-mudder-esque things, how essential is running? I'm not a runner, I HATE running, but I'd really like to do TM or Warrior Dash or something like that. Next year would be awesome, but at this rate of barely exercising (some kettlebell and body weight stuff at home, biking 2x weekly), I'm not sure how feasible that would be. Upper-body strength is also a really weak spot for me.
        With Warrior Dash, Mudathlon, Mud Run, and other shorter (5k-ish) mud runs, running skills aren't really necessary. If you can run a 5k straight, that's fine and dandy, but the obstacles break everything up to very, very short runs. I think the longest continuous time I ran during my Mudathlon last year was 2 minutes.

        For the longer 10k-ish mud runs (Tough Mudder, etc.) running skills are somewhat needed. On the Tough Mudder site, they say they recommend folks be able to run at least a 5k distance without stopping. If you hate running, give the Couch-to-5k running plan a try, as it's a really easy way to build up running endurance. That's how I started running, even though I'm not one of those folks that lives to run. (I haven't gone running in over a week, except for one afternoon where I did sprints!)

        I also have very little upper body strength, so I can totally sympathize with you on that! I used to never be able to do more than 2 or 3 knee/modified push-ups and now I can do about 20 or so (and almost do one full "real" push-up... go me!). So, although I'm leaps and bounds better than I was years ago, my upper body is definitely the weakest part of me. I'm working on that so I can have a fighting chance of pulling myself up some of the obstacles.

        But, with all of the mud races, people help you out along the way. I ran the Mudathlon alone and there were plenty of people along the way helping me out: giving me a boost to get over a 10-foot high wall, pulling me over a huge haybale, shoving me up a muddy hill... you get the idea. So, it's definitely a goal to be able to maybe do the monkey bars (I basically hung for 3 seconds and fell when I tried those last year) but I'm not stressing out about the strength stuff. The point of these things is to raise money and have fun! So, don't be too scared of it. Give it a try!
        >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
        >> Goal (by 1 Jan 2014): 90% Primal / 135-ish pounds / 20-22% BF

        >> Upcoming Fitness Feats: Tough Mudder, June 2013
        >> Check out my super-exciting journal by clicking these words.

        Weight does NOT equal health -- ditch the scale, don't be a slave to it!

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        • #19
          Monday...

          B: Coconut milk, handful of macadamia nuts.
          L: Sausage, eggplant, bell pepper, apple.
          D: Sausages, bell peppers, broccoli, zucchini, handful or two of coconut chips, a few macadamia nuts.
          Exercise: None.

          Yesterday...

          B: Sausage, eggplant, bell pepper, apple.
          S: Pistachios, coconut chips.
          D: 2-minute coconut bread, bacon, handful of coconut chips.
          Exercise: Primal Movements Progression -- looks like I can advance to knee push-ups and one-legged assisted pull-ups! Go me!

          As a result of a lot of thought about how my body is feeling and inquiring on the forums, I've made an appointment next week to see a Naturopathic Doctor in my area. She's having me fill out a food log in the meantime, including bowel movements (how often, how it feels, and all sorts of gross stuff) and my mood/emotion. I'm excited!

          I have been having some annoying GI/BM issues and I honestly think it's because of my sudden affection for coconut. I've been eating handfuls of coconut chips daily and I think it's shocking my body. I've read throughout the forums that too much coconut too quickly can cause diarrhea, nausea, etc. so I think I need to... unfortunately... restrict my coconut intake, for now. But, we'll see what the doc says!
          >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
          >> Goal (by 1 Jan 2014): 90% Primal / 135-ish pounds / 20-22% BF

          >> Upcoming Fitness Feats: Tough Mudder, June 2013
          >> Check out my super-exciting journal by clicking these words.

          Weight does NOT equal health -- ditch the scale, don't be a slave to it!

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          • #20
            I've had that issue with coconut oil, it once made me sick to my stomach and get diarrhea...at the same time . Check out gutsense.org for more information than you ever thought you wanted to know on poop! It's my new favorite site. I hope the ND works out for you!
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            • #21
              If it isn't the coconut, it might be the nightshades--looks like you like the eggplant and peppers. Some people (like my mom) don't tolerate them well, and there was a thread about them here someplace.

              I was having some joint pain and had been having a lot of salsa and tomatoes (out of the garden!), and thought that might be it. In the end I think the joint pain was a symptom of a cold I was coming down with, not the nightshades (hope so, since I do love the salsa...). Anyway, good luck with your GI!

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              • #22
                Whew! Long weekend is over, which is sad, but I had a blast camping and finishing my 21-Day Sugar Detox!

                I don't want to go through what I ate for each meal, but with all of the activities we did camping for 2 nights, we earned every last hot dog, sausage, and marshmallow! Speaking of which...

                Yes, I had marshmallows. For shame! Nah, not really. I bought locally-made marshmallows that have nothing but simple ingredients: cane sugar, gelatin, real vanilla. Booya. I had four the first night and seven the second night... roasted over an open fire... and I savored every ooey gooey second! To balance things out, I did roast eggplant and peppers, so nutrition was still on my mind!

                The boy and I hiked for about 5 hilly, hilly miles, dodging mosquitos and spider webs through the deep woods and riverbed. We tried to go mountain biking, but it began to rain soonafter we left our camp and it was way too slick for us to tackle the rocky hills safely. Unfortunately, pushing our bikes back took about 35 minutes... in the pouring rain... and it was hilly, wet, rocky, and slippery. Our legs were KILLING us afterwards! As I already said, we definitely deserved our meals!
                >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
                >> Goal (by 1 Jan 2014): 90% Primal / 135-ish pounds / 20-22% BF

                >> Upcoming Fitness Feats: Tough Mudder, June 2013
                >> Check out my super-exciting journal by clicking these words.

                Weight does NOT equal health -- ditch the scale, don't be a slave to it!

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                • #23
                  Oh hey, you did the 21DSD. Did you buy the book? I'm looking for any way to keep sugar out of my life at this point. I just keep going back to it, and it always messes me up.
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                    Oh hey, you did the 21DSD. Did you buy the book? I'm looking for any way to keep sugar out of my life at this point. I just keep going back to it, and it always messes me up.
                    Yep, and I did purchase the program/e-book. Check out my blog ([blank] this | eat, bake, knit, try, DO!) after 12pm Eastern for my final review of the program, chock full of my experiences. You can also find my first and second week updates there, too.

                    In a nutshell: I'll never do it again, as I saw more annoyances and pain than benefits. In fact, I saw no benefits from it at all. But, I may just have a squeaky clean system that can handle sugar more than those who have had life-altering improvements as a result of the detox. Hopefully you'll be one of them! Give it a try.
                    >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
                    >> Goal (by 1 Jan 2014): 90% Primal / 135-ish pounds / 20-22% BF

                    >> Upcoming Fitness Feats: Tough Mudder, June 2013
                    >> Check out my super-exciting journal by clicking these words.

                    Weight does NOT equal health -- ditch the scale, don't be a slave to it!

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                    • #25
                      Yesterday...

                      B: Smoothie (coconut milk, 1/2 banana, almond butter, cocoa powder, ice, water)
                      L: Thai (coconut chicken soup... which has some much cooler name in Thai... plus some kind of yummy beef/peppers/onions dish)
                      D: Rice-less sushi + ice cream for a snack

                      Exercise: none, unless you consider winding down on the sofa watching Master Chef and Hell's Kitchen as "exercise".

                      Last night I saw a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) for the first time. She had me fill out a health history questionnarie thing last week and to keep a food diary for the past 6 days. After going through everything, she said that I am "basically a poster child for how to maintain weight-loss", regarding how in the past 2 years I've basically maintained my 35-ish pound weight-loss, give or take 5 pounds. She was really curious about the 21-Day Sugar Detox, so I told her more about it. She said based on the GI/bowel/etc. discomfort I had nearly throughout it, that I have something called dysbiosis.

                      She said that my health and physique are great (my jiggly thighs don't believe the latter at all, but thanks, doc!) but this dysbiosis is affecting my small intestine and is putting me borderline to IBS. She said that by cutting out the sugar during my detox, I was definitely starving the harmful bacteria... which is good... but what isn't good is that I wasn't feeding the good bacteria that should replace the bad. (And when I reintroduced fruit after the detox, my tummy/GI issues completely reversed back to normal. The ND said that this was because the dying/dead bacteria were like, "YES! YOU'RE FEEDING US AGAIN!" and stopped reeking havoc.)

                      She said that although my heritages are not prone to gluten/wheat intolerance or food allergies in general (yay for being Russan and Puerto Rican... I guess...!) there is one thing that has made me susceptible to dysbiosis: the fact that I had strep throat, sinusitis, tonsillitis, and ear infections multiple times a year for the first 18 years of my life or so. Apparently because I took steroidal medication nearly on a bi-monthly basis because of these ailments, I was pretty much destined to get dysbiosis.

                      It's funny because many folks in the forums were telling me to eat more fermented foods, take a couple of spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar in water before meals, and to eat more yogurt/kefir... and that's exactly what the doc told me to do! She also e-mailed me links on Amazon for a probiotic that she said has worked for the vast majority of her patients with dysbiosis; when it is shipped to me, I will take the probiotics in the evening. She also told me that what works even better than the apple cider vinegar before meals is a peppermint & oregano oil supplement, which should arrive at the same time as the probiotic supplement.

                      She seemed very confident that I would feel fantastic almost immediately upon taking these supplements. Looking at my food diary, she also commended me for not "eating junk" and that it was obvious that I enjoyed cooking, which is good (duh).

                      It was a very strange, new, and interesting appointment and I'm happy with the results. Next up: finding an MD so I can get a full physical including blood work. I'm excited to finally see what my cholesterol panel is for the first time since being primal[-ish].
                      >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
                      >> Goal (by 1 Jan 2014): 90% Primal / 135-ish pounds / 20-22% BF

                      >> Upcoming Fitness Feats: Tough Mudder, June 2013
                      >> Check out my super-exciting journal by clicking these words.

                      Weight does NOT equal health -- ditch the scale, don't be a slave to it!

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                      • #26
                        Yesterday...

                        B: Smoothie (coconut milk, 1/2 banana, cocoa, almond butter, cinnamon)
                        L: Greek deli take-out (grilled shrimp, grilled zucchini, feta/avocado/onion/tomato salad, marinated cauliflower)
                        D: Grilled chicken and a sweet potato. Dried mango slices soonafter, along with seltzer for refreshment!

                        I'm noticing that I love love love seltzer now. I used to hate it as a kid, because I remember it was the only drink besides milk and orange juice that my late grandmother would have in her apartment. I hated drinking it, but she served it with lunch and dinner for me. Now I absolutely adore seltzer - flavored and plain. Sometimes I flavor it myself. I even created a paleo/primal-friendly "egg cream" in my blog. All Dressed Up | [blank] this

                        Okay, no more shameless plugs... for now...
                        >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
                        >> Goal (by 1 Jan 2014): 90% Primal / 135-ish pounds / 20-22% BF

                        >> Upcoming Fitness Feats: Tough Mudder, June 2013
                        >> Check out my super-exciting journal by clicking these words.

                        Weight does NOT equal health -- ditch the scale, don't be a slave to it!

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                        • #27
                          I am reading aalllll about dysbiosis in Fiber Menace right now. Am I weird for finding it super interesting? It details how your digestive system works, to start, and common causes for digestive issues, and how fiber is super evil etc. It's great. I believe I am also struggling from dysbiosis, made worse recently from antibiotics. I am low-fiber and low-sugar, except I'm eating yogurt regularly, and supplementing Acidophilus twice a day. What's the probiotic she's having you take? I should get myself to a naturopathic doctor someday.

                          Following your blorg, btw, I'll try to comment occasionally.
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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                            I am reading aalllll about dysbiosis in Fiber Menace right now. Am I weird for finding it super interesting? It details how your digestive system works, to start, and common causes for digestive issues, and how fiber is super evil etc. It's great. I believe I am also struggling from dysbiosis, made worse recently from antibiotics. I am low-fiber and low-sugar, except I'm eating yogurt regularly, and supplementing Acidophilus twice a day. What's the probiotic she's having you take? I should get myself to a naturopathic doctor someday.

                            Following your blorg, btw, I'll try to comment occasionally.
                            Thanks for following my blog!

                            The probiotic my ND recommended is 4 capsules of this to be taken in the evening: Amazon.com: HMF Forte: Health & Personal Care

                            For the dysbiosis (and getting rid of post-meal bloating) she recommended this to be taken 20 minutes before my main meals: Amazon.com: Natural Factors Peppermint and Oregano Oil Softgels, 60-Count: Health & Personal Care

                            I placed orders for 120 capsules of each because they're cheaper online than in my local natural foods and health stores.

                            I'm very interested in what antibiotics actually do to cause dysbiosis. My ND mentioned something about liver damage, as I took Accutane products for 3 years. Despite my weekly bloodwork coming back fine throughout those years, my ND said that there could still be issues with my liver because of it, especially since I was also on antibiotics so frequently as a kid. This, she said, would also be the cause of my bloating (rather than nuts, which is what I thought was causing it... despite it not disappearing since decreasing my nut intake). I wonder what exactly the antibiotics + other meds do to cause such havoc to our digestion?
                            >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
                            >> Goal (by 1 Jan 2014): 90% Primal / 135-ish pounds / 20-22% BF

                            >> Upcoming Fitness Feats: Tough Mudder, June 2013
                            >> Check out my super-exciting journal by clicking these words.

                            Weight does NOT equal health -- ditch the scale, don't be a slave to it!

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                            • #29
                              Antibiotics destroy your intestinal flora. Not having any means you can't really process anything, so you get IBS and all other lovely digestive issues. Poop is mostly the result of bacteria, not fiber or water. At least, that's what Fiber Menace seems to be teaching me. I don't think I was on antibiotics THAT much, but I must just be a delicate flower. Or maybe the anti-depressants I was on and off of for 8 years did something.
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                              • #30
                                Holy crap. Did you see Mark's post today? Is Candida a Real Health Problem? | Mark's Daily Apple

                                Couldn't be more appropriate regarding our discussion!!
                                >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
                                >> Goal (by 1 Jan 2014): 90% Primal / 135-ish pounds / 20-22% BF

                                >> Upcoming Fitness Feats: Tough Mudder, June 2013
                                >> Check out my super-exciting journal by clicking these words.

                                Weight does NOT equal health -- ditch the scale, don't be a slave to it!

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