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    Last night at 22:00 CET I completed my first 24 hour fast since I've begun primal living. Done it in the past so I knew pretty much what to expect.

    I started the fast the previous day by eating normally during the day but my last meal was a 3 egg omelette with sweet peppers, shallots, mushroom, pepper, salt and butter (i know not strictly primal, but the taste of butter is sooo good).

    Felt fine all day until noon when I started to get some hunger pangs which I quenched with some more water. Kept drinking water throughout the day and had one cup of coffee at 16:00.

    Lifted about 5 tonnes of iron (squats, bench press and chest dips) before I went home from work and didn't feel too shabby about it.

    Came home and did some chores with my kids and wife, they had already eaten dinner so there was a delicious smell of fishcakes, vegetables and butter in the air. Weird how my sense of smell really get sharpened during fast.

    Got the kids tucked to bed around 20:00, and got some firewood and the stove going. Sat down to read a book (Alastair Reynolds - Revelation Space). Drank around another liter of water before 21 when I started to prepare my first meal in 24 hours.

    At 22:00 I had the best grilled chicken ever with cauliflower mash made with garlic, butter, pepper, salt and parmesan cheese. Ate 3/4ths of the chicken, savoring the fatty bits and really enjoying mopping up the fat with the lesser fatty bit. 1/3 into the meal I dropped fork and knife and went primal eating with my fingers.

    I indulged myself with a 2 squares of 86% chocolate and a handful of pistachios after the meal plus half a liter of water.

    Things I noticed:
    1) I got a little bit more annoyed with people around me as more hungry I got - need to work on that.
    2) Sense of smell improved
    3) Drink lots of water - both to keep the fat burning in progress, and to keep ketone breath at bay
    4) Don't eat so much in the first setting after a fast. I felt really bloated after.

    All in all a very successful 24 hour fast. I am probably fully fat-adapted since I've been about 90-95% since january, and started eating LCHF in august 2009. Had a short lapse in the beginning of December when I was admitted to the hospital with a burst appendix. Nothing I'd want my worst enemy to have, btw - excruciating pain. Something that would have killed Grok for sure. Yay! for modern medicine. Except for the glucose I was pumped full of during the stay - talk about sugar rush! Woah!
    Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

    My journal

    I see grain people...

    Exist in shadow, drifting away.

  • #2
    Congrats on the fast completion! I was fine with my first one the other day, then the last two hours hit, and I was having a hard time! Kinda strange how I'm starting to think about my next fast. Hmmmmm

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    • #3
      Log entry #1

      Basics
      Slept for approximately 8 hours, woke up once because one of the kids had a bad dream.

      Training
      Chest dips 3 x 10 @100 kg
      Push ups 3 x 20 bodyweight
      Squats 3 x 10 x 36 kg - probably did them too fast, got a small stinging pain in my right knee. Passed today.

      Supplements
      Superba Krill Oil
      Kelp
      Multivitamin

      Diet
      2400 kcal/ 98g protein / 220g fat / 15g karbohydrates
      1 cup of coffee / 3,5 litre water.

      Random Thoughts
      Feeling good, but need to remind myself to stand at work more often and try not slouch at the desk. Snow is starting to melt, so no more cross country skiing this year. Time to bring out the bicycle and start preparing for bare roads and trekking into the forest.
      Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

      My journal

      I see grain people...

      Exist in shadow, drifting away.

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      • #4
        Basics
        Didn't sleep well tonight. Woke up a lot and was terribly dry in my mouth. I've had problems with my sinuses and this morning, well - I'll spare you the details because it was gross. Felt a lot better afterwards though. Still a little obstructed in my left nostril. I hope it will clear up during the day.

        Training
        Going for a slow walk down to a stream later and see if I can spot some trout. Hope to catch some later this year.

        Supplements
        Superbra Krill Oil - 1000 mg
        Kelp
        Multivitamin

        Diet
        Didn't eat much yesterday, 2 eggs omelette, some nuts, one apple and 200 grams of salmon with broccoli. Had lots of water though.

        Random Thoughts
        I think I have cabin fever. Annoyed with kids and wife a lot of the time. Need to get out, and away from the house by myself for a couple of hours. I wish I could get my wife and kids over to primal as well. The have all the characteristics of high and low blood sugar roller coaster. I cooked eggs for my kids this morning, but my wife had them eat bread with salami, melted cheese and ketchup. :/ Much to my dismay I might add. I'll save the eggs for myself until later.

        I made some energy muffins by melting cocoa and coconut oil (with water bath) adding chopped almonds and walnuts. Put everything in muffin forms and into the fridge to cool off.
        Last edited by Sungrazer; 04-02-2010, 01:56 AM.
        Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

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        Exist in shadow, drifting away.

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        • #5
          It is tough when you can't get the other family members on your side. Since I'm the primary cook, there's no pasta or rice anymore. But I can't get them to stop eating bread with sandwiches instead of finding an alternative.

          Hope you got away for a bit!
          Even if you fall flat on your face, at least you're moving forward!

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          • #6
            jrherring: thanks - I did manage to get a little away. Felt a lot better. The gym I am frequenting is closed for Easter so I don't have that option now. Need to use my imagination instead. So yesterday I filled two used 5 litre cans of window washer liquid for cars with water and used them as kettle bells. Handle was a bit small so I had to use them single handedly. Could have been a little heavier though. I usually toss around 16 and 24 kg kettle bells.

            Basic
            Got a decent amount of sleep, but woke up several times during the night because of clogged nose. It's strange. I had half an apple leftover from my kids and it seems like every time I eat something with more carbs than I am used to my sinuses act up.

            Training
            Since the gym is closed I am doing bodyweight exercises push-ups, sit-ups, planks, squats and pull-ups. Going for a slow walk later.

            Supplements
            Superbra Krilloil
            Kelp
            Multivitamin

            Diet
            IF for breakfast
            Had some grilled pork for dinner, and 6 strips of bacon and 2 eggs for supper. I also made some energy muffins out of 4 squares of 86% cocoa, 2 dl of cocosa a handful of nuts and almonds which I chopped up. I then melted the cocoa and cocosa over a waterbath and used paper muffin forms to hold the nuts and meltet cocosa / cocoa. Into the fridge too cool and one hour later delicious "muffins". I made four and had all during the day.

            Random Thoughs
            Wish spring would be here soon. There is so much I want to do around the house and that needs to be done. Snowed yesterday and tonight. Freezing today.
            Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

            My journal

            I see grain people...

            Exist in shadow, drifting away.

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            • #7
              Hang in there, bro.. spring is coming! Good luck with the fever, I hope it passes soon!

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              • #8
                Sungrazer, congrats on the IF, and thanks for starting a journal! Hunger is the best sauce, eh? I've started really looking forward to fasting for this reason. It's the only way on earth to make bacon taste even better.

                What a drag that your family doesn't get it yet. But they will, I am sure, as your transformation progresses.

                Spring is already here, so I hope the weather lightens up for you soon! In the meantime, there's always snow shoveling...

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                • #9
                  Timothy, hunger really is the best chef. My wife is starting to get into it, but not fully. Not willing to let those snacks go and she almost has a mortal fear of eating meat. :S Fish she can do, chicken to a certain degree, but not beef and other delicious meats. Oh, well. My youngest daughter I am sure would be a carnivore given the chance, my oldest daughter is under heavy "cultural" influence - towards CW. They are aged 4 and 6 respectively.

                  Basic
                  Sleept decently well tonight, sinuses clearing up. Been massively tired lately so I am glad I got about 7 hours sleep.

                  Training
                  Nothing today, relax day. Unless you call flying r/c helicopters training. Going to the RC field to clock some hours.

                  Supplements
                  Superba Krill Oil
                  Kelp
                  Multivitamin

                  Diet
                  B: IF
                  L: 2 egg and 6 strips of bacon
                  D: home made meatballs with cauliflower mash. Excellent stuff.

                  Random Thoughts
                  Wife and kids out of the house, been cleaning the dishes and fixing the cat toilet. Going to the airfield and fly my r/c helicopter for the first time this year. Excellent way to relax your mind. Think of anything else than keep that thing flying and it goes smack into the ground.
                  Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

                  My journal

                  I see grain people...

                  Exist in shadow, drifting away.

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                  • #10
                    Basic
                    Slept fairly well, woke up relaxed and fit for a new day.

                    Training
                    Started with the Stronglift 5 x 5 program today. Did program A with squats (5 x 5 x 20 kg), bench press (5 x 5 x 20 kg), Inverted Rows (3 x F), Push Ups (3 x F) and finally Reverse Crunch (3 x 12). Warmed up with 2000m on a rowing machine.

                    Diet
                    3 eggs with 6 strips of bacon for breakfast. 3 eggs and salted meat for late lunch. I guess supper will be IF today.

                    Supplements
                    Superba krill oil
                    Kelp
                    Multivitamin

                    Random Thoughts
                    Felt good to work out to day, didn't take long, but it was a goal oriented workout and good to finally have a plan behind my workouts. Have started to toy with the idea of making a home gym in my garage. I have the room and just need a basic set of equipment. Must look into it.
                    Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

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                    I see grain people...

                    Exist in shadow, drifting away.

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                    • #11
                      Morning Sun! I had a bit of a carb- sugar "binge" this past weekend.. and I paid for it.. my stomach is just now getting back to normal.. I was bloated and gassy all day yesterday. Back on my PB!!! Glad to see that you are doing well.

                      Bulltar out

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                      • #12
                        Yeah - I know that feeling. Been there done that - don't want to do it again. I am reacting very badly to grains now. Just a tiny amount and I feel like sheite.
                        Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

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                        • #13
                          Ugh, as I was foraging for food today I found an olive tree and some garlic cloves, so I had some olives filled with garlic plus there was also some bees nest with lots of honey in it in the olive tree...

                          In short: I had 10 - 12 olives filled with garlic, and some small glucose candy stuff (not sure what the english name for is, but it's mainly glucose syrup and E additives).

                          Morale of the story - don't go foraging when you're really hungry. Anyhow, didn't even have enough to get that tingling sensation of a sugar rush. Phew! Managed to stop myself in time.

                          Brought home a whole chicken and two dozen eggs, so dinner is secured.

                          B: 3 eggs, easy over - cooked with butter
                          L: Beef stew - pleasant suprise at work
                          Snack: glucose and Es - 12 olives with garlic
                          D: One whole grilled chicken
                          Snack: a handful of pistachio

                          Sum for today: approx 2000 kcal/ 170g protein / 114 g fat/ 60 g carbohydrates. Going to take a couple of dinner spoons of cocosa later to up the fat to around 180 g.

                          No training today - relax day. Doing set B of Stronglift 5 x 5 tomorrow morning

                          Don't know why, but I've been having cravings lately. I think it is because I haven't had enough fat in my diet lately. I have also been drinking less water than I normally do. Ah, well - tomorrow is another day.
                          Last edited by Sungrazer; 04-06-2010, 11:58 AM. Reason: added meals and workout
                          Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

                          My journal

                          I see grain people...

                          Exist in shadow, drifting away.

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                          • #14
                            Indeed! Hope your hump day is going well!

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                            • #15
                              Coach81: It went well, thanks for asking.

                              Basic
                              Slept well, but had to get up early in the morning so I didn't feel as rested as I should.

                              Training
                              Stronglift 5 x 5 B today. Jogged and sprinted for 10 minutes as a warmup. Glad to have a program to follow. Done 2 sessions this week already, and next is friday. The next week I'll be adding 2,5 kgs to the bar.

                              Supplements
                              Superbra Krill Oil
                              Kelp
                              Multivitamin

                              Diet
                              Breakfast: IF
                              Lunch: Pretty much IF as well, but had one egg, a piece of ham, some vegetables and blue cheese. Got asked if I wasn't going to have bread with the lunch. To which I replied no. The look of bewilderness on the face of the cashier was priceless.
                              Dinnner was 3 eggs easy over with 5 strips of bacon. Love those eggs and bacon.

                              Random Thoughts
                              Been thinking about switching jobs lately. I am getting more and more restless with the direction my work is taking me, and I really don't like it. Getting bored at work is probably the most horrible thing that can happen for me. I feel like my brain is wilting away with the lack of mental challenge.
                              Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

                              My journal

                              I see grain people...

                              Exist in shadow, drifting away.

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