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  • OMG it all makes sense! Primal Journal.

    Love this site and I love, love, love my new way of life.

    I'm now day 22 of being primal, 4kg's lighter and 5 cm's of my waist and three cm's of my thunder thighs.

    My daily breakdown is 70%fat 25%protein 5%carbs and my body appears to be very happy with this approach. Very hard getting the old head round the full fat. I never ever imagined in my life I would have beef lard and ghee in my fridge. The other day I was in the supermarket and pulled out the duck fat and told my husband "you need to cook your eggs in this every morning." He laughed a. because it was something he never thought he would hear from me and b. the woman standing next to us looked quite disapproving. Him and I are not on the thin side ... yet.

    I'm 42 in february and I have solidly gained weight for the last 6 years and would like to arrive back at my wedding day weight of 58kg, that was 9 years ago. I am 5'1" so a wee shorty, like a round ball, round bum, round face, round everything.

    I am now completely grain and wheat free. Benefits I have noticed so far are

    Energy, so much so that I am on the go until I pop my head on the pillow and I wake up an hour earlier now too.
    No raging hunger anymore, just a gentle tugging that says to refuel. In fact I have stopped eating breakfast till 10am or later sometimes.
    Mood is stabilised, I'm more calm and so much happier. Sometimes I feel high with the joy I feel. Weird, I know!
    My skin and nails are fabulous.
    All bloatedness has left my face and eyes, I actually look younger and fresher.
    Hardly any plaque on my teeth and my gums feel healthier.
    My hayfever has disappeared.
    My undies are getting looser.

    I have not once been tempted to return to the carb side. Even when making my kids lunches. Even when cakes are bought into the house. Because I know the sugar and wheat is poison to my body. Plus also reading Primal Mind, Primal Body has cemented the knowledge of what it was doing to my poor body. Now to turn around the harm done and become healthy.

    Today I weigh 71.3 kg, weigh in day is thursday.
    start 18 Oct 2012 75'ish kg

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    Yay Edcat. Good for you.
    I have been primal for 2 years and will never go back to my old ways. My whole family feel great living like this.
    I have been noticing more and more articles on paleo/primal here in Oz. I feel like it is finally catching on.

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    • #3
      I think as we appear healthier and they see what we are doing then it will slowly catch on within our families.
      I haven't told anyone except for my husband (who is now week 2 into this) about my new way of living. If people genuinely seem interested then I will tell them. I work one night a week as a RN and am dreading any of the Dr's quizzing me on my weight loss. I'm not very good at debating and I know the horror they will show if I tell them. It's almost like having a dirty little secret. Except our secret is saving our lives!
      Sigzephyr how much has your body changed in the two years of you doing this?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Edcat View Post
        I work one night a week as a RN and am dreading any of the Dr's quizzing me on my weight loss. I'm not very good at debating and I know the horror they will show if I tell them.
        You could just say you decided to eat healthier (which is true) and if they ask further that you mainly eat real food like meat and veges (also true).

        I suppose you could mention ditching fake foods like margarine, no need to say you have replaced it with lard, lol.

        Congrats on your progress to date, good work. And I'm so pleased your husband is on board too.
        Annie Ups the Ante
        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Edcat View Post
          I think as we appear healthier and they see what we are doing then it will slowly catch on within our families.
          I haven't told anyone except for my husband (who is now week 2 into this) about my new way of living. If people genuinely seem interested then I will tell them. I work one night a week as a RN and am dreading any of the Dr's quizzing me on my weight loss. I'm not very good at debating and I know the horror they will show if I tell them. It's almost like having a dirty little secret. Except our secret is saving our lives!
          Sigzephyr how much has your body changed in the two years of you doing this?
          We have all lost weight. I went from 72 kgs to 58 kgs. I was married 22 years ago and tried my wedding dress on the other day. It is too big for me. I weighed about 58 when we got married but I am smaller now. The biggest difference I notice now is I have bad ass muscles and I love them.

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          • #6
            Forgot to mention my husband works at a diabetes and heart research institute and he tells everyone about how we eat. They cannot believe it. But he gets his bloods taken often there and they are always amazed by his results.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by sigzephyr View Post
              Forgot to mention my husband works at a diabetes and heart research institute and he tells everyone about how we eat. They cannot believe it. But he gets his bloods taken often there and they are always amazed by his results.
              Awesome!
              Annie Ups the Ante
              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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              • #8
                Awesome.........I had a big speal to write, but that about sums it up. amazing that you made a life choice, and 1 are sticking to it, and 2 enjoying it (regardless of results). its amazing your hubby is supporting you and more than that, is doing it to. Amazing you have goals and are well on your way to meeting them and smashing them to bits. So to recap .... Awesome.

                Richard
                It isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out....Its the grain of sand in your shoe.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the replies and views!

                  I work once a week on a surgical ward, sometimes as the paed's nurse if any munchkins in. Last night I had dinner, a beef mince and bacon sauce with homemade tomato pasta sauce and slim paster noodles with yummy parmesan cheese. Delish!

                  On the night shift I drank green tea and about 2am had some nuts and then at 4am had a miso soup. Went home and jumped into bed and slept till 1:15 pm. Still not hungry so had a couple of teas before made myself a two egg omelette cooked in butter with some grated cheddar and smoked salmon on the side at about 2:30pm. Three krill oil capsules and a vitamin D.

                  I had my vit D checked last year and it was 47, the lowest acceptable number was 50. I was concerned because I hang the clothes out in the sun but I was severely deficient. So I immediately put my husband on vit D as he gets up in the dark, comes home in the dark and sits in an office all day. Hate to think what his levels were. Plus until four weeks ago we were eating a low fat diet, all the time getting fatter!!!

                  Today I took my husbands waist measurements and shall be measuring each saturday. His weigh day is today and he was down 1.5 kg. I can even see the beginnings of his cheekbones starting to emerge. He's already handsome but I have a feeling he's going to be downright gorgeous when finished transforming. I have never known him to be slim. On our wedding day I was 58kg and he was about 125kg.

                  Now that I feel I have been enlightened as to what my body needs I have to reign in my frustration when looking through magazines that all have the headings 'flat belly for summer', 'shred two dress sizes in 10 days'. They are all low fat with heaps of grains and wheat. Grrrrr .... note to self, relax it's my journey don't get all evangelical.

                  Tonight I will be eating a scotch fillet steak on the BBQ with garlic butter and a summer salad with boiled eggs, avocados and anchovies, homemade ranch dressing. As it is saturday night, Hubby and I will be sitting down to watch Madmen, we are slowly working our way through the series dvd's, so in love with this show, and we will have few vodkas, which we have straight with an ice cube. Have a local man that makes our vodka, 2 litres for $25, not bad hmmm!

                  SW 75'ish kg oct 18 '12
                  CW 71.3 kg

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                  • #10
                    Had to take Master 6 to a birthday party yesterday. As I don't give him lollies, they are a treat usually doled out by Nan and Pop plus he goes to enough birthday parties. Anyway I really notice his behaviour change and not for the better. He becomes louder (how is that possible!) and more manic and starts to misbehave. I don't want to stop him having a fun childhood or become that weirdo Mum that when his friends visit I pull out the celery and almond butter but I do want to limit his sugar and gluten intake.

                    So today I threw out their usual bread and have researched some recipes for gluten free bread. They are already happy with the switch of almond butter instead of their beloved sanitarium peanut butter. So baby steps and just switch stuff slowly until they find themselves eating primal.

                    I had no trouble saying no to the birthday cake, in fact wasn't hungry. Came home and made pork rashes with a spice rub, the crackling is so good, even the kids love it. It is now nearly 10am and I am still not hungry from last nights dinner. Love this no hunger pains bit. My husband is definitely loosing weight at a great weight his stomach has shrunk so much. Mind you he has a lot to lose.

                    SW 75'ish kg oct 18 '12
                    CW 71.3 kg

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                    • #11
                      Slowly slowly the ol' switcheroo is happening in our house. The kids are thrilled with their new cereal, a gluten free muesli with seeds and quinoa and coconut flakes. The bread is all wheat free now and will start experimenting with baking for their school lunches. Figure if I get them now rather I may be able to set them up positively for the future.
                      I was driving past a local high school the other day and it really hit me how many of the teenagers were over weight. Majority of boys had spare tyres and some obese young ladies. When I was at school you had one maybe two over weight kids. What's going on? It has to be through our grain and carb use and the combined mixture of carbs along with fats.
                      Popped on my yoga pants today, and they were loose! Can't believe it, I may yet end up being svelte like my adored yoga teacher.
                      Excited at my shrinking tummy but have noticed a not so welcome side effect. My belly button is going to look like a wrinkly slit. My last pregnancy was very large and I got two stretch marks around me belly button the day before I went into labour. Wrinkly belly button or not I can't wait to see a mega flat tummy with some six pack definition!

                      Roast lamb tonight with roast veges cooked in dripping, just like when I was wee one.

                      SW 75'ish kg oct 18 '12
                      CW 71.3 kg

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                      • #12
                        Edcat, you are doing so well, especially bringing the family along with you. Great stuff.

                        I know what you mean about our young people, scary isn't it? I am slimmer now than most teenagers (not my own, but they are actually too slender, I can't wait to get them home again over summer and feed them up primally. I think I half starved them during their childhoods. Number three is still at home and she is much stronger looking than they were at the same age - she gets to eat FAT).
                        Annie Ups the Ante
                        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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                        • #13
                          Thank you Annieh! My son is loving his full fat milk. He said to me the other day how the milk tastes sooo nice and creamy. Margarine and everything labeled low fat has been banned from this house. My dairy shelf looks hilarious, lard, butter, rendered duck fat. My afternoon snack yesterday was cream in a bowl with lsa and cinnamon, cracks me up, and I'm lovin' it!

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                          • #14
                            lol I know what you mean. My lunch was soft serve icecream for goodness sake! (Frozen berries, half a banana and cream, blended to consistency of icecream).

                            When my teenage dd saw my pantry she exclaimed there's nothing left. Well sure, no bread, biscuits, bars, flour, sugar, beans etc. But plenty of fruit, veg, spices, nuts. Depends what you're looking for, I guess.
                            Annie Ups the Ante
                            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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                            • #15
                              I went to a gathering yesterday at a pub and had a great time catching up with mates. But the biggest thing was that my husband and I ordered lunch and very easily ate our primal food and ignored the fries. And they were gorgeous looking fries. Hand cut and beer battered. But I looked at them coated in wheat flour and cooked in some horrible oil and realised they would be poison to my body. Hubby and I laughed later as we had both thought the same thing. Could we be becoming purists??!!

                              I have promised him not to go on a crusade and spout out to everyone about how bad their way of eating is. And I wouldn't. But had an interesting conversation on friday with a Mum in my son's class. She is very over weight and was complaining how she now has bristly hair growing under her chin. She is only 38. She was thinking PCOS. She said she has tried so hard at dieting and exercise but the result were so minimal compared to the effort she was putting in.

                              Casually I mentioned Primal and how it works. She seemed genuinely interested so I directed her to this website and she also wanted me to jot down some meal plans in an ordinary week for her. So I'll pass that on to her today. I said to her to just give it ago for one month and see how she feels then. Be interesting how she goes.

                              My pants continue to get looser. Last week I lost some more grams and another cm of my waist. The down side is my bra cups are starting to look a lot less full. But I refuse to buy anything new yet, I'll wait till the new year. Even though it has been over four weeks I notice I still get the odd day of carb flu. I might feel a bit sluggish or have a sore lumbar area. Then the next day I wake up and I'm rearing to go with that wonderful energy. My husband has been getting a sore back on and off to, he is three weeks into being Primal.

                              Planned the xmas menu and it looks like it will be ham, roast pork, lobster and prawn. With salads and bbq's veges.
                              I'll make the kids a trifle (with no sherry of course!).

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