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    Hello everyone!

    After lurking for some time now, I have gathered enough bravery to start a little thread on my own. Maybe for catharsis, maybe because I find a lot of good information on this forum without the CW inquisitive brow raising...


    THE INITIATION:
    My initiation into a Primal lifestyle started pretty much like a lot of you: with health calling up real bad in the hopes that something shifts in a better direction.


    THE TRIGGER:
    In September 2012 I traveled back home for a a few days of holidays and I clearly remember ravenously eating at the airport a whole pack of "healthy" cocoa and cranberry cookies with a pint of milk. I see now what a mistake that was.
    I spent the whole trip sick to my stomach, glued to the bathroom and having very little fun. Initially I thought I had traveler's flu or some kind of 24hr bug. Of course, due to the symptoms I started on various medicines, and none of them sustainably solved my problem.


    THE CLARITY:
    Weeks later and still having terrible episodes, I stumbled upon a shared article at an acquaintance's FB page which stated something about harmful wheat. I was curious, since I have never thought evil of any grain. I read the article and spent the next 4 hrs browsing through the archives. I was hooked!


    THE SEARCH:
    I already had in my phone the app Myfitnesspal forgotten somewhere. I started tracking everything I ate and relating it how I felt before, during and after the meal. I even did a little trial and error just to make sure: I baked some oatmeal muffins, very "healty" and low fat of course = IBS episode 4 to 6 hrs later. Hooray! I had the root cause narrowed down: grains were doing all the damage!


    THE WAY OUT:
    Three months later, my IBS is totally under control, meaning: if I consciously cheat with some bread, brownie or cookie, then I know I will have an episode, ranging in intensity depending on the grain dose and mix.
    My pantry is all cleaned out, every time I go to the supermarket I have a Primal mindset. Of course I slip sometimes, specially dining out, but I know I am human and will power is a muscle in need to be trained and perfected.


    THE SMALL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
    I haven't bought bread/pasta/pastries for myself in months! I don't buy milk anymore. I gave away my rice/flour/pasta/beans pantry supplies. I have cut way back on yogurt, dark chocolate and nuts (I have been overeating for weeks). I am good friends with heavy cream.


    NEW HUNGER:
    So with IBS taken care of, and after reading so many success stories, now I want more! I realize a lot of things in my life that are not optimal: I have always been slender, HOWEVER now I know I am actually skinny fat with over 33% body fat, with serious carb cravings, chronic cardio addict and dragging my feet by the end of any regular work day.


    NEW GOALS:
    * Stay icecream/sugar binge free (I work at an industrial icecream factory, imagine that!!).
    * Stick to the 90/10 principle (I actually want more a 95/5 way of life, just taking it step by step).
    * Get to sleep at maximum 11pm every night (hardest goal yet).
    * Increase protagonism of veggies in my diet, cut back on cheese, cut back on fruits (very difficult goal, making baby steps towards).
    * Stay good friends with heavy cream (make good sensible use of it).
    * Daily achievement of a higher protein% intake vs the carb% intake (use less Myfitnesspal by making me Primal savvy).
    * Steer away from chronic cardio, always prefer slow cardio/waking and throw in a little weight lifting (at least do 15minutes of anything daily).
    * Loving every minute of it!
    Last edited by U2sandrah; 11-26-2012, 08:24 PM. Reason: Proofreading...
    "If you can dream, then dream out loud" - Bono.

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    Originally posted by U2sandrah View Post
    Hello everyone!

    After lurking for some time now, I have gathered enough bravery to start a little thread on my own. Maybe for catharsis, maybe because I find a lot of good information on this forum without the CW inquisitive brow raising...


    THE INITIATION:
    My initiation into a Primal lifestyle started pretty much like a lot of you: with health calling up real bad in the hopes that something shifts in a better direction.


    THE TRIGGER:
    In September 2012 I traveled back home for a a few days of holidays and I clearly remember ravenously eating at the airport a whole pack of "healthy" cocoa and cranberry cookies with a pint of milk. I see now what a mistake that was.
    I spent the whole trip sick to my stomach, glued to the bathroom and having very little fun. Initially I thought I had traveler's flu or some kind of 24hr bug. Of course, due to the symptoms I started on various medicines, and none of them sustainably solved my problem.


    THE CLARITY:
    Weeks later and still having terrible episodes, I stumbled upon a shared article at an acquaintance's FB page which stated something about harmful wheat. I was curious, since I have never thought evil of any grain. I read the article and spent the next 4 hrs browsing through the archives. I was hooked!


    THE SEARCH:
    I already had in my phone the app Myfitnesspal forgotten somewhere. I started tracking everything I ate and relating it how I felt before, during and after the meal. I even did a little trial and error just to make sure: I baked some oatmeal muffins, very "healty" and low fat of course = IBS episode 46-hrs later. Hooray! I had the root cause narrowed down: grains were doing all the damage!


    THE WAY OUT:
    Three months later, my IBS is totally under control, meaning: if it consciously cheat with some bread, brownie or cookie, then I know I will have an episode, ranging in intensity depending on the grain dose and mix.
    My pantry is all cleaned out, every time I go to the supermarket I have a Primal mindset. Of course I slip sometimes, specially dining out, but I know I am human and will power is a muscle in need to be trained and perfected.


    THE SMALL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
    I haven't bought bread/pasta/pastries for myself in months! I don't buy milk anymore. I gave away my rice/flour/pasta/beans pantry supplies. I have cut back on yogurt, dark chocolate and nuts. I am good friends with heavy cream.


    NEW HUNGER:
    So with IBS taken care of, and after reading so many success stories, now I want more! I now realize a lot of things that are not optimal: I have always been slender, HOWEVER now I know I am actually skinny fat with over 33% body fat, with serious carb cravings, chronic cardio addict and dragging my feet by the end of any regular work day.


    NEW GOALS:
    * Stay icecream/sugar binge free (I work at an industrial icecream factory, imagine that!!).
    * Stick to the 90/10 principle (I actually want more a 95/5 way of life, just taking it step by step).
    * Get to sleep at maximum 11pm every night (hardest goal yet).
    * Increase protagonism of veggies in my diet, cut back on cheese, cut back on fruits (very difficult goal, making baby steps towards).
    * Stay good friends with heavy cream (make good sensible use of it).
    * Daily achievement of a higher protein% intake vs the carb% intake (use less Myfitnesspal by making me Primal savvy).
    * Steer away from chronic cardio, always prefer slow cardio/waking and throw in a little weight lifting (at least do 15minutes of anything daily).
    * Loving every minute of it!
    great posting. thanks for sharing. /lu
    ----------------------------------------
    F, 48, 5'10"
    Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
    Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

    Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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    • #3
      Thanks so much Louisa!
      Ive seen post of yours somewhere in here! I thank you all for this newly found way!
      "If you can dream, then dream out loud" - Bono.

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      • #4
        Hey there

        Welcome to the boards. You will not be disappointed in your lifestyle choice and you will gain soooo much moe than you will lose (unless all your family and friends are against your new healthy ways and shun you because of it. In that case you will lose alot heehee).

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

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        • #5
          Hi Richard! Thanks! I am sure that I will not be shunned since IBS was really taking a toll on me.

          I have to admit that today I cheated a little. Milk chocolate and a "shouldnt have" casserole (potatoes and rice). I will make that my 10% and stay on track for the next few days at least.

          After gym I was thinking on a rocket salad with balsamic+olive oil and for dessert a yummy protein shake.

          Im off to do some slow cardio and lots of walking!
          "If you can dream, then dream out loud" - Bono.

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          • #6
            Hey U2sandrah. I also use MFP to track my food daily; it keeps me accountable. With a journal here as well, we have many tools to help us stay on track.

            Best of luck!
            My journal

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            • #7
              Thanks Zee!

              Well last nite, things are back on track. For dinner just a rocket/tomato salad and some fresh cheese. Dessert Strawberries and cream. Hit the sack pretty eary too! 11pm and already zzzz...

              At this moment I am having a big breakfast since I have meetings that will keep me busy till late afternoon. So 2 eggs, spanizh chorizo and fresh cheese. Strawberries and cream again.

              I am hoping to hit the gym later today! With chronic cardio that wouldve been impossible!!
              "If you can dream, then dream out loud" - Bono.

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              • #8
                Ok, so Ive really behaved today! So after a little weight lifting workout I am eating a big bowl of rocket, cucumber and olive oil.
                Next up: a protein shake for dessert! Ive been very low on protein all day and this will turn things around a bit.

                Feeling good! Nice energy levels.
                "If you can dream, then dream out loud" - Bono.

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                • #9
                  First off, the time a person needs to adjust to a lower carb diet depends a lot on very individual factors, including how glucose dependent that person has become over a lifetime.

                  If you can hold it at 150 for a week or so and still feel good, you can gradually decrease to 100 or fewer if you want.

                  Track how you feel as you reduce your carbs.

                  Make sure you’re not overdoing it in any one area, and dial back slightly if fatigue is throwing a wrench in your efforts.

                  True physiological adjustment to a lower carb diet can take two to three weeks as a significant shift in gene expression gets underway.

                  Be sure you’re getting enough total calories and that you’ve added enough protein and fat into your diet to keep you well-fueled.

                  Secondly, I’d like to stress that duration of exercise makes a world of difference. There’s an essential reason I recommend a person stay at or below an hour for intensive workouts. The reason “less than an hour” is so critical here is that the body can only store 200-300 grams of glycogen per day on a low-carb plan. That’s enough carbo/glucose fuel to get you through an hour or less of intense workout effort, but it’s generally not enough for 90 minutes or two hours.

                  The fact is, two hours of intense cardio work (whether it’s running or Muay Thai) will leave the body lethargic or craving carbs. Very possibly both. If you keep the same workout under an hour, no matter how intense, the body doesn’t begin tearing down muscle for glucose. Moreover, it recovers efficiently by burning fat and restocking that 200-300 grams of glycogen for the next day. Especially if weight loss is a goal, working with (not against) your body’s physiology will bring the best results. Occasional longer very low level (like 60% max HR) fat-burning hikes are part of a PB-style exercise program, but when you cut back your harder workouts to well under an hour (all other PB elements in place), you’ll get better results.

                  A good point to consider: if your workout leaves you feeling like you’re unable to do anything that night or even the next day, you’re working yourself too hard. “Rest periods” between intensive workouts are intended for productive healing and muscle building, not for getting over extreme fatigue.

                  Read more: Low Energy and the Primal Blueprint | Mark's Daily Apple

                  **Copy-pasted this from an archive post. I want to have this handy so I can remember this precious advice!
                  "If you can dream, then dream out loud" - Bono.

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                  • #10
                    I can proudly say that today I became a "no thanks, no bread for me" and a "you want some of my fries?" with a big ass steak and side salad on my plate. Seriously, i was amazed since normally I cannot resist a good piece of freshly baked baguette and some nice french butter. I even got a: "what? you are not having any bread? are you at a new diet??", to which I grinfull replied: "I am living a life away from grains!".
                    I could not pass on dessert though (strawberries and whipped cream, regretfully sweetened), so my next step is to work on that. So Im making sustainable the "no bread" thing and then Ill attack dessert. One step at a time.
                    "If you can dream, then dream out loud" - Bono.

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                    • #11
                      Ok, so second day of 80/20 after a little derailing some days ago and very proud of my bread-free and french-fry-free restaurant dinner yesteday.
                      No carb cravings (maybe due to last nite's dessert), and very well on track today: for breakfast a handful of coconut cubes, 3 dark chocolate squares and for lunch a cup of zucchini, a few sweet peas and ground beef. For dinner a couple of fried eggs, a little feta cheese and a 5 strawberries and 2 splashes of cream.
                      TGIF!
                      "If you can dream, then dream out loud" - Bono.

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                      • #12
                        Still going strong!
                        Fried eggs and chorizo for breakfast, 3 sliced strawberries and a splash of cream.
                        For lunch a cucumber, tomato, and fresh cheese, with olive oil. A handful of fresh cherries.
                        Mid afternoon a protein shake with a handful of strawberries.
                        For lunch im planning some roasted chicken and a cucumber/stringbean salad, and then off to meet some friends, where I plan to drink only 2 glasses of wine. So I eat first so Im not hungry and tempted by all the traditional meetandgreet snacks.
                        "If you can dream, then dream out loud" - Bono.

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                        • #13
                          I loves me some chorizo! Thanks for reminding me, I need to put some on my list. As to the bread, well if it wasn't for that wouldn't it all be perfect and almost like not having to make a change at all? :-) At least with this change you get tons of health benefits while really only giving up a couple of foods -- tasty as they may be.

                          The thing is that bread is so commonly accepted as "healthy" that it has a different status in our minds. If someone said to you, "I know that if I just give up the gummy worms and pixie stix I'd lose weight and be healthier but they are so tasty!" you might have a hard time thinking they are serious about getting healthy but those things don't have the same status and we aren't habituated to them. This is something I've been thinking about: It is mostly habituation. We are used to having bread with a meal or surrounding our meat and lettuce. We just have to overcome the habit and mindset and replace with different habits and it will work itself out. Time is the cure.

                          I think your "No bread for me" attitude is the best way to go. I have pretty much put it up -- or down -- there with sweets. I love sweets. I expect to have some every every now and again. I do have dark chocolate so technically this might not be a perfect example. But, at work when everyone says (very very often), "Do you want some of this cake, pie, candy, ice cream?" I just call them the devil and tell them I'm trying not to die. I actually do that! Of course, I'm kidding and laughing during it all but then again I'm also a little serious too. :-) Now, everyone knows I don't have sweets and they mostly pass me by. By putting in a rock solid, "Not gonna happen!" line on some things/places it makes things easier, at least for me. I'm now building that same wall with bread. I expect to have some around Christmas, as well as sweets, in a meal or two with family gatherings. I'm not gonna be "that guy" for a very occasional thing since with my family it is a rare occurrence and I don't have the same severe consequences you do when I do eat it (though I feel like crap.) But at work or home or out shopping? "No, not gonna happen. I'm trying not to die!"

                          See, now don't you regret posting on my journal? I can't stop talking! Good night and God bless.
                          WOE: Primal + IF
                          Goal: Walk daughter (due 1/21/13) down aisle
                          Motto: It will all be OK in the end. If it's not OK, then it is not the end.
                          Alternate Motto: Whatever the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

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                          • #14
                            Keep up the posting!
                            Im travelling back home for Christmas and have absolutely no idea how to avoid grains. Will figure out a plan.
                            About sweets, well, Im a major sweet eater myself, and trying to substitute with a little fruit and cream. In my house you cannot see a sweet on sight! Only a bar of dark chocolate.
                            At work is a totally different story: I work at an industrial ice cream factory (won't name names), and I am surrounded by the stuff, I even have to do a little tasting every once in a while. But Ive managed to stay crave free almost all week, sticking to the 80/20 pretty nicely.
                            Im actually amazed at myself. Even last night I stuck only to two glasses of wine and no astray food. I think this is totally doable, so I gotta figure out a plan to get through Christmas without hurting anyone's feelings!
                            "If you can dream, then dream out loud" - Bono.

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                            • #15
                              If people don't want to take "no thank you" for an answer I am thinking that I may start giving this answer. Not that it comes up for me. AND, it is at least partially true. I am allergic to wheat, it makes me fat! Give them a target to focus on rather than you. Then you get sympathy instead. "What, you are allergic to wheat? Oh, I'm so sorry."
                              WOE: Primal + IF
                              Goal: Walk daughter (due 1/21/13) down aisle
                              Motto: It will all be OK in the end. If it's not OK, then it is not the end.
                              Alternate Motto: Whatever the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

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