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  • #61
    Originally posted by itchy166 View Post
    Thanks.

    Its pretty crazy to consider.

    What role did diet have in my nail-biting? (I consider it a mental issue like OCD). Have I NEVER been truly healthy? Or maybe the diet didn't have anything to do with it at all and I'm just riding a wave of resolve after changing diet and quitting drinking?
    I would also consider it mental, but like I tell my kids, everything that happens to your heart (emotions) affects the body, and everything that affects the body also has an effect in the brain/emotional selves. If the Primal has been so helpful in ameliorating your panic attacks and depression, which are also mental, why not also nail-biting? Food feeds body better, better nutrition reaches brain, brain says "aahhhhhh". I have had a serious bout of depression in my past, and I definitely can tell that the Primal way of doing food does me good in that department, too.

    But I get your musings. I have had those thoughts as well - did I ever really know "healthy"?
    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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    • #62
      Hi Itchy,
      Just stumbled across your journal and stopped in to tell you that I have been appreciating your thoughtful and articulate contributions to the forum lately.
      Welcome. And I hope you'll stick around. Sound like you are having some great results.

      Robin

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      • #63
        Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
        Hi Itchy,
        Just stumbled across your journal and stopped in to tell you that I have been appreciating your thoughtful and articulate contributions to the forum lately.
        Welcome. And I hope you'll stick around. Sound like you are having some great results.

        Robin
        Thank you!

        I am completely sold on the Primal/Paleo philosophy, originally thinking I'd try it for 30 days and see if I lost a little weight. My results are much better than I'd hoped for, and I will never go back.

        I actually follow more of a Paleo diet Robb Wolf style, but was drawn to this website because Mark updates his blog everyday, and I like Mark's writing.

        I enjoy this forum despite how crazy it often gets. Haters gonna hate, and this forum has its fair share of haters. I'm no expert on these matters by any means, but I do try and contribute an an intelligent way. I am happy that you find some of my posts valuable.

        I plan on sticking around.
        "It's a great life, if you don't weaken.". John Buchan

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        • #64
          Ugh, I had my first intentional "cheat" yesterday.

          I got a call from my work, and was told that one of my co-workers was stranded at the hospital here in Edmonton, and needed a ride down to Red Deer. (I live in Edmonton and my shop is in Red Deer - about 160kms or 100miles).

          Anyway, my coworker had been jumped by a group of men as he exited a nightclub a couple of weeks ago, and was here in Edmonton getting surgery on his eye. One of his friends was supposed to pick him up yesterday morning, but had forgotten about him and slept in!!!

          I gladly went and picked him up, and when I arrived at the hospital, he had bought a large double double (for you non-Canadian's - a large coffee with two cream and two sugar) for me to show his appreciation. I didn't say a word, and happily accepted.

          OMG! Was it ever sweet!!! Anyway, he's back home, and the surgery was a success.
          "It's a great life, if you don't weaken.". John Buchan

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          • #65
            Crazy day, 480kms of driving and a half days work. Skipped breakfast, very light lunch and a huge supper. My tomoto sauce from scratch, my wifes homemade meatballs over sauted spinach instead of noodles. Yum.

            Good news - I will be around for my youngest girls cheer competition tomorrow, and I'm visiting my eldest daughter and granddaughters tonight

            Out to the bush on Sunday..
            "It's a great life, if you don't weaken.". John Buchan

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            • #66
              Dude, in your avatar thingy, both you and the wife so do not look like you are grandparents already!
              I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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              • #67
                Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post
                Dude, in your avatar thingy, both you and the wife so do not look like you are grandparents already!
                Thank you, and yes we are young grandparents. We are both 42. Our eldest daughter is 23. Our youngest (whose cheer competition is today) is eight. And there are two more daughters and a son in between
                "It's a great life, if you don't weaken.". John Buchan

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                • #68
                  Originally posted by itchy166 View Post
                  Thank you, and yes we are young grandparents. We are both 42. Our eldest daughter is 23. Our youngest (whose cheer competition is today) is eight. And there are two more daughters and a son in between
                  Well, then, my hat's off to both of you, because holding it together this long after having a baby at 18/19 is not a common thing. And, judging from how the both of you write on each other's journals, it is going very well still.
                  I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                  • #69
                    Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post
                    Well, then, my hat's off to both of you, because holding it together this long after having a baby at 18/19 is not a common thing. And, judging from how the both of you write on each other's journals, it is going very well still.
                    Well, its a little less fairytale, and a little more Brady Bunch, but there's lots of love

                    We took a second place in the competition today, and had a big afternoon lunch afterwards. I had steak and eggs with four eggs and a side of bacon.

                    Had a couple glasses of wine, first ones in almost 8 weeks. Back to strict (and to work) tomorrow
                    "It's a great life, if you don't weaken.". John Buchan

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                    • #70
                      Five days since my last entry, and a crazy five days its been.

                      Much driving, day shift to night shift, derailed on the food (not too terribly), and had drinks two nights ago with my crew. I was back on track yesterday, and am doing well again today.

                      Anyway its been a good reminder as to how much better I feel when I eat Paleo. Just a few days off-track, and I've had an increase in anxiety, headaches and sinuses stuffed up. I will weigh myself tomorrow to see where I am at on that front.

                      Work is now slowing down much earlier than normal for this time of year. My rig has a good summer contract and a few promising tire-kickers lined up for next winter. Might be a tight spring though... better get the new freezer and side of beef asap...
                      "It's a great life, if you don't weaken.". John Buchan

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                      • #71
                        Just over 9 weeks in. Down 16lbs.

                        I've been making a few changes in my diet because of convenience. When I am eating out of town, I've added occasional potatoes back into my diet. I've been finding it difficult to get big enough meals at restaurants if I say no to the potatoes (without spending a fortune.) At home, I just have a bigger portion of meat and veggies.

                        The last couple of weeks have been extremely hectic, I went from day shift to night shift, had one day off, back to night shift for a few days, then back home. Its been a struggle to get enough sleep, and as always when I am not sleeping enough, the exercise goes out the window. I also find that my anxiety levels go up when I am not sleeping enough. Its harder to control my anger as well and I get low-grade headaches and brain-fog.

                        I'm off to a funeral today, my first cousin's wife who was only 42 succumbed to cancer this week. I didn't see her often, but she was a very nice lady. She leaves behind her husband (my cousin) and a nine year old son. Very sad.
                        "It's a great life, if you don't weaken.". John Buchan

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                        • #72
                          Twas not a nice day. Tomorrow is a new one.
                          "It's a great life, if you don't weaken.". John Buchan

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                          • #73
                            Hey itchy! Sorry about the bad day. And my condolences to your family.

                            I hear you on lack of sleep - it is one of my biggest challenges. Hang in there, and may you get some respectable shut eye soon.
                            I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                            • #74
                              Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post
                              Hey itchy! Sorry about the bad day. And my condolences to your family.

                              I hear you on lack of sleep - it is one of my biggest challenges. Hang in there, and may you get some respectable shut eye soon.
                              Thank you. My wife and I are both the same age as our cousin was. Its too early. Her son was very brave.
                              "It's a great life, if you don't weaken.". John Buchan

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                              • #75
                                Exciting day today. I cooked a huge roast last night so I'm well fed, went to bed early so I'm well rested, and I'm all ready for my daughters cheer competition today.

                                Very big meet this weekend at West Edmonton Mall - my daughter's routine goes this morning.

                                I've been spending a little less time in here, trying to reduce my computer time. There's a pretty established family of trolls in here, and they can make it easy to stay away sometimes. If you don't believe the Primal precepts, why do you come here? A few more ignores may be in order.

                                Anyway its still working for me, and I will continue to share my experience. Maybe its about time I did some measurements to see where I'm at...
                                "It's a great life, if you don't weaken.". John Buchan

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