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  • #16
    Hi Traveller,

    Sounds like you are making great progress, congrats! When I first went primal, I experienced many of the same things you described in your earlier posts - eating quite a bit of fruit, allowing myself "frankenfoods" (just-about-everything-free bars), grazing in between meals, having spoonfuls of peanut butter (not even primal), and feeling confused about sweeteners. I also had a hard time resisting bored eating.

    I found that when I started eating REAL foods high in fat and protein for breakfast, I stopped getting hungry in between meals (which also lead to reducing fruit consumption). I noticed after I stopped eating so much fruit, my threshold for sweetness went way down - I no longer put any sweetener in my coffee or tea because it tastes too sweet to me (I used stevia in the past).

    Similar to your situation, exercise helped my eating habits a lot too. If I start to feel bored hunger coming on around 3pm, I go for a light jog outside and I can make it to dinner time no problem. I also started to brush my teeth shortly after I finished my dinner to help with late night bored eating. If I'm actually hungry, I'll have a snack. But if it's just mindless grazing, I'm much less inclined to snack because that means I'll have to brush my teeth again.

    I guess what I'm trying to say here is just stick with it. We all have occasional slip ups, and it's okay when it happens. This is a journey, not a race - and perseverance pays off.

    There was quote that was floating around the forum some time ago that always stuck with me: "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." This was/still is relevant to me, maybe it will be relevant to you too.

    Good luck, and keep on keeping on!


    • #17
      Hey Erin,

      thanks so much for your post. It helps to know other people have, or used to have, the same problems I'm experiencing.
      Eating more fat and protein sounds like it'll stop the urge to graze. Right now I'm still in the fasting mentality so I don't want to eat, but it's fading.
      The exercise sounds interesting. Late afternoon is usually when I get bored and turn to food for something to do. Thanks!
      I've been doing the same with the teeth cleaning! It definitely stops me from eating anything.
      Thanks again for your encouragement, I intend to stick with it. I feel so much better, not just physically, but also just knowing that I'm doing something about my health, and I'm getting healthier everyday.



      • #18
        Day 5

        Hi everyone,

        I went to bed quite late last night, around 1:30 am, and got up late, feeling tired.

        Brunch was my usual Fry-up. I didn't eat anything from that until dinner.

        I was still tired by 4:00, so I had a 1 hour nap, and woke up feeling much better.

        Exercise: I didn't do any pushups or pullups today, because the muscles around my shoulders hurt a bit, so I thought I'd give them a rest. Instead, after the nap I went for a 40 minute bike ride. It was really cool, I cycled up hills, walked up the really steep ones, and carried my bike up a flight of stairs. Felt really primal

        Dinner was spaghetti bolognese, without the spaghetti.

        After having dinner, I realised that the only carbs that I've knowingly had today were in my cup of tea which I had with brunch. That was about 15 grams of carbs.
        So I had an apple. I really hope that it wasn't to much sugar or anything.

        Gotta go, Family member is pestering me for the computer. :P



        • #19
          Day 6 - 5:30pm -

          Hi all,

          breakfast: I started off with 2 hardboiled eggs, but I didn't feel satisfied, so I had a strip of bacon, a fried egg, and a handful of baby spinach leaves. That satisfied me.

          Lunch: at 4:00 I had a small bowl of roast chicken and another handful of spinach. After some consideration, I decided that it wasn't fatty enough, because there was no skin or fat on the chicken, so I doused it in olive oil. Yum!

          Snacks: after lunch, I didn't feel very energetic for some reason. I have no idea how many carbs I'm getting, or anything. So I had 3 dates, and 5-6 walnuts. I'm a bit nervous about the dates, because Mark says to only eat them occasionally because of their sugar content (I think).

          Dinner: haven't had it yet, but it's going to be roast lamb!!!!! I love roast lamb!

          Exercise: today was a busy day, so I've only found time for 2 sets of 10 pushups. I'll probably do a few attempted pull-ups soon though. And maybe a bike ride.

          Bye for now!



          • #20
            Day 6 - continued -

            Hi all!

            Well, I did twelve attempted pull-ups, and went for a 1 hour bike ride with a friend. I told her about the 40 hour fast and she completely blew her top. Apparently, I'm starving all the time, getting anorexic, wasting away, getting really sick etc. I tried to explain that fasting is good etc, but I don't think I did a very convincing job.

            When I got home, I piled up my plate with roast lamb and steamed greens and cauliflower. I had a bit of gravy, but I don't feel too guilty, because if there's one thing I've learnt from reading other peoples journals, it's that everyone has a small cheat here and there. And as far as I can tell, I've been about 95% primal since I started this journal. Plus it was a tiny amount.
            Anyway, I sat down with my plate, and it seems my conversation with my friend put me in a defiant mood, because I ate the whole lot with my fingers. And when my family stared at me, I shrugged, and said, 'What? I'm Primal.'
            I know that we don't eat with out fingers because we're primal, but I just wanted to show them that I am Primal, and that I'm not going to change, So they might as well just GET USED TO IT!!!!

            Hmmm. This seems to have turned into a small rant. Oops!




            • #21
              Day 7

              Hi again,

              Had a better nights sleep last night, so woke up feeling good.

              Breakfast: leftover chopped lamb and a fried egg on a bed of spinach. Pinch of pepper.

              Late lunch: usual Fry-up. (what? I like it!)

              4:30pm: I had my first cup of turmeric tea, and I really liked it. I think I'll be drinking it more often.
              Oh, and earlier on I had a cup of regular tea. Both with almond milk and half a teaspoon of honey.

              Late dinner(8:45pm) Just under one piece of steak. Which is pathetic. I intend to find something else, soon. It'll be primal, don't worry!

              Exercise: 1 set of ten push-ups. And from 6-8:00pm I had some intense karate training, which contains some of the most gruelling exercises know to Man.


              I'm going to continue my facial honey cleanse, for my acne, but with manuka honey.




              • #22
                Day 8

                Hi all.

                Breakfast: one strip of bacon and a fried egg on a bed of spinach.

                Then I had 2 cups of tea, one of them with a teaspoon of butter. Yum!
                About an hour later I had a cup of ginger tea. 4 or 5 thin slices of ginger steeped in boiling water, with a small tsp of honey. Never had it before, and I quite liked it. However, I would like it to be a bit stronger. Maybe I should try cutting the ginger into smaller pieces? Or boiling them?

                So, I've had a bit more honey then I usually do.

                Lunch: a salad with spinach, chopped tomato, chopped pastrami and drizzled with olive oil.

                Dinner: I had Usual Fry-up, but added ginger. I think I like ginger!
                Plus 3 walnuts, and 2 dates. As a sort of dessert.

                Later on I might have a cup of turmeric tea (with no honey). It might help me sleep.

                Exercise: 1 or 2 sets of 15 pushups, and a 2.4 km walk.


                Last edited by Traveller; 03-25-2013, 09:38 PM.


                • #23
                  Day 9

                  Hi all.

                  I'm not going to write about my lunch or my dinner, today.
                  I need to confess the bad things I've eaten. There are a few of them.

                  Some people get carb flu when transitioning. I don't get that, instead I'm constipated for a week, then I have a day or so of diarrhea.
                  Well, today was the bathroom day. I'm glad it's over, that my body has adjusted. But I'm also feeling tired, a bit weak, and I'm craving sweet stuff.

                  So: I ate a whole cashew and date bar. It's a bar made up entirely of cashews and dates. No gluten, dairy, etc.
                  But it was full of carbs and 'natural' sugars from the dates.

                  Then: 2 squares of chocolate. Milk chocolate. Bleh.

                  Then: 1 small chocolate egg. You know those really tiny ones, wrapped in coloured tinfoil? Didn't even taste nice.

                  Finally: a bowl of Primmeal. The recipe is in the Primal Recipe's section. And it's absolutely delicious. I had my doubts about it. I mean, egg with banana and berries?
                  Anyway, it's awesome, but I shouldn't have had it. It's got a whole banana in it. Plus another teaspoon of honey, which I've already had two of today (in my cups of tea).

                  I just can't believe I did this! Tomorrow's my weekly measuring day, and I was determined to do well today.

                  Someone tell me off. I really need it!



                  • #24
                    Day 10 - 8:45am -

                    Hi all.

                    I'm determined to eat well today. Last night I was scared that my face would break out, or a cold sore would pop up, in reaction to the sugar I had, but so far so good.

                    And another amazing thing...I measured myself! I really didn't want to, because I was almost certain the results would depress me, but I did it anyway. Just wanted to see how bad the damage really was.

                    New Specs:

                    Waist: 25.5''
                    Hips: 32''

                    I can't believe it!
                    I've actually lost an inch and a half!

                    last night I went out and got a bar of 85% dark chocolate and had two squares of it. And it fixed everything.
                    Cravings and irritability both vanished.
                    And I can't gorge on dark chocolate like I can on milk. It's not sweet enough.

                    So, in short: I'm feeling encouraged and optimistic.


                    Last edited by Traveller; 03-28-2013, 12:10 AM.


                    • #25
                      I feel sick.
                      Too much dark chocolate.

                      Note to self: don't have more than 1 square a day.


                      • #26
                        Day 11

                        A terrible day.

                        Had to spend time with people I didn't like, couldn't think of an excuse not to.

                        Then I got really bored, so I had two chocolate biscuits.
                        When will I learn!?

                        I'm going to bed early tonight, I really need the sleep.
                        Time for some more turmeric tea, I think.


                        • #27
                          Day 14

                          Hey all!

                          I've decided that I hate Easter.

                          No, that's not right. I hate how we celebrate Easter. Why can't we celebrate with plates and plates of roast lamb, roast kumara and yams, with gravy and mint sauce!?

                          Okay, I'm not going to write about the last couple of days.
                          I'm working on suppressing the memory.

                          Tomorrow will be Primal, or I'll...I'll...I'll do something drastic!




                          • #28
                            Day 20 - 10:35am -

                            Hi all.

                            It's been a hugely busy week, so haven't updated in a while.

                            On friday night I decided to do a fast, and I've just hit the 36 hour mark.
                            I hope to go to tuesday morning. However, I do have karate on monday night. I guess it'll depend on my energy levels.



                            • #29
                              Day 20 -continued-

                              Hi again!

                              Still fasting, still feeling good. Right now, I'm very close to the 48 hour mark.

                              Exercise: I went for a bike ride with a friend, which was about an hour and twenty minutes long. Felt just fine.

                              I did want to go to tuesday morning, but my Family is freaking out. My sister actually tried to force-feed me.
                              I guess I'll stop tomorrow morning. Or tomorrow at lunchtime.




                              • #30
                                Day 21

                                Hi all!

                                Just come home from karate.
                                I love karate, it's my absolute favourite thing in the world.

                                Anyway...I broke my fast at 9:00am, had quarter of a bowl of beef mince with a tsp of butter. I tried to have the whole half bowl, but I got too full.
                                Then I had a few random snacks: a couple of squares of 85% chocolate, a spoonful of Greek yoghurt, a kiwifruit...I just couldn't get over the novelty of actually eating! It's my longest fast yet, 60 hrs long.

                                Lunch: the rest of the mince, more dark chocolate. I know...I eat too much of it.

                                Early dinner: 2 strips of bacon, 2 fried eggs, and a couple of slices of roast kumara (sweet potato).

                                For an after Karate snack, I had a small portion of Greek yoghurt with a tsp of manuka honey.
                                Plus a cup of 'sleep' tea.

                                Sheesh, I've eaten a lot today.
                                Oh well. Tomorrow's a new day, I plan on making it a good one.

                                Exercise: a 1.4 km walk. I also spent 20 minutes hacking away at bushes with a gardening machete.