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  • #46
    Been thinking more about IF and had read a bit about others doing JUDDD (Johnson's Up Day Down Day). It appeals to me because I like the energy I get when I'm a bit hungry. Anyway, still checking into it, but wanted to post my caloric recommendations in case I decide to do it. Up day: 1772, Down day: 354 .... The crappy thing is having to track calories each day, not a fan of that, so we'll see. Maybe I'll just do my own rendition of it... Eat a lot one day, then just eat a little the next.
    "Wild cats look their best when they're hungry, so do you." - Ori Hofmekler

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    • #47
      There are such great resources in this form, I just watched this presentation online. For the most part it wasn't any new information, just more great info to solidify what I already know and have experienced to be true. But, I did learn a few things: Fructose leads to gout and hypertension (thought it was only protein and salt involved in those respectively), and fructose acts the same as alcohol in your system, minus the drunk part... well, sort of anyway.

      Sugar: The Bitter Truth - UCTV - University of California Television
      "Wild cats look their best when they're hungry, so do you." - Ori Hofmekler

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      • #48
        Back on track with eating Primal.

        If there's one thing I'm consistent about, it is in being inconsistent. So, I need to make that work for me. I saw a site awhile back about a guy who was doing a different diet each month and then reviewing them. I liked the concept in that you're always keeping your body guessing, keeps it on its toes and off the plateaus. (That rhymed... Poet!) Anyway, instead of thinking so far ahead (21 days or 30 days) I'm going to try reeling it in and focus on week by week. I should be able to stick to anything for 7 days. I know Primal is my thing, so that will remain the foundation. But I can rotate between things like:
        1) Changing percentages between fat/protein/carb (always keeping carbs below 100g)
        2) Six days on with a cheat day
        3) IF and JUDDD
        4) Do what my body tells me, and that's that.
        5) Changing up exercise

        This week, I'm choosing option 5.
        I have a semi eating plan... basically I have a menu so I know what foods need to be prepared, but I will just eat as my body tells me. I set up an exercise plan for the week which goes like this:
        Mon: Two 15m walks & Bellydance or Zoomba
        Tues: Two 15m walks & PEM or weights
        Wed: Two 15m walks & Spot Toning (Waist, Abs, Butt, Bust, Neck)
        Thurs: Two 15m walks & Bellydance or Zoomba
        Fri: Two 15m walks & PEM or weights
        Sat: One long walk/hike (1-3 hrs)
        Sun: Rest
        "Wild cats look their best when they're hungry, so do you." - Ori Hofmekler

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        • #49
          Meal 1 - 3 slices bacon, 1/8 chicken sausage, chicken drumstick w/skin, V8 (6:30 am)
          Meal 2 - 2 slices bacon, chicken drumstick w/skin, 2 tbsp cocoa/coconut oil/a little honey (7:30 pm)

          Water: 2.5 liters

          Movement: two 15-min walks, one 30 min walk.

          Worked 12 hours so not up to the 45 min aerobic routine I had planned. I do have the energy, but to keep my stress levels low I think it best to relax for a couple of hours before bed. I did do an unplanned 30 min walk, so I'll consider it a substitution of sorts.

          Notes: Had consistent energy throughout the day, not overly hungry at any point. I wish I knew if I was burning fat for fuel, I hope so. I'm worried at this point that I'm not going to lose any more weight, which is more of an irrational fear than based on anything tangible. Sometimes I get too focused on short-term results instead of the big picture. I'm realizing summer is pretty much here and I still got too much tummy!
          "Wild cats look their best when they're hungry, so do you." - Ori Hofmekler

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          • #50
            Having a difficult time staying asleep, anxiety level is high (about a 7). Freaking out over thoughts of cortisol and leptin resistance... I need to chill. I think I need some veggies and a nice long meditation. I feel like I'm struggling to get out of a downward spiral, just wish I was better at turning off my brain. One thing I really hate about having anxiety is that it is so irrational, everything small gets so big... yet, I can't convince myself or talk myself down. It is at this time that I will turn to Deepok Chopra and see what he can do for me.

            Update: Someday I can read back on all this with some amusement over how tricky I thought this all was... this whole eating thing. Someday when I've finally gotten it all figured out for myself and balanced.

            1) Meditated... helped quiet my thoughts
            2) Attempted to puke to rid my tummy of whatever was making it hurt... turns out it wasn't food, since nothing would come out.
            3) Ate a large salad and drank water. Tummy does feel quite a bit better.

            Anxiety is now about 3, the remainder is regarding sleep and knowing I have to be up in 2 hours. Will go to sleep to a meditation to rid myself of the lingering anxiety.

            Going to try to not have to work overtime today if possible. I need to de-stress in general.
            Last edited by Brenda_D; 05-07-2013, 03:57 AM.
            "Wild cats look their best when they're hungry, so do you." - Ori Hofmekler

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            • #51
              6:30 - 1/2 strip bacon 5 little pieces of sausage
              9:00 - 15 min walk
              10:30 - hungry and shaky, ate 2 chicken drummies w/skin and a salad with HB egg and a few sausage bites
              10:45 - 15 min walk
              2:00 - 15 min walk
              6:30 - Bacon wrapped asparagus, eggs benedict in a mushroom cap, small salad.

              Notes: My bloating from last week is going down. Moderate energy level throughout the workday, but stressed, frustrated, and maybe a little depressed today... after work really drained. Tried PEM around 5:30 pm, only 3 push-ups and 15 second plank. I could have done more at a lower level, but am just fatigued.

              Water: 2.5 liters
              "Wild cats look their best when they're hungry, so do you." - Ori Hofmekler

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              • #52
                Mighty D how are you doing on your good fats? You may need to up those to help with fatigue and irritability. If I am trying to go low cal on any given day I might do one meal and snack on Kerrigold(2tbsp) to stave off hunger. Butter has no lactose since it's just cream, you maybe able to tolerate it. My 2 cents. Keep on climbing back up those trees and getting your Tarzan on!

                Originally posted by Brenda_D View Post
                6:30 - 1/2 strip bacon 5 little pieces of sausage
                9:00 - 15 min walk
                10:30 - hungry and shaky, ate 2 chicken drummies w/skin and a salad with HB egg and a few sausage bites
                10:45 - 15 min walk
                2:00 - 15 min walk
                6:30 - Bacon wrapped asparagus, eggs benedict in a mushroom cap, small salad.

                Notes: My bloating from last week is going down. Moderate energy level throughout the workday, but stressed, frustrated, and maybe a little depressed today... after work really drained. Tried PEM around 5:30 pm, only 3 push-ups and 15 second plank. I could have done more at a lower level, but am just fatigued.

                Water: 2.5 liters
                BaconFist Master of Pork-Fu!!

                My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread83531.html

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                • #53
                  Hey Hey Sugar Bear Bear! I've been eating a ton of fat, mainly from bacon and steak... some butter and coconut oil mixed in. I'm not sure what caused the hypoglycemic-ish episode and fatigue, but I was pretty off the day before with my foods, I think my body was confused.

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                  I'm starting a clean slate. I need to prove to myself that I can do 21 days without cheats.
                  "Wild cats look their best when they're hungry, so do you." - Ori Hofmekler

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                  • #54
                    Good Things:
                    I feel like I've been a Negative Nancy lately. So it's time to take stock of the positive. Can't remember if I've posted any of these results yet; but even so, they're good... so worth another mention:

                    1) Inflammation is down (hands, feet, face, all over)
                    2) Back pain almost completely gone!
                    3) Shoulder pain about 60-85% better... depends on how much time I spend on the computer.
                    4) Digestive issues are pretty much a thing of the past, used to be daily episodes IBS-D.
                    5) No tummy pain. This was a constant when I was smoking, drinking pop, and eating fast food regularly. The majority went away when I quit smoking, but changing foods has played a part as well.
                    6) OMG.... so much less gassy!!! hahaha I barely even burp any more!
                    7) Pooping? What is that? I seem to vaguely remember something along those lines...
                    8) Skin is less dry and has more color.
                    9) Eyes are less sensitive to light and wind, and less eye strain.
                    10) More energy. Less napping (used to nap after work almost daily).

                    Almost forgot to mention, I have night vision...
                    Last edited by Brenda_D; 05-09-2013, 09:20 PM.
                    "Wild cats look their best when they're hungry, so do you." - Ori Hofmekler

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                    • #55
                      Welcome to Limbo
                      In the midst of confusion over what to eat, possibly overeating meats and fats and undereating veggies... I decided a trip to the bookstore was in order. I already have a few Paleo and Primal books, but tend to get lost - maybe due to lack of plan? Food and I have just always had an incompatible and unhealthy relationship on pretty much every level.

                      The only plan I've been able to stick to for any length of time has been one where I would eat a certain amount of protein paired with a specific amount of carb/starch, and then eating fruits and veggies at key times of the day. The food formula and eating time schedule for some reason seems to help me stay on track and in control. This 'listening to my body idea' I really like and think it truly is correct, provided your body's system is working correctly and you're not battling addictive behaviors. I'm having a difficult time keeping myself under control.

                      What to do, what to do... Since I have Mark's 21-day Transformation book, I thought maybe I was missing some key information by not having the Primal Blueprint. I went with the intention of making that purchase, but decided against it due to it being so close to the other book.

                      I purchased instead, "Primal Body, Primal Mind" by Nora T. Gedgaudas since it seems pretty in depth in regard to supplements and general nutrition. I also purchased "The Warrior Diet" by Ori Hofmekler which appeals to me because fasting and limited eating appeals to me. I find I have more control over myself and my eating when I am not eating. Basically, the more I eat, the more I want to eat.

                      When I was in high school, my Sophomore year I gained 30 lbs. My Junior year I lost that plus more without actively trying, the two things that changed were 1) went on birth control pills and 2) ate 1 meal per day in the afternoon (this did not have to do with trying to lose weight, I have never purposely tried starving myself).

                      Later years have shown that birth control pills have not helped me lose nor maintain my weight. I became convinced, along with most of the population, that more meals plus snacks were the way to go. After learning more about low-carb eating and the fasting, I just feel drawn to that but am not sure how to go about it. Hopefully, "The Warrior Diet" will help with that.

                      Leptin resistance has been a concern, having read that I'll pretty much get nowhere with weight loss unless this is fixed. Having just read a list of leptin resistance symptoms, I am relieved to say that only 1 (being overweight) of 14 applies at this time.

                      I've got a lot of reading to do. I'm not sure at this point in what ways I will change up my foods, but I do feel like my meals are not that healthy... I'm pretty much mainly just eating meat. My moods are not stable, especially in the morning - I tend to be pretty crabby (whether I've just eaten or not). I'm thinking of adding more veggies, a little fruit and a little starch or grain back in. I also need to get consistent with taking supplements.
                      "Wild cats look their best when they're hungry, so do you." - Ori Hofmekler

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                      • #56
                        Adventures in Spelunking
                        Today, my bf and I went to the Ape Caves in Washington, near Mt. St. Helens and had ourselves a nice long hike in the dark. It was a lot of fun, good exercise and I look forward to going back again and exploring the upper cave. We just did the lower one since we weren't really prepared, higher powered flashlights and good non-slip shoes are needed for the upper cave.

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                        Since I have a photo, I'll add that my weight in these photos is 167 (up 2 lbs from last weigh in).

                        I read about 50 pages of "The Warrior Diet" on the drive and I am very impressed with it so far. It looks like it might be complementary to Primal. Even if I find out it isn't, I'm still learning a lot about enzymes, minerals, and general inner workings of the body as it relates to food. Good stuff!

                        Hoping to power through some more pages so I can get started tomorrow or Monday at the latest.
                        "Wild cats look their best when they're hungry, so do you." - Ori Hofmekler

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                        • #57
                          I was reading through the nutrition pages, mainly regarding JUDD. Someone mentioned that steak made her feel super human and that she loses weight with steak, I respond the same to steak. So I decided to write down the top 10 foods that make me feel awesome when I eat them, fortunately 9 out of 10 of them I love to eat (not a fan of grapefruit). Here they are:

                          1. Rare-Medium Rare Steak (NY Strip, Tenderloin, T-bone, and Ribeye - fat included)
                          2. Dark Meat Chicken w/skin
                          3. Broccoli (raw or steamed)
                          4. Green Beans (steamed)
                          5. Asparagus (steamed or grilled)
                          6. Black Olives
                          7. White Potatoes w/butter
                          8. Kiwi
                          9. Mango/Papaya (aren't they almost the same thing?)
                          10. Grapefruit

                          Speaking of Papaya, I always have a roll of papaya enzyme tablets on hand for any digestive issues that might occur.

                          I wonder if these foods are what I should be primarily eating... is my body this smart? Anyway, since I'm planning on bringing back a little fruit and starch anyway. I think I shall make this my staple list for the next phase which is to undereat during the day and overeat in the evening... this BTW makes me so very happy! I have always loved eating a lot in the evening, and no matter what diet or eating plan I've been on, it has always been super hard on me to eat a small supper.

                          So, I'm expecting my meal plans to look something like this:
                          Tiny snacking as needed (if needed) throughout the day, snacks to include:
                          raw veggies, nuts, hard-boiled eggs, fruit

                          Evening meal to include:
                          salad with mixed raw veggies, at least two different colored cooked veggies, at least two meats/proteins (something like steak and eggs, or steak and chicken, or bacon and eggs), a potato with butter or fried potatoes with peppers... and if needed, a dessert that is preferably cold.

                          I have no idea if this is going to work, but since it coincides with my preferences, I am excited to try!
                          "Wild cats look their best when they're hungry, so do you." - Ori Hofmekler

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                          • #58
                            Safeway Groceries:

                            Bell Peppers (Y,O,R): $3.75 ($.64/lb)
                            Cucumber: $.99
                            Radishes: $.50
                            Broccoli Crowns: $2.28 ($1.53/lb)
                            Green Beans: $6.99
                            Mushrooms: $1.50
                            Carrots (bag): $1.19

                            Limes (3): $1.00
                            Lemon: $.69
                            Lemon Juice: $1.99

                            (Mine) Red Grapefruit (Del Monte/Pre-peeled): $7.99
                            (Mine) Raspberries (3 oz): $3.99
                            Oranges (8 lbs): $5.99
                            Strawberries (1 lb): $2.50
                            Bananas: $2.02

                            Potatoes, Russet (10 lbs): 2.98

                            Total: $46.35
                            "Wild cats look their best when they're hungry, so do you." - Ori Hofmekler

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                            • #59
                              Sunday:
                              B (10:30):
                              Chicken Thigh w/skin
                              S (5:30):
                              2 strips bacon
                              D (7:45):
                              Medium Salad [romaine/radishes/cucumbers/mushrooms/feta/honey mustard dressing (non-primal)]
                              2 fried eggs, 1 strip bacon
                              1/3 cup fried potato medley (potato cubes/bell peppers/bacon/mushrooms)
                              1-2 Tbsp fudge (honey, cocoa, coconut oil)

                              Thoughts:
                              - Need to drink more water on weekends.
                              - Hopefully will get a good night's sleep tonight.
                              - A little anxious about tomorrow and trying to get through the day with as little food as possible.
                              - Hopefully my mood will be stable.
                              "Wild cats look their best when they're hungry, so do you." - Ori Hofmekler

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                              • #60
                                Day One: PB/Warrior Remix
                                Morning Weight: 166.6

                                IF:
                                (8:00 pm - 12:50 pm) apprx. 17 hrs
                                Undereating:
                                12:50 - Radish (1), Kalamatas (2), Feta Crumble (1)
                                2:30 - HB Egg & Cucumber Bite (1)
                                Overeating:
                                From 6:50-7:20 (in order of consumption)
                                1.5 cups Steamed Broccoli & Carrots
                                1 Gourmet Garlic Green Olive
                                2 Kalamata Olives
                                1 Slice Bacon
                                8 oz. NY Strip (Medium... a little overdone)
                                A nice long strip of Steak Fat... Mmmm...Mmmm....Mmmm
                                1 small potato w/skin and butter
                                5 Raspberries
                                1 small chunk Paleo fudge

                                Water Intake:
                                3.5 liters

                                Movement:
                                9:00 - 10 wall push-ups
                                11:15 - 30 minute walk w/10 sec sprint
                                2:00 - 15 minute walk w/20 sec sprint
                                Ran up and down stairs at least 10 times throughout the day

                                Hunger Level: 2-5
                                Energy Level: 6-7
                                Mood: Cheerful, Optimistic

                                Notes:
                                I peed a lot and frequently. Bye, Bye toxins and fat!! A co-worker said "Goodmorning Slim" to me and asked if I've lost more weight. That was nice. Legs and ankles were sore today, sprinted for a short time on them anyway- breath recovery pretty quick. Think I'm sore from spelunking on Saturday.

                                I felt good all day, just a little sore and stiff in my legs. The HB egg hit the spot when I did get a bit hungry in the early afternoon. Evening meal was just a little piece of Heaven... I think I am really going to like eating like this. I feel full, slightly overfull but I expect that to subside within a half hour. I'll have to learn when to stop eating. I feel really good, very satisfied and like I can go a long while without food.

                                All in all, I'd call this a successful day!
                                "Wild cats look their best when they're hungry, so do you." - Ori Hofmekler

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