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  • Quietly primal

    I've been Primal for nearly 2 months now and have finally gotten around to starting a journal.
    So, my basics - am a 33-year-old Australian mother of one and just discovered am pregnant with our second baby. I quit sugar in January - which was easier than I'd expected - but kept reading about how amazing people felt after quitting sugar AND grains. So I did a bit of scouting around and found MDA.
    It was exactly what I was looking for and my husband and I switched to primal eating pretty much right away. We're both carnivores who live for lamb chops so we didn't take much convincing
    The scales tell me that I've lost about 2kg over the past couple of months, which is hardly impressive, and my measurements haven't really changed, but my clothes seem marginally looser around my classic pear-shape body, and I guess being pregnant (even though I'm only a few weeks in) may have put the skids on weight loss. I've no idea of body fat percentage so don't know if that's improved.
    But, I can gleefully report that my sugar and carb cravings vanished some time in the past month! Am hoping it stays this way, even throughout the pregnancy.

    My current stats:
    Weight: 67kg
    Height: 156cm
    Waist: 76cm
    Hips/butt: 119cm.

    I'm loving being primal so far and intend to never go back!

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    Welcome Emma. How wonderful to be free of the carb cravings, especially now you have a new little one on board. Now is definitely not the time for weight loss, but certainly is the time for the most healthy eating possible ie primal so you couldn't have picked a better moment to start. It's great to have your husband doing it with you. Best wishes for your primal journey and your pregancy, from another lamb chop fan down under.
    Annie Ups the Ante
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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    • #3
      It is impressive considering you are pregnant- well done and congratulations. I hope your baby cravings are for chops
      When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
      27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
      new journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ml#post1264082

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      • #4
        Thanks Annieh and CarbDodger - I'm looking forward to many lamb chops over the ensuing months

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        • #5
          Happy enough with today's efforts.
          Breakfast: smoothie of coconut milk, berries and protein powder. Only just tried this and quite nice, though couldn't have it all the time. Will mix it up with a dairy one, methinks, as I seem to be able to handle dairy. And can't help thinking it might be wise to go back to it while pregnant, though that could be some stubborn CW hanging around.
          Had to buy a new stick blender as my old one, which cost all of $20 or something a few months ago, and which I gave an absolute caning, broke. So am all set for future smoothies now.
          Lunch: Went to town today (shopping day at region's main town, 40km away) and was able to take leftovers thanks to my nifty little car fridge. So had leftover beef mince & mashed pumpkin, with a bit of sour cream.
          Snack: Flat white coffee on decaf. From McDonald's, of all places. Even before going primal I avoided Macca's, but it has a good parents room, a good play area for my 12-month-old and good coffee, so ticks all my boxes these days.
          Other snacks: Was hungry in the late afternoon so had a couple of nut balls (basically nuts and butter mixed together) and a piece of vintage cheddar.
          Dinner: Takeaway from the new - and only - cafe in town of grilled fish, salad and chips. Even ate all the chips. I figured they're not 100% non-primal, and on a night when it's cold (well, cold for here. It's about 10 degrees) and I'm breastfeeding and pregnant, I may as well enjoy them as a rare treat. Also had a couple of small chunks of preserved peach served up to the baby but which were just going to be thrown at the cat or dropped on the floor.

          Exercise: Nothing concrete, though did move around quite a bit by the time I got through the mountain of washing up, and another mountain of laundry that were mine today. Also walked around the shops, while pushing/lugging a 9kg baby. Then made about 20,000 trips from the car to the kitchen bringing all the shopping in.

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          • #6
            Dairys not necessarily bad, butters good,pastured like kerrygold is considered best, cream is liquid butter and good cheese is good. full-fat yoghurt is also good. I use half & half in coffee but I only have 2 cups a day.
            It must be so exciting for you
            Marks information that might be useful
            if you've not got there yet
            5 Primal Superfoods for Fertility and Pregnancy | Mark's Daily Apple
            Dear Mark: Pregnancy Diet Tips for Inquiring Minds | Mark's Daily Apple
            Dear Mark: Protein for Pregnancy and Nursing, Reversing Sun Damage, Inflammatory Eggs | Mark's Daily Apple
            Is Cheese Unhealthy? | Mark's Daily Apple
            The Definitive Guide to Dairy | Mark's Daily Apple
            When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
            27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
            new journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ml#post1264082

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            • #7
              Thanks for the links - I've seen some but not all of them, so will check them out. And thanks too for the reassurance about dairy. I will enjoy the quality forms without worry from now on!

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              • #8
                Skipped posting for a couple of days as we went camping and didn't have Internet coverage.
                Took only primal foods - except for my husband's home brew cider, which he can't resist - so ate chicken and veggies roasted in the camp oven, salad, some fruit, vintage cheese, and bacon, lamb chops, tomato and steak cooked over the fire. I just drank water, and attempted a few cups of peppermint tea but was unsuccessful thanks to the baby deciding she doesn't like camping and grouching for about 80% of the time, making it difficult to do much.
                I had hoped to go for a few walks through the empty countryside but my daughter's unhappiness put the kibosh on that too. Did a small amount of exercise while collecting firewood.
                Got home yesterday afternoon and had leftover cold meat and salad for dinner.
                Not our most successful camping trip but at least the food was good. And we didn't see another soul the entire time we were out there, which is always refreshing.

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                • #9
                  Camping with babies is not the most relaxing experience.

                  I can remember being absolutely miserable the first time we took our daughter away. Workload was quadrupled. I had to stop thinking of it as a holiday, because there was no rest whatsover for the mother. But it was at least a change of scene and an adventure. However, we didn't go again for years.

                  Hope your next trip is better. And as you say, at least the food was good.
                  Annie Ups the Ante
                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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                  • #10
                    Yeah, it wasn't great. We won't be going out again for a while now as it will be too cold, so hopefully by the next trip she'll be old enough to enjoy it a bit more.

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                    • #11
                      Seem to have lost interest in meals and feel more like snacking. This is a bit inconvenient, what with the constant wandering in and out of the kitchen when there are better things to be doing, so while I snacked for breakfast, I made sure I had filling meals for the remainder of yesterday.
                      Morning: grape tomatoes on cheddar. A dairy smoothie with a few berries and protein powder a couple of hours later. Didn't really enjoy the dairy smoothie, so may not have as many as I planned to.
                      Lunch: cold roast chicken and salad, with some cheddar and olives. Decaf coffee.
                      Snack: small handful of berries with almonds and heavy cream.
                      Dinner: still a bit full from arvo snack, so small portion of chicken stir fry. Stir fries have been thin on the ground recently because the onion and capsicum gives my breastfed daughter wind, but she seems to cope better now with these foods if I eat them cooked, so decided to risk it. And it was so tasty, I realised how much I have missed them.
                      Didn't feel like my usual evening treat of homemade chocolate so skipped it.

                      No real exercise; just a bit of housework.

                      Felt a bit sluggish as had poor sleep the night before. Think I kept expected the baby to have another horror night. She didn't but I couldn't relax properly.

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                      • #12
                        B: piece of bacon and 2 eggs; slice of cheddar.
                        L: smoked chicken, salad, cheese, olive oil
                        D: rest of the chicken stir fry.
                        Snacks: couple of nut balls. Scoop of yoghurt with nuts and berries. Half a paleo cookie I had to sample after making my first ever batch, made with the intention of satisfying husband's and daughters desires to nibble on 'goodies'.

                        Actually got some exercise done. It was raining almost all morning but ceased not long after lunch. However someone, and I won't name names but obviously it was my husband because who else would do it, left the pram on the edge of the verandah and it got rained on. Changed out the sopping insert rug for a towel and all was fine; had a nice 45-50 min stroll through streets washed clean by the rain.
                        That I went for an afternoon walk is a sign of my (occasionally) improved energy levels. I used to have to exercise in the morning while my motivation was keen, or I'd just not bother. Especially on a day like yesterday, which being wet and miserable generally makes me want to hole up inside. But as walking with the pram, or gyming it on the two days a week the local gym has a crèche, is the only exercise I can do for more than 10 min these days, I was glad the weather co-operated for the arvo.
                        Once we got home I hauled my kettlebells and the baby into the shed where it was dry and did a 5-10min squat/lunge/shoulder workout while the baby wandered around checking out her dads power tools and gathering all manner of dirt and grease on her person.
                        Last edited by EmmaM; 05-30-2013, 02:56 AM.

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                        • #13
                          B: Handful of nuts, one rasher of bacon, two eggs.
                          L: by the time I was able to have lunch -- not that it was late - I was cold and hungry, and really wanted something hot and comforting like a meat pie and sauce (think its a natural Australian response) or crispy chicken Kiev. Obviously I had neither to hand and I'd just come inside from the god-awful wind so wasn't about to go back out in it in search of a second rate version of either from the roadhouse as it just wouldn't have been worth it on any level. Gobbled some nuts to quiet initial hunger and cooked some chicken wings in butter and garlic. Ate a few stalks of asparagus while they were cooking.
                          Snack: nut ball. Corner of a square of hazelnut dairy milk.
                          Dinner: lamb, tomato and cheesy creamy casserole with pumpkin and Brussels sprouts. Trying to convince myself I enjoy Brussels sprouts because they're a)so full of goodness, b) my husband loves them and c) they are super easy to cook. Not having much success, sadly.

                          Exercise: It was toddler time/crèche day at the rec centre, which includes the local gym. Woohoo! Twice a week the centre has a program for parents of under-fours where you take your kids and they can do their thing in a room full of toys and other kids, and you can either sit back and gossip with the other mums, or leave your kids with the centre staff and other women and use the gym. I took the chance to do some sprints on the stationary bike. Can only manage 12-15 second bouts of total effort at the moment. Did 6 of those, and then while was free to do as I please, strolled on the treadmill for 20 min. Then rejoined the fray of toddlers and babies and mothers. (Actually there were only 3 families there this time so was quite peaceful.)

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                          • #14
                            Emma -

                            Came across your journal today, and very much enjoyed catching up with you in your primal journey. I have the utmost respect for you continuing through this journey while pregnant. Here in the US, there is so much pressure to eat the typical grain-heavy diet while pregnant, even though for many it is so much healthier to eat primal.

                            Best of luck to you!
                            Lady Gecko, a.k.a. Theresa.

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                            • #15
                              First day of winter and it couldn't be more wintry. It calls for chicken soup!

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