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    umm ... so, is this a good place to put my journal ?? I AM going to have success story, so hey, why not ? ... seriously, if this is not, I will move it to another location

    PrimalMom
    Check out my new blog at http://primalmom.blogspot.com

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    so, I wanted to stick this info in my journal as well ...


    I am 43 (gosh, everyone is so much younger !!) - I'm a mom / wife / used-to-be-a-lawyer / personal trainer(a much more positive outcome since most of the people I worked with went to prison - I was a prosecutor for 10 years !)


    I am just starting here - still waiting for my book, but, after a lifetime of dieting and over 15 years of trying to find the optimum way of eating - for life -I am really excited !


    I have a long / boring / arduous journey (ok, maybe too dramatic) - it is a story of a lifetime of perpetual dieting and, for the past 10 years, health issues (thanks McDougall) that I have dealt with - let's just say that I have been there/done that when it comes to popular diets and ways of eating ... I have definitely learned a lot along the way - such as


    1) low-fat vegan can and will destroy your metabolism, esp combined with running ... hehe ...


    2) low-fat anything is temptingly easy and for me, although I do lose weight, it seems to lead to a downward spiral into a cesspool of artificial sweetners and chemicals, outrageous sugar cravings, and general crabbiness ... not to mention reduced thyroid function, adrenal disagreements, and overall lethargy - yeah, sign me up


    3) being skinny-fat is a tough row to hoe - I have been fat-ish too even while not preggo and that is no fun either - there has to be a middle ground that is do-able for LIFE (apologies to Bill Phillips but that is not the "for LIFE" that I want !)


    4) Love Sally Fallon and Mary Enig but ... wanna give those ladies a chill pill and some dumbbells ... I have learned a ton from reading about Weston A Price over the years ... but... the "take no prisoners" seriousness of it and lack of fitness drove me away ... and back into the arms of refined food


    5) gluten is an evil substance ! I went off gluten in early December 2008 - thanks Doc, for the Christmas present ! ... still, it has made a huge difference in the way I feel and my thyroid issues ...


    6) I have done no dairy / raw dairy / fat-free dairy ... i'll keep the dairy and raise it to raw, for now


    ok, enough about me - I am going to read some stuff about all of you - I have been glued to the whole site for a couple of days now and LOVE reading about all the success stories and great food ideas

    yippee !!!

    PrimalMom
    Check out my new blog at http://primalmom.blogspot.com

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      welcome, and we will enjoy following your successful journey

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        Welcome primalmom. I'm new to this as well and will be following your journey, all the best.

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          Welcome! The more the merrier!

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            p'mom -- don't worry not everyone here are kids! Since you have been-there-done-that, I think you will find it refreshing that the primal way is about eating real food without adding or taking anything away from what nature put in. It's quite simple really, but surprisingly hard since since everyone around you is doing the opposite: take out fat and add HFCS, take out the animal protein add whole grains....


            When you cook for yourself it is really quite easy, enter the grocery store at the produce section, fill your basket, walk around to the meat and fill your basket, stop by the dairy section and pick up some butter, walk down the salad dressing aisle and pick up some olive oil and vinegar and leave the store. You may also want to pick up some nuts and coconut oil. Simple food, simple ingredients it feels great.


            When you eat out it's harder -- but since you are GF you already know that.....


            Enjoy

            It's grandma, but you can call me sir.

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              thanks for the great welcome, guys ! I know I should just wait until I get the book, but hey, taking the (pastured) bull by the horns and trying to feel my way LOL ... if anyone care to comment on my food today so far, I would really appreciate the input


              B- coffee (half caff) w/ H&H

              some of that carrot walnut "bread:"

              2 fried eggs


              SN - another egg and a half / abut 10 almonds


              worked out - heavy lifting - upper body


              L - salad - chicken/broc/onion/lettuce/blue cheese/walnuts/a sprinkle of blueberries ... a slice of cheddar


              planned

              SN - ??? almond butter and whey protein smoothie

              D - beef "scramble" with zucchini / eggplant / onions

              maybe some dark choc ???


              I am a 5 or 6-meal-a-day type of person .. BTW .. I am 5'6 and weigh 120 .. is this too much food or not enough or jussst right ??

              Thanks again for any commentary

              PrimalMom
              Check out my new blog at http://primalmom.blogspot.com

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                How was the carrot walnut "bread"? I think I might make it with pecans this weekend! I would try tracking your intake (I use The Daily Plate, but a lot of people here use FitDay) to know your overall calories and macros, that's a better judge than us just looking (don't know what your portions look like from here . I used to eat 2-3 snacks a day also, but have found that they're really unnecessary with my increased fat and protein intake, you might start to feel the same way after a couple of weeks! You might get a few comments about the half & half, blue cheese, cheddar cheese, and dark chocolate all in one day too, but you're just starting so you'll decide what you can call a cheat or your 20% of your 80/20 after a few days. It all depends on your goals and what works for your body after all. Good luck and welcome!

                You are what you eat,
                and what you eat eats too - Michael Pollan

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                  thanks Hannah ! .. the "bread" was good - a little dry but I think that was me - I mis-measured the nut flour and then had to try to compensate LOL - I will definitely have to figure out the fat thing - I think I am very paranoid about raising it and so keep doing little dribs and drabs instead of just getting it in I will do Fitday for sure - that will help


                  ... ya, too much dairy ?? the dark choc has no sugar in it, though

                  thanks !

                  PrimalMom
                  Check out my new blog at http://primalmom.blogspot.com

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                    "I will definitely have to figure out the fat thing - I think I am very paranoid about raising it"


                    OK I'm diabetic so my numbers were crap from the get-go, but cutting the carbs and adding fat has literally doubled my HDL and decimated my trigs. This is not uncommon, for nondiabetics also. LDL may go up or down or stay the same depending. Try doing it for a few months then see if you can get a Full Lipid Panel, it's very rare for the numbers to worsen like they do on a "heart healthy" diet

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                      Welcome Primal Mom!


                      You sound like me! I'm not a personal trainer, but hung around many in my last forum (O2) and found so many young ladies STILL struggling with ED's. I have been dedicated to natural health my whole life, so when these 'trainers' and others were telling me to eat 6 meals a day, low-fat, low-cal, etc, I listened because I struggled with my weight (adrenals were pooping out on me, I suspect).


                      You will find many of your previous beliefs being challenged and you will find the book a breath of fresh air! I, like you, ordered my book and became so excited that I couldn't stay away from this site. I even carried that book around with me 24/7 JUST IN CASE I caught an extra minute to read it.


                      I feel like a brand new woman with an enriching life in front of her and now my husband and boys are following suit!


                      Will you be participating in Mark's 30 day Primal Blueprint Challenge? It starts August 3rd. It will be difficult for me, since this is the month that marks the end of Summer and most of my 'family' camping and parties will be. I can say no to the smores (maybe), but dang, I've been craving beer lately! ;-)

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                        thanks Trinkwasser, for the boost toward the right direction ... oh, my reasons are far more shallow than blood numbers - errk - ya know - body fat LOL !! I have to wrap my mind around that one ... I have read Gary Taubes and I feel pretty good about the lipid theory being bogus - I just don't wanna be a Twinkie ... !!!!

                        PrimalMom
                        Check out my new blog at http://primalmom.blogspot.com

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                          SassaFrass, thanks for your kind welcome !! I have heard the 02 forum is a little (hehe) toxic and maybe snippy - have not actually spent time at that one but I HAVE been at several others and it sure does a mind game on you - does with me, anyway !!


                          I am definitely feeling "pooped" in the adrenals - I suspect it is from the low-fat dieting -- I knew better and I did it anyway - DOH ! ... so I am really excited to be here and learning - can't wait for the book !!..I'll be scarfing it down


                          I DO want to do the 30-day challenge in August - it will be a perfect time - we get back from our beach trip on August 1, so I will be ready to start in earnest - right now I am feeling my way, with reading all the stuff here (yes, I cannot get away from the site LOL!) and returning to some real food stuff that I already know and should have been doing - SIGH -


                          oh, SassaFrass, that is hard with the camping trips etc - I hear ya - I might be having a few glasses of red wine next week myself LOL !! ... I have a fondness for tortilla chips too - errh !!!

                          PrimalMom
                          Check out my new blog at http://primalmom.blogspot.com

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                            hmm ... must not allow this to fall into lame-dom ...


                            here's an update ... still waiting for my book - I ordered from the PB site and and not sure how long that should take to get here - unless it comes today, looks like it won't be going with me on vacation since I leave tomorrow - whaa... AND doubtful WiFI service so I can't surf the site(shouldn't anyway LOL !!) .. oh well, I can still do it !


                            Food yesterday was hampered by my efforts to work down our groceries before leaving town - I hate taking a bunch of stuff with us ! So ... too much reliance on dairy and nuts ... ugh ... usually I eat much more veggie but trying not to have a bunch sitting in the fridge while we are gone


                            B - 4 eggs, a little butter and olive oil, spinach

                            SN - 3 oz greek yogurt, crushed pecans

                            ** steady state cardio / bike **

                            L - whey smoothie & almond butter (lame)

                            SN - 3 oz greek yogurt, crushed pecans, 1/4 cup blueberries, 3 slices of organic salami (??)

                            D- beef scramble with sauteed kale & onions

                            SN - whey and almond butter, again


                            not sure how today will play out --- eggs I know - got 3 doz pastured eggs on Wednesday - yum ! ... and a grass-fed chuck roast - throw into the crock pot with some onions and celery .. mmm ...

                            PrimalMom
                            Check out my new blog at http://primalmom.blogspot.com

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                              Mmmmmm.... Greek yogurt....I used to eat an entire tub of that stuff in two days! It was addicting!


                              You do have a lot of dairy still in your meals (whey, yogurt, etc). Depending on your goals, it may behoove you to start dropping them more and more (I have recently and I must say that my weight-loss has indeed increased).


                              Mmmmm...grass-fed chuck roast in the crock pot....yummy!


                              Have a great weekend! (I'll be having some red wine for sure).

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