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    Last edited by Want2BeAPinup; 06-03-2010, 07:25 AM. Reason: Deleted



  • #2
    Pinup,

    Everything looks good to go

    My one piece of advice for you is on the fruit. Some people, myself included, find they do better if they limit their fruit to a serving or so a day (I really don't eat any, but YMMV). You might want to stick to a few berries a day for awhile, until you find out where you are. Dairy often causes problems for some, as well. I tend to WAY overeat when I have cheese around.

    But DO load up on the good fats. Butter or Ghee (clarified butter) and Coconut Oil are going to be good friends.

    In addition, if budget permits, it might be a good plan to get some fish oil caps for o3, and some vitamin D3. These are a couple of VERY helpful supplements, and I wish I had known about them when I started out.

    Again, welcome!!!

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    • #3
      Here are a few tips.
      Lose the almonds or cut them down to just a few. Nuts are very calorie dense and can work against you.
      You might also want to go very easy on the fruit too, especially the oranges and grapefruit.
      You might also want to add fresh spinach to make salads or the frozen bagged kind just to cook.
      Some kind of fish would be good. Fresh fish is awesome. I also like canned wild caught red salmon. I used to eat it on my BASs before I cut back on the veggies.
      Oh and on the ranch dressing lots of those have HFCS and are made from crappy oils. You might want to make your own dressings. Bacon grease (we love our bacon around here) and apple cider vinegar is one that I like. EVOO and some kind of vinegar also works. You can also make mayo out of bacon grease, egg whites, and fresh lemon juice. There's a recipe for that around here somewhere.
      http://www.facebook.com/daemonized

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      • #4
        I would go for heavy cream, or at least half-and-half, and make it a Breve. Milk has a buttload of carbs ;-)

        And, I'm not a fish oil scientist....but my understanding is that ideally you want your o3/o6 ratio as close to 1:1 as possible. Since non-grassfed meat has more o6, the reason you would take fish oil is to balance it out. So if you look at your bottle of 3-6-9, and it doesn't have a lot more 3...then you might not be getting the benefit you're expecting. Stabby, where are you?

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        • #5
          Fruits (apart from berries) are high in sugar and low in fiber - a guaranteed insulin-spiking combination.
          Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

          Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


          Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

          My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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          • #6
            I would also recommend not getting to crazy with your exercise routine especially when you're first starting out. Exercise will make you stronger but it's what you eat (or don't eat) that will help you lose the pounds. Oh and for sure order and read the Primal Blueprint if you haven't already. Mark did a great job with it.
            http://www.facebook.com/daemonized

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            • #7
              Hi and welcome and good luck with this new life I started primal a little over a month ago though I went gluten-free/low carb in January. Some things I've learned as I got started - to rid yourself of those ravenous hunger pains, EAT NO CARBS. Really. It works. Cut out the fruit and toast for just a few days so that you can jump-start into ketosis. It's the insulin that causes hunger, and grains and fruit that cause the insulin release. For me, it takes about 48 hours after eating carbs to stop craving more of them.

              Once your body is adjusted (you'll know because you'll stop getting physically hungry), you can add in some fruit again, but never eat it by itself - which isn't so bad once you consider the yummmmmm factor of a handful of juicy berries topped with a mheap of with real whipped cream (heavy whipping cream, with a little Splenda or raw cane sugar if you need it) ... or, more realistically, a heap of real whipped cream with a handful of strawberries and blueberries on top

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              • #8
                Cutting the fruit does help a LOT. Even if you can cut it down and mix it w/ the whipped cream, then keep gradually decreasing it.

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                • #9
                  Just wanted to suggest that you try coconut milk with fruit instead of whipping cream. It's line nirvanna for the tastebuds. Plus, its high in fat and calories and seems to enhance the flavour of the fruit (I had strawberries last night, OMG, best EVER!).
                  SW: 235
                  CW:220
                  Rough start due to major carb WD.

                  MWF: 1 hour run/walk, 1.5 hours in the gym - upper/lower and core
                  Sat/Sun=Yard/house work, chasing kids, playing
                  Family walk every night instead of everyone vegging in front of the TV
                  Personal trainer to build muscle mass & to help meet goals

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                  • #10
                    You need to find primal food that you like!! I am the same way about feeling restricted - the 'game' is to find food that feels like you are being pampered by eating it! Lucky for me, I love bacon and steak, so I have a hard time feeling deprived while I'm eating a big steak If you really truly dislike meat, this could be a tough plan for you - but I'd suggest making a list of what you DO like and working around that at first, then getting more adventurous as time goes on. for instance, you absolutely CAN have fried chicken - just ditch the flour coating and use good oils. Deviled eggs are totally primal, as is steak with sauteed onions, most anything you can grill (just watch the sauces), etc...

                    I'm also not a big fan of the flavor of coconut, but you can sneak it in by cooking with the coconut oil. The coconut milk doesn't take coconut-y to me, but I just put it in my coffee. I didn't realize that you can whip it - I'm going to try that!

                    Some thoughts on your menu -
                    why non-fat latte? How much sugar is in it??? Those things can pack a sugar bomb if you aren't careful
                    your morning snack is pretty high-carb

                    it looks like you could be starting your day with an insulin spike, which is going to screw up your whole day. also, check your ranch dressing - the commercial stuff is full of crap. I've started getting the ranch seasoning package and mixing it up myself so I control the kind of fat and eliminate the preservatives. I also make an awesomely good salad dressing by mixing a Good Seasons Italian seasoning pack with olive oil and almond oil --- sooo good and you can pack in a lot of good fats to your salad that way. My new favorite salad is baby spinach, crumbled bacon and feta with the homemade dressing.

                    One thing I noticed recently myself is that 'artificial flavorings' make me bloat up as badly as gluten does. the other day I had flavored cod-liver oil on an empty stomach and bloated INCHES within 5 minutes - the only thing it could have been was the artifical cherry flavor. So it's possible that you are reacting more to the 'stuff' in the commercial foods than to the fat and meat. As your diet gets cleaner ,you will probably get more sensitive to how bad the artificial crap makes you feel... just a thought

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                    • #11
                      Props on the Kundalini Yoga. I love it! Not quite as "active" as the other forms, but much better for my mental health.

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                      • #12
                        When I did atkins, I got backed up regularly. This plan? Not an issue, I think its because of the amount of fat that I'm taking in.

                        Coconut milk doesn't have a strong flavor at all, I find that it added sweetness to my berries. It was freaking awesome.

                        I never used to be a big meat eater, instead I was (still am, who am I kidding) a carb junkie. But recently I've started to crave meat. Mmm.
                        SW: 235
                        CW:220
                        Rough start due to major carb WD.

                        MWF: 1 hour run/walk, 1.5 hours in the gym - upper/lower and core
                        Sat/Sun=Yard/house work, chasing kids, playing
                        Family walk every night instead of everyone vegging in front of the TV
                        Personal trainer to build muscle mass & to help meet goals

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                        • #13
                          tomorrow's menu looks good
                          I would still add protein and fat to your snacks tho - or cut them out altogether. The 3 meals + snacks paradigm just isn't necessary when you are no longer a slave to insulin -- but I well remember the food insecurity of the adjustment phase! I carried an emergency kit of macadamia nuts and string cheese around with me until I got used to the idea that I wasn't going to suddenly starve to death if I'm more than 15 minutes from a food source I had the food insecurity thing BAD lol.

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                          • #14
                            Paradigm shifts can be scary - you've been so restricted and regimented that all this freedom just feels weird (I know, I've been there!). You didn't give a lot of detail about underlying health issues etc ... suffice to say that everyone is different and you may need fewer carbs or calories in the long run to lose weight, but for now DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT. The most important thing is to get off the insulin rollercoaster and adjust to eating differently. After a few weeks you will naturally start to lose your hunger, most likely.. for me, as long as I keep the carbs under 25-30 per day I don't really get hungry - I feel "empty" but not that awful gnawing hunger. In fact more often these days my cue to go eat something is that I get a headache.

                            I think your menu for tomorrow looks good. My only advice is to simply eat until you are satisfied - don't force yourself to finish everything. This is VERY hard to learn for some of us, we are so used to ignoring our body's cues that we have to re-learn those subtle signals that say "I've had enough". But, basically, if the next bite doesn't seem appealing, it's time to stop If you get hungry again later, go ahead and eat. Don't wait until your "scheduled" time. Just eat. Think of it as caring for your body the way you would care for a baby. You don't tell an infant to wait until 2:00 and let it cry, right? This way of thinking can be SOOO powerful -- for me it was like an epiphany, I actually started sobbing the first time I realized what a loving way to treat my body this is <blush>

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                            • #15
                              Oooh, that looks good I shouldn't have read your post before the end of my IF lol!!

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