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  • The Journey Begins

    Purpose: I am about to embark on my Primal Blueprint journey. I have decided to start a thread here in order to have someplace to store my thoughts and experiences. Perhaps others will look at this journal and be able to offer feedback.

    About this journal: I will be slowly adopting the PB lifestyle step by step. I know myself well enough to know that attempting more than one change at a time will discourage me and perhaps cause me to give up. So changes will be implemented very slowly over the course of about six months or so. I also do not expect entries here to be overly frequent.

    So now it is time for change #1. The first change I am making is adopting the PB diet. A couple days ago I signed up for the PB meal plan. This will help me with finding the appropriate foods and give me ways of preparing it (as I have almost zero cooking skills). My plan is to continue using this service until I am comfortable enough to tackle it on my own. I have to say that looking over the first week's meal plan has me both nervous and excited. I'm nervous because before now I had not even heard of a couple of items on there, believe it or not. So I'm not too certain where to find them. I'm also nervous because of the aforementioned lack of cooking skills. But I am excited because all of the food in there looks delicious. And I look forward to both improving my health and my cooking skills!

    As I write this, I have just sat down after doing another task. That task was to find all the non-primal food in my kitchen and get rid of it. There is now a nice chunk of space available. It is looking sparse in there. I think I will try getting my food from Earth Fare. It's a store similar to Whole Foods. They're supposed to have very high quality at least organic food and some that are even better options. Then tomorrow I will start cooking and eating in accordance with the PB diet. Woohoo!

  • #2
    I just finished putting away all of my groceries. That trip was interesting and I learned quite a few lessons.

    Lesson 1: It is difficult to shop in an unfamiliar store for unfamiliar foods. I was in there for about two hours hunting everything down. Luckily I had a friend who is more savvvy than myself who helped me out a bit....and mainly laughed at my confused state lol

    Lesson 2: It is difficult finding somewhere to put all of that food in the fridge and cabinets at my house. Mainly because I am sharing the house with 1.6 roommates. I say the 0.6 because one of them is only here about 4 days out of each week.

    Lesson 3: I cannot shop at that store anymore. They are outrageously expensive. For this week's shopping trip, I spent almost exactly twice as much as I did on food for the entire month of March. That translates into about 15% of my income...in other words, if I repeated this for a month, 60% of my income would have gone to food. So next time I will shop at Wal-mart and make do with what I can find there.

    On the bright side, this week will be the best I have ever eaten in my life!

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    • #3
      Welcome and good luck to you! Cleaning out my kitchen was cathartic...I remember that Sunday very well not too long ago. It was great to have all that extra pantry space too. You will get used to the shopping and prepping/cooking once you get more into primal eating. I know after the first week or two, I had a routine going. It can seem like you're spending a lot of $$ on groceries b/c you ARE...but just think about the big picture and how you're not spending money on junk anymore. I save lots of $$ now that i'm not buying diet soda, for instance.

      Looking forward to reading your updates!
      “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

      ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

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      • #4
        Thanks for sharing a bit of your story and for the encouraging words, bullymama!

        Well, I went to bed earlier than usual last night and slept until I woke up on my own this morning. I now feel very well-rested. It's a nice change. Breakfast this morning was a zuccini egg bake. Even with my lack of cooking skills, it was very easy to prepare. And the best part is that it turned out to be delicious. And it's good for me. The positivity just doesn't end lol. I'm looking forward to trying my hand at primal pizza for lunch

        My activity for the day is going to be a very thorough cleaning of the house. I'm feeling more energetic after that night's sleep and the breakfast, so it's time to quit procrastinating and get some work done.
        Last edited by thealphageek; 04-27-2014, 08:36 AM.

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        • #5
          Primal pizza was pretty good. I need to figure out what to do with the crust, though. I followed the recipe and it was too dry to even make a dough, so I added extra olive oil. It was still pretty dry and crumbly in the end. Maybe I'll just add a bit of water next time.

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          • #6
            For the pizza dough (don't what recipe you are using) if the dough was dry and crumbly adding and an egg might help. Eggs work as binders in baked goods. I think it's great that you are jumping right in and cooking! I love to see people learn to cook. If you have any cooking questions feel free to PM me, I worked professionally as a cook for years so I might be able to help.
            Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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            • #7
              It's the recipe from the Primal Blueprint Cookbook, although I cut the amount of ingredients in half since I'm the only one eating it. That's a pretty good idea. That sounds like it would work nicely, plus I get to eat an extra egg...which is always good. Thanks for the tip, Urban Forager!

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              • #8
                Final entry for the day. Just had salmon chowder for dinner...and it was awesome. I only at about half of it though, and I had not expected to have any left over at all. So I seem to be less hungry today than usual. We'll see if that trend continues.

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                • #9
                  Slept an hour later than I usually do. That still gives me plenty of time to shower, eat breakfast, pack lunch, and get to work...and post on here, too. I feel a good bit more rested than usual now. The leftover zuccini egg bake was just as good this morning as it was yesterday. I am still feeling a little hungry after having eaten it, but I'll tough it out until lunch time. And then we'll see how that pizza fares as a leftover. Pretty well is what I'm guessing.

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                  • #10
                    Sounds great, Alphageek.

                    I get a little hungry sometimes too, even after having a high protein meal. I need to make sure i have enough fat which seems to help. I usually will not snack and just drink tons of ice water. Another thing that has helped is a spoonful of coconut oil...kills the appetite but it can be hard on the tummy if you're not used to it.

                    Your food sounds delicious, btw.
                    “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

                    ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the advice, bullymama. I've signed up for and am following the Primal Blueprint Meal Plan. They have some great food in there. After I pick up enough to feel comfortable doing it solo, I'll be cutting that service.

                      I forgot to mention in my entry this morning that I slept an hour later than I usually do. I typically wake up about 5:30, get ready, and then spend a good amount of time surfing the internet. So I decided to get some extra sleep instead of extra web surfing. It turned out to be a good call. I had a pretty busy morning at work, so my focus managed to keep my appetite in check and I didn't feel too hungry. I also parked in the farthest parking spot and made sure to take the stairs instead of the elevator. It's the little things that count sometimes. Still feeling pretty good so far with energy level. I did have some chocolate this afternoon. I tried some that was 100% cacao. Way too bitter, I could barely make myself eat it. So next time I'll get something down towards the lower end of "okay" like 60-70%.

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                      • #12
                        Well, dinner was a bit of a fiasco. I did the Moroccan Chicken and Cauliflour Rice recipe. With my level of cooking skill, it was fairly difficult. I made it, though. My kitchen just looks like a disaster area lol. The flavor was good, but very strong. Too strong for my palatte. I ended up only eating about half of it because of that. Nothing at all against the recipe, it is great. It's just not my thing.

                        This lead me to my first cheat. I was still pretty hungry and my housemate's box of Cheerio's caught my eye. So I just ate a big bowl of Cheerio's with some almond milk. But I'm not going to get discouraged about it. I now know that recipe doesn't do it for me, so I will pick something else next time. So next time I won't be hungry and those Cheerio's won't be irresistible.

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                        • #13
                          This is decidedly not a good morning. I went to bed about 10PM which is pretty usual for me. Then the storm and alarms from the weather radio woke me up around 1:15AM. I finally got back to sleep about 4AM and then awoke at 5:45. I was feeling light-headed, shaking, odd mix of hunger/nausea - symptoms I've come to know as my body's way of saying "Give me carbs NOW or something bad will happen to you." I tried to be good and cook some fried eggs and stuffed tomatoes. I'm not sure exactly how I managed it, but my guess is a combination of sleepiness and not feeling well and bad cooking skills, but I managed to ruin literally all of it. Eggs, tomatoes, stuffing, literally all of it. So instead I ate a banana. This did me good in giving my body enough carbs to satisfy it for now without going overboard. But my head is still feeling fuzzy. I'll see what else I can find to snack on.

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                          • #14
                            I haven't done an update in a bit, so here it goes. Yesterday was better after breakfast. I still felt lightheaded throughout the entire day. If I was moving around a lot, or focused on what I was doing, I wouldn't notice it. But as soon as I got still or had time to think, I would feel it. I'm guessing this is just what happens when my body finally ran out of residual over-carbiness? (That's definitely a word now. It's in Websters' and everything.) Today I do not notice the lightheadedness as much. I'll admit I did some cheating yesterday afternoon because it was getting to be a bit much. I had a soda and some crackers. But I haven't had another cheat session today.

                            Yesterday's dinner was quite good. Beef and broccoli stir-fry, rice not included. I added some green beans too because I was a bit on the hungry side. I'm eating the leftovers as I write this. Then breakfast was some egg muffins. Very tasty.

                            I also managed to get caught up on sleep. I ended up going to bed about 7:30PM and waking up at 6 this morning. There was one brief wake-up for a bathroom run.

                            Over-all, feeling pretty good today.

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                            • #15
                              Sounds like you might've had the carb-flu but i know you figured that out already.

                              Your sleep sounded glorious! i haven't had a good night's sleep yet during this work week. I tried a spoonful of honey last night b4 bedtime but still woke up at 4am (slept at 11pm).
                              “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

                              ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

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