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    This nutrition forum, and no offense to anyone, is overun with weightloss topics/ideas/thenext big thing.

    i have a hunch that there are a good number of primals out there who are not here to lose weight, so i am starting a primal nutrition health/maintenance thread. so to those not trying to lose weight:


    what have you found 'works' for you personally?
    to you count carbs?
    do you have to consciously try to maintain your weight?
    do ou IF?
    do you follow daily totals/macros?
    do you lift/workout?
    has your intake changed since losing weight?
    do you just 'eat' as long as it is primal and not worry about the rest?
    Last edited by MalPaz; 10-04-2010, 02:38 PM.
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    what have you found 'works' for you personally? I eat primal and don't really care about anything else as far as carbs etc.
    to you count carbs? NO
    do you have to consciously try to maintain your weight? Not now that i eat primal.
    do ou IF? NO, if i am hungry i eat.
    do you follow daily totals/macros? NO
    do you lift/workout? Yes, I lift a few times a week and love to play sports. Starting crossfit tomorrow.
    has your intake changed since losing weight? Yes, i eat less now.
    do you just 'eat' as long as it is primal and not worry about the rest? YES
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    • #3
      what have you found 'works' for you personally? listening to my body and getting plenty of rest. Escaping from the "diet" mindset and realizing that my first priority is healing my body from the damage of SAD and vegetarianism. Sometimes I have to remind myself to eat more cause primal food is so satisfying. So far, ive always felt better after eating more.
      to you count carbs? no, but im sure im well under 100 most days. i dont eat allot of fruit, most of my veggies are dark greens. I do eat potatos, some times a few a day, sometimes none for weeks.
      do you have to consciously try to maintain your weight? no, but i do have to conciously eat enough to gain weight
      do ou IF? yes, sometimes daily, 14-20 hours
      do you follow daily totals/macros? nope
      do you lift/workout? yes, mostly PBF style body weight stuff. Boxing and occasional use of weights for squats/deadlifts
      has your intake changed since losing weight? ive only gained weight with PB after lossing much LBM on a vegetarian diet. After a few months of PB my appetite did seem to level out, but I still eat allot as Im trying tro put on another 5-10 pounds
      do you just 'eat' as long as it is primal and not worry about the rest? yes, even when its not primal i dont worry about it
      Last edited by MeatMe216; 10-04-2010, 02:54 PM.
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      • #4
        I'm not trying to lose weight any more. Does that count?

        what have you found 'works' for you personally? Eat delicious, primal food freely, whenever I'm hungry
        to you count carbs? No
        do you have to consciously try to maintain your weight? Not so far
        do ou IF? Only casually...sometimes I'm just not hungry so I skip a meal. I've never done a "I'm going to IF till a certain time" kinda thing.
        do you follow daily totals/macros? No
        do you lift/workout? I do Jazzercise, I walk a lot, I make an effort to use my muscles more (eg. carrying groceries instead of using a cart, taking the stairs, doing the monkey bars...)
        has your intake changed since losing weight? I'm not sure.
        do you just 'eat' as long as it is primal and not worry about the rest? Yep.
        Liz.

        Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
        Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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        • #5
          what have you found 'works' for you personally?
          Yes and no. I have found what works for me is cutting sugar and fruit completely (as well as grains ect.). Other than that I'm alway experimenting with where my fats come from (dairy or not) and what my meat sources are in order to see what my body handles the best.

          to you count carbs?
          Nope. I do partake in ketostix though. I find peeing and getting an answer fun, but I don't take it seriously in terms of needing to be in ketosis.

          do you have to consciously try to maintain your weight?
          Nope. I was/am naturally thin and my weight does not fluctuate more than 5 lbs. It does seem like my ratio of fat:muscle changes a lot when I am primal.

          do ou IF?
          I do it once in awhile, but only when I have been fully primal for at least a week prior, otherwise it may trigger a non-primal binge.

          do you follow daily totals/macros?
          Nope.

          do you lift/workout?
          Not really. I walk at least 30 min a day. Working on that aspect.

          has your intake changed since losing weight?
          Didn't lose weight

          do you just 'eat' as long as it is primal and not worry about the rest?
          YES! (when I am being "good")
          Last edited by lcme; 10-04-2010, 03:11 PM.

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          • #6
            what have you found 'works' for you personally?
            Eating primal until stuffed !

            do you count carbs?
            I did at first, but felt better around 100-150 grams since I'm very active

            do you have to consciously try to maintain your weight?
            I just eat when I'm hungry

            do you IF?
            I've tried it a few times, but I don't do it often

            do you follow daily totals/macros?
            Not really

            do you lift/workout?
            I run long distance for my college, so a lot of chronic cardio :-x. I do it for competition though

            has your intake changed since losing weight?
            I didn't lose, I actually gained some muscle. I was underweight beforehand

            do you just 'eat' as long as it is primal and not worry about the rest?
            Pretty much
            Last edited by max219; 10-04-2010, 05:57 PM.

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            • #7
              what have you found 'works' for you personally?
              95% carnivore

              do you count carbs?
              no

              do you have to consciously try to maintain your weight?
              no

              do you IF?
              not intentionally - it just happens naturally.

              do you follow daily totals/macros?
              hahaha-- thats silly. NO.

              do you lift/workout?
              yes - bodyweight/running/lifting/poi spinning

              has your intake changed since losing weight?
              intake of what? food? Sure, I went primal. Calories? no idea.

              do you just 'eat' as long as it is primal and not worry about the rest?
              yep.
              Last edited by doghead; 10-04-2010, 03:33 PM.
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              - Food is first, and foremost, nothing more than fuel. -

              - The body is animal. The mind, however, is not. -

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MalPaz View Post
                This nutrition forum, and no offense to anyone, is overun with weightloss topics/ideas/thenext big thing.

                i have a hunch that there are a good number of primals out there who are not here to lose weight,
                I had been reading the MDA blog for quite a while and finally read the PB book and then started to read/post on the forums. My take on the blog and book was that PB is about living healthy with eating being a part of that. I was very surprised to see the forums so focused on weight loss. I thought I would be part of a small minority.

                Nice to see this thread even though I can't contribute to it yet.
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                • #9
                  I arrived at a weight I'm happy with now and am only working to change my body composition, so I'm proud to contribute here.

                  what have you found 'works' for you personally?
                  I follow Mark's basic ideas pretty closely. I do have plenty of dairy though. Except for that, I pretty much find all his suggestions tend to work great for me.
                  to you count carbs?
                  Not regularly, at all. I have out of curiosity though. I guess I eat in the 100-150 range most days.
                  do you have to consciously try to maintain your weight?
                  Not so far. My feeling now is that if I eat this way I'll be the "right" size automatically.
                  do ou IF?
                  Not really, I skip breakfast sometimes. I did some IFing while losing but now I'm trying to build muscle.
                  do you follow daily totals/macros?
                  Nope, but I have tracked enough to know that my typical day ends up about 50% fat / 25% protein / 25% demon carbohydrate
                  do you lift/workout?
                  Yes, I've done mostly bodyweight and sports stuff but just recently started a barbell program 3xweek.
                  has your intake changed since losing weight?
                  I'm eating more now, but my appetite is really up since I started getting under the bar. Seems very natural to eat more now.
                  do you just 'eat' as long as it is primal and not worry about the rest?
                  "the rest" means counting stuff, IFing? Yeah, pretty much.

                  I mean, the basic plan works really well for me. I think I do well enough now on the food side of things that I need to focus on getting better sleep, less stress, more play, and lifting really heavy crap for a while. Primal / paleo eating has gotten really easy.
                  If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                  • #10
                    what have you found 'works' for you personally?

                    I eat when I am hungry - usually two meals a day, although sometimes one would be enough

                    Do you count carbs?

                    no

                    do you have to consciously try to maintain your weight?

                    No


                    do you IF?

                    I will do purely because sometimes I'm not hungry and therefore why eat?


                    do you follow daily totals/macros?

                    no

                    do you lift/workout?

                    I do and am trying to do more as I would like to change my shape a little and become stronger. I'm finding that I have more energy and am having these spontaneous urges to go for long walks. The dog enjoys this lol!


                    has your intake changed since losing weight?

                    I haven't lost much - didn't need to. I started to eat more fat and found I lost slightly but my shape is changing and am not complaining!


                    do you just 'eat' as long as it is primal and not worry about the rest?

                    On the whole yes. I eat more for health than anything and find that I have never felt better on this WOL

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                    • #11
                      I have always been slim. My weight dropped 3-4 lbs after going primal without any attempt on my part and I am visibly leaner now. I do not count carbs or other macros - although when I first started I did for kicks. The way I eat, I am under 100 carbs a day most of the time. But when I am feeling fatigued, a nice piece of fruit or some potatoes are good energy lifters.

                      i started eating primally for health and energy reasons - constant fatigue and hunger and feeling like I couldn't get through a work day. Those problems have pretty much gone away. I do not IF, have never done it and see no purpose in denying myself food if I am hungry. On the other hand, I often only need to eat 2 meals a day - breakfast and dinner - if I am not being too active that day. I love the freedom from hunger that primal eating gives me!

                      As far as exercise goes, I also love the freedom from feeling like I should be running or doing other chronic cardio just to "stay fit." I do a lot of walking - both on the job and on my days off. I listen to my body and REST when I need to. When I am under a lot of stress I stop doing sprints or weight training because I can feel that I just don't have it in me to respond to the extra training stress.

                      At age 54, going primal was all about regaining energy and vitality for me. I used to not really like food very much. Eating was kind of a chore much of the time that I would just as soon not have to do. Now I feel both liberated from being hungry and having to eat so often, but also now I really like eating!!!!! OMG food tastes so good with fat in/on it!!!!! Even though I didn't have to lose weight, I still followed CW recommendations to eat low fat. It was just burned into my brain that fat was evil and unhealthy. How did we all get so brainwashed when our taste buds and body tell us otherwise????

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                      • #12
                        what have you found 'works' for you personally?
                        I eat a hybridization of the "Paleo diet" and the "Primal Blueprint." Stevia is ok, but chemical sweeteners and sugar are no-no's. Dairy is ok, but I don't eat lots of fat (I don't buy "low fat" foods but don't go out of my way to eat lots of fat). Protein is the basis of my diet. I make adjustments for expedition climbs where being completely Paleo is not practical by any means.
                        to you count carbs?
                        Generally, no. I roughly estimate how much I eat, but I don't meticulously record it.
                        do you have to consciously try to maintain your weight?
                        That depends more on activity level than diet, I've found.
                        do you IF?
                        Not consciously. I don't eat if I'm not hungry, but I don't decide "ok, I'm going to fast exactly 24 hours on day X..." I did when I was trying to lose weight, but now I'm where I want to be.
                        do you follow daily totals/macros?
                        Not by numbers. On lifting days I try to eat more protein and carbs in my PWO meal but other than that no.
                        do you lift/workout?
                        Yes.
                        has your intake changed since losing weight?
                        Not really. I think nuts were one of the things that impeded weightloss for a while, because they're really caloric and have a lot of O6, but I've found that I really don't crave them at this point. I'll eat them in trail mix but not as a regular snack.
                        do you just 'eat' as long as it is primal and not worry about the rest?
                        Not sure what you mean here. If my meal is primal I don't worry about the calories, but I try not to eat out of boredom or eat until I'm overly full.

                        *I should add that currently, my goal is to gain muscle and maintain my current %bodyfat
                        Last edited by AmyMac703; 10-04-2010, 06:25 PM. Reason: added thing about gaining muscle
                        Subduction leads to orogeny

                        My blog that I don't update as often as I should: http://primalclimber.blogspot.com/

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                        • #13
                          Sorry my reply to your first question should have been better. I eat almost totally in a primal way, No grains, no sugar and mainly protein and fat with some vegetables. I do drink coffee with cream and my weakness is a few beers occasionally

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                          • #14
                            I wish the powers that be would take note and create a sub forum for weight loss and a sub forum for non-weight loss.........I am probably in the same boat (or opposite boat) I feel I have to qualify every question into "for the purpose of weight loss" because the questions and answers ARE different on many levels.

                            Anyway, jumping onto a thread that was not aimed at me, but I wanted to add my 2 cents.....thanks!

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                            • #15
                              Thank you MalPaz for starting this! I felt guilty wanting more than just weight loss because I know how desparate I was to lose the weight but now that I have, I really wanted to have more about maintenance and looking towards the future.

                              what have you found 'works' for you personally?
                              I'm still working on that. I've had ED for most of my life so I'm really working on myself to eat when I'm truly hungry and not because it's time for one of my 5-6 mini meals. But definitely low-carb/high fat/whole foods.


                              to you count carbs?
                              I purposely eat low-carb but I don't count the entire day's carbs.

                              do you have to consciously try to maintain your weight?
                              Yes but I hope to be able to trust my body someday and not think about it so much.

                              do ou IF?
                              No unless you count the time that I'm asleep.

                              do you follow daily totals/macros?
                              I'm still trying to get the hang of this way-of-eating. About once every week or so I log what I eat into livestrong.com just to see what my ratios are. So far I'm at about 60%fat/25%protein/15%carb without actually planning it.

                              do you lift/workout?
                              I'm an endurance runner, do yoga 2x a week, and weight lift one to two times a week

                              has your intake changed since losing weight?
                              I'm eating about 1000 calories more per day than during my last weight loss period.

                              do you just 'eat' as long as it is primal and not worry about the rest?
                              Everyone else said "yes" but I have to say "no". I hope one day to overcome my ED and just trust my body but right now I'm still pretty careful.

                              Darlena

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