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  • #16
    took a week to get the house clear, and a good two weeks to "learn the ropes" for us.

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    • #17
      I was a huge carb/sugar eater prior, but also had an additional motivation of wanting to lose weight for my wedding. I started on Slow Carb.. WHich included beans/excluded dairy & fruit and had one massive cheat day a week and nothing specific about oils. The cheat day did nothing but make me crave the stuff I was suppose to be leaving behind every week, and didnt force me to try and figure out other things that I might like instead of just eating the same stuff that I only sort of enjoyed. I then switched to primal (thank god) took off the beans (which I hated), and added back some cheese and fruit. That's when I finally figured out how to eat and what to cook and really switched mindsets. I switched up the cooking oils. I was pretty strict, didnt cheat except on some salad oils for several weeks at a time (once every 6 weeks I probably had one small thing like a piece of bridal shower cake). Then after 3 months I signed up for my first meat CSA and started going to farmers markets. It wasn't until a few weeks ago that I finally started making my own salad dressing/mayo to rid myself of the last of the oils (I'm into it with 6 months). I did fall off the wagon for a week or so on my honeymoon, but when I got back home I went right back to it..with a kitchen full of primal food it wasnt that hard.

      Now I get sick when I eat non-primal food for the most part so it makes it less appetizing. My tastes are also changing and the old food doesnt even taste that good anymore the rare occasions when I do have it. It's making it way easier. I had a tough physical transformation as my body craved carbs for MONTHS and I really struggled but stayed really tough. The psychological switch takes longer...but the longer I'm primal the easier it is, and the more change I see physically and psychologically. The cravings are far and few between and a little fruit usually does the trick.
      Primal since March 2011

      Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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      • #18
        A few weeks...
        No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
        -Buddha

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        • #19
          A few days to start feeling good instead of blah while switching over to eating more fat.

          A few weeks to stop craving bread and pasta constantly.

          A few months to stop craving cold sweet things like ice cream all the time.

          Maybe 6 months to get so used to eating this way that it feels "normal".

          Going on a year and a half and I still binge on sugar every once in a while, but my compliance is more like 98% now. Even my overboard days tend to be overindulging in Primal food (Dubliner cheese, dark chocolate, and frozen berries, YUM).
          Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

          My Primal Journal

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          • #20
            Originally posted by onalark View Post
            Some of it is absolutely psychological. Reprogramming your brain to not stick to the standard dinner/lunch/breakfast format is the first step. Some of it is hormonal/physical. The cravings really do go away if you don't cave. After a while, the lack of grains become ingrained (hurf durf) and you either see them as off limits, or only an occasional treat. It's weird, and I was totally skeptical, but lo -- it happens. I -- the family baker, she who loves all things bready -- am proof.
            This is so true ~ and I'm the baker in our house as well. When I discovered PB, I thought, "I'll give this a shot, but there's no WAY I'm giving up pasta, bread, crackers, cookies . . . " That was a year ago. I've gone "off primal" twice for weeks at a stretch each time . . . and felt crappy. Now I enjoy the constant energy level; an appetite that comes on gradually; not getting "the hunger shakes"; and feeling lean and lithe. (Side note ~ I didn't need to lose weight when I started, but I can absoultely see and feel a difference when I over-indulge. That alone sends me running back to PB!)
            My husband was skeptical and he's not as primal as I am, but he says he notices a differnce too if he eats grains or too much of an 'indulgence' food. One day I'll get him to give up his beloved Sunday morning waffles . . .

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Pheebie View Post
              This is so true ~ and I'm the baker in our house as well. When I discovered PB, I thought, "I'll give this a shot, but there's no WAY I'm giving up pasta, bread, crackers, cookies . . . " That was a year ago. I've gone "off primal" twice for weeks at a stretch each time . . . and felt crappy. Now I enjoy the constant energy level; an appetite that comes on gradually; not getting "the hunger shakes"; and feeling lean and lithe. (Side note ~ I didn't need to lose weight when I started, but I can absoultely see and feel a difference when I over-indulge. That alone sends me running back to PB!)
              My husband was skeptical and he's not as primal as I am, but he says he notices a differnce too if he eats grains or too much of an 'indulgence' food. One day I'll get him to give up his beloved Sunday morning waffles . . .
              I do not miss the hunger shakes. It was a pain cleaning the blender every day anyway. ::rimshot::

              We went waaaaay off the path in France and...I won't lie, we honestly felt fine. The only intestinal discomfort we experienced was AFTER the trip was over, and I chalk that up to the plane food on the way back.

              But I suspect part of why I didn't feel like crap in France was that, on top of a few slices of bread and morning croissants with jam, I also ate a ton of fat, protein, and offal (pate, foie gras, gizzards, buttery butter, blood sausage, cheese, you name it). And when we got back, we went back to how we normally eat. Which is to say: steak.

              Ummm...not that you should go off the wagon within two weeks of starting the PB. We were eating like this for seven months before the France trip. And I did gain weight in France, despite epic amounts of walking. But I'm almost back to where I was pre-France, so no worries.

              Now, I need to go finish my primal moussaka and finish out my day at work. You'll never guess what's for dinner! Hint: starts with "st" ends with "eak". ^_^
              Steph
              My Primal Meanderings

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              • #22
                I've been primal since april 7th, 2010...so few months short of 2 years.

                This date is my new birthday, because this is when I literally 'woke up' and smelled the flowers. All those years before primal wasn't living. I was a consumer, a constant buyer of worthless things that was triggered by boredom, or to look for happiness. I've always felt there is something missing in my life and had no clue what it was. Now, I'm a minimalist...not only that, I literally don't buy anything other than nutritious food that feeds my body well and makes me feel good.

                I am the complete opposite today than I was then.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Issabeau View Post
                  I've been primal since april 7th, 2010...so few months short of 2 years.

                  This date is my new birthday, because this is when I literally 'woke up' and smelled the flowers. All those years before primal wasn't living. I was a consumer, a constant buyer of worthless things that was triggered by boredom, or to look for happiness. I've always felt there is something missing in my life and had no clue what it was. Now, I'm a minimalist...not only that, I literally don't buy anything other than nutritious food that feeds my body well and makes me feel good.

                  I am the complete opposite today than I was then.
                  this is uplifting, thank you

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                  • #24
                    Without knowing it I have been working towards paleo for the last few years. Found the forum, read the blueprint and jumped right in...been a great 5 weeks.
                    Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
                    PS
                    Don't forget to play!

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