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  • Finally figured out how to do the multiple quoted responses.

    Originally posted by Pollyanna12 View Post
    I have learned a couple of things though because of falling off the wagon.
    I love that challenges are learning experiences and not "failures." That's how I'm retraining my brain in many areas of life. It isn't like there's only once chance to get this primal thing right and if you don't get it right the first time you are out of luck. Each time I do something that my body doesn't agree with I learn more about what I DO want my body to feel like and how it reacts to what I eat and how I move. Kudos to you for treating it as a learning experience!

    Originally posted by KimNKY View Post
    I have friends visiting, and it really surprised me to see how different my diet and lifestyle has become since I found PB...

    I've been waking up between 6-8 every morning, then entertaining myself while they sleep in until noon... then we go do something, and they take naps after we come home.
    Wow. This was such a mirror-moment for me. What you describe is exactly how I used to behave/feel. I would always pick eating out instead of cooking. For as many meals as possible on our budget (pizza, burger and fries, taco bell, etc.). Often over the budget into credit-card land, even! Going out on the weekend to "do things" felt like a monumental effort. Sure we could go see a move (sit for 2 hours) and then go out to dinner (sit for an hour). But, go to an outdoor festival? Or explore a local cultural area? Eh. Then, even after an "outing" of little to no physical movement it would be time for a nap at home. Not a 15 minute refresher, but a 90 minute pass out. Then wake up, figure out what to eat next (pizza delivery that also delivers pints of ice cream!) and watch a movie at home. Even an interactive board game started to feel like too much effort. It is hard to believe how years of crappy eating and exercise habits creates such a sluggish life. I'm so happy to be on such a different path now!

    Originally posted by MissPiggy View Post
    Nuts are allowed, and I have a tendency to binge on nuts and nut butters (even after being sugar free for years and grain free for months). Tips on how to limit this are welcome. Cutting them out completely results in lack of fat and calories, and makes me nuts...
    I haven't figured out a way to limit them effectively for myself because I tend to eat them mindlessly. So, they are out entirely for me. However, if you want to keep them in, one thing I've done in the past is to portion them out into daily servings (whatever that is for you) in little baggies and even label the bags with the day. The key for me was to only buy a week's allotment at a time, from the bulk section of the store. Once I had 7 little baggies, I knew that if I ate more than 1 bag/day I would be missing out sometime later in the week. It was more important for me to have a good week than to worry about a single day, so I knew that over the week's time frame I'd be getting the right amount of fat/calories from the nuts. The gigantic bags/containers of nuts were just things I could not have in my house, though...

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    • Ok, I really started today It wasn't hard at all. We never buy not-primal stuff at our own house, and we don't have that much not-whole-30 stuff around, so it's easy when you're not seeing all the junk. BF did bring home a leftover pizza from a party at his job, but it was Domino's, so that's hardly tempting :P


      Goal: Feel good, be active!

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      • Well I thought I had the carb flu but no I have shingles and feel like crap On the up side I have very little appetite so have stayed true to whole 30.
        I am struggling with the lack of sauces on my meals I did not realise how much I depended on sauces and am finding dry meals a challenge. Any ideas?
        link to my journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread97129.html

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        • Originally posted by jacmac View Post
          I am struggling with the lack of sauces on my meals I did not realise how much I depended on sauces and am finding dry meals a challenge. Any ideas?
          I really love a slow cooked tomato sauce. Cook some crumbled Italian sausage (or other fatty meat), sautee onions and garlic in the fat, add tomato paste and cook/stir until it turns brownish, add 2 big cans of crushed or small diced tomatoes, some whole fresh basil leaves, cover and cook in a low oven or slow cooker for a few hours- just keep it at a light simmer. Toward the end, taste and season with more herbs. I like to also add a couple of beef shank steaks, chicken thighs, or some other tough cut of meat to shred into it at the end.

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          I'm on day 2 and already need to start over. I didn't read a food label closely enough and ate some sausage that contains brown sugar. 8 carbs in one sausage! It's bacon and pineapple flavor so I thought those were from the fruit, but no. I gave the leftovers to a neighbor but will also go through the kitchen and try to be sure everything I have is compliant.

          I am feeling good though- noticing more energy at the end of the day. Although I'm also feeling warm which is odd because I'm usually cold blooded... like blankets in the office, keeping the AC set to almost 90 in hot weather, etc. I don't necessarily feel 'hot' but definitely not as chilly as usual. I don't know if that's directly related to Whole30, though. Maybe a few more days will give me a better idea!
          Last edited by KimNKY; 09-04-2012, 07:55 PM.

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          • Day 1 is finally over. It is now morning of day 2. And it was tough. And I was having brain fog all day. I am used to low carb, so that is not the issue. Probably due to the binging the day before?

            Lunch was especially difficult. I just did not feel satisfied. It had lotsof fat, but maybe not enoug protein? Or maybe I was still kind of in binge mode.

            Ellen, thanks for the tips on the nuts. Making little portion bags are definitely worth a try. I haven been able to limit them yesterday by counting them. So I do 10 macademias per meal.

            Day 2 here we go!

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            • Thanks KimNKY

              I will give that a go.

              At least you have only added two days!
              link to my journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread97129.html

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              • I'm on day 3 now and so far it has been really good! A little tired but still feeling great. Me and my boyfriend are doing whole 30 together and that makes it so much fun!
                On day 1 we had arctic trout for dinner with sweet potato mash mixed with garlic and coconut oil and some fresh mixed salad on the side.
                Yesterday I made one of mark's recipes, "pouched egg with spicy tomato sauce"... it was really good! we made a lot of the sauce so for dinner we cooked up some chicken that went grate with the spicy sauce.
                Day 3 is going great so far, had the tomato sauce for launch with eggs and salad so now the sauce is finally finished.. what can I say, I love eating leftovers!

                Keep up the good work guys!

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                • I can't figure out if that not stepping on the scale is a good thing or not. On one hand it sounds like a good idea, to concentrate inward and forget about the body image issues and the number games. On another hand, it feels like avoidance, right there with not looking in the mirror. I feel like a mess.
                  My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                  When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                  • I got home last night from a LOOONNNNGGGG work day and an intense workout, to my roommate taking apple pie out of the oven. I almost killed him. However, I ate my broccoli and chicken quietly and avoided pie and ice cream. Phew. Maybe I'll break out the almond/apple crisp recipe this weekend.

                    More importantly though, I am having that issue again where I bloat like crazy after a good workout. Any thoughts? People have said it could be lack of carbs, but I eat some carbs after I workout so... idk

                    I agree @Ledia, not stepping on a scale makes me feel like a mess.
                    It is always too early to quit.
                    Went primal- 02/25/12, height: 5'6", starting weight: 143.0, current weight: 133.8

                    "Doubt never stops. Neither do you."- Prove People Wrong.
                    http://www.provepeoplewrong.com/

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                    • Thanks, c_bolton. I am glad to find out that I am not alone. I think I should stick though, to see if I feel better or worse in the end, and can make an informed choice about my being aware/not being aware of my weight. I kindda feel that I will need to make a lot of choices in the next few months about how I will deal with my body.
                      My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                      When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                      • Yeah Leida, I am trying to make some changes about how I deal with my body as well. Sleep or exercise? Weigh myself everyday or forget about the weight and go by how my body looks? I LOVE spending an hour and half to two hours every day running/walking/in the gym but it means I am eating dinner at 9:15pm and am pretty tired. I'm more than a year out of college but am still adjusting to being healthy and staying in shape without a team sport (I was a hockey player) and a with a full time job. Hard to keep all the balls in the air.
                        It is always too early to quit.
                        Went primal- 02/25/12, height: 5'6", starting weight: 143.0, current weight: 133.8

                        "Doubt never stops. Neither do you."- Prove People Wrong.
                        http://www.provepeoplewrong.com/

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                        • Now that I am back at work, I find that it is easier to stay compliant. I may have trouble on the weekends, however.
                          Primal since 9/24/2010
                          "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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                          • I do not have problems with compliance for food choices - and I have it easier because I allow home-made quark and do not eliminate nuts and fruit (though my goal is to eliminate fruit) - however, I always eat more than needed on the weekends, quantity, not quality wise. Go figure. I assume that it is the inability to unwind in the alternative ways. But I was doing gardening for 2 days, happy as a clam, the most favorite thing in the world, saw my daughter off to the first grade, feeling so happy... and still vacuumed the fridge.

                            c_bolton: it is hard to changing the lifestyle! I am in the different place in life, when I have everything settled and structured and try to resolve the dilemma my body and mind pose me. My mind wants me to be 10 lbs lighter, if not 15. I am trying to figure out if my body is even happy where I am now, and can hold that weight without measuring & counting, while keeping the fitness level to current. And can I accept that my plumpness in perpetuity if I do feel vigorous and fed and not slipping in the world of food fantasies. It often feels like a lose-lose proposition, unfortunately.
                            Last edited by Leida; 09-05-2012, 08:15 AM.
                            My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                            When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                            • After three weeks of Primal/3 days of W30 I had my first urging cravings.

                              I have been feeling protein starved all day, despite having a 5 egg breakfast

                              I was home alone the whole time with no way to get anywhere to pick up food. Literally all we had was a can of tuna and fats/carbs.
                              I wasn't inclined to eat any fat and had a small serving of watermelon, but the tuna just sounded so revolting to me. So I'm jonesing for some kind of meat and getting that desperate, crave-y, eat anything feeling. All I want in the whole world is chicken nuggets. Not Primal, free range, coconut flour chicken nuggets - I'm talking the freezer-burned bag of breaded pseudomeat at the bottom of the freezer.
                              Chicken nuggets have ALWAYS been my favorite food but I was able to stop myself and think, if you eat chicken nuggets, you'll need ketchup. And if you have ketchup, you'll feel sick from the HFCS. And then you'll rationalize eating a bag of cookies. And then you'll pass out from your insulin spike. And when you wake up in the morning, you'll be FATTER.

                              So I held out - I did eat some watermelon so that'll put me out of where I want to be in terms of carbs, but I feel like it's a much better trade-off and it distracted me.

                              Mom just came home with steaks so we're in the clear now.
                              My Primal Journal:
                              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread65788.html

                              16 years old
                              5'5"
                              SW: 170
                              CW: 162
                              GW: 140

                              Primal since 8/12/12.

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                              • I'm on day 8. Doing well food and craving wise, feeling no pain at all really. I do feel more energetic and cheerful.

                                I am having a problem with not weighing as well, and I have given in a few times. Not restarting my whole30 for that, though. =P My boyfriend is working with me to try to stop my obsessive and compulsive weighing... since I started my health kick I have definitely become obsessive, and it seems every time I walk past the downstairs bathroom where my roomie's scale lives, I have to have a mental fight with myself to NOT go in there and weigh. I was doing it sometimes 4-5 times a day which is obviously ridiculous.

                                I've been scaling it back, with great difficulty, to twice a week. Then it will be once a week. Then if I can, I will try to push for once a month. >.<
                                yay!

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