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  • Why I love primal, in a nutshell

    Being on a student's budget, I've had to be highly selective about what I spend my money on. So I've spent the last three weeks eating essentially the same thing -- only my favorite foods -- day after day:

    Breakfast (I call it "brunch" because I usually have my first meal around noon or later): 100g 100% dark chocolate -- keeps me full for hours

    Lunch: 2 Applegate Farms hot dogs

    Dinner: Big piece of chicken, grilled veggies, and an avocado

    I'm eating the way my friends eat when they want to spoil themselves. And the best part: even though I've been primal for almost two years, I've gotten even leaner ever since starting this routine.
    Last edited by PrimalStudent; 09-24-2013, 07:08 PM.

  • #2
    Originally posted by PrimalStudent View Post
    I'm eating the way my friends eat when they want to spoil themselves.
    I know the feeling. If I bring olives or eggs to movie night my friends scold me for the "cruel temptations".

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    • #3
      Sounds kind of like you're starving...
      Crohn's, doing SCD


      • #4
        With that kind of intake, you will not be able to focus on anything.
        Don't waste some of the best years of your life.

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        • #5
          When you say "leaner" are you just loading body fat or lean muscle mass?

          That doesn't sound like a lot of food, like Knifegill alluded to.

          Have you plugged it into a food calculator to see how many calories your getting etc.? Try using

          What are your stats? Eg height, weight, age, sex, activity level?
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          • #6
            Misabi, thanks for the link!!! It gives me great insight without doing much calculating myself... perfect!!!
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            • #7
              Hi Primal Student, great to hear that you love the paleo lifestyle!! I also really love it and recently the guys in this forum really helped me to see that I
              a) had developed an unhealthy relationship to food, and b) wasn't eating nearly enough, because I was so caught up on trying to shift that last bit of body weight. I conditioned myself to eat far too few calories by getting in a rut with what I ate, I thought if I deviated off the foods I knew worked for me I would gain loads of weight. what has actually happened by having more variety in my diet and eating a bit more food I've lost the weight easily. I know being a student you need to eat quick and easy stuff as you have lots to pack in to your day: studying/socialising
              /working, but I reckon if you eat less processed stuff the last few pounds will drop off. Maybe try swapping your hotdogs for a tin of tuna with Mayo, or mackrel fillets, or if you prefer to stick with meat try cooking up some bacon and boiling eggs the night before so you can take them with you the next day in a little airtight so you have them to hand when you're hungry, if eggs aren't your thing try half an avocado! I hope this helps and wish you all the very best!! X


              • #8
                She was saying how much she loves how and what she's eating and the success it's been giving her... not asking for ideas on how to improve.


                • #9
                  Kudos! Wish I could be as restrained as you are on the food front.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by PrimalStudent View Post
                    100g 100% dark chocolate -- keeps me full for hours
                    Haha, yeah, 100g of 100% chocolate is really something! I love the stuff too ... but is it primal ? mmmm, well, who cares ?!

                    PS: 100g though is a lot ... 100% choc means unsweetened and after 20g, I would give up ... that's me though! Enjoy your WOE!


                    • #11
                      Guys, you can't have it both ways. You can't keep telling women to eat more, then make comments about beached whales in yoga pants. In general, smaller people eat less than larger people. In general, women are smaller than men. Make the leap.

                      To the OP, I totally understand what you mean about eating things daily that your friends think of as indulgences. What I find really interesting are the people around me who claim they can't afford to eat grass fed/wild/pastured, but drink good beer - and good beer is stupidly expensive here. I think I'd actually have more respect for them if they were drinking crap beer with their crap meat because then I'd believe they were broke instead of stingy.

                      I tasted a CAFO burger recently, and though I don't remember any great shakes in taste going from CAFO to grass fed, apparently going in the other direction is an eye-opener. It was icky. Even eating the silliest meal now, which in my case is pan-fried hot dogs and eggs, has become fairly healthy and feels good because the hot dogs are grass fed with no chemicals, the eggs come from a local farmer, and I cook them in a decent fat rather than spraying the food equivalent of WD40 on the pan.
                      "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine


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                      • #12
                        Not sure I'd be as happy with 100g of 100% dark chocolate as a meal but if that's what you like, go for it. Long ago I used to lose weight every Christmas because I would eat only chocolate all day, as much as I wanted. And it wasn't even dark chocolate. Chocolate is magic or something, I don't know. But the magic has worn off with age.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.


                        • #13
                          My concern isn't your caloric intake but rather the lack of variety in your diet. Eating the same thing for 3 weeks- especially chocolate and hot dogs for two of your meals- has got to be depleting your body of needed nutrients. You need more variety than that.
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                          Weight at start of Primal: 189
                          Current Weight: 174
                          Goal Weight: 130

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                          • #14
                            I would argue against variety - as long as sources are complete. The gut and kidneys will quickly adapt to staple foods to maximize absorption and minimize loss or essential nutrients, minerals, etc. My Australian Shepherd (RIP) made to the age of 16 on basically corn meal (we didn't know better back then).
                            Crohn's, doing SCD


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Nivanthe View Post
                              She was saying how much she loves how and what she's eating and the success it's been giving her... not asking for ideas on how to improve.

                              Great job primalstudent! Ignore the peanut gallery

                              Hell I ate the same 2-3 meals for months on end and felt absolutely great! No problem in my opinion as long as its the nutrient dense stuff (p.s. "Nutrient dense" is code for MEAT! )
                              Last edited by Neckhammer; 09-25-2013, 05:23 PM.