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  • Hi everyone!
    I'm new and attempting to transform into a she-grok!

    I'm in Calgary, Canada, so no shortage of beef!

    My goals are pretty simple, really - I just want all the benefits that people boast of clean, primal eating: ENERGY PLEASE, better concentration pretty pretty please, and I would love to cut down a little bit and look like I work out as hard as I do!

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    • Originally posted by digital_ruse View Post
      Hi everyone!
      I'm new and attempting to transform into a she-grok!

      I'm in Calgary, Canada, so no shortage of beef!

      My goals are pretty simple, really - I just want all the benefits that people boast of clean, primal eating: ENERGY PLEASE, better concentration pretty pretty please, and I would love to cut down a little bit and look like I work out as hard as I do!
      I have ADHD-ish symptoms (various reasons why) and I do find that eating Primal helps with focus a lot. The first couple of weeks, though... not so much. Just do your best to power through it and you'll be fine. If you try to ease your way into it, then it will just take longer, so keep it as clean as possible in the beginning. You can try different tweaks later on.
      Durp.

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      • ^ That's really good to hear, I've been told a few times that I potentially have ADD, but I never pursued actually finding out because it was too much work/I don't want to pop pills forever/I Can get by anyway. I think things could be way better though, so hopefully this helps.
        It's only been a week so far, but I'm actually having way less trouble switching over than I thought I would. Actually last night waiting for my SO to get home for dinner was the only time I've really even considered having anything off the menu, and that's only because when I was scouring the cupboards for a snack I saw some really good crackers I bought a while back. But it was a fleeting "hm, I would like to eat those, but I won't" moment.
        I'm tracking food in my Lose It app to see how my macros are, and mostly I've been keeping a 1:1:1 ratio (imperfectly, like yesterday protein won by maybe 10, and a few times carbs have been higher)
        It's a bit tricky getting used to trying to fat, after all those years of programming

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        • Originally posted by tomi View Post
          Hi Good job on getting back on track! You might go to the EAT MOAR FAT thread started by Paleobird. I've been following her guidance and am seeing some good results. I'm a tracker so it isn't too difficult for me to know exactly where I am with calories and macros. I aim for 1200-1400 calories with high fat, moderate protein and very low carb. Usually looks like 70% - 20% - 10% if I have a perfect day. I'm also moving more - I shoot for 3-5 hours of walking/biking per week.
          Hi Tomi!
          I'm so glad it's working for you. That's about how my macros shake out most of the time too. I haven't been around much lately due to my Dad having a health crisis (9 days in the hospital) but back home now and back to good food. Those hours you spend moving are the best investment of time you could make. Try to do a few more each week until an hour a day seems normal.

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          • I'm hoping that primal helps with my ADDishness (I've never been diagnosed, mostly because I've never tried to be - never saw the point as I won't take medications anyway). So far... errm not so much. But I live in hope!

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            • changing your diet and losing weight can both impact hormones. estrogen and some toxins are stored in fat cells, so if you're burning fat those are being released into the blood stream. it will all sort itself out.
              As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

              Ernest Hemingway

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              • ^ that! Give it time, and be patient. It could take a while. Some people adjust really quickly while others can take up to 6 months to fully balance out. The double period sucks - but I'm sure its all the extra estrogen releasing from your fat cells. Stick with it and you'll see good results!

                I've been primal/paleo (mostly paleo) for a year now. I'm down 24 pounds and I'm feeling stronger all the time! Over this passed weekend I walked 2 miles on Saturday (from the parking lot to the football stadium!) and then on Sunday my family did a 4.8 mile hike to a beautiful waterfall! that translates to 2.4 miles UP -- and 2.4 miles down. I couldn't have done that before changing my diet. Life is good!

                Best of luck ............. stay with it - and come here when you need encouragement or advice. Also -- I recommend starting a journal. Its therapeutic - and when others start following and commenting you feel a very strong sense on belonging and community! We're all in the this together!
                1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                2. Eat to heal
                3. Move to live
                4. Embrace today
                5. Live with intention
                6. Respect my body
                7. Cultivate joy
                8. Find my passion
                9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                • Just dropping in to say and to report after my first 4 weeks of Primal eating. I haven't found it tough at all and am so much less hungry. I have a lot of weight to lose so am having cheese(easy to get good real cheese in the UK), cream and full fat greek yogurt. We are also having the off starchy veg here and there like sweet potato or butternut squash. We are still having wine and sometimes spirits eg gin and diet tonic - I know some would say not primal but I am not ready to totally give up the alcohol yet- I enjoy it!

                  I have lost 3 inches of my waist and a whole dress size, I am down 14 lbs (DH is down 22lbs after 4 weeks and his belly is shrinking!)- I am feeling pretty good most of the time - a cold that threatened never materialised. Rumbling stomach after eating and wind has disappeared totally (and DH used to have terrible wind....). I only had one little blip where I ate a couple of cookies and a small bag of chips (crisps here) and felt so hungry the next day- but it did not derail me

                  Next step is to get some walking in and some weights at the gym I think. I just need to keep telling myself that fat is good and have patience as the next 14 won't come off as quick- but I really believe this is sustainable

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                  • Hello!

                    Very new to primal living. So far I've actually gained weight (1.5lbs) but I suspect this is down to eating nuts and fruit in the evening. Old habits die hard! I gave up dairy 7 weeks ago and have lost 18lbs that way but am looking to be healthier as much as anything. I'm hoping the withdrawal will be over soon and my appetite will settle down!

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                    • Primal_Migraneur, I learnt a lot about blood sugar levels and menstruation from this podcast Podcast Episode #32 – Women’s Wellness (Part 2) | Balanced Bites | Holistic & Paleo Nutrition Education

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                      • My energy level is so so so low right now, after 10 days of primal eating (I had some non-primal food and alcohol on Sunday, Thanksgiving, but I've been otherwise clean)
                        I wonder if this is that carb flu and it's hitting me late.
                        My workouts are just sad these days, I hope this gets better asap!

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                        • Originally posted by digital_ruse View Post
                          My energy level is so so so low right now, after 10 days of primal eating (I had some non-primal food and alcohol on Sunday, Thanksgiving, but I've been otherwise clean)
                          I wonder if this is that carb flu and it's hitting me late.
                          My workouts are just sad these days, I hope this gets better asap!
                          did you go low-carb? if so, you're possibly in ketosis and have whacked out your electrolytes. you need to replace the sodium and potassium. have broth with some salt. have an avocado. there are junk-free electrolyte waters. and drink way more water than you think you need.

                          it will pass.
                          As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                          Ernest Hemingway

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                          • I've been tracking food to see how my macros and calories are doing and it's been about 1:1:1 since I started. I wouldn't say I'm low carb, but definitely reduced carb.
                            I actually cut out alcohol this week and that's lowered my calories pretty significantly (only a glass or 2 a few days a week, but it adds up,) so that's probably lowered my carbs a lot.

                            I'm at work now, would it be ridiculous to just add salt to my water, since I don't have access to the other suggestions?

                            thanks by the way!
                            Last edited by digital_ruse; 10-11-2012, 09:30 AM.

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                            • Ladies -- read up on the EAT MOAR FAT thread started my paleobird. macro's should look like this: Fat in the 65-70% range -- moderate protein 20-25% and VLC!! NO ALCOHOL if your trying to lose weight....... do some research on how alcohol HALTS the weight loss process because the body will use the alcohol calories FIRST and store everything else.

                              I've been doing this high fat, moderate protein and VLC - and I'm seeing GREAT results! I'm down 10 pound in 9 weeks by doing this. I'm also walking 3-5 hours a week at a comfortable pace.

                              Good luck......... You can do it!!!
                              1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                              2. Eat to heal
                              3. Move to live
                              4. Embrace today
                              5. Live with intention
                              6. Respect my body
                              7. Cultivate joy
                              8. Find my passion
                              9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                              • More fat needed, got it!
                                I was never sure if fat should in in that range of calories or grams? In tracking, it's easy enough to track macros in grams but a little more work to figure out % wise what the calories should be. It's hard to eat that much fat without increasing other marcos though, I think that's my main point of issue.

                                I'm not really trying to lose weight in any significant way anyways, but health wise I think the no alcohol rule stands true.

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