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    I think with how I have been eating and exercising, I should be a damn rail.
    I eat meat and vegetables. I cut out fruit awhile back, I had one piece of fruit in weeks. No grains. No dairy for months. Nothing processed.

    Now, I eat meat, and fat sources, and lots and lots of vegetables. I don't eat like the standard, pizza-n-coke grabbing American. I exercise daily, even if sometimes, it is just walking and some hand weights.

    I wondered if there is something else going on. Is there something in the water? You look around, and there are people dieting and living off lettuce, and they are OBESE as hell. This all might sound "paranoid", for lack of a better word, but it seems like something else is at play. Oh believe me, I won't stop Paleo. I feel much better eating this way.

    With how I eat, I feel like I should be a lot slimmer. I really think I need more than 1 hour of strong exercise per day. I agree with the sources that say we are not meant to be sendentary. I think of long ago, and how people worked farms all day, how people had to work for their food, etc. Now, with all of the modern conveniences, it appears that technology isn't really helping our physiques. Yeah, with modern conveniences, we have more time to "exercise"...but it seems stupid to run in place on a treadmill, when it's wasted energy, because we don't get enough motion in our daily lives. Sit all day at work, then walk or run in place to offset it.

    I ask why my body is so sensitive. How can other people eat the standard American diet and be so slim? I don't drink soda, no diet soda, never did. I don't eat sandwiches, pizza, etc. I am a weirdo. I never got wisdom teeth. I am an Rh negative. My body is just too sensitive. Would I be one of the survivors, or would the people who can eat pizza for every meal be the survivors?

    I remember in college having to walk everywhere and not having enough money for food. Somehow, all of that seemed much healthier. If you've sold it all and moved onto a farm, I envy you. Because growing one's own food seems like the the most intelligent thing one could do. It's survival.

    Now, I will shut up.

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    I agree with the sources that say we are not meant to be sendentary. I think of long ago, and how people worked farms all day, how people had to work for their food, etc. Now, with all of the modern conveniences, it appears that technology isn't really helping our physiques.

    I think you have the answer. We were not built to sit in an office all day. Sit in a car for an hour a day. Then come home and reach for a box of something from the cupboard and sit on our ass all night in front of the tv. We were meant to toil in the field and forest for our food and survival.

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    • #3
      Side note...when I was working physical jobs it was very easy to stay slim and build muscle. Now I am working in a law office and as a librarian. I am plumping back up and losing muscle tone very fast. I was better off when I was lifting heavy things, running around outside, and cleaning barns!

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      • #4
        Do you know how many calories you are consuming? If you are not tracking your food intake, my best advice would be to start. I resisted this for a long time because I loath tracking anything. But once I started, the results were pretty eye opening. I found I could make adjustments to my foods - eat more fish instead of red meat all the time, ditch completely nuts .. etc to finally get the scale moving downward again.

        Calories do matter. I think listening to your body is really smart too... but if like me, you have overeaten as a rule for the majority of your life, your body may need some re-education on what just eating what you need really means.

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        • #5
          There IS something in the water. There are compounds from plastic manufacturing and other industrial and chemical processes (PCBs, dioxin etc) in the environment and in the food supply, such as BPA lined cans. There are also residues of prescription drugs in the water and environment. There's also a preponderance of soy in our diets, having been touted as a healthy food. All these things are estrogen mimics and in some cases, tiny doses can have extremely profound effects, sometimes a smaller dose has a more profound effect than a larger one. Add to that that most people's gut flora are out of whack and they're eating mostly refined, processed and adulterated food (food containing flavors and msg rather than actual food) and you've got a perfect storm.
          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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          • #6
            You need to make sure your food intake is HIGH enough as well.
            Many make the mistake of cutting their food intake too low, and piling daily intense exercise on top of that, thinking that they'll lose weight.
            The problem is that your body will down-regulate your metabolism to compensate for the food shortage. The scale won't move, and you'll actually store fat because your body thinks that food is scarce, and it will store fat to be used as energy in case of famine.
            Also, stressing about it like you are is making your body produce cortisol, which won't help the scale to move in the direction that you want it to either.
            I'll tell you, I eat as much as it takes for me to be sated, keeping fruit and sweet potatoes around my workouts, and going low carb when I'm not working out. Never count calories.
            As long as I'm eating natural, primal foods, and staying away from anything processed, I have no problem staying lean.
            This is not a diet, and people would do better with weight regulation by not treating it as such.
            Get your workouts in, eat plenty of good food, have fun in your life, and relax.

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            • #7
              I had a job where I drove 1.5 hours each way. And worked nights. I am sure that messed me up. I didn't eat processed or prepared foods though, I had nuts and berries for snacks...
              I agree, we are animals, meant to toil and work....

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              • #8
                Originally posted by counterpuncher View Post
                You need to make sure your food intake is HIGH enough as well.
                Many make the mistake of cutting their food intake too low, and piling daily intense exercise on top of that, thinking that they'll lose weight.
                The problem is that your body will down-regulate your metabolism to compensate for the food shortage. The scale won't move, and you'll actually store fat because your body thinks that food is scarce, and it will store fat to be used as energy in case of famine.
                Also, stressing about it like you are is making your body produce cortisol, which won't help the scale to move in the direction that you want it to either.
                I'll tell you, I eat as much as it takes for me to be sated, keeping fruit and sweet potatoes around my workouts, and going low carb when I'm not working out. Never count calories.
                As long as I'm eating natural, primal foods, and staying away from anything processed, I have no problem staying lean.
                This is not a diet, and people would do better with weight regulation by not treating it as such.
                Get your workouts in, eat plenty of good food, have fun in your life, and relax.


                Thanks for the information!
                I agree, it's a lifestyle, not a diet. I have been done with dieting.

                The problem is when I am working ( lost my job), I am working nights, weekends, really upsets the body with a mentally and physically stressful job. The stress never goes away. Now I have the stress of finding a job...
                I've tried all sorts of relaxation. Doesn't offset the stress.
                I think work stress and life stress does produce the cortisol, because it is mainly belly fat
                I am using up all of my savings to live and can't find a job. Well, I am the only person I know
                who is unemployed, so things must not be that bad... but working is very hard, constantly have
                hard criticisms and they constantly threaten your job.

                I haven't had a smooth ride and I worked very hard, but things haven't gone smoothly for me.
                I do believe exercise does help, maybe I need a lot more.
                Maybe a new life...

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                • #9
                  I'm very sorry to read about your situation, and I hope that things get better for you.
                  Keeping up with your exercise will help your stress levels. Imagine what a basket case you would be if you didn't exercise....
                  Don't overdo the exercise, though. That will only add stress for you, and, combined with your calorie defecit, will run you right into the ground.
                  Good luck.

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                  • #10
                    you're eating clean and primal and although your diet previously was good by cw standards, it was years of eating grains and crap seed oils and such. that damage can take a long time to fix. so can the metabolic derangement of upsetting your circadian rhythms with night or shift work. i have worked nights for decades and it is wreaking havoc with me, so i feel your pain.

                    don't worry about other people eating pizza and soda. their health will manifest the results of this sooner rather than later. just worry about yourself.

                    i was unemployed 6 months in 2009 and finally took a job i basically hate to pay the bills. i have been looking for a new one since march. it's a tough slog. allow yourself a certain number of hours per day to job search -- say 2 hours after breakfast. then go do something, even if it's a 5-hour walk someplace. you have plenty of free time, ya know? don't sit home fretting, get active. try thinking outside the box for income possibilities too.
                    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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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PrimalPumpkin View Post
                      Side note...when I was working physical jobs it was very easy to stay slim and build muscle. Now I am working in a law office and as a librarian. I am plumping back up and losing muscle tone very fast. I was better off when I was lifting heavy things, running around outside, and cleaning barns!
                      I agree. Physical jobs are better for our bodies in some ways. Physical jobs vs. just standing in one place, like a cashier, though...It seems to be a toss up between our brains and our bodies. Our brains want the more cerebral jobs, but our bodies need more physical work. I find nothing more ridiculous than leaving for a job during my REM sleep, working all day, and having to come home and "exercise" when I am tired.
                      But I noticed something with my last job...I was pretty active with it. Lots of walking all over a big building. Constantly. Long walk from the parking garage. I'd say that was some good exercise, too. I don't walk slowly. Now, I think the stress I endured offset all of that. It was constant. I had two coworkers who didn't like anyone new, and they got the last two people fired. Forget fairness, they were in good with the bosses. It was constant harassment daily, and I made a formal complaint about it. It simply did no good to try and buck the whole system. Sometimes, no matter how you fight it, it's going to happen when people are that competitive. I truly love working with people who are focused on getting things done, but these people were not like that. Something had to cause my weight gain there and after I lost my job. It wasn't how I ate.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Credodisi View Post
                        Do you know how many calories you are consuming? If you are not tracking your food intake, my best advice would be to start. I resisted this for a long time because I loath tracking anything. But once I started, the results were pretty eye opening. I found I could make adjustments to my foods - eat more fish instead of red meat all the time, ditch completely nuts .. etc to finally get the scale moving downward again.

                        Calories do matter. I think listening to your body is really smart too... but if like me, you have overeaten as a rule for the majority of your life, your body may need some re-education on what just eating what you need really means.
                        You are correct. I have looked at how much I have eaten. I think the trick is to not get so hungry, where I want to eat 3 pieces of chicken, etc. I try to eat more often, and I did this at work, a few nuts, or berries, here or there. I try to make my meals centered around vegetables, but I do eat meat.

                        I will watch the calories and see how much I am eating!

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                        • #13
                          Maybe you're meant to be the shape, size and weight that you are? Maybe ... just maybe, the modern interpretation of "fit and healthy" is miles off? If you eat well, engage in sound activity, keep stress-free and sleep well, accept the shape that you are.

                          Do your thing. Ride your own wave. You already are! Carry on enjoying it, and not to sound crude, but "ffff the rest of them".
                          Paul
                          http://www.pjgh.co.uk
                          http://www.livingintheiceage.co.uk

                          "... needs more fish!"

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by noodletoy View Post
                            you're eating clean and primal and although your diet previously was good by cw standards, it was years of eating grains and crap seed oils and such. that damage can take a long time to fix. so can the metabolic derangement of upsetting your circadian rhythms with night or shift work. i have worked nights for decades and it is wreaking havoc with me, so i feel your pain.

                            don't worry about other people eating pizza and soda. their health will manifest the results of this sooner rather than later. just worry about yourself.

                            i was unemployed 6 months in 2009 and finally took a job i basically hate to pay the bills. i have been looking for a new one since march. it's a tough slog. allow yourself a certain number of hours per day to job search -- say 2 hours after breakfast. then go do something, even if it's a 5-hour walk someplace. you have plenty of free time, ya know? don't sit home fretting, get active. try thinking outside the box for income possibilities too.
                            You make some good points, and you understand what I am going through.

                            I remember when I had my kids and wanted to lose weight, long ago. I'd try Weight Watchers, and they'd push low-fat, high-carb. You could have 4 pieces of "diet bread" per day, or two pieces of regular bread. OMG. I'd eat that stuff at breakfast and be hungry all day. But my body could handle all of that better back then, and I eventually lost weight.

                            I definitely am thinking outside the box for jobs. I'd rather have two part time jobs. I realized I can't handle the stress anymore with certain jobs. Without boring you of my past, I know my body just can't take the racheted up stress levels anymore. I am not a person who goes into work and plays the high roller politics. I am more of a direct person with all of this and I get steam-rolled over, even though I am a good worker.

                            I just have this sensitive body. I am creative too, and I've seen this with creative people, this sensitivity. I think I took the stress for years and years, and now, my body says enough.

                            Yes, this online job hunting is very tedious. Everyone wants a big application now, instead of just shooting over your resume. That's how they select. I am going to limit my time searching.

                            For awhile, I haven't slept well and am going to change the whole routine and try to get to bed earlier...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by pjgh View Post
                              Maybe you're meant to be the shape, size and weight that you are? Maybe ... just maybe, the modern interpretation of "fit and healthy" is miles off? If you eat well, engage in sound activity, keep stress-free and sleep well, accept the shape that you are.

                              Do your thing. Ride your own wave. You already are! Carry on enjoying it, and not to sound crude, but "ffff the rest of them".

                              Aw...you're sweet, but I don't think how I am is healthy. I was not this heavy years ago. And my weight is midsection and abdominal. Definitely not good.
                              It is depressing to look like this. It isn't desirable but I do agree with your free spirit and not caring what others think.

                              This is definitely about how I think, and I am very uncomfortable like this.

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