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  • Scared to go Primal

    Hi there everyone,
    I've been reading Mark's blog for the last couple of months and just ordered the book last week (still waiting!) and I was just wondering if anyone would mind sharing their beginnings with me. I'm a 26 year old female 5'6 132 lbs. I just finished grad school in the UK and gained about 10 lbs over there. I've cut out the grains for the most part, cut back on the fruit, no dairy, no sugar, but really struggle with the idea of not counting calories and adding so much fat. Saturated fat at that. In the past I've been a vegetarian, then a high raw vegan, then just fish and eggs and yogurt allowed, and now I don't know what to do. I love what I'm reading though and I'm just scared to make the leap.
    I've started sprinting and weightlifting too. My hormones are imbalanced (low estrogen but it's not going to change due to it being a problem in my brain) and I must wear a patch to get them balanced. I spent 3 years without a period before we figured out what was going on and this resulted in tremendous bone loss. I've very close to having osteoporosis. I'm working with doctors to rebuild my bones and an endocrinologist to balance my hormones. I deal with bloat almost every day (spasms in my descending colon), I'm tired, and don't maintain muscle mass easily. I need to make this leap and would love to hear from some women in particular who have done this. Do I really have to give up my favorite Sun Warrior Rice Protien powder??
    Thanks for listening,
    d
    In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. -- Albert Camus

  • #2
    Hey! it's okay if your scared. it's a big leap to take. The fear of fat has over taken us all at one point or another. It's part of the conventional wisdom that' s pumped into us since birth. Just try it for a week, you've got nothing to lose(no pun intended >_<) plus i bet the extra fats will help regulate your hormones. Go for it XD
    "I know what my body needs and what it can handle. There's no better way to achieve my goal than what im doing now. If my regimen leads to my death, be it in six days or six months...I will die fullfiled. The outcome is irrelavent so long as i steer towards my fate. If death is to be my prize, i welcome it with open arms."

    "A pound of meat a day keeps the doctor away"

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    • #3
      Dive in to the sat-fats : ) It took me about 6 weeks at the beginning to wrap my mind around it... and once I got it, I wished I wouldn't have been so hesitant. If the animal fats put you off, start out with coconut oil and avacado as your main sources, then gradually incorporate the fats from meats. It won't be long before you are cooking your eggs in bacon fat, pouring every last drop from the pan to your plate, and licking it clean by the end hehehe Since it seems like you've reigned in the carbs, your body is going to be looking for fuel. Give it the fats it wants! : )

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      • #4
        Read Gary Taubes Good Calories Bad Calories cover to cover before diving in, if you are skeptical. It's true, eating eggs scrambled in cream & cooked in bacon fat is not exactly what your doctor recommends. The science behind PB is compelling though and it's all there to read about. I highly recommend setting aside time to educate yourself on the science of it. I was the same as you at first, I think skepticism is a healthy impulse in many cases.
        BTW, I'm not a female but I have had a lot of "little" health issues (migraines, etc.) that just totally disappeared after going PB. It really is not a weight loss fad, unless weight loss is what you want to do. It is extremely liberating, even life changing I would say, for me at least.
        If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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        • #5
          Originally posted by hermanda View Post
          Do I really have to give up my favorite Sun Warrior Rice Protien powder??
          Why would you need it when you'll be getting enough protein from your meals (as nature intended)?
          A steak a day keeps the doctor away

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          • #6
            Some crunchy data for you: I was 3 pounds short of 400 pounds in August of last year. Now I'm at 315ish and dropping. And my diabetes, arthritis, and migraines are pretty much either history or completely under control. What did it was upping my fats and eliminating all starchy carbs. You can do this!
            Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

            Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


            Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

            My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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            • #7
              Thanks everyone:-) Well I'm going to try this for a week and see how I feel. I even took some before pics. How do i know how many calories I need? Should I worry about that or just listen to my tummy? I have so many old ways of thinking about food and what is "healthy" for living and weight loss that will need to be suspended. TOWANDA!
              132 lbs
              26yrs old F
              25.84% BF
              http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/a...May2010101.jpg
              http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/a...May2010102.jpg
              http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/a...May2010103.jpg
              In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. -- Albert Camus

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              • #8
                Try it for more than a week, first off. The low-carb flu - which happens when you're kicking the processed carb addiction - can sometimes take up to two or three weeks to get over and you must remain strong in the meantime. It took my husband six weeks to get over it.

                Eat when you're hungry until you aren't hungry any more. This requires paying attention to your body and what it's asking for. In order of preference, eat fat first, protein second, with non-starchy carbs a distant third. This means fatty meats should be the centerpiece of your diet, along with leafy greens. Try to keep your carbs below 50g per day at first, and whenever you get that gnawing ravenous craving hunger (which is NOT hunger but addiction cravings!) eat fatty foods to counter it. Make fat 70-80% of your caloric intake.

                Read this forum. Post and ask questions. The people here are awesome and they'll help you out.
                Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

                Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


                Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

                My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by hermanda View Post
                  Thanks everyone:-) Well I'm going to try this for a week and see how I feel. I even took some before pics. How do i know how many calories I need? Should I worry about that or just listen to my tummy? I have so many old ways of thinking about food and what is "healthy" for living and weight loss that will need to be suspended. TOWANDA!
                  132 lbs
                  26yrs old F
                  25.84% BF
                  http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/a...May2010101.jpg
                  http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/a...May2010102.jpg
                  http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/a...May2010103.jpg
                  Wow you look horrible! lol j/k you look great.

                  Just jump in and give it 30 days. One month of your life. I'm on week 3 and it's great so far.

                  What do you have to lose? I mean, except a few lbs.
                  PB Stats:
                  Started 5/10/10
                  Starting Weight: 215
                  Current Weight (1/25/11): 180
                  Goal Weight: 160

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                  • #10
                    I'm in! Day one complete Stomach feels really heavy though. Don't think I needed to eat as much as I did even though it's less calorically then I've been trying to eat. I've had major bloating on and off for a couple of years and no one can figure out why. It's been bad the last few weeks too. God I hate this feeling but it was there before today so...I'll just eat less tomorrow and really listen to the tummy. Digging the fats though!
                    In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. -- Albert Camus

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                    • #11
                      Glad you jumped in!
                      PB Stats:
                      Started 5/10/10
                      Starting Weight: 215
                      Current Weight (1/25/11): 180
                      Goal Weight: 160

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by hermanda View Post
                        I'm in! Day one complete Stomach feels really heavy though. Don't think I needed to eat as much as I did even though it's less calorically then I've been trying to eat. I've had major bloating on and off for a couple of years and no one can figure out why. It's been bad the last few weeks too. God I hate this feeling but it was there before today so...I'll just eat less tomorrow and really listen to the tummy. Digging the fats though!
                        Good for you! Days 1-5 were really weird for me. I kept thinking... what am I gonna eat?? Consequently I over ate just because I couldn't stop thinking about all of my new choices :P Also, when I was a carb/grain-aholic, I would eat like crazy after workouts. Now I really don't eat unless I'm hungry, and exercise doesn't leave me ravenous.

                        As for being afraid... don't be! Don't put too much pressure on yourself, either. Attempting to be perfect will only lead to failure, so keep in mind that this is a lifestyle change and it will take time to get yourself settled. I wake up every day and have a healthy, delicious breakfast. I haven't decided to be primal for a week, 30 days, or for life. I've just decided that today I'm going to eat and live according to the guidelines. If I slip up (krispy kreme catastrophe) I start anew the very next day. Something is better than nothing, and some of us need to work our way in instead of going all-out

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                        • #13
                          Yeah the first week seems to be weird for a lot of people - I had a few of the symptoms of "Carb withdrawal" but it wasn't too bad. Notice your sleep and digestion improve, and think on how that's a marker for health in general, then decide to give it a month or more trial.
                          If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                          • #14
                            I went through serious carb withdrawal symptoms the first week. It was identical to kicking smokes many years ago. I have no doubt that refined grains and carbs are highly addictive, probably all grains for that matter. Week 2 I was blessed with the so called carb flu. Low grade fevers, a general weakness, bad for a day, a pita for another, lingered for almost a week. So it messed with me for two full weeks, but I had enough information on hand to understand the process.

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                            • #15
                              Hey I just wanted to thank you for the "eat fat first, protein 2ed, and non-starchy carbs a distant 3ed" statement. It keeps popping into my head when I start getting hungry (my body is waking up it's amazing! I go from not being hungry at all to ravenous.) Today I had more energy, way less bloating and a level of communication with my body that is really exciting. I'm starting to feel like I can understand what it wants (really wants) and it's blowing me away. Thanks again for the encouragement:-)
                              In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. -- Albert Camus

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