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    Well, I made it! One month primal. Hurrah!

    I wasn't sure I'd make it at the beginning - while feeling the effects or carb flu, and desperately craving a packet of crisps or some ice-cream. But I did. And I'm SO glad I stuck it out.

    For anyone struggling at staying primal, all I can say is keep trying. If you have a bad day, don't beat yourself up about it... just get right back on it tomorrow... the cravings WILL go away.

    I am amazed that I can sit and watch my husband scarf down a cheesecake, eat a plateful of pasta and cheese, or indulge in many of his other food vices, and I am not in the slightest bit envious. I don't crave carbs, and more importantly I don't WANT them. What a turn around from a month ago!!!

    Upping my salt intake, increasing fat were the things that helped me through the carb flu. Because of the increased fat, my weight loss has been minimal around my belly and boobs - where I want to loose weight -but I'm not getting too hung up on it. It's my first month after all! I'm just happy to loose the weight slowly, knowing I'm achieving good health and now being a fat burner, instead of a sugar burner. I will work on my correct rations (fat-protein-carbs) for weightloss, during my upcoming months.

    The most noticeable things in the change of my body shape are: My face is thinner, my shoulders feel less flabby and more toned, and my forearms have become sleek and muscular (exactly the same as when I was doing a huge amount of boxing at the gym!)

    But by far, the biggest changes have been in my energy levels, my mood, and my general feelings of wellbeing. No more dark hours brooding on the hopelessness of life. No more negative feelings. On a spiritual level I feel far happier and lighter than I have in years. It's amazing that I can feel this good. I feel like I'm burning a cleaner energy. I can wake up early in the mornings and get up... no more fatigue and 'can't be bothered'. I've been spending more time in the sun (20-30 mins a day) whereas previously I'd been avoiding it altogether. And, I've been drinking a tonne of water. Again, before I was always dehydrated. these are not changes that I've particularly sought, they have just come naturally... Now that I don't drink soda or fruit juice, even tea or coffee, I just naturally pick up a bottle of water. it's amazing! I never thought I'd give up my fruit juice and diet coke!!! I am finding that I also want to spend less and less time in front of my computer. I often find myself wanting to get up and move, to walk, to be outside in the sun! So many changes!

    I haven't been overly active, I must confess. Taking it easy during my first month transisiton was far more important. So, I focused on getting massages and having saunas, using homemade beauty products like hair conditioner and facepacks, to make myself feel good. My second month is going to include a workout routine, including crossfit and walking. I now have the energy and the enthusiasm to do so.

    I am loving the primal eating, experimenting with different ingredients, and eating things I'd previously been 'scared of'. Butter, lard, olive oil. GREENS! I rendered my first lard, bought my first chicken feet, discovered a source for fresh coconut milk (no more tins and cartons, or hidden sugars), put EGG SHELLS into BONE broth (seriously would never have considered this over a month ago) and am totally enjoying planning, sourcing and cooking my own food. (Whereas I was so lazy before, and lacking energy, I just ate out all the time.)

    So, that's where I'm at.

    I'm going to be upping the ante during this next 'second' month in terms of exercise and focussing more on the weight loss.

    Onward and upward!
    SW: 68 kg. * CW: 61.5 kg. * GW: 60 kg or less...
    “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha

  • #2
    Sounds like you're doing wonderfully on this new lifestyle! Like you, I don't crave non-primal foods anymore. Because....there are plenty of things that I can eat that taste (and make me feel) so much BETTER! Where did you find a source for fresh coconut milk?
    Making adventure out of this thing called life


    • #3
      Congrats! I found the same things to be true. The emotional well being is SO INCREDIBLY worth this eating change.... it's truly amazing. I was not very active after the first month...figured that just making this primal change was change enough... I've just started adding in the primal essential movements... I am very much of a weakling... but it is a journey and things will change and I will get stronger the more I stick with it.

      So glad you've found Primal... I'm glad I found Primal too! This is my 2nd month in.... Best - Shanster
      We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. - Oscar Wilde


      • #4
        Originally posted by alg2435 View Post
        Where did you find a source for fresh coconut milk?
        I'm very lucky to live in Thailand... about 5 minutes from my house is a market with a stall that sells freshly grated coconut / milk. This video probably shows better than I can describe. Here's how he makes it:

        Coconut Milk Extracting Machine COM50 - YouTube
        SW: 68 kg. * CW: 61.5 kg. * GW: 60 kg or less...
        “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha


        • #5
          Thailand! So that's why...the cans we buy at the store contain milk from Thai coconuts.
          Making adventure out of this thing called life


          • #6
            2nd month in now...

            I've still not seen much weight loss, despite being very strict with my diet, and having started to exercise a lot more. Hiking, walking, crossfit. As apposed to zero exercise in month one. It has made me realize how much I enjoy moving, and how good I feel because of it. So, with new vibrams, and a new exercise plan, I am still feeling great.

            I've consumed less fat this month. It was a natural instinct, as opposed to a conscious choice, and I was curious just to see if it aided in the weight loss, which it hasn't really. I've lost weight off my stomach, as my belly protrudes less. But, before and after pics are pretty much the same. I'd say overall weight has been lost, but it's slow and steady, as opposed to the dramatic overnight results that others have experienced.

            My wounds seem slow to heal, which might suggest a vitamin C deficiency. Because of that, next month, I am going to start adding in more (starch) rice, and potatoes, as mentioned in the 'Perfect Health Diet'. Not too many, but just enough to see if it works for me.

            I am also keeping my eye on 3 lumps I have. One, a small mole on my face, I've had it for years. The second, also longstanding lump, is in my breast (got the all clear on it years ago). Third is a lipoma on my back. I'm keen to see if they disappear, as I feel sure that they have gotten smaller.

            Energy still high. Mornings still no problem. No fuzziness and cloudy thinking. Amazing!

            New foods I've tried are Duck's liver, escorgot, mackerel, different kinds of greens and salad leaves, and today avocado and tuna mashed together. Delicious!

            Month three is going to be much of the same. (My new year's resolution, LOL) and also:

            to try and eliminate eating out as much (as I can't control which oils the food is cooked in).
            Plus, I want to begin playing with intermittent fasting.
            I have some probiotics arriving in the new year, so I'm going to try a protocol to reestablish friendly-gut bacteria.

            All good! And Merry Christmas.
            SW: 68 kg. * CW: 61.5 kg. * GW: 60 kg or less...
            “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha


            • #7
              Sounds like you are doing great. Please continue to post updates. I just finished my third week.


              • #8
                3 Months Update.

                Weight loss has continued to be very slow but very steady. I've lost 5 kg since I began. I certainly feel 'lighter' and photos are now starting to show some difference. I've had to take a couple of tops in, and my jeans appear baggy (brand new jeans! LOL)

                I added in a few more starches this last month, namely rice and potatoes, because wounds weren't healing as quickly. And an almost 3 xs a week treat of a very 'clean' ice cream (in that it only has 5 ingredients - even though one of those is SUGAR!) Not happy about it, and think I will have to cut back next month because, as a result, I've found that my energy hasn't been as clean as it was the last two previous months. Mornings sometimes a little lazy about getting up, and eyes fuzzy and unfocused. I still feel good though.

                I just had the lightest 'monthly' yet also THE MOST PAINFUL! I woke up in absolute agony with cramps. A couple of paracetamol helped.

                I'm still waiting on my delivery of pro-biotics. So I haven't started that yet. I am taking the occasional multi-vitamin, fermented CLO, and have now started magnesium. (I sometimes also take a vit-c tab, and some pink Himalayan salt). But, because I have been feeling SO healthy, I sometimes forget to take anything for days.

                I have been trying to cut down on the amount of chlorine and flouride I might be consuming too, so herbal teas at home, and mineral water when out, are my drinks of choice.

                New foods I've tried include: octopus, oyster, wild boar and ostrich. And my home grown lettuce.

                Exercise and sunlight, play and relaxation, creativity and laughter make for the perfect primal blueprint.
                Last edited by thaijinx; 01-29-2012, 07:18 PM.
                SW: 68 kg. * CW: 61.5 kg. * GW: 60 kg or less...
                “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha


                • #9
                  You're doing great! Cramping with the monthly tells me you're O6-O3 ratio might be out of whack. Try taking a really high dose of wild salmon oil for the next 8-10 weeks. I did, I think I was up to 9 grams daily. Now I'm down to 2 gr daily, which is a good maintenance-level.


                  • #10
                    Thanks for the advice Glamorama. I will try that.

                    I've been a bit slack these last few weeks with taking my CLO. I shall try and get back into the habit of daily supplements.
                    SW: 68 kg. * CW: 61.5 kg. * GW: 60 kg or less...
                    “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha


                    • #11
                      A few days early, but almost at my 4 month mark. Hurrah!

                      Weight loss to date is now 6 kg. It's crazy because this month I have been eating so well, and so much! Really loving my food - fried eggs, and bacon wrapped prawns, soups and curries with yummy NZ lamb and beef, and vegetables! I've been really getting into cooking and BBQing.

                      New food I've tried this month: frog, ox-tail, deep fried crab shell (crunchy and yummy!)

                      I have still been keeping to my higher intakes of rice and potatoes, and energy wise I've been absolutely fine. Great in fact.

                      My dairy intake has crept up. I've been dolloping cream into everything, adding butter, and enjoying home-made ice cream and cheese. It all tastes so good, yummy fat! I hadn't noticed that I was eating so much until my latest period. And oh boy! This was the worst I've ever had!

                      A bit or research suggested that it might be the dairy - so I'm going to cut it out this next coming month. A whole month dairy free, and I'm already have dairy withdrawals! I didn't realize how difficult it would be, or how much I love dairy! I suspect my problem is due to endometriosis - which is strongly affected by dairy. I don't know if it will help, and I am a hopeless dairy addict it seems... but I'm willing to give it a go if it can get rid of the pain. So for my next month, some of steps I'm going to try are:

                      No diary
                      Even more seafood!
                      My usual meat, veg, fat...
                      Limit/avoid inflammatory increasing foods
                      I'm going to also increase very slightly (to make up for the loss of dairy) my fruit and nuts.
                      Continue with the higher rice/potatoes.
                      To introduce an iodine supplement
                      To try and reduce my use of plastic (difficult!)
                      To remove or limit any bleached paper products (herbal tea bags, really!) (including unbleached sanitary products for next month - difficult/impossible to get here, but I'll find out if I can)
                      To swap out as many shampoos and deodorants for natural ones, herbal toothpaste.
                      To find out if I can get my one and only mercury filling removed.
                      To make further research into strengthening my liver (without adding more estrogens) (Chinese bitters?)

                      Not that all of these are necessarily contributing to the period pain, but just because I feel like I need to take a further step towards really cleaning up my life of toxins. (Taken alongside my usual routine, this is turning into quite a full-time job! My boyfriend is going to freak when I start breaking open hearbal teabags, so that I avoid the bleach.)

                      I feel like I am definitely on a journey towards great health, and along the way I am learning so much about food and the human body, disease and illness. I never though I would have discovered all this just because I wanted to loose a bit of weight... and watched the Nourishing Traditions video.

                      I am striving to find an equilibrium between eating like this naturally and not having to over-think everything, and curing my existing health problems (by being obsessive and creating my own strict protocol). Hopefully in the months to come, as I knock out these health issues, and remineralize with great nutrition and sups, I can find more balance.

                      This has become like my primal journal - a monthly round-up place that I can reference back to, and see where I'm at, and what progress I've made for the month. So I will keep updating, even though now, in theory, I guess I should be posting this in the journal section.

                      That's all for now, till next month.
                      SW: 68 kg. * CW: 61.5 kg. * GW: 60 kg or less...
                      “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha


                      • #12
                        5 months down...

                        And the whole Primal/paleo lifestyle thing is beginning to seem like second nature.

                        I am in a routine of going to bed early, sleeping great, making food choices naturally, and generally feeling good.
                        I feel healthy, I have a *level* energy level (though I would say I'm bursting with exuberance, and vitality... more like a slow and steady, peaceful energy level). But, I definately have a lot fewer darker thoughts and fears.

                        I'm worrying less about the why's and how's of Primal, the macronutrients and slight deviations. I'm more used to it now and I'm just 'getting on with it'. I'm cooking and eating much more at home (which makes everything easier) and I know what I'm eating when I've cooked it myself!

                        I'm also growing a lot more vegetables and herbs in pots, at home. It's all a big learing curve at the moment, but if I can learn in pots I'll be happier doing it on a larger scale on an allotement. Kale, tomatoes, spinach, carotts, lettuce, as well as chives, basil, garlic, and chillis.

                        Two things I've been slack with:

                        Not enough sunlight and not enough exercise.

                        Other than my own slackness I blame two other things: the heat and the pollution. Both are pretty bad at this time of year, and it does NOT inspire me to go out and be active. Excuses, excuses... I know!

                        So, my goal for next month = MORE SUN. MORE EXERCISE!!!

                        Month 5 recap and progress:

                        Finished off one month dairy-free, to see if it would improve my period pains. It didn't. Another painful period! Not good. So I'll be back on small amounts of dairy next month (Make sure this doesn't creep up!)

                        Still eating rice and potatoes and feeling fine.

                        Have definitely upp'd my intake of seafood - a concious decision away from meat (bad practices in Thailand and several incidences of foul smelling meat from my supermarket! EW! And not pastured to boot!) Seafood healthier and possibility of it being wild caught.

                        New foods I've tried include: surf clam, raw octopus, fish curry, turmeric and coconut oil rice, turmeric tea, beetroot juice.

                        Suppliements and protocols include:

                        I began taking iodine (but it caused weight gain). I'm waiting to get Lugols Solution before resuming.

                        Cold therapy, (cold was easier than I thought) but not easy is having no bath tub and warm tap water. Am using ice-packs.

                        Began taking pro-biotics, finally! (which I've been meaning to do for months). I haven't noticed anything either way in terms of taking these. I'm still regular, and not bloated... maybe if anything, I'm less hungry when taking them?

                        Bought a 3-step water filter for my kitchen, which reduces my exposure to plastic bottles (though I'm still confused about my now exposure to chlorine and flouride).

                        Do onwards and upwards towards month 6...
                        SW: 68 kg. * CW: 61.5 kg. * GW: 60 kg or less...
                        “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha


                        • #13
                          I made it to 6 months! Hurrah!

                          That in itself is a BIG success, I think!

                          So, 6 months in. My weightloss has stopped, I guess I'm at my ideal weight at 61 kg. My stomach is flat and the 'roll' I used to have hanging over my jeans is completely gone. I'm not a size ZERO (I never have been) and still have fatter thighs, arms, and bigger boobs than I'd like... but I don't think I'll ever be a waif! So I have to just learn to love what I've been given.

                          Primal is so second nature now that I don't even hav to think about it any more. And, to be honest I've even stopped having to post on this formus, cause I don't really have that many questions anymore. Primal is just the way I eat. It's easy and I like it. I like the way I feel, I have way more energy, no need for afternoon naps and no sugar crashes.

                          I still have a sweet treat every once in a while, ice cream or tiramisu... sugar doesn't seem to cause me too much grief in small doses.

                          I don't eat grains at all, except white rice, which I enjoy freely (along with potatoes).

                          My fats are mostly lard, which I render at home, butter and olive oil on salads.

                          I cook a lot more at home now, making bone broth, and soups and currys. I love slo-cooking, and I'd say it's my preferred cooking style, with the BBQ coming a close second. But, what I've found is that EVERYTIME, no matter the restaurant, if I eat out I get indigestion. I'm assuming it's because they all seem to use soybean oil here, and because I've cleaned out my diet so much, I now am extrememly sensitive to it. It does not agree with me at all. (It's a shame that I can't go out and enjoy meals with friends and family like I used to, even with making 'paleo' choices - which is really jsut avoiding grains and sugars and anything processed - it's just not paleo if it's cooked in bad oil!

                          I wish I could get more organic, free range, grass fed, but I can't. it's unfortuante, but I try and make the best choices I can with what I have. i will save that for later on, when/if I move to a country where it's more accessible. for now, I'm jsut glad to have found Primal, and glad to have made the switch.

                          I'm not doing any supplements at all now. I wanted to take iodine, but for some reason it just didn't agree with me. I've also given up the cold therapy, and anything else that i was 'trying'. I do still try to get some sunshine, though I should do more exercise than I do... I'm a bit slack with that.

                          I don't miss eating processed junk (and if I DO fancy something, as I said, like icecream or tiramisu) I'll have it as a special treat. I also don't miss alcohol at all. I thought I might, but I can honestly say I don't think I'll ever drink agaain. Feeling clear headed and wide-awake and HEALTHY is a far nicer feeling than being hung-over, bloated, sluggish, tired.

                          So, if you're reading this, just starting out, keep going! It's so worth it!
                          SW: 68 kg. * CW: 61.5 kg. * GW: 60 kg or less...
                          “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha


                          • #14
                            Awesome, thaijinx. I hear ya, on the no alcohol part. I'll still get a quick sip of wine at church, but I rarely drink, unless the occasion to do so is worth it. As far as the cuts, and types of meat, it's something I'm learning to come around on, too. I can't always afford grass fed, but I make do, with what I can.
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                            • #15
                              YAY for 6 months primal!