getting back on track after 4 months, surrounded by carb-loving family
So there I was, maybe 6 weeks in to primal - and I went on a 2 week vacation with my non-primal spouse. All play, we were on a sailboat the whole time, lots of kayaking... and lots of carbs. I really got off track, and when I got back home, I was re-addicted to carbs. I ended up doing gluten-free for about a month (this made me feel somewhat better) but have been trying for the past week to switch back to primal.
I think the toughest things for me is just the sheer volume of processed carbs and sweets that surround me. My whole family thinks I'm kind of nuts for doing this, and all during the holidays all I heard was "well it's the holidays, start AFTER". But for a single piece of pecan pie, and one dinner roll, I did pretty well.
Anyhow, I was wondering what some strategies are for attempting primal in a family of five, four of whom are carb lovers. Last night the request was for lasagna for dinner. I ended up making a small dish for myself, without the noodles, and my standard lasagna for everyone else. I'm already used to adapting for my lactose intolerant husband (it was actually three lasagnas: one low-carb no noodle, one with goat dairy product, one regular)
I'm pretty sure there was *some* sugar in the tomato paste, but overall still kept my carb count under 75 for the day. How do the rest of you deal with cooking for carb lovers, while still taking care of yourselves?
I know, that is a question for ANY type of non-conventional diet...
anyhow, glad to be back on track, feeling better already.
Happy New Year everyone!
btw - five fingers vibram = AWESOME
forgot to mention in my above post: I bought some Vibram Five Finger shoes before this trip. We race sailboats for about 3/4 of the year, and for several years I've been looking for the perfect sailing shoe. Something non-skid, toe-protecting, but with lots of flexibility. They are PERFECT! I get flack for the weird looking feet, but I couldn't care less. They were also the best for kayaking, every time I wanted to jump off at shore to explore, my feet were protected. totally recommended...
getting my kids interested, yay!
so I was lamenting living in a houseful of carb addicts, but tonight I was at dinner with my two younger daughters (the 16 and 17 year olds) - we were having sushi, and primal came up, because I was forgoing some favorites and sticking mostly to sashimi. They were asking questions, because while neither of them has weight to lose, they are both starting to become health conscious.
The happy part is that they are both interested, and will be coming to the website to read through articles and decide if they want to try this with me! Sooo happy, it'd be way easier to have some in-house support. The oldest daughter (18) has no interest. She was at dinner also, and maintains that she cannot give up mac and cheese. Still, 2 out of 3 is a good start! And with the 17 year old doing most of the cooking that I don't, if we both start to cook primal we may sway the rest of the family whether they like it or not.
it's all baby steps.. :)
about 2 weeks back to primal, a checkin to remember how it's feeling later
One of the coolest things about having a journal is that later, when I am really feeling awesome and am tempted to go back to my old SAD ways, I can look back and remember WHY I feel good. One of my lifelong patterns is to get healthy, feel great, and then let things slide because after all, I feel great. :)
So I'm two weeks in and here are my observations:
1. I have not stepped on a scale yet (scared to, no idea what my starting weight was) but my clothes are slightly more loose than before.
2. Carb cravings? Essentially gone. One of my favorite things ever is french fries, and I happily munched on my ribeye steak and asparagus last night while watching my daughter eat sea-salted french fries. Not the slightest craving. Nor for the key lime pie she and my husband shared at dessert.
3. I feel like I eat a TON but when I punch everything in to livestrong I still get carbs at roughly 50 a day, fat and protein high, and calorie count within the weight loss range I set for myself. I think because of this I am ready to start some IFs.
4. energy/mood improved. Now this is a tricky one to track, because I finally went back on my ADHD meds at roughly the same time. I am hoping that I won't need the meds at all at some point, because I have a sneaking suspicion that the ADHD is made worse by SAD diet.
so to my future self, if I come back and read this when I'm feeling even better: remember WHY! :)