Modified Primal on A Budget
Age (If you want): 47
[U][U]How Primal are you:[/U][/U]: Not completely.. Lean Meat; Veggies; Small amounts of fruit; Low fat dairy (Yogurt); some nuts, olives, and the occasional Avacado. Still have a serving-spoonfull of rice, potatoes if they are in soup at a restaurant, sweet potato. If I am just about to exercise, I will eat a couple of pieces of toast with butter because it burns off according to my glucometer. I am starting to walk a few hours a week - get sunshine - 8 hours of sleep, and I've always walked barefoot lol!
Do you consume dairy: Yogurt
Do you drink coffee or tea: rarley (a few times a month with half and half)
Motivator for switching to Primal: I have lost 40 lbs in approx 4 months going lower carb (283 down to 240) Would like to lose 50 more (190 goal weight) ... however I didn't discover this website until a couple of months ago, which convinced me to quit eating junk food, fast food, hydrogenated oils, ice cream, cake, candy etc...
Favorite exercise: Fast walking (naturally a fast walker, but I don't 'power walk') Helps me clear my head and relieves stress big time. Thats my 'lots of moving slow' exercise. Might get a bike on craigslist and do that once or twice a week too.
Favorite Primal food: Big Ass salad with roasted chicken breast for lunch!
Best part about being Primal: Weight loss and increased energy.
Worst part about being Primal: Realizing that when I need to maintain my weight, from what I calculate - I will have to eat alot more carbs. Trying to find lists of low GI - high calorie carbs to start working back into my diet. Unfortunately, I was just diagnosed T2 diabetic and I function lots better with about 100-120 grams of carb - mostly from veggies. When I work in more carbs (even sweet potatoes arborial grains etc..), though my post eating numbers seem ok, my fasting starts to creep up. My liver dumps glucose at night worse when I eat more carbs - the fewer I eat, after a few days my fasting gets 10 points or so less. Trying to calculate at 6' 4" and 190 lbs - even exercising modestly I will need about 2800+ calories a day!! Further my kidneys are not doing super well from the diabetes and I was having fatty liver problems before I started to lose weight. Weight loss will help both of those things - but I probably won't want to go over 100-150 g's of protein (probably closer to 100 g's) That accounts for about 800-900 cals from carbs and protein .. how much fat can I eat- even monounsaturated- and still be healthy (probably not 200 g's) Oh well I am eating lots of veggies, fruit, nuts, a couple of pieces of lean meat, yogurt, some cheese etcc.. and no junk food at all. I think this is a much better way of life. I'll deal with weight maintenance later.