Anecdotal Evidence (RedMenace's Journal)
Early morning of my fourth day primal.
I mentioned in my introduction post that I'm trying this as a last ditch effort to feel good, be healthy, and generally have a better time of this whole life shindig.
So far, I've noticed two very promising things:
1) No more energy roller coaster. This also means no more mood swings. Everything has pretty much been very even.
2) I am really enjoying the food. I have been between CW and ovo/lacto veg for the last 4 years and, frankly, not only was it starting to get boring, but I'd figured out how to eat complete unhealthy crap while still technically adhering to either diet schema perfectly. Go me! (and yay, sarcasm!)
Today I did all the things one does to keep track of data at the beginning of a diet change. I weighed and measured myself.
As of today I am:
I also took some lovely (and by lovely, I mean embarrassing) "headless fatty" shots. I'll combine them with later headless fatty shots to compare the visual aspects of my body composition about this time in Sept.
I can hardly believe what I've gotten myself into. I am so enthusiastic about the primal way of eating I jumped into this diet with guests coming into town for the next 3 weeks straight. On top of that, I'm due to start an epically carb-bingey time of the month-ish, like, any second now. (All the better to pad my headless fatty shots with extra bloat for a more dramatic difference, I guess.)
Despite all this, I managed to say no to cupcakes and tortillas today, not to mention baklava and myriad noodles and a hamburger bun (despite the server's weird looks and requests that I repeat my order multiple times) yesterday. I've not experienced this level of willpower since I gave up smoking a year ago. I've never experienced this sort of willpower with food. I REALLY hope it holds.
I've also noticed a few relatively disturbing things that are going to take some serious time and attention to work through on my part.
First, I do not respond to hunger or thirst signals properly anymore.
Thirst, for the most part, feels exactly like hunger. This is probably due to me not being so great about hydration while living at altitude for most of my life, and also being used to drinking a significant portion of my calories. I've acquired a very large water bottle and I hope to learn to be enthusiastic enough about water...or maybe disciplined enough about water, to drink it every time I feel a pang. Theoretically, I should start developing the ability to tell the two signals apart... eventually.
To do that, though, I need to pay attention to the friggin' pangs! If CW taught me anything, it was that you should ignore your body's requests for sustenance at all costs and bully it into a feeding regimen based on the hands of your clock, or the whims of your company, or whatever. Because of this I find myself suddenly aware that I've been ignoring hunger for HOURS, getting moodier the whole time.
Secondly, while I've read, appreciate, and understand the science behind low carb styles of eating, high fat styles of eating, and primal eating, I still look into the depths of my morning omelet, 2 eggs with spinach, broccoli, a touch of Parmesan, fried in butter and drizzled with walnut oil (delicious) and think "OMG! MDA is trying to give me a HEART ATTACK! ABORT MISSION! ABORT MISSION!"
Indoctrination, kids. It runs deep. I dislike the feeling of it. It's like someone else, who may not do their homework well, owns part of my brain. (O hai, FDA! GTFO!)
Finally I've noticed a general energy increase. Not much, because I decided to switch to this diet coming off a serious bout of anemia brought on by (crappily executed) vegetarianism, so my overall energy is super low anyway. But, I seem to be recovering faster than normal.
Perhaps this is all enthusiasm-induced placebo effect. It's certainly a lot to be noticing three days into a new routine. Usually I'm just unhappy and starving at this point. We shall see.
I suppose, aside from the poorly defined goals at the beginning of this post, I don't have any at this juncture. I'm just here to see what happens. If I'm still on board after a month, I'll start setting real, tangible goals. For now I'll just sit back and hope good things happen while I'm enjoying this lovely piece of bacon.
Preparing for Guests or Testing my Blood Sugar Maintenance Via Housework
Breakfast: 2 strips bacon, 2 eggs, 1/4c Cauliflower, 1/4c Spinach, 1/4c Onion, all fried in Bacon grease.
[INDENT]Yeah! Doin' my Southern (and primal?) ancestry proud![/INDENT]
Lunch: Big Ass Salad - Mixed greens, Spinach, Carrot, Broccoli, 1/8c Almond slivers, 1 strip Bacon, all mixed up with a drizzle of Walnut oil and a splash of Balsalmic Vinegar.
[INDENT]I'm so in love with walnut oil. It's the best thing in the world....next to bacon....and strawberries....oh, you know what I mean![/INDENT]
Dinner: 1 lg Pink Lady Apple
[INDENT]because that's literally all I was hungry for[/INDENT]
Activity: From 2pm to aprx 11pm we (my boyfriend and I) Cleaned. This. House. We rearranged furniture (Literally. Not in the biblical sense.) We put down new area rugs. We vacuumed 5 times. We did nearly every dish we own. It was insanity.
And even after all that work, not hungry. Didn't sugar crash once today either. This is getting a little crazy. (In that good way.)
And now, to bed with me. Let's see if I exhausted myself enough for something more than 4 hours tonight!
Hi Pebbles67! Thanks for the welcome! I'll try to keep the humour up. No guarantees during carb flu, though.
Two Sets of Guests Down, Two to Go
I made it through the carb fest that was my father and stepmom's visit mostly unscathed. Aside from a couple meals where there were "Surprise! CARBS!" included I did very well.
Eating out is, however, far more challenging than I thought it would be. Someone should go back in time and tell my whiny, vegetarian, teenage self that she has it easy. Carbs are in friggin' EVERYTHING, y'all. I seriously need to hone my "high maintenance" Meg Ryan-like ordering skills.
I'm mildly disappointed that I made it to ketosis just long enough to get carb flu and then got thrown out of it nearly immediately by unintended carb intake, but these things happen. At least I now have the benefit of knowing, despite my previous assertions that I would "kick carb flu in the face", carb flu has a completely different idea of how things will go down. Mostly it thinks I'll curl up in a ball and feel like crap for a few days...
It is very persuasive, this carb flu.
This post has been brought to you by the word "carb" and the number 8.
I Bring to You, A Conversation
Between my boyfriend and I, a few days ago:
Him: "Did you have bacon for breakfast again this morning?"
Me: "Damn right I had bacon this morning! It was delicious."
He makes a face that is equal parts unimpressed and worried.
Him: "You need to take care of yourself, hon. I just can't buy that you can lose weight eating bacon every morning."
Me: "Okay, lets find out if I've lost any. I started at 238."
I wander over to the scale and jump on
Me: "I've lost 8 pounds."
Him: "HOLY $@*^&!... That's just not right."
Me: "Seems fine to me."
I've been watching a lot of low-carb media. Talks by Taubes and Lustig as well as Fat Head. I also ordered Good Calories Bad Calories and The Primal Blueprint (of Course). I just received In Defense of Food, and hope to pick up The Omnivores Dilemma soon (which I realize are more food ethics books, but I'm into that sort of thing). Reviews to come.
Told you I had commitment issues about writing schedules.
So, December will be my fourth month eating Primal to some degree or another. The transition and maintenance has been insanely effortless compared to various CW diets and vegetarianism. I am not hungry, I do not constantly think about calories or how long it is until I can eat again, and I don't feel guilty if I slip up a bit. This way of eating, despite needing a few tweaks here and there, has been like falling into bed in my childhood room. It seems like it's just where I'm supposed to be.
The craziest part? I don't even crave noodles, y'all. Like, no desire for them. Isn't that insanity? (Hint: Yes. Yes it is.) I even bought some crazy Kelp noodle things which are no-carb and full of sea plant goodness and they rotted away in my fridge. I've gone from pasta being the main staple of my diet and the thing I always wanted to eat, to not even giving it a second thought. I'd much rather eat a nice piece of meat and tons of kale.
As for the aforementioned tweaks, I still need to figure out my daily fat to protein ratio. I also need more veggies (because one always needs more veggies). I also need to get better about bringing food to school with me. Though, perhaps that wont be such a bad thing in the coming quarters. I've gotten a small group of we paleo and celiac people to start petitioning for gluten and carb-free options in the cafeteria. Right now we are limited to bacon (really crappy wafer thin stuff), eggs, and coffee. Which means we can eat at school only until 10am when they switch the menu over to holy carb fest...I mean, lunch.
Despite having things still to work out with eating, I'm down 20 lbs-ish. The last 10 went while I wasn't even paying attention. I got on the scale after not even thinking to for a couple of months and *poof*, "Hey! Where'd that 10 lbs go?" Always a nice surprise.
I promised myself after I lost about 20 lbs, and my knees were feeling better, that I'd sign up for a gym and start lifting and dancing. I went to my first belly-dancing class in 4 years (in a previous life, I danced for 5 years) last night, and I have an appointment with a personal trainer to show me proper form when lifting on Friday. Though I recognize that I've lost a lot of agility and ability, and that's frustrating, it feels good to be active in some capacity again.
Knowing that I'll start seeing major changes in my body composition soon doesn't seem to hurt either.
Oh man, do I have media things to talk to you guys about. As well as a serious weight, measurement, and headless fatty update to do. But, guess what? It's finals week. I'm neither ready to face those results or to dedicate the time needed to a post to, you know, make it all witty and stuff. Soon.
Until then, I leave you with this:
Chorizo. Stuffed. Dates.
Buy chorizo. Cook it. Chop it up. Pit dates. Stuff chorizo into dates. Warm chorizo dates in oven just until hot. Serve, consume, hoard, or fight over with friends.
This is the recipe for my new once-in-awhile snack. They are a big hit at parties. And by big hit I mean there may actually be fisticuffs over the last one. Enjoy the power you have to end those disputes by eating the last one yourself. Your right as the chef!