Primal Journal (Pineneedles)
I've been dabbling in this Primal thing since May this year but have only just joined the forum. I'm starting a journal to keep myself a bit more accountable.
Started the Primal challenge again on 12 September, and here is my condensed journal since then: did great the first week, the second week succumbed to cakes in the office on two occasions (sadly not worth it) and the third week is going rather better although I have an obsession with tahini which has probably led to overdoing the calories and O6. Going to rein it in by not buying any more for now.
Yesterday's meals were:
B Two-egg omelette cooked in butter, a black coffee, a tbsp of raisins.
L Smoked mackerel, tomatoes and pickled cauliflower salad. Handful of mixed nuts.
D Vietnamese beef stew made with beef bone broth (The last of it! Wish there was more. So tasty.) 10g of 85% dark chocolate, 2 tbsp of raisins.
Drinks between the meals: water, earl grey tea, roiibos tea, ginger tea.
Exercise: walked for 30mins during lunch break. Not exactly sunny but at least I got some fresh air.
Sleep: 8 hrs
This morning I weighed 59.8 kg which is 1.6kgs down from 12 September but 0.4kgs up since the beginning of the week which I attribute to overdoing the tahini on Monday night.
My biggest challenge is giving up sweet things. Avoiding grains has been easy and I've given up dairy for the challenge month too (to see if it helps clear up my skin) but I feel the (admittedly psychological) need to have something sweet at the end of a meal. Hence the raisins. The tahini isn't sweet (I would normally add a tiny amount of honey to it) and it's quite nutritious but I do tend to overdo it. The dark chocolate is an attempt to end a meal on a sweet note but one that doesn't make me overdo it. I'll keep track of how it goes.
Nutritionally, I've been tracking my intake in FitDay and most days meet most targets with the exception of calcium now that I don't have dairy. Even on days when I've eaten a lot of veg including green leafies, I'm always down on calcium, often also iron and potassium. I was justifying the tahini with the calcium content. Any other ideas? I do hope to have yoghurt and cheese again once the challenge is over.