It seems to be working already for you! I found when I went low carb 7 years ago, incidentally giving up gluten and discovering I was Coeliac, my energy levels jumped enormously. I went from being depressed, in pain & permanently tired to jumping out of bed and eager to face the day.
I do have one comment, I think you need to (a) eat more meat, and (b) get a good protein into you for breakfast a bit earlier. These have been keys for me.
[QUOTE=Siobhan;802917]Funny, I haven't had any tea today and as soon as I saw that "Time for tea" in your post I wanted some. Ah, the power of suggestion! How great that your son is joining you - that will make it easier.
I'm going to make the CTM tomorrow, wish me luck![/QUOTE]
Good luck! Extreme garlic warning! LOL.
And for my final compliance report of the day:
I ate sporadically for the rest of the day, in dribs and drabs. Decaf, the last brownies, asparagus with seasoned Greek yogurt, some spinach, some Bengal spice tea, unsweetened. Oh, and I had a couple of teaspoons of the almond butter I bought yesterday, just to try. Not bad. Life without peanut butter might actually be possible. Didn't feel like cooking up any eggs or meat to go with veggies this evening, so the almond butter and yogurt will have to do on the protein front.
Family gathering tomorrow after church, like normal. My son and I are now adding an extra wrinkle to the menu complications: we have one vegan, one vegetarian, one lactose-intolerant, one who is totally allergic to milk, and now a couple of primals... My poor mother-in-law. She takes it all in stride. Italian family dinners have so many things on the table, we'll all be able to find something to eat.
As far as energy is concerned, the rest turned into a nap, and I've been rather drained ever since. Although not the sick kind of fatigue, more a nice kind of sleepy. So I am going to go to bed early.
Well today didn't exactly go as planned. After lunch today, I started getting the flashing lights in eyes that announce a coming migraine. Haven't had one of those in ages. Fortunately mine don't reach the levels of excruciating pain that a lot of others go through, but they do throw me off for a good 24 hours. Downed a couple of Advil Liqui-Gels and hustled home as soon as it was doable, and then slept in a quiet dark room for almost four hours. Really not too sure what triggered it, perhaps just an accumulation of little things.
Breakfast was Greek yogurt with blackberries and walnuts and a wee dribble of maple syrup. I know, I'm not very imaginative, but I'm not a morning person. And I didn't feel like chopping veggies for an omelet. Black coffee, again, very standard. But good. Love me a good dark roast coffee. Oh, and a couple of Brazil nuts. I've been showing signs of selenium deprivation, so the post on MDA this week about minerals was timely. And I'd rather pop a couple of nuts than another supplement.
Lunch was my first family feast since going primal. And there were a lot of us, this being my father-in-law's 84th birthday. I have two grandsons under three who were there, and that always ensures I don't have time to overeat, LOL. No room for high chairs, we perch them on our laps and feed them out of our plates, generally. I skipped the pasta, and had to pass on the chicken (turkey?) scallops and zucchini, as they were breaded, as well as the meatballs, because of the flour and/or breadcrumbs in them. I was a little dismayed by the small amount of lamb on the meat platter, as I didn't feel free to hog it all for myself. Fortunately, nobody else was in a lamb-eating mood, and it was still there after making the rounds, so I took it guilt-free. And then had to share it with the little boy in my lap, who was also in a lamb-eating mood. LOL. He also requisitioned all the olives from my salad. Good thing kalamatas aren't my favourite... Besides, I've got olives at home, so it really doesn't matter. He's such a picky eater, it's always a joy to see him putting things in his mouth. I also got to polish off the roasted red peppers, and had good helpings of salad and sweet potatoes, so I wasn't deprived. Mineral water to drink. Funnily enough, I drink more of the stuff than the Italians around the table. I developed a taste for the stuff on my honeymoon (in Europe, where else?) and it has served me in good stead. Sure beats soft drinks. (Soda, for my Americans friends.)
I found it oddly easy to pass on both the pasta and the birthday cake, without feeling like I was missing anything. Perhaps because I see this as a way to a better life, not as something I'm missing.
Had some tikka masala over leftover cauliflower for supper. Very late, seeing as I had a migraine to sleep off. I often don't eat supper on Sundays, due to the habitual Italian feast, but with no pasta and little meat this time, I was up for another feed. Tried making a decaf latte with almond milk for my cheat. Meh. It was okay, but I might just grant myself the milk in the future. Or have the almond milk with cocoa and a bit of honey for a chocolate fix.
My travelling weight has all eroded away, and I'm not far from hitting new lows. Nice. It will be interesting to see if it starts coming off faster now that I've changed my eating patterns, or whether it will be the same slow crawl. I don't mind slow crawl, as long as it crawls in the right direction. I'm out of the danger zone, my BMI tells me, so the sense of urgency is gone. But I would like to get rid of more fat around the gut, especially.
Sounds like you had a fun day today as well. Mom had some quinoa pasta with pesto sauce at her place, so it was pretty delicious. I told her I would make her some from my basil the next time I had enough leaves! I LOVE kalamata olives :) Fell for them in this little Greek joint in Hanau, Germany.
I used to hate them. Now I think they're okay. But most other olives are better. That, of course, is merely my personal preference.
When we were first married, we had friends over for supper and hubby loaded up the salad with olives. "You do understand that a lot of people don't like olives, don't you?" I said. This was simply inconceivable to his Italian mind, and he was totally flabbergasted when they picked all of the olives out. Poor guy. I understood it, because I hated olives until a summer in Germany too. (Weird, eh?) I hear that you have to eat 10 olives before you like them, and I was almost 18 before I got there. Grandson has a huge headstart on me, LOL. My kids always liked them. On the other hand, they turned their noses up at some of the food I was raised on, and I was just as flabbergasted as my husband with the olives. How can anybody dislike cabbage rolls? I had never seen such a thing.
Feeling a little limp this morning, which is normal after a migraine. Fortunately I rarely get them and they're not too bad, but I still have to live with the aftermath.
Had a three-egg "omelet" for breakfast with onions, mushrooms, red peppers, and a bit of olive Havarti. Seriously yum. Hey, I figured I had to mix it up a bit. Been eating so much yogurt...
I forgot to say I did get a little walking in yesterday. 25 minutes to church, another 10 to my in-laws' place. Not much, but then there was all the chasing after grandkids thrown in, so it was a half-decent day for "moving slowly". Really, that's the only part of Primal Fitness I have down pat. I almost always get some decent movement in during the day. I have to be very careful about incorporating the other parts. Lifting Heavy Things is going to be a challenge, because I have tendonitis in my shoulders, and possibly some rotator cuff damage. I really must go see the doctor about that, so I know what my limits are. And sprinting makes me a bit leery because when I overdo things, I am exhausted for days. I will probably start with a single one-minute sprint and see how it goes, working my way up gradually if it works well.
Today's exercise will probably be aerobic dancing. We have a spring storm making it unpleasant outside so dancing is my fall-back position on days like that. I'll wait till I'm no longer feeling limp though, so it might be a rest day instead. I'd rather miss a day's exercise needlessly than put myself on the sidelines for two weeks, which I have done too often before. You don't really need to ask why I haven't bought a gym membership, do you?
[QUOTE=Analog6;802939]It seems to be working already for you! I found when I went low carb 7 years ago, incidentally giving up gluten and discovering I was Coeliac, my energy levels jumped enormously. I went from being depressed, in pain & permanently tired to jumping out of bed and eager to face the day.
I do have one comment, I think you need to (a) eat more meat, and (b) get a good protein into you for breakfast a bit earlier. These have been keys for me.[/QUOTE]
How did I miss this comment? I have no idea, but I just saw it now.
Thanks Odille. You could be right, on both counts. I had had the same thought about meat, but it's a little harder, seeing as it requires cooking every time. Leftover meat in the fridge gets gobbled up by others pretty fast. Whereas cheese, nuts, dairy, they're easy to grab and there's usually some left. I am going to have to figure out this conundrum.
Breakfast earlier might be useful too. I'm still feeling my way with what works for me and what doesn't. This is a fairly big change in my eating habits and I have to learn how to read my body all over again.
Lunch today was leftover broccoli salad, quite possibly better than the first time around. This one will likely become a staple. And I fried up the other half of the sliced mushrooms (hey, had to get rid of them while they were still reasonably fresh) with some onions, and then I threw in a drained can of baby clams and sprinkled the whole thing with a little thyme. Couldn't eat it all, so just had half for now. Wasn't half bad. Next time I'll put in more onion, I only used 1/4 of a yellow onion. Cooking some broccoli right in it would be good too. I saved the juices from the clams, figuring they were probably packed with iron. Yes, I'm a little anal about that, but I know all too well how rotten you feel when your blood iron is in the basement. And I'm probably not up to optimum levels yet, another thing I should go see the doctor about. Other than that, sipping on Bengal Spice tea - love that stuff, the cinnamon makes it taste sweet without having to add any extra sweetener at all - and contemplating berries for a snack.
The weight is actually starting to drop again, despite the fact I hardly moved yesterday, and ate whenever I was hungry. I think I can actually feel my metabolism changing. I feel warmer, so much so I was even wondering if I was having hot - well, warm - flashes. A good pound and a half fell off in one day. Now I know that these quick downward jabs are usually followed by higher figures for a day or several afterwards, but still... It was a multi-decade low, and I'll take it.
Tried adapting the banana pancake recipe to pumpkin for breakfast. It was edible, but not a success. I won't make it again. Couldn't eat it all, so I fried myself up an egg to round out the meal.
Lunch came around way too fast, but I wanted it on the table before my son left for work. Turkey balls (no flour, almond meal instead) and a fennel and pear salad. He liked it, I loved it. And I am now stuffed. Seriously, how do people eat this much day in and day out?
Generally feeling better than yesterday, although due for a rest after all that cooking.
I don't know if I will continue reporting everything I eat (I'm already skipping over some things) just in the interests of not boring people to death, which I am probably already doing. So posts will probably be shorter and less frequent.
B: skipped it because I really didn't feel like eating
L: pork liver with onion/green pepper sauce plus salsa. Almost makes me like liver, LOL.
S: strawberries and nuts and a few dried cranberries
D: half a fennel bulb and a bit of cooked chicken. Probably should eat some more, but I just don't feel like cooking and the pickings are slim.
The most interesting thing for me today was a bit of a shift in my exercise pattern. When lunch was in the simmering stage, I did my 15 minutes of aerobic dancing, and seeing as I was feeling fairly good, I went at it hard enough to work up a sweat. And then I promptly sat down and ate. I basked in a little glow of well-being for quite some time after, which tells me that eating right after a workout (well, hey, that's a workout in my world. It's the best I've been able to do for a long time) is a good thing.
Other than that, there isn't a lot to say just after my one-week anniversary (but you can't bet I'll say it anyway). I've lost a pound or two, my energy levels are a bit more constant, but I haven't seen any miraculous improvements. Not that I was expecting that, but I'm always open to pleasant surprises. Oh, hoping that this isn't too much information, but my IBS has improved quite a bit. It wasn't particularly bad, but under certain circumstances, it could exhaust me for a day or two. Certain circumstances include returning from a trip, so it was nice to have that mitigated this time.
I have had little bouts of allergic symptoms, not always sure what triggered them. I recently developed an intolerance to ginger; if the same thing happens with almonds or coconut milk/oil, new frequent additions to my diet, this is going to cramp my style. I'm trying not to overdo them, just in case.
Reading this over has given me a craving for olives and there are no olives here! I do have some olive oil, that will have to do.
Note to self: Buy olives.