Primal Journal - Patti
While I live in Pennsylvania and lead a very sedentary life, last week was spent hiking and wildlife watching in Costa Rica with a group of college students. The many hours of daily hiking, plain mostly unprocessed foods, and simple accommodations felt like a birdwatching boot camp. It was a wonderful experience, and I came home ready to make some big changes. On the trip home I read "The Paleo Diet" and dove into the internet finding such a vast amount of information it was overwhelming. Again, and again, I kept coming back to MDA, so this is where I will make my Primal home.
The primary health issues I'm tackling are asthma, osteo arthritis, varicose veins, dry eyes, ocular migraines, and degenerative disk disease.
My husband is quite thin, walks daily, and generally supportive of whatever measures I want to take to get regain my health. He's convinced that low-fat, low-saturated fat, and whole grains with a small amount of protein is the way to go because it is working for him. It doesn't work for me and my weight has ballooned while my health has declined.
Cooking is one of my passions and primal eating seems positively decadent to me. We'll see how I feel the first time I have the urge to cheat! Years ago I followed the Atkins plan for a few years, lost 50 lbs. and regained it when I went off and couldn't seem to get back on. Somehow I think these changes are going to be different.
Here's what I've eaten for the past couple of days. Any input or suggestions are appreciated as this is a process.
Brunch: burger/onion/carrot/canola oil saute; 1/2 banana; herbal tea.
Snack #1: fruit cup of diced apples, walnuts, currants, cinnamon.
Snack #2: Clementine, vitamins and fish/flax oils, hard boiled egg, black pepper, herbal tea.
Snack #3: seaweed sheets, 1 oz. mixed nuts, dried apricot, prune.
Dinner: salad with avocado, walnuts, currants, flaxseed oil/lclementine dressing; Garlic Eggplant, Mushrooms and Pork stir fry; cantaloupe, blueberry, almond salad; black coffee.
Notes: Biked for 2 miles, felt great
Breakfast: ½ banana, chicken leg and thigh, 2c spinach sautéed in coconut and canola oils, carrot sticks.
Lunch: lightly salted kale chips, Garlic Eggplant, Mushrooms and Pork stir fry, Clementine.
Snack: roasted pumpkin seeds.
Dinner: cup of chicken/kale soup; 2 large slices turkey breast, 1/2 small sweet potato; pineapple, mango, coconut, walnut salad; herbal tea, vitamins.
Notes: Did 4 hours of housework and felt exhausted at the end of the day.
When I add nuts to the salads, it's usually between one tsp. and one tbsp. as I've been trying not to overdo it there. My salt intake is much reduced, although I did add a little to the kale chips. My husband thinks I'm eating too much, but so far I'm losing weight, haven't been tempted by processed foods, and feeling much better. Seems pretty good to me!
Now, time to read some of your journals.
Yesterday was a great day here. Drank more water, did 2 miles on the bike, an hour of housework, and got out of the house for awhile. It was so nice to get dressed and not have tight pants! It'll be a little while before I drop down a size, but that's alright. In the meantime I won't worry about splitting the seat of my pants and have prepared a bag to go to charity that will be filled with clothing that no longer fits me.
My weight loss is happening pretty fast, down 6 pounds in less than a week. Most is undoubtedly water weight and should level off soon for a slower, steady weight loss. Something that's already disappeared is the rock hard upper belly that I'd developed the past few years. I feel like a deflating balloon!
As far as sleeping patterns, I go to bed when I get tired around midnight, get up without an alarm clock and seem to average about 7 hours a night. To facilitate sleeping a little longer each night I'll focus on working out and playing a little harder each day.
Breakfast - chicken/kale soup, herbal tea; fruit cup of cantaloupe and blueberries with a sprinkling of almond slivers and unsweetened coconut
Lunch - Garlic Eggplant/Pork stir fry, pineapple
Dinner (eaten on the road between meetings)- Lettuce rolls with turkey, 1/2 avocado, 1 tsp. organic mayo; carrot sticks, banana, handful of mixed nuts and seeds
Snack - clementine, hard boiled egg, kale chips, herbal tea
Think I'll track this within the journal instead of as part of my sig. line.
Primal/Paleo start date - March 25, 2013
SW: 224 - BMI 37.3 Clothing size 24
CW: 218 - BMI 36.3 Clothing size 22
LW: 150 This is the lowest weight I've been as an adult, although it was 30+ years ago. Wore a size 14/16. I'd like to do better this time!
GW: 125 - BMI 20.8 Absolutely no idea! I haven't weighed less than 150 since I was 14 years old.
Congrats on the progress already! That eggplant/pork/pineapple stir fry sounds incredible. My biggest problem right now is sleeping, too--we just moved to an apartment with nothing but shades and a big light right outside the bedroom window. I need to find some blackout curtains BUT QUICK!
Thanks for commenting! Good luck in getting the black out shades soon, they'll really help. We now live in a very rural area and when the moon is full it shines right in my bedroom window and wakes me up every time. I grew up just outside of New York City and don't miss the 24/7 noise and lights at all.
Garlic Eggplant Pork Stir-Fry
2 pork chops, trimmed of fat and cut into skinny strips
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
3 tbsp. canola or coconut oil
1 large eggplant, diced into 1/2" cubes
4 oz. mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
1/4 tsp. chili flakes
1/4 cup Marsala or red wine
1 Tbsp. wine vinegar
Toss pork strips with garlic and pepper flakes, set aside. In a hot wok, saute eggplant until turning translucent and starting to turn golden. Add mushrooms, cook for 1 minute. Remove vegetables to warm dish, leaving oil in wok. Add pork mixture to wok and cook a few minutes until cooked through. Add pork to veggie dish. Over a medium heat deglaze pan with wine and vinegar, reducing by half. Pour over pork and vegetable mixture and toss. Serves: 4
The pineapple was served separately with a few drops of bitters. Oh, so good! It would taste great tossed into the stir-fry as well.
Just ate out with a friend for the first time since changing my diet. Hooray for small successes! Had a freshly made burger and a barely adequate salad, but all in all I was able to socialize with an old friend and not stray from my goals. Now to get in a short walk before class tonight.
Altogether I feel as if I've been doing pretty well and eating "cleanly". I did get cream and sugar in coffee this and after I'd ordered it I realized that it had become a pretty deeply ingrained habit. Tonight it was back to black coffee, which I used to declare to be awful but am getting used to it. Ordinarily I don't drink much coffee, but have had a craving for it the past couple of days. I'll need to figure out what that's about.
Today I had the last sclerotherapy session on my legs that I'll have in awhile. We're going to wait until I'm much further along in my weight loss to do anything else. After feeling like hiding my legs for the last ten years it has felt wonderful to wear shorts again. I was so disappointed that the doc didn't want me to bike or do strenuous exercise for the next week, although I'm to walk a bit more every day. As you may be able to tell, this issue has not come up before because I never had the inclination to exercise beyond the occasional walk or light hike. Now I feel as if I'm just vibrating with energy and can't wait to find a way to use it.
I've been overweight since childhood. One of the comments someone else made in their journal about feeling vulnerable and powerful when thin really resonated with me. Feeling fat has given me a feeling of protection and invulnerability. Yeah, I'm ready to shed that illusion and get healthy.
My husband has watched me try many different diets over the years. While he's outwardly supportive (although he's pretty convinced that adding back oatmeal and whole grains are a good idea) I feel as if he's waiting for me to fail. I told him that I'm giving this way of life a 30 day trial and I'll reassess where I am at that point. He laughed and said "sure" which was when I realized that I rarely stick with anything for 30 days. Of course there are some things which have "stuck", but often I try something for a few days or week and then it's on to the next thing. I'm determined that this time it will be different, hence the dedication to keeping this journal.
Picked up some beef marrow bones since I'd seen a number of mentions about how nutritious they are, but I've never cooked them before. Any suggestions or favorite recipes? And even if you're reading this months from now, I do love to collect recipes.
So, here's my food intake for the past couple of days.
Breakfast: banana pancakes (1 banana, 2 eggs, 1 cap vanilla extract, ¼ tsp. cinnamon – delicious!) cooked in bacon & coconut oil, 2 slices nitrate-free pepper bacon
Lunch: hamburger, salad, oil & vinegar
Snack: coffee with cream
Dinner: small salad with turkey, avocado, EVOO; kale chips; 1/4 cup pineapple/mango/cantaloupe/almond sliver/coconut fruit salad
Snack: black coffee, apple
Breakfast: banana pancakes (1 banana, 2 eggs, 1 cap vanilla extract, 1 tbsp. walnuts, ¼ tsp. cinnamon – delicious!) cooked in coconut oil; ¼ cup pineapple/mango/cantaloupe/almond sliver/coconut fruit salad; coffee with cream
Lunch & Snacks on the road: small salad with turkey, avocado, EVOO; roasted pumpkin seeds & mixed nuts, carrot sticks, Clementine, 1 seaweed sheet, coffee with cream and sugar
Dinner: hamburger; panfried plantain; small salad with radishes, walnuts, ½ Clementine, ¼ avocado, EVOO
Snack: black decaf coffee, hard boiled egg
Exercise: 2.5 miles on bike, one pitiful burpee (can’t squat yet because of knee issues)
And if you've made it this far, thanks for reading my post. I'm inspired by the other journals I've read and hope that someday I inspire someone else.
Tried a few new treats today thanks to recipes from the forums. Bulletproof Coffee is amazing and Roasted Marrow Bones are quite the treat. I ate the marrow from one bone and tossed the rest in the crockpot for bone broth. Getting lots of teasing about living the "Cavegirl" lifestyle, but also more encouragement than I'd expected, which is welcome.
Time to pull out the grill as most of the snow has melted and I'm ready for some Greek Grilled Pork Chops!
This is becoming a great way to stay accountable to someone other than myself. Happily, I spent most of the weekend in the kitchen or outdoors listening to spring arrive. Having breakfast on the deck (wrapped in a blanket) and listening to the birdsong was lovely. We live a dry oak woodland and lots of spring arrivals were announcing themselves.
Made spaghetti squash for the first time in years and filled it with a very meaty spaghetti sauce that had been simmering for hours. Using herbs I'd grown and dried myself always seems to make everything taste better. Tossed the squash seeds and fibers around the seeds with olive oil and tamari then slowly roasted them - Heaven
March 30 – Day 6
Breakfast: banana pancakes (2 banana, 3 eggs, ½ tsp vanilla paste, ¼ c. blueberries, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon – served 2) cooked in canola oil; 2 slices nitrate-free pepper bacon; ½ c. V8; water with lemon
Lunch: chicken/kale soup, one marrow bone, handful of pumpkin seeds
Snack: Bulletproof coffee; kale chips
Dinner: 2 grilled pork chops, asparagus, ½ onion cooked in beef broth, grilled mushroom; ¼ c. pineapple/cantaloupe; mint tea
Exercise: ¾ mile walk, still recovering from procedure on legs
March 31 - Day 7
Breakfast: cold turkey breast, Bulletproof Coffee
Lunch: omelette with spinach, mushrooms; V8; pineapple/cantaloupe/walnut salad; herbal tea
Snack: kale chips
Dinner: spaghetti squash, tomato/meat sauce; salad w/avocado, radish, olive oil
Snack: dried apricots, dried papaya, mixed nuts
Exercise: lots of cooking and housecleaning
On the down side, turns out my husband came home from our trip to Costa Rica with a bite that I suspect was from either a bat or large spider. We were staying in at a field station in the rainforest and on the last day saw both in our cabin. He noticed the bite earlier this week just after we returned, but I just saw it an hour ago. It's off the doc's first thing in the morning. Fingers crossed that all is well.
Primal/Paleo start date - March 25, 2013
SW: 224 BMI 37.3
CW: 215 (-9 lbs) BMI 35.8
GW: 125 BMI 20.8
Just took measurements today, so I'll track from now on. These are the measurements of a human marshmallow!