Hello, I am a French Canadian but I have been in the UK for 6 1/2 years, I am 51 yrs-old, met my much younger husband when I came here and we are both extremely happy (and in love )
My husband and I returned from the US and Canada in August, we began the Primal Diet 4 weeks ago, we are 80% full primals still struggling at certain times.
I have not consumed dairy for 3 years, my husband can eat cheese only but very rarely does. I stopped eating dairy after seeing an alternative therapist, she did a number of food intolerant tests and assessed my symptoms and recommended I quit all dairy products which I did and have not regretted. If I do have a little once in a while, I suffer with serious cramps and other bad symptoms.
I drink coffee and lots of herbal teas (green, thistle, ginseng...).
Biggest motivator for switching was discussing the approach with another couple whilst on a boat on the ocean in Canada. My husband was suffering with ulcer-like symptoms and feeling overweight and lethargic. I wanted to improve my eating patterns, I've always had very good habits but have certain weaknesses around carbs which I knew were contributing to my mild IBS and bloating problems. The couple we spoke with had success with the diet, the male had had serious health problems and had noticed a positive difference.
I do pilates 1-2 times per week, I go to the gym and do 45 minutes of cross-trainer 3-4 times per week and I do some body-building 2 times per week.
Favorite Primal Food:
Steak, steak and steak. Any meat is good with me. I also love seafood and fresh white fish (crab, haddock, monk..). I adore all vegetables except mushrooms.
Best part about being Primal:
Increased energy, not being bloated, knowing I am in control of my body and making good choices about food. I have found that it has changed my taste buds slightly, when I eat (cheating) some of the bad foods, they often taste awful putting me off. I am unsure if this is due to the primal changes I have made but using coconut oil, flour, sugar and other good basic foods has made me more in tune with other tastes. I like the combination of proteins and vegetables. I also love shopping for organic, free range and other foods that are sourced from good sources.
I love POTATOES and not having them as often as I want is making it difficult so I give myself "treats" a few times a week with some, otherwise I would lose my discipline. Sweet potatoes are fine but they don't replace my need for spuds. I have not eaten rice, pasta or any grains in 4 weeks so I am proud of just having the odd potatoes.
I find it extremely difficult when eating out, not in restaurants but with family and friends. Yesterday we attended a party with a buffet full of "bad foods" and although I could have stuck to my primal foods only (very few choices), I wandered off and chose lots of prepared and processed foods. I felt sick all night and suffered but it was difficult not to be drawn to the "naughty" choices. I regret it today but I realise how the biggest challenges are family outings, cinema (I love love popcorn) and restaurants. I also love nuts but they don't like me given the number of calories. I have not lost much weight and I would love to lose 10 pounds (I am 5'3" and 140 pounds, I need to go down to 130). I have already lost 13 pounds in the 10 months by eating better and going to the gym. I'm hoping that the primal approach is going to help but when I am bored and want to nibble on food, I go for nuts and they don't help.