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    Primal to Change my Life

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    Hey all, this is my first post and also the start of my journal as I really need somewhere to keep myself on track!

    First, I'm Nichole. I'm 25, and a single mom to two young boys. I have moved slowly from junk-eating, binging vegetarian toward more primal living since I was pregnant with my first son in 2008/2009. I struggled with an eating disorder(binge/purge+not eating) from the age of 12, and at 19 when I was pregnant the symptoms went away but they came back off and on until I was 23. I think that pattern has done a huge number on my body. Last year when my youngest son was 1 month old I jumped head on into paleo, as I'd gained 50 lbs during the pregnancy. I remember vividly the low carb flu, but there was no struggle for me at all to go paleo then as I had that motivation of getting my weight down.. I lost 60 lbs last year, and then, unfortunately had some family issues that led to my break-up. I gained 14 lbs after the break up and began eating mostly junk food. That went on for three months, and here I am.

    I recently moved and I've been fighting to stay on track since March 1st. I had about 4-5 great days, and then low carb flu hit which I mistook for caffeine withdrawal and foolishly went out and got a sugary iced capp from Tim Hortons. I have quit caffeine once again, I'm on day 4 without it but I have been binging nonstop since that iced capp. I do not keep any junk food in my house, but my son just had his birthday so people gave him tons of candy.. that's been eaten, or thrown out, and I need to get on track here..

    My aim is no processed foods, no refined sugar, no grains, lots of water and exercising daily. I still do enjoy potatoes and some cheese. Yogurt is good too when I have it here. I need this to be a permanent change, as I am allergic to wheat, plus I struggle with various mental health issues that I swear are worsened by diet. I often wonder if they could be healed almost fully if I ate properly all the time...

    So.. my goal for now is to check in every single day.. Even bad days.. And start tracking with my fitbit and myfitnesspal again.

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    Welcome Nichole. Have a great primal day let "meat and veges, meat and veges, meat and veges" be your mantra.

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    Thank you! My Primal Blueprint and Primal Blueprint 21-Day Transformation books are supposed to be here today, unfortunately there's a huge blizzard happening so they may be delayed until tomorrow.

    I'm starting this change at 123 lbs, 26.7% body fat. Woke up today feeling uncomfortable, bloated, exhausted, moody, and with aches and pains. This is typical for me while eating the SAD. I am so tired of it. I have to fight to drag myself out of bed and that's not good with kids. I am committed to updating here every day, keeping track of my meals on myfitnesspal and tracking my steps with my fitbit..

    So far I have had a breakfast of pork, onions, potatoes, and eggs fried in coconut oil. My fitness pal put it around 550 calories, which is fine since it was extremely filling and I can't see myself getting hungry again any time soon. I'm trying to stick to 75 grams of carbs a day, and I'm at 25 right now.

    Now, I need to make a commitment to going to bed every night at 10. My kids are up anywhere from 6-7 AM. I need that sleep..
    *yawn*

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    For the rest of the day I had..

    Lunch: Pork cooked in coconut oil with eggs, onion and spinach.

    Snack: 1 cup red grapes

    Dinner: Pollock and baby carrots in olive oil.

    Very full, and I've had a lot of water as well. I know I need more greens in the future. I am already feeling really intense sugar cravings and hating it. I am going to have a rough time, I can feel it coming already. Hopefully it doesn't last too long.. I'm hoping after a month I will start to feel great.

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    That sounds like good food. I think you will start feeling great much sooner than a month. How tall are you? How old is your baby? Does he sleep through the night?

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    I'm 5'4", the baby is 15 months and he wakes a few times through the night but he's been starting to sleep a lot better.

    Last night was hard with sugar cravings, but I decided instead of ignoring them I will have to teach myself how to satisfy the cravings with primal food.. I blended up a frozen banana and put grapes on top and ate it like ice cream. I ended up eating 3 hard-boiled eggs before bed as well... Woke up this morning at 120 lbs, but the scale says 27% body fat now. I'm not sure how accurate the scale is at detecting this. I have a body fat calliper that I should probably be using instead.

    Breakfast today was chunks of beef, leeks, yellow pepper, spinach and eggs cooked in coconut oil. I am planning on making shepard's pie later with ground chicken, veggies and sweet potato.

    I've decided it's best for the first month if I focus on making sure everything I eat is primal, instead of counting calories or carbs. After I have successfully made it a month of living primal, I will tweak my carbs and track if needed.

    Now I need to focus on making other changes.. exercising daily, making sure I'm in bed by 10 PM, taking my supplements every day. My book came today so I will see what else I should be doing.
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    I'm still around, had a few busy days but today is the end of my fourth day 100% primal. I feel like I over-ate a bit tonight since I had two servings of dinner. It tasted really good, and I still feel like I want more so I am just avoiding the kitchen now. :P Perhaps because it has sweet potatoes and white potatoes in it? I'm not sure why, but it's a delicious dinner. I made ground beef cooked in coconut oil with leeks, spinach, carrots, sweet and white potatoes, zucchini, parsley, some lemon juice and spices. Mixed a bit of butter into it at the end of cooking. I made too much, as well, so maybe I just need to cook smaller meals.

    Anyway, I successfully made it through two busy days of outings without eating anything not considered primal. I never feel hungry, and when I get enough sleep I feel energetic all day. This morning was the ultimate example of how it's working for me already. I didn't get breakfast, so I took a container of pork and apple sauce and ate that during our family outing. I was up from 8 AM until 2 or 3 with just that to eat, and while I've had chronic hypoglycemia for years now, it was nowhere to be seen today. No shakiness, no vertigo, no mood swings, nothing. I felt great with just meat for hours. I am absolutely sold on living primal.

    Now, I need to sort out my sleep so badly and start exercising again. I love sleeping, and I love getting 8-10 hours a night, but at night I enjoy quiet time so much with the kids in bed that I stay up until midnight and end up with only 6 or 7 hours. And then I'm exhausted all day. This needs to be fixed.

    On the exercise topic, I told my older son today that we were going to start walking every day after dinner, and he was really excited. I meant starting tomorrow, but when I came down from putting the baby to bed my older son was in his hat and boots! I guess he likes the idea! So, starting tomorrow, family walks will be in order.

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