I discovered this interesting form of living/eating just yesterday while visiting an eye doctor for an in depth eye exam.
Just last month I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes,high blood pressure and high cholesterol.I am taking daily dosages of meds to control all of this but in all honesty I don't want to spend the rest of my life eating pills every day and hoping they take care of the problems.
Since the bad news from my Dr,I have changed my life around to a small degree and I have actually lost 20 lbs but I really don't feel that this is enough.
I know you touched on the meds issue but I guess I just want to make sure that I should continue taking my meds as perscribed and continue monitoring blood glucose levels as if I weren't doing anything out of the norm.
I am really interested in changing my lifestyle for the better and any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for the advice! Very much appreciated! Very useful!
This is a great thread, thank you. I still have a question that I can't find an answer to by doing a search. I hope this is the right place to post it.
My question is in reference to #7) Eat when you're hungry, don't if you're not. I understand this concept and recognize that Primal doesn't care too much about caloric intake. My problem is that I am very rarely hungry. I suspect that if I only ate when I was hungry, my caloric intake would be really really low. As it is now, I eat when I think I ought to because it has been awhile or when my energy begins lagging. Eating this way I am still only consuming around 800 calories a day. I am losing weight at a rate of 1.5-2.0 pounds per week and have a BMI of 25. Still have weight to lose. I am mostly sedentary, but i walk at least 20 minutes a day and have definitely incorporated more intentional movement into my day. I am looking for some guidance here.
I have been eating clean for at least 3 months. I wasn't Primal, therefore my animal protein and fat consumption was quite low. I was still eating oats and quinoa until 6 weeks ago when I discovered PB. Six weeks ago I very happily began eating animal proteins, quit paying attention to fat content, and dropped the rest of the grains. My daily averages are 54% (49g) fat, 26% (68g) carbs, and 20% (40g) protein.
I guess ultimately my question is should I really wait to eat until I am hungry? I suspect it would be awhile. Should I just keep doing what I am? Is the lags in energy I feel sometimes hunger? I am looking for growling and hollow. I have been hungry before, so I do know what it feels like, but not since I went Primal. Has anyone experienced this?
You don't necessarily need growling and hollow. So long as it's beyond snacky and what you want is primal, I'd say go for it. That said, do what works for you. If waiting until you're hungry doesn't work, or your hunger cues are off, by all means, stick to a set schedule.
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Thanks for the response and reassurance. I will just keep doing what I am until it doesn't work anymore. Maybe I am just really efficient at burning fat and am living off myself. Certainly have enough of that to sustain me.
Ah ha! Just found this thread too. Thank you... and sorry for asking so many questions that have clearly been asked a bazillion time before.
I am only 3 weeks in, happy to be here! Sorry if these questions have been answered already...
I am being very good, only whole foods, haven't touched any wheat, grains or processed foods since I began. I'm eating a ton of good fats, etc etc...
1. Is it possible to eat too much fat? I can't seem to eat enough protein for a 50/30/20 split. I'm more often 65/20/15 (carbs between 50 - 80 grams)
2. I have a habit of wanting something sweet late at night. Most nights I will have 1-2 squares of 70-80% dark chocolate.
Is this going to slow my fat loss?