I am here for you!
Okay...so I'm brand new to this. And when I say brand new, I really mean it - having first visited this website about 4 hours ago!
I am making a 30 day commitment to the lifestyle promoted by this website. When that period has ended I will analyse the benefits and move forwards accordingly.
Upon reading the first few articles I came across, I decided to start the diet immediately. No "well I'll just have this last chocolate bar" or anything of that rubbish.
For dinner, I had chicken, stuffed with pork, wrapped in bacon, with carrots, peas, and mushrooms.
After an hour or so I was still hungry, so I had a two egg omelette with chicken, bacon and mushrooms. I have a feeling that eggs might get old for me quickly...we shall see.
I think one of the most challenging things is going to be tackling my sweet tooth. I can feel sated but still want something sweet. From what I can see, the Paleo diet does not major on sweet things.
So why am I doing this? Roughly in order:
1. I want to look good
2. I want a better complexion
3. I want to be fitter
4. I want to kick my insomnia
5. I want to be more alert
Pretty vain I know, but honesty is my policy!
One of the main reasons for me being here is accountability, so I hope you guys can give me support!
Thanks for reading!
I am here for you!
Mark freely admits that vanity works for him. Hehe.
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Day 1 - It Begins...
Well this is my first full day living the Primal lifestyle. I don't expect to transition immediately - it will likely be about reading up, getting better informed, and adjusting accordingly. My diet is definitely the priority though, so I am diving into that full on.
I haven't eaten yet today as I don't feel particularly hungry. I rarely do for at least an hour after getting up (which is usually 8am). One thing is a bit strange though...I woke up feeling a bit nauseous, and I couldn't get the idea of eating meat for breakfast out of my head! It was making me feel a bit sick, almost as if my body was telling me that it was going to miss my usual breakfast of fruit n fibre!
Anyway, that feeling is now beginning to fade. When the hunger kicks in I will probably have some fruit, and take it from there!
Well I've managed to stomach some food. I still feel bit a bit nauseous, but I'm hoping it will fade.
Breakfast: Mixed fruit
Snack: 3 rashers of bacon and two scrambled eggs
The snack was an unusual moment for me. I was feeling a bit peckish at around 11am, and figured I might as well have something. Having bacon and eggs just because you were a bit peckish and fancied it, on a diet?! Surely not...
A Bit More About Me
I'm 25 years old and in reasonable shape.
I'm 6'1" and 208 pounds. However, I am quite broad and carry the weight well. I play squash, cricket and golf, so get a good amount of mixed cardio.
I used to run (up to 35 miles a week) but gave up on that when it got cold! Plus, although it was satisfying in a way (and I could eat 4,000+ calories a day and still lose weight), it was never really something I enjoyed.
I am looking to build muscle and lose fat, but I am not going to start off with a gym regime. I am going to concentrate on eating lots of protein and doing "casual" strength exercises such as pushups, pullups etc. After 28 days I will evaluate how that is going for me and take it from there.
I'm using Fitday to track my intake. I am aiming for my rough daily intake to be 210g protein, 80g carbs, and 100g fat. I am just going to eat what I want for the first few days, with those rough amounts in mind, and see how close I can get, then take it from there.
That's it for now!
Lunch: breast of chicken with mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower and balsamic vinegar
Mmm...that was tasty!
Next time you might go for the bacon and eggs for breakfast and the fruit for a snack if you are still hungry.
Why would that be better? :-)
Dinner: 12 pork and beef meatballs in a tomato, onion, carrot and mushroom sauce (all homemade) and cheese
Man, that was filling! But then, I suppose half a kilogram of meat should be...is this over the top? The way I see it, I might usually have say 6 meatballs with pasta - this way, I am just replacing the pasta with more meat!
That brings my calorific intake today to somewhere under 3,000 calories including around 200 grams of protein, which was around what I was looking for.
It's all a bit of a guessing game at the moment!