Life is good. Primal is solid. Don't give up!
I've just got to say I'm glad I've avoided all the trendy supplements and neurotic efforts to make fake bread. After a year of doing this, and a few minor tweaks, I'm healthier than I've ever been in my life. I'm settled on my approach now. It looks like this:
On work weeks: (I work night shift, ten hours, eight days straight, six days off. So sort of every other week.)
One huge meal before work, after I wake up at around 7PM. Work, sleep, wake up and do it again. Occasionally I bring some avocados or an apple, berries or a little bit of dinner to eat before midnight to stay within a 5 hour eating window. Meal is a pound of protein (for the three or four days after grocery day, until it runs out), duck eggs, mushrooms, cooked spinach, kale, or other greens all cooked in a few tablespoons of saturated fat (tallow I make myself, coconut oil) and a cube of bone broth for magnesium. Lots of wild, pink salmon (about twice a week, used to be daily) for the vitamin D and bones (I eat the spines in the canned salmon), and some seaweed once or twice a week for the iodine. Oysters when available at Grocery outlet in water.
Lots of walking, squats, push-ups, leg lifts, dips, chin-ups and pull-ups, rings, sprinting (on days that end with 0, like the 10th, 20th, 30th) and curling my 50 pound free weights. I do these on my high-protein days, really packing it in to exhaustion.
Once the protein runs out I'm down to my normal 6 to 10 miles of walking a day, and finishing off any fish and eggs, avocados, coconut milk, apples and veggies that are left. I do not work out much on these low-protein days. I still have plenty of energy to live and work, but no building blocks for repairing muscle, so I just take it easy and really zero in on relaxation, low-cortisol, low-inflammation living. I do increase my fat intake on these last few days of the week to compensate for the missing protein. By Thursday there is not much food left.
Friday is date night and I keep it Primal often, but will sometimes keep the bun on my burger, etc. It's just one meal, and I do not suffer from it at all. Quite enjoyable, really. But still well below any reasonable daily caloric intake.
But Saturday is Grocery day, wherein I will reload and start again. I also usually get some nuts and or berries on Saturday, in varying quantity which I might eat all at once or spread through the first few days of the week. Just discovered hazelnuts at Fred Meyer for cheap.
On my non-work weeks:
Almost the same, except I end up eating a little more frequently due to sleeping pattern changes.
I WAS taking magnesium before I found out about bone broth. It has proven to be strong enough to keep away the cramps.
I only take vitamin D in the winter, but make it a point to play at the beach and hike all summer and eat lots of fish.
Honey. This local, raw honey makes it possible for me to go outside in the summer. Just a small bite every day or even every other day keeps the allergies away. It's also shown a strong positive correlation to the clarity of my skin and speeding up wound healing.
Grains. That's right all you rice heads. I'm not wasting money on empty food. I get sweet potatoes if I'm craving starch.
Fruit. It's somewhat rare. Berries, organic apples, avocado are it unless I see something fun, or there's a fruit platter at a party. More in the summer when I'm foraging for salmon berries, thimble berries, huckleberries and the like.
Nightshades except for hot sauce on my canned salmon. Tomatoes and peppers make my thumbs twitch and turn my face red, looks like rosacea.
Pork. I try to stick to animals that chew cud, and poultry.
Dairy. Basically none at all. Ever. Clogs my nose, my guts, makes me fart and gives me bags under my eyes.
So, I'm still losing weight and increasing all my strength exercises. I should update my photo some time soon. Seriously have those abs now, love handles all gone.
The message? STICK WITH IT! Eating real food and filtering out what does and doesn't work takes time and effort. But once you're dialed in, you're set for life!
Last edited by Knifegill; 02-21-2012 at 04:39 PM.
Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.