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    Day 9 - 09.Jun.12

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    Not starting off great with this weeks goal of getting to sleep by 11pm and waking up naturally. But it will happen by weeks end. Stomach was a bit upset throughout the day, think it was due to Day 8's less than stellar shrimp curry attempt. Ended up throwing out the leftovers Think I might have discovered my new favorite snack/dessert - strawberries with coconut milk. WOW. so yummy.

    SLEEP
    7 hours, alarm clock

    FOOD
    B - 1 egg, can of tuna, banana, almonds
    L - Roasted chicken w/ onions, peppers, sweet potato [photo ↓]
    D - Shrimp, peppers & broccoli in garlic butter | Strawberries & pecans w/ coconut milk
    Snacks - strawberries & almonds w/ coconut milk | almonds | strawberries

    SUPPLEMENTS
    none (another goal for the week is to regularly take my daily vitamins)

    EXERCISE
    20 minute walk

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    Mmm... add some crushed walnuts to that desert... Delicious!

    If you're looking for the next best thing to a natural wakeup I'd look into the Phillips light alarm clocks. I have one and I love it for waking me up. 20 minutes before your wakup time it slowly turns a light on (mimicing a sunrise at the time when YOU want to wake up. Highly suggested! Check it out at the link below!

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    Day 10 - 10.Jun.12

    The big news for the day is that I started the 30-day cold shower challenge. At 63 (if my thermometer can be trusted) it felt insanely cold. Took me a solid 10 minutes after turning the water on to go from outside the tub, to standing in the tub opposite the water, to actually getting wet. After several unpleasant minutes, filled with lots of cursing, it was all done and I felt surprisingly good. I wouldn't say I'm looking forward to this, but I'm up for the challenge, especially if it can help accelerate fat loss. For more info see: Cold Thermogenesis Guidelines / Results

    SLEEP
    8 hours, natural wake-up

    FOOD
    B - 2 eggs | Smoothie (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, banana, coconut milk)
    L - Shrimp w/ peas & peppers in bacon grease. [photo ↓] | Smoothie (same as bfast)
    D - Roasted chicken, w/ broccoli & peppers
    Snacks - Banana | Strawberries & Pecans w/ Coconut milk

    EXERCISE
    20 minute walk

    OTHER
    Vitamins - Y | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - Y

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    Day 11 - 11.Jun.12

    Day 11 was a bit rough. Woke up with hives on my forearms, which I'm blaming on the ridiculous amounts of strawberries the past 3 days. Was rather allergic in my teens and 20's, but not so much the last 2-3 years. Perhaps I went overboard lately, so cutting them for a few days and really hoping it's that easy. Also, I'm feeling rut-like in my eating. Getting tired of chicken, eggs and broccoli. Going to check out some primal recipe sites for ideas. On the plus side, figured if I can take a 63 degree shower, surely I can walk barefoot around my grungy neighborhood. So did that for the first time. Was surprisingly pleasant and glass free.

    SLEEP
    6 hours, alarm clock

    FOOD
    B - 2 eggs, can of tuna, peppers scrambled in coconut oil & butter | Smoothie (raspberries, blueberries, banana, coconut milk)
    L - Roasted chicken w/ broccoli & peppers
    D - 2 eggs, 1 bell pepper
    Snacks - blueberries, blackberries, banana & almonds w/ coconut cream (twice) [photo ↓] | almonds

    EXERCISE
    30 min walk (20 min barefoot)

    OTHER
    Vitamins - N | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - Y (Day 2)

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    You can always check out other journals for recipe ideas too.

    I made the curried shrimp and spinach dish today. It's a keeper. Although I pretty much doubled the curry (recipes made for "Westerners" cater to curry wimps) and then added extra coriander and a bit of cayenne because it just tasted like it was lacking something, which could have been the fault of my curry powder, or just the fact that we tend to like strong flavours around this household. I also couldn't see the point of going to all that trouble just to puree some chopped onions, so I skipped the whole blender step. But hubby vacuumed it up very happily and I also enjoyed it.

    FWIW, when I make a smoothie, I usually throw in a couple of raw eggs too. As well as some flaxseed meal and hempseeds. The eggs make it a pretty complete meal in and of itself, and it's easier than cooking... I am a fan of easy.
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    Day 12 - 12.Jun.12

    Today was a day of firsts. Since going primal... first refined sugar, first alcohol (cocktail seemed a better option than beer, no wine available. Thoughts?) and first sunburn (ouch). Seriously overdid it with the walking and hanging at the beach. Tried to do cold shower, but it felt like it was burning. Way too cold on my sun-damaged skin. So taking a day or two off and will resume soon. Struggling to meet my goal for the week of a consistent sleep schedule with natural wake-up.

    SLEEP
    7 hours, with alarm clock

    FOOD
    B - 2 eggs | Smoothie (raspberries, blueberries, banana, coconut milk)
    L - Shrimp & Chicken w/ Peppers & Peas in garlic butter | tomato, cucumber, onion salad w/ balsamic vinegar & olive oil [photo ↓]
    D - Vinegar-style Pork bbq w/ peppers
    Snacks - almonds | dried apples | raisins | vodka & sprite

    EXERCISE
    3 hours walk (2 hours barefoot)

    OTHER
    Vitamins - N | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - N

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    Last edited by DashFire; 06-14-2012 at 04:27 PM. Reason: Corrected from "Day 13" to "Day 12"
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    Day 13 - 13.Jun.12

    The hives from Day 11 have almost entirely disappeared with no itching. Will give it through the weekend and if no symptoms, plan to reintroduce Strawberries in much lesser amounts. The Vinegar-based Pork BBQ is one of my favorite foods, though it used to hurt my stomach some because of all the pepper & vinegar. Had absolutely no issues this time, even with eating it two days in a row.

    SLEEP
    8 hours, no alarm

    FOOD
    B - 2 eggs | Smoothie (raspberries, blueberries, banana, coconut milk)
    L - Vinegar-based Pork BBQ w/ peppers & 1/2 lb bacon [photo ↓] | blueberries, blackberries, & almonds w/ coconut cream
    D - Salmon w/ garlic & butter
    Snacks - almonds | banana | apple | aged Cheddar

    EXERCISE
    1 hr walking (0 barefoot)

    OTHER
    Vitamins - N | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - N

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    Wow, DashFire, you are going all out! Diet, barefoot walking, cold water thingy - good for you, but just don't burn yourself out doing it all in the first 14 days, okay? If your bod tells you to slow it down, do so. If not, then hell...

    This is a lot to process. I started with a kind of "head start" because one of my daughters lives a diet very much like the Primal, and I have 6 years of experience cooking for her. In Germany, Sebastian Kneipp is the godfather of all things cold water, and since my family is German, I got a lot of the cold-water ewwwies out of my system there. And I grew up barefoot in Texas during half of my childhood and just never gave it up, so that was okay as well. I found the Vibrams at a local shoe store before I found the Primal - so cool to know that Primal loves them!

    I'll check back often - you seem sooooo sweet!! If you need anything I can deliver photonically, just say so!

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    Day 14 - 14.Jun.12

    Day 14 was interesting. Half way into my Naked Juice I look at the label - 80g of carbs - WTF! No sugar, no honey, just fruit puree & juices. I'm starting to wonder about my "no calorie counting the first month" rule and daily smoothie habit. Then three hours later came my first bread in two weeks. Had a Groupon expiring and it was a conscious (I'm having a non-Primal meal with a friend and going to be okay with it) decision. My body didn't like it though (sleepiness, stomach bloating and grumbling for hours after) which is actually helpful encouragement at this point. If I had eaten like that and felt fine and full of energy, I'd seriously be confused. So after my breakfast/lunch carb-fest, I stuck to protein & fats for the rest of the day.

    SLEEP
    6.5 hrs, alarm

    FOOD
    B - Bacon & 2 eggs | Naked Juice Blue Machine | Banana
    L - Grilled Cheese Sandwich (cheddar, mozzarella, grilled chicken, bacon, tomato, texas toast) and sweet potato fries w/ BBQ sauce [top photo ↓] | Vodka & Sprite
    D - Salmon w/ Dill Beurre Blanc [btm photo ↓]
    Snacks - almonds

    EXERCISE
    1.5 hr walking (0 barefoot)

    OTHER
    Vitamins - N | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - N

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    Last edited by DashFire; 06-15-2012 at 08:27 AM.
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    I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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    Hi there,
    I've been appreciating your posts particularly the one on the contentious fat acceptance thread.

    Nits I can pick about your diet : Peas are not Primal. They are a legume (use up the fridge stash but don't make them a staple).

    Go easy on the dried fruit. It's really easy to overdo the quantities since it doesn't "feel" like you just ate a whole fruit to your mouth.

    Yes, it does indeed sound like you are going through the carb flu. Adding carb heavy stuff like quinoa however, can just prolong the process. It is something that you need to get through and past.

    Otherwise your food sounds good (and looks very pretty).

    I think we posted at the same time. Re carb heavy juice. Yeah. Good rule of thumb is "Eat your calories, don't drink them."

    I wish you well. It sounds like you are headed the right direction.
    Last edited by Paleobird; 06-15-2012 at 11:09 AM.

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