Primal journal *Lekki*
OK, I thought I would give a primal journal a go. When I first did Atkins, I did it ultra properly (understanding that it did not just mean eating eggs and bacon all day... go figure) and really got into the forum. I got a lot of help, and as I am a scientist in the field of nutrition and CVD, and also a keen, keen (and experimental) cook, in the end I helped others.
I have been pretty primal for 3 months. Quantify 'pretty'? Ummmm... maybe 85-90% I do love my tofu, and sugar free chewing gum, and morning cup of coffee. Anyway, I went home to England for a week (I live in Alabama) and was disgustingly unprimal (ah but the scones and the teas and the roast potatoes and the real CADBURYS ), so I figured I would come back with renewed enthusiasm to do it 'more properly' - take it up a notch.
This is definitely inspired by health and NOT the fact that my long distance boyf is coming to see me in 2 weeks, and England turned me into a ball of lard. Not at all. Definitely not that vain :P
Hence today is my first IF. Why am I so terrified of it?
I had dinner last night (2 chicken legs and cauliflower mashed with cream and cheese) and I am not eating until tonight - or so goes the plan. I have already had some cream in my coffee, but I was feeling so shaky and weak before, that I felt I needed something. I lifted weights that were 2.5 lbs heavier than usual on Tuesday and did quite a tiring dance class yesterday, so am a bit tired. Plus I am off for a manicure before work, which entails a 40-min hill-filled walk (actually, they call it a mountain here, but they call crisps 'chips' and courgettes 'winter squash' so what do they know ?).
Was tempted to skip my first IF for a time when I don't feel so physically wiped, but I guess there is always an excuse. And my MDA email this very morning was commanding me to skip my next meal, so bye bye eggs and cheese, hello coffee *looks mournfully into cup*
Hmmmm... we'll see how this goes...
OK, it is 1.30 pm on my first IF. Psychologically, this is great. Having gone from being unable to resist constant grazing, I have not eaten at all today. I even went to a meeting where they had fresh pizza, and whereas I normally eat the toppings (even though I know it is not Primal - all the salt, poor quality meat, rancid fats) I had no problem not eating anything. Progress!
Physiologically - this sucks! I started with this great high, didn't feel hungry, felt free from the hold food had over me - heck I was even thinking 'gosh, it is going to be hard to start eating 3 meals a day again'. Until 10.30. So hungry, so weak (I struggled to tie my shoes). I see steaks dancing in front of my eyes. I have tried to stave off these feelings with green and herbal tea. No joy. I know I was in ketosis last night / this morning, so I thought hunger wise it would be easy, but I am miserable. I gave in and had a teaspoon of cream in my green tea in desperation.
I will stick with it. I am out to dinner tonight - table at 6.30. So, I gotta hold on just 5 hours. Sigh.
Next week, I will try again, with a bigger, more fat-filled dinner... Steak not chicken...
OK, nearing the end of my first IF (7pm - 6.30pm). I was due to eat at 6.30, but the dinner guest's flight was late and it is going to be more like 7.30. When I got this news, i went into what can only be described as some kind of delirium... I could not leave my desk as I was waiting for the call re: his flight, so I could not go for a distracting walk. I spent the whole time looking at food pics on the internet. I gave in and had some sugar free gum which seems to have contained the madness somewhat.
However, overall, this IF has been positive. I think I will try again next week. Tonight I will complete my first days PB-journal by saying what I had for dinner, and tomorrow report back on whether IF helped curb the snacking.
I feel good, and in control, and not like I am going to stuff my face uncontrollably at dinner (I think a restaurant setting might help this). I do feel unbelievably hungry though...
OK, end of my first journaling day and end of my first IF. I feel so good after the IF (although I struggled with it during). For the first time I feel full after a meal, but am not craving more food... most odd for me, I have always been one of those people who just eats and eats and eats constantly. I am keeping everything crossed that a weekly IF might be the answer to my snacking.
Breakfast: 1 large cup of coffee, 1 tbsp cream
Mid-afternoon: Green tea with 1/2 tbsp cream
Throughout day: Roibos tea, water (some sticks of sugar free gum BUT NO DIET COKE!)
Dinner: 1/2 plate of sashimi, maybe 9/ 10 pieces; minced beef cooked with salad onion, chillis and lime juice with cabbage leaves to wrap, small side salad (lettuce, cucumber, egg, bean sprouts).
Exercise: Rest day! But I did walk for about an hour and a half to get to / from work, dinner, manicure etc.
I feel good! Although for the first time in a very long time, I can feel IBS rumbles; not sure why...
Wow. Since my IF I am totally different. I thought the IF would teach me psychological control - how to say no to gum / diet coke / constant snacking demands. Instead, it has taken my will to snack away, totally. I cannot explain it. Anyway, I am really happy with my PB day:
Coffee with cream
5 almonds, handful of seeds
3 homemade spicy chicken wings, paleek panir, boiled egg, 5 brazil nuts
4 pm (not hungry, but was worried about too low calories before gym):
boiled egg, cottage cheese.
Wild salmon ontop of lettuce, cucumber and celery, dressed with olive oil, all top with wild scallops fried in butter with garlic and onion.
Some coconut bark (just because I was making it and wanted to try it).
45 mins weight lifting
2 * 20 mins walks in the sun
I am wondering if I had to IF it to actually get into ketosis? Although I am very slim, and have not ever had a weight problem, I wonder if an old ED and some left over dodgy behaviours made it hard for me to go into ketosis? Maybe IF pushed me into it and I have *finally* got a hold of my appetite?
Saturday was a great Primal day - really felt I responded to my appetite, but was not controlled by it.
2 egg omlet with cheddar, wild salmon sashimi, coffee and cream
Chicken fried in butter with onions and garlic over salad, almonds and coconut bark (maybe 1/3 the amount)
Snack: boiled egg with cream cheese; coffee and cream
Dinner: Pot roast (chuck steak, onion, beef stock, mushrooms) with mashed caluiflower. Tofu (sensible vice!) fired in coconut oil with crushed almonds
Late snack: Kate chips. Mmmmm.
Pilates and 'play' - a couple of hours walking / biking around in the sun.
Pretty good day today, but I am all hormonally-bloated. Energy levels good, hunger levels excellent, able to ignore hunger when I was at a concert and could not get to food.
2 egg omelet, wild salmon sashimi (huge sashimi phase at the moment)
2 hot wings, 1 boiled egg white, filled with cottage cheese
Whey protein shake made with almond milk
BBQ restaurant! 1/2 serving collard greens, 1/2 serving creamed spinach, 1/4 chicken (white meat) - skin removed. I ate my friend's spare wing as well.
45 mins weight lifting - took it up a good few notches with the weight today
Ooops, went off the radar with this a bit, as I got sick.
But stuck to Primal (- yay) especially my new goals of only good quality meat / dairy (unless I eat out) and IF-ing.
So, I IF-ed yesterday and had chicken breast, collards (with bacon) and creamed spinach for dinner.
B- 2 fried eggs (last of my cheap nasty eggs, have now bought grass fed hen eggs), 6 shrimp, couple of slices of mozzarella
L- roast beef slices, lettuce, cucumber, walnut oil
Snack - 2 homemade spicy chicken wings, cucumber, hummus
Dinner - pork chop, sauteed leeks, rocket, pecorino and pine nut salad with homemade OO, caper and vinegar dressing.
45 mins weights
8 hours !
Feel great, and pleased that my new diet is not upping my shopping bill, especially with IF (24 hours, once a week 6pm - 6pm) built in, I guess.
Scales tell me I have put on 2 lbs, but my arms and legs are started to look pretty ripped (for a girl!) and so I am hoping it is muscle...
OK, I am now pretty much over the nasty strep throat I had. It was going around the office and everyone needed five days and a bunch of anti biotics to get over it. Took me four days and no pills. Go PB.
Sunday was a pretty good Primal day:
B: fried eggs, Jarlsberg, smoked salmon
L: scallops and bacon over lettuce, artichokes and cucumber. Coconut bark
Snack: beef jerky
Dinner: Minced beef fried with onion and garlic and mushrooms wrapped in lettuce with cheese.
Exercise: 45 min weights, 8k walk
Sleep: 10 hours (!)
B: fried eggs, Jarlsberg, smoked salmon
L: scallops and bacon over lettuce and celery. No Coconut bark
Snack: about 10g 85% cocoa chocolate, handful almonds / macadamias
Dinner (at a restaurant): Crab claws, beef carpaccio, pan fried grouper, baby spinach and marinara sauce (asked for the sauce on the side and just scooped out the onions / olives and capers and used them for flavouring). A feast! Delicious!
Exercise: Pilates and 30 min walk
Sleep 7 hours