Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Primal Journal (Torena) page

  1. #1
    torena's Avatar
    torena is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Manassas Park, VA
    Posts
    19

    Primal Journal (Torena)

    Well, this is it. The place that I can publicly post what I eat without fear of "OMG grains have been shown to lower heart disease why would you EVER want to give them up?!" I should give a bit of a history before I begin. 6 years ago I was pregnant with my first child and I wanted to clean up our diet. I found a source for grassfed meat from a local farmer and climbed on board. The sticker shock was hard, and we weren't always perfect, but as more and more stories came out about mainstream food - the pink chicken in nuggets, the questionable material in grocery store ground beef, tons of contaminated meat being recalled - the more I wanted to get back to it. I had heard of people doing Paleo, but it was all these "crazy fitness people" and I have never been athletic in my life. Surely it wasn't for me! Fast forward a few years, it's summer 2011, and my weight has crept up to 195 lbs. I have two children. I want to play with them but I feel like a useless lump of a human. I'm overweight, not quite depressed but still not where I want to be mentally, anxious, etc. I go to join the new Gold's Gym and find that there is a new section for Crossfit that is just opening with a huge discount to join. Finally, real world people in my life eating this way! I signed up. We immediately jumped into a Paleo challenge but... life happened. We had some scary medical stuff happen with one of our kids, and then the holidays hit. I tried to get my family involved in eating this way. I bought Paleo Comfort Foods, Everyday Paleo, Eat Like a Dinosaur, Make it Paleo.. but I was just struggling. I was going to Starbucks a few times a week, McDonald's at least once a week, it wasn't good on my pocketbook and it wasn't good for ME (or my family for that matter). Then, 3 weeks ago, we went out for Indian food and I gorged myself. Oh, I hurt, and it was so tasty. That night I was in some pain. The next day I ate the leftovers for lunch.. and then I had a gallbladder attack. I did some research, everything said to eat vegetarian with some cold water fish and avoid eggs, beef, fowl, pork and saturated fats like the PLAGUE. I made a salad with some chicken breast and avocado and had another attack. I thought it was the chicken. I later realized it was likely the fat of the avocado making it happen. I went on a juice fast basically for 2 or 3 days. All together I had 5 attacks within 7 days. I had an ultrasound that confirmed numerous small stones and "probably" some sludge (I love that probably, such a specific medical term.. thankyouverymuch but let's focus on what you actually *see* and not what you *suspect*). It was my wakeup call. I had been advocating for a paleolithic/evolutionary diet protocol for a year and I had not been following it myself (I felt like such a hypocrite) and now.. now is my chance. I started reading up on paleo and gallbladder, and it seems that there are a lot of people going into a higher fat diet experience this because your gallbladder is actually used. I'm eating a lot of salads with either wild alaskan salmon or chicken breast and using either flaxseed oil or olive oil for them. Night before last I had my first scrambled egg with no problems, so this morning I made 2 of them in 2 tsp of olive oil with no problem. I'm going to continue slowly increasing my fat intake.

    In addition I also have suffered from hypothyroidism for a long time. I was diagnosed 4 years ago. We've got my medication nearly to it's sweet spot and my endocrinologist is SUPER supportive of paleo (she's seeing good results with her patients apparently ). I also am breastfeeding so I need to be careful with my carb intake dropping too low and making me lose my milk supply. I've heard there are a couple of different camps - some say increase the fat (which I'm not comfortable doing just yet) and the other says keep your carbs up. So I continue to eat white rice occasionally and sweet potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and fruit to keep the carbs up.

    I started at 205 lbs. I am down to 196.2 as of this morning. I know many people say to ditch the scale but I like seeing results daily on how I ate the day before. I can usually pinpoint why I had a rise or drop in the scale.

    So, today for food:

    Breakfast: Trader Joe's hot smoked salmon (does have some brown sugar in the brine), 2 scrambled eggs in 2 tsp of olive oil, and a strawberry.

    Lunch: Half of a chicken breast I sauteed the night before last with some olive oil and Penzey's Northwoods seasoning, green beans cooked with some red onion, garlic and tomatoes.

    Dinner: "weight watchers" chicken and mixed vegetables from our local Chinese restaurant. Everything is steamed with sauce on the side. We've been out all day, I need more protein in my fridge, and now one of my kids is sick and wanted some, so...

    I may polish off the remaining little bit of blackberry dairy free sorbet that a friend brought over for our meal together last night.

    I need to go back through the Primal Blueprint books and figure out movement and portion sizes again, it's been a long time since I read them.

  2. #2
    Hedonist2's Avatar
    Hedonist2 is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    1,285
    Welcome Torena! Sounds like you have your plan well thought out. Good luck!
    Ancestral Health Info - My blog about Primal and the general ancestral health movement. Site just remodeled using HTML5/CSS3 instead of Wordpress.

    My MDA Friday success story - Stubborn Senior's Testimonial

  3. #3
    torena's Avatar
    torena is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Manassas Park, VA
    Posts
    19
    Thank you!

  4. #4
    torena's Avatar
    torena is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Manassas Park, VA
    Posts
    19
    I work today, and these days are always tricky for food. If we get a terribly busy day (it's a retail job) then it's hard to sit down and eat. I'm going a little early to hit the farmer's market across the street as I'm out of lettuce.

    Breakfast: remaining bits of TJ's hot smoked salmon, 2 scrambled eggs cooked in 2 tsp olive oil, two strawberries, a handful of blueberries, about 16 ounces of water.

    Lunch: I managed about 4 ounces of chicken breast at work (it was SO busy), but ran to the grocery store after, around 3. Had some sushi.

    Dinner: Chipotle. I was exhausted from work AND a Saturday grocery run (what was I thinking?). Had a bol with rice, double chicken, lettuce, pico de gallo.
    Last edited by torena; 07-14-2012 at 07:47 PM.

  5. #5
    torena's Avatar
    torena is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Manassas Park, VA
    Posts
    19
    Yesterday was rather tricky. We went to my inlaws for my son's birthday. She made pinchitos with chicken and a salad with mangos and marinated tomatoes in olive oil and vinegar for me.

    Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs in 2 tsp olive oil, about 1 ounce of smoked salmon
    Lunch: 1 skewer of pinchitos (grilled meat recipe from Spain), salad, tomatoes with their liquid as the salad dressing. 4 or 5 steamed Maryland blue crabs, a small piece of birthday cake (my first gluten in 3 weeks), some blackberry sorbet.
    Dinner: Hard tacos from Chipotle with chicken, pico de gallo and lettuce.

    Weight: 194.6

    Today I am noticing a bit of brain fog and fatigue from that gluten. It's like I want to get up and do stuff around the house but I'm just barely below the threshold of having the energy to do it.

  6. #6
    torena's Avatar
    torena is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Manassas Park, VA
    Posts
    19
    Primal Blueprint Expert Certification
    Breakfast: Pan seared salmon with Penzey's Sunny Spain seasoning, 2 scrambled eggs with 2 tsp olive oil, sauteed spinach with Penzey's Fox Point seasoning and 1 tsp olive oil.

    Lunch: Red leaf lettuce and frisee salad with grape tomatoes, flaxseed oil/apple cider vinegar dressing, a bit more salmon.

    Snacks: 1/4 of an almond butter/raw local honey sandwich on Udi's white bread, half a banana and a treat of a Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher (which was just too sweet).

    Dinner: Arroz con Pollo (tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, garlic, carrot, olive oil sauce with chicken, rice, and peas).

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •