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    Primal Journal - Josie N.

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    I started the 21-day challenge when Mark posted about it this fall and only made it 9 days before a cheat slipped in.
    Once I cheated with the popcorn I hide in the back of my cupboard (first mistake.. should have just thrown it out!!) I continued to cheat that day because I already had - this is my most frequent excuse.

    Since I didn't make it with the 21-day challenge of hitting it (the primal lifestyle) hard, I am going to take it at a slower pace. Maybe focusing on eliminating the worst things for me, because I do have a major sweet tooth. In that respect as well, this won't be a Day 1, Day 2, etc. but just a journal of what I eat so I can feel more of a sense of accountability and so I am actively thinking about what I have chosen to ingest each day, improving these choices when I recognize a slip up.

    My biggest concern in this regards is people offering me homemade treats at work or gatherings. I feel bad not taking their offer or I almost feel like people think I'm a snobby, wanna-be-health nut, because really.. who doesn't love the TASTE of that stuff!? (even if we all know in our very educated minds that it is not good for us) *Disclaimer - I know these are ridiculous feelings, so I will be working on not caring what others think as well.

    Another big concern is espresso drinks. I love mochas and have drank probably hundreds of them during my college career. Now.. I love tea, but sometimes a chocolatey milky drink just sounds better at the time. I have been getting cafe miels instead of mochas lately which have milk, coffee, honey and cinnamon (I feel that is a bit more primal than my worst enemy - the mocha)

    On with the food journal:

    B - Sausage and egg burrito with veggies and salsa and a miel. Situation: Traveled this weekend and went to breakfast with the friend I stayed with. I went this route rather than the scone, muffin, cinnamon route. And I had to drive 5.5 hours so the miel seemed like a not-so-terrible idea.

    S - A spoonful of almond butter mixed with honey

    D - Coconut pancakes (from the Primal Blueprint Cookbook) with unsweetened coconut shavings and pure maple syrup & 3 strips of bacon.

    Improvements:

    B - IF for the morning because the burrito had cheese and a tortilla and I would have survived the car ride without anything in my stomach. And dark tea to drink instead of the miel.

    D - skip the maple syrup, or at least use less than I did!


    Stay tuned, tomorrow is sure to be a good day (lunch is already prepared for work tomorrow).

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    For today I want to add my other primal habits from yesterday. I walked about two miles yesterday in my Vibram five fingers while talking on the phone (rather than just sitting or lying down). It was a beautiful fall evening too!

    B - 1 egg, 2 rings of red bell pepper, 2 coconut pancakes (left over from my batch last night) with unsweetened shredded coconut. (No maple syrup! and 1 strip of bacon.

    S - a couple of handfuls of pastachios & earl grey tea at my desk.

    L - Shrimp and Olives dish... with lots of tomatoes! and an apple.

    S - 2 squares of Endangered Species 88% dark chocolate. A small glass of Dark Chocolate Almond milk

    D - Paleo chicken pot pie - and the leftovers will make for 3 lunches this week! with two glasses of red wine.

    Not too much physical activity.

    Improvements:

    S - really only the dark chocolate almond milk, which I bought as a healthful substitution for sweet cravings, but I know it is worse for me than I think!

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    Today's Eats:

    B - 4 coconut pancakes w/ unsweetened shredded coconut on top (last of the left overs)
    handful of raspberries
    1 strip of bacon

    S - Earl grey tea

    L - Paleo Chicken pot pie
    Half of a Naked Blue Machine smoothie

    S - Handful of mixed nuts
    Square of Endagered Species 88% Dark chocolate
    Earl Grey tea

    D - Trio blueberry nut bar
    2 scrambled eggs with Spinach

    Improvements:

    L - The Naked smoothies are supposed to be all natural, but I guess I question this. And since it is all fruit purees it is quite sugary!

    D - The nut bar again.. not probably as "all natural" as it claims.

    (both seemed like a good item when strapped for time, but I could definitely stop buying them.)

    Workout: Kettle bell class at the wellness center ( in my vibrams of course

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    B - ~2 scrambled eggs with spinach and salsa
    handful of raspberries
    1 slice of bacon

    S - Earl grey tea and pumpkin seeds

    L - Paleo chicken pot pie
    A banana

    S - More earl grey

    D - Bowl of Rice chex with coconut milk (in a hurry)
    A chai tea latte (I believe it was made with syrups )
    spoonful of almond butter mixed with honey with raspberries

    Improvements: I still have a lot of sugar in my diet (coffee shops.. I really need to stick to teas!) but I feel like I am actually less hungry between meals so that's a plus!

    Workout: Biked 10 blocks to and from the coffee shop in my vibrams.

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    Today.. not so good:

    B - ~2 eggs with spinach and salsa

    S - blueberry scone :S
    Italian roast coffee
    1 square of 88% dark chocolate

    L - Paleo chicken pot pie
    Organic applesauce

    D - Cup of clam chowder

    S - Bagel with cream cheese
    and a turtle latte.. again:S but I'm editing for 5 hours after working for 8.. felt like I needed it.

    Improvements: coffee shops get me every time, even though I fully enjoy tea just fine! grrr

    Not much physical activity today either..

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    Well, this weekend was kind of awful. I attended a conference for The Deming Institute and food was provided so I just went with it.. So we'll start back up with Monday!

    B - IF

    S- Earl Grey tea and Pistachios

    L - Steak Salad with salsa

    S - A couple handfuls of mixed nuts

    D - Two roasted chicken legs, strawberries

    No exercising

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    Last night I also had a glass of red wine.

    Today has been a good day!

    B - 2 scrambled eggs with spinach and salsa
    handful of blueberries

    S - 2 squares of 86% dark chocolate
    Earl Grey Tea

    L - Paleo chicken pot pie (I still have lots of veggies that I cut up from making this a few weeks ago so I'll probably have it for lunch next week as well )
    Handful of mixed nuts

    D - Salmon fillet on a bed of spinach with balsamic vinegar and EVOO

    I attended my kettle bell class tonight and it felt great!

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    Busy night last night prepping for an interview, so I have to report on two days of meals!

    Report on Monday:

    B - 2 scrambled eggs with spinach and salsa
    handful of blueberries

    S - 1 square of 86% dark chocolate
    Handful of pumpkin seeds
    Earl grey tea

    L - Paleo chicken pot pie
    Organic unsweetened apple sauce

    S - Earl grey
    1 square 86% dark chocolate

    D - Bed of spinach with a fillet of salmon and bell peppers
    with balsamic vinegar and EVOO

    S - bowl of rice chex with coconut milk (was up late and needed SOMETHING)

    Played a game of pick up bball. This satisfies my "playing" for the night, as well as quick sprints up and down the court for an hour and a half.

    For today:
    B - bowl of rice chex with coconut milk
    an apple

    L - Paleo chicken pot pie
    1 apple and a handful of mixed nuts

    S - Sunflower seeds
    Java Chip mocha after work... I had good intentions going to the Starbucks (coffee is natural)
    But definitely dropped the ball here

    D - Duck (hunted by my friend himself), mashed potatoes and creamed corn (this friend had me over so I decided I was at his discretion this evening). I had a sliver or two of fudge for dessert (I had already had the java chip mocha so I went for it).

    Improvements: again, the cafe is usually just bad news no matter my intention
    I could have skipped the spoonful of creamed corn very easily without offending my friend..

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    Apparently I was very busy last week, and didn't find reporting meals as worth my time.

    Today:

    B - Coconut biscuit with honey
    pineapple and strawberries
    1 strip of bacon

    S - handful of mixed nuts

    L - Pot roast with mixed veggies
    2 squares of 86% dark chocolate

    S - 2 walnut brownies (Primal Blueprint cookbook) soo good

    D - Iced Tea
    Paleo Chicken pot pie
    pineapple

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    B - pot roast with mixed veggies

    S - 1 square of 86% dark chocolate
    and a cup of coffee

    L - Chamomile tea
    Paleo chicken pot pie
    1 apple

    S - Handful of mixed nuts
    1 square of 86% dark chocolate

    D - Beef broth soup with one egg (tried a variation of egg drop soup with my leftover broth from the pot roast)

    Activity: walked to kettlebell class (and worked out) in my vibrams

    I am going to try not to keep snacks at my desk at work and see how it works for me. Because I wasn't even hungry when I reached for the nuts this afternoon.

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