haha!! You're right about that! It's hard not to share when it's going so great!
Question Slivergirl... I understand why you are giving up dairy, but why the eggs? I thought they were considered Primal/Paleo? Or is there some other reason? Just curious.
Tonight I made a delicious stuffed Mexican chicken breast... it's my own recipe. Instead of using breadcrumbs like I normally would have done, I used crushed up pork rinds. It turned out fantastic!
Posted a photo of it on the 'food porn' section of this forum: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...tml#post989658
I did the whole 30 and since eliminating both of those foods I have found I have an intolerance/allergy to them. I wouldn't be giving up either if I didn't have to. My chest/lungs and throat hurt almost straight away and my breathing is a bit constricted. I am hoping to be able to re-introduce in a few months.
Recipe sounds great. My hubby says he hasn't eaten so well in years. Loving the "diet"
An excellent cook? Losing weight and feeling great?
You are going to be just fine.
I love to cook, too. I made some kick ass beef curry the other night. Put it over cauliflower rather than the typical rice. My husband had a food orgasm, so it must really be porn. I need to find a sub for the 3T mango chutney (sugar, really), but for now I keep it in since each serving probably gets only a few grams of sugar. Anybody made chutney before using 'primal' sugars? Coconut? That might work.
Start date: 7-5-12
GOAL: to live to be a healthy and active 100
"In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties."
Henri Frederic Amiel
Update: 10 Days in and going strong!
Today I reached my 10th day of the Primal way of eating. I had ordered and received all of Mark's books from Amazon.com and have read through most of the books already. I'm finishing the Primal Blueprint right now and getting ready to do the 21 Day Challenge book to refine what I've already started. I also received the complete Platinum package of supplements and will start on those tomorrow. The damage control formula should do wonders as it's packed with wonderful nutrients. Tried the Primal Fuel tonight.. made a chocolate shake that was out of this world!
When I think back to the 10 days ago when I entered this forum in search of information, I was genuinely a bit skeptical and fearful of trying this, however, I was also desperate to find something that would work for me because my vegan diet pretty much did me in and my health had been suffering for months... brain fog, extreme fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, fluid retention, elevated blood sugars and hypertension, hyperlipidemia, insomnia, etc.. etc..
To my surprise, I have not experienced any side effects at all. I'm not hungry and my sugar/carb cravings are greatly diminished and under control for the first time in probably the past few years! Today as I walked past the sweets and the bread aisle at the grocery store, instead of being tempted, I felt so liberated and unaffected by it! The best change is that my brain fog and fatigue are completely gone and I'm down 7 pounds! It was so bad that I was almost walking into walls (I'm not kidding)! Today, I cleaned the whole house, ran errands, went grocery shopping, cooked a fabulous dinner and made some extra food for the next few days. It's 9:35 at night and I'm still as wide awake and energized as I was this morning! The heck of it all is that I'm just getting started with this new way of living - haven't even touched the tip of the iceberg yet with what's to come!
I don't even know who to thank... the forum members here who kindly provided support and took the time to encourage and answer questions, Mark for the wealth of information he provides to his subscribers, or his support staff who took the time to answer calls when I phoned in with questions.
This has truly been life changing and I feel as if I'm on the road to better quality of life. If anyone out there is skeptical, all I can say is just 'try it'!!
Great update, Jenny. I think you have such good results because you have gone in so well informed and committed. You are a great example.
I too am considering going primal, and I am most interested in you as I have similar problems and similar age. Do you take medication for high cholesterol, high bp, etc?
I am having a hard time making the decision to go primal because I do have these medical issues, but I am so tired of taking medications that don't work or cause additional problems.
I'm so glad you posted your question here. I don't know if you saw my first post or not, but when I started this thread, I was VERY skeptical in the beginning. I had tried so many types of diets, of which none really worked. I had reached the point where I had almost given up.
In answer to your question, yes I do take medications, however, I am already down to the lowest possible dosage on all my meds due to the radical changes in my body since going Primal. I take Metformin 500mg ER for diabetes, Lisinipril 10 mg (down from 20 mg), Lipitor 10 mg (also down from 20 mg) and also Synthyroid -- of which I'll always have to take because my thyroid was thrashed years ago, but no problem there. My blood pressure "with meds" was running pre-hypertensive and my doctor was about to increase my Lisinipril from 20 to 40.... INSTEAD he lowered it as of last week and told me "I don't know what it is you're doing, but keep doing it! My blood pressure this past week has been a little on the low side, so I may be completely off that medication very soon! Before going Primal, my fasting blood sugars were around 100 to 110 in the morning. I now have them down to the 80's!! I'm hoping to be off that medication sometime soon as well. As far as cholesterol goes, I need to get another panel run, but I won't be surprised if I'm off that med as well.
All this to say, this is only the 'tip' of the iceberg of what I've experienced thus far. My skin looks fabulous, my hair is growing in a little thicker. I'm sleeping better at night and I've lost my constant cravings for carbs and sugars. I heard that some people experience a few minor side effects at first, but I can honestly say the only side effect I've experienced is increased energy and an overall feeling of well being. I'm also sleeping better at night and down two sizes as of yesterday!! It's been a phenomenal experience all the way around and I'm never going back to my Vegan diet again!! I
I've become so passionate about all the changes that have taken place that I'm putting together a blog and a support group based on Mark's books and supplements. I would love to have you join me! I would be happy to partner with you for added support if you're interested.
As I stated earlier, I was very skeptical about the whole diet, but someone on this thread suggested that I simply give it a try for 30 days and see how I felt. I'm so glad I listened!! I have since cleaned out my pantry of all the bad foods (I donated them to a food bank) and replaced everything with Paleo friendly recipes and baking. I've discovered a whole new way of cooking (and eating) that is soooo satisfying and good! Last weekend I made Paleo Banana Nut muffins, I made up a batch of Paleo Lasagna and I'm enjoy a decent breakfast of bacon and eggs every morning. Other mornings I use Marks Protein Powder and make up some delicious concoctions in the blender.
Seriously Angle, I would say RUN don't walk to your nearest Amazon.com or bookstore and pick up your copy of the Primal Blueprint book and the 21 Day Challenge. I have all of Mark's books now, but those two are my favorites. There are so many websites out there with amazing recipes that you'll never grow tired of the many options available.
Most of all, I feel so amazing and good now. I jumped in head first and I'm never looking back again!
I would say that if you do make the decision to go Primal, educate yourself as you go along. Don't wait until things are perfect in your life, just do it. If you're taking medications, be sure to work in conjunction with your doctor. Have him (or her) monitor your progress and be willing to adjust your medications accordingly. Pay attention to your body and perhaps keep a journal.
If you need support, please let me know if I can help. I would love to connect with you!
Best of luck to you!
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