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Thread: One Main Meal a Night and my Experiences From it...... :)

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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2012

    Talking One Main Meal a Night and my Experiences From it...... :)

    Hi all,
    I havent dont much in this forum since joining BUTTT I am going to start being more active here bc I love learning from you all...

    So I started eating a warrior diet/caveman power diet/paleo/Primal diet along time ago(idk the exact time), and then stopped and recently(within 3 months) started again....

    I started working at a place that requires me to do physical work and on my feet ALLL Day, at first I was stressed, and miserable, so I would eat ALOT on my break then want to just go take a nap when I got back to work. Lol.

    So I went back to my diet, that worked so well for me in the past: instead of eating a big meal on break I had a handful of mixed unsalted nuts. Went back to work feeling lighter, strong, and awake.

    I find the less I eat during the day, the more active I am.... I then eat at night, in almost a rewarding manner, eat a huge healthy meal. Eggs, or Red Meat, or Fish, or 2 of those 3, with some veggies, and maybe some sweet potatoes, etc(you know the foods).

    Everytime I get on this way of eating I experience:
    Fat Loss
    Mental Sharpness
    Sense of well-being

    All great things..... I LOVE this way of eating and wonder if anyone had the same benefits Ive had from it?
    Last edited by RayR22; 01-17-2013 at 01:41 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    I eat that way also, and experience the same benefits as you do.
    My head is clear during the day, my workouts are better, I have more energy, my weight is stable, with little bodyfat, and I'm mentally sharper, but calm at the same time.
    It took me a couple of weeks to adjust, but it was worth the effort.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Southern California
    I don't like eating small meals. I usually eat only 1 meal a day and have done so since I was a child (with very tolerant parents).
    F 28/5'4/100 lbs

    "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

  4. #4
    I, too, do far better on the IF /single meal program. Always have. I've never been able to lose or maintain a healthy body composition on 3 squares a day, or -- HORRORS! -- lots it itsy bitsy meals throughout the daylight hours.

    But there's been a key change since going Primal --

    A lot of my problem with 3-squares was eating disordered behavior. I could starve myself all day by self-promising that I "would be allowed" to eat that night. And, of course, what I ate usually wasn't primal. I was almost panicked at the thought of eating early -- because then I couldn't stop and I'd just eat my way through the rest of the day.

    Now, if I do eat breakfast it's because I'm hungry and want to. A primal breakfast does nothing to my ability to hold off eating until the next right-time. My single meal a day routine is lifestyle preference and because, like Damiana, I enjoy a large & luscious meal. It unwinds me and certainly assists in getting a good 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night.

    Not for everybody, I know. But is sure works for me.
    He not busy bein' born is busy dyin' ~ Bob Dylan

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    Mar 2012
    Totally agree with "unwinds me and certainly assists in getting a good 7 or 8 hours sleep each night." About 30 min to an hour after I eat... I am SOO relaxed.

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    When I first thought about Primal I tried the Warrior diet and it didn't work so well but, over time I have drifted back to it and it works wonderfully now.

    I think the key is in being fat adapted or, as Mark would say, a "Fat Burning Beast". When I first started out trying it I would be watching the clock, "Can I eat yet?" And then, when I did eat, I would tend to way overcompensate on the portion size and feel like the proverbial beached whale afterwards (plus not losing any weight).

    Now I eat a few calories in the morning such as cow or coconut cream in my coffee but then I go all day until suppertime. It does not feel *imposed* on my life, rather just the natural thing that feels right.

    So, as far as advice goes, I would say don't *force* yourself to do this plan until your body is ready for it. It will let you know when it is. When you think, "Wow, it's almost five and I haven't had a meal yet. I wonder how that happened?"

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    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    New Zealand
    I've started eating this way in the last week. I found VLC had too much of an impact on my mood, but too many carbs just derails me and I get really hungry. This way I seem to have lots of energy during the day - mostly having coconut oil in a pot of crio bru, or a sausage, or a small tin of tuna around midday. Then I have whatever primal foods I want in my one main meal, including fruit or dark chocolate. I'm cautious, because almost everything else I've tried has either been too extreme but effective for IBS control and weight loss, or too comfortable with no results. Good to hear about the positive experiences!
    Started Feb 18 2011

    Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

    Journalling here

  8. #8
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    May 2010
    Been on the primal-warrior diet for about 6 months and love it. I"m 50 years Crossfitter and got onto this way of eating because I wanted to maximize my hormones and was tired of stuffing protein down my throat. For lunch I have a glass of raw milk and dinner I over eat ONLY after a training. On days when I don't workout, I still fast during the day, but eat less carbs for dinner.

    Since skipping breakfast, I'm more focused and more energetic than ever. The thought of eating breakfast again sounds so removed from my life now.

    Loving hearing about how others are doing on this way of eating.

  9. #9
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    May 2011
    I do that too, except that I usually can't finish all that I cook, so I either takes bites every so often from the leftovers, or gorge myself a second time in the morning, with some eggs, tomato, and hot sauce.
    "All of God's creatures have a natural habitat... my dinner plate." -Me

  10. #10
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    Mar 2012
    my meal is usually steak and eggs or steak and potatoes lately....With a salad usually.

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