Primal Journal: Seasoned
16 May 2013
I'm in the planning stage so here goes...
I joined Weight Loss Resources last year in order to lose weight and get in shape. Everything was going fine and then I stopped smoking. The binges on sugar started - well basically anything that was high fat, high carb, processed junk. I've gained quite a bit of weight and some health problems too.
When I was on the site, there was a member who looked amazing and she mentioned 'Paleo' and Mark's Daily Apple. I was quite shocked when I first had a look and baffled! My degree is in Sports and Exercise. I am now studying an MSc in Health Research and this just flew in the face of what I had been taught.
So I did some digging. First stop - Native American Indians and Eskimos - they were the most recent hunter gatherers that I knew anything about. And there it was; Smithsonian Institute - detailing the low carb, high protein diet along with the infamous tales of how healthy the tribes were except...
The ones on corn who apparantly had cavities, shorter stature and more health problems.
I'm still not sure about it all, that is to say, where to start. I have just bought Marks book along with one by Rob Wolf. I've made a list of food that I could eat and I've started to journal my current intake which is not good.
I've chosen next week to start and I am very nervous.
Current weight is 10 stone 12.5 1bs at 5'1 - 36% B/F
Muscles locking in legs when walking
17 May 2013
For some reason I seem to be panicking and eating more sugar/junk/overeating. I think it's the fear of change. I mean I'm excited but there is that sense of 'Can I do this?'
When I was on WLR, I constantly struggled to stay in calories given. I was just so hungry and it kept me awake at night. My insides felt sore and I was retching all the time from the hunger. Everytime I had some fat, it all ceased. Everytime I went low fat, high carb it started up again. Everybody said it would stop but it didn't. I started taking notes and noticed a pattern developing. If I tried to fit all that I was supposed to fit on a plate, it didn't work. It couldn't because I didn't have enough calories to cover everything. If I took the carbs out, then I felt fine, got all my nutrients and everything worked. If I put the carbs back on, I had to shave off the fat and protein which definitely didn't work. I got worried that I should be having more carbs. Oh I felt so bad!
This place makes sense of that experience. It's the hunger that worries me then. In my job I have to concentrate and work on a lot of numbers. On traditional diets, I found I couldn't do my job well and I kept losing my temper and feeling really out of it. I know that if I eat right then the weight should come off naturally. Yet it hasn't before which just didn't seem to be logical. I actually gained weight which I still haven't been able to work out - water gain from carbs? Anyway a part of me gave up eating healthily because it just didn't work - I felt worse!
So I thought I would try this for two weeks and see what happens. Not sure if that's long enough. I keep reading and learning.
My reasons for primal eating/living:
To lose weight
Eliminate bloating and swelling on an afternoon
Improve internal condition of body
Improve thyroid (research suggests low carb has a positive effect on an inefficient thyroid)
Last edited by Seasoned; 05-21-2013 at 03:26 AM.