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    I am a film student in my last year, C2H5OH. This would've been my final semester at university, but I made a big choice last fall. Our University produced 10 major films in the Capstone program and I applied to be Cinematographer for something. I got it-- not once-- but twice. I went from full time (12 hr) to part-time so that I could finish my Japanese minor and dedicate myself to these films.

    Well, there was a shoot that was SEVENTEEN hours long. It was outdoors, overnight, in the cold. The shoot started at around 3pm but I had started at 8am driving down to the location and 'scouting' alone. Needless to say, by the time 'dinner' rolled around, I was starving. I had been snacking here and there but I was HUNGRY. The camera we used was called an HPX500 and had to weigh between 20 and 30 pounds, and I was running around with that on my shoulder all day. Even worse was the mental stress-- it was like exam time! It was taxing and pressing and insane.

    I've been quite aware of what I eat for quite some time now, and though this was before I was 'primal' (officially? do we get a card or something?), I really didn't eat many carbohydrates aside from wraps, pitas, and quinoa, with the very occasional brown rice. I didn't eat sugar, I didn't eat bread, I read Daily Apple. The entire shoot (4 days prior) I had been packing my own food, picking through whatever was provided, and running to Kroger for tuna.

    When I got to break for dinner at 10pm, I got back to the 'warm room' as we called it and looked at the room full of different 'pot luck' style foods that the producers and craft services had brought, prepared, or scored in restaurant donations, and I saw a flash of light and went ABSOLUTELY-#%*ing-INSANE!!! I had a HUGE plate of what had to be 4 CUPS of lasagna, 3 cookies, bread pudding, salad, brownies, rice, chilli, soup, PB&J, a banana, an apple, and I just went on picking at the table from there. I'm a small person. They thought their cinematographer had gone absolutely insane!

    I didn't have a single shred of regret-- I figured I just needed FOOOOOOOOOD and my mind and my body needed fuel more than they needed to think about where it was from or what it was composed of. And more importantly? Needed to think about cinematography!

    My point? Its stress. Its the food that is available. While exams are in, concentrate on your academics! That stuff is way important! Being 90% distracted by eating a certain way is no better than being 100% distracted by the guilt of NOT eating a certain way. Do it! And if you don't do it, shake it off, pick up your text book, and realize that there is an entire life beyond exams to eat right.

    You know what? Even though I ate like 900 carbohydrates and sugars in one single night, that movie turned out freaking awesome and I still stand!

    I agree completely with tooround. Good words, those!

    -写

    (P.S. I'm gonna take this time to quietly mention that I won a great award at the premier last weekend too! )

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    I eased in to things by trying to follow a few simple rules first - no eating things that come in shiny crinkle wrap, no eating things with HFCS or an absurdly long (and unpronounceable) ingredient list for a simple food, and no more straight sugar (in coffee, tea, cereal [also no cereal haha], or fruit and cream). These rules metastasized in to the ball of awesomeness that is the primal lifestyle. Take your time and remember that any steps in the right direction are far better than doing nothing or piling guilt on yourself and treating your body worse.

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    I agree with other posts - exams are stressful, and taking small steps can be key. I'm just starting on my primal journey, but I have (slowly) cut out Pepsi and prepackaged items. If all you can do is reduce your Coke intake for a week, then do that. Then reduce it more. Then cut it out. I've replaced mine with tea (when I need some caffeine) and water. Then work on the packaged goods. Sometimes taking small steps are better than the "I'm going to do this all at once". I've noticed since cutting out Pepsi that I am generally more alert and sleep better. Don't beat yourself up about a misstep - it happens.

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    Small steps! It was the only way I could change my diet. I used to eat 8 oz milk chocolate every day. My first step was eating only 6 oz milk chocolate, then 4 oz, then 0. It is way easier than changing your whole diet all at once. Then concentrate on real foods, home-cooked meals. Buy a good cookbook, such as How To Cook Everything.
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    I've transitioned to HEavy greek yogurt, kefir and Dark (85%+) chocolate when I am feeling in the mood for a sweet craving. I think there are more healthy alternatives you can explore that can be just as satisfying. the hard part is that your body is used to coca cola as "sweet" - and natural sources of sugar and yumminess ( and dark chocolate for sure) might not hit the spot. In order for them to you need to stop eating crap.

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    Also remember, you are not "failing" - you are just not getting the result you hoped for. You have more information. This will be helpful if you decide to try again.

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    Thanks to all! You are great. I will definitely try from now to eat "primal breakfast" and then if it happens to eat crap - just eat 50% of previous dosage. Hope that will get me at least some results, which are so motivating. By the way I'm shocked by so much response. Will someone take a look at my primal diary (I will start one tomorrow) and maybe evaluate what can be wrong?

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    Also remember there is more to Primal that how you eat & exercise. Maybe try to work in one of the other rules first, like getting more sleep or more sunshine? It all helps.

    Good luck!

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    I'm sorry, too many excuses. It doesn't matter where you are in life you can always find an excuse not to do something. Your not under any more stress than most the people that post here. You CAN DO IT, You just have to make up your mind whether you want to live a healthy life or not. Priorities, what's the most important thing to you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hutax View Post
    ...It doesn't matter where you are in life you can always find an excuse not to do something. Your not under any more stress than most the people that post here. You CAN DO IT, You just have to make up your mind whether you want to live a healthy life or not. Priorities, what's the most important thing to you?
    I agree. It may take baby steps to get there and you may not progress with the leaps and bounds others may, but you can still move forward toward a healthy life. You eat an elephant by taking one bite at a time, not swallowing the whole thing. If you are able to adopt all the principles at once...more power to ya...but don't stress too much if you don't. Look At DR's profile http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...Diana-Renata-* and see how she progressed. There are ton's of examples.

    Whether you think you can do it or think you can't...your right in both instances. It is up to you to decide which way you are going to think and act.
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