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Thread: Primal Journal (just breathe)

  1. #1
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    Jun 2010

    Primal Journal (just breathe)

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    my first post ever! i have NEVER been into blogging, journaling, keeping a diary, etc, but i've been lurking around the forums for about a month or so. i got into paleo/primal initially to help with my skin, but after reading Mark's book i was completely sold. so now i'm more into it for the health reasons. plus i want to be more toned (lets be honest, who doesn't?) i've always been into sports and have a pretty athletic build, but have never been able to get that lean look...and yup, i've got a little pooch/some baby love handles goin on.

    i've been sort of going half way with it for the past couple weeks, but i went back to my parents for the weekend and could NOT stay away from the oreo ice cream/mint girl scout cookies in the freezer. bleeeh...i am a total sugar addict. bread/pasta = no problem, but put some candy in front of me and i'm a goner.

    basically, the 80/20 has progressively become more like 20/80 :l so yesterday was my first official day (it went well! no slip ups) but today i figured i would keep track of everything on here. it'll make sticking with it easier! mostly because you all are so motivating

    a few goals:

    1. eat when hungry. this is a big one for me! i tend to do a lot of late night snacking
    2. track food on on a daily basis (until I get the hang of things…also helps keeps the snacking to a minimum)
    3. avoid the massive candy drawer at work and all of the "treats" people bring in (donuts, cookies, cup cakes, ice cream, chips. i could go on's kind of gross how much junk is brought in)
    4. MORE FAT! I tend to grab the "non-fat"/"fat free" version every time i'm at the store! like the *light* coconut milk i just got… no more!
    5. learn to cook. i've eaten more delicious food in the past couple of weeks trying this out than i ever have, so i'm pretty excited about this one.
    6. lose a few pounds of fat
    7. work on cutting out dairy completely

    -coffee with some light coconut milk
    -turkey and provolone cheese with some trader joe's cream cheese. also light :/
    -Fage 2% Greek Yogurt with a tiny bit of honey and 8 or so raspberries
    -BAS with some avocado and balsamic vinaigrette - fat free dressing argh, but that was the last of the bottle
    -3 hard boiled eggs with some avocado and salsa
    after dinner snack:
    -2 Son of Grok's almost primal poppers
    -2 spoonfuls of peanut butter (whoops...just need to finish this off then im done with the pb!)

    *too much dairy today! working on it

    cals - 1318
    fat - 85g
    carbs - 59g
    protein - 89g
    26% protein, 17% carbs and 58% fat

    lessons learned so far:
    i cannot keep almond butter, nuts, or dried fruit in my apt

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    Jun 2010
    bah how could i forget this one?!

    8. no more artificial sweeteners. i am (was*!) a complete diet coke addict.

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    skipped! got up at 7, but didn't get hungry until around 11:30
    -3 egg omelette with two turkey sausage patties and a slice of the Trader Joe's uncured turkey bacon with some onions...all cooked in butter
    -salsa and a slice of avocado
    -ten raspberries
    afternoon snack:
    -slice of provolone cheese and some turkey
    -handful of walnuts
    -cup of tea with a splash of almond milk and a bit of honey
    -BAS with cucumber, red bell pepper, avocado, half a can of TJ's wild alaskan salmon, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar

    7 mile bike ride

    cals: 1158ish...i didn't add in the butter from the omelette
    fat: 77g
    carbs: 31g (woot woot!)
    protein: 82g

    fat: 60.5% carbs: 10.8% protein: 28.6%

    tossed the bottle of hershey's chocolate syrup in the garbage! and now have very few non-primal things left in my apartment

    it's only 7pm, so i've got a few hours before i go to bed. let's see if i can avoid wandering back into the kitchen....

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    Jun 2010
    well, i made it until about 9:30 last night and then i grabbed the jar of pb. not even "healthy" was skippy. second ingredient? sugar :l le sigh

    i ate a few spoonfuls of that with a bit of honey, so i definitely upped my cals and carbs. i don't feel toooooo awful about it because my carbs were pretty low yesterday, but i finished it off so no more late night peanut butter! i woke up feeling a little bloated and it doesn't help that i have a bit of a cold, so all i've have today is some iced coffee with cinnamon and coconut milk.

    more updates later!

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    Jun 2010
    coffee with coconut milk and a few drops of agave sweetener
    late lunch:
    -lara bar (so many carbs in such a baby bar!)
    -dry salami
    -baybel cheddar cheese
    -TJ's italian sausage
    -bell peppers and onions cooked on the stove in some butter
    -miso soup (not primal, i know...but i have a cold and was craving some soup!)

    cals: 780 - bah, too low! didn't add the butter i used for dinner or the coconut milk from this morning. plus i always lose my appetite when i'm sick
    fat: 49g
    carbs: 41g
    protein: 56g

    fat: 53% carbs: 19% protein 37%

    there was an ad on the radio earlier today for the "holiday cookie diet". essentially you eat these cookies that the company sends you for two meals a day and a "sensible" third meal. WHAT?! and my friends think I'M nuts for being primal...

  6. #6
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    May 2010
    That cookie diet commercial had me laughing out loud. It is quite brilliant from a business standpoint. My closest friends and family also think I am nuts, but if I was doing the cookie diet, they would all be supportive. I just know they would. I wish I thought of it.

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    Jun 2010
    isn't it ridiculous grol?!

    -coffee with coconut milk and cinnamon
    -fage 2% greek yogurt, 10 raspberries, 1/2 tsp honey
    -BAS with avocado, bacon, cucumber, bell peppers, banana peppers, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar
    afternoon snack:
    -cup of banana peppers and jalepenos
    -a few peanuts, two jolly ranchers, cup of fruit salad
    -3 hard boiled eggs, slice of avocado, salsa
    dinner part 2:
    -hamburger patty with cheese, 1/2 an avocado, some french fries

    cals: 1369 (i have no idea how accurate this is)
    fat: 87g
    carbs: 73g
    protein: 69g

    fat: 57% carbs: 21% protein: 20%

    there was a retirement at work today with a reception which included a LOT of food, most of it off limits, so i grabbed a cup of fresh fruit and had no desire to eat any of the cake, brownies etc that was there. the person i was with kept INSISTING that i eat a piece of cake. how many times do you have to say no thank you??? i caved and had a tiny bite of his when he wouldn't take no for an answer, but that was it!

    i also had some more coffee at work with one small thing of half and half and half a packet of real sugar....i usually put like 3 creamers and 5 packets of spenda in my coffee. so i'm gonna take this as slow improvement.

    and tonight i had my first primal experience at a burger place. i was with some people i didn't know very well and i was getting some funny looks when my food was ready (i will admit, the burger did look pretty pathetic without the bun). and before i knew it, i blurted out that i had a possible wheat allergy. sigh. i chickened out a little, but no questions asked after that.

    avoided eating any cake/desserts, except for one small bite
    leaving french fries on my plate!! major progress for me. next time though? i'll ask for just the burger
    not so good:
    french fries, period.
    jolly ranchers? could have been avoided
    too many carbs in one day! not enough protein.
    also, too much dairy. i think the dairy = acne (or so i've heard), which is one of my main reasons for being primal, so i've gotta do better about cutting this out. but man, i love that fage yogurt with honey

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    Jun 2010
    -scrambled eggs with butter
    -2 slices of bacon
    -2 cups of coffee with half a packet of sugar and a baby half and half
    morning snack:
    -italian salami
    -slice of provolone cheese
    -baybel cheddar cheese
    -3 hard boiled eggs with salsa and a slice of avocado
    afternoon snack
    -handful of grapes
    -small spinach salad with 1/2 can of salmon heated up on the stove in some coconut oil

    cals: 1112 (not including butter from eggs, sugar/half and half, small bit of olive oil dressing or coconut oil)
    fat: 69g
    carbs: 29g
    protein: 112g

    fat: 52% carbs: 9% protein: 38%

    too much cheese and too many eggs? hmm
    Last edited by JustBreathe; 06-05-2010 at 08:18 PM.

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    ahh i'm such a snacker at night time. after i had the spinach salad last night, i had a bunch of salami and some sunflower seeds.
    but today was a good day!!

    -scrambled eggs
    -2 slices of bacon
    -coffee with coconut milk and cinnamon
    -BAS with a slice of avocado, bacon, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar
    -salami with slice of provolone and cheddar cheese
    -Fage 2% greek yogurt with 1/2 tbsp honey and 10 raspberries
    -two "primal poppers"
    -more salami with cheese

    Cals: 1336
    Fat: 90g
    Carbs: 33g
    Protein: 130g

    Fat: 55% Carbs: 9% Protein: 35%

    so i did eat quite a bit of dairy today BUT someone brought chocolate covered caramel with macadamia nuts to work for everyone (YUM) and i didn't have a single one. i ALMOST used the excuse, "well the macadamia nuts are good for me soooo it's okay to have just one" but i!
    Last edited by JustBreathe; 06-06-2010 at 09:10 PM.

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