Primal Journal - MsSmith
Hi everyone! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all the posts and soaking up all the information on these forums.
I am in my mid 40's, peri-menopausal, weight 176, body fat 27%, height 5'8". I have a vaccine injured child and no insurance for myself, so I do try to stay as healthy as possible. I had a health scare in the form of an emergency cholecystectomy 2 years ago and that really drove the point home about paying more attention to nutrition and exercise. Our household is organic, gluten and casein free. My child is G&C intolerant so much so that they cause a 66% increase in her seizures. None of her neurologists ever mentioned that gluten and casein intolerance could cause seizures, but when I tried it (for her symptoms of vaccine induced encephalopathy - commonly known as autism) and saw the immediate results, I googled it and I found hundreds of parents sharing similar experiences. I am very disappointed in the state of the USA's "health care" and find that it is often times more about a new chronic disease industry - corporate profit before people. But that is JMO.
Going organic was life-changing for my symptoms of extreme PMS and hot flashes. Being peri-meopausal is an adventure. I never know what to expect every 3 weeks and, other than the stall in weight loss that often accompanies it, I am ready for it to be over. I would really like to get to my ideal weight before that happens.
A little over a month ago I ate a bowl of oatmeal and that was the only thing I ate that day. Shortly thereafter, I was so bloated that I looked 6 months pregnant. This has happened all of my life but because I had only eaten oatmeal, I was able to research the problem more effectively and it lead me to grains and the paleo diet, and further searching led me here. I can't tell you how many social situations have been disrupted because of bloating throughout my life. I wish I had known what the problem was a long time ago, but I know now and I am grateful for that. I can now do something about it.
So, because of the absence of a gallbladder and a family history of high cholesterol and terrible lipid profiles myself, I am opting for a lower fat Paleo diet. I am trying to jumpstart my weight loss between now and vacation (mid October) by being in a ketotic state. Other members have cautioned me about low carbs and lower fat, low caloric intake, and keeping my fat consumption higher than protein consumption, etc. and I think I am armed with good information to go forward.
My caloric intake is low and I can't find a way around that given that I want to have lower fat and carb ratios than is the normal for Paleo. I keep reminding myself of Mathew McConaughey's diet for his film role - 4 ounces of fish + 1 cup of vegetables twice a day for days - and then I don't stress too much about it. It is temporary. I would eventually like to keep my carbs at a maximum of 50 grams and my fat grams between 35-40. I have found that if I eat asparagus, spinach, squashes, and mushrooms that I feel full, as opposed to what I had yesterday, which was lettuce/turkey roll-ups with red bell pepper strips. I wanted something cool and uncooked yesterday but it threw me for a loop when I realized how many carbs are in red bell pepper strips. This won't be a problem when I finish my run of ketosis.
I am exercising in a fasting state in the early a.m., after having one cup of coffee w/ stevia. I usually get hungry about 1.5-2 hours later. I have never been one to be hungry in the morning. I am usually finished eating for the day around 5-6. I have no problems with energy during fasting exercise which is currently 2.6 mph on the treadmill for 30 min., plus 5 minutes total warm-up and cool down. I was walking for 45 minutes total, but I crashed during carb flu. I am not sure if I need to try to go back to 45 min. I walk 6 mornings each week and watch for my child's seizures using a video camera and monitor. I was at 169 pounds two years ago but my dad passed and I stopped exercising for 15 months, and I ate a lot of comfort food. My favorite foods are pasta, bacon, and ice cream. I think I probably got close to 200 pounds. I bought my first scale this week. I drink about a gallon of water every day.
So, that is what is going on with me, in a nutshell. I am grateful for all of this new information that is available for everyone who has issues with grains.
Last edited by MsSmith; 09-29-2013 at 08:12 AM.
Paleo Diet: 8-25-13 Wt: 185 BF% 27
Primal Diet (Lower Fat/Carb): 9-27, Wt: 176.4
Potato Hack Diet (Rotation): 11-12, Wt: 171.2
Primal Diet (LF/C): 1-23-14, Wt: 159.6
1-30-2014 - 157 (lowest weight since 2004)
CW: 164 GW: 130-135 CBF%: 24.38
49 - 5'7.5"
Macros (PFC) 30/40/30