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    Hey there,

    Welcome to my primal journey.

    I was going to wait a little while before starting posting, but I never could wait patiently for anything, so here goes.

    I've known about the MDA site for a few months now, and I did a bit of research a few months back on primal and IF amongst other lifestyles; including reading PB. However, at that time, I was having success with a conventional high-carb low-fat approach, and I'm 35lbs down for the year. But it was starting to get boring, and even though I was aware of the hazards of grains (more on that journey shortly) and was trying not to slip into the trap of using them during the diet I could feel myself sliding inexorably towards that path ... and I got bored with the diet plan and stalled.
    Fortunately, falling off the wagon did not result in any real gains in weight, but the bloat came back, along with the tummy aches and the never feeling quite 100%.

    I've known I have issues with bread products for a number of years now. I cut back, but every now and again would give in to a bacon buttie or something. I knew I'd suffer for it, so I took it on the chin. The doctors were no use. Then my mum developed Graves disease, and suddenly I was straight in to get my bloods tested for coeliacs - but it came back negative. I wasn't too surprised. I went to uni with a guy who was full-on coeliac and he really wouldn't touch anything that might harm him; unlike me dabbling with the bacon butties and expecting an extra trip or two to the bathroom!

    I was still puzzled though, I guess I had been hoping for some vindication. More fool me. Its only really in the last six to nine months that I have really begun to put the pieces of the puzzle together, and to finally realise that I am going to have to do this on my own. Well, not quite, cos I'm hoping I will have you guys.

    Yesterday, I had a biscuit and a slice of bread, but other than that was primal foodwise - I reckon I just about got my 80% primal in, not bad considering I hadn't fully committed.

    Today so far eggs & bacon, 25g nuts, chicken soup (unfortunately with beansprouts & sweetcorn). OH has managed to talk the family into take-away Chinese for dinner, but I just couldn't face it after all the reading I have been doing today; my compromise is asking for vegetable medley (rather than fried rice and chow mein like we normally have) and asking for sate/satay - I already have a piece of chicken, so just sauce for me.

    It isn't perfect by any means, but I am already feeling much better. I'm also semi-fasted but feeling very alert for it.

    So my starting weight is about 233lbs, with my goal at 138. I enjoy walking and intend to use that for my gentle exercise, but I'm also a member of Curves and hope to keep that up three times per week - I love resistance work.

    I have some cupboard emptying to do before I can get going truly, so there might be the odd compromise for a few days, especially as we shop a week in advance and that was delivered on Wednesday, but I intend to go all-out on the challenge from 1st Dec in order to feel awesome for Christmas.

    Oh, and I like to ramble on, which I have done enough of already, so that's it for now!

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    Not at all related, but I got a lousy night's sleep last night, was just drifting off when OH came to bed and woke me up. He went straight off to sleep and I stared at the ceiling for a couple of hours - until about 2am. I then woke up naturally about 8:30am. Felt ok at first but then didn't feel so hot. Lots of stress in life, too at the moment, which probably didn't help, so it got a little emotional (nup, no hormones).

    Anyway, spent the day chilling out and reading more good stuff about the primal/paleo way.

    Am semi fasted due to vegging about all day:

    Late B: omelette: 2 eggs, ham, peppers, onion, sprinkle of cheese

    L/S: tuna mayo, carrot, olives & 25g nuts.

    D (coming up): chicken, roast veg: carrots, onions, peppers - no potatoes.

    Have also had two cups of coffee, with milk and one sugar.

    Have worked my way through most of Robb Wolf's book, and moving on to Taubes - my copy of the Eades' book is corrupt, so need to get that fixed.

    No exercise, or even fresh air today, which I guess now wont be helping my mood, but normal service resumes tomorrow

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    Hello! Thought I'd pop in and say "hi" I am also new to MDA and just started my own journal today. Perhaps you and I both being "newbies" can cheer each other on. Your menu today looks remarkably similar to mine. I had to chuckle when I read the bit about OH coming to bed, waking you up and then promptly falling asleep. This has happened to me more often than I can count! lol! Good thing we love 'em eh? Just out of curiosity what is OH? I call mine DH (dear husband)

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    Start of day three, am feeling pretty good today, despite waking at 3:30am for a little while. Probably dealing with the disturbed routine from Saturday night and lazing around yesterday.

    B: eggs & ham, coffee white with one

    Plans for the rest of the day:
    L: chicken, toms, cuke
    D: chicken chasseur
    S: nuts & seeds, celery & guacamole

    Clarkie: thanks for stopping by, I much appreciate it. It will really help to have some support . OH is "other half" as opposed to DH - he is dear husband these days, but referring to him as OH is a throwback to before we married.

    The menu plan is looking a little chicken heavy today, but that's just the way it worked out - I generally have chicken salad for lunch, which is probably a bit boring but I enjoy it. And some evenings chicken is also on the menu.

    Must get out and get some air and exercise today. My usual gym routine has gone out of the window since I've started doing the school run (OH has two sons from his first marriage, their mum died recently and we're only just settling into being a family of four - well, three plus a grumpy teenager who is staying with his step-dad for now. The one with us is 12).

    Anyway, enough for now.

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    Welcome Autumn Tiger, keep up the good work.

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    Day 3 update (18-Nov)

    Ok, so I stopped by to catch up with the forums and ended up in total food porn on the recipes sections ... nom nom nom, really need to try some of those. I also appear to have been alerted to the benefits of coconut - not sure I can stretch to buying the oil just yet as it is pricey and money is tight at the moment, but a whole coconut or fresh prepared chunks, which our supermarkets sells, sound like a good starting point.

    The day's eating went as planned: chasseur dinner came with babycorn (is that allowed?), mange tout, cabbage and broccoli.

    Did about 45 mins of walking during my lunch break.

    Annieh: thanks for saying hello. I'm having fun with your journals - your garden sounds amazing, challenging perhaps, but amazing We are hoping to move back to a house with a garden next month - can't tell you how much I have missed having some outdoor space. Bring on the containers of plants again, too - fingers-crossed.

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    Sounds like you are doing great so far! I am surprised to hear that coconut oil is so expensive in the UK. I can get a fairly large jar of organic here for about $5.00. Are most groceries pricey where you live? It's so difficult to feed growing teenagers on a budget isn't it? My eldest son is now 24 and living on his own but I have vivid memories of not even having the supper dishes cleared and him being in the fridge looking for MORE food. At one point I actually had to ration milk. The 3 kids were going thru 4 litres of milk a day. I was spending $150.00 a month on just milk! lol! Hope you have a great day tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarkie View Post
    Sounds like you are doing great so far! I am surprised to hear that coconut oil is so expensive in the UK. I can get a fairly large jar of organic here for about $5.00. Are most groceries pricey where you live? It's so difficult to feed growing teenagers on a budget isn't it? My eldest son is now 24 and living on his own but I have vivid memories of not even having the supper dishes cleared and him being in the fridge looking for MORE food. At one point I actually had to ration milk. The 3 kids were going thru 4 litres of milk a day. I was spending $150.00 a month on just milk! lol! Hope you have a great day tomorrow.
    So glad I haven't had to feed boys, lol. Even one 13yo daughter takes some keeping up with!

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    Day 4: Tue 19-Nov

    11am - Ahh, rookie mistake - I started the day (about 8am) with an apple and some nuts & seeds. My first fruit so far, I appear to have let the carb demons out of their cage. I have followed up with some chicken in spinach and ricotta sauce, so plenty of protein and fat, and I'm hoping to put Pandora back in the box. Other than that, I am feeling great.
    Off to get some coconut chunks and berries at lunch. Probably wont have the berries today, but I'd like a lower carb fruit on hand if the urge strikes again - I do miss fruit.

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    As to feeding the hoardes ... as the boys hadn't lived with us, they don't raid our cupboards. We've always been quite strict in our house that you only eat what you are presented with at mealtimes and if you are hungry in between you may have fruit. On this front, I am lucky that my husband is a firm believer in three square meals per day, as it will hopefully negate this issue. Although this has yet to be proven under the new circumstances, because the eldest is now older and is going to prove difficult to have around at mealtimes, and the youngest has an unhealthy addiction to sweet stuff and was known to food sneak at his mums.
    However, we did suffer the milk issue - the kids think its fine to have half a packetful of cereal at a sitting and drown it in milk!

    Further, I now feel guilty feeding them grains at all ... but as hubby is not on board, and wont read the books, I'll have to let that be his issue, and if the kids, well youngest, comes to it through my example then so be it.
    And let's face it, sometimes we all stray and therefore my example is going to be very hard to set and maintain - but I will keep trying. I *know* this works, I just have to make it permanent in my life and reach a level of compliance where I just wouldn't dream of going back to my old ways!!

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