21 Day Primal Journal - Tatiana
I'm not exactly a newbie. I was pushed off the wagon by illness and fatigue. Now, here I am, 30 lbs heavier, out of shape, and with sky high cholesterol (almost 400! That's high even for Grok!) So…I need to do something all encompassing. So I'm committing to the 21 day challenge. I start tomorrow.
1. Stick to the 80/20 primal way of eating.
2. Keep my 20% in the less-guilty pleasure territory (fermented dairy, tempeh, and an occasional glass of red wine.)
3. Drink 4 glasses of water a day. I know that's not necessarily a primal goal, but I have no natural thirst and can go all day without drinking anything if I'm not careful. Dehydration can raise cholesterol. Apparently, your body produces cholesterol to make up for the missing moisture. That's something I didn't know!
4. Do some kind of physical activity everyday for 21 days. It doesn't matter what.
Good luck on your journey!
Originally Posted by PrimalBeginner
Today was Day 1
I got off to a rough start. Something totally made me ill for about 1/2 the day, and then wiped out for the rest. Maybe supplements on an empty stomach and then exercising? Food poisoning is unlikely. Anyway, I am one of those people who paradoxically eats compulsively when nauseous. But I didn't have it in me to cook, so I just grabbed things. I wasn't too bad. But I wasn't too good either. Not very many veggies! But the idea is to make better choices. Each day. Not to beat myself up for not being perfect. I do, however, need to go grocery shopping
Exercise? Completed! I warmed up on the rebounder and not-quite-high-intensity intervals. 16 rounds, 30/10
Water? 3 glasses (need to build up to those 4 glasses!)
Food, 80/20 primal? Perhaps more like 75/25 today. Most of it wasn't awful, but I ate a lot of dairy for grab-and-go eating, and I ate some barbecue sauce that tasted like a sugar bowl. And not enough vegetables. Not an ideal day. But I am happy that I stayed away from sugar and grains. Especially my beloved popcorn. If popcorn were primal, I'd be set.
2 egg omelette
2 pieces of canadian bacon
indian egglplant from trader joes
Barbecue sauce covered pork roast (yeah, I know. It came smothered in the sauce. But it was sickeningly tasty.)
Greek yogurt with walnuts
Herbal Tea with Ginger (I have to find a way to make fresh ginger tea taste better. I'm doing this for the cholesterol. But it's not as tasty as pre-packaged ginger tea. I must be doing something wrong.)
Last edited by tatiana13; 12-15-2013 at 08:01 PM.
Exercise: Yes! run/walk for 2 miles
Water: Yes! 4 pints today!
Primal 80/20: Yes! 20% was yogurt and the vegetable oil that came with the pre-roasted eggplant and zuchinni,
Breakfast: 2 egg omelette, spinach, canadian bacon
Lunch: Chicken and spinach.
DInner: Chicken, pre-roasted eggplant and zuchinni, and tomatoes
Other: 1 apple, coffee, ginger tea, yogurt with walnuts
Supplements: l-tyrosine, b-vitamin, l-arginine/l-orthinine
I was tired today. The sun was out, so I had no problem getting up and going run/waling. But I felt like my gas-tank was on empty most of the day. I wasn't sleepy. And I was fine when sitting. But when I had to move around I felt really tired. Sigh. The story of my recent life. Modern medicine really, really sucks with quality of life symptoms.
But, focusing on the things i have control over is the only way stay sane! Maybe I don't have the energy to do everything, but I do have the energy to do something.
21 day primal challenge: Day 10
Stats after 10 days. 11 more to go!
Weight: 141.6 (-3)
Widest part of waist: 35" (-0)
True waist: 31" (-0)
Hips: 41" (-1)
Summary for Today
Exercise: not-quite high intensity intervals with bodyweight exercise. Although more energetic than last week!
Food: Definitly 80/20 primal.
Breakfast: Omelette, canadian bacon, spinach, black coffee
Dinner: Chicken/spinach/tomato pie. With parmesean on top.
Other: berry/almond/splenda sorbet; tumeric tea.
Water: 4 glasses!
Supplements: l-tyrosine and iron with b vitamins, l-arginine/orthonine
The weight loss is probably un-bloating, but I'll take it. Particularly since the last time I did a 21 day primal challenge I didn't even lose that. I think laying of the sweet potatoes helped. I was eating sweet potatoes almost every day the first time around.
I am really curious about how all this is affecting my cholesterol. Primal isn't low fat, but it isn't "eat all the fat you want* atkins either. The emphasis on good, clean food rather than just low-carb changes your choices somewhat. For example, I decided to "bind" my spinach pie with egg rather than cream cheese. And it allowed me to make some choices to have fruit sorbt and veggies in soup rather than freaking out about carb counts. I've also been taking every natural cholesterol lowering cure I can think of. I have had ginger and tumeric in tea at least once a day for these 10 days. And the l-arginine/orthonine is suppose to help. The ginger and tumeric have more evidence behind them than the l-arginine/orthinine. But my cholesterol is so high, I figured I would try anything and everything that wasn't harmful.
Because, in truth, I have no plans to go on a statin. None at all. The best thing I can do for my cholesterol is lose weight, exercise, keep away from grains, and keep sugar low. But despite my primal outlook on this count, I'm not comfortable with my cholesterol being so high. Although the primal folks will say cholesterol isn't an indicator of much, I do think its a sign of something gone awry. The evidence may be tenuous that cholesterol is a direct cause of heart attacks, but there is a reason why high cholesterol is correlated with adverse events. And a reason why lowering inflammation seems to be connected with lowering cholesterol.
Anyway, I'm going to go back to the lab on 12/30. It will have been over 2 weeks. I don't think that's enough time for diet or exercise changes to make much difference. But I am hopeful that not being chronically dehydrated and being fully off the med-with-high-cholesterol-as-a-side-effect will have had some effect by then.