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~ Primal Blueprint/Paleo update ~

Thursday, April 19, 2012

... this is the way I feel right now!

As you know, I have been following the Primal Blueprint challenge for what, 10 days now, and I really thought that I was doing everything right... WRONG! emoticon... I have been keeping track of what I have been eating and my calories have ranged between 1200 - 1500. I haven't weighed myself because I just don't want to see a bad number and my clothes are not fitting any looser. Yesterday evening I decided to take my measurements because my jeans seemed to fitting tighter, and guess what, I am gaining in "inches!!!!!"... I have gained at least a 1/2 an inch everywhere!

My first thought was to just say forget it all, order a pizza and call it a day, but I didn't, instead, I looked over my notes and logs of what I have been eating and found that although I have been staying within my calorie range, I am eating massive amounts of fat.

One thing I have been doing right is IF (Intermittent Fasting) ... I listened to Robb Wolfe's podcast www.robbwolfe.com (#2 or 3, I forget) this morning and the subject of IF (Intermittent Fasting) came up. He mentioned that if a person is trying to lean out 16 hours of IF is good because it doesn't tap into protein stores and it re-establishes insulin sensitivity without harming metabolic status (... not going into starvation mode). I think the longest I have gone is 18 hours, so I will now keep it to 16 or less. emoticon

To lean out, he advises the following:

1.) Load up on protein
2.) Load up on veggies
3.) "don't go wild on fat sources so that we can get both appetite suppression via the protein - AND - a mild calorie restriction
4.) 8 - 9 hours of sleep (... I will be aiming for 7.5 - 8 hours)

... I knew eating all of that good food was too good to be true!!!! emoticon... well, at least with a ton of fat added to it!... I will modify my recipes.

... I will keep you posted, if anyone has any tips, ideas, please post, I am still learning this lifestyle and all comments are emoticon

~ Dee emoticon

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    I am learning a lot by your example.

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ASHAIXIM 4/20/2012 2:25PM

    Are you counting your carbs? How many carbs are you eating? If you are eating too many berries or even too much veg you can be eating too many carbs which will prevent you from burning fat. Are you using salad dressing, mayo, sour cream, milk, cream in your coffee? All of these have carbs in them.

There are strips you can get at the pharmacy (ask at the counter) that measure the ketones in your pee. That will tell you if you are burning fat or not (test first thing in the a.m.) If you are not burning fat then you need to do a reality check on the carbs. If you are burning fat then you are probably just adjusting.

Also, is it your TOM? I gain weight (and inches) during my TOM. Do you have any other changes like in medicine that might have caused a weight gain/water retention?

Just some things to consider :)

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MCMOM11 4/19/2012 10:06PM

    emoticonI'm so glad you didn't throw in the towel;) I couldn't eat that much fat and I tried it for 2 weeks steadily gaining:/ My fat HAS to remain from 20-25% of my daily calories.....I'm back now to carb cycling and I eat oatmeal in the morning and sprouted grain breads once maybe 2x a week(but not oats and sprouted bread on the same day) I was trying carb balance wheat tortillas, can't do them, won't lose or feel puffy.......Keep learning girl, that is what it is all about....You got this!!!

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ALLISON145 4/19/2012 9:04PM

    You know, I'm having a similar experience and it's very confusing. I thought lower carb diets were supposed to make you lose faster even without restricting calories so why wouldn't restricting more work even better? Maybe it's too few calories?? I'm with you on reducing fat a bit but I'm starting to think my body might need more carbs. I'm having cravings too which my husband thinks is my body saying I'm not eating the right nutrients. I can't do wheat though so I'm not sure what to do. Maybe I'll just try gluten free with moderate calorie range... Like 1500? Hmmm. Let me know how your experiment is working.

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MRS.CARLY 4/19/2012 8:31PM

    It is a bizarre diet. I've wanted to try it, but I keep hearing that people gain weight! It works great for some people and for others it just doesn't. I think your goals to modify things a bit are right on target!

It is all about what YOUR body needs. How are you feeling on it?

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JAZZID 4/19/2012 3:55PM

    MONA: ... thanks, this is what I had planned to do. I remember you mentioning this before.

SPRITSEEKER2:... I guess it all boils down to "too much of anything" can backfire!... We have to keep adjusting until we find that sweet spot...

EGALITAIRE:... thanks so much for the encouragement, I really need it!... I will still modify because I know I am eating way too much fat than I should. I have a little over a week to go and will be doing another challenge after this one, so I am considering this a learning process.

JENNYF138:... I will definitely not continue to use this program if it doesn't work... however, I did lose from 168 to 154 from June/2011 - August/2011 (gained it all back over the holidays) and my LDL was greatly improved as well... I am tweaking and hoping for the best... I love this lifestyle/diet!

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SPIRITSEEKER2 4/19/2012 3:39PM

    thank you .. I have also cut down on fats... now I read on sparks too much protein will cause weight gain ??? so confusing

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MONA_MONA 4/19/2012 3:23PM

    I had the same issue when I first started Primal mostly because Sisson really pushes the healthy fats, but once I modified the diet to fit me, it has worked since.

For me, I load up on veggies first, then protein and finally fat. I use oils/fats as a condiment. Once I started doing this, I lost the weight, my measurements went back down and all was well again.

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EGALITAIRE 4/19/2012 2:22PM

    Sorry to hear about your results - I am so glad to hear you didn't/aren't throwing in the towel. I have read quite a bit on the subject and not all the experts agree on everything.

Also, I truly believe Paleo/Primal is a framework, not a prescription. Almost everyone on this team and on the boards is doing something slightly different.

Most have had to tweak, adjust, adapt and modify along the way. Finding out what works for each of us within the framework is the challenge and the experiment.

Also, Mark Sisson, the author of the Primal Blueprint, recommends not making a final assessment for 21 days - the reason, it takes time for our bodies to convert from primarily glucose burners to fat burners.

Yes, some people lose right away - I didn't - I took at least a week and maybe longer before I started noticing appreciable changes. Then they started happening fast - as the legal disclaimers are quick to point out - individual results may vary.

Very unscientific, but there seems to be a consensus that woman react slower than men to the change - just a thought.

As long as you don't feel the nutritional plan is detrimental to your health, consider continuing for another 10 - 14 days and reassess.

Hopefully you have had some non-scale, non-measurement gains.

Stay Strong - Spark On

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JFTRAINER 4/19/2012 2:11PM

  That diet plan seems to work for some and not for others. So if it still doesn't work after you made the changes, maybe Primal/Paleo isn't what your body needs.

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~ Day 10: Primal Blueprint challenge: food & exercise update ~

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Quick update:

Day 10: 4/18:

B: Cottage cheese & grapefruit / coffee/half & half
L: Chicken Tikka Masala (Trader Joes) and Kale
D: not hungry


~ Dee emoticon

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    I love to see someone not be hungry. It proves to me that this works.

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EGALITAIRE 4/19/2012 8:36AM

    Isn't the NOT HUNGRY great.

Before primal, I was obsessed with food, what am I going to eat and when. Now, I sometimes completely forget about food. The kids start asking whats for dinner and I realize it's already way past dinner time and I haven't even started dinner - Yikes.

They're smart ones though - they've caught on and now start asking as soon as they get home from school.

Anyway - cheers on the eating plan - looks like it is going really well for you. No dinner is going to make for a great IF.

Other than not hungry, how are you feeling - energy? mental acutiy? inflammation?.

Stay Strong - Grok On

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~ Day 8 & 9: Primal Blueprint challenge: food & exercise update ~

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Day 9 - 4/17:
B: IF 15 hours / coffee / half-half
L: Cabbage noodles & Italian sausage
S: Pistachios
D: Baked chicken w/ham/cheese & kale w/bacon

Exercise: Cardio: Long walk home, 1:15 mins


Day 8 - 4/16:

B: IF 18 hours / Lemon-ginger green tea
L: Jerk chicken/kale/sweet potatoes w/pecans / L-G green tea
D: nothing

Exercise: STS Upper body... wt used: 4lb - 18lbs / Cardio: Kathy Smith Kickboxing w/Keith Smith

Time: 1:12 mins
In zone: 36 mins
HR: 101/82% / 126/165
Calories burned: 484

emoticon ~ Dee

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    I need to eat at your house. LOL.

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JERSYGRL 4/18/2012 6:22PM

    You are doing terrificly Dee! by the way, what are cabbage noodles? emoticon Carol

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SAVANNAHZMOMMA1 4/18/2012 10:49AM

    I'll second that, and the food! Yummy all the time.

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ALLISON145 4/18/2012 8:22AM

    You're doing great!

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~ Food blog of meals I prepared today ... ~

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Today I prepared a few things for the next day or so. Thanks to MONA for her roasted cauliflower recipe.

~ Sumac onions & roasted cauliflower w/garam masala ~

~ Roasted sweet potatoes and pecans ~

... I will post more as I prepare them emoticon ~ Dee

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    I was unsubscribed from your blogs! Grrrr!

This looks delicious!

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MCMOM11 4/20/2012 12:14PM

    emoticonLet's Eat!!!

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    Yum, I'm going to have to try the cauliflower
I'm day 3 of Primal - feeling great - I just need to stick with it.


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MRS_TOAD 4/18/2012 9:19AM

    emoticon Maybe you should start a catering business!

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DIVEGODDESS 4/16/2012 2:06AM

    Yum! Food porn!!

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BRAVEONE92 4/15/2012 10:41PM

    Looks good & delish!!!

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EGALITAIRE 4/15/2012 8:23PM

    Looks and sounds great - thx for the photos

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MONA_MONA 4/15/2012 7:07PM

    Looks like the cauliflower turned out great! emoticon I added beets and sweet potato with mine.

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NANNER2121 4/15/2012 6:53PM

    Looks absolutely yummy!

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~ Day 7: Primal Blueprint challenge: food & exercise update ~

Sunday, April 15, 2012

DAY 7:

B: IF 15 hours
L: Jerk chicken (white meat) / creamed kale / baked plantains / ginger-lemon green tea
S: TBD - free meal allowed, I will probably have air-popped popcorn!
D: Jerk chicken & steamed kale (... roasted cauliflower?)


PM: Cardio : Kickboxing (... lower intensity, longer workout)

emoticon week 2 starts tomorrow emoticon ~ Dee

emoticonPS: Other meals I plan to prepare for the week:

- Zucchini pasta Alfredo w/dried tomatoes, pine nuts, spinach, fresh basil and chicken sausage

- Cabbage noodles with hot Italian sausage

- Curried chicken (... using Patak's hot curry paste)w/vegetables and riced cauliflower (...substitute for rice)

- Sweet potatoes baked in coconut oil & ghee w/pecans (... this will be like dessert) emoticon

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ALLISON145 4/15/2012 10:35PM

    Dee- you are so inspiring! Way to whip up such tasty primal treats!

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BERRY4 4/15/2012 5:12PM

    Good luck on your journey to health and fitness! emoticon

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SPIRITSEEKER2 4/15/2012 4:56PM

    thanks - yes I want to live with you too

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SAVANNAHZMOMMA1 4/15/2012 4:00PM


This is beautiful stuff... Very inspiring to me. I am going to knock out my local taxes and be done with that so I can focus on planning lovely meals this week. Very inspiring.

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SMILES4383 4/15/2012 3:01PM

    I love sweet potatoes and pecans. Yummy

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MONA_MONA 4/15/2012 1:24PM

    Sounds like a yummy week of eats.

Roasted cauliflower is one my of my favorites. Sometimes I'll add garam masala for a little spice.

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