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9/19/12 12:32 P

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Well, my back has been in and out during this time. But, that's the only negative. I'm pretty much over the cravings, so emoticon . I'm not feeling emoticon but again, I think it's my darn back. I'll let you know next week if there are changes. emoticon



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9/19/12 11:22 A

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Good to hear you are getting results. Hope you are experiencing some non-scale changes as well.

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9/19/12 11:15 A

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Here's my 1 week report: Loss of 6.4 pounds

I thought the results would be amazing, but this far exceeded my expectations and now my desire to keep going is just burning so much stronger than ever before!



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9/11/12 11:58 A

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Hi E,

Thanks for your 8 mos. out perspective! Good advice!

I am indeed working on those 2 elements because I also am being treated for burnt out adrenals. Right now I am working on making 10pm my bedtime. With the days shortening, that should get easier.

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9/10/12 4:37 P

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Thanks, Egalitaire! My husband asked me this weekend, what's different/good about Primal and i was explaining that very thing, only not so well, that Primal is a lifestyle, not just an eating plan.



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9/10/12 10:45 A

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Congratulations Kittiestars and EnglishRose for taking the leap and committing to trying the lifestyle. Great that you have had some wins already to help keep you motivated.

I have been following a Primal plan for about 8 months. I agree the longer I have been following the nutritional part of the plan, the easier it is - as to turning down pie at a social event - no problem - it is about mindset, but also body reactions.

I understand people need to move at their own pace, so there is no right or wrong - here are some considerations.

Consider eating clean, including eliminating grains for 30 days, then add them back in - you may notice a much more intense reaction than if you continue eating them on a 80/20 type program. I had no idea how much impact grains have on my system - no way would I eat that pie now, cause I know how my body will respond - and it is not good.

Consider how exercise, sleep and stress impact the how process. GF and I started at the same time and have both seen tremendous scale and non-scale victories. For the most part we are comfortable with our level of mastery regarding the nutritional piece, and to a degree on the exercise front - we are now putting more of our attention and learning towards stress and sleep.

We are both amazed at how much impact managing stress and getting enough sleep has on our health, particularly the non-scale elements. I suspect the sleep and stress is very much like grains - only when you go clean can you really understand how much impact they are having. Until we had cleaned up our diets and are exercising regularly, we didn't see the impact of stress and sleep.

So the bottom line, this is a little bit of a cautionary tale and an experience-based advocacy. Sisson writes consistently about the four elements of a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress. My advocacy - don't focus exclusively on food, you might miss something important that is impacting your health and ability to properly metabolize all the good food you are eating.

Stay Strong

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9/9/12 8:29 P

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Kittystars and EnglishRose, Thanks for the advice. I'll keep you updated. emoticon



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9/9/12 2:23 P

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Yes Rose, I agree we need to give up the SAD diet and especially processed foods. And minimize treats.

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9/9/12 2:19 P

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Hi Lynn, I understand we all need to wait until the "right" time for any major change. I started the program by just experimenting with dinners & breakfasts without grains and I found it so easy that I just dived into the program full throttle. That said, I like his idea that 80% compliance is something to feel fine about. That's all I've ever done to anybody's program anyhow, so I think he is being realistic about the "eating pressures" we all live under. Afterall, how does a person pass up home-made pie being offered at a special event etc.? He also writes that the more you follow his program, the more you will want to.

I must say losing 4 lbs in a week was a big boost to my desire to follow his program.

How I am handling the 80/20 rule is that most of the time I follow this program, but if a good treat comes my way that I really want, I eat it without guilt and then get back on the program. I went out to eat last night and passed on the bread and butter because bread turns me off now, but I couldn't resist the ricotta cheesecake. After the meal, I felt fuller than usual and tired. So that said to me that my body prefers Primal.

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9/9/12 3:35 A

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Sometimes it is easier gradually to move to new ways of eating . Good luck with it.
I very rarely have grains. I do not find it too hard. I eat too much fruit which is why I don't lose weight but grains is not too difficult.

I do think that if you give up all processed foods and are only left with brown carb and not too much of it then that is massivel better than lots of processed foods but no grains though. I think grains/no grains but with only healthy whole foods is much better for people than the standard US and UK diets. Giving up the grains is even better but just a small part of feeling healthier compared with the big issues of giving up processed foods, chocolates, cakes, biscuits, sweets, soft drinks and fruit juice.

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9/9/12 12:53 A

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Hi Kittiestars, I have not read the book but I've read everything he posted on his blog so I really think I got the jist of it. However, I do still want to read the book. I'm sure I will find more, much more in the book that will help. I'm with you on the grains and plan on making that leap at the beginning of the year, if not earlier! emoticon BLC starts Monday and while I didn't put that in my goals because I don't want to "fail" especially since this is going to take place over holidays and many family birthdays emoticon , I'm secretly going to go for as many grain free days as possible come Monday. emoticon Maybe I can post it here, it can be my little secret but I'll feel a little accountable...but with no judgment if I don't succeed everyday.

BTW, how does everyone do it? Do you follow an 80/20 rule or do you give yourself holidays off? Or is it just no grains ever again?



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9/9/12 12:39 A

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Lynn, I found The Primal Blueprint to be truly inspirational. Reading the whole book and really "getting" the program really helps me do it better. After you read that book you won't want to eat grains. Carbs yes, grains no. Or maybe you've read it? Great book.

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9/8/12 10:49 P

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You ladies are emoticon ! I keep eating too many carbs. I think I need to cut way back. But, you are really inspiring me to keep trying! I don't know anything about Paleo; I'll have to check it out!



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9/8/12 5:50 P

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Great job ladies!
I lose weight slowly period, but I am losing. The inches are what does it for me, lost 4.5" in a week. Yeah me!
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9/8/12 5:01 P

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WOW!!! 16lb in 4 weeks is incredible! Fantastic! I hope it goes so good for me!!

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9/8/12 4:54 P

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All with Paleo - I'm totally sold out on this eating plan!

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Thanks for your support!

Did you lose that 16 lbs in 4 weeks or was some of that before Paleo?

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9/8/12 3:34 P

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Way to go Kittiestars!! I have been doing Paleo for about 4 weeks now - and I love it! Not only for the weight loss but also for the energy that I now have~ just stick with it - and even when you fall short, which I do often - Just pick yourself up and get back on that horse!!

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9/8/12 3:21 P

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Well I'm amazed! I lost 4 lbs in one week eating primally!!! That's alot but I have a lot to lose (I was 224 and want to be about 150). I damn near fainted when I weighed in and had lost 4 lbs in one week!

My energy levels are much better and more steady too.

I've been cooking up a storm...trying new recipes and really enjoying it. Also reading a lot to learn about Primal!

I'm liking this! It's going well!



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