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6/8/12 9:16 P

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Need a new challenge. Any ideas, guys?

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5/21/12 6:45 P

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Wow guys, this is fabulous. I set aside this year to consolidate the lifestyle changes that I started making last year. Last year I was introduced to Paleo, but there was no pressing directive to give up anything that I didn't want to give up. So, I ate Paleo+, the version of the diet where I began to change things, added fresh organic fruit and veg juice in the morning.

Slowly breakfast became green juice and a fresh raw organic egg. Sometimes I add a shot of probiotic. But we still ate porridge and other grains in the morning. Lunch became big salads with nuts, but we still ate bread whenever we wanted, and I would go out with friends and eat whatever so long as there were salad or veges on the plate. Dinner was mostly fresh meat in a veg, but we ate pasta.

Over the year, things began to drop out of the diet. Pasta dropped back to once in a very long while, until it was rarely ever there. The kids ate wrap bread, but we didn't by loaves of bread any longer. Then at Easter, I brought all my kids together and we cooked serious Polish food for Easter. (Easter has become our new Christmas because my youngest children need to travel out of state during the summer and winter school breaks.)

The stuff we cooked was very flour based, and there were a lot of jams and sugary foods as well. I finished the Easter weekend and I felt really sick. I had a migraine that lasted a week and a half. All the kids became ill too. We became snappy and drowsy. I put on a stack of weight, nearly 5 kgs. I was awful.

At the beginning of the year I said, this year I would lose the weight and get fit. After Easter, it didn't become a desire, it became a need. I just can't eat the stuff I used to eat as a kid, not even in small quantities, without paying a significant price. But diet is so much more than food, it is a lifestyle that is connected to my ancestry and which connects my kids to their futures. That's why the Paleo lifestyle is important to me. I need to rediscover the power of my natural heritage. When I visited Poland in 2009, I could count the number of over weight people I met on one hand, and I was one of them. Obesity is not a part of my heritage, whole health is.



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5/21/12 12:09 P

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Living according to the natural daylight hours is something I have a hard time imagining, especially in winter when I'm going to school and holding down a day job -- but I definitely find that the exercise pattern is effective, and simply considering where my food comes from and how processed it is makes it easier for me to eat right than just counting calories and balancing nutrients.

Would love to talk more about lifestyle. . .

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5/21/12 3:09 A

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For me it is definitely a challenge to stay with my natural sleep cycle. I know that if I consistently went with my natural rhythm it would be much better for me. But when I'm really busy I often work too late at night, particularly in front of the computer. It's after midnight as I am writing this.
Birgit

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5/21/12 2:50 A

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I'm naturally more of a morning person but will sometimes stay up late if I'm short on time. It's often a bad idea since I can't usually make up the sleep deficit in the morning.

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5/20/12 6:59 P

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I sleep way better and am going to bed earlier - previously I would have described myself as a night-owl, couldn't get to sleep until well after midnight - I am always asleep by 11 and often by 10, and yes, I am up earlier in the morning.

I am just going with the flow.

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5/20/12 6:35 P

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Hi Houndlover and Egalitaire!

Yes, I spent yesterday afternoon on the Primal Blueprint site and the associated one. It was fantastic. Do you find that your sleep cycle is changing? It is winter here, and I am going to be quite early and getting up quite early.

Kindness :D

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5/20/12 1:22 A

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Danuta,
I agree that "The primal Blueprint" is the book to read on this topic. I would be very interested in talking about these lifestyle changes since I recently read Mark's book and have changed my exercise routine because of it.
Would love to hear what you think. emoticon

Birgit

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5/19/12 8:14 P

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HI Danuta,

One of my favourite resources for this is Mark Sissons Primal Blueprint.

You can download a PDF file with his thoughts and a program - just another source of information.

Cheers,

MIchael

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5/19/12 6:01 P

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Hi everybody,

I have started to get the eating side of the diet sussed, but I would really like to chat to people about the lifestyle changes. There seems in the literature that the lifestyle changes, around exercise and mental attitudes are just as important. I read a paper put out by the mayo clinic on Friday night, and it was talking about the hunter gather lifestyle, and how they could travel up to 15 miles in a day hunting and gathering and then they would spend some days at rest. Would anybody like to talk about this sort of thing?

Kindness,
Danuta

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