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post #281 of 305
I'm lovin' the crock pot and BAS (big ass salad) for keeping the kitchen cool!

Last night we had crock pot pulled pork and I turned the chimichurri from the other night into an awesome tangy salad dressing for a side salad.

Today so far I've had left over pulled pork with runny yolk eggs on top. Mmmmmmmmmm and a couple sips of ds's milk. I do so love milk. I don't really drink it any more, but I miss it.

I'm going to make homemade baked hot wings and maple garlic wings. Maybe some lemon pepper ones too...
post #282 of 305
Back from camping and ready to detox! I ate starchy, salty, sugary foods for 10 days and eating clean and workout out sounds really good. Lots of salads for me with week!

I took some NOW brand high potency pancreatin digestive enzymes and they helped me so much! I had barely any issues even with potatoes, beans, rice, and corn... not even (lyme) arthritis like I usually get from eating those foods! Anyway, I recommend them if you have to be "off-plan" for a while.
post #283 of 305
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Originally Posted by FairyRae View Post
Absolutely. My dad lowered his bp fast eating a low carb, real foods diet. Totally possible!

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ressure-and-PB
thanks for that link. you know it really made me think about my mom again. i've been trying to convince her to go grain/sugar free. now that i think back, her health has seriously deteriorated since she began taking water pills, bp medicine, diabetes meds, etc. lately i've been really scared for her, she is falling apart.

i've only been eating low carb for 2 months, and lower carb for 2 months before that. and i am just amazed again and again at the changes i'm seeing in such a short time. i was pretty happy that my bp was only 132/78 because of my white coat hypertension (though when the dr retook it later in the appt, it went up to 140/?80?). but i'm looking into some natural things to help lower it a bit more quickly, just cause i'm having my first ob/hospital birth next month. which 1 doesn't leave much more time and 2 i don't want them hassling me anymore than they have to. i've been putting mag oil on at bedtime each night, i'm thinking of upping it 2x a day. also some herbs. but that's for a different thread.

todays food:
b- fried egg, sprouted toast w/butter
s- vanilla latte, 1/2 oatmeal cookie
l- morrocan meatballs, couscous. ricecake topped with labne and egg salad. 2 tj's icecream bonbons.
d plans- chicken enchilada 'lasagna'. need to make a seperate tortilla-free version for me, because i've already had too many carbs today (145g).

well, dinner did not happen. ended up eating taco bell burrito supreme and a hard taco. middle of night snack cause i'm not sleeping- greek yogurt

days totals: 2568 cal 48% fat 238g carbs 13.5g protein
oh well, i'll try again tomorrow...
post #284 of 305
Hi everyone! I know I'm jumping in at pretty much the end of the month, but better late then never! I've been off and on Primal eating for months. Well I'm on again right now. Today was day 3, and I've done really well, but I'm feeling the cravings coming on. Everyone says the first few days are the hardest with the carb cravings, but that is not true for me. I can manage 3-4 days of being very careful, but by day 5 I'm miserable, and usually crave to complete trash. Like pizza and beer and candy bad. So my cycle had looked like this: 3-4 days on, 3-15 days off, rinse repeat. I keep loosing the same two pounds over and over. How do you get through that first week? Does it get better after that? I'm just finishing up day 3, and I'm dreaming of all the things I want to cook and devour (I'll save you guys the specifics, that's just cruel). I am allowing myself more fruit this time, hoping I can quiet the carb cravings with whole real foods, but it hasn't made a difference. Help?
post #285 of 305
blood glucose info-I found some info that can explain why some of us feel dizzy/out of sorts when first going low carb/grain free.
http://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org...53/9/2375.long
This study states that it takes 33 days for the body to readjust itself to a new diet, ie. release less glucose after a meal. The diet in the study is 20/30/50 carbohydrate/protein/fat.

convincing others to try Paleo-my Mom has very high blood pressure, it was so bad this spring she was ordered to stop working. They are extremely worried about her risk of stroke. I am going to find information supporting changing to higher protein, and especially cutting out grains and see if she'll make any changes. In the past, none of my suggestions have gone over well Perhaps she will be more open minded now that her health has taken a nose dive. I think the biggest challenge to getting people to try a different way of eating is because most people see NO connection between what they eat and how they feel.

Feb2003-thanks for the exercise links! I'm trying to get more movement into my day. Today I did my shopping at one plaza, carrying 25 lb DD in a sling for an hour, ending with carrying 3 large bags of groceries plus her back to to the car that was far away in the lot.

I loved the chimichurri sauce! I made it yesterday for a pork roast for our 5 dinner guests. Yum!
post #286 of 305
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Originally Posted by MyLittleWarrior View Post
Hi everyone! I know I'm jumping in at pretty much the end of the month, but better late then never! I've been off and on Primal eating for months. Well I'm on again right now. Today was day 3, and I've done really well, but I'm feeling the cravings coming on. Everyone says the first few days are the hardest with the carb cravings, but that is not true for me. I can manage 3-4 days of being very careful, but by day 5 I'm miserable, and usually crave to complete trash. Like pizza and beer and candy bad. So my cycle had looked like this: 3-4 days on, 3-15 days off, rinse repeat. I keep loosing the same two pounds over and over. How do you get through that first week? Does it get better after that? I'm just finishing up day 3, and I'm dreaming of all the things I want to cook and devour (I'll save you guys the specifics, that's just cruel). I am allowing myself more fruit this time, hoping I can quiet the carb cravings with whole real foods, but it hasn't made a difference. Help?
Maybe sometimes you just need some carby food? I know I do really well for 2weeks and then need a potato or mexican food or something..It does not seem to affect me as long as I only do that a few times a month. (I just did that for my whole vacation though and I am feeling quite puffy so hopefully that will go fast!)
This is annoying advice but sometimes you just have to experiment and see what works for you physically and mentally. You only gain 2 pounds taking a total break like that?! Maybe you tolerate carby foods.
post #287 of 305
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Originally Posted by Punchy Kaby View Post
I think the biggest challenge to getting people to try a different way of eating is because most people see NO connection between what they eat and how they feel.
What's really bad with my mom, is that she does know there's a connection. When I was a kid, she was always quoting Adelle Davis to us. In my teens, she starting losing interest and since we've all grown up and moved out she's gone to eating horribly. She also suffers from depression (I'm sure fueled by her poor eating), she told me once that chocolate frosting and coke were the only good things in her life. I point out to her that she wants to be around to see her grandkids grow up, but she's just never willing to put in any continued effort into changing her eating habits.
post #288 of 305
re: making it through that first week- I think it has been said but I will repeat. Allow as much as you want of things that are allowed. If needed stuff yourself to overfull. It is hard to reach for candy when you are stuffed. Keep tons of meat handy but also allow yourself as much fruit as you want- sweet potatoes are good as well. I wouldn't worry about cutting the carbs until you get past that point.

re: blood pressure. I am generally low as well but I think part of the reason it stayed even lower my entire last pregnancy was diet(as I wasn't as good with working out last time)

I have plenty of relatives I wish would eat better as well. My mom is the yo-yo dieter. Last week it was green tea and hoodia. She does all these diets but only about 3 days. She starves herself but then gives it up after 2=3 days because she is hungry.

My fil did have a stroke this Jan due to bp and they have had him on a cocktail of meds since then trying to calibrate his bp just right. Punchy Kaby does your mom realize what a stroke will do to her? My fil is a lucky one and still yet he is not the same person, his personality is different. Physically he can walk and would not be noticeable that he has had a stroke but his ability to do things is so much less than it was. It is hard to watch.


Things are well here I think. Crazy insane month is coming to an end today! I am ready to settle back down. Taking the big kids to mom's to stay the night and were going to see Inception and maybe Salt as well.

Food has been crazy plain and simple. I am anxious to get back to making a menu here and eating some good food! Picking up 1/4 beef next week- have been out of beef for a couple of months now and am very anxious to get some!
post #289 of 305
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Originally Posted by Vaquitita View Post

low carb and bp question- do you find eating low carb lowers your bp?
I had low hypertension for a few years before beginning my LC way of life. My gyne and GP at the time kept telling me it's because I was overweight and should just try losing 10 lbs and the BP would probably drop .

Well, I'm heavier now than I was when I first found out I was hypertensive. I was eating LC for about 6 weeks before I lost even 1 pound. But within that first month my BP dropped down to my previous healthy 120/60, plus or minus a point or 2. I don't think this was any coincidence. My BP numbers have gone even lower as my pregnancy has progressed.
post #290 of 305
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Originally Posted by Intoit View Post
I had low hypertension for a few years before beginning my LC way of life. My gyne and GP at the time kept telling me it's because I was overweight and should just try losing 10 lbs and the BP would probably drop .

Well, I'm heavier now than I was when I first found out I was hypertensive. I was eating LC for about 6 weeks before I lost even 1 pound. But within that first month my BP dropped down to my previous healthy 120/60, plus or minus a point or 2. I don't think this was any coincidence. My BP numbers have gone even lower as my pregnancy has progressed.
thanks for sharing. i'd like to lower my bp, maybe i should try to be more strict LC. As I'm nearing the end of my preg, I find myself eating too many carbs cause I'm tired and don't want to fix food or nothing sounds good.

todays food:
b- fried egg and a oatmeal/buckwheat porridge cake (contained 1/2 an egg) with maple syrup.
L- hawiian bbq. chicken thighs, kim chi, green salad.
S- cherries, 73% choc
d plans- meatza! really looking forward to this

todays looking good at 92g carbs so far!

eta: OMG! Meatza is DELICIOUS Someone posted their meatza recipe a few pages back, using an italian meatball recipe for the crust. It was so good and satisfying and so surprisingly pizza-y. I made a 1lb of meat version and ate half. If you haven't tried it yet, try it!!!

my totals for the day: 2642 cal, 59% fat, 128.3g carbs, 142.1g protein.
post #291 of 305
I'm so behind on this thread!!

Punchy Baby - Coconut kefir. Thank you for bringing that to my attention!! Do you have a recipe? And how does it taste? I'm going to give it a try.

What crock pots are you all using? I was scared of crock pots for a while but now I'm more scared of having 3 kids under the age of 4 and being home alone with them. I think I'm going to get a crock pot so we can at least be fed after this baby comes.

Speaking of kids, my 4 year old told me last night that he doesn't eat bread. Then he proceeded to list the five food groups he does eat: meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. And sometimes rice and beans at a Mexican restaurant. It was cute...my Paleo kid.

mbravebird - I briefly saw the menu planner and it looks great!! How long have you been using it?

I apologize for being such a loser of a poster and coming around sporadically. Our new home, the kids and the non stop visitors are taking a huge toll on me. I think I'm going to have to eventually turn off my computer come next month and revisit in 2011. I'll keep holding on for a few more weeks, though.

Today's food:

B: Steak and peppers, strawberries
L: Spinach/walnut/avo salad with salmon. Coconut milk ice cream I made for the kids
Snk: 1/3 banana (I don't know why I'm trying to eat these. I hate bananas but I think I may need some potassium?) and 2 TBLS almond butter
D: Tonight is pesto chicken with veggies, carrot soup made with broth

Supplements, infusions, butter, etc.
post #292 of 305
Oooh I have a lovely semi primal guilty pleasure to share:

I melt dark chocolate with some heavy cream until it's a nice warm ganache, and then I dip cashews into it. OMG heavenly. Salty and chocolatey, what a yummy combo! hee hee

Tonight I'm roasting a "boneless center pork loin and rib roast" lol for the first time. I just put my homemade bbq rub on it (tons of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper) seared it in a pan and popped it into the oven at 300. Can't wait to see how it turns out, it looks really fatty and delicious. (I love fatty meat. )
post #293 of 305
It is hard for me to keep up with this thread too! Kids and work keep me very busy. I rarely socialize. This week we have family (5 extra people) staying with us. Very cool visit as they are my bro's ILs from Indonesia. We went to the asian market today and then I helped her cook Beef Rendang and fried noodles. Yummy, but the carbs/grains killed me a couple hours later I feel woozy.

Keeping to a special diet-I did several elimination diets for my DS when he nursed and I learned to eat whenever I felt like it, hungry or not, just eat what is 'legal'. Achieve small goals little by little

Coconut kefir: I used canned, full fat organic coconut milk from whole foods and put a couple tablespoons of water kefir grains in it. Depending on room temperature the coco milk gets really fizzy in 12 hrs. I like to drink it chilled plain, or make smoothies with it.
post #294 of 305
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Originally Posted by Punchy Kaby View Post
Coconut kefir: I used canned, full fat organic coconut milk from whole foods and put a couple tablespoons of water kefir grains in it. Depending on room temperature the coco milk gets really fizzy in 12 hrs. I like to drink it chilled plain, or make smoothies with it.
would milk kefir grains work? i have those, but don't have water kefir grains.
post #295 of 305
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Originally Posted by Vaquitita View Post
would milk kefir grains work? i have those, but don't have water kefir grains.
I've found them to work well, and they were easier to care for than water ones. Also, some folks will ferment them in coconut milk then culture again in milk (back and forth) to keep them alive, while others will only use them to culture coconut milk/juice, which will eventually kill them, but they will last for around 6 months + living in the non-dairy liquid alone...

Try it!
post #296 of 305
todays food:
b- eggnog w/2yolks, maple syrup, 1/2c cream, coconut milk. bit of leftover meatza.
L- was at a kids party. ate 4 chicken strips (breaded), caesar salad, some fruit, and two homemade spice cupcakes. yum!
D- bit of leftover meatza.

todays totals: 2319 calories, 58% fat, 155g carbs, 86.9g protein.
thought I was done for the day, but i'm feeling a bit hungry. there's still a piece of meatza left and it's calling me...
post #297 of 305
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Originally Posted by suzukiaustin View Post
Snk: 1/3 banana (I don't know why I'm trying to eat these. I hate bananas but I think I may need some potassium?)
I hate to think of you stuffing down bananas when you don't even like them! Avocados are full of potassium. From memory, I think an avocado has twice the potassium of a banana.
post #298 of 305
I cannot keep up here either! And when we start back to schooling I will really need to cut back!

Grainfree yesterday but too much carbs/sugar especially toward the end of the day. We were out and about for my son's bday.

Had a great day though! I really hope to menu plan for this week and will post if I get it done!
post #299 of 305
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Originally Posted by Feb2003 View Post
I hate to think of you stuffing down bananas when you don't even like them! Avocados are full of potassium. From memory, I think an avocado has twice the potassium of a banana.
Parsley is also FULL of potassium!!! (See the chimichurri sauce above in the thread for an easy way to eat parsley. Also good in green smoothies or salads imo!) And sweet potatoes I think?
post #300 of 305
potassium sources pzge
and just because this is another one everyone wonders about too,
magnesium sources page

Eh, sweet potato fries and bbq chicken wings last night. Sounds great, but came from a restaurant so deep-fried, sugar laden and battered. Its too damn hot to cook though!
I'm just waiting for the sugar fatigue to hit. So far, I've been lucky. Its surprising. Maybe next week? I should start tracking again. I'm not even sure I'm getting all that may calories in, I eat maybe 2 meals a day. Speaking of which, I think I'm make bacon, eggs and kale tonight. Thats right, I found KALE! Yey! Canned and fresh, though I think I should cook the fresh stuff tonight.
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