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post #1 of 29
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Welcome to the Primal/Paleo group. Please use this thread to introduce yourself and let us know about your Primal/Paleo journey! 


Edited by TIFF4NY - 8/13/12 at 10:03am
post #2 of 29

Do you want us to post our introductions here? or start a new thread?

post #3 of 29
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Originally Posted by Pogo0685 View Post

Do you want us to post our introductions here? or start a new thread?

Let's use this thread to post the introductions all together. Sorry about the confusion, I changed my wording above. 

post #4 of 29
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Hello everyone! I'm Tiffany. Soon to be 30 living in Northern California with my little family. I was introduced to CrossFit by way of a personal trainer recommendation in May of 2010 and at the time I was still very much eating the SAD diet (though I knew I shouldn't be eating gluten due to my IBS) and really had no understanding of how the way I ate affected my body. My trainer attempted to get me to give paleo a try in the fall of 2010 by encouraging me to give up bread for a week. I lol'd at first but I made it through that week with no issues. In October 2010 my husband and I attempted our very first Whole30 and failed within a week. We just weren't prepared in any sense.

 

Fast forward to February 2011 and I was hit with a pretty bad stomach bug/ulcer that left me on a very minimal diet. I decided right then and there to give Paleo a shot and have been working to switch over since. Currently my husband and I are on our 2nd Whole30 (started Aug 1) and we are doing really well! Our whole idea of eating has transformed over the last year and half and we really see the difference. Our tastes have definitely switched as well. Thankfully our almost 3 year old daughter is a fantastic eater with regards to paleo foods. She still has a couple gluten snacks we need to remove but for now, I feel she is doing really well. 

 

As I mentioned already, we started this Whole30 on August 1st and I found out I was pregnant on the 4th. I'm determined to keep this up through my pregnancy to the best of my ability and I asked for the creation of this group so there would be a place for all the P/P families of Mothering to come together and support one another.  I thank you for joining and hope you enjoy your stay!

post #5 of 29

I've dabbled in Paleo and I do consider it to be the ideal diet. ....I just suck at it. I'm a sucker for grains and sugar. bag.gif

 

I'd like to hang around in hopes of incorporating more meals into our rotations and get some more recipe ideas.

post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by eirual View Post

I've dabbled in Paleo and I do consider it to be the ideal diet. ....I just suck at it. I'm a sucker for grains and sugar. bag.gif

 

I'd like to hang around in hopes of incorporating more meals into our rotations and get some more recipe ideas.

 

It took me a long time to get the swing of it and I still have troubles at times. I welcome you here and hope you find the resources you are looking for. =)

post #7 of 29

Hello! I am Fern, I have a long history with primal. We went primal on March 7th 2010 after being a veg*an for the last few years. Primal was the best thing ever that happened to my little family. My son was having reactions to anything with corn, wheat, soy, and so many other issues with food. He ate almost all primal foods without an issue. DH lost over 40 pounds within just a few months without ever doing any physical activities. He even still drank beer and it still helped him. He had been taking 2 prilosec's a day trying to control his heartburn, after a month of being primal he didn't need prilosec at all, or tums. It cured it. I was still breastfeeding my little one so I did not lose the weight as quick as they did. I went from 178 in February to 157 In June. By August 2011 I was down to 133, I had stopped breastfeeding and I was training to run the Warrior Dash. After that I had a surgery for something that turned out to be not needed, and ballooned back up to the 160's in only a few months due to not being able to workout. I had decided that on New Years Day of 2012 I was going to put the family on GAPS to heal my husbands gut, and help the little one with issues he had. So the entire month of December we ate whatever we wanted. It was not a pretty site by news years I was so ready to eat clean again. We did not even last a month on GAPS, my DH hated it, my DS was puking from it (only the 2nd time in his life he ever puked) so then we went to a WAP diet, husband thought it would be better than primal and gaps. Well that turned into eating SAD again. I found out in May that I was pregnant again, and even though all grains and breads made me sick we still were pretty much trying to do a "healthy SAD" as if that's really possible. So now I am almost 20 weeks along and my DH just found out he is having some sort of heart issue, along with the 40 pounds he has put back on he has finally agreed to go back to a Primal diet, We are waiting until the 1st of September to officially start because he does not want to waste all the food in house that is not primal. So I am looking for ideas for my DS who is 3 1/2 and very picky as of late, and just general ideas for food and people who understand the diet! 

 

Tiffany - I want to do crossfit so bad, I looked into the local one here but I had some issues with the owners and who they associate with, and the price. I am thinking about trying to build my own little crossfit at my house though!

post #8 of 29
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Pogo, Welcome to the group! I hope your next journey with Primal is a successful one and helps your family and your growing little one.

 

I really loved my coach but she ended up opening a new gym in the neighboring town. The timing was just never right for me so my husband and I decided to convert our garage into a CrossFit gym. From last November through now I've been accumulating stuff to be able to workout at home. I've also had two friends coming over 2-3 times a week to workout alongside me. It's great motivation and we're doing it! There are so many resources online to be able to program your workouts. However, I strongly recommend you make sure you have a certified trainer show you the proper technique for all of the lifts and movements so you don't hurt yourself! 

post #9 of 29

Hi

 

I'd like to join!  I've been back and forth with paleo for over a year ever since my DH tried it, which immediately eliminated his GI issues (not serious, but uncomfortable, and sometimes disruptive of day-to-day activities).  We generally don't have any grains in the house, but I still struggle with sugar even though I lost a lot of weight and felt fantastic following a paleo-esque diet years ago.  I'm still struggling to lose the weight accumulated from two full term and one lost pregnancy.  Hopefully this group can help keep me on track!

post #10 of 29
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Welcome Crayfishgirl! My main battle had been the little bit of sugar and dairy (namely in the form of ice cream) that I had let sneak in this Summer. Doing this Whole30 has helped motivate me to kick that and now on day 13 I'm feeling fantastic! Have you given any thought to trying that at all?

post #11 of 29

Glad to see this group opening up. :) I was about six months down this road before getting pregnant but had to let it go when m/s hit (I've seen some women attribute avoiding it to paleo/primal/LC eating, but sadly, this was not the case for me at all) and have not had the energy to go all-out with it since. I'm due in about a month and hoping to move back in this direction after the initial post-partum weeks.. look forward to lurking here in the meantime!

post #12 of 29

Hiya! 

 

I'm Jen. 30 years old. 2 kids with one on the way (19 weeks). 

Shortly after DS2 was born I started eating gluten/dairy free because any time I had those items he would scream inconsolably for HOURS.

In January 2011 I had DS2 allergy tested (knowing that since he was still mostly breastfed and we hadn't eaten those items in months that it was likely his test wouldn't show anything despite his obvious discomfort and bowel problems whenever I/he had them) and got DS1 tested on a whim at the same time. 

DS1's test came back with very high intolerances to soy, wheat/gluten, eggs and cow dairy. We immediately switched him over to a gluten free diet and stopped feeding him eggs (other than in the GF baked goods) and diary. We also avoided soy as much as we could, but it's in pretty much everything (soy lecithin!). While looking for recipes I could make, and essentially replace all of the foods he was used to, I started stumbling upon paleo recipes. I had also heard about it briefly from my BFF.

 

After a month or two of experimenting with Gluten Free/Vegan recipes and having lots of failed attempts, reading as much as I could about paleo, and realizing that DS1 was also having issues with some GF grains as well, I threw up my hands and dove head first into eating paleo. I was tired of all the wasted money on recipes that failed (either did not taste good or the texture was far too bizarre) and was frustrated that DS1 was not showing any improvements. I told DH that I was throwing everything away that was not paleo and paleo foods would no longer be allowed in the house. He wasn't on board immediately, but I said he was welcome to continue eating whatever he wanted OUTSIDE of the house where our DC's didn't have to watch him eat stuff they could not have. It didn't take long for DH to come around though. 

 

In the past year and a half since going paleo: 

--  DH has lost 45 pounds without trying or exercising regularly, he no longer snores, doesn't have very mild sleep apnea, he focuses better. 

--  I no longer have debilitating migraines, my skin has cleared up, my cycles become much more regular, I don't feel like I have to sleep all the time. 

--  DS1 no longer has bowel issues, stomach pain, joint pain, nightmares, no more random rashes/eczema, he can actually play for hours now without complaining of some sort of pain or being too tired, he listens better and focuses better... the changes in him really were quite amazing. 

--  DS2 has been eating this way for most of his life so besides the early bowel issues he was having prior to my going GF/DF, I don't notice a huge difference in him. 

We all sleep MUCH better now.  

 

Every once in awhile we will end up adding back in too much dairy, "paleo" treats, or tortilla chips (corn) and start feeling like crap so we'll reign ourselves back in... but luckily it's all loosely within the primal guidelines (aside from the corn) so we never really fall too far off. We're currently all eating Whole30 which started on August 1st and it's been pretty awesome so far.  :D

 

 

 

Hi Pogo! I recognize you from our DDC. :)

post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by TIFF4NY View Post

Welcome Crayfishgirl! My main battle had been the little bit of sugar and dairy (namely in the form of ice cream) that I had let sneak in this Summer. Doing this Whole30 has helped motivate me to kick that and now on day 13 I'm feeling fantastic! Have you given any thought to trying that at all?


Yes, and then I become afraid!  Its the lack of dairy that gets me....I love cheese!  Actually, I've not been too bad in general, but I tend to have a go big or go home kind of attitude.  If I have a forbidden food I throw myself off the wagon.  Of course, that's another issue. 

 

I just went to the website again...I'm going to start tomorrow.  I think the hardest part will be not using butter to cook my eggs in the morning. 

post #14 of 29
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I just went to the website again...I'm going to start tomorrow.  I think the hardest part will be not using butter to cook my eggs in the morning. 

 

You can do it!! I use coconut oil to cook my eggs but you can also use Ghee or Clarified butter. Good luck and let us know if you need help staying on track! 

post #15 of 29

I'm not terribly active on here at the moment, but am looking for any resources to help me navigate through the first few weeks/months of switching over to Paleo eating.

I'm Sonya and DH and I have 3 girls, ages 9 1/2, 7, and 4 1/2.  I am a special ed teacher and DH is working on his teaching certificate and is currently a teaching assistant in a behavior classroom.

 

I have long struggled with my weight, but it has been at its worst since DD #3 was born.  Huge amounts of stress (marriage separation, layoffs, work issues, young children, etc) in combination with a hefty bout of depression that settled in after DD's birth has lead my weight to balloon to its heaviest.  I've tried to drop it, using weight watchers and various other programs, but give up fairly quickly because the weight will not budge.  I've been more active in the last year, getting up to 4 zumba workouts/week plus other activities, and still nothing.  A very good friend of mine recently said "You HAVE to read this book!" - she was just getting in to The Food You Eat, about Whole9, and started Whole30 a few days later.  I started Whole30 last week, but fell off the wagon Sunday when DH and I went out for an anniversary overnight.

 

I'm completely blown away at how quickly I started to feel and see changes in my body when I was following the Whole30 plan.  It was immediate!  The weight actually started melting off, for the first time ever!  Even better, I started to notice the emotional changes, too - my mood has been better, sleep was finally improving (after so many years of terrible sleep, it was shocking to start having dreams again!), an I could actually feel my body using food better.  I know that carbs have been my downfall, but I did not realize how much until I cut them so completely.  Dairy is another weakness, though I was able to cut all but my morning 1/2&1/2 in the coffee.  Cheese and yogurt are huge staples for me, so I miss them, but didn't crave the too much.  However, as I also suspected, I seem to have lactose intolerance.  After eliminating almost all dairy for nearly a week, I had a latte.  Oh mama!!  The havoc it wrecked on my gut!  Again, I was so floored how quickly my body changed!

 

Anyway, I am recommitted, so today is Day 1 of Whole30, and I'm so very excited to see where this leads.  Once I get DH fully on board, I'll be tackling the kids.  They are pretty picky eaters, so I  want to gain confidence in my own commitment before taking them on.  :)

post #16 of 29
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I just went to the website again...I'm going to start tomorrow.  I think the hardest part will be not using butter to cook my eggs in the morning. 

 

 

Good luck! :) 

 

If you don't have ghee or clarified butter, it's really easy to make your own from the butter you already have. 

Here's a link that tells you how: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Q-A/ButterGhee.htm

post #17 of 29
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Anyway, I am recommitted, so today is Day 1 of Whole30, and I'm so very excited to see where this leads.  Once I get DH fully on board, I'll be tackling the kids.  They are pretty picky eaters, so I  want to gain confidence in my own commitment before taking them on.  :)

 

 

Good luck, Mama! 

If you have any questions, Whole9's forums are incredibility supportive and helpful, and we'll help as much as we can, too. 

 

I hear ya on paleo helping with moods. I forgot to mention that, but I no longer have huge mood swings. I used to one of those whose emotions were always the extreme. Always REALLY angry, or REALLY sad, or REALLY happy (though, happy seemed to be rare)... but now my moods are much more stable and I'm generally in a really good mood all the time. 

post #18 of 29

I did it...used olive oil to sautee onions and tomatoes, then scrambled with eggs.  It was such a huge departure from my typical breakfast of just fried eggs that I didn't even miss the butter.  WooHoo!

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