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Ilene
09-06-2011, 09:04 AM
Primal Paleo who is in? I certainly am ...


Tazzie
09-06-2011, 09:44 PM
I started working on eating Paleo (cavewoman) several weeks ago, when I was trying to treat severe inflammation, it has helped quite a lot with that, plus I have at least stopped gaining weight, and lost a few pounds. I have not been perfect with it (vacations pffftttt) but i am trying, also in the process of trying to decide just how much my body can tolerate in the way of carbs....I will be really happy if I can lose a pound or 2 a month--my body has become quite weight loss resistant....sigh...

Ilene
09-06-2011, 09:51 PM
My body is "weightloss resistant" too... it is just so difficult...but I am trying...

Tomorrow I am really going to go low carb... I will post my food... Maybe we can all do that and help each other...


Tazzie
09-06-2011, 09:56 PM
not a bad idea, sometimes it helps to see it in writing...

Tazzie
09-07-2011, 08:54 PM
so today I ate:

small steak and 2 eggs

pork chop and a huge salad (vinegar/oil dressing)

zucchini casserole I was not particularly happy about as it had bread crumbs and just a bit of egg as protein (I didn't cook) it was tasty but not enough protein

v8 juice and some nuts as a snack

Ilene
09-07-2011, 09:30 PM
Today I had:

m1...ham slices and a peach
m2...apple
m3...chicken and coleslaw with olive oil dressing
m4...pork chop and brocoli drizzle olive oil

I fell of the wagon with 4 squares of plain chocolate in the afternoon *sigh*


1,025 cals .... 48.3 fat .... 104.7 carbs .... 56.4 protein .... protein is way too low and carbs too high... I will do better tomorrow without the chocolate :yes: ...

I did have a very good workout tonight though :strong:

Tazzie
09-07-2011, 10:12 PM
your calories are pretty low too, 1200 is minimum, try substituting one of the fruits with some roasted unsalted nuts/seeds or maybe some cheese if you can do dairy....

Ilene
09-07-2011, 10:22 PM
My calories are low today, don't know why and I'm not that hungry so I'm not too worried about it... Yesterday I had 1500 or more, I can't really remember...but they are usually higher...

Ilene
09-07-2011, 10:31 PM
:welcome: Brown :wave:

Ilene
09-08-2011, 12:07 PM
Today:

m1... ham slices
m2... whey protein powder and an orange
m3... broccoli and pork chop

I feel good so far with my food...

Tazzie
09-08-2011, 08:56 PM
Brown, the first thing that happened when I went paleo is that I stopped having cravings, and my hunger was reduced by quite a lot, it makes a huge difference to eat as much fresh, whole food as you can, cutting out gluten can really help tons.....

Tazzie
09-08-2011, 08:57 PM
Cheese omlette

wings--blew it on the veg here usually i have a big salad

salmon and cauliflower

slice of watermelon :)

Ilene
09-08-2011, 09:06 PM
Today:

m1... ham slices
m2... whey protein powder and an orange
m3... broccoli and pork chop

I feel good so far with my food...

m4... banana
m5... shrimp, cabbage drizzled with olive oil, small orange
m6... dark chocolate

Ilene
09-09-2011, 03:14 PM
The less processed carbs I eat the less I crave...

Tazzie
09-09-2011, 07:06 PM
ok today I had

small steak and 2 eggs/ slice of watermelon

chicken soup (no carbs just chicken and broth)

some nuts on break

salad steak and mashed potatoes (went to dinner with my sweetie) I don't feel bad about eating a reasonable serving of potatoes but everything tasted kind of salty and i am sure I will pay for that :P

Tazzie
09-10-2011, 05:28 PM
this cavewoman is not doing very well today ugh!! however I went to the grocery store and I got the stuff to make spagetti squash with meat sauce, a ginger coconut soup w/chicken--will probably put curry in this and I have been wanting enchiladas but there is too much carb in the tortillas so I got enchilada sauce and chicken, think I will either just braise the chicken in enchilada sauce and sprinkle a bit of cheese or maybe make an enchilada soup? we shall see :)

Tazzie
09-10-2011, 10:24 PM
ok today i had:

1 chicken breast and some watermelon

noodle bowl with chicken and lots of veggies (I have been trying very hard to avoid gluten--sort of went out of my mind a little today :-P )

roast chicken and a salad

Tazzie
09-11-2011, 06:50 PM
eggs and bacon & strawberries

salad & chicken

spagetti squash with meat sauce

Ilene
09-11-2011, 07:33 PM
Today foodwise I did awful, I don't even want to discuss it :frypan:

But I did run 5k and biked 20k ...

claire0412
09-12-2011, 03:13 PM
Hi girls!

I've just read my bf's copy of Paleo for Athletes and am a convert to the idea of balancing acid/alkali etc etc, more for good health rather than weight loss at this point! I'm not ready to go completely hardcore so I will be allowing myself yoghurt for breakfast, no grains though! The odd bit of peanut butter, a few legumes here and there and a few bits of soya too.

Today my meals looked like this:

B: Apple and peanut butter
L: Chicken and peppers on spinach and rocket salad with rapeseed oil dressing + peach. Coffee with a bit of milk (I will have to wean myself onto espresso)
D: 3 egg omelette (no milk or cheese) with red pepper, spring onion + side salad and olive oil dressing. Dark chocolate (I know, bend the rules!) + nectarine.

i'm just about to stew up some rhubarb to have with yoghurt and seeds in the morning. Glad to be here with like minded people :)

Ilene
09-12-2011, 04:39 PM
Claire, I bent the rules with chocolate today too... Oh well :shrug:

Today I've had a lot of small meals I just felt hungry all the time...

Tazzie
09-12-2011, 07:51 PM
cheese and sausage omelette

salad with roast chicken

steak/broccoli/and a few oven fries

had a few nuts on morning break
2 string cheese

claire0412
09-13-2011, 04:39 PM
Today:

Stewed apples and rhubarb with yoghurt and seed mix
Peach
Spinach and chicken salad
Apple + peanut butter
Salmon fillet + rocket and pepper salad, nectarine

Lots of water and herbal tea

Ilene
09-13-2011, 04:46 PM
m1. banana
m2. apple and peach
m3. steak and shreaded cabbage, drizzled w/EVOO
m4. banana
m5. canned salmon and shreaded cabbage, drizzled w/EVOO

I'm really eating way too many fruits...

Tazzie
09-13-2011, 07:27 PM
eggs and bacon/strawberries

egg drop soup

hot wings/veggie tray/coleslaw

Tazzie
09-14-2011, 10:23 PM
egg sausage omlette

broccoli soup and a salad with chicken

taco salad

Ilene
09-14-2011, 10:32 PM
Banana
Nectarine, whey protein powder
Pepperoni, shredded cabbage drizzled w EVOO
Salmon, shredded cabbage, EVOO, 1T coucous, 1T quinoa...
Greek style yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries

I love the shredded cabbage it comes in bags and is the easiest way for me to get my veggies in...

emiloots
09-15-2011, 01:02 PM
Howdy ladies - I'd love to join your thread. I'm a big reader of Robb Wolf & Mark Sisson's blogs - been slowly migrating back towards paleo in the past few weeks. I'm nursing a 10 week old so trying not to disrupt my supply too drastically. I do eat some dairy - mostly butter and about once a week I have a latte - hasn't seemed to hinder my progress at all nor cause me any intestinal discomfort. Here's the 'menu' for today:

2 butter fried eggs, 2 all nat./gluten free sausage patties
nuts
pork loin w/ mushroom & bacon gravy
green beans

little light on the veg today but I'm feeling lazy and just making leftovers for dinner!

Ilene
09-15-2011, 01:18 PM
:welcome: emiloots....

Today so far:

Banana
Greek style fat free yogurt with mixed berries
Greek salad with chicken

Ilene
09-15-2011, 05:49 PM
Today so far:

Banana, ground flax
Greek style fat free yogurt with mixed berries
Greek salad with chicken
Salmon, avocado, shredded cabbage, coconut oil....

I feel really good today, physically and mentally... My run today was awesome, food was perfect, and tonight going to the gym :strong: It's all good :D

Tazzie
09-15-2011, 09:46 PM
I took a day off because mentally I needed it, I am finding it tougher to do completely without refined foods than I thought, so tomorrow I approach with a fresh attitude :)

Ilene
09-15-2011, 11:19 PM
I took a day off because mentally I needed it, I am finding it tougher to do completely without refined foods than I thought, so tomorrow I approach with a fresh attitude :)That's a good idea Tazzie! We can't be perfect all the time ...

Tonight I had wine :cheers: and a couple of pepperettes... a bit off plan, but my DD surprised me and came home for the weekend... We had to celebrate :cheers:

emiloots
09-16-2011, 10:47 AM
Morning ladies - got a later start this morning so no breakfast since I'm meeting my hubs for lunch soon. Absolutely gorgeous day here...cool, sunny, feels like fall! I'll come back to add in my food later.

Tazzie - hope today is a good day!

l: salad w/ dark meat chicken, pico de gallo & guacamole
s: nuts

Tazzie
09-16-2011, 02:01 PM
thanks Emily! I have a day off today so its pretty good so far, I have been really struggling with weight loss lately and have found that I am completely burned out on it (from trying so hard and not getting anywhere) I really think that I first need to stabilize myself, get to where I am eating a reasonable amount, and that the food is as unprocessed as I can manage, at least stop gaining weight, then I am hoping I can work on losing weight again... it is quite a process ugh....

midwife
09-17-2011, 11:41 AM
Hey all! I'm inspired by your menus!

I've been part of this thread before....trying to balance paleo-ish principles while keeping enough energy to not bonk on my runs. So if you'll forgive my loose interpretation that works for me, I'd like to hang out here again.

Where's SusanB????

My nod to paleo includes cutting out grains and sugar. I still eat dairy (small amounts), sweet potatoes, beans and oats. I also run longer distances that MDA would approve of, but I like running. So I adapt.

Ilene
09-17-2011, 12:04 PM
Hi midwife :wave: adapt away, we all do it...

I have no idea where SusanB is :( I miss her...

Today I ran 5k and did housework... boooring...

So far today:

Dr. Oz Green smoothie, it was very good I must say...

2 eggs with spinach...

geoblewis
09-17-2011, 12:33 PM
Okay, I'm squeezing in here too. Been bouncing around with the Paleo but decided to do the Whole30, starting tomorrow. Yesterday was a bad, BAD carby day. Had tried juicing actually and found that it ramped up my appetite incredibly. So keeping juicing as an afternoon/evening thing just to get more veggies in. And cutting out the grains and legumes is best for me. Already don't do sugar and processed foods.

Cheese is going to be the tough one!

Ilene
09-17-2011, 03:16 PM
geoblewis :welcome: too.... I love the Whole 30 I did it in January... I lost 4lbs in the 30 days, my downfall were nuts, I'm sure I could've done better without them... I even cut out wine OMG that was the hardest, but being it was just after Christmas it was easy enough... I will do another one in January 2012 becaust our son is getting married in February and I want to look my bestest KWIM ;) ... Good luck with your W30 !

Today has been good so far...

Tazzie
09-18-2011, 08:25 PM
I am really struggling, for some reason I cannot fathom meat just does not agree with me, I have tried low carb before and had to give it up in favor of a vegetarian diet because i feel better eating as a veg, I am still very interested in the anti inflammatory benefits of paleo tho, so I am going to see if I can find a balance that my body can handle, I will still work on being lower carb and eliminating as much refined food as I can (yes I know there is no such thing as a cavevegetarian) all I know is I can't handle feeling this way over the long term :P

Ilene
09-18-2011, 09:36 PM
I am really struggling, for some reason I cannot fathom meat just does not agree with me, I have tried low carb before and had to give it up in favor of a vegetarian diet because i feel better eating as a veg, I am still very interested in the anti inflammatory benefits of paleo tho, so I am going to see if I can find a balance that my body can handle, I will still work on being lower carb and eliminating as much refined food as I can (yes I know there is no such thing as a cavevegetarian) all I know is I can't handle feeling this way over the long term :PIs it the meat or is it the low carb fever some get when they first start low carbing? Hope you find what works for you ....

claire0412
09-19-2011, 11:44 AM
B: berries, tbsp peanut butter, omega 3 seed sprinkles and 4tbsp yoghurt (2% fat)
S: 2 plums, handful of nuts
L: Can of mackerel with spinach salad, 4 sweet potato wedges (night before!), seeds and 1 avocado (calorific, eek) + apple and coffee
S: Peach
D: Chilli (with kidney beans, not sure if I should cut them out...) and sweet potato wedges, side salad with watercress and spinach

Exercise: 45 mins cycling (including hills!)

Ilene
09-19-2011, 12:02 PM
Today so far:

1. egg, flax seed, 4 prunes
2. lg sweet red pepper, small oatmeal raisin cookie :shrug:
3. 4 oz pork chop, cauliflower drizzled w EVOO

emiloots
09-19-2011, 02:32 PM
Howdy ladies - threw a surprise birthday party for my MIL on saturday and my hubby's birthday was yesterday so the food was so so this weekend. Gonna give it a day or two back on my normal diet before I step on the scale.

I actually haven't eaten much at all today because I've been running around, just a latte (non-paleo) and some chicken. Hope everyone has a great day!

Tazzie
09-19-2011, 07:34 PM
Is it the meat or is it the low carb fever some get when they first start low carbing? Hope you find what works for you ....

no I have issues with it even when eating a not low carb diet, I just plain ol feel better eating vegetarian.... maybe I can come up with a new plan PALEOTARAIN :devil:

Ilene
09-19-2011, 07:51 PM
no I have issues with it even when eating a not low carb diet, I just plain ol feel better eating vegetarian.... maybe I can come up with a new plan PALEOTARAIN :devil:I see, well you gotta do what works for you...

Today was a good day... Had leftover pork chops for supper with cauliflower... biked for an hour too, it was so gorgeous here today and they are calling for rain tomorrow, so I took advantage of the sun and went biking :D ...

emiloots
09-20-2011, 01:00 PM
Morning ladies - 175.6 this morning so my weekend wasn't too bad after all. Food's good so far today...

eggs
pulled pork + coleslaw (semi non-paleo)

midwife
09-20-2011, 01:33 PM
What's in the coleslaw, Emi? Also, have to tell you your kids are soooo darn cute!

emiloots
09-20-2011, 01:40 PM
It's just cabbage/carrots mayo, vinegar, salt & pepper. The mayo's not technically Paleo (it's prepared, I don't make my own) but I'm not worrying about it. Thanks - I have to update my pic with all 3 soon :)

midwife
09-20-2011, 01:43 PM
Mmmm....I love coleslaw!!

Yes, we need a picture of your sweet little girl, too!

claire0412
09-20-2011, 01:48 PM
Hi everyone!

Good day today:
B: berries, seeds and yoghurt
S: Coffee x 2 (tired!) and peach
L: Salmon fillet with spinach and watercress salad and 1/2 avocado
S: 2 plums + weeny bit of Green and Blacks Espresso 70% chocolate (yum!)
D: Tamarind beef stir fry, apple and peanut butter.

The food is yummy, I'd be surprised if I lost any weight doing this but I do feel a lot better so bonus!

Ilene
09-20-2011, 05:35 PM
Claire, keep this up and you really should lose weight AND feel better as a bonus...

Today:

1. egg, grnd flax seed, 4 prunes
2. peach, protein powder
3. Dr. Oz green drink, salmon, coleslaw, apple
4. Prime rib 4oz, 1/3 cup wild rice, salad, the rice is not Paleo but I just felt the need for it... the salad had cranberries probably with sugar in them :( but hey :shrug:

Also, had a 50 min run this afternoon and tonight off to the gym :strong:
it's all good....

I've also lost 3 lbs this month :goodscale:

claire0412
09-21-2011, 12:10 PM
Today:

B: Spinach omelette (3 eggs, no milk)
S: peach and coffee (white)
L: Salmon fillet, beetroot (got purple wee from that! Scary!), spinach and avocado, 3 plums, coffee
S: Stewed apples, melon, peanut butter, yoghurt and a few nuts on top
L: Chilli with a very small wholewheat tortilla (not paleo but I have leftover chilli and I couldn't find sweet potatoes in the shop, so it'll have to do), 25g dark chocolate.

Exercise: cycling to and from uni (45mins, with hills). I will start to do more formal exercise soon but i'm still finding my feet with the teacher training course. In October I'll join the gym/start running again :)

midwife
09-21-2011, 02:42 PM
Claire, your food sounds so yummy!!

Today:
one of those fiber bars made with chicory root and oats. :roll: Not great, but I need to go to the store.
BAS with ground beef, some beans, a little cheese, salsa
dinner tbd, probably eggs
e: run at least a mile

claire0412
09-21-2011, 04:25 PM
midwife Thanks! I love cooking but I'm on a limited budget and live on my own so I tend to eat the same things for days on end, see chilli incident! This is a recent thing (quit work to do teacher training and moved back to the UK away from the boyfriend to do so) so I'm still getting used to how much money I should be spending/how I can minimise waste! Fibre bars sound nice, wish we had those here!

claire0412
09-22-2011, 01:06 PM
Bit of an off day today (period is coming, face is greasy, fat day, chocolate cravings!)

B: berries, seeds and yoghurt
S: Peach and coffee
L: Beef stir fry, carrot and coriander soup, banana, dairy milk bar (whoops)
S: Herbal tea and 1/2 melon, loads of nuts (whoops again)
D: Miso soup (technically not Paleo) + spinach omelette, probably a bit more choc because that's the mood I'm in!

Exercise: 50mins cycling

Got a big weekend of hiking and having no control over my food (school trip), so I'll start again on Monday!

Ilene
09-22-2011, 01:13 PM
Hang in there Claire!

Yesterday I had the hungriest day ever, I ate way over 2000 cals, other than the chocolate I ate pretty well ...

Today so far so good...

1. egg
2. orange, protein powder
3. green drink and not sure yet what protein...

No running, no weights today just a relaxing pedicure :D ...

midwife
09-22-2011, 01:25 PM
I'm feeling good!

But, ugh! I need to go to the store and the refrigerator repair guy just informed me that we need to turn off our refrigerator for 48 hrs so he can come fix the fan in the freezer. Sigh. But I just remembered we have DD's dorm size fridge! I'll just shop like French people do!! Paleo French people, that is!

claire0412
09-22-2011, 05:17 PM
So, I did have some more chocolate but I'm hoping that'll be the end of it. Just found out my first placement school is 13km away and the public transport is well expensive, so I am going to take my bike on the train and cycle back. Influenced by my cycle activist boyfriend, I'm embracing the paleo way for exercise too. Down with cars and up with using your body to get places. Wish me luck in the British rain!

Ilene
09-23-2011, 08:21 AM
Yesterday was good food wise, but I drank a bottle of wine throughout the evening :cheers: I don't even get drunk, anymore on a bottle of wine when I sip it slowly within like 5-6 hours ... What a lush?? :shrug: ... I certainly wouldn't drive though :nono: The scale was neutral this morning... I wonder why :doh: ... Today it's a gorgeous day... After work I will go biking to make up for my lack of exercise yesterday...

Ilene
09-23-2011, 08:22 AM
BTW Claire way to go on biking to work :bravo:

midwife
09-23-2011, 01:43 PM
Claire, cycling is a great plan!

Hmm....do you know what happens when you make protein pancakes without eggs?

Nothing good. Blah.

emiloots
09-23-2011, 02:28 PM
Afternoon ladies

Got 'Paleo Comfort Foods' in the mail yesterday so I ended up making fried chicken, sweet potato wedges and asparagus for dinner. The fried chicken was good, hubs didn't even notice that it was made with almond meal instead of flour, kids gobbled it up too :) Doing good today other than a latte (it's friday!)

claire0412
09-26-2011, 05:29 AM
After a carbtastic weekend (we got fed jacket potato and pizza, with a manky bit of iceberg lettuce on Friday night, bleugh), I'm back on the Paleo wagon. Omelette and apple w/ peanut butter for breakfast, sugar snap peas and hummus for lunch. I need to go shopping, hence the peanuts and chickpeas. I can't completely cut them out yet!

Have a good day :)

Ilene
09-26-2011, 08:38 AM
Hi Claire :wave: ... I like that term «carbtastic» :lol: ...

I don't know but my body is weird maybe someone can help me... On the weekend I had a good food day on Friday night, no junk food , I had salad and chicken from a local restaurant and wine... Saturday I had a usual food day, we stayed in on Saturday night, I drank no wine but had some wheat crackers because there was nothing left to eat on Saturday night...On Sunday I ran 5k and biked 15k... My GF and I have this Sunday ritual that we go to Tim Horton's and have a breakfast sandwich and coffee, the breakfast sandwich is a 12 grain bagel with egg and bacon... The rest of the day was very good I had 2 glasses of wine for supper.... everyone else had pie and ice cream I had yogurt... This morning I am up the usually yo-yo 2 lbs from the weekend...

Good grief what am I doing wrong ARGGGH!!!

claire0412
09-27-2011, 12:10 PM
Ilene, I wouldn't worry about the 2lbs, it is probably hormone/water changes!

Today was/will be:
B: Rhubarb with a few seeds/nuts and 3tbsp 2% yoghurt
S: A peach
L: Wholewheat wrap with turkey, sugar snap peas and hummus, banana
S: Apple, 1tbsp peanut butter and 2 handfuls of nuts/dried fruit
D: Salmon fillet, sweet potato wedges and Asian broccoli, 2 squares dark choc and a choc tea

Back on the wagon (except for the wrap) and feeling better about it!

Ilene
09-27-2011, 12:45 PM
Thanks Claire :wave: the scale was nicer this morning :goodscale:

Yesterday was a good food day and exercise I ran and made it to the gym too... It was all good...

Today seems to be going along the same line...

canadianwoman
09-27-2011, 01:21 PM
Hi Claire :wave: ... I like that term «carbtastic» :lol: ...

I don't know but my body is weird maybe someone can help me... On the weekend I had a good food day on Friday night, no junk food , I had salad and chicken from a local restaurant and wine... Saturday I had a usual food day, we stayed in on Saturday night, I drank no wine but had some wheat crackers because there was nothing left to eat on Saturday night...On Sunday I ran 5k and biked 15k... My GF and I have this Sunday ritual that we go to Tim Horton's and have a breakfast sandwich and coffee, the breakfast sandwich is a 12 grain bagel with egg and bacon... The rest of the day was very good I had 2 glasses of wine for supper.... everyone else had pie and ice cream I had yogurt. This morning I am up the usually yo-yo 2 lbs from the weekend...

Good grief what am I doing wrong ARGGGH!!!

I bolded everything you are eating and drinking that is not primal nor paleo.
Going back to strict basics for a few days might help. :)

emiloots
09-28-2011, 05:07 PM
Afternoon ladies -

My supply has been suffering the past few days (I'm nursing) so throwing in a few more carbs to see if it picks back up. Doing OK, had a few hiccups over the weekend and the scale definitely shows it. I've got to find the right balance that keeps my supply up but isn't overdoing it where I stop losing. Hope everyone's doing well!