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Progress Reports & Photos / Weight loss already!
« on: May 16, 2008, 05:52:36 AM »
Brief background - before finding out about this WOE, I had started the gym in February for the spring season.  I also tried to alter my eating habits accordingly.  I used 2x total body workouts with weights per week, using olympic, compound and untilateral explosive dumbbell training.

I also did interval cardio for 1/2 an hour 3-4 times a week.  I started tipping the scales at 320 pounds or so.  That month and a half, I lost pounds to around 305.   Then I plateaued with the start of practice, etc.  I've been at this plateau for a long time. 

Starting this way of life this week has already seen improvements.  The first 2 days on it I was not that full of energy, but the fourth day in I had more energy at practice than I have had in a long time.  I have more energy in the morning and am overall more focused.  Although I'm still eating limited amounts of grains, I cut out dairy and upped my fruit/veggies/fish dramatically. 

The biggest surprise came this morning, however - my weight was at 291.4 #'s.  I fluctuate a lot due to water loss, etc., from workouts but I haven't seen that number in a very long time.  It could also be a little muscle loss because I have not weight trained in about 3+ weeks, but it wouldn't be that drastic because practice includes a lot of burpees (look on crossfit.com = torture), pushups, sprints, body squats, situps, player lifting for line outs, scrums, power jumping, pushing, etc. Basically a total body workout. 

So, sorry for a ramble again but it's just more proof that this was the way we were meant to eat. 

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Food Journals / Eating Paleo at the Pub
« on: May 14, 2008, 05:18:52 AM »
So this week I'm trying to phase out grains in preparation for level 1 entry into a new lifestyle next week.  I "started" Tuesday. 

I'm doing some form of grains in a meal because even though they have been harming my body, it's what it's used to in a sense, and with a big tournament this weekend, I don't want to change my patterns to drastically. 

Tuesday:

Breakfast - apple, banana, strawberries, kiwi and water, coffee at work. 

Snacks - small amount of almonds, smoked salmon, banana

Lunch - sauteed mushrooms, lean pork with olive oil/garlic, steamed broccoli, banana

Dinner -  broiled skinless chicken breast in olive oil, with pepper/garlic.  Steamed broccoli.  Sadly, I couldn't let a small amount of leftover stovetop go to wasted so I ate 1/2 cup of that probably.   

Wednesday:

Breakfast: 2 slices wg toast plain, 3 scrambled omega 3 enriched eggs (no milk added), strawberries and water.  Unfortunately, a small leftover brownie as well.

Snack: apple/small handful of almonds

Lunch - chicken leftovers from tues, steamed broccolli, banana. 

Snack - tuna in water, another apple. 

Dinner - planning on more broiled chicken, and a large spinach salad with tomato, green peppers, onion and a small amount of balsamic vinegar.  Another banana. 

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Introductions / Hoping to free myself
« on: April 29, 2008, 06:27:40 AM »
Hello everyone, just thought I would introduce myself in the hopes that going Paleo will help me once and for all by realigning my diet with what works for the body. 

I'm a 26 year old male, fairly physically active 4-5 days a week either playing upper level division rugby or training for it.  Although I majored in anthropology in college, I picked up a keen interest in nutrition from my professor and took a number of classes.  I'm working toward a personal trainer certification this Summer, but the irony is that it's taken so to realize I'm seemingly a hypocrite.   

I've always been heavily addicted to carbs, mainly pasta, noodles, and pizza of every type.  Beer came with school.  Accompanying that, I've been some form of obese all my life that I can remember, despite playing baseball, football, ultimate frisbee and now rugby (which I love).  Although I've switched to whole grains and try to eat "right" during the week, I always cave a few days per week and splurge on the stuff that gets me into trouble, despite knowing that fact.  Physically, I'm 5'11" and about 300 pounds, having fluctuated between 250 and 300 for most of my life since HS.  My last known lean body mass, however, was 230 pounds.  I put on muscle very easily, and love to exercise. 

However, I've had allergies as far back as I can remember.  Despite going away in school, they've come back in the last 3 years with a vengeance.  Coming with them are periods where I get severe indigestion, hives, and bad intolerance symptoms in general.  Daily doses of antihistamine help, but don't quell everything.  I've had a battery of allergy tests, in addition to bloodwork for celiac's.  All have come back negative, and no one can figure out what substance triggers my symptoms.  Until recently I've consigned myself to keeping the claritin flowing, and that seems to help mostly, except that I am constantly unable to smell due to sinus pressure and am afraid of the next breathing attack if I go off the meds. 

I stumbled across the paleo diet on the internet, and have read a ton of testimonials about how allergies and intolerances have been eased or gone away entirely by taking on this lifestyle.  I've ordered Dr. Cordain's book in the hopes that it will help me get back to par with my goals and help with these health problems that I strongly suspect have come about because of my lifestyle.  I'm tired of wasting $ on marginally controlling drugs and being embarrassed at work and in public because of the allergies.  Hopefully, this is the answer!  If anything, it will only make my current lifestyle that much healthier, so there's nothing to lose at this point. 

Sorry about the long post but I hope the book and this site will help start something new and good - jumping into it cold turkey once I've read the book. 

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