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Introductions / Must Fully Commit in Dallas
« Last post by UrbanPioneer on November 03, 2016, 07:52:02 AM »
Hello,

By way of introduction, 46yo male, 5'10", 180lb, externally would appear mostly healthy with a slight belly. 

Inside though, extremely high triglycerides (previously on meds, but stopped), blood pressure on the verge of being considered high and needing meds, years of acid reflux (on meds), classified as pre-diabetic, joints are aching a lot more these days.  BTW, I greatly dislike taking meds and have kept pushing back on the doctor, except for the acid reflux.

I have subscribed to Mark's Daily Apple, and read several books for the last couple of years and fully get the Paleo path to good health.  I enjoy meats, veggies, fruit, eggs, nuts.  Removed most starches except for the weakness of crackers, potato chips, and other bad snacks.  Bye-bye pasta, hello spiraled zucchini spaghetti -- no problem.  Breakfast and dinner are typically my best meals, very paleo aligned aside from needing to get to grass-fed meats vs. off the shelf grocery store feed-lot meats.

Doesn't sound too bad so far, right. 

Well, my weakness is I love a mixer of vodka and sprite each night.  And sad to say, more than a few.  The grams of sugar are ridiculous.  That leads to the lunch craving for a greasy burger the next day (with bun and greasy fries) or fried wings, or something that is nowhere near paleo.  Snacks will vary from fruit smoothie (good), to potato chips and peanut butter and crackers (SAD).  Then dinner is usually good grilled or baked meat and veggies, with some more vodka and sprite.  And the cycle begins again.

I know WHEN I kick the drinking, my sugar intake will go down significantly and lunch cravings will go away for a healthier option.  Medical issues around triglycerides, pre-diabetes, and inflamed joints will very likely go away.  I am working toward that now.  I am on here to see recipes, workout ideas, and how others have overcome challenges toward having a primal lifestyle.  Perhaps even how to overcome this bad habit of mine.

Thanks for allowing me to join and ironically, putting the above in writing has helped clarify things in my mind and renew why I need to be primal.

BJ
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Diet and nutrition / Re: Sugar cravings/motivation
« Last post by Warren Dew on October 31, 2016, 05:25:22 PM »
Make sure you get enough animal protein.  Fat can also help.
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I know this from personal experience, though regular paleo is pretty good too.
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Diet and nutrition / Re: Surprising health benefits of turmeric?
« Last post by JayJay on October 30, 2016, 08:25:00 PM »
Doesn't do a damned thing for me and the actual science involving clinical trials on humans is still very inconclusive.

https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/turmeric-tasty-in-curry-questionable-as-medicine/
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Diet and nutrition / Sugar cravings/motivation
« Last post by Kitty90 on October 30, 2016, 08:59:22 AM »
Hi I was doing good all summer and the last few months my eating hasent been the best. Mostly due to my sugar cravings. Every night at like 8 pm they kick in. How do I get my willpower and motivation back?  I think I got burned out from dieting for my wedding which is in 3 weeks!
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The diet was originally developed for childhood epilepsy a century ago and is now studied to treat migraines.
Before the ketogenic diet became the latest low-carb diet trend, it was used to treat childhood epilepsy. Doctors had observed that fasting reduced the amount of seizures, and eating mainly fat and little else mimicked the effect of starvation in the brain. In recent years, researchers have made similar positive observations with migraines. Cherubino Di Lorenzo studies the effect of a ketogenic diet on migraine patients and, in his latest paper, their brains at the Sapienza University of Rome.

https://www.researchgate.net/blog/post/less-carbs-more-fat-ketogenic-diet-treats-migraine-patients
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Diet and nutrition / Surprising health benefits of turmeric?
« Last post by KetoCarol on October 26, 2016, 03:47:02 PM »
I never knew that turmeric is such a healthy spice...
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Research / Wheat proteins may cause inflammation beyond the gut
« Last post by Eric on October 26, 2016, 01:38:39 PM »
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New research reveals that a family of proteins in wheat may be responsible for activating inflammation in chronic health conditions such as multiple sclerosis, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis. Scientists discovered that the proteins might also contribute to the development of non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/313514.php
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Recipes and meal photos / Paleo pumpkin pie (or sweet potato pie) recipe
« Last post by Eric on October 20, 2016, 05:02:40 PM »
Can mix/exchange smooth pumpkin or sweet potato for filling

Ingredients

Crust:

    1 cup pecans;
    1/2 cup hazelnuts;
    4 tbsp butter, ghee or coconut oil (room temperature);
    A pinch of sea salt;

Filling:

    1 can fresh or canned pumpkin puree (about 1 ¾ cups);
    2 eggs;
    1/2 cup local raw honey;
    1/2 cup coconut milk;
    2 tsp cinnamon;
    1/4 tsp ground cloves;
    1/4 tsp fresh grated ginger;

Preparation

    Preheat your oven to 350 F.
    Process the nuts in a food processor to almost a flour consistency. Be careful not to process too much or you’ll get a butter instead.
    In a bowl, mix the ground nuts with the butter or coconut oil and then spread the crust mixture in a pie pan and bake for 10 minutes.
    While the crust bakes, mix all the filling ingredients together in a bowl.
    Add the filling evenly on the baked crust and bake for an additional 45 minutes.

Courtesy http://paleoleap.com/paleo-thanksgiving-recipes/#s10
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Progress Reports & Photos / Re: A funny progress picture
« Last post by Warren Dew on October 16, 2016, 06:31:35 PM »
Nice!
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