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Miscellaneous / Work Competition
« on: January 31, 2011, 05:19:28 AM »
My office likes to have health competitions.
Usually they're interesting - every 5 flights of stairs you walk up, you get one entry into the weekly drawing.  Every 5 servings of fruit you eat, you get one entry into the weekly drawing.

But they just started a new "eat healthy" campaign - each day that you eat at least 5 servings of grain, you get an entry into the weekly drawing  >:(

Does anyone else get really angry when you see stuff like this being promoted?

Diet and nutrition / Another one for the cavewomen
« on: January 28, 2011, 04:20:45 PM »
I have a question related to the other thread, but different enough I thought it deserved a place of its own.

In my pre-Paleo days, during PMS (generally 2-3 days prior to menstruating) I would crave all kinds of junk food - pizza, potato chips, chocolate.  And I had no willpower, so would have plenty of each.

So now I'm on three weeks Paleo.  For three weeks I was quite strict (an occasional bit of goat cheese as a cheat, but that was it), and also low carb (first week at <85g, next two weeks at <50g).

But now I'm coming up on my first Paleo experience with PMS, and while the potato chips sound disgusting, pizza has been occasionally crossing my mind, and chocolate has been way too prevalent in my thoughts.
Today I couldn't resist, got a thing of individually wrapped small chocolates - only 5g carbs each.  But I've had 7 of them so far today, and am not sure I can stop there :(

Any tips for dealing with PMS cravings?

Introductions / Week One successful
« on: January 17, 2011, 06:52:14 AM »
Hi all,
Been reading these forums a lot over the past week.  I started paleo a week ago (I do admit to an occasional cheat with goat cheese, but otherwise I've stuck to it).  I had a horrible headache two days in, had to go home sick from work.  I've been generally fatigued through yesterday.  But today I feel completely different - no fatigue, no headaches, more energy.  Not quite back to the energy level I had with an almost constant sugar intake, but a noticeable improvement from the past week.

I need to lose weight, but was attracted to this strictly because it's NOT a weight loss diet (you can lose weight on it, but that's not the goal).  Even when I was temporarily semi-successful on other diets, I never understood the "what next" part - once you reach a healthy weight, what happens?  With paleo it's a lifestyle, so I know exactly what comes "next" - more of the same!
And I used to be a firm believer in calories in/calories out.  When I was "dieting" I was happy eating 3 Snickers bars, as long as I cut back everything else, feeling that I was doing good.  Needless to say, it didn't work.

So first week paleo, I have so far had zero cravings, which is so odd for me because prior to starting it I could barely make it half a day without chocolate.  I suppose they might come back later, when the newness wears off, but for now it's fine.  Mashed potatoes used to be my other major weakness, and so far no cravings for that, either.

My biggest challenge has been the cooking.  I have never done much cooking before (sure, I knew how to make a "great" frozen pizza.  I could even do a decent spaghetti), and a couple times this week I've had to throw out dinner due to royally screwing it up.  But I guess that's how I learn - and I probably need to start with more simple dishes until I get the hang of it.  I'm looking for some cooking classes, but it's really difficult to find any that don't incorporate pasta or breads into the class.

One of my other challenges has been eating enough.  Sounds funny for someone working on weight loss, but I am still tracking my diet and try to keep a minimum daily calorie intake of 1200.  I've been struggling to reach that simply because I'm not hungry.  But I also think staying under that a couple times (around 800) contributed to my first-week fatigue.  So I've started forcing myself over 1200 calories/day even if I don't feel like it.

Today I am finally going through the fridge and pantry and throwing out everything non-paleo.  I have to admit, I feel a lot of guilt throwing out perfectly good "food" (no longer food to me, but still food to a large portion of the people out there).
But once that's done, I'll feel better with no temptations around, and more space to hold my real food!

Anyway, just wanted to say hi, and let you know I'm here reading away.  Enjoying all the great information here.

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