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Food Journals / SarahQ's food diary
« on: July 26, 2011, 12:29:48 PM »
I began Primal eating 9 days ago but did not keep a record of what I ate until now.  I have lost 6.5lbs since stopping grains, sugar and processed foods.  Apart from some lethargy in the mornings and one morning where I was sick after getting out of bed, it has all gone well.  That is until this week when I have had a lot of gas  :-[ and heartburn so hopefully a diary/journal from now on might help point out the culprit?

This was yesterday
B:  2 egg omelet with spinach and fried mushrooms.  Used coconut oil to fry. small coffee with coconut milk,  very watered down peach juice
snack: handful of macadamia nuts,  green tea
L: shrimp and avocado salad. Redbush tea
snack:  almonds and an apple, water
D: steak and fried onions cooked in coconut oil and butter, large salad (beetroot, mache/lambs lettuce and cucumber) balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing, half a glass of red wine,  water.  Heartburn started about an hr later.
late night snack of 2 squares 85% dark chocolate


Someone has suggested that coconut products might be causing the heartburn etc so I avoided it today, which is why I had a little bit of real dairy  :P
Today
B: two rashers bacon ( I cooked 3 but could only eat 2), boiled egg, green tea
Snack: small handful of mixed nuts/berries.  coffee with dash of milk :-[
L: steak, mushrooms and salad (I don't normally eat steak two days in a row but it was left from yesterday).  water
heartburn and gas started after lunch
snack:  fennel tea,  handful of blackberries with one dessert spoon of full fat greek yogurt
D: I have just returned from a "marche gourmande" which is a food market where you can choose whatever you like to eat. I had (very) diluted peach juice, 5 jumbo prawns with avocado and lettuce, duck liver pate, mache, onions, one cherry tomato.

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Diet and nutrition / Is red wine causing my heartburn?
« on: July 25, 2011, 01:15:26 PM »
I have never had heartburn in my life before, not even when pregnant and yet I have had it twice this week.  It happens in the evening, about an hour after my evening meal and starts with a fist-sized ache in my stomach and radiates upwards to my throat. The discomfort and burning then remains at the base of my neck (thyroid area) until I fall asleep hours later.  I also have lots of gas (both ends)  :-[   which is unusual for me too!  :(
I have been following a Paleo diet for nearly 10 days with very little cheating except for half a glass of wine 2 days ago and then again tonight.  Red wine has never been a problem for me before, so why should it be now?
The only thing I have actively added to my diet has been coconut oil and milk.  Other than that I have of course eliminated grains, pulses, potatoes and sugar.  The only fruit I have had today has been an apple at lunchtime.

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Diet and nutrition / Please clarify Legumes for me
« on: July 20, 2011, 02:41:28 PM »
Please forgive my ignorance!  I am English, living in France, and am not quite sure what the American definition of a legume is?  I assume that it means pulses/beans, but since "Legume" means vegetable in French it is slightly confusing.  Plus, are all beans in this no-no category?  does it include lentils?  runner beans? mange tout? broad beans? 
What about green garden peas?  those that you can eat raw straight out of the pod?

thank you

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Hello,
My name is Sarah and I live with my family in SW France.  I am 41yrs old and have a husband and 4 children ranging from 14yrs down to 2yrs.

At the time of writing I am on day 5 of starting to eat the Paleo diet.  In all honesty it is not as difficult as I imagined it to be when I first heard of it a year ago.  I thought I would find it impossible to give up bread, cakes, rice, pasta etc but nope - it's been OK  :D
Yes it is hard to still be shopping for and cooking all of those things for everyone else - the temptations are all around me  :(   I may need support from you guys later on if I waver!

I am currently nearly 2 stone overweight and have many health niggles:  poor posture, painful knees, skin problems, bloating, fatigue, mood swings, low oestrogen levels and osteopenia.  I am fervently hoping that this diet and lifestyle will help with some of these issues and help me to be a more active parent and partner.  Turning 40 really saw the weight go on :(  and it has settled in different places to where it used to go!  now I am more bottom heavy than the hour-glass I used to be and I hate having to buy bigger clothes!  So now it is all going to change  ;D    I have lost 2lbs in the last 5 days and have been feeling very positive.  There have been some minor wobbles with weakness and nausea in the mornings but I am OK after breakfast. 

Hello to you all and I look forward to browsing this forum and sharing it with you  8)

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