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  • #91
    1. The toughest one for me was "Getting that darned CW out of my head". At 54 I've been listening to this Calories in Calories out, low fat, whole wheat garbage my whole adult life.

    2. Breads and Cereals, It took a while to stop craving these, but I just stuck to it and now the cravings are 100% gone.

    3. Heavy Lifting, I lifted weights for years and I burned out on it. I HATE lifting weights, it's just plain ole boring. I am a very fit martial artist and train 5-6 days a week. I can run circles around people half my age. We do great full body workouts, but I know I need to do more heavy lifting to keep from losing muscle mass. I think part of this is because after lifting for many years and being on a CW diet it never really worked. The one pound a year weight gain still came and I was working my tail off in the weight room so I just burned out from the battle. I have begun and little more body weight training, so I haven't given up on it yet.


    • #92
      My top three challenges... hm.

      01) Giving up bread, pastas, etc - basically, I had to completely change the way I eat. I've got it down now, but I was used to eating sandwiches at least once a day. A lot of my favorite foods went by the way side, including a lot of family traditions & ethnic favorites. When you've grown up on dumplings & perogies, it's sad to see them go.

      02) Finding substitutes, & affording them - I don't like near a Whole Foods or a Trader Joes, so a lot of products people suggest aren't available. There aren't any local butchers or ethnic markets, so getting different cuts of meat including organs is nearly impossible, & grassfed meat just isn't around. Yeah, I know that I could buy a side of beef, but I can't afford that. We live on a very limited income, paycheck to paycheck, in a dying rustbelt city. Luckily, I've found a farm market to get decent prices on produce, & I've found a good dozen or so foods I can make that we both enjoy.

      03) Living with a picky eater - I'm definitely a foodie & willing to try nearly everything. My husband, however, is definitely not. When I met him, he was, as he put it, a "connoisseur of canned Italian cuisine." Thankfully, he made the switch with me & now fully appreciates the better food he eats, but he doesn't like much. No pork, aside from bacon. Not a huge fan of eggs. No dark meat poultry. No steak. Very few veggies, although to be fair he has a difficult time with a lot of them, experiencing gas or heartburn when eating them. There's no way he'll eat lamb, fish, shellfish, bison... you get the idea. Luckily, he enjoys nuts, so he snacks on those from time to time. This issue, coupled with #2, definitely made this switch daunting at first. But it's been nearly a year, & I think we're doing just fine. I know we both have far more energy, fewer headaches (my migraines have disappeared), less joint pain, & we just plain feel better. Thanks Mark!
      And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the wind longs to play with your hair
      Kahlil Gibran


      • #93
        1. breakfast
        2. breakfast
        3. breakfast

        I have a list of 100 other things I find hard, from eating with friends to exercising, which are probably more significant in terms of weight and health and fitness.

        But the breakfast thing drives me to distraction on a regular basis and for some reason looms largest in my mind.


        • #94
          1. I miss my oatmeal/muscle milk combo like no other
          2. Finding the best stuff to eat to replace my former staples of whole wheat pasta, rice, legumes (don't miss the gas tho :-D)
          3. Cost, it's spendy to eat all this meat


          • #95
            Originally posted by forsbd View Post
            1. I miss my oatmeal/muscle milk combo like no other
            2. Finding the best stuff to eat to replace my former staples of whole wheat pasta, rice, legumes (don't miss the gas tho :-D)
            3. Cost, it's spendy to eat all this meat
            How about going to costco and getting a "log" of ribeyes for a couple bucks per pound?

            edit: forgot they weren't grassfed...


            • #96
              I must say that I have taken to PB with relative ease. I was planning to ease into it but the results after a few days were so dramatic that I went in to a pantry cleaning frenzy the first week. I will reiterate a couple of things already mentioned:

              1. The cost of grassfed beef (and dubious provenance where available). I ain't paying $20/pound for steak at Wholefoods when the weasel words indicate it was probably "grain finished." I have yet to get my mind around having to have meat shipped and the cowshares within driving distance are apparently sold out.

              2. Embracing the fat. The low-fat part of CW sticks the most. I'm coming around slowly but surely.

              3. I am seldom hungry. Good in that the weight is just falling off (maybe the body is desiring to burn those stores?) but I am concerned about eating enough while working out.

              Let me take a moment to thank you for maintaining this site. I did read the book first but I am finding a wealth of practical information here. And for everything else. I just stumbled on the book, probably through some tangential Google search, and while you might not be the only proponent of the lifestyle you are the one I found first. After years of searching and trying different things it is such a relief to realize that it wasn't some failing on my part that I was unable to control my weight sufficient to avoid the fate of seemingly all of my family members. For this I cannot say thanks enough.
              Wheat is the new tobacco. Spread the word.


              • #97
                1. People.
                I forgot the white potatoes in a meal prepared for 25 people, and you would have thought I was trying to kill everyone. Because, as you know, preparing a meal for 25 people who are all sitting expecting the food fairy to magically visit the house is so easy, and forgetting potatoes because you don't think about them anymore means you are trying to poison them all. The complaining was outlandish.
                More importantly is feeding the people in my family. We are overscheduled this fall and I hate not having the go-to options I had before. And I hate that if I falter even a little bit in my planning its a big deal. I used to be able to say "whoops, we'll have to eat out tonight," with minimal consequence. There are days I really miss the ease of fast food.

                2. Time. This way of life requires a lot more time commitment. Its hard for me to find time to plan meals, exercise, and shop. I feel like I spend a lot of time looking for recipes to make that will appeal to my family, and shopping for the food to make those recipes. The time to exercise is hard to find without cutting into sleep. But that's a general complaint for any way of life I suppose.

                3. Jealousy and insecurity. My husband doesn't "follow the rules" very well, but he's looking great and losing weight so fast. I'm thrilled for him and his health, but I am jealous. I feel like I put all of this time into making sure the family is healthier but I'm the one who isn't reaping as many benefits. That might not be a PB problem but its one of my top 3.


                • #98
                  1. celebrations/special events. "It's his 50th birthday - that will never happen again. Don't you want to share some cake?" "It's my first baby shower, have some cake." "I made these brownies special for today. They're your favorites!" "Her boyfriend dumped her and we're all going on a drinking/eating binge. Show your love by joining us!" "It's Halloween! You're allowed to eat candy today!" "It's Thanksgiving!" "It's Christmas!" "It's Tuesday!" I swear if I made an exception to healthy eating for each celebration, it would be closer to 10-90 than 80-20. And each event has a different suite of people pressuring...

                  2. My young relatives. My nieces and nephews are like children everywhere. I don't get to control the foods that set their palates, so my deserts are never sweet enough and my dinners I serve are always protested.

                  3. tortilla chips. I miss very much. I love their delicate crunch, their salty flavor, and their incomparable skill in carrying loads of salsa, sour cream and queso to my mouth.


                  • #99
                    1. Giving up breakfast cereal and oatmeal. It was always so easy and convenient to grab a bowl of bran flakes (because you need the fiber, right? ;-) ) or Apple Jacks
                    2. The cost of grass fed meat. I've only had it a couple of times because it's very pricey and it's hard to find.
                    3. Going primal when the rest of the family isn't. I'm always eating something different from the rest of the family, which can be hard. In addition, having a wife who loves to bake and has cookies, brownies, etc, around all the time for the kids can be a huge challenge.


                    • 1. The breakfast conundrum. I was a major cereal eater.
                      2. Caffeine - coffee and diet soda.
                      3. Cost - organic or grass fed/finished meats are cost-prohibitive. I do the best I can with what I have.
                      "I don't want to die without any scars."
                      Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club)

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                      • Originally posted by sharonss View Post
                        1. The breakfast conundrum. I was a major cereal eater.
                        2. Caffeine - coffee and diet soda.
                        3. Cost - organic or grass fed/finished meats are cost-prohibitive. I do the best I can with what I have.
                        You can drink coffee on PB, you know.
                        If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least and this (personal fave):


                        • i have to say it really hasn't been much of a challenge.

                          a lot of people mention the cost of food. my husband and i were buying organic, grass fed, and raw (milk) for years before going primal. this is because of our values in this regard. we actually paid more per month in food than we did in housing. but we consider food to be an investment in ourselves, our health, and we also want to support those farms and farmers who are providing the food that is healthiest for us, and we also believe that it is the best care for the animals and the planet--so holding these values, we transitioned to organic/what not years and years ago.

                          so, when we went primal, we actually *saved* money because we weren't spending $56 a month on sprouted, whole-grain, locally made sour dough bread. we aren't spending money on beans, rice, quinoa, pasta, polenta, tortillas, or other grain-y things--which saves us another $60-ish per month (depending upon the month, the prices, etc). we don't eat as many nuts as before, so we cut back on that spending (negligible). we were able to turn that around and buy a freezer and spend the rest on buying more variety of meats and fresh veggies.

                          no one cares what we eat, so that's no big deal. we have always been weirdos with food, so people tend not to notice. also, tons of people here in NZ are gluten free or dairy free or both (and some vegan too), and so it's not at all unusual for people to have weird diets.

                          what i really like about PB is that it is really about living well. so, you have the occasional cake/wine/pie/coffee whatever is off the diet. we've had two meals made by friends that are off PB, but it's not really like we 'fell off the wagon" and we physically don't feel bad for it either, and it's flexible in that way. works out well for us.

                          i would say the toughest challenge was in buying a new appliance. two new appliances--the crock pot and the freezer. i'm not big on appliances, and i try to use very little electricity. a freezer is a monster. but, i want to save money on meat by ordering frm the farm, which i can only do if i order 15 kg, or 5 weeks worth of meat. our fridge/freezer is too small for that much meat.


                          • 1.) Sugar.
                            I have noticed that my tastes are changing drastically. I was really hungry at work the other day and found some M&Ms. "oooohhh, I'll save these for later" I thought. But I tried one and I didn't like it. It was so fake tasting! Like, I could taste the plastic bag it was in and the coloring. Gross. I didn't finish them.
                            2.) Getting used to listening to my body.
                            I've struggled with eating my entire life. Both sides of my family does, in fact, so eating and food and size and being thin are HUGE GIANT ISSUES that trump anything else anywhere ever. It took me about a month to really notice the changes in my body. I am finding my body speaking up when I'm making food. When making bacon it usually tells me to eat 5. I'm so used to WANTING MORE FOOD all the time that I usually make and eat more. But the first time I distinctly heard myself want less food or want to stop eating even when I had more in front of me was such a revelation. It was awesome.
                            3.) Exercising and sleep.
                            These kind of go hand in hand for me. I have 2 jobs so I don't get nearly enough sleep. (I never get more than 5-7 hrs during the week) And exercising is usually done at the expense of sleep. But its also a struggle I have with myself to take better care of me. Eating healthy and exercising is a struggle period. Less of one now but its still there.
                            January 14th-306.2
                            January 21st, lost 2" off my waist.
                            January 30th-300.2

                            Come to the edge she said.
                            No, I'll fall.
                            Come to the edge.
                            No, it's too high.
                            Come to the edge.
                            I came
                            She pushed
                            And I flew