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  • I read several pages of this thread and now am ready to post. I want to read the whole thread but at 182 pages, it's going to take a while. lol. I am 41 years old, have a female life partner, no kids. I am currently reducing my psychotropic medication and started seeing a holistic doctor as a part of my effort to live a healthier life mentally and physically. I was vegan for about 5 years and fought with some really bad sugar cravings. I basically gave in all the time because I felt that I couldn't do otherwise. Since going primal about 3 months ago, my cravings are basically limited to about a week before I start my menses (and I tend to ovulate around day 20 of my cycle so the craving start shortly thereafter. I am doing better but am definitely eating too much sugar. I am overweight. About 230 pounds, 5'9 1/2", small frame. I am really sick of being overweight. I was thin my whole life and used to be a fashion model in my teens and twenties. Then I started the psychotropic medications and gained 100 pounds that year (I was 26). It has never come off. Mostly I felt defeated with the cravings and gave in all the time. Since going primal, I definitely feel more in control. Thankfully, I am in good health (except for mental health and being overweight). I have not suffered any serious consequences for my diet and lifestyle habits.

    I thought being vegan was a really good thing until I started reading about the primal/paleo lifestyle. I feel so much better now, no longer get shaky and stuff from not eating every couple of hours. I have lost about 1.5 inches around my abdomen (where I tend to carry most of my weight) and feel really better. I still have issues with the cravings like I said, right around my menses. I am not sure what to do about that. Any advice is appreciated.

    I have been focusing a lot on diet since going primal 3 months ago but haven't done much of the exercise portion. I have been focusing on increasing my daily activity for about 2 weeks and that is going well. It's amazing how much differently you feel just by moving around more. 15 minute walks, trips up the stairs at work, and parking farther away from the door. I bought some kettlebells and dvds but haven't used them much. I have scoped out places to do some sprinting but haven't done it yet. It's a bit of a slow journey for me but one worthwhile for the long term. For the first 2 months of eating primal, I noticed a big reduction in my energy level so I thought that I had better just get used to the diet and not knock myself out with exercise. I think it was a good choice. My energy levels are returning to "normal" and I am ready for living more primally with the exercise.

    Also, I am more than 75% barefoot right now. This is one of the best parts of reading Mark's book. I have discovered barefoot shoes and am getting educated regarding living barefoot. I have always loved going barefoot and thought it wasn't good for my feet. I did it anyway because I love being barefoot. Little did I know about a whole movement of going barefoot. So, I am experimenting with barefoot shoes right now for work and wear my 5Fingers a lot at home. I love taking my morning walks in my 5 fingers here in Michigan. Especially in the rain. I'm spending more time outside and getting fresh air into our house instead of leaving the air on all the time.

    I am new to this forum. I introduced myself in Introductions and didn't get a single welcome. I almost left the forum until I found this thread. I thought I'd give connecting here another try. Pleased to be here and read all of your responses.
    "I came to live out loud!" -Emile Zola


    • Welcome, Tandy!

      I remember Mark having a question about that and his response was that it seemed around that time of the month, our muscles more readily store glycogen so that may be a part of the craving?

      I'm sure more folks will have answers. Glad to see you're enjoying having gone primal.

      Oh, and be sure to check out the journals subforum and maybe start your own.
      "The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love and something to hope for." - Allan K. Chalmers (1759-1834)


      • Hi Tandy,

        I think it's good to start with the diet first and slowly move into the exercise as you feel your energy increase. For the first 6 months or so I just walked. I've been primal for 3 yrs and now I do a variety of things, (I used Mark's Primal Fitness to start) mostly bodyweight exercises, walking and occasional sprinting. I'm just about turn 53 and I've never been stronger.

        As far as treats go, I do sometimes have them, I just make them primal, like dark chocolate with almond butter. I tend to do things gradually and I don't do well with restrictions. Since this is they way I eat now I have to make it doable for the long term.
        Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.


        • Thanks for the welcome! I will definitely check out the journal.
          "I came to live out loud!" -Emile Zola


          • Hi, ladies! Just discovered this thread and wanted to introduce myself.
            I'm P (29), my partner is J (28) and our toddlers are 3 1/2 and 15 m. Primal makes sense to us, and I am hoping that it will help me to manage BED and depression.

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