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  • She-Groks Only.......... cuz it works different for us

    Ladies.......... I'm getting frustrated looking through all these posts and finding 80% are from and about men. I want to start a thread just for us girls. We can post things here that are relevant to living primal from a female point of view.

    So --- if you're interested, post some basic info about you and your experience with the PB.

    Heres me: I'm 51 - married. One child, now 25, boy. Have struggled with weight issues for 10 years after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Gained 75 pounds over 6 years. I currently have 55 pounds to lose. But I'm not doing this just for the weight loss -- the change in my eating habits has greatly reduced my fibromyalgia symptoms and I'm feeling better than I have in 10 years! Energy, stamina, emotional outlook, and sleep are all better.

    A typical daily diet is: 2 eggs and 2 or 3 strips of bacon for breakfast, lunch if I'm hungry is a green salad or whatever meat I have left over in the fridge, and dinner is always a meat or fish with lots of veggies. I limit my fruit and starchy vegies as much as possible. On occasion I will eat a Clif bar if I'm in a bind for time. I think I'm averaging about 50 carbs a day.

    Since starting paleo/primal in late October I've lost 10 pounds. I would be more but I sometimes have a few rum and diet cokes on the weekends, and that always puts a stall on my weight loss. I've also gone from not being able to walk more than a few blocks due to the fibro pain and fatigue to walking an easy 20 minute mile several times a week. I'm looking forward to Spring and I will up that to 2 miles!

    OK --- your turn.
    1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
    2. Eat to heal
    3. Move to live
    4. Embrace today
    5. Live with intention
    6. Respect my body
    7. Cultivate joy
    8. Find my passion
    9. Meditate on peace in my soul

  • #2
    The problem with the "ladies post your experiences in THIS ONE THREAD" is that doing so, by default, precludes activity from flourishing in the forum. You'll find that threads by women are all over the various sub-fora. Your thread regarding "basic info about you and your experience with the PB" is already met by the Meet and Greet forum (basic info) and "experience with PB" is met by various posts in the Nutrition, Fitness, Recipes, Odds & Ends, and particularly the Journals sub-fora, which is where you'll find many day-to-day experiences by men and women (but from my experience, women tend to keep it going longer than men).

    It also makes fishing through one thread for one particular issue that may be raised a bit cumbersome.
    Are you a college student, trying to navigate college while being Primal? Do you know any other PB college students on a tight budget? Heck, for that matter, are YOU trying to live Primal on a budget? Enroll at Primal University!

    For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either.
    -- Blaise Pascal

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    • #3
      Just a thought.......... sorry you don't think its necessary or relevant.
      1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
      2. Eat to heal
      3. Move to live
      4. Embrace today
      5. Live with intention
      6. Respect my body
      7. Cultivate joy
      8. Find my passion
      9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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      • #4
        i think men lose weight way faster so it can be a little discouraging for the women when it goes a little slower! i know it does for me sometimes.
        I'm too stubborn to give up so I keep on trying.

        You're never going to get to the top of the stairs if you don't walk up them.

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        • #5
          There are threads out there for women over 50 as well - I enjoy reading all the posts, I have found a wealth of information in doing so!!
          Me, I'm 52 - I have had the best results with IF daily, increasing my protein and lifting weights. I didn't start with the IF daily till I was set in my primal lifestyle.

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          • #6
            I've just been reading about the Leptin Reset............ I think I'm gonna try it. All this time I thought I was doing well with the eggs and bacon for breakfast, but looking at the protein content of both tells me I'm not doing well at all. Total protein is around 5 grams! If I figured it right. So, this morning I ate a left over grass-fed beef patty. Yum! Carbs are already down around 50 per day, so that shouldn't be a problem. I also do the IF, but don't plan it. I just try to not eat until I'm hungry again. I think maybe the idea behind the IF is to restrict food intake even if you are hungry. What do you think? I used to do that when I was a teen and I always stayed thin!
            1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
            2. Eat to heal
            3. Move to live
            4. Embrace today
            5. Live with intention
            6. Respect my body
            7. Cultivate joy
            8. Find my passion
            9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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            • #7
              I'm almost 55. I have cerebral palsy, hypothyroidism and osteoarthritis that ranges from mild to bone on bone. I am still perimenopausal.

              I have lost 50+ lbs and kept it off for almost 2 years. I began my journey on low carb and then transitioned to primal in 2010.

              I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia several years ago. For me, it was undertreated thyroid issues. Since getting adequate thyroid med along with adequate vitamin D and ferritin levels, my fibro issues have resolved.

              You might find this thread useful:
              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread19095.html

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              • #8
                My name is Amber and I'm 24! I live with my boyfriend and we have two kittens :3

                I've been flirting with the Primal Blueprint for a while now. I've been seriously primal the last two days (yesterday and today) because I started the Whole30 challenge. I'm working on kicking my sugar addiction and Starbucks habit. I figured I could use a good whole food cleanse to start off with. Also, I'm absolutely afraid of Christmas and New Years. I think this will keep me in check and carry me through both.

                I thought about giving the Leptin Reset a try, but I don't know that I can eat that much protein in one sitting. According to Mercola and his "Nutritional Typing" test, I am a mixed type. I gave it a lot of thought and I feel that it's right for me. I think that a protein type would be able to breeze through the Leptin Reset, but not me. I brought two organic burger patties to work with me today with veggies. I'm trying to finish it all, but I think my stomach is about to burst :P

                That saying, I can't imagine trying to eat so much in the morning. I usually eat two eggs and that's it because I get pretty nauseous in the mornings. I have my snack two hours later which is usually a whole avocado with berries and full-fat coconut milk.

                I will do an IF to save money, but not for health reasons. Sometimes it's just cheaper to not eat dinner, and if I'm not feeling hungry or hungry enough, there's no point to it. I'm also guilty of fasting because I'm sometimes lazy and just don't want to cook.

                I used to fast after I ate a lot of sugar. If I binged on ice cream or frappuccinos, I wouldn't eat until the morning of the next day. Usually it was because I was feeling gross and sick after, but also because I worried about piling more calories on top of the giant amount I had already consumed.

                I think I have about 40 lbs to lose, but I'm not sure. I'm 160 lbs and 5'2" and I'm not entirely sure what my ideal weight would look like. I used to be 205 lbs back in the day. I lost 45 lbs by counting calories and using conventional wisdom. I haven't experienced any recent weight loss, but that's probably because I've only been doing this strictly for two days :)
                **Food and Meows**

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                • #9
                  I'm 35, mother on one 3 yr old boy, who family is primal. no major health issues.

                  dropped from about 23% body fat to about 18% in a matter of weeks, probably loosing about 5-7 lbs in the process. then have maintained from there.

                  I think it is different for peri/menopausal women, and anyone going through the healing of metabolic derangement.

                  I'll point out the obvious, too -- fibromyalgia is usually a syndrome X diagnosis. cut out all chemicals (e.g., rum/diet coke), and you'll see huge improvements as well (rum, fine; diet coke, chemicals).

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                  • #10
                    Nothing different here from men...I lost the extra weight super fast, faster than my husband.
                    I think most women are held up by hormones, the monthly cycles, then pre-menopausal etc...men don't have to deal with any of this because for them it's a gradual decline later in life, they don't get hit hard with it like us girls.

                    With that said, women tend to eat more fruit and starches because of monthly cravings...men tend to be more dedicated and strict.

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                    • #11
                      I thought it seemed like there were a lot of women here!

                      Some of the men can come off as know-it-alls, especially if they are younger. They seem to think because it's so easy for them, we women have to be lacking discipline.

                      I'm 46, somewhere around 150lbs but have no idea really, 5'3". I hike a lot. I really like it. It's good for combating nature deficit disorder. I try to get out in nature every day, even if it's just a little walk around campus or on the beach. Today the tide was the lowest I've ever seen it so I walked on the beach looking for shells and rocks.

                      I've been doing the low-carb version of this (using the guidelines from archevore.com or Protein Power or Andreas Eenfeldt's dietdoctor.com website). I realize it's not exactly the primal blueprint, but it sure seems to me they're all saying basically the same thing. Stay under the carb curve. Eat real food. No grains, no seed oils, etc. Even when I've poked around Mark's blog posts he consistently seems to recommend a low-carb approach. People on the forums here seem to think otherwise. I haven't read his book so I'm not sure. Anyway, low carb works for me even if it doesn't seem to give me the stellar effortless amazing weight loss I'd hoped for.

                      I really wish wine worked better with this diet.
                      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                        Some of the men can come off as know-it-alls, especially if they are younger. They seem to think because it's so easy for them, we women have to be lacking discipline.

                        I've been doing the low-carb version of this (using the guidelines from archevore.com or Protein Power or Andreas Eenfeldt's dietdoctor.com website). I realize it's not exactly the primal blueprint, but it sure seems to me they're all saying basically the same thing. Stay under the carb curve. Eat real food. No grains, no seed oils, etc. Even when I've poked around Mark's blog posts he consistently seems to recommend a low-carb approach. People on the forums here seem to think otherwise. I haven't read his book so I'm not sure. Anyway, low carb works for me even if it doesn't seem to give me the stellar effortless amazing weight loss I'd hoped for.

                        I really wish wine worked better with this diet.
                        Hehehehehe.... You noticed that too. Twenty something bodybuilders telling a post menopausal woman just what she ought to do is not very helpful.

                        I really respect Kurt Harris at the Archevore site. His way of putting things makes a lot of sense to me.

                        re wine, you and me both, sister. To lose the last 5-10 lbs, I had to cork it completely. Hopefully if I maintain here long enough then I will be able to indulge without blowing it but I'm not there yet.

                        That's another thing. I think men's bodies deal differently with a cheat item than women's. Not as much of a derailment for them.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                          Some of the men can come off as know-it-alls, especially if they are younger.
                          Really, you think, lol? There are some really great guys on this forum, really helpful, but the assholes tend to behave like what they are. Very consistently and very, very tenaciously. They give the good guys a bad name.

                          I just turned 40, 5'2" and between 130 and 135#, depending on the TOM. I went primal in March, and I'm loving how it makes me feel. I don't know what my body fat was when I started, but it's around 18% now, a figure I'm happy with. At least for now.

                          I don't consciously low carb, although my average carb intake is always much lower than the typical SAD. I think it's just part of this WOL. If you don't eat grains or sugar, and fill up on protein and veggies, I don't see a way you can eat a ton of carbs, unless you eat fruit all the time. Or drink wine, lol. I love wine, but my husband doesn't; I don't see the sense of buying an entire bottle just for me, so I only drink it infrequently. Probably good for keeping my carbs down, lol.

                          I've been criticized ad nauseum on this forum for belonging to a gym. Some (childless, probably in their early 20's) guys do not seem to understand that, when you have small children to care for, you can't just put them on a leash and go for a hike. Caring for my daughters is my job right now, so if I need a gym with daycare to fit a workout into my day, it's better that than not working out. I have no idea why what I spend my money on is any of their business, anyway, but I guess if they're really all that concerned about my finances, I wish they'd help me balance my checkbook.

                          I think having an all-chick thread is a great idea. Those who don't like the idea don't have to post here, and everyone should be happy.
                          Motherhood: When changing from pj pants to yoga pants qualifies as 'getting dressed'.

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                          • #14
                            Age 46, right around 145 lbs at 5'6". I'd probably weigh about 5 pounds less if I didn't have a chronic cardio job and a love for Roberto's rolled chicken tacos. At least they're smothered in real guacamole. But anyway...

                            I've been eating this way since May and I feel SO much better. I've learned a lot too, which is always good. Migraines are virtually gone, sleep is better, gut is smaller and Boyfriend is happer (probably because of the other 3 things).

                            I'm definitely not perfect, and I eat some crap that I shouldn't. Hey, the way I see it, I'd be really annoying if I WAS perfect, so... you're welcome!
                            Durp.

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                            • #15
                              Hi, Im Bianca. 21 year old female in university. I just started the PB lifestyle about a week or so ago. I am addicted to chocolate -plain and simple, this has been my only problem so far. Alcohol for me is also an issue, right now it is exam time but with the holidays coming up, and reunion with friends, I see my alcocohol intake being a huge problem.

                              When I returned to school in the fall I had recently discovered a gluten intolerance so I cut it out (but did cheat a little too often) cutting this completely really wasn't too hard. I do love my oatmeal though, so this has been a little challenging as I am such a starchy carb kind of girl.

                              Shortly after I started school again I did a lot of chronic cardio and strength training, and then... my recurring bingeing began. I could not control myself - I'd gorge on just about anything and would feel so ashamed. I gained weight from 135 to 145-140 within a month or two. Since being primal my binging has stopped which I am SO happy about since there are no more crying fits anymore BUT I have really noticed my weight gain and I am so embarrassed by it - that is my daily struggle.

                              Before starting the PB I was a reletively healthy eater - avoided most processed foods etc. However, I did have a lot of vegan meals which included beans. brown rice bread, Quinoa, fruit, veggies, tofu etc. and I also avoided high fat meats and dairy (CW successfully doing its job to brainwash people!)

                              So far my energy has been through the roof, I am not hungry as much at all. I barely snack on anything which is HUGE for me since I was the type of person to just pick at things all day. I was anemic taking 3 pills everyday and now I no longer am worrying about my iron levels - so far so good!

                              Sorry for the novel!

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