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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from [email protected] in Frustrating weekend with family   
    I went to a hens day on saturday, where majority of the day was spent eating food. First stop a cupcakery, then Italian and then italian and Japanese for dinner. I took my own foods for the entire day, which i was happy to do so. And the lady who organised it, was ok with me doing that. And nobody seemed to care too much that i wasn't eating what they were eating, except.... my close friend. The whole day she was making sly remarks about me not drinking, about me not eating sugar. And my friends know me, and know i play around with my nutrtition a lot.
    It really got to me, that my friend was soo judgmental about me not drinking. It wasn't her hens, and the hen didn't even care that i wasn't drinking. We then started to talk about my up coming 5 week trip to Europe. I was telling them all about how i'm not intending to drink the entire time, maybe a wine here and there. And well this didn't sit right with her. She told me that whats the point on going on holidays if i'm not going to enjoy my time? I don't see how me not drinking is not enjoying my time. I just don't want to be drunk the entire trip and put on weight.
    In the end i jokingly told her to stop judging my lifestyle choices. I know she loves me, and i love her, but i hate how she makes me feel bad about not making the same lifestyle choices as her. She's very fit, and very active, and can eat whatever she wants, according to her its a moderation thing. Which i don't agree with, but i don't push my beliefs on her, so i'm dumbfounded why she has to push her beliefs on me.....
    i'm sorry for the rant, haha just needed to get it all out
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from lulucandoit! in What about DARK (VERY) CHOCOLATE   
    Hmmmm sounds delicious. I have a friend coming over for dinner on friday night, so maybe i'll make sweet potatoes with a little cocoa and coconut oil on them.
    She's doing the whole30 with me, and she's doing amazingly. I didn't think she'd enjoy it or stick with it, but im soooo glad she has, and she's loving it. I just have to show her some good ways to prepare thefoods, so she sticks with a paleo lifestyle after. As i feel she would benefit from this heaps.
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from fergie in First time Crossfit   
    Thank you everyone.....
    I had a great time. I was in a "normal" class and they split the newbies up. Two really friendly girls took me under their wing and helped me out. And were super supportive. The three instructors were super nice. And i can't believe how quickly they remember everyones names, including the newbies. i was impressed.
    To fast track my fundamental classes, (they only run these weekly on saturdays and i'm away the next 3) i have booked in with a female coach to complete the beginners stuff within the next week. So come 26th November i can start participating in 'normal' classes. I'm very excited, and i felt soo welcome, considering i was super dooper nervous.
    I think i may have found a new addiction, and i think it will be great to meet new people this way, and when i move to london early next year, i'll have a way to make new friends. I'm very very excited for the next few months.
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from Derval in Bec's quest for health   
    Eeeeep its been 8 days since my last post. Life has just gotten in the way a little bit. I haven't fallen off the wagon though, which is great news for me. I have learnt a few things though in the last few days.

    I don't like wine anymore. I had a small sip a friends wedding on the weekend, and low and behold it instantly didn't sit well. So i think wine is out for me for now on. So thats no more alcohol.
    If i eat sugar no matter the time of day i don't sleep well that night
    That i love crossfit. Soo much goodness!!
    That i can have my happiness again.
    That going off birth control is not as easy as stopping the tablet.
    I still need to practice mindfullness eating, and find ways to distract me when i'm bored and in search for food.

    So lessons learnt, things to work on. I'm back to eating compliant foods 95% of the time. Which is good enough for me for now.
    I'm still not losing weight but my lifts in the gym are getting stronger, and parts of me are leaning out, which is awesome.
    I am a little worried about xmas time though, all the yummy foods, is going to be hard to stay away from
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from Derval in Bec's quest for health   
    Eeeeep its been 8 days since my last post. Life has just gotten in the way a little bit. I haven't fallen off the wagon though, which is great news for me. I have learnt a few things though in the last few days.

    I don't like wine anymore. I had a small sip a friends wedding on the weekend, and low and behold it instantly didn't sit well. So i think wine is out for me for now on. So thats no more alcohol.
    If i eat sugar no matter the time of day i don't sleep well that night
    That i love crossfit. Soo much goodness!!
    That i can have my happiness again.
    That going off birth control is not as easy as stopping the tablet.
    I still need to practice mindfullness eating, and find ways to distract me when i'm bored and in search for food.

    So lessons learnt, things to work on. I'm back to eating compliant foods 95% of the time. Which is good enough for me for now.
    I'm still not losing weight but my lifts in the gym are getting stronger, and parts of me are leaning out, which is awesome.
    I am a little worried about xmas time though, all the yummy foods, is going to be hard to stay away from
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from Derval in Bec's quest for health   
    Eeeeep its been 8 days since my last post. Life has just gotten in the way a little bit. I haven't fallen off the wagon though, which is great news for me. I have learnt a few things though in the last few days.

    I don't like wine anymore. I had a small sip a friends wedding on the weekend, and low and behold it instantly didn't sit well. So i think wine is out for me for now on. So thats no more alcohol.
    If i eat sugar no matter the time of day i don't sleep well that night
    That i love crossfit. Soo much goodness!!
    That i can have my happiness again.
    That going off birth control is not as easy as stopping the tablet.
    I still need to practice mindfullness eating, and find ways to distract me when i'm bored and in search for food.

    So lessons learnt, things to work on. I'm back to eating compliant foods 95% of the time. Which is good enough for me for now.
    I'm still not losing weight but my lifts in the gym are getting stronger, and parts of me are leaning out, which is awesome.
    I am a little worried about xmas time though, all the yummy foods, is going to be hard to stay away from
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from Derval in Bec's whole30 base for life   
    Thanks Ann
    Ok so here is day 31, and well i off roaded a bit yesterday, as my friends suprised me for dinner, and well they did their best to make me a sugar free, dairy free, gluten free cake. And they did well, except they used gluten free flour and honey. And well i only had the smallest peice, but today i felt sick when i woke up. And as much as i love them for trying, i didn't enjoy the cake at all
    I was also given a bottle of wine and some reeces pieces, which i love, like soooo much. But again, i don't eat them anymore. So i put the peanut butter cups in the freezer, and will keep them there, until i feel the need to snack on one. They'll prob get eaten by my brother before me, lol. And the wine i'll save till xmas to share with my family.
    So with the cake eaten i feel like i can't continue to day 31 of my whole adventure. And i don't want to start at day 1 Whole30, so i'm going to finish this post here, and continue on to my post whole30 log (http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/4753-becs-quest-for-health/) So thank you for those who read and supported my journey, whilst it wasn't a typical journey it was still a good one to be had.
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from Derval in Bec's quest for health   
    So here i am Day 1 of my post whole30.
    The reason i am posting in this section is; i feel that eating a piece of non compliant birthday cake ( not made by me, but by my wonderful friends, who tried very very hard to meet my requirements of sugar free, dairy free, and gluten free, however used gluten free flour, and honey. It was delicious, and i am grateful they tried, and i couldn't say no to my only birthday cake for the year) does count as ceasing my whole30 adventure, and i can't continue on with my whole30.
    So i have decided to move onto a post whole30. This new log/journey will be me finishing off what wasnt finished in my original whole30. For those who followed and read about my journey (http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/4155-becs-whole30-base-for-life/page__st__20 ) will know i had some rather tough experiences in my 30 days, and i wasn't able to feel as good as i know i can with a whole30. I had stopped my BC, i was suffering a little with depression, and my body wasn't reacting how it should. I was going to make it a whole30+ but due to my birthday yesterday and the cake, i feel its not right to continue on, and its time for a new adventure.
    So here i am completing my unfinished business.
    I will be eating whole 30 compliant 95% of the time, and i am allowing the thought of dabbling in some wine, or nibbling a dessert style treat (mostly raw, as i have found some delicious raw food cakes and things i want to make for xmas) occasionally. I will see how i feel at that moment. And if at that moment i feel that eating or drinking something non compliant is special, thats what i'll do. But if after considering the moment and it doesn't feel right, i won't eat/drink that food.
    I feel this will be the best way for me to move forward in my quest for health. I'm going to continue to not weigh myself as often, and reduce the amount of times i measure myself. These are important to me, as i still want to know where i'm going as far as weight loss, and cm lost, but i don't want them to rule my world.
    I'll post here as i see fit, which will probably be daily, as i like posting. It makes me feel free, and a way to release my issues.
    I think thats all for now
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from Derval in Bec's whole30 base for life   
    Thanks Derval, i'm already feeling a little bit better now. After listening to myself tell my councelor all the things that have happened in the last few months, its no wonder i was a little down. So with a little bit of help and being kind to me, i'll be back on track before my next whole30 days is finished. Which starts 21st November and ends just in time for Xmas, i may extend it out to xmas Eve. And then restart boxing day, as i feel i'm not really finished the whole30 journey, and know there is more it can do for me.
    So i think i'm on day 26 now. YAY almost at the day 30 mark, still with not too much to report back on. I'm still not hitting sky high energy, nor am i feeling light. But i am feeling more positive, and some of my clothes are fitting like they used to. My skin is still terrible. Though my sleep has improved, and my training sessions have improved. So overall a few good things, and a few things to still work on.
    Food is still 100% compliant. And i'm trying to keep my carb intake a little higher whilst i deal with all the personal issues. I think my mood is impacted too much when i'm low carb, specially when my iron levels are questionable.
    My friend is doing amazingly. She's lost a lot of weight, her skin is clearing, and i can tell her motivation and determination is building. She's getting more crafty in the kitchen, and whilst i know she misses wine. I have spoken to her about making sure she eases back into sugar and the other non-compliant items she misses. And she told me she doesn't plan to stray too far from whole30 all of the time. So to me this is waaaay bigger than anything i could have achieved in my whole30. To help a friend out, and help her see how great clean living and eating can be, is a far better reward than losing a few kilos
    So this whole30 has been a rollercoaster of emotions, and here i was thinking..... "meh i've done one of these before, this will be a piece of cake" hahah totally not true. Who knew i had other demands to fry
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from melbournegirl in Bec's whole30 base for life   
    I don't have back pain at the moment, but i do have a form of arthritis. So if i did get backpain i guess i would put it down to that. Hmmm definitely something i need to monitor.
    I have 7 days left of this whole30, and i am going to continue, so maybe i can play around with different foods, and amounts of fats, etc, and see if that has any impact.
    thanks heaps for you assistance, and suggestions, i really do appreciate it
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from whitjm5 in First time Crossfit   
    Great advice thanks Robin
    Its a newbie class i'm going to. And as far as i know from their website, before you can go to "normal" classes you have to do 4 newbie classes first. So i guess i'll build some confidence in those classes.
    I lift weights at the gym no problems, but this fully scares me in an excited way.
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from Keri W. in Upset growling tummy.....   
    Thanks Tasha,
    After reading that first link, i'm thinking i may actually have a digestion issue. I can't have coconut milk or dried fruit without it affecting my tummy. I think i will try and keep apples out of my diet from now on. And the FODMAP list of foods to avoid will make a great addition to my nutrition knowledge. I feel avoiding all those foods listed will help me. Although i don't eat hardly any of them now, but i might stop eating broccoli ( ) too, and see if that helps my digestion.
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from Derval in Bec's whole30 base for life   
    Thanks Derval, but unfortunatley the milk didn't work out. So i've put some more water in it, and i'll try and save it tonight, hahah otherwise i may have to freeze the almonds into a mixture that i can add to cake mixes later on.
    I feel soo empowered now, i didn't step on the scale today. And i feel good about it. One day at a time, but soo far soo good
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from whitjm5 in Bec's whole30 base for life   
    So today 22nd October 2012 marks the start of my second whole 30. YAY!!!
    I completed my first one in July, starting 1st July. I wrote about my adventures in a log you can find it here- http://forum.whole9l...y-through-july/
    Much of my reasoning behind doing a second whole30 is the same. After myt first one, i felt amazing. I had sooo much more energy. I loved the person staring back at me in the mirror.
    I then went on a 6 week tour of Europe, where my food choices were not always in my control, as some meals were catered. And i caved in to some sugar here and there So i've come back feeling bloated, lathargic, and bascially not feeling as great as i know i can.
    I did start a sugar free diet, as soon as i landed in Australia, and have been eating paleo since. I have been tossing up doing another whole30 when a friend came to me to ask some advice on how to eat paleo, and healthier. I send her all the links to the whole30, and after raving about it to her, i decided to join in the journey with her.
    So here i am, starting my whole30 for October/November, i will finish on my birthday 20th November After my 30 days is up, i'm moving onto a further 54 days, to complete a 12 week transformation. I am entering an online body transformation competition, and i am using the whole30 to get a good base, so i am mentally prepared for the rest of the 12 weeks.
    I will try and get my friend onto the forums too, as i know this the best place to get support......
    So todays food is :
    breakfast- chicken, green vegies (broccoli, zucchini, basil, chives), cauliflower, sauerkraut, coconut oil, cup of pepermint tea.
    lunch- chicken, green vegies (broccoli, zucchini, basil, chives), cauliflower, sauerkraut, coconut oil, vitamin and minerals drink.
    dinner- turkey meat with green vegies (boky choy, leek, basil, chives, kale, zucchini), onion, coconut oil.
    snacks- bone broth
    PWO- egg whiles, tahini, cinnamon, sweet potato

    I am using this whole30 to remove reliance on fruit and nuts. In my last whole30 i relied on them a little too much, and ended up over eating on them. I have since discovered that nuts do play up with my tummy. So removal of them will work in my favour a lot more.
    So i know the whole30 is not about weightloss or anything like that, but for my 12week transformation i have taken measurements, and have taken photos. I will only be revisiting this at the end of the 30 days. As this first 30 days is more about getting my head in the ball game, and preparing mentally.
    LETS DO THIS
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from Kathryn in My first Whole30   
    Welcome to your first whole30
    You're doing great so far, keep up the good work. I am on day 3, and feeling great.
    I've been looking at your food intake, and i'm thinking you might not be getting enough protein in all your meals. Specially your lunch time meal, there seems to be no protein just from my experience, protein helps keep cravings away, and helps me feel satisifed for longer. Not to mention helps keep my muslces.
    Just something to think anout
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from whitjm5 in Bec's whole30 base for life   
    So today 22nd October 2012 marks the start of my second whole 30. YAY!!!
    I completed my first one in July, starting 1st July. I wrote about my adventures in a log you can find it here- http://forum.whole9l...y-through-july/
    Much of my reasoning behind doing a second whole30 is the same. After myt first one, i felt amazing. I had sooo much more energy. I loved the person staring back at me in the mirror.
    I then went on a 6 week tour of Europe, where my food choices were not always in my control, as some meals were catered. And i caved in to some sugar here and there So i've come back feeling bloated, lathargic, and bascially not feeling as great as i know i can.
    I did start a sugar free diet, as soon as i landed in Australia, and have been eating paleo since. I have been tossing up doing another whole30 when a friend came to me to ask some advice on how to eat paleo, and healthier. I send her all the links to the whole30, and after raving about it to her, i decided to join in the journey with her.
    So here i am, starting my whole30 for October/November, i will finish on my birthday 20th November After my 30 days is up, i'm moving onto a further 54 days, to complete a 12 week transformation. I am entering an online body transformation competition, and i am using the whole30 to get a good base, so i am mentally prepared for the rest of the 12 weeks.
    I will try and get my friend onto the forums too, as i know this the best place to get support......
    So todays food is :
    breakfast- chicken, green vegies (broccoli, zucchini, basil, chives), cauliflower, sauerkraut, coconut oil, cup of pepermint tea.
    lunch- chicken, green vegies (broccoli, zucchini, basil, chives), cauliflower, sauerkraut, coconut oil, vitamin and minerals drink.
    dinner- turkey meat with green vegies (boky choy, leek, basil, chives, kale, zucchini), onion, coconut oil.
    snacks- bone broth
    PWO- egg whiles, tahini, cinnamon, sweet potato

    I am using this whole30 to remove reliance on fruit and nuts. In my last whole30 i relied on them a little too much, and ended up over eating on them. I have since discovered that nuts do play up with my tummy. So removal of them will work in my favour a lot more.
    So i know the whole30 is not about weightloss or anything like that, but for my 12week transformation i have taken measurements, and have taken photos. I will only be revisiting this at the end of the 30 days. As this first 30 days is more about getting my head in the ball game, and preparing mentally.
    LETS DO THIS
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    Ra_k_ reacted to Robin Strathdee in Well... I did my first Whole 30....   
    Lyn1 -
    First of all, your success list is fantastic! Each of those things singly would be an amazing accomplishment in a month, but you did ALL of them. ALL. Great work. That took a lot of determination.
    Now, about the not-so-good stuff...
    A)I lost exactly 0.4 lbs after my first Whole30. That is not exciting at all...unless you consider that my pants size changed. As did yours. There is considerable swelling and bloating in an unhealthy gut that disappears when you change what's on your plate but doesn't result in much weight loss. This could be the reasoning for your sizing change as well, and is a great indicator that things are changing for the better.
    2) There are a lot of other factors involved in weight loss. You have a 1 year old. That, by default, means your sleep is less than adequate. Sleep goes a LOOOONG way in your body's willingness to lose weight. Stress is another huge factor. As is activity level or movement. You didn't mention whether you did or didn't exercise during your program, but even just getting out and walking can go a long way toward weight loss.
    3) Getting tired in the afternoon, in my opinion, is directly correlated to having a baby at home. It's almost unavoidable. Again, it's that sleep thing. Again, doing your best to de-stress, exercising and resting when you can will go a long way toward this. I would pretty much say the same thing about the headaches. I only get headaches when I'm tired. I have a 3 and a 4 1/2 yo, so I am frequently tired.
    You ROCKED your Whole30. Seriously. Make sure you pat yourself on the back for making such big changes in your life and in your little one's life. Next time around, maybe reduce your fruit, maybe cut back the coconut, but most especially, be kind to yourself and give your body a chance to rebound from a lifetime of less than healthy choices.
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from Derval in Whole30, the Whole way through July!!!   
    DAY 25!!!!
    Today is a good day.... Today is the first day in a very long time i've looked in the mirror and have been at peace with the person staring back at me. And of all days to have this discovery..... i over ate last night on berries, and was a little bloated this morning, i haven't washed and my hair But still as i looked in the mirror getting ready for work, nothing seemed to bother me. Yeah i have love handles, and yea i prob could have shinner healthier looking hair, and my nail polish could have been less chipped. But all in all i was at peace. For me this is HUGE!!! I have since i was at least 15yrs maybe younger, hated the person looking back at me. I have gone through sooo many tears, and anger at myself for eating that extra piece of whatever.......... Body issues are huge for me. my parents think i have Body dysmorphic disorder, well maybe no servere but a mild case. I used to be quite a lot larger than i am now. Australian size 14 and now i'm an 8-10. But i sometimes still see the little fattie staring back at me in the mirror. But not today, i saw the person i am today..... Amazing really!!! And i'm not worrying too much about the quanitiy i've been eaating, just the quality of the food (whole30) its been the most amazing 25days ever........
    Food is the same, as yesterday. I'm still trying to work out what i'm going to cook and take with me on the weekend to the hens party. I have to be able to eat lunch and dinner and a snack all on the go. Def going to be a challenge for me..... But its all part of learning
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from Emily in Whole30 starting July 1!   
    Ahhh i see, i would totally understand your frustration then waking up like that.
    Glad you guys worked it all out. It seems a sweert potato can cure almost anything
    If i ended my Whole 30 today, i would be the happiest person in the world. As the last 17 days have truely taught me more about my body than the last 26yrs have. And i know i am a better person for it. I'm singing praises and i'm not even two thirds of the way through
    Can't wait to see us on day 30
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    Ra_k_ reacted to apriln0414 in Whole 30 for an unathlete   
    Hi Wordlvr! I've lost 165lbs in the last 20 months. When I first started I was over 300lbs and I was afraid of getting injured working out my size. After I lost about 30lbs I started working out at Curves (30 minute circuit workout). Eventually I got a bike and got outside a couple of times a week. I then took some fun classes like hula hooping to keep things interested. My goal was to keep things simple and fun. I added kettlebell workouts and eventually joined a gym where I began working with a trainer and lifting. For me my goal is to become fit and establish a lifestyle that I can maintain. I encourage you to start working out at a pace you can maintain for a bit and evaluate where you are regularly. Don't be afraid to try something new. If you can't do something or just don't like it, that's ok. Try something new. Being active is something you're going to want to continue even after losing the weight. Now is a good time to find things you're going to love doing even when you've reached your goal weight. Challenge yourself regularly. There's nothing more exciting than finding out you can do something that you've never been able to do before. Most of all have fun and know that it does take time. The smallest of changes done consistently can lead to amazing results. I feel like i'm proof of that everyday. One of my favorite quotes right now is, "The habit of persistence is the habit of victory." Herbert Kauffman. 17lbs is a great start. Looking forward to hearing all of your accomplishments to come!
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    Ra_k_ reacted to LindaLee in A triumph today (I haven't finished, but this is BIG!)   
    My biggest bugaboo over the last...oh, several months...has been caving to my sugar rats on the nights my husband is at his other home with his son. When he's gone, I crave ice cream, and last week I gave in.
    Today, as I was thinking about going home, I wanted ice cream soooo bad. But I knew I was feeling lonely and incredibly tired for some reason, and I wanted to be able to go to my support system and say, "Yay, I did it!"
    AND I DID! I went to the health food store and got some organic hot dogs for dinner and a couple of Lara bars to try (I won't eat them tonight) and some bubble bath <g>. Then I CAME HOME!!!!!
    YAY!!!!!!! I DID IT!
    Linda
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from Emily in Whole30, the Whole way through July!!!   
    DAY 8.......... YIPPEEE!!! I made it through a week without any sugar, grains, wheat, dairy, nothing that wasn't whole30 compliant. I'm soo happy with myself. Even when i've been feeling sooo sick from a cold. I still stuck with it!!!
    Today i'm feeling much better, still not 100%. but i managed a workoout this morning, and i'm at work. Which is a lot better than i was. Food today is similar to my first week.
    B: Chicken and pumpkin omelette
    L: Chicken and vegies ( zucchini, celery, carrot, brussel sprouts, broccoli) spices
    D: Beef Stufed capsicum and beans
    S: sulatanas, coconut flakes, black tea, vitamin drink, coconut cream and berries
    PWO: egg whites and berries
    It hard to say if i'm feeling more energetic, or anything more, when i have this nasty cold. But i'm determined to see it through to the end of the 30 days.
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    Ra_k_ got a reaction from Emily in Whole30 starting July 1!   
    Hey Everyone,
    I'm a little late on here, but i'm day 5. You all seem to be doing quite well.....
    Me on the other hang i've managed to pick up a cold on day 4/5 and its killing me. I'm hoping its not part of the whole30, just an offset to having a weak immune system at the moment.... I'm not at the cranky stage, though i haven't spoken to anyone today, hahah so we'll see when my brother gets home...
    Keep strong guys, i'm here with you all, and ready to rock on a healthy life
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    Ra_k_ reacted to milkshakable in Am I too smart for ISWF?   
    Here's maybe an alternate perspective. Have you ever seen the movie Food Inc? There's a part when they start talking about organic farming and one of the people they interview (possibly the Stoneyfield guy, can't remember) basically says that every dollar we spend is a vote. And everytime someone buys organic food, they're not just 'buying' it for themselves, they're VOTING for more organic foods in the marketplace.
    To me, every copy of the book that sells is a vote for this lifestyle, and for the work that Melissa and Dallas do. So even if most of it's old news to you, it's worth buying a copy. Plus it can never hurt to freshen up your knowledge, right? I mean, if you consider yourself an evangelist but have a hard time implementing the paleo lifestyle ... don't you think you owe it to yourself to try anything that might help it stick?
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    Ra_k_ reacted to Derval in Social aspects of Whole30   
    Lol that's funny Flynn! Here in ireland you could easily order lasagne is a restaraunt & it would be served with chips (fries) *and* garlic bread!
    I was asked the other day and while I said Paleo I said "It's just getting back to eating natural, unprocessed foods" rather than mentioning cavemen/ancestors etc.
    I was very pleased as the same person had exclaimed "oh my goodness, your shape has changed since we last met" - a nice way to hear you've lost weight I thought...