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post #141 of 177
Fairy - it's fine with just honey and yep i use that one
post #142 of 177
I think my cycle is about to start. I cried yesterday because my desire for sugar was so intense. I am still essentially primal (I have had some raisins and prunes, and also dairy), but wow, my cravings are still very present. It's been 11 days. I don't think I have ever, in my life, had PMS where I did not gorge with sugary carb foods.
post #143 of 177
oh! I bought two muscle milks. It's not whole foods, to be sure, but it's without sugar (sucralose), 25g protein, 9g fat, and 12 g carbs. It really did help last night to drink one of those. Chocolate malt flavored. Too expensive to have all the time though. Only for when I am desperate.
post #144 of 177
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Originally Posted by geekgolightly View Post
I think my cycle is about to start. I cried yesterday because my desire for sugar was so intense. I am still essentially primal (I have had some raisins and prunes, and also dairy), but wow, my cravings are still very present. It's been 11 days. I don't think I have ever, in my life, had PMS where I did not gorge with sugary carb foods.


I have so much trouble around that time too!!! D@mn sugar!!!
post #145 of 177
So...I'm thinking of joining you all here for a little while to see if I can do this. I read The Primal Blueprint (or a good portion of it) and really like what he has to say...does anyone have a copy of the "avoid these foods" and "eat these foods" lists? Sadly, the copy of the book that I was reading has gone back to it's owner and I didn't think to scan it at the time...I'd like to look those over and do a 30 day challenge with myself. I'm excited to give it a shot!
post #146 of 177
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Originally Posted by CeciMami View Post
So...I'm thinking of joining you all here for a little while to see if I can do this. I read The Primal Blueprint (or a good portion of it) and really like what he has to say...does anyone have a copy of the "avoid these foods" and "eat these foods" lists? Sadly, the copy of the book that I was reading has gone back to it's owner and I didn't think to scan it at the time...I'd like to look those over and do a 30 day challenge with myself. I'm excited to give it a shot!
I'd like that, too. Would be excellent.

lil_earthmomma, you said it! That damn sugar has messed up so much of my life. I'm treating it like when I quit smoking. Every day is another day where I fight the urge to destroy my life with that substance.

I am over 100 pounds overweight. This addiction to sugar has gone on long enough. I have let all of my other addictions go a long while back, but this one is difficult to tackle. It's time.
post #147 of 177
So, I made the panna cotta using 2 tbs honey and approx 1/4 tsp stevia in place of the sugar. Sooooooooooo good! Ds has a new favorite dessert!

And, from memory, these are the PB ok/not ok foods:

PB foods to eat:
meat, fish, eggs, veggies, fruit (in moderation), good fats (you TFers know what these are--CO, lard, butter/ghee if you do it, EVOO, etc.), nuts/seeds

PB foods ok in moderation:
(full fat) dairy, starchy tubers, dark chocolate

PB foods to avoid:
grains, bad fats, legumes, sugar, most processed franken-foods, etc...

Just found this from this link on MDA:
Quote:
Is it Primal?

Eggs – Yes (even raw eggs? Why not.)
Nuts – Yes (Almonds, Walnuts, Soaking Seeds & Nuts)
Seeds – Yes
Coconut – Yes, in every way, shape, and form
Coffee/Tea – Yes
Whole Grains, Oatmeal, Brown Rice – No
Beans & Legumes – No
Dark Chocolate – Occasionally
Red Wine – Occasionally
Artificial Sweeteners – Not really, but not terrible
Cheese – Not officially, but…
Soy and Whey and Protein Powders – Depends
Chewing Gum – Depends
Dairy – Dairy isn’t strictly Primal.
HTH! In the book, he also recommends taking a really good multivitamin/multimineral, fish oil and probiotics. (Lots of us TFers get those from food, but just wanted to mention it!)
post #148 of 177
So great that this thread is still going strong...I have been lurking and you are all giving me plenty of inspiration!

This is my second day back on track really and I am feeling pretty good! Not sure I am getting in everything I need or whether I am eating too much (or even too little!) but am just trying to get back into it first and then will fine tune!

Yesterday I did eat some potatoes at breakfast because there was beef hash left from the night before, but I am more concerned about grains initially so am not too worried about that (although I will try to avoid them too as much as possible).
Lunch was a big chunk of camenbert and a slice or two of parma ham with some cucumber and then a decaf coffee with a good slug of heavy cream! Dinner was gazpacho (trying to get bone broth in!) with avocado and then a 2 egg omelette with cheese and mushrooms and some (homegrown!) salad leaves with a caesar type dressing.

Today so far I've had greek yoghurt and berries for breakfast then lunch was avocado and crispy parma ham in caesar dressing, a small chunk of camenbert and a decaf coffee with cream. Dinner will be more gazpacho then wild alaskan salmon & asparagus with plenty of melted butter.

Just for reference I could do with losing a good bit of weight (probably at least 30-40 pounds), am nursing a two year old (at least 2/3 times in 24 hours) and ttc!

I have just started a new batch of kefir and am aiming to get in a lot more bone broth and green veggies.
post #149 of 177
You know I haven't been to horribly strict on myself on the whole sugar front. I allow myself occasional treats like good fatty ice cream and when I was at a BBQ on Saturday I had some cheese cake (minus the crust). I think that allowing yourself a bit of sugar now and then helps you to not feel deprived and makes this plan doable for the long haul. Most days though my indulgence is a cup of chai tea with honey and goats milk. Of course I couldn't have allowed myself these treats if I was still completely addicted like I was a couple of years ago. A six month sugar fast helped me break through my horrible sugar addiction.


Todays breakfast was sausage links with some maple syrup and I think I will go make myself a green smoothie too. I think I may just green smoothie it for lunch too. I just don't feel like eating much. I am cycling and my inclination is to eat sugar or nothing at all, so maybe I will just live on smoothies for a few days . Except dinner i am making lettuce tacos tonight


Does anyone want to share their favorite green smoothie recipes?

Here's mine:
1 cup raw milk
2 cups raw baby spinach
2 Tbsp ground flax
1/2tstp spiralina powder
1 small handful frozen berries
1 Tbsp OJ concentrate

I don't really agree with Primal on the dairy thing I think raw dairy is great for us and actually necessary, but I don't over due it. I usually just have 1-2 servings a day
post #150 of 177
my favorites green smoothie from memory (it's been a while). i portion it different every time, but essentially...

3 cups shredded kale
1 cup yogurt
milk to blend

then add
a couple handful of sliced frozen banana
mango or peaches or blueberries or strawberries
quarter of a lemon (esp good with the strawberries)

and i used to do honey. ill have to try it without honey and see whats what.

today i had
hamburger patty with 2 tbs A1 steak sauce (i need to start making my own dressing for this)

huge piece of salmon
lots of grilled asparagus
big salad with mixed greens, romaine, carrot, red cabbage, avocado, apple, pecans, bacon and topped with MDA's apple balsamic dressing we had leftover.

later we are having fresh mango for dessert.
post #151 of 177
FairyRae thanks for the list. i appreciate it.
post #152 of 177
So I've taken the plunge into Primal From all that I read on MDA so far, I really like it. Its a bit harder for me atm since I can't run out and buy some of the stuff needed (mainly vegetables and grass-fed meat) I need some good frugal recipes with what I have so far. Oddly I'm having a hard time getting enough fat I managed to get up to 50% yesterday, hoping to hit closer to 70% today. Guess I'm going to need to start adding a tbsp of coconut oil to my coffee again.
I do have dessert lined up though: coconut bark
I'm telling ya though, the whole thing has me literally
post #153 of 177
Well I am really feeling great! And it can only be down to food because I have been awake since just before 5am and not once did I feel down or grumpy or lacking in motivation today (which I normally definitely would!)!

On the menu today was:

Breakfast-two almond meal, cheese and herb muffins with butter and decaf coffee with a little milk.

Lunch-Roasted chicken leg quarter and rocket, spinach, watercress salad with caesar dressing. Another coffee with cream this time.

Dinner-small baked potato with lots of garlic butter, cheese and homemade coleslaw with mayo.

Snack-couple of chunks of camembert & dessert spoonful of greek yoghurt.

Hope everyone else is doing well....look forward to hearing your updates and what you are eating!
post #154 of 177
I fell off the grain free wagon when I kicked my husband out on March 13, but this week I'm feeling like I can do it again. So I'm back

Tuesday I had:
- soaked and roasted cashews, a small piece of raw cheese and a huge glass of raw milk for breakfast
- Salad for lunch - mostly romaine lettuce but also some tomato, a bit of avocado and sunflower seeds, along with home made dressing
- Dinner was halibut cooked in CO with a bit of lemon pepper on it, and a big pile of boiled frozen peas with a dollop of butter on them. And raw milk.
- Throughout the day I always drink green tea first thing in the morning, decaf coffee at work along with glasses of water, a glass of kombucha in the evening, and maybe another cup of green tea too.

Yesterday it was:
- home made mini quiche for breakfast (eggs, mozza cheese, chopped onion, chopped red pepper, frozen spinach, hot sauce)
- raw cheese for a snack
- salad again for lunch plus raw milk
- grass fed beef liver for supper cooked in bacon fat, along with sliced onions also cooked in bacon fat, chopped sweet potato cooked in pastured lard, and boiled frozen veggies (one of those packages, Oriental or something)
- a small handful of roasted chickpeas for a late night snack (I know, not primal, but I'm mainly grain free). I roast them in Mary's Oil Blend from the Eat Fat Lose Fat book, sprinkled with cayenne and cumin. They are SO unbelievable good!

Today so far:
- mini quiche cup for breakfast (I made 18 and will probably have one every weekday morning till they're gone!)
- leftovers from last nights supper for lunch plus a big glass of raw milk
- handful of cashews

I am assuming frozen veggies from the grocery store, while not ideal, are OK?
post #155 of 177
So, my sister is on her honeymoon in Jamaica! Anyway, I've gotten more than one email from her about how amazing the food is there. I'm dying to try it, and actually bought a cajun spice blend and made the cajun BBQ sauce from the Garden of Eating book. I'd love to try other recipes that are Caribbean/Jamaican/etc. Any recipes to share ladies? Your curry ideas have been fabulous (I've made curries multiple times after in the past couple weeks--sooooo yummy) and I figure you all may have some ideas for this...

Also, Lisa, I've been doing the whiteboard, menu for the next day thing, and it has been AMAZING! I've been making everything I write about, eating only those things on the board, and actually been far more inspired and motivated to try new recipes, which has been awesome! Dh and ds are loving it too!

Did I mention my dh is now gluten and dairy free, and mostly primal (except for a couple servings of rice and hummus a week)? He was just diagnosed w/ fibromyalgia (horrid--he's only 32, but I'm hoping diet changes will help a lot) so he's been really inspired to stick w/ it. I'm in awe of his dedication, and thrilled we are all eating the same foods now! Woo hoo!
post #156 of 177
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I am assuming frozen veggies from the grocery store, while not ideal, are OK?
I think they are fine. Of course, fresh is better (I just think it tastes better personally), but to go w/ our cajun bbq chicken tonight I made coconut/mango/lime riced cauli, using a bag of frozen cauliflower. It was just so-so, but not b/c of the cauli--I think it was my recipe. (Maybe I just didn't like the flavor combination. ) But I don't see a problem w/ frozen foods personally!
post #157 of 177
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Originally Posted by FairyRae View Post
So, my sister is on her honeymoon in Jamaica! Anyway, I've gotten more than one email from her about how amazing the food is there. I'm dying to try it, and actually bought a cajun spice blend and made the cajun BBQ sauce from the Garden of Eating book. I'd love to try other recipes that are Caribbean/Jamaican/etc. Any recipes to share ladies? Your curry ideas have been fabulous (I've made curries multiple times after in the past couple weeks--sooooo yummy) and I figure you all may have some ideas for this...

Also, Lisa, I've been doing the whiteboard, menu for the next day thing, and it has been AMAZING! I've been making everything I write about, eating only those things on the board, and actually been far more inspired and motivated to try new recipes, which has been awesome! Dh and ds are loving it too!

Did I mention my dh is now gluten and dairy free, and mostly primal (except for a couple servings of rice and hummus a week)? He was just diagnosed w/ fibromyalgia (horrid--he's only 32, but I'm hoping diet changes will help a lot) so he's been really inspired to stick w/ it. I'm in awe of his dedication, and thrilled we are all eating the same foods now! Woo hoo!
SWEET! You know the other thing it helps with....keepin me on my toes . They usually are very much attached to whatever they have written on the board and i cannot get lazy and dissapoint....I mean unless something strange happens and I can't make something.

I am addicted to salad with lemon dressing. I have to stop eating so many raw veggies! I love em but the down side is the bloating after i've eaten my weight
post #158 of 177
If you find a good jerk chicken recipe let me know, ok?

This is something my son and I are making tonight:

Fish and Coconut Soup

1/2 onion
clove garlic
3/4" piece of ginger
a few tilapia fish fillets chopped
1 T CO
1 tsp tumeric
1/4 tsp chili powder
14 oz coconut milk
1T lemon juice

oil in skillet add onion garlic and spices and fry for 5 minutes
add coconut milk and bring to boil
add fish and lemon juice and simmer for ten minutes ro so, until fish is cooked

it sounds good. ill let you know how it turns out.
post #159 of 177
New to the thread, thought I'd say howdy, after lurking for a bit over a week. I am GF & CF.

Had a "normal" chocolate chip cookie last night, OMG! I soooo regret it. Woke at three feeling awful and am very grateful the office is realitively empty because I can't stop burbing still over 12 hours after cookie. Excellent reminder that I shouldn't cheat.
post #160 of 177
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I lost 4 lbs!!! Yay!!!

I have some really nice jerk recipes, I'll dig them up tonight!

Today I have to write a biology midterm, so dh and I will eat at the little german deli in town. Mmmmmmmmmmm! Fresh local well prepared MEAT!

Dinner is marinated bbq'd steak and BLT salad by request from my house guests!
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