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post #41 of 205
Not doing so well here. We hosted a big party on Saturday and 2 glasses of Sangria led me to COOKIES, and CAKE, and MAC AND CHEESE! I wish I could say that I got right back to primal the next day, but after I've had grains and sugar, the siren song is loud and insistent!

Back to Primal...TODAY!
post #42 of 205
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Originally Posted by sapphire_chan View Post
Mark Sisson points out in his article about primal/paleo that Cordain et al have come around to a more paleo point of view.

Really though, the version espoused in The Primal Blueprint would be a fabulous jumping off point for a carbo-holic.
I have read the same thing. It is the same with Maetsz' Garden of Eating it is fairly low fat as well. However, one thing to note on the fat is although people traditional ate all of the animal not just choice lean cuts most wild game is fairly low fat in itself. Now we also know from reading that there is such a thing as rabbit starvation from eating too much lean meat but as to the actually fat range needed I wonder what that is- likely different for different people.

On the dairy I think it can be ok for some. However, I think a lot of people eat it and have issues either knowingly and ignore it or unknowingly. I think for anyone with residual health issues- especially anything mucus related- like sinus problems- ear problems especially should do a DF trial. And for some it can cause problems losing weight. Especially if you are intolerant and keep eating it. For some I think they can just be moderate with their intake and be fine for others their body doesn't really need any.

newcastlemama- CONGRATS!

re: soy free Chocolate- Lindt Excellence- 70-85-90% are all soy free. 85% is the lowest carb- 20 g for the whole BIG bar.

re: cooking meat- I have never been veg but was not really a good meat cooker until recently. We have been buying sides of beef and the difference is pretty huge in the quality from the grocery store and I have got to experiment a lot with different cuts. For us it has been a lot cheaper than grocery store meat as well.
post #43 of 205
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Originally Posted by crunchy_mama View Post
On the dairy I think it can be ok for some. However, I think a lot of people eat it and have issues either knowingly and ignore it or unknowingly. I think for anyone with residual health issues- especially anything mucus related- like sinus problems- ear problems especially should do a DF trial. And for some it can cause problems losing weight. Especially if you are intolerant and keep eating it. For some I think they can just be moderate with their intake and be fine for others their body doesn't really need any.
That's why I've started eating meat. (well, that and the fact that after a week or so, I've gotten sick of eggs. Need a flavor break ), I can't experiment with DF without calories to back it up.
post #44 of 205
wow, 3 pages already. so far august is off to a good start. went to a party sunday night and i think i did ok. before hand i was up to 46g carbs, while there i stuck to mostly meat and veg. though there was raisens in the broc/cashew/bacon salad and grapes in the chicken salad, had a couple bites of tortellini salad but that was the only grain with dinner. for desert i ate a small peice of custard and fruit tart and 2 bite size cheesecakes. so i'm not positive where i ended up that day, but i feel like it was ok.

yesterday was a busy day, gone all day.
b- jack in the box meaty breakfast burrito
l- el pollo logo chicken legs and a big salad at my moms. cherries
s- lemon bar, chocolate coconut icecream
d- mexican chicken lasagna. a pampered chef recipe, but i increased the amount of fat and protein in it. one serving has 22g carbs.

days totals 2230 calories, 55% fat, 134g carbs (yay! under 150!) 128g protein
post #45 of 205
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Anyone know of a source of no oil/good oil crunchy veggie chips?
Try Danielle Chips. They have them in bulk on Amazon. Or go to DanielleChips.com. Yum.
post #46 of 205
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Try Danielle Chips. They have them in bulk on Amazon. Or go to DanielleChips.com. Yum.
my first thought was but they're sooo pricey.
post #47 of 205
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Originally Posted by Vaquitita View Post
d- mexican chicken lasagna. a pampered chef recipe, but i increased the amount of fat and protein in it. one serving has 22g carbs.

days totals 2230 calories, 55% fat, 134g carbs (yay! under 150!) 128g protein
This reminds me, http://caloriecount.about.com has an awesome recipe calculator and a HUGE food database.

I'm trying to figure out if I'm going to need to purchase a protein supplement so I'm going to track foods for awhile.
post #48 of 205
Woohoo ladies! I finally found the thread again! I can't believe its August already!!

I tanked in the last week of July - mostly because being on vacation and wow I felt awful, no energy, terribly achy joints, and just blah, blah, blah.

I'm 100% positive it was from how much sugar I had along with the bread items indulged/poisioned myself with. Krispy Kreme is the

This was a huge wake up call for me, and now I'm much more focused on eating lots of yummy fats, proteins, veggies and fiber. I'm almost feeling back to normal and its only been 3 days since going back to monitoring my diet strictly again. I'm guessing it will take a week for full recovery.

Goal for the week: I'm shooting for 150g carbs this week to get back into balance.
post #49 of 205
haven't been on lately because well, I kinda fell off the bandwagon about a month ago. Been eating grains almost daily. My allergies were really bad in the spring and that's why I originally went off grains, but my allergies for the summer have been fine, so I'm having a hard time sticking to the grain free thing since that was my main incentive. I do believe it's healthier, but I don't think long term it's for me. I do try and eat as little grain as possible, subbing potatoes and zucchini instead, and that I feel is the best I can do. I am gluten free though, so I think that's healthy I look forward to reading about everyone's experience!
post #50 of 205
Today’s menu:

B – 2 fried eggs in butter, ham and swiss “sandwich”
S – hummus, cucumbers and peppers
L – tomato artichoke soup (purchased at café) and leftover pork and beets
D – Cauliflower chicken and cheese casserole ( a mac n cheese substitute) and zucchini – I am up to my ears in zucchini right now!

DH is annoying me but I need to take some of blame. I really put off mentioning changing our menu to a Primal eating plan for a trial run. I sorta brought it up last minute b/c I knew money would an issue. We only had a 5 min discussion really. DH agreed to give it a try for 4-5 days, but I went ahead and purchased at least a week’s worth of food, plus extra garden veggies we have and meat in the freezer. Hoping to be covered for 2 weeks, until payday.

I told him what we’d eat and what we would not eat and that I’d be making us both breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus snacks. He said ok and has been eating the food I make. Except he went ahead and bought his usual sugary cereals and white bread anyway. Then yesterday he was at my mom’s house and came home with dinner she made. The pork chops were awesome! But he also came home with a TON of pasta salad, cheese bread, corn and a bunch of watermelon ( I am avoid fruit and corn this week). So I reminded him that I am not eating any of that this week. He said he I forgot. Apparently he forgot about the whole thing but is still eating the magically prepared breakfast and lunches I leave him in the fridge? Ugh. Primal no, neandrathal yes!

So I am not making his breakfast and lunches anymore. I work outside the home full time and am spending all evening in the kitchen to make all this food for 2 people, packaged it and then make food for DS. Too much work if there is no appreciation. I AM commited to eating more Primal for myself tho. I will continue to meal plan for my daytime food and our shared dinners. Hopefully he will see my positive results and be interested on his own.

Rhianna
post #51 of 205
Hi ladies! I'm jumping back in for the August thread--the last three weeks of July were a total wash. I mean, it was really ridiculous. We ended up housing some friends of ours (and their 12 m/o) who just had 34-week twins who were in the NICU at a hospital near our house (nearly a 1.5 hour drive from their house, so staying with us made way more sense for them). Anyway, it ended up getting really really expensive and we were accepting alot of handouts from folks at church to feed us all. And, as you can imagine, handouts are rarely paleo-friendly or even grain-free. This is sounding crazier and crazier as I type.

Anyway, they're home now and everyone's doing well. I'm relieved to have my house back and am trying to get back to preparing for my own approaching due date in the next 5-6 weeks. I really need a kick in the pants.

So far today:

Early morning breakfast (4am before work): Heavily buttered sprouted grain toast, coffee

Breakfast: A burger patty that was scrounged from the depths of my freezer because I could. not. bring myself to eat eggs. 1/4 blueberry bagel with cream cheese, and 3 Reese's dark chocolate mini cups. Sigh. Long way to go here.
post #52 of 205
Still researching, but I dig a lot of what I've read so far. I definitely think people have gotten into eating too many grains as staples. That said, yesterday I had a regular, old cookie from a bakery. It was good, too! It was a no-no for a few reasons, including dd's possible reactions to certain foods, but I've noticed that wheat itself is not generally a problem for her-- it's all the other stuff they put in foods that also contain wheat. But dairy is on our no-no list with no caveats. I just had to have that cookie! It was so pretty and colorful and in the shape of a butterfly. That's how they getcha!

Dinner last night was fish and organic mixed veggies, so I forgive myself. Something I've noticed is that I'm not eating as often as I probably should. Time gets away from me since I'm so busy and have a baby. I'm going to concentrate on eating regularly today since I don't have as much on my plate. (har har) Yesterday, I made scrambled eggs with spinach. I'm tired of eggs. Without bread in the house, I really feel at a loss for breakfast sometimes. Tuesday morning I ate lamb and greens for breakfast.

Gotta figure something out. Good luck, everyone!
post #53 of 205
i am not doing good this week. it's been too busy of a week for this 8+months pregnant mama! and my food choices go down hill when i'm tired, spurred probably by the fact the kitchen keeps getting dirtier cause i'm too tired to clean it monday was fine, tuesday was fine up until 10:30pm when i ate jack in the box -fried chicken sandwich AND fries. ugh.

yesterdays food:
b- sausage and a blueberry oatmeal coconut flour pancake with butter and syrup. also some storebought strawberry coconut milk kefir.
s- cheese
l- roast beef salad, carrots, asparagus, handful of popcorn.
s- handful cashew clusters, haagan dazs icecream bar, apple cereal bar, cheese
d- small serving of mexican lasagna.
s- apricot and cheese
hmm, not too bad. haven't entered it into fitday to check, but not totally terrible.

BUT today I am off to a really bad start. the kitchen is a disaster and i just could not cook this morning.
b- cold cereal. very unsatisfying. followed almost immediately by:
s- cereal bar and cheese.
i feel like crap right now. :Puke i've probably eaten 100g of carbs already.
post #54 of 205
I made this Zucchini lasagna this week and it is great, so I thought I would pass the recipe along...

http://nourishedmeadow.com/2010/07/zucchini-lasagna/

I recommend salting and draining the zucchini prior to assembly. Enjoy!
post #55 of 205
Well, I did great for 5 days, and then royally fell of the wagon for sat-wed. I'm back on again. I just need to keep getting back on, right?

Breakfast: Coffee w/heavy cream

Lunch: Green smoothie w/banana, frzn strawberries, 1 nectarine, whole milk kefir, two egg yolks, and a crap ton of spinach

Snack: the rest of my smoothie (it was huge, and filling, and even after giving about 6 oz of it to my 2yo I had a pint leftover and couldn't finish it), some bacon

Dinner: undecided, but I'm leaning toward fritatta w/spinach, chicken, cheese. Maybe some roasted sweet potatoes on the side.
post #56 of 205
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Originally Posted by sellendie View Post
I made this Zucchini lasagna this week and it is great, so I thought I would pass the recipe along...

http://nourishedmeadow.com/2010/07/zucchini-lasagna/

I recommend salting and draining the zucchini prior to assembly. Enjoy!
Awesome recipe and instructions! Thanks a bunch!

Rhianna
post #57 of 205
B- eggs in coconut oil, 1/6 of a cantaloupe, 1/3 an avocado, coffee with cream
L- coffee with cream, a greek salad (out)
D- not sure! we get our CSA box today so something from there.

I'm doing okay. "cheated" yesterday (my planned off-plan eating) but felt basically okay today- oh except for a KILLER headache. Could also be the fact that I got my period (no cramps but wondering if an absolutely awful headache could be hormonal? It feels like the pregnancy headaches I got sometimes).

I am pretty sure I was accidentally in ketosis monday and tuesday- horrid taste in my mouth etc. Ah well, my lebanese dinner last night took care of that.

I've been totally addicted to these coco oil "candies"- 3tbl coconut oil, 2 tbl each unsweet cocoa and almond butter, 1 tbl almond meal, some vanilla and stevia (or you could use other sweetener if you aren't worried about carbs). pinch of salt if almond butter is unsalted. Melt and whisk. Pour into 6 muffin tins over shredded coconut, and freeze. YUM. I think I read this on MDA somewhere but couldn't find it again.

Anyone have a source for cheaper almond butter? Its so darn expensive at the coop.
post #58 of 205
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Originally Posted by FairyRae View Post
Never never could you offend me LEM! I just get annoyed about Cordain being the spokesperson for paleo when I just don't think a lot of his info is really paleo. Sorry if I sounded angry--I'm passionate about this.

So not offended!
phew, so relieved! Passion is good, and I love learning new things everytime you post, you're always armed with the facts!!!

Mmmm fresh stone fruit! I have the last cherries of the season, (40 lbs waiting to be pitted and frozen) plums and some of the first peaches of the season!!! It's the one perk of not seeing my dh all summer, the free/cheap fruit!

Ribs tonight. I slow cook them with the most fantastic an simple rub, and it's totally primal!!! No sauce nec. but if you love bbq I've been playing with a primal bbq sauce recipe, and I'm thinkin' peach puree would be the perfect addition to give it that trademark sweetness (since I'm pretty sure molasses is out! lol I may add one tbsp just for flavor...) if I get it right I'll post the recipe.
post #59 of 205
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BAnyone have a source for cheaper almond butter? Its so darn expensive at the coop.
Not sure if this is cheaper for you, but it's cheaper for me!!

http://www.futtersnutbutters.com/order.html
post #60 of 205
Almond butter-I got mine at trader Joes. I looked at whole foods and it was $20 for one jar.

Where do you ladies get coconut flour? Do you get the fine type, or get coconut flakes and grind them more when you need 'flour'?

I've been doing ok with eating. I was craving a lot more food while my body tried to ovulate (four days of cramping), but I only had grains on one occasion. I'm not going for perfection, just really good. Now when I eat grains, my teeth hurt (I have a few cavities), it used to just happen when I had sugar.

I tried the chocolate pudding recipe from MDA: banana, avocado, chocolate powder, and I had to add honey. My DS liked it, after a few bites. It's ok, I also added a bit of instant coffee, which was a pleasant taste.
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