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So we have decided and begun to go primal with our diet and I thought it would be good to start a primal family thread. (when I did a search everything was from 2010 so I figured we'd need a new one)

 

Today is essentially day 2 of our journey into primal eating and I am definitely in carb hangover mode! I didn't think I would be b/c we really limited carbs anyway and it was all whole wheat or brown rice (which I perceived as healthy).

 

I have bee reading Marks daily apple's blog but I haven't gotten the book....I did write down the approved foods and workouts though. Do you think the book is really a must?

 

I am a little confused on if I am suppose to limit meat at all? Also fruit for that matter...

 

Hope you all will join me for primal eating support here whether you are new to it like me or have experience with it.

 

NAK

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Thread Starter 

No one eats primal here?

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we do!!! have no time to write now, but will be back!

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we are, though we are moving DH to GAPS pretty soon, though DS and I will remain primal -- obviously with a GAPS influence. :)

 

we really don't limit anything for the kiddo -- he's free to eat his fill of veggies, meat, and fruit. we just keep it diverse and go from there.

 

DH and I tend to focus more on nutrient diversity than on actual amounts, though I find that i eat about 1600 cals per day with about 50-55% fat, then about 30% protein (maybe 35%), and the rest carbohydrate from veggies and fruits. we also do eat sweet potatoes and potatoes, because we don't have any weight to loose or major metabolic issues. we'll also have rice on occasion. but, that's how we do it. oh, and a fair bit of dark chocolate.

 

end of the day, we really enjoy the process. we are moving toward more seasonal and organics, which we are finding fun and enlightening.


Edited by accountclosed3 - 7/25/11 at 9:47pm
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Subbing....

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Yeah we just started but I have no intention of limiting any and all fruits, veggies, meats, and nuts for DD. She is still very actively nursing at 22 m/o and is not the biggest meat eater although I encourage it. (she HATES bacon!! How can you hate bacon?!) She does love nuts though and I let her eat them as she pleases with me right there of course and breaking them into bit size pieces for her etc. She almost has all of her teeth.

 

Also we are dairy free b/c DD has an allergy to dairy (genuine allergy not intolerance) so I have still been cooking with high heat safflower oil...and we use So delicious coconut milk for cooking and smoothies, we also eat the so delicious yogurt.

 

We plan to have wild rice and tubers on occasion. I made "cauliflower rice" the other night for dinner and DD loved it (but she is obsessed with fruits and veggies...not so much other foods).

 

I do want to lose some weight so I have to be a little more careful but in 3 days I lost 4lbs! I can't believe it! I am still weaning myself off of coffee (since I usually drink a large iced every morning...) and it's been tough!

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We've been eating primally for some time now & it's awesome. I've noticed that the kids stopped requesting snacks all the time (because their blood sugars stabilized.) I do limit fruit and we focus on eating seasonally & locally - I think this helps with limiting fruits a lot. We've been having berries and some stone fruits because they're in season here, but it's such a fleeting season that I'm not worried about it. We focus on eating fats, meats & non-starchy veggies. Something that's really made things simple is to make big batches of bone broth every few days and just stuffing TONS of veggies from the CSA in there along with sea veggies and Celtic salt. I simmer it then puree & serve with a big ole dollop of cream. We eat this for breakfast (and sometimes lunch too) pretty much every day & everyone loves it. Then I just makes various meals of meats/seafood and veggies cooked in lots of fat & topped with butter. We don't go crazy on nuts/seeds because I'm not sure about the phytic acid (even with soaking/sprouting.) Once in a while, a little handful is okay with me.

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I feel dumb asking this question, but what is the difference between primal and paleo?  We eat paleo and it sounds pretty much the same as what you guys are talking... meat and veggies, no starchy veggies, limit fruit, no sugar, no dairy.

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I think dairy is the distinguishing food - Paleo = no dairy & Primal = dairy (preferably raw, full-fat & grass-fed.

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Hello All, 

 

Glad to find this family thread!  I'm very new to this way of eating and excited to share the journey with other folks just entering the change.  I've been calling my diet Paleo but do still use heavy cream in my coffee & eat a ton of butter so I guess it's technically Primal.  Either way it's only been a couple of weeks and I feel amazing! I've lost 13lbs and have so much energy! 

 

DH and I are totally on board, but have not made too many changes in DDs diet yet.  She is nearly 5 and eats at preschool 4 days a week.  There are a lot of food rituals and expectations we've allowed to develop over the year + she's been going so I'm hesitant to change too much too soon.  I've mostly included more fresh veggies & dialed back a little the bread/crackers, but I know there is still too much sugar (and gluten) and it makes me feel kinda guilty.  She's only recently opened up to the idea of eating meat and will not eat nut butters so dairy has been her main source of protein.  I'm tempted to start by substituting gluten free bread/crackers for her but does that really address the issue of the addictive nature of carbs? 

 

At home she now eats roasted chicken twice a week, but her go to dinner of choice is rice + veggies.  I'm glad it is at least gluten free and we do put pasture butter on it.  I also learned from my recent studies that white rice is more easily digested so we switched to that for her.  I'm have no plans to take away her organic full fat milk as I understand it's growth promoting and fine for kids till they become teenagers.  I am familiar with the benefits of raw milk and would prefer that but have nowhere to get it at this point.

 

Any suggestions on how how you switched you kids to paleo/primal would be most welcome!

 

Heather

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joy2grow: If you are ok with some flours, there are some great recipes out there on the internet for gluten free baked items made with almond flour or coconut flour. Chickpea flour is great for savory crackers and pancakes/creps too.

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I'm pretty much doing primal with some cheating... Here's the thread that I've been following: http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1306402/grain-free-primal-paleo-for-spring
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I haven't looked into paleo b/c I heard it was too strict. Is is just the dairy that's different?

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I think paleo doesn't so salt or dairy. It is more strict but that thread that I posted is not strictly paleo... they eat lots of butter and all kinds of other stuff too. It's just a group of people generally striving for similar things smile.gif
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I was just reading about the primal diet and I'm very interested in trying it. I read all about it on Mark's website and even saw his sample menu. But can any of you post an example of your daily meals? It would really help. Thanks so much!

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Yes, I would LOVE to see a sample menu.  I am trying to figure out the easiest way to get into primal eating.  I'm also thinking ahead to packing school lunches, which didn't go so well last year.

 

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Paleo does do salt and even sweet potatoes, but no dairy except some butter if you tolerate it well.  I've been pooring over Primal blogs and info all afternoon and haven't been able to find much difference, except that it seems like Primal is more concerned with the number of calories you eat than Paleo.  Anyhow, it looks pretty much the same for all intents and purposes.  So I'll join this thread if it's ok with all of you!

 

Heather - I found that just going to the diet fully was the easiest for my kids.  I tried to ease them over, but they were super resistant to it.  So I just cut out all the illegal foods.  The first couple days they didn't eat a whole lot, but than as they got the cravings out, they started eating stuff that they wouldn't have even touched before.  Every time I let them cheat they get way picky again.  I have found for my kids that it's the grains and starches that make it so they will only eat certain foods.  My 4.5 year old was not at all into meat, it was hard to get him to eat chicken and eggs!  Now he gobbles down the meat!  Tonight he ate almost a whole steak! 

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Our meals today went thus...

Breakfast -

  Breakfast burritoes made with

  Tortillas made with egg and coconut flour

  Eggs scrambled with broccolli and coconut oil and leftover chicken

  And the younger kids shared half a peach

 

Lunch -

  BLT's with lettuce as the bread and homemade mayo

  Carrot sticks with almond butter

  Yam spears with homemade ketchup

 

Snack -

  Green smoothies made with leafy greens, eggs and berries

 

Dinner -

  Steak Korean style

  Stir fry cabbage and broccolli with sesame seeds and sesame oil (put on after it was done cooking)

  The kids had a handful of dark, grain free chocolate chips for dessert

 

 

 

I also wanted to mention that everydaypaleo.com is an excellent blog written by a mom of 3 young children who are also strict paleo.  She gives a lot of great kid friendly ideas and her cookbook is one of the best grainfree cookbooks I have seen!

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Originally Posted by mamaspirit View Post

Paleo does do salt and even sweet potatoes, but no dairy except some butter if you tolerate it well.  I've been pooring over Primal blogs and info all afternoon and haven't been able to find much difference, except that it seems like Primal is more concerned with the number of calories you eat than Paleo.  Anyhow, it looks pretty much the same for all intents and purposes.  So I'll join this thread if it's ok with all of you!

 

Heather - I found that just going to the diet fully was the easiest for my kids.  I tried to ease them over, but they were super resistant to it.  So I just cut out all the illegal foods.  The first couple days they didn't eat a whole lot, but than as they got the cravings out, they started eating stuff that they wouldn't have even touched before.  Every time I let them cheat they get way picky again.  I have found for my kids that it's the grains and starches that make it so they will only eat certain foods.  My 4.5 year old was not at all into meat, it was hard to get him to eat chicken and eggs!  Now he gobbles down the meat!  Tonight he ate almost a whole steak! 


Here's one article that says paleo doesn't so salt or starchy tubers -- but I know it's ok for primal shrug.gif Not very important for practical purposes...

http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/paleodietcavemandiet/a/paleoforbidden.htm
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I do Paleo by Robb Wolf's standards and he does include sea salt.

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