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    Hey there! I'm not into the Paleo diet thing myself *ducks* but my husband has been following it for over a month now with really great results (weight loss + general health benefits). I'm pretty sure he thinks i'm crazy for not joining him, but (at least for now) i don't think it's for me.


    Anyway, the first month was pretty rough, but i'm slowly getting used to the bigger grocery bills (ow, btw), sharing kitchen space for the prep of two separate meals, and trying really hard not to take it personally that he won't eat what i cook anymore. He's happy, and i'm getting over the rest.


    What i'm here for is to get a better understanding of what 'going Paleo' is all about, and snag some recipes so he'll let me cook for him again. I'll probably lurk for the most part, but wanted to post an intro.


    So...hi


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    Hi and welcome! For recipes, check out the current thread about Primal blogs -- many of us post recipes pretty regularly.

    Nightlife ~ Chronicles of Less Urban Living, Fresh from In the Night Farm ~ Idaho's Primal Farm! http://inthenightlife.wordpress.com/

    Latest post: Stop Being Stupid

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      Awesome; i'm sure my favorites button will get a workout today

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        Also check the Archives section of the website, and go to Recipes. There are some really wonderful ones to choose from! My personal favorites are the jambalaya, the chili, and the stuffed eggplant. Oh and the Primal Energy Redux bar recipe, though I change it quite a bit.


        Hopefully you'll decide to join us soon

        You are what you eat,
        and what you eat eats too - Michael Pollan

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          Hippie Mama- Welcome! I think it's great your here to support hubby. Very open minded of you.


          There are gazillions of recipes floating around here. I'm sure you'll find anything you need, and if not, feel free to ask. I'm sure somebody will have an answer. There's such a HUGE variety of knowledge from the forumites.


          I agree with Hannahc. It would be great to have you join us someday. It's such a healthy lifestyle. Very liberating really.


          Again, welcome!

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            I have to say that I'm jealous - everyone I know (IRL) thinks I'm crazy; I'm very thankful for the friends I've made here. They keep me sane and from feeling too alone.


            So, cheers to your support. This lifestyle can seem extreme from the outside, but at the heart its very down to earth and simple. Watch hubbie's progress for a while... then... just try it. One month.

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              Welcome Hippie Mama. I echo Aaron's words, give Paleo a shot when you're comfortable with it and enjoy the health benefits. Here are Mark's Primal recipes:


              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/category/recipes/

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                Aaron, no worries. Everyone is crazy. Everyone. Some just hide it better than others.

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                  Welcome. It's really great to have a supporting spouse.

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                    Wow, the vast number of recipes i'm finding (i've been at it for more than three hours and i'm almost out of index cards!) is very encouraging. It's nice to think we can share at least half of our meals as a family again, with just a little bit of planning.


                    Speaking of, are there any recipes that you guys have found especially palatable to children? Our kids (ages 8, 6, and 4) aren't picky eaters (they'll try anything once), but i would appreciate any words of experience.

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                      in my experience (I'm a nanny / sitter for multiple families), children LOVE real food (which paleo/Primal is) versus processed junk. I wouldn't worry about catering to their "needs" as children - they will like anything that tastes good.

                      Today I got a kick out of something at work. 2 year old boy's mom had set aside some chicken and tater tots for his lunch, so I warmed that up for him. I also got out some cheese for his baby sister (9 months) to try eating. Boy wanted the cheese too, so I told him if he ate some chicken I would give him cheese. He ate all of his chicken, a bunch of cheese, and ignored his tater tots. Score!


                      One day last week I had made myself some baked cheese to take to work as a snack. Different 2 year old boy that day - but he was very interested in my snacks. He had been asking for potato chips, but when I shared my baked cheese with him he forgot all about the potato chips and kept asking for more baked cheese.


                      (I know they're both cheese examples, but... it's what comes to mind.)


                      Oh also, letting kids help you cook is a great idea - especially if they can make choices. Sometimes when I'm cooking with the kids, I'll choose a couple different spices/seasonings that would be good in/on what I'm making, then I open the bottles and let the kid smell each choice (and I tell them what the spice/herb is so they can learn the names of them) and ask them which one I should use on the food. It gives them a sense of ownership in the process and makes them more excited to eat it, whatever it is.


                      My website is http://www.joyfulabode.com/

                      and my primal recipes are at http://www.joyfulabode.com/category/primal-recipes/

                      Hope you find something you like there. You can subscribe to my blog via RSS or email on the right side of the page if you want to know about updates.


                      Also note - your grocery bills will go down when you start eating the same things your husband does (I say when because I know we'll "convert" you in no time - it is an awesome way to live), and your pantry will be mysteriously bare - leaving more room for kitchen tools and the like (fewer boxes/bags/cans). So the kitchen frustration should go away too.


                      I've been primal (mostly - I do slip up more than some people here, but nothing big...) since June of 09 and I am NEVER going back. I mean EVER. The benefits have just been too many and too great to ignore. And it's not like I needed to lose a ton of weight or like I wanted to get down to 6% body fat or anything crazy like that... but my body/mind/spirit all feel so much more natural now. By which I mean that I don't feel like I'm fighting to walk into the wind or something... feels like I'm going with nature. It's nice.

                      Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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                        also for your kids, you can get some muffin tins and fill them with primal snacks and put it on the bottom shelf of your fridge for them to be able to grab things if they are hungry- things you could put in the cups include:

                        jerky or cut up leftover meat/rotisserie chicken/whatever

                        grapes / strawberries / blueberries / cherries / other small fruit

                        almond butter for dipping fruit in

                        carrot sticks / celery sticks / slices of radish/ sliced bell peppers / other veggies

                        homemade sour cream-based veggie dip

                        sunflower seeds / pumpkin seeds / cashews / almonds / macadamia nuts

                        cubes of various cheeses

                        etc.


                        That way if they get home from school and they're hungry they have something quick to grab (and it's exciting because maybe the tray will have different things in it each day!) - makes it easier to avoid falling into the routine/rut of pizza rolls, gogurt, granola bars, fruit gushers, and other non-food snacks.


                        http://everydaypaleo.com/2010/01/31/...fast-and-more/ - this blog entry is also really awesome, full of good ideas for lunch/snacks for kids.

                        Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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                          Thanks FlyNavyWife; your blog was actually one of the first i really dug into--lots of good stuff there


                          We gave up most processed foods years ago (we're down to convenience items such as dry pasta, cereals, crackers, and occasionally granola bars), but i was raised on practically carbs alone, and before my husband started this diet, we only ate meat a few times a week. I thought i was doing really great with the whole grains, homemade potato items, and brown rice routine, so it's hard to wrap my mind around the fact that, that stuff is bad too. I mean, a lesser of many evils, obviously, but the idea of giving them up makes me a grouchy hippie! For one thing, i need to learn to cook all over again. And to be honest, i don't think i'm completely over our attempt at South Beach a few years ago, lol. Those were dark times indeed...


                          Anyway, i'm warming up to it, at least on a part-time basis, and i'm being forced to read labels much more diligently than i ever have, just so i know what the husband can have and what he can't, and that's never a bad thing (goodness, corn syrup is in just about everything). It's causing slow changes here, but i am notoriously stubborn. Should be interesting.

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                            aww I'm glad you've already "dug in." Good to hear.


                            And your history sounds a lot like mine... I grew up eating a LOT of pasta and rice, and in college and at the beginning of my marriage I still used those things as staples. Meat meals were a special occurrence, not because I was anti-meat at all, but because it just didn't occur to me. I made a LOT of meals that were "pasta with veggies and a sauce" or "rice with stir-fried veggies" or "rice with veggies and cheese mixed in it" ...


                            When I tried to get us to be healthier, I switched to whole-grain stuff, brown rice, wheat pasta, started making my own bread from scratch at home (with wheat flour of course), etc. Of course I made us go down to fat-free versions of a lot of things - skim milk or at the most 1%, fat free sour cream, that neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese, stuff like that. I would steam veggies and then spray them with I can't believe it's not butter, or toss them with a carefully-measured teaspoon of olive oil...


                            Cooking is a lot more free now... at the same time it's easier (which was a surprise to me, since i hadn't grown up really cooking much meat myself...) and more exciting (there are SO MANY flavor combinations that are opened up when you start using more meat and expanding your "line" of veggies and especially FATS... )


                            Please do spend some time on the forum - especially reading other ladies' blogs (mine, maba's, hannahc, lil_em, diana renata's, and lots more) to give you a perspective of how this way of eating can "go down" and how it might make you feel - do be warned though, a lot of us are pregnant right now so there might be some hormones floating around. haha. Seems the primal way of eating increases both libido and fertility, so watch out if you aren't looking for another baby right now!!!!


                            So glad you joined - you are going to love it here.

                            Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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                              Thanks for the suggestion about the muffin tins, my best friends 2 and 3 year old visit from time to time, and since I don't have kids yet, I never have a very kid-friendly fridge. When they visit next weekend, I'll totally have the muffin tins out with snacks for them!

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