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  • Hello from Scotland; going primal in the new year..Advice?

    Hi all,

    I'm Nijel, 29 and currently live in scotland,U.K (its soo cold this time of the year). I have heard from a lot of friends that going primal its great for weight loss and given them great results in terms of reducing their bf% and losing overall weight while staying lean and toned so I wanted to try this in the new year. Ordered the primal blue print book and am excited and looking forward to it .I came across this blog while looking around on the internet for a new way of eating.

    In the past I have bulked upto 85kgs and although i did build some amount of muscle I was feeling bloated and lethargic. So I have been doing intermittent fasting and that has belped me bring my weight down to 77kgs. However I found that I did lose some strength and muscle tissue in the process as well while feeling hungry and tired during early morning workouts. I currently do three days of weight training, one day of boxing and one day of kendo.

    I am 175cms tall at 76kgs with 18% bf as of today.As someone who is looking to build muscle and / or increase strength how does does eating primal fare? If the principles are followed would I still need to eat in a caloric surplus (around 3000kcals) in order to lean build muscle mass while minimizing fat gains?. I am happy to be part of the community and eagerly looking forward to starting to eat primal.

  • #2
    Why wait till new year? Turkey, sweet potatoes, veges & red wine.

    Maybe a little dark chocolate. You'll see a difference in two weeks if you follow it well.
    I'll be back


    • #3
      Advice? Don't wait, start now.
      Do what you love and do it often. If you don't like something, change it. if you don't like your job, quit. If you don't have enough time, stop watching tv. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop, they will be waiting for you when you start doing the things you love. Stop over analyzing, life is simple. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Some opportunities only come once, seize them.


      • #4
        Great to see someone else from the UK.
        I would also say start now, a couple of weeks and you will be able to notice the difference, it would be great to start the new year with energy! Actually most Christmas meals are centred around the meat- turkey/beef so really just say no to bread sauce and you're set!


        • #5
          Good point..I am just waiting on the book now so that I can read into more details, but I shall start immediately. Thank you for the advice, and with regards to eating in caloric surplus, do I continue doing that even while eating primal in order to build muscle? When eating primal especially over Christmas the meat may not be grass fed / organic. Would this make a difference. Sorry if these questions sound silly..I am still picking up info as I go along.
          Last edited by Lycan; 12-13-2012, 02:44 AM. Reason: More info


          • #6
            Hi from another Scottish (well, adopted) Primal-ate.

            I'd say to go for the old 80/20 rule over the holidays - enjoy yourself during social occasions and don't feel guilty, then straight back on the wagon. That's my plan, anyway.


            • #7
              i was gonna say 'don't wait' too, just jump on board!


              • #8
                Thanks guys I will start immediately..Quick question though does all the meat have to be Organic / Grass fed?


                • #9
                  Ideally it should be, but you do what you must....hey I don't see many grass fed fish out

                  Take advantage of the wonderful fish you have there and if you can talk to your local forester you may be able to pick up a venison (you will have to skin and butcher) dirt cheep.
                  Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
                  Don't forget to play!


                  • #10
                    Not sure where in Scotland you are, but I can pop you in the right direction for some really good sources of grassfed meat.


                    • #11
                      Yes please, I live in the Aberdeen area of Scotland but any advice on where to source good meats from would be a bonus. Will be checking with the local butchers today as well and see the pricing in the meanwhile. And thank you again guys, I love seafood so I think mackerel, salmon and tuna will be a staple for me as is sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, nuts and berries.

                      lol @ grassfed fish


                      • #12
                        Check this out:

                        Paleo Directory - Primal Britain

                        I'm down in Edinburgh and buy the vast majority of my meat from Findlays butchers - all grassfed and local (though not organic), but it's pretty close to where I live so I make a weekly Saturday morning visit. I can also recommend Griersons (the best ribeye steak I've tasted in my entire life) and Peelham pork is amazing. But I daresay you'll be able to find more local suppliers.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Lycan View Post
                          Yes please, I live in the Aberdeen area of Scotland
                          Your Store
                          Rose veal, farm cheeses, yogurt & if you ask at the right time, sometimes even cream (also turkey for Christmas, this is where im getting mine) They also usually have bacon from Ingrams (sp?) (which is out by Foveran ) and sometimes wild game

                          My Fav Butcher. The Store Company :: our farm, our passion - your lifestyle :: Home (Foveran, we make a trip out to stock up every 6 weeks or so) They do a gluten free beef & bacon sausage now (You can thank me for that one , I special ordered it enough they started making it regularly) & will do special order on request if you ask nicely (I usually order several kg of pork sausage/nothing added & 20/80 beef mince instead of buying the reg sausages &/ mince)

                          Bridgefoot farm delivers organic fruit/veg boxes Home - Bridgefoot Organic Farm

                          Theres a Sunday Farmers stand in Cove bay-local produce & fresh eggs from his own chickens (open Most Sundays 10-3. Old Cove in the fields at the south end)
                          Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.



                          • #14
                            Hello my friend!!

                            I am Garvin, 28 and from Ireland (and its so cold). You are very welcome to the Primal world. Primal living is modern day society is the business. I have being following the "Worlds oldest diet" for 3 months. Lately I have changed my training to support optimal health and wellness. Coming from a boxing and Athletic back ground I have made adjustments to my training to avoid "Conic cardio" (You will pick up all the terms and condition as you read about the Paleo/Primal lifestyle) Anyways, you will be very surprised about the quality of meats and fish we have in this part of the world. When I became aware of "grass fed" and "organic" and "Free range", I was surprised about how much great food was around my area.Take advantage of your what your area has to offer. Get on the venison, seafood, grass fed meats....Start talking to farmers!!! Get the nutrition sorted first and the training results will come naturally....Keep in touch!!


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Lycan View Post
                              I wanted to try this in the new year.
                              As others have said, start now. I will no doubt have Christmas Pudding and Christmas Cake, along with too much wine etc, but it only takes a small decision to get back on the wagon. When we were on our summer holidays, I ate some non primal fish & chips. I'm still alive and lost 2lbs in weight over the fortnight we were away.
                              Why use a sledge hammer to crack a nut when a steam roller is even more effective, and, is fun to drive.