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  • Hi all, newbie from the UK!

    Hi everyone, thought I would introduce myself

    My partner and I are looking into the Primal way of living. We work really hard at the gym and I have always (for as long as I can remember anyway) longed for a leaner tummy and torso area. We've been making the classic mistakes of doing lots of long-drawn-out cardio and some weights. So now that is going to change.

    We're doing it gradually, and I know people have said to just go the whole hog straight away but I feel gradual is best for me. I've had eating disorders in the past and cutting out stuff too soon feels a bit triggering for me and I get anxious. So small steps is gonna work fine for me

    How have other people been getting on with 'going Primal'? Enjoying it? Reaping the benefits?

    One question I want to ask is - we have LOADS of cereals here at home. I don't want to carry on eating them but I don't want to throw them as that would be wasteful. Anyone know if places take donations of food (although most of the boxes have been opened)?

    Looking forward to sharing stories and encouragement with you all
    Lilith

    'Be yourself, everyone else is taken' - Oscar Wilde

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    Package up those cereals and give them to your neighbours, friends and family. I felt badly about giving my vegetarian sister bags of wheat-filled foods, but it saved her a bit of money and she has no intention on going paleo. So, my guilt here. The sooner you get those foods out of your home, the better you will feel. Good luck and enjoy the journey! /Lu
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    Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
    Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

    Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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    • #3
      Give them to family or friends every one loves free food.

      And Hello from Scotland! I'm new to Paleo myself but all I can say is eating these meals are gorgeous I keep in simple and plain because well I can't cook. But I've been stuffed, Full of energy and ready to take on the world since this diet.

      As for the Gym, Focus on the Big Three(Deads,Bench,Squat) and Overhead press and you should be fine, As a Lassy(I presume) I suggest you check out this article on the effect of powerlifting on women. Should dispel any myths that are still lingering around you and inspire you(And your partner) To attack the Barbell Meet Staci: Your New Powerlifting Super Hero | Nerd Fitness

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      • #4
        Thanks for your replies, good idea I will ask around and see who wants the cereals

        CelticDog, thanks I will take a look at the link you have posted. And yes, I am female (last time I checked anyway)
        Lilith

        'Be yourself, everyone else is taken' - Oscar Wilde

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        • #5
          Hi & welcome! I am from the UK too, though I mostly lurk on here

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          • #6
            Thanks Sondora
            Lilith

            'Be yourself, everyone else is taken' - Oscar Wilde

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            • #7
              hi Lillith,
              I'm also in the U.K. My daughter and I eat Primal but the men and boys dont so my house is full of 'rubbish', crisps/biscuits ,cereals etc.
              It deosnt bother me any more and I dont eat them.

              I've been Primal on and off for 2 years. I lost 3 st. Then last year I had unbeleivable stress and fell off the wagon. I'm back on track now.

              The info on here and in the books is all aimed at the USA which is rather annoying. But what I've found myself is that U.K food is less adulterated than US food. At one time I was very religious and would only eat food that had a Kosher certificate. Most of these were from the USA. I couldnt beleive the additives/extra rubbish they put in the food, even the cottage cheese had guar gum and other inedible stuff.
              Its like grass fed beef-we cant afford it-but U>K beef is fed alot more grass than US beef and only really grain over the winter. I do wish that there was a Primal/Paleo site and recipes aimed at us over here.

              good luck

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              • #8
                Originally posted by cinders View Post
                hi Lillith,

                The info on here and in the books is all aimed at the USA which is rather annoying. But what I've found myself is that U.K food is less adulterated than US food. At one time I was very religious and would only eat food that had a Kosher certificate. Most of these were from the USA. I couldnt beleive the additives/extra rubbish they put in the food, even the cottage cheese had guar gum and other inedible stuff.
                Its like grass fed beef-we cant afford it-but U>K beef is fed alot more grass than US beef and only really grain over the winter. I do wish that there was a Primal/Paleo site and recipes aimed at us over here.

                good luck
                That's certainly true about UK and EU food, eg cows get a mix of silage with some barley or oats in it, that's what grow in the UK so that's what we feed the cows intensive raised chickens are still pretty scary though.

                There are a few UK paleo blogs arround, but I don't think there is the following for someone to do something and make a living out of it, and I don't really know enough about it to do keep one going - I could do something every so often and call it 'Rob's Occasional Banana'

                Back to OP - We cut stuff out slowly too - just seemed easier, we were eating little bread and not much sugar as we had been doing slimming world, so they went the first week, then we cut out cereals the next week, and after that we were going to cut out pasta and then rice and eventually legunmes, as it turned out we ended up not even wanting rice or legumes or pasta after the first week so it didn't take as long as excpected.
                You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................

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                • #9
                  Thanks for your replies

                  Rob - I like the name 'Rob's occasional banana' ha ha

                  Can I just ask what 'legumes' includes please, as I have been getting confused about this?!
                  Lilith

                  'Be yourself, everyone else is taken' - Oscar Wilde

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                  • #10
                    In depth answer Legume - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

                    Basically beans and pulses, so kindney beans, baked beans, lentils, peas, peanuts are all legumes. Them things veggies eat for protien that make you trump. Personally I eat a small amount of peanut butter as almond butter is too exspensive and some houmus isn't gonna kill you (I'd be more worried about the oil used rather than the chickpeas) I wouldn't personally avoid garden peas either as you can eat them straight off the plant, but my SO dosn't like them so we don't eat them anyway.
                    You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Rob - when you say peanut butter do you mean some 'pure' form of it rather than the peanut butter people spread on their toast?

                      I have looked at almond butter too but not sure I can get it in shops round here and would have to go online anyway.
                      Lilith

                      'Be yourself, everyone else is taken' - Oscar Wilde

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                      • #12
                        Nope I mean the crap stuff from aldi - can't afford the whole earth stuff, we are propper poor.

                        TBH it is not that bad, there is a little sugar in it, but not much, it's over 90% peanuts.

                        I apply the 80/20 rule to stuff like this otherwise I'd eat nowt, if a few things are less than optimal, but if over 80% of the ingredients are ok then I'm fine with it as a as a small part of my diet, so I have pate from aldi, and chorizo sausage, both of which have a bit of bad stuff in, but not much (though Lidi does a chirizo that is glutan and sugar free IIRC) If aI buy sausages for example I stick to 80% plus meat content. It's not optimal, but neither is trying to feed 5 on 100 quid a week.
                        You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................

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                        • #13
                          Hi great to see another UK member.

                          Everyone is different. My partner and I just gave away or threw away what we could not eat. Never looked back since October.
                          Caution! My replies may contain traces of nuts!. My posts are just my opinion based on my experience with the primal way of life, there is no assurance it will work with others in the same way.

                          Started Primal 15th October 2012
                          Height 5'9"
                          Start weight 200lb
                          Loss so far 33.8lbs, now 166.2lb
                          Goal was 168lb's

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                          • #14
                            Hi Richard, looks like us Brits are catching onto this eh

                            Rob - I agree, we don't want to end up skint because we want to be healthier. Seems to be the same story doesn't it, you want to follow a healthier lifestyle and it costs you more! We're quite happy to shop at Aldi, will have to get down there and see what they've got. We used to buy salmon from there as it tended to be cheaper than the major supermarkets.

                            I agree with your 80/20 rule. A friend of a friend is a personal trainer and said that I must eat 'clean' ALL the time, not just most of the time. It's pressure like that that gets me anxious. I am happy if I can cut down and eat well but if I punish myself for the odd indiscretion then I think it can be de-motivating. And I don't mean scoffing bread/carbs once a week - I mean more like having a bit of dark chocolate every few months or something.
                            Lilith

                            'Be yourself, everyone else is taken' - Oscar Wilde

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                            • #15
                              Hi another family from the UK here. I definitely think Rob should start his blog, haha!
                              We do get all our veg from a local organic farm and that has worked out cheaper than buying in the supermarket (even the non organic stuff) but still struggling to work out the cheapest way of getting good meat.
                              You will find that not buying all the packaged/boxed stuff will save you money.

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