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    Hi everyone! I have been primal for about 2 days and I'm having what I'm calling 'the primal freak-out'.

    I'm genuinely enjoying the new lifestyle. I'm following it as best I can, but I'm starting to feel like I don't know what to eat! I'm having plenty of meat, I think, and lots of fats. I'm thinking I might have a dairy intolerance so I am going to cut out any dairy that isn't fermented, and I'm going to replace butter with ghee. So far so good, but I really hope I can salvage my greek yogurt. It's truly delicious. I feel I'd miss it more than sugar! (There's no sugar in it, btw, haha.)

    Beyond that my food bill for these first two weeks primal is double what I normally spend. I know I have to prioritize but I'm a college student, in Alaska, with little time on my hands. Organic, grass-fed, pasture raised...these terms not only equal health but equal EXPENSIVE. I am currently trying to find a part-time job so I can do more school and hopefully sleep more and play more, with some exercise in there. That should help my overall health, but it will mean less money. I am going to try to make sure I have enough money to stay completely primal, but I'd just like to ask everyone if you've had a 'primal freak-out' regarding any aspect of going primal at first, and how did you work through it?

    And it could be any kind of 'primal freak-out'. Were you having trouble sleeping enough? Were your stress levels through the roof? Were you eating too much of one food group? Did you have trouble budgeting?

    I like hearing people's transitions and advice on finding what's best for them(even if it won't necessarily be best for me).

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    Originally posted by the_walrus0 View Post
    Hi everyone! I have been primal for about 2 days and I'm having what I'm calling 'the primal freak-out'.

    I'm genuinely enjoying the new lifestyle. I'm following it as best I can, but I'm starting to feel like I don't know what to eat! I'm having plenty of meat, I think, and lots of fats. I'm thinking I might have a dairy intolerance so I am going to cut out any dairy that isn't fermented, and I'm going to replace butter with ghee. So far so good, but I really hope I can salvage my greek yogurt. It's truly delicious. I feel I'd miss it more than sugar! (There's no sugar in it, btw, haha.)

    Beyond that my food bill for these first two weeks primal is double what I normally spend. I know I have to prioritize but I'm a college student, in Alaska, with little time on my hands. Organic, grass-fed, pasture raised...these terms not only equal health but equal EXPENSIVE. I am currently trying to find a part-time job so I can do more school and hopefully sleep more and play more, with some exercise in there. That should help my overall health, but it will mean less money. I am going to try to make sure I have enough money to stay completely primal, but I'd just like to ask everyone if you've had a 'primal freak-out' regarding any aspect of going primal at first, and how did you work through it?

    And it could be any kind of 'primal freak-out'. Were you having trouble sleeping enough? Were your stress levels through the roof? Were you eating too much of one food group? Did you have trouble budgeting?

    I like hearing people's transitions and advice on finding what's best for them(even if it won't necessarily be best for me).
    Yes, I totally hear you. I think I experienced that 'freak out' in the beginning. I cleaned out all my cupboards, and then it got close to lunch time, and I thought, "Oh my God --- what am I going to eat??????!!!!! Anyway, once you clean out the junk, and do a good basic shopping, you will be on your way. And the nice thing is that I only eat two meals a day now, so there's less time in the kitchen and less hunger and less worry over 'what to eat'. I have my 'go to' staples and I tend to eat a lot of the same foods week in and week out. I have never used a paleo diet book or recipe yet --- I just cook a nice piece of meat, add some veg and supplement with olives, eggs, avocado, bit of berries etc. Food is not the centre of my universe --- it nourishes my body but I'm not married to 'my next meal'. It works if you just try to relax and enjoy the journey. Cheers,
    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
      I definitely had a freak out over my food budget at first, being a college student myself. Luckily I happened to go primal in the summer, and I was able to take advantage of a huge surplus of veggies from my parents' garden, so at first it was pretty much just meat that I had to buy. After the free veggies ran out though, it definitely became tougher to buy food on the same budget I had operated on pre-primal. I decided to cut back in other areas of my budget so I could afford the best food. That means for me no cable or satellite television and no smart phones or data plans. I also take advantage of more free activities now, like going for a hike with friends versus going out to dinner.

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      • #4
        I have the same problem as a college student. Although I do work a lot and make decent money I spend a lot on food. But it really is just a matter of prioritizing. For me, being healthy and feeling better is absolutely worth the extra money I spend on groceries. Although I'm also taking advantage of the fact that I'm saving a ton of money on alcohol/going out on the weekends. After a few weeks into PB, assuming you cut out your alcohol consumption (and I'm just assuming you drink being in college), you'll notice a bit of extra cash there. Just try to remember that its all going to be worth it.
        22 year old male in Pittsburgh. Primal since 9/12.

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        • #5
          Find yourself a Costco, BJ's or Sam's Club and buy in bulk. My local Costco has a huge selection of organic/grass-fed/etc. meats that, when bought in bulk and frozen, are much more affordable than getting it in grocery stories or from a farmstand. It may not be ideal, but it's better than factory-farm stuff! The same goes for tubers, fish (I get bulk frozen shrimp a lot!), produce, nuts, canned goods (tuna, chicken, salmon), broth and stock, poultry, herbs and spices... pretty much everything!
          >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
          >> Goal (by 1 Jan 2014): 90% Primal / 135-ish pounds / 20-22% BF

          >> Upcoming Fitness Feats: Tough Mudder, June 2013
          >> Check out my super-exciting journal by clicking these words.

          Weight does NOT equal health -- ditch the scale, don't be a slave to it!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MissJecka View Post
            Find yourself a Costco, BJ's or Sam's Club and buy in bulk. My local Costco has a huge selection of organic/grass-fed/etc. meats that, when bought in bulk and frozen, are much more affordable than getting it in grocery stories or from a farmstand. It may not be ideal, but it's better than factory-farm stuff! The same goes for tubers, fish (I get bulk frozen shrimp a lot!), produce, nuts, canned goods (tuna, chicken, salmon), broth and stock, poultry, herbs and spices... pretty much everything!
            I'm a lost puppy in Costco.

            The only things I can find are nuts, coffee and organic frozen berries. And I couldn't seem to find organic nuts.

            I also tend to have panic attacks. I mean, I went at 10 am on a Friday, hoping it would be less insane and there were tons of people with their families just hauling ass around the store and I'm standing there trying to scrutinize the meat packaging! Beyond that I couldn't find ANY organic frozen veggies, which is what I wanted. I have a hard time affording organic vegetables. I ended leaving with a bag of organic coffee, made here in Alaska, and a bag of organic frozen berries.

            I checked out the meat but didn't see any sign of anything labeled grass-fed or organic. I ended up at the wholefoods store. Yeah, I payed a butt-ton for my organic grass-fed pasture raised 4lb london broil, but I felt way better about that purchase than I would have about the questionable meat at the Costco. Also, I used it to make my first roast and it's divine! Also, it's fed me now for 3 days and I think it's going to last two more so, lunches and dinners for five days for $40 doesn't seem too terrible considering it's high-quality beef.

            I plan to eat chicken the rest of the week, which is considerably cheaper and my local grocery store has a section in the meat department where it's only organic chicken, so I feel alright about buying that.

            I'm really having fun getting to know meat. Before now I never bought raw meat. I just bought frozen pre-cooked crap, usually breaded. Gross.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by the_walrus0 View Post
              I'm a lost puppy in Costco.

              The only things I can find are nuts, coffee and organic frozen berries. And I couldn't seem to find organic nuts.

              I also tend to have panic attacks. I mean, I went at 10 am on a Friday, hoping it would be less insane and there were tons of people with their families just hauling ass around the store and I'm standing there trying to scrutinize the meat packaging! Beyond that I couldn't find ANY organic frozen veggies, which is what I wanted. I have a hard time affording organic vegetables. I ended leaving with a bag of organic coffee, made here in Alaska, and a bag of organic frozen berries.

              I checked out the meat but didn't see any sign of anything labeled grass-fed or organic. I ended up at the wholefoods store. Yeah, I payed a butt-ton for my organic grass-fed pasture raised 4lb london broil, but I felt way better about that purchase than I would have about the questionable meat at the Costco. Also, I used it to make my first roast and it's divine! Also, it's fed me now for 3 days and I think it's going to last two more so, lunches and dinners for five days for $40 doesn't seem too terrible considering it's high-quality beef.

              I plan to eat chicken the rest of the week, which is considerably cheaper and my local grocery store has a section in the meat department where it's only organic chicken, so I feel alright about buying that.

              I'm really having fun getting to know meat. Before now I never bought raw meat. I just bought frozen pre-cooked crap, usually breaded. Gross.
              That's odd. I buy all of my poultry from Costco and it's fairly easy to find. There are also lots of uncured sausages and bacon that I get from Costco as well. Hmm. Whatever works for you, I guess!
              >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
              >> Goal (by 1 Jan 2014): 90% Primal / 135-ish pounds / 20-22% BF

              >> Upcoming Fitness Feats: Tough Mudder, June 2013
              >> Check out my super-exciting journal by clicking these words.

              Weight does NOT equal health -- ditch the scale, don't be a slave to it!

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              • #8
                I think I'm just a wuss in large crowds.

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                • #9
                  me too,There are also lots of uncured sausages and bacon that I get from Costco as well ,thank you

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by the_walrus0 View Post
                    I think I'm just a wuss in large crowds.
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                    I'm not big on crowds either, and Costco does get crazy. Which one did you go to? I've found the one on Dimond seems to be less crowded than the one on Debarr, generally. I need to start going there soon because buying primal foods at Carrs is ridiculously expensive. Fred Meyer had fresh Buffalo meat on sale 2 days ago, though. They may still have some. Costco is a good place to get seafood, even if you can't find grass fed meat. And I'm pretty sure you can get organic frozen veggies. Not sure on fresh.
                    High Weight: 225
                    Weight at start of Primal: 189
                    Current Weight: 174
                    Goal Weight: 130

                    Primal Start Date: 11/26/2012

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by EagleRiverDee View Post
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                      I'm not big on crowds either, and Costco does get crazy. Which one did you go to? I've found the one on Dimond seems to be less crowded than the one on Debarr, generally. I need to start going there soon because buying primal foods at Carrs is ridiculously expensive. Fred Meyer had fresh Buffalo meat on sale 2 days ago, though. They may still have some. Costco is a good place to get seafood, even if you can't find grass fed meat. And I'm pretty sure you can get organic frozen veggies. Not sure on fresh.
                      I shop at the one on Dimond and at the Fred Myers on Dimond too, as I live right behind the Village Inn. I also head down Old Seward to the Natural Pantry to get my meat since it's the only place I know with emphasis on organic, pasture raised and grass fed stuff.

                      Costco isn't too bad, but it's very different from Fred Meyers. I did get a whole organic chicken at Fred Meyers the other day, and some organic chicken legs. I try to go back to their meat area and see what they have. I did see the buffalo meat but I wouldn't even know what to do with it.

                      I hardly ever go into Carrs, unless it's the closest thing around. I'm lost in their too. See, I go to Freddies probably more than I go anywhere else, so I know exactly where everything is, albeit they don't always have what I need.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by the_walrus0 View Post
                        I did see the buffalo meat but I wouldn't even know what to do with it.
                        Anything you would do with beef you can do with the similar cut of buffalo. The burger is interchangeable in recipes, and the steaks are bomber. Just red meat goodness with very little fat.
                        High Weight: 225
                        Weight at start of Primal: 189
                        Current Weight: 174
                        Goal Weight: 130

                        Primal Start Date: 11/26/2012

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by EagleRiverDee View Post
                          Anything you would do with beef you can do with the similar cut of buffalo. The burger is interchangeable in recipes, and the steaks are bomber. Just red meat goodness with very little fat.
                          Ah, I'm not a fan of ground meat.

                          I don't actually cook a lot of beef. I make a roast and then eat that for like 5 days, varying between lunch and dinner. Although next week I'd like to make it last more like 7 days.

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                          • #14
                            Taking into account that you live in Alaska, it's also possible your local Costco doesn't have the same selection. How is access to fresh fish? (Trying not to stereotype the options by geography!)

                            You might need to do some research into what's available in your area. Maybe you can't access beef, but what are your other options? Moose? Elk? Caribou? Rabbit? Also, I think there's some info on the site about how to prioritize--I vaguely remember seeing (and it could have been in the book) a list Mark did about local, grass-fed organic first, then local, grass-fed, etc. The idea, generally, is to do the best you can, recognizing that everyone's circumstances are different. That $25 for an on-sale free-range chicken that will last you for five meals is a great bargain....but that's not helpful if you don't have $25. So maybe you can't go organic, local, grass-fed at first, or not for everything, but you do what you can when. And maybe after a few months of "I can't" will gradually transition to "wow, was I spending that much on potato chips? Look, it's enough to add X to my diet!" Trust me, you can do this on a budget, but you will have to make choices.

                            A good starting point, too, is grass-fed ground beef. It tends to be a couple bucks more a pound where I live, but you will very likely find that you eat less without thinking about it. And maybe if you start with just one item, you'll find Costco is easier to navigate. Go in planning to just find organic grass fed ground beef, even if you have to ask the guy behind the counter. Next time, look for something different, and pick up the ground beef on your way out.

                            I have no advice about vegetables--sorry. Realistically, does Alaska have a growing season, and farmers' markets? Summer tends to be much easier, although any more....my mom, who lives in the midwest, has lost two gardens in a row from drought. Guy in the produce dept. at my local grocery this morning told me they're losing produce now because growing areas that usually produce this time of year have been frozen out. That probably doesn't help, but at least you know you aren't alone

                            Good luck!
                            My primal journal: My journey, goals, recipes, random thoughts on primal and SAD.

                            It's all about the journey. How we get there is at least as important as where we end up.

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                            • #15
                              just saw your reply above. Ignore my suggestion about ground beef, then
                              My primal journal: My journey, goals, recipes, random thoughts on primal and SAD.

                              It's all about the journey. How we get there is at least as important as where we end up.

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