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  • Originally posted by mummybeelee View Post
    We were playing around with the pullup bar yesterday and discovered that my ten year old daughter can do both pull ups and chins. Both from a dead hang! Colour me impressed!! lol! She is very slim, to the point people comment she is skinny but I have always said she is a lot stronger than she looks. I may just have to throw that little gem in there next time someone makes a dumb comment. Her head teacher actually tried to tell me I needed to give her more carbs in her packed lunches last year!! Might have to ask her how many pullups she can do!! hee hee!! I also love that my daughter is proud of her strength
    I love this. My 8 year old girl is the same. Very slender, but she's got the most amazing long, lean muscles. Her abs are incredible! She's also really strong and fit and I've drummed into her that this is far more important than looks. We've discussed how primal is not a diet and I'm not trying to lose weight, I'm trying to get fit and strong. I really want her to grow up with a healty body image where she appreciates her body for what it can do more than how it looks. I always hated my body and consequently was not very respectful of it.
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    • Originally posted by MamaGrok View Post
      Are high-maintenance (meaning, having to get cut more often to maintain the style) cuts more common in Europe? Of the European women I know and have seen, a lot higher percentage seem to have these cuts that are very much not the same length all over. They're very cool! We Americans just seem to tend more toward all one length, or layered (different lengths vertically, but not horizontally) like mine is - longer in the middle in the back, shorter as you get toward the front and as you get higher on the head. I swore after the 80s (I'm not kidding you!) and my 10 foot high bangs that I'd never spend more than 2m/day on my hair, or one cut a year, again. I'm sooooooooooooooooooooo lazy!!!!!
      I think maybe they are more usual over here. I went through a long time of just cutting my own hair because it is so hard to find a hairdresser who has a clue how to cut curly hair and people round here were always quite shocked/surprised that I cut my own hair. I usually do my hubbies and kids hair as well and again, people are surprised. Most people go every 8 weeks or so to have their hair cut so having styles that need regular maintenance is quite usual.
      When having it coloured by the hairdresser, I need to go every 6 weeks to keep on top of the roots and I just can't afford that (either financially or the time!!). With a good cut, I can leave it around 10 to 12 weeks which is far more manageable. Once a year would just leave me with impossible to manage hair!


      Anyway, I bought the dye and put it on yesterday. It was a bit of a crazy rush job in between interviewing people for a managers position and going to a committee meeting, while giving the kids dinner (yes I should have waited and done it at the weekend! lol!) and the bathroom looked like there had been a massacre! But I am pleased with the colour result


      006 by mummybeelee, on Flickr

      It is very bright and glowy in the sun (and apparently glows under UV lights!) and far more "me"

      I am definitely feeling in a better place mentally again. Possibly helped by the fact that my mum had bought me a size 14 dress for my birthday to allow for me to slim into it. I have still been buying size 18s (at xmas I was size 18-20 and struggling to fit into most of my size 18 dresses) so thought I wouldn't be able to wear it for a loooong time yet. I tried it on to see how far I have to go before I can wear it and it FITS!!! Could still do with my tummy shrinking a lot but it went on, looked fine and felt comfortable.

      Originally posted by NourishedEm View Post
      I love this. My 8 year old girl is the same. Very slender, but she's got the most amazing long, lean muscles. Her abs are incredible! She's also really strong and fit and I've drummed into her that this is far more important than looks. We've discussed how primal is not a diet and I'm not trying to lose weight, I'm trying to get fit and strong. I really want her to grow up with a healty body image where she appreciates her body for what it can do more than how it looks. I always hated my body and consequently was not very respectful of it.
      Exactly the same discussions I have been having with my daughter!
      I grew up seeing my mum constantly dieting and I don't want my daughter to have the same experience. While I was always very slim when I was younger, I didn't see it at all and never appreciated my strength and fitness. I hope my kids can grow up with an appreciation for their bodies and an enjoyment of nourishing them It is so cute to see my three year old copying me doing pushups and all three fight to have turns on the pull up bar! hee!
      Bee
      Newly primal mama. Taking my family along on the walk to a healthy, strong and happy primal life.
      Losing fat, building strength, having fun.
      My journal is here (please ignore my excessive use of exclamation points and smilies, I just can't help myself! )

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      • Love the new colour, it really brings out your eyes, which are rather striking btw!

        Way to go on the size 14 dress... that's awesome!!

        My 3 fight to take their turns on the pull-up bar too.
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        • I love the hair .

          I was wondering if you could write a bit about how you feed your family on primal, especially budget-wise, packed lunches etc. We're in the annoying position of needing to cut our food spending and wanting to keep moving towards more primal choices at the moment and frankly I'm stuck. We're spending a grand a month on food which I find quite horrifying, and a fair chunk of that is down to my primal stuff. But I am sick of seeing the kids yumming down giant bowls of bran flakes and lots of toast. By conventional standards they have a very healthy diet but still! I suggested cutting back on cereal this week and it nearly caused a riot lol.
          Gluten intolerance and hypermobility syndrome http://www.cfids.org/pdf/joint-hypermobility-guide.pdf

          Eat food. Mostly real. Enjoy life.

          Health, energy, wellbeing, vitality, joy, LIFE! Health At Every Size

          "Do not ask what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
          Harold Whitman

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          • Haven't updated for a while. Seem to have fallen into a sugar binge. Not like my pre primal binges but daft enough and am feeling the effects. Bleurgh. Must get back on track!
            Hopefully the fact that my fridge and freezer are currently well stocked with yummy meats will help that.

            Lots going on including an unexpected potential job offer which I have no idea whether to take up or not. Trying not to worry about it until I have chance to discuss it properly with the other people involved.

            Originally posted by NourishedEm View Post
            Love the new colour, it really brings out your eyes, which are rather striking btw!

            Way to go on the size 14 dress... that's awesome!!

            My 3 fight to take their turns on the pull-up bar too.
            Thank you Unfortunately I am very short sighted so my eyes are usually hidden behind glasses. I do have contacts but don't get on well enough with them to wear them all the time.

            Originally posted by Horsewoman View Post
            I love the hair .

            I was wondering if you could write a bit about how you feed your family on primal, especially budget-wise, packed lunches etc. We're in the annoying position of needing to cut our food spending and wanting to keep moving towards more primal choices at the moment and frankly I'm stuck. We're spending a grand a month on food which I find quite horrifying, and a fair chunk of that is down to my primal stuff. But I am sick of seeing the kids yumming down giant bowls of bran flakes and lots of toast. By conventional standards they have a very healthy diet but still! I suggested cutting back on cereal this week and it nearly caused a riot lol.
            Thanks!

            Feeding the family...hmm..well. Basically I aim for primal but don't stress about it too much. I don't want food to be "forbidden" and therefore more attractive and I want them to make sensible choices for themselves. To that end we talk about what we are eating and why, how we feel afterwards etc.
            We are on a limited budget so don't spend anything like the amount you are currently spending on food. We just don't have the fund for it or we certainly would! We usually do a stock up in costco and then a big shop in the supermarket at the start of the month which costs us a couple of hundred pounds. Then we shop at the local supermarket as we need fresh products or when there are good offers on and end up spending probably another 100 a week or so.
            I don't buy organic, grass fed etc. unless it is on special offer or reduced. I buy what is cheap. We know the times stuff hits the reduced section and fill the freezer with reduced price meats. Steak often gets reduced big time along with mince, pork chops and occasionally the organic, free range chicken thighs. I picked up some pork belly strips for 99p yesterday and a 1.73kg silverside joint for under 5. I roasted the joint tonight and that will go with salad or veg for lunches for a few days.
            Dinner tonight was chicken from the cooked section as they were reduced to 2 each. Kids had theirs with chips and salad, hubbie had salad and I just had chicken as it was all I fancied.
            I also buy frozen meat and fish. Again looking out for when it is on offer. So I often have cook from frozen mince, chicken thighs or strips, salmon etc in the freezer. They all cook quickly and easily for nights we are in a rush or go in the crockpot. Alongside whatever veggies I have picked up (costco bulk buy/reduced section/offers or frozen) or salad they make a decent primal meal. Kids and hubbie will sometimes have rice or potatoes or occasionally still have pasta with them as well. Costco usually have huge chickens at two for 7 which I can make each do a couple of meals (roast with veggies one day and then in a curry/stew or salad second day) and then use for stock. We have been barbequing a lot recently and if they fancy putting their burgers or sausages in bread I don't argue with them. Increasingly though they are copying me and just eating the meat with salad. We look out for the decent burgers on offer. Tesco do ones with just beef for a decent price. Nope..probably not the best quality meat but for a few pounds we are eating just meat and veg, maybe an egg on top or some grated cheese.
            I also usually have a good stock of tinned tuna, salmon, sardines etc to throw together salads (fried up bacon, sardines and tomatoes mixed with soft boiled eggs and hot sauce saw me through a very busy day last week!). I keep an eye out in supermarkets for offers or I stock up on tuna at costco.

            Breakfasts are my nemesis! lol! I am hopeless at mornings and very rarely eat breakfast myself. The kids fluctuate between cereal, crackers, yoghurt and fruit, eggs, pancakes etc. They do all enjoy a proper primal full English but I am just not up to cooking it every day. Lilia was quite keen on scrambled eggs (I buy a LOT of eggs especially as I can pick them up from places selling them along the road with an honesty box which are cheap and proper free range yummy! plus friends with chickens often give us eggs ) with carrot sticks for a while or yoghurt with berries and a little honey. I need to get a handle on breakfast again.
            Packed lunches I usually do in the easylunchboxes which make packing easier. Lilia loves a salad with prawns and dip. Jess usually has a corn tortilla filled with ham and salad. Then they both have carrot sticks/grapes/berries/chopped fruit/cheese along side and usually some kind of "treat" which fluctuates in primal friendliness depending on time/money/organisation on my behalf! If we have leftovers from soup/stew/casserole they often take that in their food flasks for lunch as well.

            We have also been lucky enough that today we were given a heap of meat for FREE!! 20 venison burgers, 2 packs of venison sausages and two haunches of venison were dropped to my door for absolutely nothing!! A guy my hubbie works for culls deer for a few estates and appreciates having people to give the meat to. A friend of his is a butcher and butchers it all for the cost of a few good cuts. I seriously nearly cried at the generosity of that gift tonight We usually get a few pheasants and ducks during the season from friends who hunt and I can make a mean game casserole. Yum!

            So..umm...lots of eggs (scrambled/boiled/omelettes/fried), cheap meat (frozen/reduced section/free!!), cheap veg/salad/fruit (reduced section/costco/offers/frozen) and I do the best I can with what we have. Not sure how much help that is? The quality certainly isn't the best but it is the best I can currently do with the cash available and they still eat some non primal rubbish but very reduced and the bulk of their diet is meat/fish/eggs and veg/fruit.
            Bee
            Newly primal mama. Taking my family along on the walk to a healthy, strong and happy primal life.
            Losing fat, building strength, having fun.
            My journal is here (please ignore my excessive use of exclamation points and smilies, I just can't help myself! )

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            • Thanks, that helps. I don't know why we spend so much, we try to get what is on offer and go for the cheaper options, and we don't buy organic or free range except for eggs, beef mince and chicken legs and thighs which are only a bit more than the regular options. I don't think our Tesco has as much reduced stuff and I even wonder if they charge higher prices because of where we are, like the petrol station does. There section where they sell off older meat and stuff mostly is just packets of deli meat and so on, and the fruit and veg is just yucky squidged and mouldy stuff! There are no cheaper supermarkets unless we drive at least 10 miles which costs a fortune in diesel. I suppose if we had more freezer space there might be somewhere we could go to once a month and stock up on cheaper frozen stuff. Sorry, that just sounds like a big whinge. I am sure we could cut our bill a bit if we really tried but since we both feel so tired and over-pressured already we're understandably reluctant to add extra work and hassle, I find it hard to even think about doing more than our current one visit each to Tesco a week.

              I do feel better knowing you're not managing to feed your kids perfect primal food all the time! I get compliments at school for my kids' healthy lunches but I don't feel so good about cheap muesli bars and so on lol.
              Gluten intolerance and hypermobility syndrome http://www.cfids.org/pdf/joint-hypermobility-guide.pdf

              Eat food. Mostly real. Enjoy life.

              Health, energy, wellbeing, vitality, joy, LIFE! Health At Every Size

              "Do not ask what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
              Harold Whitman

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              • Bee your looking super with your stunning hair Your tips about what you do for your family are really helpful. (I tried giving my kids lettuce tacos last night with bolognese and they ate it , hurrah!!) I don't think we could survive without our lidl in all honesty, the fruit and veg and meat section are superb, in quality and price. (although i do feel guilty about the ethics of buying non british, but thankfully they sell british meat as well now.) It's sounds like you have some super friends, i wish i knew someone who culled deer! Mum and dad live on Isle of Mull, but all the deer seem to go to local restuarants that then charge huge amounts. We grow alot of our veg, and have chickens. In fact my lettuce isn't growing great at the moment as i keep jumping on it every meal now! How are you coping with your sugar binges, is it just going ott with hunny +fruit. Has it coincided with your periods at all? Your still inspiring me phobee, so keep going

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                • Hey, how's it going blondie?
                  Gluten intolerance and hypermobility syndrome http://www.cfids.org/pdf/joint-hypermobility-guide.pdf

                  Eat food. Mostly real. Enjoy life.

                  Health, energy, wellbeing, vitality, joy, LIFE! Health At Every Size

                  "Do not ask what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
                  Harold Whitman

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                  • Thinking of you!
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                    Current Weight: 175lb__________________________________Goal: 135lb
                    Deadlift: 240lb________________________________________Back Squat: 165lb
                    Bench: 130lb__________________________________________Pre ss: 85lb
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