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  • Primal in the UK - bacon sandwiches without the sandwich...

    I've been toying with the idea of writing one of these for a few weeks now, ever since I bit the bullet and decided to embrace the Primal WOE/WOL... It's not easy in the UK - primal/paleo is still a really, really niche interest (even more so than in the US) and fellow travellers are hard to find. I'd been treading a LC path for a while and enjoying it, but felt as if I needed to branch out a little; make it more about life and not just about food. So, MDA and the PB brought me here!

    Sleep, play, sunshine (not much of that here!) and super-delicious, amazing food. What's not to like? This is the point where I admit I'm pretty lazy and still not fully on board with the whole exercise thing - even though I know how great it will make me feel; fitting it in... aaargh. But I see planks in my future...

    I work fulltime, I have a young son (9yo) who is partly-primal, and a SO who is also as primal as I can get him (but who is wedded to his Standard British Diet too...baby steps, yes?) I'm 40 this year, so I guess this is my midlife crisis...

    I used to write journals/diaries A LOT when I was younger (cringe) - hopefully this won't be as knuckle-gnawingly awful as they were! I don't know how this is going to turn out - might be a list of foods, might be a place to open up, who knows?

    I'll record some stats, just 'cos I feel I should:
    5' 7"
    150lb
    Almost 40
    Weaknesses: bacon, dark chocolate, blue cheese, eating coconut oil by the spoonful (not too bad, huh?!)

    140lb by July would be great, but it's not a mission. We'll see. I just know how much better I feel eating this way. PB has made me feel great about food, excited about it. I experiment now! And I finally feel like I know my body better. I've even started IF sometimes - just because I can. It's amazing. I eat only when I'm hungry, which is utterly new to me because before LC/primal I was hungry ALL THE TIME. And mainly for chocolate

    So, that's it. Food so far today: one apple, one banana, one large spoonful coconut oil. One cup of revolting hospital canteen cappuccino with half a sachet of sugar to make it mildly less revolting. Dinner will be panfried pollock fillets with roasted broccolli, red peppers and buttered spring greens. Love it.

    Cx

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    Hi caro_h....liking the journal so far.

    It's not so hard in the UK...and there are a surprising number of us hanging around here too.

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    • #3
      Plus our Bacon is better than US bacon (I lived there 13 years. I should know )
      Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

      http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DinoHunter View Post
        Plus our Bacon is better than US bacon (I lived there 13 years. I should know )
        Ha, yes! I once tried to make a tomato and bacon sauce (for pasta...) when living in Minneapolis. How many packets did I get through to get an even vaguely bacon-y taste?! Tbf I think it was that Oscar Meyer stuff, should've known better.

        Thanks for reading, spuggygirl. It's good to know there are a few Brits out there!

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        • #5
          But of course, a big hello to anyone else too before I offend anyone :wink:

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          • #6
            Hi Caro! I am in the North West UK with a primal family of 4! Great to be able to chat. There's a FB page called Primal Britain that's picking up a bit (though not very chatty).

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            • #7
              Ps I hear you on the cringey journals! I found one from when I was 13. Mortified.

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              • #8
                Hello, I like your journal! I live in Maine, U.S.A., and I know there are other primal/paleo people about but finding them is hard. I can relate to feeling a bit on the fringe.
                My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                • #9
                  Paleo-UK is another good FB page with quite a lot of traffic

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DinoHunter View Post
                    Plus our Bacon is better than US bacon (I lived there 13 years. I should know )
                    No wonder, it is imported from where I live: Denmark

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                    • #11
                      Another Primal UK girl here! Been around for a while, only just started to speak though... :-p

                      Can't contain my excitement at how the media here is finally picking up on primal/paleo nutrition and benefits of high fat etc. My family are fed up of me shoving it down their throats at the dinner table, but if they read it in the news, well, of course it makes sense to them now...!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dkJames View Post
                        No wonder, it is imported from where I live: Denmark
                        Not the stuff I get. Local Farm/Butcher
                        Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

                        http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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                        • #13
                          Hey, it's lovely to see you all :grin:

                          The sun's out, 'Eloise' by The Damned has just come on the radio and I'm rubbing ghee on some big fat chicken legs - does life get any better than this?!

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                          • #14
                            Well, last night I learned that ghee makes chicken skin UNBELIEVABLY GOOD and that frozen raspberries mixed with full fat Greek yoghurt and a tiny splurge of honey are also... UNBELIEVABLY GOOD.

                            I love love love eating this way.

                            Long and boring meeting early this morning meant no coffee... am really feeling the need right now. And am pretty peckish for some lunch even though I usually don't eat until 1pm at the earliest.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by dkJames View Post
                              No wonder, it is imported from where I live: Denmark
                              The best bacon I've ever tasted was from deepest, darkest Perthshire (Scotland).

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