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  • How Has The Primal Blueprint Changed Your Awareness Regarding Nutrition?

    I would like to know how other PB's feel about this because of an experience I had today.

    I was in the library with a friend and I decided to check out the current issue of Men's Health magazine. I used to be an avid reader/subscriber of the magazine and adopted a lot of it's recommendations; needless to say, it didn't work out.

    I did find it interesting that MH tends to promote foods that are in no way good for us (ice cream, breads, etc. but when certain foods and products are promoted and the only nutritional facts that men's health tends to promote are the calories and the "fat content."

    Upon reading this I realized how far I had come. I now know that the "Calories In/Calories Out" approach isn't the best way to track weight loss and overall health. It's sad that some still feel this is the way. Also, I'm so happy that I don't run away from fats anymore. They are filling and nutritious if chosen properly through select foods.

    How have you become more aware after adopting the Primal Blueprint?

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    I feel like an outcast, in a way, knowing what I know now. Most people think I'm crazy for eating stuff full of saturated fat, and for not counting calories. It's funny how people think I'll wind up with clogged arteries by eating bacon. My grandparents' generation cooked in lard and ate bacon and all that good stuff, before the whole "low fat" and chemically-processed movements began, and they lived long, healthy lives, well into their late 80s. People seem to forget about anecdotal evidence in favor of what the "experts" tell us.

    I predict it will take a good ten years before people in the mainstream are clued in about how to eat properly.

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    • #3
      It's changed my awareness completely. And I couldn't be happier about it.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by CaptSaltyJack View Post
        My grandparents' generation cooked in lard and ate bacon and all that good stuff, before the whole "low fat" and chemically-processed movements began, and they lived long, healthy lives, well into their late 80s.
        I remember when I let CW wreck my perception for a while and I heard my grandmother say "I cook my food in bacon grease" and I cringed...Now I realize - my grandmother is in her 90s and will probably outlive most of my family (actually she has already outlived most of her children sadly)
        The pain of discipline or the pain of regret? You choose.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SheGlowsPale View Post
          I remember when I let CW wreck my perception for a while and I heard my grandmother say "I cook my food in bacon grease" and I cringed...Now I realize - my grandmother is in her 90s and will probably outlive most of my family (actually she has already outlived most of her children sadly)
          Love cooking in bacon grease - save it every time I cook bacon.

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          • #6
            Kind of like once you buy a car, you start to see them all over- I never realized how often people use the words "bacon" and "heart attack" in the same sentence until now.
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            • #7
              Well, I've become more aware in that everything I see in the media about nutrition really annoys me. I've been aware of the low fat lie for years now after reading Dr Atkin's book and then doing my own research. It literally makes me boil with rage when I see Kelloggs marketing children's cereals as healthy. And don't even get me started on Diabetes UK>

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              • #8
                Yes, I noticed the change and I like it. I read labels constantly & can't believe all the trash that's in many products. I also never used to think about what went into personal grooming products, and now I'm mindful about that as well.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Gregory Grok View Post
                  I did find it interesting that MH tends to promote foods that are in no way good for us
                  I still love Men's Health though. Even if the nutritional information isn't great in general, there are always other excellent articles and interesting nutritional tidbits that are often spot-on. And I love the style in which it's written.



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                  • #10
                    let's see...

                    grocery shopping takes almost no time. Produce section, dart down an aisle for spices/oils, meat counter. That's pretty much it. Maybe get an item or two from the dairy area.

                    My bathroom is almost empty. The sea of lotions, soaps and various other health and beauty items are all gone.

                    I have more space on my pantry shelves. No more boxes of ready-made food stuffs. No more loaves of bread. In fact, I have back all that time I used to spend reading and comparing labels...there really aren't any labels on whole foods! LOL

                    MUCH LESS STRESS! Food is so easy. Meat and vegetables cooked up in some good fats. How much easier can you get?? I don't have to count calories eaten or freak out that I forgot to turn on my heart rate monitor at the beginning of my workout. I don't weigh and measure all my food and worry over whether DH used a tbsp or tbsp and a half of butter in a dish. Heck, my HRM has been collecting dust...as has my scale. Yet, my clothes keep getting bigger on me.

                    I could really go on and on...
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                    • #11
                      I've read the ingredient list for practically every single product in the grocery store to find that 95 percent of the foods in there are chockablock with HFCS and the remaining 5% are full of soy oil.
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                      • #12
                        I read Skinny Bitch and thought the same thing - what are these foods they are promoting? Of course, the Skinny Bitches are vegetarian, but there are plenty of vegetarian foods that are healthy (ya know, vegetables). They recommend 'Tofuti Cuties'? Honestly - I can't think of any reason to put that in your diet. Processed soy AND sugar mixed together into a frozen delight. Eww.

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                        • #13
                          Sadly, there is too much invested regarding America's obsession with grain products. Not sure what the result would be if people stopped using corn. Probably wouldn't be too good economically. Personally, I have no problem in the Primal lifestyle being a niche thing.

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                          • #14
                            My answer would be - Farmers' Markets!

                            I may have picked up a few things here and there at a Farmer's Market in the past but now I count down the days until I can go to Union Square on Saturdays!

                            With some stands, the farmer and their family will all be there and they are so personable and grateful with each customer. They are willing to answer any questions you may have about their product. The pictures and information about each farm or source on an info sheet does not seem to be any type of false facade - this really is how the animals are raised and vegetables grown.

                            I bought Organic Heavy Cream (from Milk Thistle Farm for all you NYC'ers) and the guy asked me what I used it for. I told him I put it in my coffee and that I generally eat a lot of fat but cut out the carbs and sugar. He told me I looked great

                            We have to show supermarkets that this is the food we want and deserve to have.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for all the great responses! I'm not even sure who to reply to! I can relate to just about every post here.

                              @AnneArchy: Farmers markets make a huge difference. The prices are great and the food is fresh. I absolutely love the foods as well as interacting with the farmers themselves.

                              @RezH: I don't think that corn will ever go out of style. The government and Big Agriculture have too much are too heavily invested in the grain business. I recommend checking out King Corn and/or Food Inc. to learn why.

                              @Bird Goddess: I thoroughly enjoy reading labels now. I want to know what's in the food I eat if it's ever prepackaged. It also makes you more aware of how many foods use some type of modified corn substance.

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