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  • Some people count, but I don't really get it except in the vaguest way. My approach would be to base each meal around a sensible serving of protein (meat/eggs/fish), pad out with plenty of non-starchy veges and include a little good fat. Maybe one piece of fruit a day.

    Later you can branch out with more veges, dairy, fruit, nuts etc.
    Annie Ups the Ante
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    • thank-you I will probably keep my fruit for pudding later in the evening for now then. I started today with bacon, eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes, great start to the day!

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      • I like your point about eat when you are hungry...it makes food so much more pleasent....stuffing food in your body when unneeded is unnecessary it just put more stress on your body...i would like to add that intermment fasting will help you guys understand this point! It fine tunes your eating habit to those of hunter gathering

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        • I just read MDA yesterday online and ordred the book at midnite. While I wait for it to come in ,a bout a week I think, any suggestions where to start. I had three fried eggs for breakfast and tea w honey.

          If I typed in my calorie counter a salad and a dinner smoothie I make w fresh pinapple, kale, spinach and mango I am 190 carbs which is too high I think. I dont want to fail at this. I really dont. Any advice for the next week would be great. Thank you

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          • Low Carb Sample Menu | Mark's Daily Apple

            There's tons of info at the Start Here button up top of the page.
            "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

            B*tch-lite

            Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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            • Originally posted by Tracey View Post
              I just read MDA yesterday online and ordred the book at midnite. While I wait for it to come in ,a bout a week I think, any suggestions where to start. I had three fried eggs for breakfast and tea w honey.

              If I typed in my calorie counter a salad and a dinner smoothie I make w fresh pinapple, kale, spinach and mango I am 190 carbs which is too high I think. I dont want to fail at this. I really dont. Any advice for the next week would be great. Thank you
              I found it helpful to look up what fruits were highest and lowest in carbs. It kind of helps you figure out what ones and in what quantities. You can do the same for veggies also!! I am using sparkpeople to track my food. Some people don't have to track, and I wish I was one of them. BUT, being only a few months into this myself, I find it helpful to track because there is alot we "think" we know about content in food (protein, carbs, fat) that is actually way off. Same with portions. It has def helped me!

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              • Originally posted by Tracey View Post
                I just read MDA yesterday online and ordred the book at midnite. While I wait for it to come in ,a bout a week I think, any suggestions where to start. I had three fried eggs for breakfast and tea w honey.

                If I typed in my calorie counter a salad and a dinner smoothie I make w fresh pinapple, kale, spinach and mango I am 190 carbs which is too high I think. I dont want to fail at this. I really dont. Any advice for the next week would be great. Thank you
                Watch the amount of fruit you eat or your carb total will sky rocket. For the smoothies think leafy green veg, Lemon juice and Grapefruit juice.

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                • Realistically speaking, is it possible to follow this lifestyle if I live off of disability? I know I won't be able to afford to buy organic items.

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                  • Originally posted by severina418 View Post
                    Realistically speaking, is it possible to follow this lifestyle if I live off of disability? I know I won't be able to afford to buy organic items.
                    I say yes it's possible. Just do the best you can. Just leaving SAD and following the principles will take you a long way.

                    I am unemployed and this is what I do. I watch for sales, I buy what's in season, I eat a lot of eggs, ground beef, bison, lamb and organ meats. I get emails from the stores I like with their weekly sales and plan my week accordingly. I also buy in bulk when things are on sale and cook large amounts and freeze the leftovers.

                    I don't know what your income is, but if you need to add rice or lentils to your diet for financial reasons, then do that.

                    I really think you can do this.

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                    • Originally posted by severina418 View Post
                      Realistically speaking, is it possible to follow this lifestyle if I live off of disability? I know I won't be able to afford to buy organic items.
                      Several months ago, I did a cost analysis of Primal. I chose an arbitrary menu, which I think is about 1400 calories, which is plenty for a middle-aged woman.

                      Breakfast: Two eggs, Berry smoothie with whey powder.
                      Lunch: 1/3 lb ground beef with tomato sauce, two cooked veg, chocolate for a treat.
                      Dinner: 3 oz canned salmon, 1 apple, 1 tsp butter.

                      If you use expensive local farmer's market ingredients, that's about $13.50 per day.
                      If you use non-organic grocery store ingredients and watch the sales, that's about $9.50 per day.

                      For reference, a Value Meal from McDonald's can cost $6.50 just for lunch. Over the whole day, McD's could be more expensive than Primal.

                      I don't know whether that is doable for you, but that's a starting point. You could probably save a little more by buying in bulk.
                      Frozen vegetables are your friend. They are cheap and already trimmed and cut up.
                      5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.

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                      • Great ! Now , I understand why . LOL . Thanks !

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                        • Thank you all so much for this thread and this forum. I started Paleo Aug. 24 after making the connection with my 6 mos pregnant appearance and the only thing I ate that day - one bowl of oatmeal. I wish I had known about this before my 40's but am grateful to know now. I especially appreciate the info about carb flu. I googled grain withdrawal but didn't find much info. I had what could only be described as a mental/physical meltdown last Saturday. It was like the PMS I experienced before going organic x 10. Not pretty and actually kinda scary. So today I feel better and got back on the treadmill - only 35 min today. Not sure if I will resume 45 min x 6 days a week or not. Just listening to my body and sticking with Paleo. Thanks again so much. I believe this is going to be lifechanging.
                          Paleo Diet: 8-25-13 Wt: 185 BF% 27
                          Primal Diet (Lower Fat/Carb): 9-27, Wt: 176.4
                          Potato Hack Diet (Rotation): 11-12, Wt: 171.2
                          Primal Diet (LF/C): 1-23-14, Wt: 159.6
                          1-30-2014 - 157 (lowest weight since 2004)
                          GAPS/SCD 12-29-2014
                          CW: 164 GW: 130-135 CBF%: 24.38
                          49 - 5'7.5"
                          Macros (PFC) 30/40/30

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                            Last edited by MsSmith; 09-29-2013, 10:29 AM. Reason: started a new thread about the topic
                            Paleo Diet: 8-25-13 Wt: 185 BF% 27
                            Primal Diet (Lower Fat/Carb): 9-27, Wt: 176.4
                            Potato Hack Diet (Rotation): 11-12, Wt: 171.2
                            Primal Diet (LF/C): 1-23-14, Wt: 159.6
                            1-30-2014 - 157 (lowest weight since 2004)
                            GAPS/SCD 12-29-2014
                            CW: 164 GW: 130-135 CBF%: 24.38
                            49 - 5'7.5"
                            Macros (PFC) 30/40/30

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                            • Thank you for making these bullet points for us newbies! I love the one where you suggest to not scrutinize too much about the ratios (at least unless something is out of wack,and it has been several months). I will have to remember that!

                              I have only been doing this now for 3 days. It's hard because out of 6 people in my family...I am the only one doing this. We would save so much money if that weren't the case. I could clean out my pantry and fridge, and fill them both with only primal stuff!

                              I think I am doing fine. I know for me I will have to watch that I eat enough, and PLANNING. GHA! I suck at planning. This will bite me in the butt if I don't learn to be way better at it. When I work sometimes I will fast all day, and be famished at night for dinner, and snack well into the night. I am tired when I get home, so I will have to make sure whatever I plan on eating will not take a lot of 'prep' time..or I will be doomed. So, any suggestions anyone has for this would be welcomed! I thought about maybe cooking on weekends for the week. Anyone have any recipes that work well for this sort of cooking/planning?

                              By the way, I am 48 and only 5'2" weighing in at 165 lbs. I have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, sick thyroid, sick adrenals, vertigo, balance issues, chronic back pain...and the list goes on.

                              My goal is to 'feel better'. Become healthier obviously, and not feel like a lump of joint stiffness/pain and generally like I am in a constant flu-like mode 24/7.

                              Going Primal! A year from now hope to say that I am feeling better than I have in years, and hopefully down to weighing somewhere in the 120's.

                              Grok On!

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                              • Hi all! I'm a newbie!!! So, if I'm wanting to lose body fat, and I don't have to limit my fat intake? Ie : avacado, nuts etc?

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