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    So, a couple of days ago, a buddy was teasing me for spending the money for a grass-fed steak at "Whole Paycheck". You see, I'm between jobs, and I don't have a lot of money right now.


    I explained I was eating better, and taking care of myself---instead of eating a buncha crap (which I can't afford, in oh, so many ways!). I think he finally understood, but I can't be sure.


    Today, I wasn't super hungry when I woke up, so I decided to go for my daily walk a little early. As I walked past the Halal market where I buy my meat, I poked my head in and observed that they had some beautiful Goat ribs. I though about things for a few seconds, then went in and bought three pounds.


    Now, that pretty much represents my total food budget for the day, but I thought, "What the hell, let's make it an IF day!"


    Now the ribs are slowly cooking, and smell wonderful. I'm just shaking my head, wondering at the tranformation of this girl who a month ago, was snacking every hour or so, feeling fat, tired and miserable.


    I'm SO looking forward to dinner tonight, and enjoying the benefits of a lovely IF all day.


    If there's a better way to live...I can't imagine it!


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    I wish I could join you for dinner. Goat meat has to be my favoritest meat. Need to make a run to the Halal store soon. Kuno, do you know if goat is pastured here in the US?

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      I haven't been fasting today but I'm drooling at the thought of those ribs! Enjoy!

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        @DaveFish----if they turn out well, I'll post up a quick recipe ;-)


        @maba----We're lucky here, there are quite a few farms doing just that in Northern California. My dinner came from Stockton, but I'm willing to bet you can find someone closer to you doing grass-fed/pastured.

        (Wish you could join me, too!)


        Here's a cool link I found about goat meat in general:

        http://www.jackmauldin.com/la_times.htm

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          Thanks for the link Kuno. I had no idea goat meat was that popular. I thought only people from South Asia, Mid-east and Africa ate goat meat. I have to ask the owner of my Halal meat store where he gets his meat from. If it's pastured, I bet I can ask him to give me some fat and all the organs meats.

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            I had never heard of "Halal" until just now. I just googled it and so now I know what it means. And I see that there's a Halal market in the city where I live. Are the meats sold there typically organic and/or grass-fed? Perhaps most goat is just grass-fed "by default" here in the U.S. - much like lamb?

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              Neo,


              I thank most goat here is mostly pastured, since they thrive on brush, weeds and thorn bushes.


              I can't speak for all of the Halal markets, but mine has a lot of pastured options for all of their meats.


              I don't think you can use a bunch of antibiotics and hormones on Halal meats, and the Koran says you need to take good care of your animals to avoid having them suffer...so that's a good start in any case.


              You might want to go down and ask them in person; they'll be very proud of their products, and tell you all about them ;-)

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                I'm going to look for a Halal market in Denver. The meat will probably be cheaper than what you pay at Whole Foods and as good a quality.

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                  Dave,


                  YAY! Have fun, and don't forget to pick up some spices and stuff while you're there...maze karein!

                  (Bon Apetit)

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                    Kuno, how do you feel when you fast? I can't imagine doing it, I absolutely hate feeling hungry. You don't ever experience lightheadedness, a decrease in mental clarity, or a lack of energy? Would you ever exercise during a fast? I feel like if I don't eat enough calories before a workout, I am drained and can't really PUSH it the way I'd like to...

                    On a mission to help others master movement, build unbreakable strength, & eat MORE food (can't beat that.) Weekly fitness, health & nutrition articles at indulgentfitness.com.

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                      Jess,


                      I've been feeling great, actually. The last couple hours my stomach has been growling, but I think that's from smelling dinner cooking.


                      I haen't tried doing any heavy lifting on my IF days, but walking up and down hills, etc. feels just fine.


                      I think you probably just are naturally burning WAY more cals than I am.

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                        I've noticed that on the days I fast (not eating anything for breakfast, or for breakfast and lunch), I'm fine as long as I keep busy. If I'm just sitting in front of my computer bored, then I just keep thinking about food.


                        I remember one weekend I was SO HUNGRY by about 11am or noon, but I had been pretty bored all morning. So I went out to my nearest park and did some trail-sprints and hiked around a bit and my hunger totally went away and didn't come back until it was just about dinner time.


                        Plus, I think it's not as bad if I eat a BIG dinner the night before too.


                        But I remember before eating primal, I'd get such a headache if I didn't eat something within an hour of getting up - I guess it was a carb-withdraw headache or something.

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                          Physical activity is the best appetite suppressant around. Sometimes I'm hungry before a workout but afterwards it takes a while before the hunger kicks in again.

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                            Kuno - my dad loves goat too and he is coming here tonight for a visit, so I will have to visit the Indian mart (and pass by the tea biscuits untouched!). I think I will make turai gosht (squash meat). Yum! Oh, and I am so proud of you for fasting! Sometimes I can skip breakfast or lunch, but I have not been able to not eat when I feel hungry. Granted, my hunger is totally different now. I am more in control than I use to be on a carb diet, but I still recognize hunger and I just like to deal with it (ie eat) and get it over with. I don't like to keep thinking about food.

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                              Some may call it cheating, but, I love water with a slice of lemon in it.

                              When I first started fasting I had it all the time because I happened to buy lemons. Then I forgot for a while and fasting started to kind of suck. I was still alert and smarter than usual, but I was a bit hungry and missed food (counted the minutes until it was time to stop).

                              So maybe try (cheating) lemon in your water.


                              Being low carb and grain-free for a week or two before fasting also helps.

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