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    New to this and have some basic but specific food questions that come up daily as I am working through what to eat each day. Understanding that most of you no longer snack.... Us newcomers still do that said, I need simple snacks that I can bring into the office. My staple is always fruit so not sure what to replace that with... Can't digest carrots properly so those are also out. Final comment - I'm not a cook. At all. I don't know how, not good at it when I try and don't enjoy it. I do try simple things but I'm going for basic and simple here. So some questions I have today include:

    Is skim milk really that bad if I had some in my 1 daily coffee? I hate the taste of cream and whole milk ....

    Butternut squash? I though it would be fine and then I saw a Comment in a random post about someone falling off of the wagon and eating it.... ?

    Pesto sauce ok?

    I have dry roasted almond 100 calorie packs, should they only be raw and not dry roasted?

    I think that's all I had from today! Sorry if they seem basic and stupid! Still learning here!
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  • #2
    A tablespoon or two of skim milk a day won't hurt you. But how could you not prefer the taste of rich heavy cream in your coffee?!

    Butternut squash is a healthy source of vitamin c, among other things, however, it is all dependent on your weight loss goals. Starchy vegetables, such as squash, carrots, parsnips, etc., should be avoided if you are attempting to lose weight. <50g of carb a day will yield weight loss. 50-100g will help you maintain your weight.

    Pesto is fine as long as it is homemade. Otherwise be sure to check the ingredient label to make sure there are no funky ingredients in your store bought version. And I assume you aren't planning on pouring that sauce on any pasta...amirite?

    Roasted almonds are actually considered to contain less levels of anti-nutrients, such as phytates, found in raw almonds. Eat away!

    Good luck!

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    • #3
      I eat different types of squash a couple of times a week and thus far have not had a problem with weight loss or with it triggering cravings. You may just need to experiment to see if it is okay for you.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mica
        Actually I think in Marks' book it's under 100g of carbs will induce weight loss, and 100-150g carbs is maintenance.
        Yeah, I seem to recall under 100 being 'effortless fat loss', and under 50 being 'rapid fat loss'. I might be wrong, though.

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        • #5
          Ah, yes. My apologies. Just checked the book. 0-50g=keto, 50-100g=weight loss sweet spot, 100-150g=effortless weight maintenance. Obviously, however, this will differ between individuals.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by tanyahk View Post
            I need simple snacks that I can bring into the office.
            How about hard boiled eggs?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by ennasirk View Post
              How about hard boiled eggs?
              A great snack.

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              • #8
                Strips of cooked chicken with guacamole for dipping. Chicken drumsticks are great for snacks too. HB eggs are awesome, also you can make egg salad with them and wrap it in lettuce leaves. Nuts ideally should be raw, but if you have packets of roasted ones already, eat them and don't stress.
                Skim milk is not ideal, but if it's just a T or 2 it shouldn't be an issue. As you become used to Primal eating, you will no doubt find that your tastes change and you will prefer the heavier fat foods anyway.
                Also fruit is fine as a snack, just have it with some protein and fat. An apple with a little chedder cheese is delicious, strawberries with cream... Yum!
                Coconut products are also a terrific snack. Coconut butter spread on an apple is to die for. Trail mix made with shredded coconut, raw nuts and a little unsweetened, dried fruit makes an easy portable snack.
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                • #9
                  Is it REALLY just a tablespoon of skimmed milk each time? It's hard to pour just a tablespoon--you could be using far more than you think. I suggest measuring 1 cup of skimmed milk into your usual milk container and see how much you use over the course of the day. I was amazed how much I was using!
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mm84321 View Post
                    Ah, yes. My apologies. Just checked the book. 0-50g=keto, 50-100g=weight loss sweet spot, 100-150g=effortless weight maintenance. Obviously, however, this will differ between individuals.
                    It REALLY differs between individuals. I will put on weight eating 60G of carbs a day.

                    To the OP, not sure where you're located but over here we have "whipping cream" which is much lighter than heavy cream. Maybe you could try a little bit of that and then eventually move over to heavy cream?

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                    • #11
                      Thanks all for the replies! Here are some answers to your questions as well as some more questions....

                      - CW told me skim was best, so it took me a while to get used to it and now I love it and just think the taste of whole milk or cream is very heavy... however I will start with 1% or 2% today and see how it goes.... and no I don't just use a TBSP but it is the only milk I have all day so I didn't think having skim in my 1 and only coffee daily would be that big of a deal....

                      - I've been told on other posts - with weight loss being my goal - to get rid of the fruit at the beginning (I typically have 2 apples and blueberries in my cottage cheese or Greek yogurt daily) so I'm trying to find things to eat other than fruit ... and dried fruit... and tons of nuts.....that don't need to be refrigerated and can be carried to work. Hence why I feel like I'm struggling...

                      - I feel like I need a shopping list - a buy this and don't buy this list to get started. How would I know that butternut squash is more starchy as are carrots? I'm not a foodie so for me I just would never know this and feel like I don't REALLY know what to eat.

                      - Pesto sauce - it will always be store bought and never homemade..... I don't cook so everything will be purchased at either Shaw's, Stop N Shop or Trader Joe's.

                      - Finally I guess right now with CW still being in my brain, I am really scared that doing a sudden transition to such high fat foods is going to make me gain weight in the short term!!! Could that happen?

                      Thanks all again, appreciate it!
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                      • #12
                        -Have you tried coconut milk in your coffee? That's a really good substitute.
                        -Snacks: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-snacks/
                        -Shopping list, start here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/clean...ry-for-health/
                        -As for pesto sauce, just make sure you check the ingredients if you're not making it yourself....
                        -High fat foods won't make you gain weight...if you cut out all the non-primal foods and keep your carbs under 100g(give or take), you should lose at a decent pace. Some people don't have to worry too much about calories when eating primal, others do....so if you start to notice a gain, track your foods for a few days to see how many calories you're taking in.
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                        • #13
                          This is all great! I am going to Whole Foods on Sunday with a friend who has been doing this for over a year so I'm thinking that is going to be a great help in the food hunt!

                          Here is what I ate today, ideas/suggestions/thoughts/comments are welcome! Please keep in mind that I do have some food that I will continue to eat until it is gone and I go food shopping on Sunday

                          B: 1 med coffee with whole milk; 3/4 cup Fiber one cottage cheese and 3/4 cup blueberries

                          L: Salad with mushrooms, 1 HB egg, 2tbsp bacon pieces, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, 4-5oz of chicken, 1 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp red wine vinegar.

                          S: apple, 100 calorie pack of dry roasted almonds; 1 hardboiled egg; 3 pieces 85% dark chocolate

                          D: omelet - 2 eggs, 2 egg whites, 1 cup spinach, 1/4 cup organic cheese, 1 organic sun dried tomato chicken sausage, 1 tbsp i can't believe its not butter light, 3 slices of bacon.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tanyahk View Post
                            1 tbsp i can't believe its not butter light
                            Personally, I'd just throw that out instead of finishing it.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Enamel View Post
                              Personally, I'd just throw that out instead of finishing it.
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