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    I'm still in my first PB week (just got my books yesterday, hooray!), and hubby got paid today so I went and got some groceries. Did I do good on my lunch today?

    key west orange shrimp salad

    organic baby greens, wild caught key west shrimp, 2 oranges (1 served for zesting & juicing for a dressing, the other is wedges in the salad), some walnuts, crumbled feta, and the dressing (made of the juice, EVOO, vinegar, pepper, and a little maple syrup). Finished with the zest.

    I think I did a good job. The non-primal 2yo is smacking her lips at me wanting some. I told her to go away, this was mommy's lunch. She already had hers. :P
    --Trish (Bork)
    TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
    http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
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  • #2
    obviously, she wants to go primal too.

    but it is tough. my kid eats his meal (primal) and then wants to eat mine (also primal) and i ahve to be all like "no!"

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    • #3
      Oranges are high on the glycemic index, causing a rapid spike of insulin in the blood. Oranges are also high in fructose (think High Fructose Corn Syrup) which is not taken into account by the glycemic index. Depending on the size of the oranges, you could be looking at 30-50+ carbs just for that alone before taking into account the maple syrup and carbs accumulated throughout the day from typical primal approved vegetables and fruits. Keep in mind the oranges of Grok's day were likely small, sour fruits with a higher vitamin and mineral content than today's over-bred industrialized version.

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      • #4
        I think you did a great job, Dr. Bork Bork.

        Only thing I would add is fat, and a lot of it. Half an avocado, perhaps on the side if it clashes with what you've got going flavor-wise in the salad.

        The protein and fat will mediate much of the insulin uptick of the fruit and a bit of maple syrup.
        "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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        • #5
          That looks great, except that it is a good meal for someone on a low fat diet. You are NOT on a low fat diet. You need to try and get fat into your diet anyway possible. So how about some fatty meat such as rib eye on top, dress it with oils and put avocado and maybe pour some bacon grease on top. (bacon makes everything better)

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          • #6
            Well, her salad had walnuts, feta cheese, and olive oil in the dressing, so it was hardly low-fat, though there might be room for more.

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            • #7
              The salad was delicious and very satisfying. The whole salad was only 20g carb, 20 fat, and 25 protein. I topped off the day at 37 carbs.

              I will probably have the salad again today. The greens need to be used up.

              I supplement by eating plenty of coconut oil, butter, and coconut milk. Those are fatty enough, right?

              Thanks for all of your advice and input.
              --Trish (Bork)
              TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
              http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
              FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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              • #8
                Well, you should be eating plenty of fatty (or at least non-lean) meat as part of your diet too, not just stuff like shrimp. But the salad sounds tasty. Have you tried sardines packed in olive oil? I like the skinless boneless ones which isn't as hard core as some folks here, but they're really good and fabulous for you.

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                • #9
                  That sounds delicious. I used to make a salad with shrimp, citrus, avocado, and romaine that was amazingly good, but yeah, could use more fat. Nowadays, I'd probably saute the shrimp in butter and maybe even top the whole salad with a runny fried/poached egg.

                  I've discovered that duck fat will melt at room temperature, so I can use it to make salad dressing instead of resorting to vegetable fats. Salad with duck fat vinaigrette is awesome. Too bad I'm almost through my jar of fat that I rendered from my Christmas duck...

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                  • #10
                    I ended up nixing the orange & sauce today, and sauteed the shrimp in coconut oil & coconut butter. The liquid left behind made a very runny mayo-like sauce that I drizzled over my salad. I'm liking it even better than the orange key west shrimp!

                    Haven't had much trouble reaching at least 50% fat on a daily basis the last week, with 30-40% protein.
                    --Trish (Bork)
                    TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
                    http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
                    FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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                    • #11
                      Awww, keep the orange in! Unless you're a brittle diabetic or have something else health-wise going on with you, there's no reason on earth to fear a bit of orange. See the Primal food pyramid.

                      You are doing great!
                      "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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                      • #12
                        Thanks. The orange would've put me over on my carbs for the day though, so I'm glad I left it out (and I'm T2 diabetic, but it's under good control)
                        --Trish (Bork)
                        TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
                        http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
                        FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Melantha View Post
                          Too bad I'm almost through my jar of fat that I rendered from my Christmas duck...
                          Most good butcher shops will sell duck fat, and lots of other kinds of rendered animal fats. If you aren't in a position to render it yourself, see what you can grab. They're usually relatively cheap, too.
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                          • #14
                            Where do you buy your wild caught key west shrimp? I want some now!!
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                            • #15
                              Don't yell angrily at me, but... TARGET. The bag said wild caught key west shrimp. The ingredient list: shrimp. 1 ingredient lists are good, right?

                              They have a pretty good fish selection at our Target, IMHO, all very clean and single ingredient labels
                              --Trish (Bork)
                              TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
                              http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
                              FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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