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    Hey Everyone in Primal/ Paleo Land.. I'm recently new to this posting thing.. but have been a converted Paleo .. Now moving to Primal since December 20 2010...

    Question... Is there any spices that I shouldn't be using? Like for example onion salt?

    Thx for any tips and advice on .. *Spices* muchly appreciated..


    Also... is feta cheese allowed? it's not really a *Cheese* is it..
    "If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place." Nora Roberts

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  • #2
    Yes feta is cheese and its allowed on primal

    I avoid all spice and herb mixes except for garam masala, where the ingredients are all individual spices that I would use. I've no idea what is onion salt and have nightmares about extracting salt from chickens
    Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

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    • #3
      All herbs are primal in my book. I prefer fresh from my herb garden. I don't see any reason why spices such as cinnamon, vanilla, etc. Would not be primal either.

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      • #4
        Spices are primal just be sure to read the labels on any spice blends to make sure what's in there. Lawry's garlic salt actually has sugar in it. You would think garlic salt should have two ingredients, garlic and salt, right? Those sneaky SOBs will find a way to work some sugar in anywhere.

        And yes, feta is cheese. It is "allowed" on Primal but some people chose to cut out dairy for other reasons such as weight loss and allergies.
        Last edited by Paleobird; 03-22-2011, 12:55 AM.

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        • #5
          What everyone else said. And some have health benefits. Cinnamon, for instance, has a whole butt-load. As it'll probably be awhile before I can put herbs in I may start some in containers for the time being. And I'm looking for a good online source of spices.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Blackcatbone View Post
            What everyone else said. And some have health benefits. Cinnamon, for instance, has a whole butt-load. As it'll probably be awhile before I can put herbs in I may start some in containers for the time being. And I'm looking for a good online source of spices.
            Look no more, Penzeys Spice is the place to buy spices:
            Penzeys Spices Home Page

            They have stores in some cities. Awesome quality, great variety, good prices. Try their Vietnamese cinnamon, smoked paprika and Mexican vanilla for starters.

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            • #7
              Our spice cabinet is always overflowing with various spices and spice combos. I just read the ingredients to make sure the spices/combos only have spices...they can sneak some really weird stuff in there. Usually cheaper products have more filler or suspect ingredients. I usually prefer salt free so I can control the salt level more easily.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Adrianag View Post
                Look no more, Penzeys Spice is the place to buy spices:
                Penzeys Spices Home Page

                They have stores in some cities. Awesome quality, great variety, good prices. Try their Vietnamese cinnamon, smoked paprika and Mexican vanilla for starters.
                YAY! Thank you. I was hoping someone would have a suggestion. I'm getting a humongo spice rack in the new kitchen so I'm looking to fill it out.

                Damn, I just saw that they have a store in Memphis but nothing in Nashville. We're planning on eventually making a trip so I'll have to stop in.
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                • #9
                  I don't understand how feta would not be considered cheese? I know it's been answered above that it is, I just wonder why you thought it wasn't.

                  And yes, like mentioned above, watch out for premixed stuff. We received some really top-shelf spice blends (that honestly are delicious) but have sugar in them as the first or second ingredient...so they've been drifting towards the back of the cupboard.
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                  • #10
                    If you have an Indian grocery store in your town, you should look there- you can usually by spices in bulk for really cheap.

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                    • #11
                      The majority of spices contain numerous health benefits that can lower blood pressure, act as antioxidants, help boost good hormonal levels, cause good moods, have antimicrobial properties and can even drastically reduce the amount of cancerous Heterocyclic amines developed during the cooking of meat!!! If anything, spices are uberprimal. Aim for making your own spice mixes though, you'll get much better control of the flavor, quality and ingredients that way. And +1 for Penzeys, I visit my local Penzeys for restocking every month and the quality of the spices are fantastic.
                      "You can demonstrate the purpose and limits of human digestion with a simple experiment: eat a steak with some whole corn kernels, and see what comes out the other end. It won’t be the steak."
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                      • #12
                        Spices and herbs are great! We grow most of our own herbs and dry any extras to use throughout the winter. For spices, we go to: Welcome to World Spice Merchants. They have great quality spices, and delicious blends as well. You can also order online.

                        For spices in general, whole is better than pre-ground.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kennelmom View Post
                          Our spice cabinet is always overflowing with various spices and spice combos. I just read the ingredients to make sure the spices/combos only have spices...they can sneak some really weird stuff in there. Usually cheaper products have more filler or suspect ingredients. I usually prefer salt free so I can control the salt level more easily.
                          +1 i have an overloadig spice cabinet and i dont even like spiced food much. i swig tumeric when i remember as it seems to help my joint problems but i hate it as a spice. cinnamon, make sure youre using the right kind.

                          im partial to a garlic clove and slice of onion, and ghee/tallow...thats the beginning of 99% of my meals also convinced my mama to start an herb garden and CANNOT wait for fresh basil....LOVE IT
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                          • #14
                            LOL I don't know why I wouldn't consider it a cheese.. I was tired last night when I wrote this.. :S I suppose because sweet Potatoes aren't really potatoes.. I figured feta wouldn't be cheese, ya that doesn't make much sense .. Ok So if feta is Primal why isn't cow cheese primal? or are they both Primal .. just not Paleo?
                            "If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place." Nora Roberts

                            Start December 20th 2010: 177 lbs
                            Currant: 136 lbs
                            Goal: 125 lbs
                            11 more lbs to go


                            Follow My Journey :-)

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                            • #15
                              Thx everyone for the Tips on Spices.. I always use the Onion salt but then looked at the ingredants last night and it's packed with crap .. lol I guess Onion powder would be better I suppose,
                              "If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place." Nora Roberts

                              Start December 20th 2010: 177 lbs
                              Currant: 136 lbs
                              Goal: 125 lbs
                              11 more lbs to go


                              Follow My Journey :-)

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