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  • Do you eat any grains on a regular basis?

    Mark's post today is going to possibly be his biggest hit post. It is creeping towards 200 comments.

    I don't personally eat any grains at all on a regular basis. I will once in a while when I am out. I never cook them with myself. I ate some white rice last week with my bro at his condo and don't see myself going through the trouble to cooking it for a pointless carb.

    I want to know if there are any grains that you eat at least once a week on a regular basis. Just curious...
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  • #2
    I cook white rice about once a week and have couple corn tortillas about as often. Some fresh corn in season.
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    • #3
      White rice 2 or 3 times a month. Corn chips very rarely.
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      • #4
        Nope, None, nada. I didn't read the oats thing and I sure hope Mark isn't getting soft. Rice is not a trouble to cook if you want it, and if you're going to dabble into some grains once in a while, rice isn't a bad choice. Even white. I have a bag of jasmine calling my name from my Thai cooking days.
        Last edited by pyro13g; 08-17-2011, 07:45 PM.

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        • #5
          I would love to see as many people around the world on >80% Primal as possible, whether they call it that or not. (I know some Primal folks take more of a survival of the fittest attitude. I don't. So, do you know how many billions of people eat and depend on rice?) I think Mark takes an inclusive attitude too, despite encouraging us to optimize our diet and lifestyle. Mark has publish a whole series of posts about grains, artificial sweeteners, etc. I'm all for that.
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          • #6
            9+ weeks into the PB, I've had rice 4 times, 3 times at Chipotle and once at a Japanese restaurant. Other than that, no grains. And feeling better than ever.
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            • #7
              Nope.

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              • #8
                fermented oatmeal on a pretty regular basis meaning most mornings, traditional sprouted sourdough almost as regularly, white flour bagels and crackers as an occasional treat. I know this type of thing tends to offend the 100% uber primals but I think grain issues are overblown. If you don't have acute or chronic digestive issues as soon as gluten touches your tongue, I think its ok to eat some bread now and again. Grains are a great thing to LIMIT, but complete avoidance tends to destroy a lot of low brow culinary experiences I enjoy i.e. trying the cool new pizza place that just opened up, dipping bread into my favorite restaurants seafood bisque(which is fucking sublime by the way), having crackers with my cheese. As long as my health doesn't suffer, these "indulgences" will continue.

                The important thing to note, grains never dominate my diet. They contribute at best 20% of my calories.
                Last edited by Red Wire; 08-17-2011, 08:30 PM.
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                • #9
                  No wheat of any kind whatsoever. It makes my body angry with me, and it lets me know.

                  I will have corn tortillas a couple of times per week, and white rice maybe once a month, but that's it.
                  Durp.

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                  • #10
                    Almost never. As a celiac, cereal grains are off the table (gluten-free oats don't bother me so much, but I'd have to go out of my way to buy them). Every now and then I'll have some rice in my sushi, a rice bowl, or as rice noodles, or maybe rice flour baking. From time to time I'll eat a corn tortilla or some corn chips. But this probably works out to one or two times per month that I'll eat some sort of grain, generally because a friend has made a special effort to get me a gluten-free treat--I make space for friends doing nice things for me.
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                    • #11
                      I'm being very good with avoiding breads, pastas, rice and anything else grain. I did try one of the brownies my daughter made. Those are the kind of things I like to reserve for. I can skip toast with breakfast but I want to be able to have something naughty once in awhile, mostly when its special. Saying no to the grains is WAY easier for me than saying no to sugar. Guess that's why it was so easy to indulge in the brownie?....
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                      • #12
                        I am surrounded by grain products, since I have not required my four children to go primal with me (they are 19, 17, 14, and 11). So I continue to buy all the foods I did before, as well as cook and serve them. But I rarely eat them myself.

                        For my first year of primal I avoided all grains like the plague. I am beginning to experiment to see which ones I can tolerate and in what quantities.

                        Although it appears that wheat is the only grain that is outright poisonous to me, allowing other grains more than a small serving once a week just makes me want to eat more of them. So except for the occasional bit of white rice or corn tortilla, no grains for this kid.
                        42 yo female; 5'8"
                        Oct 2009: 205 lbs
                        Dec 2010: 167 lbs
                        Current weight: 158 lbs (first time under 160 in 17 years!!!)
                        Goal weight: 145 lbs

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                        • #13
                          Just white rice at restaurants and the occassional beer. I'm feeling too good avoiding grains and sticking with it.

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                          • #14
                            I have been primal for over three months now and the first time I had grains was last night, I went out to sushi and had a beer, and they didn't have tamari so I had regular soy sauce. I felt fine today, but I'm not going to keep eating rice because I like it too much lol, once I start I can not stop! It is nice to know that if I am in a situation where I have to eat a little grains it won't hurt my stomach though.

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                            • #15
                              I eat white rice maybe once or twice a week, usually in the form of rice crackers. They are my scoops for guacamole.

                              I'm actually on Mark's side, the next grain I'd be likely to eat again would be oats. As far as grains go, they're far more nutritious than white rice, but perhaps more anti-nutrients too. Still, they'd be next on my list to try.
                              "Thanks to the combination of meat, calcium-rich leaf foods, and a vigorous life, the early hunter-gatherers were robust, with strong skeletons, jaws, and teeth." - Harold McGee, On Food And Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

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