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  • Please help me figure out what to eat!

    Hi All,

    I am not exactly primal just yet, but am in the process of giving up grains, about a week in and doing well so far. I have been vegetarian for the last couple of years and have started feeling extremely fatigued all the time so have added fish back into my diet. So my proteins would be fish, eggs and dairy.

    Problem is I evidently don't have a very good imagination with my bread and pasta gone and am having a hard time coming up with things to eat. Breakfast is usually a kefir or coconut smoothie with fresh fruit, eggs w/ veggies or both if I am real hungry. Lunch has been mainly salads and supper has been some type of fish with a salad or veggies. If I feel I absolutely need a snack then I may do a handful or nuts or some celery w/ goat cheese or almond butter or maybe string cheese. I am finding I am pretty hungry all the time but I think it is because I am craving the grains/carbs.

    So, what type of of foods would you suggest for someone who is a pescatarian?

    Another question is about alcohol. If I drink I usually have a beer or two, but I don't want to do that anymore. So for those of you who indulge every now and then, what do you drink?

    Thanks in advance!

    Cali
    Went grain free Oct 2011 and now Feb 2012, going for Primal.
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  • #3
    I eat apples with almond butter as a snack at the office. I also like walnuts and dried fruits such as prunes as a mid-morning pick-me-up. I have eggs quite a few mornings a week or cottage cheese with some fruit in it. I used to drink a beer in the evening, but now I have a glass of red wine and occasionally have a Woodchuck hard cider. The hunger will eventually diminish after the grains are flushed from your system.

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    • #4
      tuna fish (the Primal top ramen!)
      shrimp (Target sells wild caught for $6/lb)
      hard boiled eggs
      bacon
      veggies
      meat
      chicken

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      • #5
        Hi Cali. Welcome.

        Up to one glass of wine/day is fine.

        I would say more fat - butter, cheese, whole milk yogurt. If the string cheese is low fat, change to whole milk. Choose cold water fatty fish when you can. You should not be hungry on primal.

        You might take a look at my Vegetarianism and Primal, even though you are no longer vegetarian.
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        • #6
          Start eating beef.

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          • #7
            colicowgirl, i'd like to know how you progress as I'm always hungry too. I've been going for 6days, ie. one week tomorrow and sometimes i'm so hungry i could eat the person beside me it's so ravenous. I've posted about this and they tell me it will go away to but I'm skeptical...crossing my fingers tho. I'm not a vegyn and do eat meat so i'm hoping the insanity passes.

            good luck and look forward to your progress posts!

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            • #8
              Thank you all who have responded so far! I did pick up some canned tuna at Costco today so will definitely be using it. Not exactly sure what to do with it though. lol I figure I could wap it in lettuce since bread is out, but I usually smother it with mayo and although I haven't read labels on mayo just yet, I'm figuring it is loaded with crap. So any ideas there?

              Not sure why I hadn't thought of boiling eggs, especially as a quick snack when I feel the need for something. Thanks for the tip/reminder/idea!

              @iFreedom- I will be sure and come back at some point and post how I am progressing. Are you 6 days into going full primal or are you doing like I am and only going grain free?
              Went grain free Oct 2011 and now Feb 2012, going for Primal.
              SW: 151 CW: 144

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              2-16-12, Slow Movement challenge begins! 5.7mi/9.17km


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              • #9
                It is best to use homemade mayo, especially if you smother. If you buy store mayo, get plain old Best Foods. But only if you will use only a small amount.

                If the things we have told you don't work, don't give up. Better to increase potatoes and other starchy veg, and have some beans than to give up. I know that is not primal. But I do great eating potatoes and beans. Just be careful about total carbs.
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                • #10
                  Another thing you may want to consider is making bone stocks. In your case I would suggest chicken bone stocks. You can buy chicken necks and backs at the store for very little money. Also, since this is not a highly marketable part of the chicken, you are consuming something that would otherwise have gone to waste.

                  You can put the chicken in a crock pot with some onions, carrots, and celery and let it cook for a long time. Then strain it and use the stock to make a very nourishing soup.

                  One of the more filling things I love to eat is cubed sweet potato stewed in coconut milk with cinnamon an nutmeg - so good and very filling! Coconut milk, coconut oil and butter/ghee are easy to add to things.

                  I agree with Hedonist. If you find you are starving, consider adding soaked beans and potatoes in to your diet. Still far better than going back to grains.

                  Good luck!!
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                  • #11
                    I found that having a bag of dried coconut was a great snack. A couple of tablespoons and I was happy for another few hours. Also water.

                    Greek yoghurt is a good snack as well.

                    I find that if my morning coffee has cream and coconut oil and the breakfast is 3 eggs, I am good until 1 - 2 pm.

                    I started off snacking on nuts but moved to the dried coconut, I found it much more satisfying.
                    Life. Be in it.

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                    • #12
                      Yayyy! Figured out what to do with canned tuna. I had keifer coming out my ears so decided to strain some through cheesecloth and make a cheese of sorts. This morning I added a bit of salt and pepper and dill to it to use as a spread for something. A few minutes ago I found myself ravenous and decided to try a can of tune. I've never really cared for canned tuna and if I did use it I usually smothered it in mayo. Anyway, this time I used some of my keifer cheese, mustard, olive oil and added a boiled egg. I am now scooping it out of a bowl with celery sticks which is great for the crunch! Woot! I feel so accomplished. lol
                      Went grain free Oct 2011 and now Feb 2012, going for Primal.
                      SW: 151 CW: 144

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                      2-16-12, Slow Movement challenge begins! 5.7mi/9.17km


                      "For every journey that passes, something beautiful remains."

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by jammies View Post
                        Another thing you may want to consider is making bone stocks. In your case I would suggest chicken bone stocks. You can buy chicken necks and backs at the store for very little money. Also, since this is not a highly marketable part of the chicken, you are consuming something that would otherwise have gone to waste.

                        You can put the chicken in a crock pot with some onions, carrots, and celery and let it cook for a long time. Then strain it and use the stock to make a very nourishing soup.

                        One of the more filling things I love to eat is cubed sweet potato stewed in coconut milk with cinnamon an nutmeg - so good and very filling! Coconut milk, coconut oil and butter/ghee are easy to add to things.

                        I agree with Hedonist. If you find you are starving, consider adding soaked beans and potatoes in to your diet. Still far better than going back to grains.

                        Good luck!!
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                        • #14
                          I like fish too but can't have it every day because probably getting too many toxins.
                          You should also just check your B12 and iron levels to see if they are optimal.

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                          • #15
                            Feta cheese is good source of protein for me, I find it helps stave off the hunger to have half a block with a big salad and some nuts for lunch. I know that if I just had salad for lunch I would be very very hungry, I have to have protein with it. (primal about one week now)

                            Other tinned fish which are better to eat regularly than tuna are sardines, mackerel, herring, salmon, crab-meat. If it's hard to get fresh fish you could have some frozen fish - just don't buy the fish with batter or coatings on it.

                            More protein and more fat should help with the hunger - good luck!
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