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    I'm new, so excuse my ignorance. I'm nearly through with the book and have been looking through the site for weeks. I just started going primal on Monday. I've been pretty low-carb for awhile, but ready to kick it up a notch.

    Anyway, I have two questions.

    1. Is spaghetti sauce or marinara, no sugar added, OK?

    2. For dinner I had roasted veggies (peppers, rutabaga, turnip, parsnip) topped with ground beef (organic, grass-fed, 90/10) with homemade taco seasoning, and topped with nearly an avacado's worth of guacamole (homemade - tomato, little lime, little onion, garlic). Does this sound OK?

    I'm usually just into veggies and meat, but was feeling like Mexican food tonight.

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    1) The kind that comes in a glass jar? If it's organic with no sugar added, I can't see why not. If you make it yourself, just make sure you get organic tomatoes in a can not coated with something that contains BPA like epoxy (if you're not using fresh tomatoes, I mean). Natural Directions has tomatoes that come in an enamel coated can, I would imagine many other organic brands do as well.

    2) Looks good as far as I can see!

    ETA: Wait, I take back what I said about Natural Directions. I'm not certain that the enamel coating is BPA free. I'm going to contact them and find out.

    Syd
    Last edited by cantat; 02-21-2012, 11:30 PM.
    29/F
    5'4.5
    Highest weight: 220
    Starting weight: 195
    Current weight: 179
    Goal weight: 127

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    • #3
      If anything I'd say you might need to add a more fat, especially since you just started. Try adding grass-fed butter to your veggies. A good spoonful of coconut fat with your meals is also a great way to add fat as well.
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      There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
      There is society, where none intrudes,
      By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
      I love not man the less, but Nature more...
      ~Lord Byron

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      • #4
        Originally posted by pdxjulie View Post
        I'm new, so excuse my ignorance. I'm nearly through with the book and have been looking through the site for weeks. I just started going primal on Monday. I've been pretty low-carb for awhile, but ready to kick it up a notch.

        Anyway, I have two questions.

        1. Is spaghetti sauce or marinara, no sugar added, OK?

        2. For dinner I had roasted veggies (peppers, rutabaga, turnip, parsnip) topped with ground beef (organic, grass-fed, 90/10) with homemade taco seasoning, and topped with nearly an avacado's worth of guacamole (homemade - tomato, little lime, little onion, garlic). Does this sound OK?

        I'm usually just into veggies and meat, but was feeling like Mexican food tonight.
        Your dinner sounds like exactly what I eat at least a few times a week! I get grass-fed, organic beef and cook it in olive oil and/or ghee, add a bunch of seasoning, throw it on a pile of greens, and top it with and avocado and salsa and ketchup. Fucking DELICIOUS and I barely have to eat anything else that day, so filling
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        • #5
          Sounds good to me
          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.

          Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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          • #6
            Sounds good to me. If you are feeling good then dont change anything. Just get used to eating real food for now..no reason to go crazy. Adding more fat is not necessary... I dont agree with add fat just for the heck of it you got plenty of natural fat in there from avocado's and beef.

            Sauce is fine just check ingredients. I found one primal friendly brand Mezetta.
            Primal since March 2011

            Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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            • #7
              I did something similar where I'd made spaghetti sauce with grass-fed beef, and once I ran out of spaghetti squash, I'd realized I had some left over roasted butternut squash.

              HOLY CRAP was that ever TASTY!!!!!
              A Post-Primal PrimalPat

              Do not allow yourself to become wrapped up in a food 'lifestyle'. That is ego, and you are not that.

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              • #8
                1) My rule for sauces is: If the ingredients look like foods I eat, then good. If they sound like something from a science lab, avoid.

                2) Sounds delicious, thanks for the recipe. What's in the taco seasoning? I've always wondered how to make that.
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                • #9
                  The beef was 90/10 and I did not drain it. There was a lot of fat in there! Not enough?

                  Here is a taco seasoning recipe:

                  Taco Seasoning Mix

                  3 tablespoons chili powder
                  1 tablespoon garlic powder
                  1 tablespoon onion powder
                  2 teaspoons ground cumin
                  2 teaspoons salt
                  1 teaspoon black pepper
                  1 teaspoon red pepper
                  1 teaspoon oregano
                  1/2 teaspoon paprika

                  Measure and mix well.
                  Makes enough for about 5 pounds of ground beef

                  Net carbs or 4g carbs per 1/5 of total (so 4g carbs for each lb of beef)

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                  • #10
                    FYI, this is the response I got back about Natural Directions' stuff:

                    "As the supplier of Natural Directions canned tomatoes your correspondence was forwarded to Pacific Coast Producers for a reply.

                    Due to market and consumer demand, the metal packaging industry has for several years been developing alternatives to Bisphenol-A (BPA) based epoxy can liners. As these alternatives become commercially available from can manufacturers, Pacific Coast Producers will be phasing out the use of "epoxy" coating can liners. The transition will take some time, and will not be a one-time simultaneous substitution. During this transition period, it is not likely that questions regarding whether the can coatings "contain BPA", can be answered with any certainty.

                    During this time, be assured that the transition will progress as rapidly as is feasible, while still maintaining food safety standards for consumers.

                    Please let me know if you have any further questions.

                    Regards,
                    Kathleen Cockrum
                    Administrator
                    Pacific Coast Producers
                    800-510-3706 x6244 "

                    I don't know why she put 'contain BPA' in quotes, but w/e. In any case, I know that ND canned tomatoes come in white enamel coated cans, which makes me think they don't have BPA. But, still not sure!

                    -Syd
                    29/F
                    5'4.5
                    Highest weight: 220
                    Starting weight: 195
                    Current weight: 179
                    Goal weight: 127

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cantat View Post
                      FYI, this is the response I got back about Natural Directions' stuff:

                      "As the supplier of Natural Directions canned tomatoes your correspondence was forwarded to Pacific Coast Producers for a reply.

                      Due to market and consumer demand, the metal packaging industry has for several years been developing alternatives to Bisphenol-A (BPA) based epoxy can liners. As these alternatives become commercially available from can manufacturers, Pacific Coast Producers will be phasing out the use of "epoxy" coating can liners. The transition will take some time, and will not be a one-time simultaneous substitution. During this transition period, it is not likely that questions regarding whether the can coatings "contain BPA", can be answered with any certainty.

                      During this time, be assured that the transition will progress as rapidly as is feasible, while still maintaining food safety standards for consumers.
                      A typical marketing response, when I get this sort of response from my suppliers I ask them for a deadline...what are they aiming for? 20% by the end of the year? 100% by 2014 they must know. Phasing could mean that because of the cost implications associated with the change they will only implement a 5% change each year, well that could take friggin' years to accomplish!
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                      • #12
                        Absolutely fine. And delicious.

                        As others have said, try to get your tomatoes/spaghetti sauce from BPA-free jars.

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                        • #13
                          Your meals are fine. I disagree with "adding fat". Grok didn't "add fat" and neither should you unless you need it for a specific purpose (eating coconut oil because you have candida overgrowth, for example). The more fat you add, the more dietary fat your body has to burn through before it taps into body fat stores. If you want to lose body fat, simply adding fat to things for no reason is counterproductive.
                          Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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                          • #14
                            Looks good to me...wife and I eat something similar to this several times a week. As far as sauces go, Organic Circle makes great pasta sauces with no sugar and all organic ingredients. Probably not as optimal as making your own, but for those of us that are Primal and also lazy they work great.

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