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    Hi, with my budget and tastebuds and depressive episodes it is not really possible to adhere to Primal eating in 100%. Is there any list of importance of selecting and avoiding foods? Like you're 3/10 if you avoid grains, then 5/10 if you also avoid vegetable oils and sugar. I'm asking because non-primal foods are often needed and I'd like to know which ones to pick and how good can I feel with my effort anyway
    I will be normal. I will be NORMAL again
    Yeah!

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    The Bulletproof Executive has a great diet sheet that shows everything on a spectrum, it's easy to make food choices with this.

    The Complete Illustrated One Page Bulletproof Diet (Upgraded Paleo) The Bulletproof Executive
    Start weight: 238 lbs (March 2012)
    Current weight: 205 lbs (July 2012)
    Loss so far: 33 lbs!!!
    WOE: Primal + IF
    Movements: Hiking, sprinting.
    Goal: to see my abs some time in 2013!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by C2H5OH View Post
      Hi, with my budget and tastebuds and depressive episodes it is not really possible to adhere to Primal eating in 100%. Is there any list of importance of selecting and avoiding foods? Like you're 3/10 if you avoid grains, then 5/10 if you also avoid vegetable oils and sugar. I'm asking because non-primal foods are often needed and I'd like to know which ones to pick and how good can I feel with my effort anyway
      As far as a general Primal heirarchy, based on my personal interpretation:

      Most critical to avoid:
      -Wheat/Gluten Grains
      -Processed, industrial oils(Corn, Soybean, etc.)
      -Sugar(if it's a tiny bit of honey or something it's not really going to hurt much - avoid baked goods and desserts that have literally CUPS of sugar)

      Not Paleo/Primal, but better than the above and probably won't hurt you if eaten only occasionally, and properly prepared:
      -Legumes(should be properly prepared - soaked/sprouted/fermented etc. to cut down lectins/antinutrients)
      -Non-Gluten grains(should be sprouted/fermented, or "clean" things like rice). Some would put white potatoes in this category too.
      -Alcohol(Beer is the worst option, dry wines and/or liquors without sugar are better)

      Paleo/Primal "moderation" foods, if your body handles them well:
      -Dairy(preferably raw and/or from grass-fed cows)
      -Nuts(healthy in moderation, but easy to overeat)

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      • #4
        If you are healthy, a Weston A. Price diet may be more along the lines of what you are looking for. It avoids the bad oils and excess sugars and promotes consumption of fats. But it is more focused on making grains and beans less damaging rather than on completely eliminating them.
        Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

        http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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        • #5
          First, because you are a Male, you should never admit to having "depressive" episodes.

          Those "depressive" episodes are just your Soul telling you something is wrong, and you need to work harder to correct your life.

          Call them "Periods of Anger" or something like that.

          Depression is for bitches.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by The Return of Dado View Post
            Depression is for bitches.
            Oh hell no~ bitches are too strong to be depressed~ we just rearrange things to suit ourselves!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Nady View Post
              Oh hell no~ bitches are too strong to be depressed~ we just rearrange things to suit ourselves!
              Ha! Too-shay

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              • #8
                You realize that aiming for 100% primal and eating 90/10 will help alleviate your depression, right?
                --Trish (Bork)
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                • #9
                  I always aim for 100% but sometimes cash is scarce and I need comfort food which has a least ammount on adverse effects
                  By depression I understand lack of energy, I learned to cope with shutting down negative thinking long ago, but lack of energy is bad anyway. It influences physical strenght too, so healing is a must
                  I think the most primal way I can imagine is eating steaks and coffees with cream everyday
                  I will be normal. I will be NORMAL again
                  Yeah!

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                  • #10
                    grass-fed pastured meat isn't always an option for me. but i can buy the bones and oogly bits pretty cheaply, so i make bone broth. my freezer has bags of fish, chicken and beef broth, so i rotate them.

                    pastured eggs are a very cheap source of protein. most days i will have a big serving of broth with some greens and eggs in it. super filling, super healthy, super cheap.
                    As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                    Ernest Hemingway

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