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  • How is your kitchen/food preparation since you've started eating Primal?

    Eating Primal makes a lot of changes to what and how you eat. It removes processed foods, which were quick and easy to consume, and you need to learn new cooking and food preparation skills.
    • What do you find is the most annoying about meal/food preparation when eating Primal?
    • If you had all the time/money/equipment, how would you want meal preparation to be like?

  • #2
    I have to arrange my shopping schedule around the Saturday morning farmer's market.
    I spend a lot of time washing, trimming, and chopping vegetables.
    Most annoying: I'm constantly afraid of cross-contaminating something with raw chicken or ground beef.
    Best part: I don't have to pretend to like baking any more. Flour is nasty to clean up after.
    Equipment: Big sink. Very big sink. With lots of strainers and cutting boards. Stove, I don't care.
    5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.

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    • #3
      What do you find is the most annoying about meal/food preparation when eating Primal?

      At first I found it annoying to remember to thaw some meat out. But now I'm good at remembering or improvising if I forget.

      At first I was annoyed by dishes. I HATED dishes and had NEVER done them. When I lived alone I wouldn't do dishes until I totally ran out and then I'd wash only the dishes I needed. Yeah, it's gross but I hated dishes. I managed to get my man to always do dishes. But lately I really like doing the dishes. It gets me some alone time. It's not really a big bother. It's kind of relaxing. For any housework I give myself permission to do it half-assed at any time so it's not a big deal.

      I find the clutter and lack of counter space annoying, but that's not Primal's fault.

      If you had all the time/money/equipment, how would you want meal preparation to be like?

      More counter space would be nice. It would be nice to have a little kitchen boy to wash the pots and pans and knives and other things as I use them.

      I'm not really into kitchen gadgets or equipment except I wish I could find my ginger grater. I like to make and eat simple meals so time's not an issue.
      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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      • #4
        Most annoying thing: Finally learning how to cook (still learning) because I couldn't cook the CW foods for the life of me. The Primal stuff I can actually cook but the thing is no one wants to eat my stuff... my family is pretty SAD and it's infuriating to finally learn how to cool but have no one eat the stuff but me.

        How would I want my Primal meal prepared, if I had the best stuff? I'd like it prepared by myself and my friends. I find the experience of cooking fun with others.
        Went Primal July 25th, 2011.

        Current Age: 25

        Total Loss: 126 lbs

        Starting Stats: Weighed 266 lbs, Body Fat 37.6% (100 lbs), BMI 40.9

        Current Stats: Weight 140 lbs, Body Fat 15.2% (21.1 lbs), BMI 21.2

        Current Goals: Get a stronger core through Pilates and continue being as Primal as I can be.

        My Weight Loss Notes Now on a blog page. It starts with "My Weight Loss: Introduction." Available to the public, share with friends if you'd like!

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        • #5
          Most annoying thing: Finally learning how to cook (still learning) because I couldn't cook the CW foods for the life of me. The Primal stuff I can actually cook but the thing is no one wants to eat my stuff... my family is pretty SAD and it's infuriating to finally learn how to cool but have no one eat the stuff but me.
          +10000!!! I can relate a lot to this. I never really started cooking/preparing my own food until I became more health conscious. Since becoming Primal, I've discovered many foods that I would of never tried before.

          For example, I bought some chicken livers from an organic/grass fed farm. My brother has recently taken an interest in southern foods such as liver mush. In case you aren't familiar with it, liver mush is pretty much a sausage patty alternative that consists of liver, sugar/spices, and grains. He buys it prepackaged from the store. I offered to make it for him(since I have some really nice organic chicken livers in the freezer). He immediately turns up his nose and states that would be "gross". I reminded him that the liver mush he buys in the stores has liver in it. He says "yea but that doesn't taste like liver".

          ...isn't the point of eating something that has the name "liver" in it, to taste the liver?

          Anyway, I do understand what you mean when you say nobody will try your food.

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          • #6
            When I went primal, my cooking time was cut down to just a fraction, well my dinner prep work that is. I would start at about 3 to have it ready by 6 or 7. I did alot from scratch. I might make homemade bread or homemade this or homemade that.

            I dont do that anymore.

            I don't do elaborate sides, which I didnt do that much anyways, but if I did something like quinoa that took some prep/planning time. Now I med/rare some steak, quick fry some veggies, maybe nuke a sweet tator, tear up some romaine - boom, done! Sometimes I roast veggies but I havent for awhile. I do have a NuWave also so that is much quicker.

            I do have way more grease to deal with now. I hardly fried anything before, now I fry most everything, in CO.

            Now that I am comfortable and settled in to this way of eating, I might could look at my cookbook and meal planner again, and just adapt some recipes. I had my meals planned out to the end of the year before I went primal. I have a good grip on my hunger most of the time now, so I could probably look at recipes w/o going AWOL.
            65lbs gone and counting!!

            Fat 2 Fit - One Woman's Journey

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            • #7
              The most annoying thing: When my Ninja blender refuses to chop things fine enough.
              Ideal meal prep: I'd be able to afford top notch ingredients. I'd have awesome cookware. I'd have an iPad or something to store and look up my recipes so I wouldn't have to worry about spilling stuff on print outs.

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              • #8
                The way I cook or the time I spend cooking has not changed - I learned to love cooking before I became paleo. I used to hate it but then met a chef and cooking for him meant I had to try hard (scarrrrry at first!). Somehow I realised I actually love it and since I have always cooked from scratch - CW or Paleo. Acually following Paleo means a lot of stuff I cook is simpler tha before (no need to do Beef Wellington).
                Oh but the question about if I had more money.... My OH and I am are gourmets, so sourcing means we spend a lot of money on food. And gadgets. If I had more time and resources, I would love to source more good seafood (not easy in Brussels) and game as well as grow my own stuff.

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                • #9
                  Somehow I managed to end up with like 10 of these tiny frying pans. They sat in the cupboard for years until I started eating primal/paleo, now I basically cook everything in a tiny pan.

                  I would love to have a good food processor, but can't seem to ever find the money for that.

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                  • #10
                    Nothing really annoys me because I love cooking. In a perfect world I would have a gourmet kitchen with every appliance and kitchen tool ever invented and a stocked larder like on chopped

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                    • #11
                      Most annoying: cooking with more fats means I seem to get grease spots on a lot of my t-shirts.

                      My ideal: a bigger kitchen with more prep space and more food storage space (big fridge, big freezer, proper pantry), a nicer knife set, and a gas stove instead of the electric in our place. Oh, and more seafood. It's pretty expensive here because we're so far inland.
                      “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

                      Owly's Journal

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                      • #12
                        I actually don't have a most annoying thing, but if I had to pick one, I guess it would just be learning how to cook meat. As a long time vegan, meat kind of freaks me out and I'm always worried about spreading bad bacteria or germs!

                        As for gadgets, I could go on for DAYS about them. I'm a total foodie, so we have lots of stuff in our kitchen. I also used to work at the corporate offices of Williams Sonoma, so I got 40% off.

                        Let's see, things I wouldn't want to live without:
                        -Vitamix (I use this daily to make my own salad dressings)
                        -Grill Pans
                        -Mini kitchenaid food processor (I also have a 12 cup one, and find that I never use it except when I want to shred cabbage)
                        -Excalibur Dehydrator (I dry my own fruits to make herbal teas)
                        -Vollrath nonstick pans... seriously, these are the best nonstick pans I've ever used (you can find them at restaurant supply stores)
                        -good basics like a veggie peeler, a microplane, silicone spatulas
                        -good knives are totally essential. I have and love the Wusthof Classic series.
                        -my grill.. we are not fortunate enough to have a gas stove, so our grill gets used almost daily

                        There's tons more, but those are the first things that come to mind.

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                        • #13
                          What do you find is the most annoying about meal/food preparation when eating Primal?
                          All the hunting and gathering! Seriously, with my current schedule I wish i could find everything I want in one stinkin' place. I hate having to go to farms, markets, and different stores.

                          If you had all the time/money/equipment, how would you want meal preparation to be like?
                          If money and time is not an object, then I would hire a primal chef. If I had to be the chef, then I would want a quality meat grinder, a really good dehydrator, a big ass freezer, and someone to teach me how to properly do my own canning (because it scares the shit out of me - you know: botulism).
                          Female, age 51, 5' 9"
                          SW - 183 (Jan 22, 2012), CW - 159, GW - healthy.

                          Met my 2012 goals by losing 24 pounds.
                          2013 goals are to get fit and strong!

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                          • #14
                            I love cooking and I find Primal cooking to even be easier because I don't have to wait for the brown rice to cook. The annoyances of grease in the pans and stuff is all taken care of by my four footed dishwasher, also known as my Wolf Cub. I have all the gadgetry I need and then some. My favorites are my huge crockpot, the dehydrator for jerky and veggie chips, and the VitaMix.

                            It does take longer at the store because I have to get out my reading glasses and check the ingredients on everything.

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                            • #15
                              Nothing much has changed, because I cooked from scratch most of the time before primal. There IS more room in my pantry now, since I don't stockpile pasta, flour, sugar, etc.

                              My shopping has changed. More fresh & frozen, less boxed and bagged. I used to get super jazzed about a cereal sale. Now I'm chasing deals on butter.
                              Sandra
                              *My obligatory intro

                              There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

                              DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes

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