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  • Did you finally give up beer?

    I've been "primal" since Jan 8th obeying the 80/20 rule pretty well except..... I haven't been able to shake beer. I'm down from 17% body fat to 10% and in the best shape I've been in for the last 12 years or so. I'm reluctant to give it up, but my goal is 6% body fat and I seem to have plateaued.

    For those of you who reluctantly removed beer, what changes did you see when you committed

  • #2
    I guess it wasn't an issue for me, just stopped drinking.
    "Go For Broke"
    Fat Kine-230/24% @ 6'2"
    Small Kine-168/9%
    Now- 200/8%
    Goal- 210/6%

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    • #3
      I was a brewer for 19 years. I think that saying that I was giving up beer entirely would simply be a lie. I have one very high quality beer about ever 4-6 weeks and I cherish it foldly. I have also made it a personal quest to find a gluten free beer that's any good. There are several contenders coming on board these days but none really compare to the real thing quite yet. I have become quite the conneseur of cider as well, quite a variety coming out these days in that area too.

      Life is too short to make sacrifices that eat away at you every day, if that for you is giving up beer, try simply scaling back.

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      • #4
        Any kind of grain alcohol started giving me a headache at some point. Ciders and wine are fine. So I generally don't drink beer or vodka anymore! I can get away with it in VERY small amounts (more so vodka than beer). I've been at this for almost a year now, and probably gave them up for good around New Year's. I drink very irregularly, so I have not noticed anything significant about reducing that amount even more.
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        • #5
          Another vote for switching to hard cider from beer (and continuing to drink wine, which I don't really think of as a beer substitute). I used to be a big fan of imports and microbrews but the grain exposure just isn't worth it to me any more...still have a bottle each of my erstwhile favorite hefeweizen (Franziskaner) and Belgian (Orval) sitting mournfully at the back of my fridge!
          6' 2" | Age: 42 | SW: 341 | CW: 198 | GW: 180?

          “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”
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          • #6
            I'm all about the whisky now. Jamesons, Bushmills, Glenfydych(?)...love it!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by chronyx View Post
              Glenfydych(?)...love it!
              Glenfiddich. Try some of the better Scotches you won't be disappointed.
              "Go For Broke"
              Fat Kine-230/24% @ 6'2"
              Small Kine-168/9%
              Now- 200/8%
              Goal- 210/6%

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              • #8
                I still drink a beer sometimes in the evenings. I drank 7 the other night and the next morning felt like a band of gypsies had migrated into my skull and commenced playing songs of their people on out of tune bagpipes.
                But I'm cool with 1 every now and then.
                If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Wanderlust View Post
                  Glenfiddich. Try some of the better Scotches you won't be disappointed.
                  Don't leave a brother hanging Give me some names and I'll try them, love tasting new whiskys!

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                  • #10
                    No....I like good beer. I even brew some of my own on occasion. Beer is the pinnacle of humans fermentation experiments that began thousands of years ago. It is the nectar of the Gods and I refuse to believe any hack theory that says its bad for me

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Karma View Post
                      I was a brewer for 19 years. I think that saying that I was giving up beer entirely would simply be a lie. I have one very high quality beer about ever 4-6 weeks and I cherish it foldly. I have also made it a personal quest to find a gluten free beer that's any good. There are several contenders coming on board these days but none really compare to the real thing quite yet. I have become quite the conneseur of cider as well, quite a variety coming out these days in that area too.

                      Life is too short to make sacrifices that eat away at you every day, if that for you is giving up beer, try simply scaling back.
                      I am also a brewer and just getting started with primal eating. I believe that the possibility of fermented fruits was very high in primal mans past... yeast is in the air, fruits get exposed to yeast, and bamm alcohol. I am sure Grok would have come across this on more than one occasion, and possibly even enjoyed it. So I may take my brewing talents and aim them towards the hard cider world as it is at least eliminating grains and keeping more true to primal thinking. That and making some red wine... also fruit based.

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                      • #12
                        Homebrewer here that is keeping the beer. Even if it means being less than optimal. I do, however, do an occasional beer fast of up to a month.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by tplank View Post
                          Homebrewer here that is keeping the beer. Even if it means being less than optimal. I do, however, do an occasional beer fast of up to a month.
                          Yeah who am I kidding.... once a homebrewer, always a homebrewer. Besides some of our stronger beers can sit and wait to be consumed if need be.

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                          • #14
                            I gave it up. It's been over 30 days since I had a beer and while I do miss it, I don't crave it. Having always been a bourbon drinker though, helps. And wine, too. We have tons of both in the house so the absence of beer isn't so bad.
                            5' 9" 47 YO F
                            PB start June 2, 2012
                            Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
                            Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs


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                            • #15
                              Wasn't a brewer, but a bit brewery-tourist and huge fan of the craft beers at one point. I skipped beer entirely for about 3 years, and recently have experimented with adding it back. I had less of a bad reaction than the GF (sick all the next day), but I definitely noticed a heavy brain fog each time (I think 3 times) I drank beer.

                              So it will be a once or twice a year indulgence now.

                              Even Mark Sisson drinks an occasional IPA. After he puts a teaspoon of sugar in his coffee. OMG 80/20.
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