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    New to Primal - and I have a question.
    As a Texan, we eat all things Tex Mex -- which includes corn & flour tortillas, red beans, rice. Surely I'm not the only one. What are good substitutions for tortillas? Thanks!

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    Ditch the tortillas, red bans, and rice . Ain't you Texans the ones who invented the beanless chilli? I make tex mex all the time with beef and veggies (less rice and beans makes room for more delicious beef IMO)....just down it all with a fork.

    Oh, and some corn tortillas once in a while are not as bad as the floured tortillas at least. Legumes, if done right, are also a grey area where you could throw em in once in a while.
    Last edited by Neckhammer; 07-05-2012, 09:52 AM.

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    • #3
      Primal Tex-Mex Tortillas and Taco Seasoning | Mark's Daily Apple
      Don't let anybody tell you, "You can't" just because they can't.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DonnaK View Post
        New to Primal - and I have a question.
        As a Texan, we eat all things Tex Mex -- which includes corn & flour tortillas, red beans, rice. Surely I'm not the only one. What are good substitutions for tortillas? Thanks!
        What about lettuce leaves instead of tortillas? Or stuffing bell peppers with the meat/rice/whatever?
        Or just serving over salad greens instead of rice and tortillas?
        "Imagine all the people, living life in peace..."

        "Nothing will work unless you do."

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        • #5
          I second the lettuce leaf tortilla substitute as well. I use Romaine lettuce leaves instead of tortillas.

          Pork rinds or crispy bacon strips make mean tortilla chip substitutes as well.

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          • #6
            I love tex mex too. I actually eat it. That is my solution to loving it...eating it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jimhensen View Post
              I love tex mex too. I actually eat it. That is my solution to loving it...eating it.
              Guess that explains it~

              Originally posted by jimhensen View Post
              I am coming down from 320. I'm right about 300 right now. I am 5'8 and would probably be in top physical shape around 180 pounds. Getting the weight off is the most important thing now. Once I get down to a more manageable weight I can start to worry about keeping fit and doing good for my body, but as of right now priority number one is losing weight.
              Most of us here have found that skipping the beans and tortillas works wonders for weight loss ~ maybe you should give it a try?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Nady View Post
                Guess that explains it~

                Most of us here have found that skipping the beans and tortillas works wonders for weight loss ~ maybe you should give it a try?
                I actually just kind of feel bad for him at this point.
                I think that his trolling is more of a form of 'misery loves company' than anything else.
                Sad.

                Of course I could be wrong... but the second quote especially makes me think I'm not.
                The fail rate/regain rate of that method of weight loss for people with that much weight to lose is SO astronomically high...
                It seriously makes me feel bad for him.
                “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
                ~Friedrich Nietzsche
                And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
                  I actually just kind of feel bad for him at this point.
                  I think that his trolling is more of a form of 'misery loves company' than anything else.
                  Sad.

                  Of course I could be wrong... but the second quote especially makes me think I'm not.
                  The fail rate/regain rate of that method of weight loss for people with that much weight to lose is SO astronomically high...
                  It seriously makes me feel bad for him.
                  I've found this board to be very supportive~ all anyone has to do is ask. But when someone who doesn't even try to 'walk the walk' does so much talking about CW, well~

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DonnaK View Post
                    What are good substitutions for tortillas? Thanks!
                    A fork! I'm a mexican food lovin texan too. We eat guacamole with a fork, beef fajitas with a fork, the inside of tacos with a fork. It is awesome!! And you don't feel all stuffed and bloated from all the chips and tortillas.

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                    • #11
                      Mexican food is great. Helps me get offal in my diet. Nearby place has 4 tacos for $5. I get sesos (brain), buche (stomach), lengua (tongue), cover them with cilantro, onions, pico de gallo, some lime and pickled radishes. Then I eat all the toppings and toss all but 1 tortilla. Nixtamalized corn isn't too bad according to Mark. Primal fast food, can't beat it. I guess it's what's for lunch today, thanks.

                      Tercio

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
                        I actually just kind of feel bad for him at this point.
                        I think that his trolling is more of a form of 'misery loves company' than anything else.
                        Originally posted by Nady View Post
                        I've found this board to be very supportive~ all anyone has to do is ask. But when someone who doesn't even try to 'walk the walk' does so much talking about CW, well~
                        +1 to both.
                        "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

                        In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

                        - Ray Peat

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DonnaK View Post
                          New to Primal - and I have a question.
                          As a Texan, we eat all things Tex Mex -- which includes corn & flour tortillas, red beans, rice. Surely I'm not the only one. What are good substitutions for tortillas? Thanks!
                          U.S. (mis) usage! :-)

                          Linguistically, corn is a generic term for any cereal crop. Flour is a generic term for any ground corn -- or sometimes other ground foodstuffs, e.g., "mustard flour".


                          I think you're right to be wary of "Indian corn" (i.e. maize). It's seems to be far less problematic than gluten-containing cereal grains, and many peoples seem to have done fine on it -- so long as they nixtamalized it ... and had plenty of other (more nutritious) foodstuffs in the diet.

                          But here's an interesting thing i learnt just the other day listening to Ray Audette. He seems a bit eccentric and probably not the best source of information, but what he said was that maize can be infected with a form of rust; that rust seems to be linked to several cancers; that those particular cancers are rampant in Mexico; and, finally, that the same cancers have been increasing the U.S. ever since Mexican food became popular there.

                          Excuse the pun -- food for thought.

                          It seems plausible. If this is the fungus he means, it seems it's even been consumed as a delicay:

                          Corn Fungus | Cancer The Silent Disease!

                          Anyway, I'd guess a tortilla now and then would be unlikely to hurt anyone, but given that these cancers are said to be endemic in Mexico, I'd want more reassurance on the supposed link between these cancers and the rust Audette refers to, and on the prevelance of the rust before eating them on a regular basis.

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                          • #14
                            I'm Canadian, and I don't live on maple syrup, Timbits and poutine.

                            What can go IN a tortilla or between two pieces of bread, can go on top of a salad.

                            Or maybe its time to expand your palate. I love tex mex, and asian and italian and indian food. And more. You name it. There is too much good food available to be limited by geography. When I think of Texas I think of a big steak. Or BBQ. Not beans & rice.
                            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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                            • #15
                              Grew up on Tex Mex. Mex Mex is more better.

                              Today was country style ribs off the smoker.
                              Tomorrow I'm thinkin' a Chile Relleno will hit the spot.

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