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    Really unhappy right now with my efforts of moving to a Primal lifestyle. I'll do well with breakfast and then when it comes to lunch, all I can really think of is salad and I just don't feel like salad. Also bought a muffin when I went to the shops and a piece of cake yesterday. I'm so frustrated with myself!

  • #2
    Helen Louise, When you say that you are moving to a primal lifestyle - what exactly do you mean ???
    Give me a basic run down.
    Goals, weight, what you are prepared to do
    "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

    ...small steps....

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    • #3
      I don't need to lose weight at all, I've been pretty much the same weight most of my life, but I just feel unhealthy and bloated and tired all the time. So I want to start eating as optimally as I can and I just seem to eating the bad stuff, just coz I can.

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      • #4
        I totally went primal all in one day. ie I ditched the grains, sugar, processed food and dairy. If you do not have any weight to lose you could possibly keep the dairy, but in moderation. You will find that stopping the sugar, processed foods and grains would be a fabulous start. Yes you might get the cravings and carb flu etc... but prepare your daily food in advance until you can control your cravings - and you just might find that this helps. It certainly helped me get over that first couple of weeks. Remember to keep up your water intake.
        anyway thats my take - good luck and keep us posted
        "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

        ...small steps....

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        • #5
          Hi Helen Louise. I can understand your frustration, I also have found lunch the hardest meal to keep primal. Sandwiches, muffins, cheese on toast...so many grain options and it's hard sometimes to think of anything else. I agree that salads just don't appeal in the winter, and can be a fiddle to put together also. But don't give up! From my recent experience, eliminating the grains was precisely what tipped the balance and helped me feel light, healthy, unbloated and energetic.

          I have found that planning ahead is very helpful. Eg you could make a large quiche or batch of mini quiches to last a few days. Have some boiled eggs and precooked ham in the fridge. Cook double at dinner time and save the leftovers for lunch. Some other easy options: cottage cheese and apple slices, tinned tuna on cucumber wheels, nut butter with carrot sticks. Banana and frozen berry smoothie.

          Good luck, the results of eating real food are so worth it. A.
          Annie Ups the Ante
          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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          • #6
            we usually have sliders for lunch. these are just mini burgers, and we season them with different flavors (cajun, italian, mexican, persian, etc). we then just do chopped veggies (peppers, tomato, whatever else we have on hand). typically, we'll make a mayo dip for them.

            it's quite simple and straight-forward, but it carries easily enough.

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            • #7
              Why are you limiting yourself to just salads for lunch? I think you're making it harder than it needs to be! Primal is not restrictive to eggs and salad!

              Do you have any leftovers from dinner? (If not, cook in large batches and freeze/store the rest for the next few days.) What did you buy in your last grocery shopping trip?
              >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
              >> Goal (by 1 Jan 2014): 90% Primal / 135-ish pounds / 20-22% BF

              >> Upcoming Fitness Feats: Tough Mudder, June 2013
              >> Check out my super-exciting journal by clicking these words.

              Weight does NOT equal health -- ditch the scale, don't be a slave to it!

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              • #8
                Well my bro actually does the shopping. I've just finished the frittata's that I had frozen which I was eating for bfast. I don't limit myself to salads, I just can never think of anything else to do, and right now dinner tends to be meat/chicken and steamed veg. I am not much of a cook and don't enjoy it so I'm going to need to try and get more inventive.
                Plus I gorged myself on brie and crackers today as it had been sooooo long since I'd had any, and I loved it so much, that I ate too much. *sigh*
                Last edited by HelenLouise; 09-04-2012, 04:31 AM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by HelenLouise View Post
                  Well my bro actually does the shopping. I've just finished the frittata's that I had frozen which I was eating for bfast. I don't limit myself to salads, I just can never think of anything else to do, and right now dinner tends to be meat/chicken and steamed veg. I am not much of a cook and don't enjoy it so I'm going to need to try and get more inventive.
                  Plus I gorged myself on brie and crackers today as it had been sooooo long since I'd had any, and I loved it so much, that I ate too much. *sigh*
                  Are there leftovers when you are done with dinner? If so, pack a portion or two away and use those for lunches. The vast majority of my lunches that I eat at work are leftovers from dinner the night (or two nights) prior.

                  If you are not much of a cook, then don't! You can eat raw veggies with a protein of your choice. If you do want to cook vegetables and you really don't want to "cook" you can always take a short-cut and buy frozen veggies that can be microwaved whenever you want. (If you have fresh veggies, you can also freeze them and microwave them just as you would the store-bought frozen stuff.)

                  Although I don't know how different supermarkets are in Australia as compared to the USA, but at my grocery store there are freshly-cooked rotisserie chickens to take home. Any time I've forgotten to take out something to defrost for dinner, or if I'm just feeling lazy, I will pick up a rotisserie chicken on my way home from work. One of these will easily provide at least 4 portions of protein, and with only two people in my household (myself included), this means lunch for a couple of days!

                  It doesn't need to be complicated!
                  >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
                  >> Goal (by 1 Jan 2014): 90% Primal / 135-ish pounds / 20-22% BF

                  >> Upcoming Fitness Feats: Tough Mudder, June 2013
                  >> Check out my super-exciting journal by clicking these words.

                  Weight does NOT equal health -- ditch the scale, don't be a slave to it!

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                  • #10
                    we got the bbq'd chooks here ready to go in a bag at woolworths. my IGA here has them too, free range chickens at that! thats actually one of my go-to's when im lazy. im still working my way in now. battling some adrenal fatigue issues. im sick of the symptoms and im hoping primal will help.

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                    • #11
                      Plus, if salad is all you can think of for lunch (and I admit I do this frequently, have one today even) then just top it with whatever kind of meat you have handy. Or add cottage cheese to it. Some days my salads are even more meat than salad.

                      Just don't give up!

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                      • #12
                        Ham and cheese, leftovers from meatloaf, hamburger patty, hotdog (in a pinch -- I'm not saying it's the healthiest choice), grab chicken from a retailer, etc. I rarely eat salad for lunch. It comes down to you deciding what you want, and given how unwell you feel, you need to do this. Maybe find an accountability partner.
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                        • #13
                          I have a BBQ'd chook in the fridge but its due to be thrown out now, that's what I had on my salad the other day. I have to go to the shop anyway so I'll probably pick up something to cook up.

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                          • #14
                            The best thing about this way of eating is that you have so many delicious foods that you can eat. I almost never feel happy if I eat salad for lunch. I make very hearty lunches - chicken and sweet potato soup that I add slices of avocado after I heat it, beef stew, burger patties, etc. Right now I am in a stretch (I periodically have these) where I am sick to death of all my standard recipes. So right now, I do feel a strong temptation to cheat at lunch because I don't want the food i brought.

                            So the key is really to make food you are looking forward to eating. If dairy, nuts, and eggs, are not an issue for you then just have that brie cheese with pears and toasted nuts. Don't think about what you can't have, think about what sounds good that you can have
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jammies View Post
                              The best thing about this way of eating is that you have so many delicious foods that you can eat. I almost never feel happy if I eat salad for lunch. I make very hearty lunches - chicken and sweet potato soup that I add slices of avocado after I heat it, beef stew, burger patties, etc. Right now I am in a stretch (I periodically have these) where I am sick to death of all my standard recipes. So right now, I do feel a strong temptation to cheat at lunch because I don't want the food i brought.

                              So the key is really to make food you are looking forward to eating. If dairy, nuts, and eggs, are not an issue for you then just have that brie cheese with pears and toasted nuts. Don't think about what you can't have, think about what sounds good that you can have
                              Jammies, I couldn't agree more. I have a lot of fun, thinking ahead to what I'm going to prepare and eat next. Also, sometimes it's amazing what can be put together from what's in the fridge. It the olives and feta are there, the meal's going to be a lot yummier than if they aren't.
                              Annie Ups the Ante
                              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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