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    Hey everyone!

    Let me explain my situation very quick: 19 years old, male. I used to eat WAY too much carbohydrates: 10 slices of whole grain bread a day, and then something like potatoes or pasta in the evening. My exercise regime turned out to be healthy my whole life. I cycle to college each day, an hour a day. I cycle or walk virtually every distance to friends. I take on average two long strolls (1 hour +) per week. I exercise vigorously once per three days, mostly with bodyweight.

    I think I'm near incremental gains in my exercise regime. My diet, VERY not so.

    I substituted the following after reading the first half of the primal blueprint:
    I now eat 3 eggs (sometimes with bacon) instead of bread in the morning.
    I now take 100 g of nuts to college, along with 4 slices of bread. I reduced my bread intake from 10 slices to 4. I still eat potatoes or rice or pasta + vegetables + meat in the evening. I can't really change that, because I still live at home.

    I have a couple of questions: my college day is busy and I often don't have a long enough break to eat a proper meal; slices of bread with meat on them are ideal for 15 minute breaks. I also don't like paying for food, when I can bring it with me from home. Eating a warm meal at the canteen is expensive in the long run. What food can I bring with me to college, that doesn't consist of grains?

    Dairy: I eat lots of it to supply myself with protein, for muscle gain. 4 glasses of milk and 250 ml of quarck each day. Sometimes I eat bread with cheese. What is the 'primal' stance on dairy? What can I replace it with to supply protein?

  • #2
    Best thing to take for lunch is leftovers from dinner.

    Nothing wrong with dairy for primal.

    However, bread is definitely not primal and it's good that you have reduced it. Bananas are portable, may do as a substitute source of carbs.
    Last edited by Annieh; 11-09-2012, 01:42 AM.
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    • #3
      Dairy is ok for primal unless you've got an intolerance. Some people find they don't lose as fast on dairy. Ymvv. Stop eating bread.
      F 28/5'4/100 lbs

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      • #4
        Meat and cheese roll-ups, just skip the bread. Bag of raw veggies - baby carrots, snap peas, broccoli florets

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        • #5
          cans of sardines and hard boiled eggs. they can last all day without refrigeration, take a beating in a back pack, need no preparation (well, immediate preparation...gotta cook the eggs at some point), and they taste great. perfect primal-on-the-go foods.
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          • #6
            Thanks for the tips guys! I also have the primal blueprint cookbook, I will look into the lunch section for anything portable. One more question: how many eggs a day is OK? I now eat three each morning, but I'm reluctant to eat more, but that's probably my conditioning. Is eating, say, 6 eggs a day bad?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by GreenGranted View Post
              Thanks for the tips guys! I also have the primal blueprint cookbook, I will look into the lunch section for anything portable. One more question: how many eggs a day is OK? I now eat three each morning, but I'm reluctant to eat more, but that's probably my conditioning. Is eating, say, 6 eggs a day bad?
              It depends on the context of the rest of your diet, your goals etc. Not anything bad with 6 eggs a day, but if trying to lose weight, you may throw out some of the yolks perhaps...
              "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

              - Schopenhauer

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              • #8
                Originally posted by GreenGranted View Post
                Thanks for the tips guys! I also have the primal blueprint cookbook, I will look into the lunch section for anything portable. One more question: how many eggs a day is OK? I now eat three each morning, but I'm reluctant to eat more, but that's probably my conditioning. Is eating, say, 6 eggs a day bad?
                i lost weight eating six eggs at a single meal every day. have at 'em.
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                • #9
                  You may even lose weight on 20 eggs per day, but then there will be little space for other foods, just saying...
                  "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                  - Schopenhauer

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gorbag View Post
                    It depends on the context of the rest of your diet, your goals etc. Not anything bad with 6 eggs a day, but if trying to lose weight, you may throw out some of the yolks perhaps...
                    All the crap that he's been eating, and you tell him to throw out egg yolks?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Gorbag View Post
                      It depends on the context of the rest of your diet, your goals etc. Not anything bad with 6 eggs a day, but if trying to lose weight, you may throw out some of the yolks perhaps...
                      Cut down the amount of eggs maybe....but throw out the tasty nutritious yokes...no way!
                      Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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                      • #12
                        @ OP as others have said ditch the bread and bring some leftovers or a bag of veg etc.
                        Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
                          All the crap that he's been eating, and you tell him to throw out egg yolks?
                          Not necessarily! Personally I eat around 6 eggs per day; I throw out 3 of the yolks and replace the fat with a spoonful of fish oil instead. It’s nothing wrong with egg yolks per se, but 3 egg yolks contains around 240 kcal, and that gives 7200 extra calories, that in one month equal 2 pound of body fat you could have lost by taking them out. So it very much depends on the diet you are on, the rest of what you are eating, and the total energy expenditure etc…
                          "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                          - Schopenhauer

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                          • #14
                            Yes ditch the bread in exchange for meat/fish/eggs, veg/fruit and nuts. Nothing wrong with eating as many eggs as you want. 6 grams of protein per egg and good healthy fats to keep you going. Egg yolk is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. No issues with cholesterol either. I go through at least 30 eggs a week and thinking of upping that even, cheap, quick and nutritious - but buy free range. Fish in a tin is a good idea, as are nuts, carrots and bananas also work for me along with eggs. I carry boiled eggs around with me all the time.

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                            • #15
                              I want to compliment everyone on the ridiculously fast replies. This is the most active forum I have ever seen. I'll surely stay here and ask more questions!

                              Despite eating extreme amounts of carbohydrates, 3 months ago (before I started doing strength exercise) I looked close to a marathon runner. At present my figure is more carved out, but I am definitely looking to gain weight. I am very pleased with how I look, but judging by my lifelong diet you would say I would be obese! (I was in the 'danger zone', according to the prmal blueprint). What has accounted for this?

                              I never drank any soda (except very incidentally) and my mother always prepared meals with fresh foods. Furthermore I have always cycled to school and now college for an hour a day and I'm active otherwise. These are my own ideas. I would love to hear yours.

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