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  • #16
    Sweet potatoes seem to be the carb of choice in the primal world, then root veg and squashes, white rice and potatoes are also fine, but not really needed if you are trying to loose fat unless you are really active. And yes eat vegetable in abundace, they should make up the largest volume of what you eat.

    I also would't worry about how often you eat in a day, I still eat upto 3 times a day, which is down from 6 or more including snacks, so I've dropped from breakfast, mid morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, tea, supper, to lunch, tea supper, but I've been primal since January this year so I've had plenty of time to become fat adapted and get used to more even energy levels and less regular hunger.

    Organic standards for the UK are easy to find as are freedom foods and free-range standards. But UK beef and lamb and venison are predominatly grass fed anyway, it's the cheapest option as we grow lots of good grass here on land that isn't much good for crops I prefere not to think about pig too much, or chickens, they eat a lot of soy IIRC, and as far as I know organic makes no differenance to this -my dad is intolerant to soy amoungst many things and cannot eat shop brought chicken (except fat free breast fillets) or pork of any kind as it makes him ill, due to soy resuidues in the flesh.

    As for eating more fat - fattier cuts of meat and butter on your veggies, or as a personal recomendation - Mrs. Charles Darwin's Buttered Eggs Recipe
    You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................

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    • #17
      I know exactly what you mean about the farmer's market. I used to buy most of meat there but it's very very expensive. Now I only go there for the best organic, grass fed ribeye steaks I've ever had in my life....worth every penny!

      I have a huge appetite too and I think that personally I was eating more of the more starchy veggies (squash, sweet potatoes, even carrots) than my body needed - which in my case was keeping me out of fat burning mode and so I wasn't getting the reduction in appetite so many people report.

      I have now completely cut out the starchy veggies mentioned above, cut the nuts to virtually nil, eliminated fruit and have increased my intake of coconut oil. It has been as I've done this that I started to realise that I'm not so hungry any more. For example, I would always feel the need for a small snack around 11:30 (after breakfast at around 8:15). These days, however, not only do I not need a snack, I often don't even feel hungry when I take my lunch hour at 1pm.

      If I'm skipping a meal, I do often have a cup of coffee with some coconut oil in it - so not strictly fasting, but for me it keeps my energy levels up as well as dealing with that psychological fear that is deep rooted that I'm not going to get through the afternoon (silly I know, and it's fading as I'm realising that it isn't a problem - and if I do get hungry, then so what!)

      As for meals: well today I had grilled bacon, 2 fried eggs and mushrooms and a coffee with some coconut oil at around 8:15am. Same coffee with coconut oil at 1:15pm and this evening I've had some pork shoulder (Well Fed's char siu pork) with a big pile of sauteed greens with butter. I may have a couple of squares of 90% chocolate too...or maybe not. Today wasn't a workout day - just dog walking for an hour, some yoga and stretching - but if I was working out I would tend to have eaten lunch, then had the coffee before heading to the gym and not eaten dinner. (Tsk tsk, I'm sure lots of people will tell me off for not eating after a workout but heyho if it's working....)

      I can't say if any of this will work for you, but after around 10 months of not being able to shift the weight, it sure is working for me and I'm feeling great on it with really high energy levels (which after suffering from really low energy for most of my adult life, is an amazing feeling). It may well be that you just need more time getting used to the way of eating before your hunger levels drop...after all if you've been eating poorly beforehand, your body probably has a lot of nutrients to make up. So don't be too hard on yourself..give it time, then if nothing is still happening just try a few tweaks here and there.

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      • #18
        I've been at it for about 6 weeks now and I have not lost any weight either. I was basically at a healthy weight starting out, I just wanted to be 10 lbs less vanity-wise. However I have had to buy new smaller pants! I should have used a tape measure at the beginning but didn't really think of it. So I did measure to start November and will do it again to start December. It can be really hard to divorce yourself from the scale. So try to notice how your clothes are fitting and you will surely see positive changes despite what the scale might say.
        Breathe. Move forward.

        I just eat what I want...

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        • #19
          It's not too late to take measurements - they are a great indicator of progress.
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          F, 48, 5'10"
          Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
          Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

          Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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