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    I'm going to be in America in a couple of weeks, and I want to take the opportunity to buy food and health stuffs that are only available across the pond. So far I've got Great Lakes powered gelatine and (maybe) Thyroid Armour on my list.

    What are your favourite American supplements and food stuffs that you'd recommend?
    "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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    If you can find a Trader Joe's they have pretty good cheese. They have inexpensive frozen fish. Their almond butter is cheap but they are always out of it. Their nuts and dried fruits are cheap.

    Honestly, food isn't very good in the US. It seems a lot better in the few places I've been (India, Nepal, Mexico City.) Even crappy stuff is better there.

    I'd go unprimal and sample some craft beers wherever you go. If you go to wine country, sample some wines. If you go to a particular region, throw your primal out the window and sample some regional cuisine. For example, in the south they have some interesting fried foods. If I ever go there I will try them. I might like to know what's the difference between Mexican food in Texas and the California kind I'm used to, too.
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    • #3
      Where in America are you going to? Its a pretty big place
      Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

      http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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      • #4
        I know that food isn't the best in the States, but you guys seem to have such random, novelty items that people in Europe would never consider having... Like grass fed powered gelatine! And all the random supps...


        Originally posted by DinoHunter View Post
        Where in America are you going to? Its a pretty big place
        Cal-i-forn-i-a And New York, briefly. Though the location isn't important: I'm looking for stuff you can pick up in pharmacies etc.
        "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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        • #5
          The only "pharmacy" things i would get if i were going back would be tylinol(pain killer) and bc powder(high dose powders asprin) but mostly because most other pain killers dont work on me so while i dont take them often, they are handy to have when i need it.
          I would go browse the local health food shops though to see what i could find. Sometimes you can find the coolest things in the more local shops.. Oh and farmers markets..
          If you know where your going you should be able to google local Shops/markets/events etc
          Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

          http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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          • #6
            Hmmm...I think in order to answer your question properly, we'd have to know what's not available in Europe. I think you should make a list of a few supplements that you'd like to buy but can't find in Europe, and then when in the US, visit (a) Whole Foods, (b) Trader Joe's, (c) Vitamin Shoppe or GNC, and/or (d) local/independent natural foods/supplement stores. In the Bay Area, Andronico's (an upscale supermarket chain) is also worth visiting for fun foods. One thing I noticed last time I was there was lots of kinda expensive (like $7-$8 a bar) but totally cool specialty chocolate (different kinds--like chocolate with bacon and stuff like that--you can find it at Andronico's). There's also specialty honey. When I go to Cali, I buy things like tea leaves and chocolate that you can't really find in PA because there's not a market for specialty items since everyone here just drinks HFCS and eats M&Ms.

            You can just go to the above stores and browse and see if there are things that you want but can't get in Europe.

            Edited to add: Oh and try California wines. There is a sake factory in Berkeley that offers sake tasting that could be fun too.
            Last edited by diene; 05-28-2013, 02:30 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DinoHunter View Post
              The only "pharmacy" things i would get if i were going back would be tylinol(pain killer) and bc powder(high dose powders asprin) but mostly because most other pain killers dont work on me so while i dont take them often, they are handy to have when i need it.
              I would go browse the local health food shops though to see what i could find. Sometimes you can find the coolest things in the more local shops.. Oh and farmers markets..
              If you know where your going you should be able to google local Shops/markets/events etc
              They don't sell over-the-counter painkillers in the UK?

              Farmers markets can be fun to visit too. Fresh fruit and whatnot. They often also have non-primal but yummy baked goods. But you probably won't be able to bring it back to the UK though.

              Edited to add: And this: http://www.irishmonkeycellars.com/

              I've never been, but my friends swear by it. I was going to go last time I was there but didn't have time.
              Last edited by diene; 05-28-2013, 02:36 PM.

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              • #8
                LOL, they were giving away free Goody powders at the NASCAR race Sunday. That and they had $1 packs of cigarettes.

                You can eat really well in CA.

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                • #9
                  To get Armour or any thyroid hormone replacement, legally, requires a prescription from a doctor.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by marcadav View Post
                    To get Armour or any thyroid hormone replacement, legally, requires a prescription from a doctor.
                    Bingo. It's hard to find a doctor that will rx it as well. I'm lucky I came across one and the rest seem to be ok going with the status quo now that I'm on it and my blood work has stabilized.

                    A friend of mine lived in Germany and said that baking soda and powder were really hard to find somewhere in Europe, but that's all I got.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by magnolia1973 View Post
                      You can eat really well in CA.
                      Yes indeed. There are some chain stores here you can look for in most major cities. Whole Foods, Sprouts, Henry's and Boney's. Also Trader Joe's like SB said.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DinoHunter View Post
                        The only "pharmacy" things i would get if i were going back would be tylinol(pain killer) and bc powder(high dose powders asprin) but mostly because most other pain killers dont work on me so while i dont take them often, they are handy to have when i need it.
                        I would go browse the local health food shops though to see what i could find. Sometimes you can find the coolest things in the more local shops.. Oh and farmers markets..
                        If you know where your going you should be able to google local Shops/markets/events etc
                        Originally posted by serenity View Post
                        Hmmm...I think in order to answer your question properly, we'd have to know what's not available in Europe. I think you should make a list of a few supplements that you'd like to buy but can't find in Europe, and then when in the US, visit (a) Whole Foods, (b) Trader Joe's, (c) Vitamin Shoppe or GNC, and/or (d) local/independent natural foods/supplement stores. In the Bay Area, Andronico's (an upscale supermarket chain) is also worth visiting for fun foods. One thing I noticed last time I was there was lots of kinda expensive (like $7-$8 a bar) but totally cool specialty chocolate (different kinds--like chocolate with bacon and stuff like that--you can find it at Andronico's). There's also specialty honey. When I go to Cali, I buy things like tea leaves and chocolate that you can't really find in PA because there's not a market for specialty items since everyone here just drinks HFCS and eats M&Ms.

                        You can just go to the above stores and browse and see if there are things that you want but can't get in Europe.
                        Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                        Yes indeed. There are some chain stores here you can look for in most major cities. Whole Foods, Sprouts, Henry's and Boney's. Also Trader Joe's like SB said.
                        Thanks for the suggestions! It reminded me that I want to get powered supplements - B3, Zinc, Mg etc. And some skin care stuff - like Copper peptides.

                        I'll check out those stores
                        "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 serenity View Post
                          They don't sell over-the-counter painkillers in the UK?
                          .
                          They do but none that work on me without having to take a 3-4x dose (not a good idea)
                          Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

                          http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
                            Thanks for the suggestions! It reminded me that I want to get powered supplements - B3, Zinc, Mg etc. And some skin care stuff - like Copper peptides.

                            I'll check out those stores
                            Have you tried iherb? they ship international & if you use the DHL option the shipping's pretty cheap, of course you have to pay any taxes/customs etc but ive found it still works out to a good price and they have all sortsa goodies you cant get in the UK
                            Last edited by DinoHunter; 05-29-2013, 12:14 AM. Reason: Ipad hates me
                            Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

                            http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
                              I know that food isn't the best in the States, but you guys seem to have such random, novelty items that people in Europe would never consider having...
                              That's pretty much how I think when I go to the UK! all those new food possibilities to try...

                              I haven't really browsed any supplement stores over there, but one pharmacy-type thing my BF didn't know about was Neosporin ... like if you cut your knee you can put it on yourself to help heal it. (Although personally, i think Ghee is a much better salve for this type of thing now that i've discovered it)

                              I second the asprin/paracetamol in bigger bottles as well. Those little packs are used up so quickly!
                              Last edited by Nivanthe; 05-29-2013, 01:43 AM.

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