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    I know I'm not alone when I say I'm working on getting my health back. One day I realised just how hard I was working when I tried to think of all the things I've done. To some it may seem nuts. A new lifestyle. A religion! But now it's all so normal I don't even think about it anymore. All I know is that I feel great. I sleep great. And life in general is pretty darn good. Thanks to Primal Blueprint.

    I've given up wheat and grains, veg oils and most sugar. Like most Primals I no longer partake in junk food, processed foods or tinned foods... And there are a long list of foods and ingredients I avoid now. And a long list I try to have instead.

    I've given up alcohol, bottled and canned drinks and milk. My water is sparkling and full of minerals, my tea is herbal, and I enjoy raw goat milk and whey.

    I've gotten rid of all chemical personal care items. Now it's herbal toothpaste, soap, coconut oil. Turmeric, herbs, and honey. No cosmetics. No hair styling products. My baths are full of magnesium.

    My clothes are comfortable. My shoes are flat. I've overhauled my kitchen cupboard and I have a heaving spice rack. I wash up with baking soda. I have less screen time. I sunbathe. I garden. I've even stayed growing a few veg and herbs.

    I go out in the rain, I sleep in the dark, I'm fairly stress free and am living it & loving it, every single moment.

    What lengths I have gone to! And I'm very proud of myself and my achievements.

    Almost 2 years primal, with many more to come.
    SW: 68 kg. * CW: 61.5 kg. * GW: 60 kg or less...
    “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha

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    That's a great list, Thaijinx. Just over a year into primal here and getting more and more "into it" as time goes by. Starting to feel more remote from the mainstream of the way other people live.

    For the first year I was just happy to do what I would now call "basic primal" - ditching the grains, sugar and oils. Then I started adding a few things like bone broth. Then bought 1/4 cow. And so it goes on.

    In the last few weeks, I have:
    made my own soap from olive oil.
    bought my first ever raw milk.
    made my own yoghurt from it.

    Little does my dh know that I'm now thinking about fermented cabbage and kombucha, lol.
    Annie Ups the Ante
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    • #3
      Switching from CAFO to pastured/grass-fed is the biggest for me. It's more expensive and living in a city with the social conscience of a gnat, pretty tough. More than half of my food is delivered from sources online.

      It's not so much a religion, but a determination to not support and to not eat food that is produced by people who think that taking my money for shit food is called "business."
      "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

      B*tch-lite

      Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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      • #4
        Hello!

        I am very, very new to this lifestyle and I was reading your inspiring posts, but wondered where online do you get meat sources? How is it shipped? I realize this is off topic, I apologize for that.

        Hands to palm,
        Ezz

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        • #5
          When I re-read the PB principles, I am 100% "primal". I am not fond of tags though. All I can say is that I have no plan to change this lifestyle. What I like the most about it is the freedom NOT to eat for long periods if I want to and still thrive. My own personal transformation has also been mental. There is this feedback loop between "body" and "mind" and I understood a little more about the brain-gut axis. It's funny because I always "heard" my body sending signals to my mind, and there used to be a lot of complaining (joint pain, muscle ache, wrong posture, big spare tire around my belly, etc) but never replied to these complaints due to constant brain fog, laziness, a certain "fatalism" maybe. This is over, everything is in its right place today and I get no more complaint Actually, I have developed some springs and from morning to evening, I feel like jumping around

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          • #6
            The big changes for me weren't really diet. I rarely (if ever) eat junk. I'm trying to reintroduce a bit of rice, having went through the exhaustive list Nikoley complied on resistant starch and found no flaw in the reasoning behind reincorporating a small amount of weekly, nonallergenic grains. I still drink juice and, being an animal and one that likes fermented foods, drink a couple of times a month.

            So the biggest changes:
            -I sunbathe (I used to burn, but now that I tan I can take some sun).
            -I lift weights (finally have the energy to).
            -I don't stress about things.
            -I minimize chemical exposure.
            -I walk barefoot frequently.
            Diet-wise, the significant ones are:
            -I avoid everything processed 99% of the time.
            -I have singled-out and removed any allergens.
            --
            Perfection is entirely individual. Any philosophy or pursuit that encourages individuality has merit in that it frees people. Any that encourages shackles only has merit in that it shows you how wrong and desperate the human mind can get in its pursuit of truth.

            --
            I get blunter and more narcissistic by the day.
            I'd apologize, but...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by thaijinx View Post
              I wash up with baking soda.
              Good Lawd, if only I could persuade my old man to do this. The amount of chemicals he uses to clean with is frightening.

              As for lengths - I cycled 3 hrs overall to buy the right Milk and cheese today because i didn't have my car. I hate any endurance sport like running and cycling.

              Luckily I've got an amazing farm which delivers the highest quality product near me, so I get a weekly delivery

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ezzirah View Post
                Hello!

                I am very, very new to this lifestyle and I was reading your inspiring posts, but wondered where online do you get meat sources? How is it shipped? I realize this is off topic, I apologize for that.

                Hands to palm,
                Ezz
                Amazon for sardines in bpa-free cans.
                Costco.com for coffee.
                Marx foods for salmon.
                US Wellness for tongue, marrow bones, beef.

                Most include the shipping in their price (US Wellness has a $7.50 processing charge). It's usually shipped overnight.
                "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                B*tch-lite

                Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                • #9
                  An inspiration to all!

                  I've been living primal/paleo for 11 years now! 11 years, no sugar. Not even once. No pasta. No dairy. I don't even eat fruit!

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                  • #10
                    Raw egg in my coffee--'nuff said =P
                    My Blog where I talk about my experiences with improving my health and life
                    (I try to update ... once in awhile)


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                    (Red Dwarf)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by GiGiEats View Post
                      An inspiration to all!

                      I've been living primal/paleo for 11 years now! 11 years, no sugar. Not even once. No pasta. No dairy. I don't even eat fruit!
                      I'm not saying I doubt you but I'm curious. You are mid 20s judging by your avatar. So you started when you were 14? How did that happen?

                      You're either older than you look, are using an old pic, or had parents who were very ahead of their time.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                        I'm not saying I doubt you but I'm curious. You are mid 20s judging by your avatar. So you started when you were 14? How did that happen?

                        You're either older than you look, are using an old pic, or had parents who were very ahead of their time.
                        Oh no, that is my current photo. I took it a month or so ago. You are correct though. I started living this lifestyle when I was 15 years old. My parents are VERY AHEAD of their time. Well more my mother than anything. I started reading books about low carbohydrate, high protein, high healthy fat diets when I was 15 and even before as my mom had/has 80 million of them scattered throughout the house. I just sort of got hooked, plus I have a lot of health problems, so I needed to change my lifestyle so as to feed my health properly. I have been studying this way of living for the past 11 years and while I do not have a degree, I consider myself as close to an expert, without actually being one, LOL!

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                        • #13
                          Ah, I see. I turned 15 in the late 70s, deep in the era of the McGovern Commission and such. My parents were very aware and cutting edge but, back then, that meant tofu and veggie stir-frys with brown rice, and soy milk on your muesli in the morning.

                          You came of age in a different time. You are lucky to have the parents you do.

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                          • #14
                            Over the few years (I can't remember, 3? 4?) I tried different things and

                            I keep doing:
                            -not eating wheat
                            -lifting and cardio
                            -ordering grass-fed or pasteurized meats (whatever available)
                            -buying organic produce when available and not crazy priced
                            -not eating farmed fish
                            -cooking 99.9% meals at home with wholesome ingredients for the family
                            -switching to Primal-approved fats
                            -limited TV

                            Things that made absolutely no difference, or made things worse, so I stopped doing
                            -dropping sweeteners
                            -dropping fruit
                            -dropping dairy
                            -Shangri-la
                            -eating VLC

                            Overall though, I can't see any major changes to the health and aesthetics with Primal. My husband is still overweight and don't care, my child is still thriving (thanks gods!) and I am still plump and fight battle with my weight every hour of every day.

                            But we had it good to start with, so we were not against anything debilitating, just our weight. I believe that a whole foods approach is the way to go, and sure would love to consume as little manufactured products as possible.
                            Last edited by Leida; 07-29-2013, 07:49 AM.
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                            • #15
                              I just spent several months dehydrating food to take on a two-week backpack trip. I dehydrated pounds of sweet potatoes, lots of cooked and raw vegetables, olives and tons of slow-cooked chicken and pork. I made my own paleo pumpkin-spice "granola" this weekend for breakfasts. Dehydrated a bunch of bananas to mix with nuts for daily snacks. Just need to purchase powdered milk (to make yogurt in my sleeping bag every night to have for breakfast) and olive oil for the dinners and lunches. 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners, all homemade. I will not eat crap food while backpacking ever again!
                              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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