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    Another question from the other side of the ocean:
    Do you believe in your body telling you which macros and micros it needs by longing for certain food?
    At the moment I could just subsist on fruits, nuts and lowfat quark/curd and joghurt, agave sirup on top.
    Not really PB, right?
    What's the science behind that? Do you know those phases?

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    Originally posted by gergirl View Post
    Another question from the other side of the ocean:
    Do you believe in your body telling you which macros and micros it needs by longing for certain food?
    At the moment I could just subsist on fruits, nuts and lowfat quark/curd and joghurt, agave sirup on top.
    Not really PB, right?
    What's the science behind that? Do you know those phases?
    Tough call. I go with that yes your body is trying to tell you something, but that we can no longer trust ourselves to interpret those signals. Our conscious mind has been manipulated by mass media and our physiological and neurological "mind" or autonomic processes have been soaked in chemistry set experiments of hyperpalatability and addictive substances to such a degree that we can no longer trust our instincts. If you grew up in a pristine environment and hadn't been introduced to such things I'd say trust your body and instincts. But as is, nope, cant trust em. They've been usurped.

    But, if you have lived clean eating primal for a significant amount of time then there may be hope .

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    • #3
      @Neckhammer
      Well, not clean in a PB sense but clean meaning no added sugars, vitamines - simply chemistry. Eating mostly organic food, non-processed, no junk.

      So we're lost? Isn't the PB some kind of back to the instincs?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by gergirl View Post
        @Neckhammer
        Well, not clean in a PB sense but clean meaning no added sugars, vitamines - simply chemistry. Eating mostly organic food, non-processed, no junk.

        So we're lost? Isn't the PB some kind of back to the instincs?
        Not really. PB is more of a "mimic those who can rely on their instincts" approach. Observe hunter/gatherers and our knowledge of what ancestral man ate and just do that. Basically at some point of doing that though yes we hope that we can reprogram our tastes and instincts to that of a healthy human, rather than the obese sickly versions of such that we are becoming on a whole.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by gergirl View Post
          Another question from the other side of the ocean:
          Do you believe in your body telling you which macros and micros it needs by longing for certain food?
          At the moment I could just subsist on fruits, nuts and lowfat quark/curd and joghurt, agave sirup on top.
          Not really PB, right?
          What's the science behind that? Do you know those phases?
          Where are you?


          I think if your body is happy eating that at the moment I wouldn't worry too much. Your bound to crave more meat/protein eventually. But my WOE is a little more on the fruit & veg side.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
            Not really. PB is more of a "mimic those who can rely on their instincts" approach. Observe hunter/gatherers and our knowledge of what ancestral man ate and just do that.
            I see your point and agree...but one thing makes me think...Was it their instincs or just a lack of alternatives?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by gergirl View Post
              I see your point and agree...but one thing makes me think...Was it their instincs or just a lack of alternatives?
              Surely its a combination of the two. But that also brings home the point that for much of our history not all items where perpetually available in abundance. That is the basis of some of the restrictions of even what would be considered "natural" foods. Eating seasonally and learning to grow and prepare your own foods can help you navigate that particular minefield though without having to overthink it.

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              • #8
                @ Neckhammer:Eating seasonally and learning to grow and prepare your own foods can help you navigate that particular minefield though without having to overthink it. - That's what I'm trying to do...eating seasonally, prepare my food, but not overthinking doesn't work..
                @HannakB: Germany, Europe small country, but we'e there!

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                • #9
                  If I listened to my "body," I'd be living on burgers, sourdough bread, brie cheese, vodka, and tequila.

                  So maybe - but not for all of us.
                  "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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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                    If I listened to my "body," I'd be living on burgers, sourdough bread, brie cheese, vodka, and tequila.

                    So maybe - but not for all of us.
                    I guess I'm lucky. I crave fruits mostly (couple weeks ago couldn't get enough watermelon) & yesterday it was cabbage fried with onion & a little mustard.

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                    • #11
                      I think sometimes our natural cravings can be satisfied by unnatural things; for example magnesium deficiency causing a chocolate binge.

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                      • #12
                        I'm pretty sure cravings mean we're lacking something we need, but it's probably a mistake to default to the idea that what we crave is the thing that we really need. For example, I almost can't get enough cooked veggies, especially cooked in some kind of yummy fat. However, I also know after 18 mos of eating whole foods that I feel better if I eat more protein than my natural inclinations lead me to. My body probably wants micronutrients in the veggies and yet if I fill up on them, I won't eat enough protein. What I probably need is more organ meat. I don't have a good source for good quality organ meat. I get a small amount when I buy a whole lamb, but I'm a bit squeamish about organs in general. That's a cultural thing that has impacted my emotional and practical food choices. My solution is to deliberately eat as wide a variety of whole foods as I can, so as to not to deprive my body of what it really needs.

                        It seems to be working OK. I eat what feels like a lot for a woman my size. I "cheat" regularly with beer and less often with top quality wheaty baked goods. My visible body fat continues to melt away despite only 2x/week yoga for exercise. I think if your focus is nourishing your body, it's hard to go too far wrong.
                        50yo, 5'3"
                        SW-195
                        CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
                        GW- Goals are no longer weight-related

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                        • #13
                          How we interpret our cravings is highly subjective. Many times I have read someone say that they craved chocolate, but what they described eating (Milky Way bars) was high in fat and sugar, but contained little chocolate. So perhaps what they were craving was fat, and their analysis of their cravings was incorrect.

                          But then on the other hand, it is possible that what they were craving really was chocolate, in which case they could have eaten an entire bag of Milky Way bars and gotten insufficient chocolate to satisfy their cravings. No doubt they did eat the entire bag. Or if they were in the conscious fat-free mode, they could have eaten a bag or two of Snackwells.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by gergirl View Post
                            agave sirup
                            ...
                            Originally posted by gergirl View Post
                            clean meaning no added sugars, non-processed
                            Not much less processed or less deserving of being called an added sugar than agave syrup.
                            The Champagne of Beards

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                            • #15
                              I have been making liver fajitas lately and even the squeamish man of the house really likes them. In a frying pan the liver goes (chicken or beef) with onions, red and yellow bell peppers and chiles with adobo sauce. Serve with burrito fixings (cilantro, avocado, lettuce, tomato, salsa etc). Delicious.
                              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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