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  • #16
    Originally posted by Velocity View Post
    1) Cost. Let's be honest, buying meat these days isn't cheap, especially if you're in an area where farms and cowpooling aren't really possible. And even if people buy supermarket fare and then supplement, the cost still isn't that much different.
    How could I have forgotten that one!
    Yep, the price of organic meat is just prohibitive really. Luckily our standard beef cattle and lambs are grass fed, but that means that I have to miss out on the yummy fat and go for lean beef because of the other pollutants involved in non-organic farming. Must look into cow-pooling... haven't heard that one before
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    • #17
      1. Eating out (including work meals, restaurants, at friends' and families' houses)
      2. Doing strength exercises consistently 2-3 times/week
      3. Not freaking out about my 2-yr old daughter's diet

      And now I am worried about sprinting since it is cold and sloopy out but not yet enough snow for nordic skiing.

      How to deal with it all?:
      1. pretty much all restaurants will have a salad with chicken/salmon/halibut and I pick around the bread for work-related meals (or just IF through)
      2. Just have to keep pushing myself to do regular body-weight exercise. I have always been a runner (now totally relaxed on that) but not htat motivated to work out inside.
      3. With the kid, it is enough of a chore to make sure she eats so I just won't be too freaked if she has pasta or whatever now and again. She gets very little sugar right now. If I can dial in her primal ways at 50/50 or 60/40, I figure that's ahead of most.

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      • #18
        Top 3 Challenges:
        1) Re-thinking breakfast. I always had cereal, toast, or oatmeal before; it took me awhile to adapt to boiled eggs, cottage cheese, an avocado, or maybe some leftovers.
        2) Going out in groups. Our choir went to a pizza place after a gig last night, & the director ordered pizza for everyone. I wasn't even terribly hungry, but it was so terribly tasty that I ate it anyway. On our own, hubby and I steer clear of such places.
        3) Food options near work. There are plenty of primal choices, really... but most places are heavy on the bread/rice/noodles, including some of my old faves which I've been letting go. Sometimes I miss them.


        • #19
          Diet was fairly easy... I still have trouble with:

          1. Sprints. I feel like a weirdo doing sprints. I know I should just relax and do it, have fun... but still.

          2. Proper sleep schedual. I try to get enough sleep, but its hard some days.

          3. Being the only person in the car not want anything when at the drive-thru for McDonalds/White Castle etc. Most people still think I'm vegan, seems easier than correcting them...


          • #20
            1) Giving up my favorite pizza at my favorite pizza shop. I've been telling myself for a year I'd "indulge" and I haven't because the side effects of eating non-Primal food SUCK, which makes me not want some of the yummy things I miss so much.

            2) Checking labels to look for hidden food bombs. Even "healthy" Primal foods you still have to check because they sneak stuff in there.

            3) Making plans with others to eat out. Most places have relatively Primal options though, even if it's not the same quality. Sucks when people want to go to an Indian or Mexican place, let alone fast food.


            • #21
              1) the IDEA of giving up bread/pasta/cookies
              2) the reality of giving up sugar (which I'm still struggling with, 6 months after cutting out grains)
              3) getting my SO to stop trying to convince me to go out to eat too much


              • #22
                1. Accepting that Fat is good! This was a real mental re-education.

                2. Reinventing breakfast from a quick " healthy" cereal or oatmeal to prepared breakfasts that are heavier than what I am used to eating. Finding substitutes for much loved toast, English muffins, waffles and pancakes.

                3. Incorporating exercises , still working on this. Having hip arthrits gives me an easy but lame excuse, so to speak.


                • #23
                  1) Having to buy ingredients online because they are not available to me locally
                  2) Stress - managing overall
                  3) Cutting the chronic cardio because it really did seem to help relieve stress, was relieving for my mind stress but obviously was stressful for my body

                  1) accept that most items won't arrive in 2 days but when they do, my recipe will be ready
                  2) Realizing just how bad stress is has led me to really re-think my life and the changes that need to be made FOR ME
                  3) Cutting cardio was only hard the first few weeks. Now I am just fine without it and enjoying playing more with my kids instead


                  • #24
                    1. PROBLEM : getting off the Mountain Dew
                    1. SOLUTION : the Primal Blueprint IS the solution. I was never able to kick my decades' long Dew habit until I reduced the rest of the carbs in my life; then it was not only possible but surprisingly easy. I finally made the connection that it wasn't a caffeine addiction, or just the special magic taste of Mountain Dew that was the problem; it was a carb addiction/dependency that wasn't obvious because I wasn't chasing sweets otherwise; just lots of pasta and 'healthy' breakfast cereals, even for dinner or an evening snack. I thought complex carbs were 'good' for me; unfortunately those insulin spikes were driving my daytime need to offset the resulting fatigue with another Dew.

                    2. PROBLEM : primal lunches during the work day
                    2. SOLUTION : more awareness and prior grocery planning required; taking advantage of opportunities to prepare an excess for dinner to allow for leftovers for lunch
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                    • #25
                      1. Getting my wife's acceptance of what I'm doing. Haven't solved this after 14 months. She's still questioning what I'm doing without listening to my answers

                      2. Figuring out which supplements to take and how much of each. Again, I'm still making changes to this. Read, read, think, read, ...

                      3. Fitting in exercise to regular routine and commitments. Have got moving slowly licked by incorporating it into my commute. I walk past the bus stop by a few kms. If I have to drive, I park a few kms away from my destination and walk the rest of the way. LHT is more difficult but am currently fitting it into weekday evenings. Sprints on weekend but weather can be a problem. Haven't sorted out wet weather sprints
                      Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

                      Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine


                      • #26
                        1. Being the mom and the only Primal person in my house.
                        And trying to not freak out or preach to my family for eating grains…and then having to buy the grains…
                        Solution – I’m waiting until I have visible results before try to ‘sell’ Primal to my family. And I've really reduced the grains I buy
                        2. Getting used to the idea that it is OK to eat fat.
                        Solution – Batty’s Blueberry Butter Balls
                        3. Working out. I never did before.
                        Solution – The Primal Blueprint Fitness ebook and Shovelglove make it possible to work out at home.
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                        • #27
                          By far the hardest thing for me has been learning my body's true hunger signals. I am starting to realize the extra ten pounds I have carried around for five years is because I enjoy eating so much- - and I often eat even when I'm not hungry. I am a cook, and used to plan my whole day around meals (thinking, planning, shopping). The idea of skipping one, even if I wasn't the slightest bit hungry, simply made me sad. IF'ing has helped me with this. But it's still very hard for me to wake up and not eat or go to bed without dinner, regardless of my hunger. But I also think it's been the most rewarding part of my journey.


                          • #28
                            1. Eating out. I now eat more bacon and eggs (though too much sodium is a problem), buy cheap pub steak, go to cafes and make my own orders from their sides (i.e salmon, bacon, eggs, salads, etc).

                            2. Chocolate. Giving up grains is easy (aside from finding takeaway that does not come between two buns). Chocolate was (and still is) very hard. Though now I suspect its nothing to do with the chocolate per se but rather a lack of magnesium.

                            3. Getting enough fat, especially if you may be lactose intolerant. I have trouble with some kinds of dairy, and also too much dairy. Most meat these days is lacking heavily in fat. Supermarket meat has a milimetre thick strip of fat on their steak, as compared to my favourite butcher where the fat is almost an inch thick strip. Rendering fat, going to farmers markets and good butchers (and asking for fattier meat), buying things like lamb forequarter chops, cows tongue etc are helping me get enough fat without resorting to a kg of cheese with every meal.
                            A steak a day keeps the doctor away


                            • #29
                              1) Cost. We don't eat as much beef and especially fish as we probably should, solely because of cost. A year or two ago it would have been cost prohibitive for us to give up grains at all without having a calorie deficit problem.

                              2) Lack of quick/easy food. I'm the cook in my family, and my husband works from home, so pre-primal I really only had to make hot cereal for breakfast, which isn't time- or thought-consuming, and make dinners, and lunches just magically took care of themselves via sandwiches or whatever. Now I have to actually cook everything we eat, and that's a lot more time and effort. Sometimes more than I have, actually- a 3-meal day is a real rarity nowadays. Man cannot live by hard-boiled eggs alone.

                              3) Getting together with veg friends. Dinner parties are real exercises in creativity, on both sides.

                              If we couldn't handle dairy/lactose, eliminating dairy would be #1 here. Thank you, northern European ancestors!


                              • #30
                                Exercise, exercise, and exercise. I still hate the way I feel when I work out. I just feel dirty and sweaty and ick. If I could do this without having to exercise, I'd be a lot happier.
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