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  • Your Top 3 Challenges When Going Primal...

    I'd be interested to know, what were the top 3 challenges you faced (are facing) when making the transition to a Primal lifestyle?

    Was it giving up a particular food, like bread or pasta? Was it breaking some destructive lifestyle behavior? Was it something simple, like finding a suitable Primal snack?

    Then, what did you find worked for you? What were the solutions to your problems?

    If going Primal was a breeze for you what do you perceive the biggest hurdles to be for beginners?

    I'd love for you to elaborate but I'd be happy with just a simple list of your three things. Big thanks in advance.

  • #2
    The Breakfast Question.
    The Bread Question.
    The Fat Question.
    activate the rhythm, the rhythm that has always been within

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    • #3
      1. Eating out and visiting family. This is more of a willpower issue than an actual lack of suitable food.
      2. Having to buy special ingredients such as coconut flour online rather than at a shop. I can no longer do all of my grocery shopping in an ordinary supermarket.
      3. A big issue for me is having people challenge my way of eating and start to spout lots of CW crap when they see me tucking into fat and meat. I always correct them of course, but it is irritating.

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      • #4
        1. bread
        2. ease of eating. relates to the bread thing, i have to cook most foods i want to eat now
        3. trying to give up diet soda, still working on that one
        beautiful
        yeah you are

        Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
        lol

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        • #5
          Hi Mark!

          (1) Eating out - especially Asian restaurants. Sneaky wheat-containing soy sauce in lots of things... in fact, wheat is ubiquitous, and a lot of questions have to be asked of the poor waitstaff in all types of restaurants in order to figure out what's wheat-free.

          (2) Learning to cook meat (I'm transitioning from vegetarianism).

          (3) Scheduling for cooking from scratch, instead of relying on quick packaged goods.
          ~ Ex-Herbivore Goes Carnivore: Jazmin's PB Journal ~

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          • #6
            1) Packing lunch (until I started using Romaine Lettuce as wraps)
            2) Finding where to get coconut oil/ almond meal and other primal foods not commonly found.
            3) Having to pick out grains in food that I kinda had to eat (scraping meat/cheese/sauce off the pasta in lasagna, scooping rice out of soup, etc.)

            other than that it's been pretty much easy and perfect for me

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            • #7
              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.
              2) Relating to the first. For some of the younger/bigger guys especially, the amount of food needed on a daily basis for active people can get to be fairly significant.. especially if the protein amounts in the body are to be optimal.
              3) Cooking can start to take a good chunk of time too if you're new to everything and unsure of how to optimize your time.
              Are you a college student, trying to navigate college while being Primal? Do you know any other PB college students on a tight budget? Heck, for that matter, are YOU trying to live Primal on a budget? Enroll at Primal University!

              For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either.
              -- Blaise Pascal

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              • #8
                1) eating meals other people prepare
                2)eating enough. I'm a youngish male, fairly active, recovering vegetarian. Primal foods are so satisfying that if I go by hunger signals alone, I do not eat enough
                3) seeing the big picture, realizing that one meal/slip-up doesn't matter. Primal is about the long haul.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MeatMe216 View Post
                  2)eating enough. I'm a youngish male, fairly active, recovering vegetarian. Primal foods are so satisfying that if I go by hunger signals alone, I do not eat enough
                  That's pretty much my predicament in a nutshell. Couple that with cost and you have a two-pronged troublemaker.
                  Are you a college student, trying to navigate college while being Primal? Do you know any other PB college students on a tight budget? Heck, for that matter, are YOU trying to live Primal on a budget? Enroll at Primal University!

                  For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either.
                  -- Blaise Pascal

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                  • #10
                    1. Cooking
                    2. Trying not to get even MORE judgmental of people who are doing it wrong
                    3. Despairing for humanity (see #2)

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                    • #11
                      1. Eating with family. My partner and outlaws are Malaysian, and all cook loads of 'great' food - curries etc. But it to them, a meal just ain't a meal if it doesn't come with at least one bowl of steamed rice and/or noodles, roti bread, etc.. Also, lots of the dishes (which are high fat / medium to high protein) also contain soy, legumes or other things that have to be soaked overnight before being cooked (like some large seeds, that they suck out the insides of. Tastes great, but...)

                      2. Eating at restaurants. Not so much because there aren't primal / semi-primal choices, more because before we go anywhere we have to have the whole "but what are you going to be able to eat there" or "can you see anything on the menu that you can/will eat" discussion. Now we don't go out lots, and I've said over and over that if I can't find anything that's remotely primal I'll just eat something that I like that isn't and it goes towards my 20%. But they always make such a big deal out it. Either through some kind of misguided support of my choice to be PB or because it gives some of them an 'in' to play the "well aren't you just being a hypocrite if you eat that?" card

                      3. Not exercising so much. I enjoy working out, and love working out hard but have always had trouble motivating myself to exercise when not in a regimented routine. Unless it's going to my martial arts classes or a surf at the weekend. I did crossfit 4 or 5 days a week (before going primal) for over a year (and then on and off over the following year or so) and loved it. I've probably gone too far to the other extreme now, because just through eating well I've lost a couple of inches off my waist without really losing muscle mass anywhere else and without the guilt factor of missing the xfit WOD I don't Still do crossfit now and again, but to be honest other than walking a couple of hours a week and some very occasional (maybe twice a month) sprints & short hight intensity squat, pull-up and press up sessions I don't seem to need much else to stay in good shape. Could I have bigger muscles? Sure. Could I be more cut? Yep. But my goal was never to lose weight, I was pretty healthy and didn't have a lot of fat to lose anyway, so not really an issue. I'll probably step it up a little as we're heading back into summer now and being a little fitter / stronger always helps in the surf
                      If you're interested in my (very) occasional updates on how I'm working out and what I'm eating click here.

                      Originally posted by tfarny
                      If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/

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                      • #12
                        ok, let's see:

                        Challenges
                        1) Meal preparation: I'm surrounded by fast-food outlets, and when I did cook at home it was often quick options like pasta. Now I make all my own food, and what I make takes longer.

                        2) Nutrient ratios: I signed up at nutritiondata, and bought a cheap food scale, but I'm not good at this and so usually have only a vague idea of what proportions I'm getting.

                        3) Lifting heavy things: I lost significant weight just by eating PB, and it wasn't even deliberate so much as a lucky accident, but I'm probably less motivated than many other PBers. I get a lot more exercise than I used to, because it's more fun now, but mostly I'm just riding my bike.

                        Solutions
                        1) IF. I only really eat at the end of the day, and I always make leftovers. I've become a much better cook!

                        2) Meh. I don't worry about it much - I feel great, eat well, sporadically supplement. Good enough for now.

                        3) Stop being a baby.

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                        • #13
                          1. giving up sugar/sweets/baked goods
                          2. not getting bored with the selection of food. When I did Atkins years ago I was very hard pressed for ideas of what to eat besides eggs and bacon. I was also newly married at that point and my single life consisted of eating out a lot and pasta.
                          3. eating fat...has been really hard mentally, CW still sticks around in my head.
                          ~*Lori*~
                          my Primal journal : http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...-momofredheads
                          my food blog http://iamhungrywhatsfordinner.blogspot.com/

                          SW 231 as of 1/1/2012
                          CW 192

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                          • #14
                            1) visiting family and eating out
                            2) Pizza and pasta were ym go to foods. With those gone, I had to get creative.
                            3) Eating primal with my husband eating what I used to eat right next to me.
                            Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
                            My Latest Journal

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                            • #15
                              probably

                              throwing ALL the crap out and replacing it with ALL good stuff
                              going through the transition phase from sugar burner to fat burner
                              not given in to temptation when it arose
                              One time http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/forum.php

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