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  • Originally posted by Sourcat View Post
    Are there any primal/paleo groups here in oz, you guys are a part of? I haven't really looked yet, but it would be useful.
    There is one in Perth but I would love to know if there is one in Melbourne. I would like to meet likeminded people.

    Originally posted by Sourcat View Post
    Sorry, 1 more question. What bacon do you buy? The family are SO excited I am finally feeding them bacon, but I am a bit nervous about the nitrates.
    I don't. Every time I eat bacon I get a smashing headache. The family isn't as toxin-free as me, so they cope. I just buy it from my local butcher. If you are close, there is a very good free-range butcher called Cannings in Hawthorn, Burwood Rd. All the CrossFitters buy their meat there.

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    • What tuna brands do you all prefer? The best that I can find is Safcol at the major supermarkets; pole caught and the oil varieties are in real olive oil not a vegetable oil blend, they are also rated highly with Greenpeace. Fish4ever is also great, although extremely pricey in comparison to Europe. Any other preferences?

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      • Originally posted by edz View Post
        What tuna brands do you all prefer? The best that I can find is Safcol at the major supermarkets; pole caught and the oil varieties are in real olive oil not a vegetable oil blend, they are also rated highly with Greenpeace. Fish4ever is also great, although extremely pricey in comparison to Europe. Any other preferences?
        I'm bad, I only buy what's on special, and in spring water. Safcol tastes good, but I also like Sirena and John West.

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        • Originally posted by SophieE View Post
          From my experience, vanilla essences are a bit much straight up on things. Hopefully yours will be really nice.

          Kefir... Well it's hard to find other than in specialty stores and select farmer's markets. I mostly would like to make water kefir though which is basically impossible to find.

          Canberra
          Uncommon cuts of meat: I was in Canberra looking for a pork shoulder this week and had to call five butchers to find one. I guess they mostly stock cuts of meat rather than whole animals. The butcher in Erindale shopping centre in Wanniassa had pork shoulders though and they were very well priced. The butcher brought out a third of a pig to point to the area i wanted to confirm it with me. You can also see all the giant hunks of animal hanging in the back so they'd probably cut you anything you'd like. I had some crackling thrown in for free too
          Sophie - I had a nice pork shoulder from Woolworths in Kippax ... but yeah it was Woolworths
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          • In canberra Griffith shops has an organic butcher, the meat is delicious, they also have grain and preservative free sausages. The butcher is awesome he spent ages with me finding products that were suitable, he also smokes his own bacon and ham etc and there are still nitrates but very low nitrates.
            I usually drive over to griffith once a week or fortnight as there is the butcher, IGA, organic energy (fruit and veg) and mountain creek wholefoods who stock raw milk, coconut flour, organic sls free deodorants and lots of good things.
            I also found the nut shoppe at the Fyshwick markets good for coconut flour and oils and nuts plus it's only around the corner from Griffith shops
            I've started baking with xylitol as I can't have any high gi food and I have found it to be quite good, my favourite cake is an orange and almond cake made with almond flour, it is so good I don't feel like I'm missing out on bakery goods at all.

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            • Originally posted by huckie View Post
              In canberra Griffith shops has an organic butcher, the meat is delicious, they also have grain and preservative free sausages. The butcher is awesome he spent ages with me finding products that were suitable, he also smokes his own bacon and ham etc and there are still nitrates but very low nitrates.
              I usually drive over to griffith once a week or fortnight as there is the butcher, IGA, organic energy (fruit and veg) and mountain creek wholefoods who stock raw milk, coconut flour, organic sls free deodorants and lots of good things.
              I also found the nut shoppe at the Fyshwick markets good for coconut flour and oils and nuts plus it's only around the corner from Griffith shops
              I've started baking with xylitol as I can't have any high gi food and I have found it to be quite good, my favourite cake is an orange and almond cake made with almond flour, it is so good I don't feel like I'm missing out on bakery goods at all.
              Awesome!!! I will definitely go check out Griffith shops next time in in canberra (I'm there around 15% of my time). Recipe for your orange and almond cake? I'm loving xylitol. I just made a hot chocolate with homemade coconut milk (much millder than canned but very effortful...) and used xylitol as the sweetener. Where do you get your xylitol?

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              • Either at Mountain creek (griffith shops) or the health food shop at Fyshwick markets.

                I will find the cake recipe, I usually make it and take it to a friends house, then i get to eat a bit and leave the rest

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                • Totally agree with the Nut Shoppe (Fyshwick markets) and Mountain Creek Whole Foods (Griffith shops) - they are both great. I will check out the butcher at Griffith next time I am in the vicinity. Healthy Life at Woden have xylitol, I noticed it on Thursday, they also have lots of non grain flours and meals but they are cheaper at the Nut Shoppe. Actually I'm pretty sure the health food shop at the Fyshwick Markets is Healthy Life as well, so they will no doubt have the xylitol. Anyone else going to be at the Fyshwick markets at dawn next Saturday for their Christmas seafood?
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                  • SophieE; FYI, I've been off dairy for 10 days and the KP on my arms is finally drying off. I think it will be fully gone within a month.

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                    • Originally posted by Glamorama View Post
                      If you are close, there is a very good free-range butcher called Cannings in Hawthorn, Burwood Rd. All the CrossFitters buy their meat there.
                      Oooh! That's not far from where I work. Thanks, must go try them out.
                      I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

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                      • There's a website and phone app called Meetup. It has a paleo group on it for Sydney.

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                        • I buy my nitrate free bacon from a butcher in Sydney (Dural, so the Hills District), and its only $11.99 a kg, although I bought a 5kg box the other day for $11.50 a kg, not much of a saving, but still very cheap. This guy has his own farm and the meat comes straight from his farm to his shop. All grass fed/organic. The prices are fairly cheap due to their being no middle man.
                          I get some stuff from here, and other stuff from the Grass Fed Butcher.

                          Every Saturday there is a huge farmers market at Balmain, the grass fed butcher has a stand, plus there is heaps of organic food(fruit/veg/fish etc) Also honest to goodness (bulk nuts/almond flours etc) is also there. Next Sat is the last until 7th Jan.

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                          • This is my first real post (after my intro) but I thought I would pop in on this thread and add a few places I know of in Melbourne that haven't been mentioned. It seems there are not many of us here, but it might help for any future converts (I'm doing my best!).

                            Rendina's Butchery in Balwyn sell a huge range of organic, bd and free range meats, including home made smallgoods (and are lovely people).

                            As mentioned before, the Vic Market is great with loads of super fresh organic veggies, nuts and spices, and the Chicken Pantry in the shop section sells free range and some organic poultry and game. McIntosh's sell organic coffee beans.

                            Cherry Tree Organics in Beaconsfield are butchers selling their own organic/bd lamb and beef as well as pork, chicken and smallgoods. They also have vegies and some fruit and order bath milk for anyone who likes to take milk baths. They also stock True Organic butter and cheeses.

                            Belgrave Organics have a really good selection of organic fruit and veges as well as some dairy and personal items.

                            I get coconut flour, flakes, and a couple of different brands of oil from Go Vita Berwick.

                            I haven't seen much on the boards about personal/home products but we try to reduce our exposure to chemicals and I have found the best eco products are Eco Store (a few lines available at Woolworths and more online at biome.com.au).

                            I have been using the 'Beauty and the Bees' range of skin care for around 10 years. It is handmade in Tassie (they ship and have some stockists around Australia) and is based on honey, and vegetable oils (no palm!) and is so pure it needs to be kept refrigerated. It is simply the best skin care I've ever used. Makeup (occasionally) - Inika mineral makeup and other organic/chemical free brands.

                            Sorry to ramble on. What I wouldn't have given all those years ago for a list of places to buy clean fresh food. I contributed a great deal of carbon to the atmosphere in the early days of 'hunting' for organic foods! Now, I feel quite spoiled.

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                            • I have found the holy grail of coconut milk in Sydney, Australia- that is, uncanned (tetra-packed n thus little to no BPA risk as far as I know) and no emulsifiers or sugars etc!!! Just the coconut kernel extract and water. It tastes 500% better from a tetra pack than from a can. It tastes even better than when I messed up my entire kitchen for a single glass of fresh homemade stuff. I just had a glass of the stuff- straight up! It is so mild and pure. The brand is "Aroy- D" I found it at (the difficult to navigate) Thai-kee IGA in market city china town. It was amongst a bunch of other tetra-packed coconut milk above some canned Ayam. Less than $3 a litre!! To help in finding it, here is what the pack pretty much looks like: http://www.phuketdeli.com/895-1013-t...ilk-500ml-.jpg

                              Good point about skincare/home products mamacaz! I use banalasta organic day cream as my moisturizer- smells amazing and doesn't clog pores but is lovely and rich. There are stockests listed on their website but I order online: Natural Hydrating Day Cream 120g (boxed)*::*Banalasta Skin Care | Blickling Estate New England Wines | World Forest

                              I also use Organic Care 'normal' conditioner (makes my hair really silky and smells pleasant) and natures organics fruits shampoo (berry scent) which smells nice and is really really cheap and cleans well (it has a nice jelly consistency too). You can get the latter from Coles or woolies and I can't remember but I think the conditioner is from woolworths. That's it for natural skincare And hygiene products for me- im naughty and use a palmolive body wash and neutrogena face wash because I love them both. I bought an organic toothpaste the other day (I'll check the brand in the morning) and I used it once and the taste was much nicer than colgate. Plus xylitol was the sweetener which I find exciing for it's anti-cavity properties.

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                              • Sophie, I used to use Organic Care's products, but they hide a lot of their nasties in the "fragrance" on the ingredients-list. In general I don't trust much so-called organic cosmetics that comes out of the big supermarkets. My kids all got eczema when using Organic Care, so I saw that as a pretty good sign to stop buying it.

                                I use Sukin or Alchemy for hair. Expensive, but I water it out so it's half water/half products, and only wash twice weekly. This really keeps my hair healthy. For soap I love Dr Bronners Magic Soap-range, but decided that I'll only use soap once weekly from now on. I really don't smell since going primal... Time to ease up on my skincare and see what happens. Yikes.

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