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  • #16
    Originally posted by ryan54 View Post
    Pasteurized dairy, rice, potatoes = acne
    For some people. None of those cause acne for me, and the OP may or may not be fine with them.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by ryan54 View Post
      Pasteurized dairy, rice, potatoes = acne
      Ah - OK.

      I found that my acne disappeared when I stopped eating sugar.

      I didn't have to give up pasteurized dairy, rice or potatoes. Having said that, there is evidence that pasteurized dairy is a factor for some.
      F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by William B View Post
        So, are there any meals (lunch or dinner) which are:

        1. Easy to prepare.
        2. Do not require you to be related to Bill Gates in order to afford.
        3. Still resemble something approximate to what we all used to eat before going down this route?
        Sure.

        Lunch can be as easy as take a large bowl or soup-plate and if it with salad vegetables of your choice, drizzle on a tablespoon of olive oil and squeeze over some lemon. Eat a couple of slices of meat or a tin of fish with your salad. Follow up with a piece of fruit if desired.

        Dinner might be an avocado followed by chili made without beans and not served over rice. Just eat it more of it. Maybe add a handful of olives when serving it. An avocado and tons of chili ought to be quite filling, but if that's not enough have another cooked vegetable on the side and perhaps a glass of coconut milk.

        Or buy a crockpot and throw some meat in there with some flavoring vegetables (e.g. onion, carrot, and celery) and a little fluid (wine or stock or a can of tomatoes) and leave it on low for 8 hours. Nothing else to do: you don't actually need to "sear" the meat first or "fry off" the vegetables. It really is that easy.

        Carrying on from the last question, I'll give you some examples of what I normally see when looking for meals:

        Steamed king crab with spicy tomato relish and shallot cream sauce.
        Catfish pesto bake.
        Buffalo roast with lemon and steamed beets.
        Well, yeah, it's a board that attracts people who are interested in the sensual/aesthetic/cultural side of food.

        But some Paleo books that cater for that also have some quick and easy and simple recipes in. One would be Make it Paleo for which Mark wrote the forward:

        Make it Paleo - over 200 grain-free, paleo, and primal recipes - Make it Paleo - Paleo Cookbook | Paleo Recipes

        There are blogs, too, and they don't always deal in cordon bleu stuff. Sarah Fragoso includes recipes for families, and that's going to mean for people who have to coo for their children perhaps at the end of a working day and perhaps on a tight budget.

        Everyday Paleo from Sarah Fragoso - Paleo Recipes and Paleo Talk Podcast

        Scroll down and you'll see about three posts back Mexican Meatballs. Not difficult to do, and wouldn't require Bill Gates's wallet to buy the ingredients.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by ryan54 View Post
          Pasteurized dairy, rice, potatoes = acne
          Not for me.
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          • #20
            Originally posted by onalark View Post
            I should mention: when I STARTED, I leaned on the recipes because my brain was still going haywire over the idea that a filling dinner could be as simple as a piece of protein and a nice salad. There had to be more! Years of cooking that way said so!

            We're over a year in, though, and nowadays the elaborate recipes are fewer and farther between, and mostly reserved for weekends when I have time to putter about. I love cooking, don't get me wrong, but on weeknights I just want to get in, get done, and sit down with my honey to a meal and discussion.
            I agree that this style of eating and cooking is very liberating due to its simplicity. I like cooking too - it's a great creative outlet, when I'm in the mood and have the time to spare.
            F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by ryan54 View Post
              Pasteurized dairy, rice, potatoes = acne
              Not for EVERYONE... stop over generalizing.
              “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
              ~Friedrich Nietzsche
              And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
                Not for EVERYONE... stop over generalizing.
                Also, as far as recipes... pretty much any recipe will work as long as it can be tweaked to contain only primal friendly stuff... Not hard at all really.
                Buy a piece of meat, google "x meat recipes" find one that looks great.... if it calls for "vegetable oil" substitute something like ghee, and things like that.
                It's exactly the same as cooking meat before 'paleo'... mostly just the side items are a little different.
                You know, hold the bread/grains/stuff... lots of veg, and some potatoes/sweet potatoes and rice as sides are OK.

                I've always looked at every recipe as a 'suggested format' rather than written in stone.
                Once you are familiar with the flavors that herbs/spiced produce, and how they pair, you can generally adjust a recipe to your hearts content.


                Also... building an herb/spice pantry is a wonderful thing, it's not expensive, and herbs/spices allow for a wide array of tasty variety in cooking. The flavors of mexico one night.... morocco the next!
                Start simple and add try new spices a few at a time.
                There are generally many servings worth of an herb/spice in each bottle... so purchasing them isn't a for each recipe kind of deal most of the time.

                I personally have always cooked with a large array of spices, and cannot imagine doing without them.
                For even more mileage, once your feet are wet, and you feel comfortable, you can grow fresh herbs easily in pots... and whole world of additional flavors!

                GL
                “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
                ~Friedrich Nietzsche
                And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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                • #23
                  Here's a really simple one: Put some stewing steak in the slow cooker. Cook for 5 horus on low. Shred with forks. Serve with lightly steamed veggies (carrots and broccoli).

                  As other people are saying, just combine meats and veggies. And for desserts, we have found a banana, whipped cream and grated chocolate flakes to be our go-to option when we have it.
                  Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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                  • #24
                    I understand that dairy, rice, or potatoes might not trigger acne for everyone. But the OP said he's had acne for over 25 years. Obviously he wants to rid himself of it. A Paleo diet can do wonders for acne, and I can say that is truth. These foods might be Primal (I don't know to be honest), but they're not paleo.

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                    • #25
                      Please read my blog, in my sig.

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                      • #26
                        There's a ton of options! I personally just pick whatever protein I'm thinking of cooking and then browse FoodNetwork.com for recipes with it. There are always options that require no mods at all, and lots of options where you just cut out or substitute one or two ingredients. I am like you in that some things just don't make sense to me, e.g. making pizza with almond meal crust. Too much work and you KNOW it's not going to be anything like real pizza, so why even bother?

                        But say, tonight I'm defrosting some halibut and I found this recipe right on the first page of my search results for "halibut" on the Food Network website: Thai-Style Halibut with Coconut-Curry Broth Recipe : Ellie Krieger : Recipes : Food Network Fully primal except the side of brown rice - just make a salad instead!

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                        • #27
                          Everyone has pretty much said anything I would've, LOL Good luck with your cooking adventures!
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                          • #28
                            we keep it simple.

                            On Sunday and Wednesday, we make either meat balls or burger patties. Meat balls are great because they are easy to make and have sauce. I love sauce. I use jarred sauces -- usually pasta sauce of some kind or enchilada sauce. You can get good ones in a jar if you need to.

                            I do hard boiled eggs for breakfast plus veg or fruit (and sometimes just eggs).

                            And then for dinners it's either chicken, steak, or fish -- and always prepared simply. The chickens I roast in a crock pot, so that takes longer, but the fish and steak literally take no time at all. I usually serve them with simple salads or steamed frozen broccoli or mixed veg.

                            For snacks I have fruit, veg, and nuts/seeds. Oh, and dark chocolate.

                            It's really simple, truly. We don't make anything fancy. On weekends, we have big breakfast -- fried eggs or scrambled in butter, big salad, bacon or sausage, cut fruit or berries with coconut cream (me, DH) or yogurt (DS), and then we also have dinner, which is usually pretty simple. It's typically left over chicken plus veg in a simple curry sauce that we simmer up quickly, and sometimes have with rice.

                            Honestly, I like to keep it simple.

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                            • #29
                              we're going to try our hand at brisket as well. we can buy a lot of brisket for cheap=cheap, and there are several brisket flavor profiles that one can try. it's 10 hrs in a crock pot on a sunday, so . . .nothing too major, and might make for some more lunch diversity.

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                              • #30
                                80% of the time I'm an extremely basic eater.


                                Kangaroo meat, eggs, sweet potato, mixed veges with rice and himalayan salt make up the majority of my dinners.

                                Breakfast I usually skip or have greek yogurt with bananas.

                                Lunch is usually game meat and potato salad with a homemade sauce that I whisk up every few weeks. It usually involves basic ingredients like Cayenne, vinegar, egg yolk, olive oil, melted butter, lemon juice and salt.

                                A few times a week I throw some variety in like oysters, kidney, salmon, beef or chicken. Sometimes I cook myself a really extravagant meal but not as often as I would like.

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