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  • #16
    Originally posted by Skipixie View Post
    What is Primal Lite, and what is the difference?
    I coined it about my personal food regime because I'm "naughty." I will eat nightshades, I will eat some legumes like broad beans, peas, runner beans and French beans. I do have milk in my morning cup of tea and will eat cheese. I will even have a beer on rare occasions. And, at Christmas I will eat cake, christmas pudding & trifle.

    I am quite strict with wheat, rye, barley & oats but do have a white rice dish every week or two. I can't afford grass fed beef & lamb or other organic meats as a rule. I just do what I can within our budget. When the mortgage is paid off and I get my state pension I will have enough cash to buy organic meats, veg and fruit.

    The way I see it, I have learned a lot over the last year and now make informed choices about what I shovel in my mouth. Yes, there may be a risk associated with potatoes, Christmas blowouts and the occasional beer drinking but as these things have not made me feel ill I shall continue. I also eat dark chocolate every day and drink wine three days a week.

    I'll be in Tolworth next Wednesday. We'll be staying with our younger daughter overnight. I am picking up some friends from Heathrow on Thursday morning and my wife will be staying to babysit over the weekend while our daughter sings at a gig on Friday. The daughter and grandson will bring her home next Monday and stay the night here in Spaldng.
    Why use a sledge hammer to crack a nut when a steam roller is even more effective, and, is fun to drive.

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    • #17
      I LOVE your style! And I think this will be how it is for me too - giving up wine was never an intention and drinking it three days a week is the same for me too. I also eat dark choc (don't like normal stuff any more), cheese and the odd 'nice' thing, although all grains and sugars are pretty much banned.

      Also can't afford grass fed or organic so I had been feeling that my choices were less primal and more just 'me'. I really like how you described it and feel that I am also so much more aware of what I eat - that in itself is a revelation!

      How funny you are going to be in Surrey, as we are in Lincolnshire this weekend, near Stamford! Am discovering though that primal lite and camping don't mix (more preparation required next time I think!).
      If the primal lifestyle is like a formula one race, everybody on this site is in pole position.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Skipixie View Post
        we are in Lincolnshire this weekend, near Stamford! Am discovering though that primal lite and camping don't mix (more preparation required next time I think!).
        There's an organic farm meatery just up the road at Market Deeping.

        I don't have trouble when camping as I take a small frying pan, butter, eggs, mushrooms & spinach. If going walkies I'll put hard boiled eggs and Aldi's roast chicken thighs in a cool bag so that's breakfasts and lunches done. Evening meals are MEAT done either on my portable BBQ or in the frying pan plus some sort of salady stuff or BBQ/fried veggies.
        Why use a sledge hammer to crack a nut when a steam roller is even more effective, and, is fun to drive.

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        • #19
          Mmmmm your camping shopping list sets my primal pulse racing Nigel! Sounds like you have it sorted, I have so much still to learn :-)
          If the primal lifestyle is like a formula one race, everybody on this site is in pole position.

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          • #20
            Just posting a little update - its now 70 days primal and I am feeling consistently good. As of today, I have started a new 60 day challenge, which is health and fitness, as I havent really done that much exercise so far. I have a 10k which I am training for in six weeks, plus I will be doing primal exercises (press ups, pull ups, plank and squats) daily, but most of all I would like to decrease body fat (still trying to work out a suitable method of measuring, but I think I am at about 25% currently). I believe that the weight exercises and sprints will help with that. My weight has levelled out at between 8st2lbs and 8st4lbs which is fine, although the increased exercise may shave a little off that.

            I've had no grains since day 1 (had a dream I was eating bread last night and woke up feeling guilty!), although I havent always been so strict on sugary things and have had a couple of nice puddings. (I call them 'treats' rather than 'cheats' and that works for me). Whats amazed me is how my love for meat and vegetables has grown - I cant seem to eat enough of them now, and yet I hardly used to eat either! Clearly my body is adapting and changing its requirements - thats fine with me.

            Overall I believe I still have a long way to go on this journey, but I am learning every day and enjoying the ride!
            If the primal lifestyle is like a formula one race, everybody on this site is in pole position.

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            • #21
              Yay for feeling consistently good! Also you made me smile about feeling guilty in your dream

              How tall are you? 8st 2 lb is pretty light.
              Annie Ups the Ante
              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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              • #22
                Thanks Annie, actually I am only 5'2, sligtly less that that even. (A little pixie who skis!)

                I had bought callipers and did body fat measurements last night and was delighted to find that my body fat was only 17% rather than the higher figure I had expected. Also I did my first sprints in the sunshine this morning and had some fun with them. I think I need to get a bit more scientific about it though - I need to read PB again and remind myself.
                If the primal lifestyle is like a formula one race, everybody on this site is in pole position.

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                • #23
                  You probably wouldn't want to lower your bodyfat percentage any more.

                  Exercise may actually increase your weight as you will probably build muscle. I love to feel strong.

                  Good luck for your 10k.
                  Annie Ups the Ante
                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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                  • #24
                    Thanks Annie. I love how you regularly comment and show such great support to new people on the forum. You have a generous spirit and a kind heart.

                    For a pretty much non meat eater previously I am surprising myself with my new found voracious appetite for all things meaty! Anyone got any comments on suggested responses to the old 'eating too much red meat is bad for you....' Etc etc comments? I can easily do the 'it feels good' piece, but what about some slightly more scientific/technical responses?
                    If the primal lifestyle is like a formula one race, everybody on this site is in pole position.

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