An ongoing experiment in a primal family...
My husband and I have started our journey into the cave, I thought tracking our progress would be a good addition. We have a couple of primal pets as well(with some cave babies coming in the near future I hope), a rottweilier puppy and a kitten, they are on a diet of raw beef tripe, which smells horribly, but it actually the most nutritious food for them. Anyone else who is interested in this should look up the company K9 Kraving
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After christmas at my parents, getting back on track was difficult, a typical day of meals at their house looked something like this:
Breakfast: pancakes and sausage
Snacks: bread dips and processes cheese dips
Also, an unlimited supply of pepsi, cookies, candy, and other various junkfood....no wonder why my 45 year old mother already has rheumatoid arthritis!
Upon returning home, we felt like absolutle garbage, we were only on a paleo-style diet for a month or so prior, but I was anxious to return. My husband, who has bucked me quite a bit on this says that I can be "too restrictive," I must apologize if I dont think nitrite ridden lunchmeat is real food! Before going primal we lived a very healthy life by American standards, plenty of exercise, lots of fresh whole food with emphasis on good portions of protien on vegetables at every meal, but still fell prey to the low-fat whole-grain dogma that is shoved down our throats by the FDA. After reading (well only halfway done so far) The Primal Blueprint, and doing extensive research on the health benefits of going primal, we took the plunge. My promise to him was eat my way for 40 days, if you dont like it, you can do whatever you please, but at least try.
So far, our biggest problem to date was him finding healthy selections at work, he is in the Army and the chow hall doesn't offer the best fare and that he is always hungry, so my solution was to make some pumpkin almond "bread", trail mix bars, and put together lots of acceptable, and calorically dense snacks for him to take.
As of right now, I will consider the starting point to be the first of January 2012, I plan to post updates about my progress, some recipies, and health markers.
no health problems to speak of, except a kidney problem left over from when I was a child.
a muscular 185 lbs
and a bad IT band on his leg as a result of too much running and olympic lifting with not enough stretching, for which he is in physical therapy for as we speak.
I will conclude my post with the pumpkin bread recipie (the one that worked not the one i threw out) which went over so well in our home:
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup almond butter (I used crunchy)
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp of baking soda
4 tbs melted organic butter
and whatever spices you wish too add, I used generous amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger because it is what i had on hand, feel free to add cloves or allspice to the mix
Heat the oven to 325
Mix all ingredients together, and pour into a greased loaf pan
Bake 45 min to an hour until the center comes out almost clean (I like it a bit gooey but thats just me)
One great thing about this, it is not actually as sweet as i thought it would be, it could be used in sammiches, which i wanted to try with a curried chicken salad typr of lunch, but my DH took the rest of it to work.