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    Eat This, Not That: Primal Version

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    So many newbies ask "But what CAN I eat? What SHOULDN'T I eat? This is so confusing!" So here's a basic list:

    If it is...
    - A legume (bean, pea, peanut)
    - A grain (wheat, corn, rice) or made of a grain (bread, cake, tortilla, pasta)
    - A processed food product
    - A "low-fat" food product
    - A "low-carb" food product
    - A "diet" food product
    - Anything with an ingredient that ends in "ose" (sucrose, glucose, fructose) or that contains sugar, agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup
    - Anything from the center aisles of the grocery store...

    YOU SHOULD NOT EAT IT. Throw it away (unless it's a cleaning or stationery product, in which case use it for its appropriate purpose).

    If it is...
    - Meat (especially grass-fed)
    - Poultry (especially free-range)
    - Fish (especially wild-caught)
    - An egg (especially cage-free)
    - A non-starchy and/or green vegetable (especially organic)
    - An avocado
    - Butter (especially from grass-fed cows)
    - Lard
    - Ghee
    - Coconut oil
    - Coconut milk
    - Olive oil (but not for cooking)
    - A berry (up to a handful)

    YOU CAN AND SHOULD EAT IT. In fact, it should be the backbone of your diet.

    If it is....
    - A dairy product (milk, yogurt, cream, sour cream, half & half)
    - A nut (peanuts are not nuts)
    - A seed
    - A fruit other than a berry
    - A starchy or sugary vegetable (carrot, beet, winter squash)
    - A tuber (potato, sweet potato, yam)
    - A nightshade (tomato, bell pepper)
    - Coffee

    YOU CAN EAT IT IN MODERATION, UNLESS:
    - You are trying to lose weight (for dairy, nuts, fruits, starchy vegetables, and tubers)
    - You are lactose intolerant (for dairy)
    - You are significantly inactive/sedentary
    - You are insulin resistant (for dairy, nuts, fruits, starchy vegetables, tubers, and coffee)
    - You want to go 100% Grok and avoid anything we aren't sure he ate

    Any questions?
    Last edited by Griff; 01-26-2011 at 11:36 AM.
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    I think this is great and so helpful for people starting out. Maybe we can make it a sticky, as things get buried and then people ask the same questions over and over?

    Also, might be good to add in to the moderation section if you have any autoimmune disease, as that's a big reason why people need to avoid dairy/nuts/nightshades

    Thanks for doing things--you're always a wealth of information and inspiration!
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    Good summary! Needs to be added to the Newbie stickie!
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    You left out sugar, but that is a handy reference, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aktres View Post
    You left out sugar, but that is a handy reference, thanks.
    Very true. *fixes that*
    Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

    Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


    Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

    My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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    coconut milk?

    Great summery Griff .. this is what I have been using for a ref. sheet for shopping and eating out


    http://www.liveprimal.com/LPrecipes.pdf (See and print pages 10-13 for a grocery list) it is a basic start I added and
    broke it down on word for myself really helped for shopping and eating out

    The best thing is page 12 list fruits low to high on sugar content..


    grocery list it breaks it all down and lots of recipes and new veggies some may have never ate.

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    Thanks Griff, I'll be printing this out for sure, but one question. Tomatoes, I have one about 1.5 inch diameter for lunch each day as a part of my salad and maybe another one spread out during the week for dinner.
    Is that "in moderation?" I am trying to lose fat but ok with everything else.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Why not olive oil for cooking?

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    Nice list, Griff.

    I repeat the question from urbansix----Why not olive oil for cooking?

    Then I add my own------Shouldn't red palm oil be included in the "good" lists?
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    Quote Originally Posted by urbansix View Post
    Why not olive oil for cooking?
    It has a low smoke point and oxidizes when used for griling, sauteeing or frying. You should be using only extra virgin olive oil, the most delicate and prone to oxidation, as a seasoning for veggies or use in salad dressings or cold dips.

    Rachel Ray cooks everything in EVOO, and her sycophantic followers are either blissfully or wilfully ignorant of the damage they are doing to the oil and their bodies by frying. They take an otherwise healthy fat and turn it into an oxidation pinball by cooking and ingesting.

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