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    Angry My roommates are trying to kill me... with carbs.

    So I'm in a rather unique living situation where 10 of us share a massive house. On the plus side we have a well equipped kitchen, there's usually lots of meat (often including organic/grass-fed) and frozen veggies, and we maintain a decent-sized garden (a rarity in the city), that's already producing fresh herbs and some greens. Plus we're all meat eaters and there's a lot of great cooks. But....

    Everyone is very much on the S.A.D. and in the week I've gone primal (somewhat under the radar as "just taking a break from refined grains/sugars", because my roommates aren't exactly the most supportive people) it's felt like I'm living in a really SAD restaurant. From daily baking... berry pie, raspberry/coconut cake, magic bars, blueberry cheesecake, lemon tart to just "standard" cooking... pasta, more pasta, corn casserole, rice dish after rice dish, cheese bread, pigs in a blanket, etc. Not that it was all bad, some burgers and chicken and great pasta sauce in the mix.

    With the kitchen table being the main social hub of the house, I'm seriously struggling to 1) not be insanely tempted, and consequently grumpy, and 2) not utterly segregate from community food life. Just a week into Primal and I'm already getting to the point where I'm barely in the kitchen except to cook (even eating in our dining room, which isn't totally weird, but not typical) and I'm turning down 95% of the stuff that they make.

    After looking through many "visiting relatives" threads there were some helpful hints, but this is more-so a non-stop situation. Any thoughts on combatting carb temptation when it's unavoidable and living with roommates that aren't supportive.
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    What is a "Magic Bar?" I want one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    What is a "Magic Bar?" I want one!
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    In private, eat butter by the spoonful until you are not hungry for anything.
    You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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    If you need some motivation - remember that you're on the road to a healthier body and mind. Just think about how great you're going to feel once you're system clears out from all the sugar and gluten. More energy, better hair, better skin, better libido... the list goes on

    Yesterday I ate chocolate and ice cream for the first time since going Primal (a little over a month). It was delicious at the time, but today I have soo many cravings / no energy. It's not worth it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpycakes View Post
    In private, eat butter by the spoonful until you are not hungry for anything.
    Bahahahahaha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crabbcakes
    I am in week 7 and still losing inches - yeeeeeeehaw!!
    That's great to hear. Are you maintaining a journal on here? Didn't see one for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by YogaBare View Post
    If you need some motivation - remember that you're on the road to a healthier body and mind. Just think about how great you're going to feel once you're system clears out from all the sugar and gluten.
    This gave me an idea... to make a roadmap diagram to record progress milestones. Nice bit of encouragement on my wall.

    Things are going well with the house. I'm already turning some of the roommates onto coconut milk & berries. Tonight I made a very simple primal version of Eggy in a Basket (photo below) for everyone. Normally I'd put bacon or sausage on top, but I ate it all. Continuing to look for opportunities to connect and share info.

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    wellllll, there's no way around this. you live with 10 young people. it's kind of inevitable... sorry.

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    Fix your meals ahead of time, the stuff you want to eat for dinner and such, and eat that with your roommates. As to refusing the temptation of all the bad foods-the pasta, the grains, the baked goods, ect-just remember what the bad foods have gotten you before; remember the bad things they led to whether that be weight gain, bloating, breakouts, whatever, and that'll pretty much make it so not worth it.

    Also, just a reminder, carbs aren't bad-your body needs them to some extent. It's the sources of the carbs, like the baked, breaded, pasta stuff that are evil but not the carbs in general. Carbs from fruits, veggies, and other sources are fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jakey View Post
    wellllll, there's no way around this. you live with 10 young people. it's kind of inevitable... sorry.
    We actually range in age from early 20's - late 50's, and from 4 different countries. I know, we're a motley crew. It's fun though.

    Quote Originally Posted by trekfan View Post
    just remember what the bad foods have gotten you before... Also, just a reminder, carbs aren't bad-your body needs them to some extent. It's the sources of the carbs, like the baked, breaded, pasta stuff that are evil but not the carbs in general. Carbs from fruits, veggies, and other sources are fine.
    Definitely helpful reminders. I'm keeping an eye out for meats, fats and good carbs that I can share with them. Also, cooking for everyone is another route I'm trying to take. Though it's a challenge, when I'm still just trying to figure out how to feed myself Primal. Tonight I'm cooking 3 small, organic, grass fed hens, with sweet potatoes and some sauteed veggies.
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    That would be so hard.. It's hard even without all the junk in your house, gotta be depressing at first to see all the sugary and bread-y things.. Good thing is you will lose most of the desire to eat grains and sugar after awhile. You'll have to tell them you're off sugar and grains, you want more energy and you feel like you've been eating too many carbs lately.

    Keep hard boil eggs in the fridge, macadamia nuts in ziplocs in your pocket and purse, beef jerky if u like it, good salami slices from the deli, bacon, too, of course. Roast your favorite veggies, have some raw to grab from the fridge, grill up a load of chicken, organic strawberries in cream, org apples and green tea w/lime.. All of these will keep you satisfied and if something looks unbelievably delish, take one bite, savor the hell out of it before you swallow and decide that one bite was enough for you to taste it, compliment the cook and then drink some water, loads of filtered water.

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