VeggieLover, have you had Carb Flu yet? IMO this is the biggest indicator of whether you are seriously Primal, whether you are doing it halfway (won't work), or whether you are looking for validation that Primal is not for you (probably wrong forum).
I'm sorry to bust up on you, but this is a pet peeve of mine. Could we please STOP with the "natural whole unprocessed foods" bit? It seems to show up in everyone's condescending "I don't put poison in my body, so there" primal creed. And yet, it is a LOUSY indicator of whether something is Primal.
Originally Posted by Lawyerchick12
Wheat berries are a "whole and unprocessed" food. I used to eat them raw.
You "process" bone broth and rice exactly the same way for the same amount of time. Which is Primal?
Bacon is more "processed" than whole wheat bread.
Kombucha and saurkraut and yogurt are fermented just as much as tofu.
Corn on the cob is as whole and unprocessed as it gets. I used to eat it raw. Is it primal?
What's the difference between extracting oil from soybeans and extracting oil from coconuts?
What about the difference between coconut milk and soy milk? Both processed, both "natural" from plants.
Look at the box of natural ice creams. Cream, sugar, fruit. All nice and "whole." And wholly not primal.
You can get diabetes on whole and "unprocessed" CW.
Here is the Primal terminology we should be using.
Fat comes from coconuts, butter, olives and animals/fish ONLY.
Carbs under 100g/day, from fruits and vegetables ONLY.
Dairy in small amounts, preferably fermented.
Tree nuts in tiny amounts.
This captures what ingredients you should eat and what ingredients you should not eat, regardless of processing.
5'0" female, 44 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 111 on sugar cheat. Currently fighting off sugar/candy cravings with bulletproof cocoa and a little rice.
I (try to) follow by-the-book primal as advocated by Mark Sisson, except for whey powder and a bit of cream. I advocate a two-month strict adjustment for newbies. But everybody is different and should tweak Primal to their own needs.