Thanks again everyone. Its good to be reminded that going part of the way is still progress. I absolutely love the analogy comparing learning about primal to taking the red pill. I just can't blithely put things into my mouth anymore. I can't "unknow" what I know. But its also a little bit like having the floor pulled out from under you plank by plank. For me the Tuna was just a breaking point. As someone else so eloquently said, tuna in water should be tun in water, damn it!
You start to wonder if you can't do all of it, if you can't eliminate soy and everything else, is it worth doing at all? Now the truth is that I know the answer to this question already because I feel so much better. I went to a party yesterday that was advertised as a "BBQ" and turned out to be nothing but pasta! There was literally nothing but different kinds of pasta and a few pieces of celery and peppers. In the old days I would have been devastated and panicky. But I had had a decent breakfast of eggs and bacon and although I was hungry, I wasn't crazy. I just didn't eat until many hours later when I finally got home. I would never ever have been able to do that in the past. So I know this is the right path. I just don't know how far along it I can walk.
Again, thanks everyone for the wonderful support.
I started doing this with kids in the house, and kids in college that need to grab something to take for lunch. My son can grab a chicken breast at midnight and whip something up w/o me.
65lbs gone and counting!!
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Opinions opinions... *sigh* Kathy, it's more important to get the basics down and follow the spirit of Paleo/Primal than to be paranoid and extreme. I do not believe that our Grok Father, Mark Sisson, is a food Nazi, and that was never part of the plan. He encourages us to GET THE BEST WE CAN AFFORD. If one can only afford conventional meat, while ditching the rest of the processed junk, they're much better off than they were before.
Frankly I would rather eat conventional meat than be a vegetarian. There's just no happy in veganism. It's like when they take the fat out of chocolate and replace it with fruit juice. All the happy is gone.
Jeez kathyh you must live a stressful life.
An animal, even one that grazed our nation's public lands then spent a few weeks in a feed lot eating corn, is going to provide far more nutritious protein and fat than any food lab can produce and more bioavailable vitamins than most plants will. So go ahead and eat your CAFO beef with your head held high.
As for tuna with soy in it, I have found that name brands tend to cut more corners so they can afford more marketing. So read labels like a hawk. Bumblebee actually just lost a class-action lawsuit for not putting as much tuna in the can as they should have. Trust no one.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Highest squat: 167.5 x 2. Current Deadlift: 195 x 3