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    Anyone actually using Primal Fuel? Any alternatives?

    And don't tell me to just eat real food. I do that on the weekends, plus weekday breakfast and dinner. Let me tell you why I am looking for a meal replacement for lunch! (well, unless you can sell me on a food that meets the requirements listed below)

    I am looking for something I can leave at work so I always have lunch there 5 days a week. I need it to be something super fast and easy to make, and super easy to eat too as I sometimes am working through lunch. (Doh!) Not something that lives in the fridge because other people will use it. >:[ I have a pretty unpleasant gluten intolerance in the form of IBS and migraines, so gluten free is a must.

    I was really interested in Primal Fuel at first. The price made me a bit squidgey but then I figured well, it's because it's primal, right? And for 80 bucks over 30 servings, is still a 2.70~ lunch. But then I looked at the ingredients and I don't know that I am entirely on board with them despite the somewhat logical explanations listed for their inclusion.

    So if I have to accept that a meal replacement shake is going to have to come with some questionable ingredients... is there a cheaper and or better and or yummier one you can recommend? Or is there one that actually does seem more paleo/whole30ish/primal friendly?

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    Jerky + coconut milk (can get powdered version if necessary)? Or pemmican?

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    hmm yes I have considered jerky but I don't know if that is actually more cost effective. xD Maybe if I made it myself which seems kind of daunting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qqemokitty View Post
    hmm yes I have considered jerky but I don't know if that is actually more cost effective. xD Maybe if I made it myself which seems kind of daunting.
    It's actually really easy. I just made a batch earlier this week. You just buy a lean cut of meat, slice it pretty thin, marinate it, then put it in the dehydrator or oven until it's dry. I don't bother using any curing salt or anything and I've never had a batch go bad on me or make me sick. The regular salt that is usually in my marinade and adequate dehydration seem to be sufficient to prevent any bacterial growth.

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    My favorite protein powder/meal replacement is by Gaspari Nutrition called Myofusion. I believe it's a mixture of whey and egg protein. I don't have the can in front of me, but I compared the ingredients to Primal Fuel and there were a lot of similarities. It also has some probiotics added in the mix as well, which I believe helps with absorption of the protein. It also tastes amazing, my favorite is cookies and cream.

    A bit harder to find, some GNC's stock it, but easily available online.

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    Primal Fuel is yummy but yes, it is expensive. The only time I ever had it was at PrimalCon 2011. PF is really just a mix of a high quality whey powder with powdered coconut so you could do it yourself if you wanted to do the mixing. I'm not sure if Mark adds any vitamin supplements to the mix or not.

    The other thing about PF is that it really packs a punch calorie wise. It really is a meal. If you add it on to a meal as a drink that could be too much depending on your calorie needs.

    You could try making a loaf of the Fat Bread from the Free the Animal site. I swear this stuff is like Hobbit cakes. You eat a little bit and it keeps you full for ages.
    Personally, anything I drink is not going to keep me as satisfied as something I actually sink my teeth into.

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    Thanks so much for the great replies. I love the idea of the fat bread I was just reading a thread about it the other day, it sounds so fun. I need to get a food processor!

    I'm considering splurging on the Gourmet Grassfed jerky touted by the folks at Whole9, it seems quite yummy. :3

    I fully cop to kitchen laziness + terror at the idea of me ruining delicious beef with fail jerkying. =P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleobird View Post
    I swear this stuff is like Hobbit cakes. You eat a little bit and it keeps you full for ages.
    Technically that was Elven lembas bread. (I'm sorry, I'm a stickler on such matters; see avatar.)

    There are a lot of whey powder variants on the market, but if you really need something which is not messy and doesn't need any prep whatsoever, maybe the Primal Fuel is the best option. If you're not into coconut, you're probably better off with plain whey powder.

    Danielle, check the ingredient list. If the whey powder had sugar alcohols like xylitol or mannitol or sorbitol or any --ol , that might be what gives you gas. Stevia might be a better option, and it doesn't seem to be as sweet.
    5'0" female, 45 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 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oxide View Post
    Technically that was Elven lembas bread. (I'm sorry, I'm a stickler on such matters; see avatar.
    No, not at all. I was trying to remember that name. Thank you. Been a while since I read Tolkien.

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    I must have looked at a dozen at least different brands of protein shakes this weekend at no less than three different stores. I was less than impressed - honestly Primal Fuel does look like the least of the evils. That being said, after discussing the overall with my boyfriend, we agree that I should make better effort to eat whole food during my lunch rather than try to "cheat" lunches with something less than Paleo or less than Whole30.. I am doing a Whole30 in September.

    So this week I am eating fruits, veggies, nuts, and a hardboiled egg for lunches, which I will have to remember to pack either at night or in the morning, and of course remember to take it with me in the morning (the hard part, for me). My boyfriend pointed out that it seemed silly to have something like a meal replacement shake when so much of my time is spent obsessing about whole foods and eating naturally and communing with my food and so forth. It seemed a much more simple-wholesome-life decision to just get my ass up 10 minutes earlier in the morning than shell out 80 bucks for an admittedly un-paleo chemical option.

    Thanks everyone for the great feedback. I am definitely going to treat myself to the fancy gourmet grassfed beef jerky when I get paid!

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