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September 30, 2009

10 Ways to Quench a Primal Thirst

By Mark Sisson
120 Comments

I’ll admit it. For the most part, beverages don’t get a lot of attention around here. I tend to take a pretty dismissive stance on them, perhaps as a reaction to the ridiculous mainstream obsession with water intake (64 ounces per day? C’mon!). Also, besides the occasional hankering for a cold beer, I don’t really crave beverages. Coffee in the mornings, water when thirsty, and the occasional glass of wine with dinner is my typical lineup. Most of the fluids my body needs comes from the food I eat so I tend to view beverages as largely inessential. They’re nice and refreshing, but rarely needed.

But I also realize that giving up certain types of drinks can be a huge stumbling block for some PBers: athletes who grew up chugging Gatorade during competition might pine for the sugary liquid, and ex-soda addicts may still be tempted to keep a stash of diet cola on hand for those difficult moments. Or there are the health nuts who bought into the Vitamin Water hype, went Primal, and now need something to sate their cravings. Or there’s even the parent who, while successful at weaning them off sugary cereal, Lunchables, and mac-n-cheese, has yet to find a suitable replacement for the kids’ juice boxes and Capri-Suns.

Water is, of course, the primary beverage of choice in the Primal lifestyle, but that can get boring. I know when I want a beer but know I shouldn’t, I go for sparkling water. Perrier, San Pelegrino, or any of the store brands are delicious and represent a viable alternative to boring water. Add a squeeze of lime or lemon for added kick.

Juice is a tough one. We’ve spent most of our lives hearing that fruit juices are the healthiest beverages around, but we now know they’re just concentrated sugar. If we’re talking straight juice, you’re better off just eating the fruit. You could also make a spritzer – mix two parts sparkling water with one part juice – if you absolutely can’t give up the juice. The sugar content is drastically reduced and you can drink relatively guilt free.

Tea, coffee, and wine are all sensible liquid vices, and I partake in all three. For obvious reasons, though, you probably don’t want to make their ingestion a regular habit (no more than once or twice daily). I have coffee and wine most days, but I keep it within reason. Tea has far less caffeine content, and making a jug of home-brewed iced tea to have around is cheaper than buying pre-made stuff in the stores. As a general rule, black tea has the most caffeine, followed by green and then white. And if you want to avoid it altogether, drink herbal teas.

One of my favorite herbal teas is a Thai delicacy: iced lemongrass tea. Get a few stalks of lemongrass, trim and peel them, then cut and smash the stalks with the flat of knife blade to release the “juices.” Bring them to a boil in a pot of water and cover. Cut the flames and let it steep for twenty minutes. At this point, I’ll even add a touch of real sugar for some sweetness, but you can leave it out. I prefer this stuff chilled, but you can drink it hot. Optional: add fresh mint leaves.

Another tea I like to make is iced ginger root tea with lime. Depending on your tolerance for ginger, peel and grate a sizeable amount of ginger root. Boil it in a pot of water, then reduce the heat, cover it, and allow the concoction to simmer for twenty minutes. Add the juice from five limes and let it cool before drinking. Pour it over ice when it gets hot. Some claim ginger tea promotes digestion and fights cold symptoms; I just like it because it tastes great.

Kava root tea is another interesting one. Traditionally consumed throughout Polynesia, Vanuatu, and Melanesia, kava is a mild sedative that relaxes without disrupting your mental alacrity. You can find it at health food stores, and it actually tastes pretty foul, but it’s an incredibly relaxing way to spend an evening. Just be sure you strain out the actual root (you don’t want to gag; cheesecloth works best here, especially if you have kava powder) and you avoid steeping it over 140 degrees (which is the temperature at which the active ingredients are destroyed). It won’t win any taste tests, that’s for sure. There’s also some evidence that excessive amounts are hard on the liver, so be cautious, but a single glass won’t hurt you every once in awhile.

What about the athletes who miss their sports drinks? How about a Primal electrolyte-enhanced beverage? After all, the key components to any sports drink – the stuff that really matters – are the electrolytes: sodium, chloride, and potassium. When you sweat, those are the minerals that you excrete. Making a proper sports drink entails adding enough electrolyte-containing ingredients. Sodium and chloride are easy enough; basic table salt has what you need in a teaspoon or two. The most potassium-rich foods are yogurt, pork chops, broccoli, avocados, bananas, and spinach, respectively, but I doubt a pork chop smoothie’ll go down smooth when you’re working up a sweat. Luckily, an average-sized lemon contains 48.3 g of potassium, more than your typical bottle of Gatorade contains. Squeeze the lemon and add a few pinches of table salt to your water for a Primal alternative to sugary sports drinks.

Simply adding various flavorings to plain water may even be enough. Cucumber slices, mint and lemon wedges in ice cold water are great on a blazing summer day, and while apple cider vinegar is an acquired taste, a few tablespoons of that stuff in a glass of ice water can be strangely delicious (it’s also supposed to help bolster immunity, so it might be worthwhile to try it during the onset of a cold).

Whatever you try, don’t beat yourself up over drinks. I may come across as overly critical of the beverage industry, but the very fact that we eat most of our calories (as opposed to sucking them through straws and from bottles, like a huge part of the country) gives us Primal Blueprinters an enormous health advantage. A cup of coffee here or an herbal ginger tea there won’t be a problem. Homemade drinks are truly Primal.

What about you? I’d love to hear about your go-to Primal beverages. Share your thoughts in the comment board!

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Adam Kayce
6 years 11 months ago

“Water is the only drink of a wise man.” – Henry David Thoreau

Yeah, I’m not much of a beverage guy, either. Water only.

Maybe an occasional ginger tea, or a chai once or twice a year, but that’s it for me. Luckily, I never got hooked on coffee, sodas, or any kind of fancy/expensive/sugared drinks – knock on wood!

Kristin J
Kristin J
6 years 11 months ago

Great post! Drinks are something I’ve been pondering as I get acclimated to the Primal diet, and you’ve provided some excellent-sounding options here. I can’t wait to make some iced ginger tea!

Karell
Karell
6 years 11 months ago
I really like this post, though I don’t have much issue with beverages. I drink water, occasionally milk, and once a month or so I’ll have coffee. I luckily grew up in a household that rarely ate fast food and even more rarely kept soda in the house. Pop was a treat, to be my choice of dessert for the day, not a drink in addition to my normal meals. Unfortunately, my boyfriend did not grow up with this experience and he’s slowly being weened off the stuff with help from iced tea and juice cut with seltzer. I’m hoping… Read more »
Maria
Maria
6 years 11 months ago
All distilled spirits have 0 carbs (pure vodka, gin, rum, tequila, etc), so I’m not sure why you would be interested in potato based vodka as opposed to grain alcohol. Not saying that ingesting alcohol doesn’t (negatively) affect your metabolism in a special way, but technically any of these “pure” liquors (served on the rocks or with seltzer) make the top of my alcoholic beverages list. I prefer dirty (vodka) martinis, red wine or if I must have a beer, Michelob ultra has lowest carbs. I think it’s actually fun to make inventive low-sugar cocktails at home (try muddling things… Read more »
grisly atoms
grisly atoms
10 months 27 days ago

“All distilled spirits have 0 carbs”

But not zero calories! Alcohol has 7 calories per gram. Also, she is interested in potato based vodka as opposed to grain alcohol because PBers avoid grains and their derivatives. However, since vodka is usually at least triple distilled if not more, I wonder if it has any gluten, gliadin, or other bad grain stuff at that point.

Alex
Alex
6 years 11 months ago

Apple cider vinegar does it for me! When I come in parched from exercise on a hot day, I put two tablespoons of the stuff in a glass of cold water. It’s supposedly good for something else too, but I just drink it for the taste.

Gordon
Gordon
6 years 11 months ago

I make a sports drink out of one tablespoon honey and two tablespoons aplle cider vinegar(Braggs)in a bottle of water. Really does the job for energy and aplle cider vinegar is alkalyzing.

Anastasia
Anastasia
6 years 11 months ago

It’s supposed to help with hunger, too….I think it works GREAT for that purpose so please don’t tell me if I am wrong 🙂

Sean
6 years 11 months ago

Thanks for some great drink ideas!

I’ve been cutting down on my water intake recently. And I used to be crazy addicted to lots and lots and lots of water.

Literally upwards of 8 12oz cans of sparkling water (no cals, no sweetener) but still lots of water.

Truthfully, I miss it a bit. 🙂

I think I’m going to bring back up my water intake again just cause I like it.

But I’m also a *huge* coffee drinker. (Hey can you blame me, I’m from Seattle…)

I don’t plan on giving up my coffee anytime soon 🙂
-Sean

DaveFish
DaveFish
6 years 11 months ago

I like coconut water in place of Gatorade though it is rather expensive.

CKB
CKB
6 years 11 months ago

Yeah, that stuff really works! I don’t love the taste, but it really quenches. I’m from Tucson, AZ and when the first waves of summer heat hit, the coconut water is a helpful in staying hydrated when reg. water just isn’t cuttin’ it. We usually acclimate after a week or two, but, well you get the drift!

leslie
leslie
6 years 11 months ago

ditto..i’m in phoenix

FlyNavyWife
6 years 11 months ago

I was going to say the same thing.

Henry Miller
Henry Miller
6 years 11 months ago
When I went on a 1 week canoe trip in the backwoods, at the end of the week I was the only one who wasn’t looking forward to getting back just for another diet coke. Soda (caffeine?) addiction is real, do you really want to be controlled by it? I know near alcoholics who stop drinking for a few months every year just so they are not controlled by it. I know a guy who gave up tobacco just because he didn’t like something controlling him (the long term health problems didn’t bother him – a different story I don’t… Read more »
grisly atoms
grisly atoms
10 months 27 days ago

As an ex-smoker, I understand completely – I hated being addicted to nicotine.

TXCHLInstructor
6 years 11 months ago

“ex-soda addicts may still be tempted to keep a stash of diet cola on hand”

Once I figured out that the phosphoric acid in cola beverages was the principal cause of my RLS, it was easy to give up my ‘addiction’. Completely. Permanently.

The stuff is basically canned osteoporosis.

Lee
Lee
6 years 11 months ago

RLS?

Rodney
Rodney
6 years 11 months ago

I’m guessing Restless Leg Syndrome.

Lee
Lee
6 years 11 months ago

That’s what I was wondering.

Fixed gear
6 years 11 months ago

Really Large Stomach?

jdawg
jdawg
6 years 11 months ago

Rather lugubrious simian?

Ginger
Ginger
6 years 11 months ago
Oh my! I was just remarking to my friend and massage therapist the other day that my Restless Leg Syndrome (awful stuff — I was resorting to taking a muscle relaxant and a couple Advil PMs about 3 times a week just to be able to get some respite so I could sleep AND getting full-body massages, with an emphasis on my legs) is completely gone shortly after going Primal. Didn’t take very long, either (maybe 2 weeks). I like coconut water when I am parched; it perfectly replenishes electrolytes. My favorite special-occasion drink is home-made chai (while not truly… Read more »
Peggy
Peggy
6 years 5 months ago

I have been plagued by RLS most of my adult life. It was at its worst when I was pregnant. I cut back on caffeine, tried not to sit or stand too much, etc. Then I read an article recently that said that some people metabolize iron too fast. Even though I thought I was getting more iron in my diet by eating more primal (used to be a veg) I also test low in iron on blood tests. so I added a daily iron supplement. Presto! no more RLS 🙂

Dave, RN
Dave, RN
6 years 11 months ago

I squeeze one lemon into a glass, add water, add Stevia to taste. Very refreshing. I also add a tablespoon of Braggs apple cider vinegar to a glass of tea, then Stevia to taste. I actually prefer that over regular non-spiked tea now.
And then there’s milk… raw, unpasteurized goat milk. Tasty and extraordinarily good for you.

Lindsay
Lindsay
6 years 11 months ago

What are your thoughts on the Kombucha Tea’s? I love the Synergy brand and its nice and cold and refreshing.
LC

tummler
tummler
6 years 11 months ago

I second the coconut water.

I drink plain day-old tap water every day, along with limited amounts of black coffee, various teas and a glass of red wine. But when I’m dying for a taste of ‘sweet and cold’ I reach for the unsweetened coconut water.

Stephen Hubbard
6 years 11 months ago

Recently I have been asking myself “Do I really crave something delicious or am I just thirsty?”

I think a HUGE reason people “crave” sweet drinks is that they are just dehydrated and the first liquid that comes to mind is the one that has billions of dollars of advertising behind it. Of course people want a Coke, Cocca-Cola has been colonizing our minds since our birth.

Now, when I get that craving, I go chug a half-liter of water and then if I still want something sweet I’ll give it to myself.

Aaron Blaisdell
6 years 11 months ago
I like to drink kefir. Whole Foods sells a good brand of goat-milk kefir from a farm in California. I also have made my own kombucha, but have heard mixed reports about whether it is or is not good for you. Also, the raw apple cider vinegar I purchase from the local farmer’s market is a great treat. I actually like to drink (well, sip actually) a small juice glass of it straight up. I cannot, however, give up my coffee (though I try to limit it to mornings), wine (usually every evening), or beer and spirits (fine single malt,… Read more »
John FitzGibbon
John FitzGibbon
6 years 11 months ago

homemade lactofermented sodas can be fairly good and low in sugar.

Bryan
Bryan
5 years 1 month ago

Lacto-fermented sodas sound delicious! Got any recipes or tried-and-trusted links? 🙂

Bryan
Bryan
5 years 1 month ago

Me again 🙂 Found this in case anyone’s interested: http://sophisticatedpeasant.blogspot.com/2009/08/lacto-fermented-fruit-drink.html

Dave, RN
Dave, RN
6 years 11 months ago

I second the Kefir. I get mine at the same place I get the raw goat milk, a local farm that specializes in the stuff. Pricey but worth it for all those beneficial bacteria.
Be careful with the uncut apple cider vinegar. It’s VERY acidic and rough on the teeth and esophagus. It’s better to cut it with something.

garthola
6 years 11 months ago
I loved your post on frankenfoods and shared the link with lots of friends and family. I struggle to explain why zero calorie / no sugar soda is bad for you. It took a lot of brow beating to convince my 14 year old daughter that she should avoid those beverages. I’ve read that low or no sugar soda can actually lead to greater weight gain than regular soda due to the body’s reaction to the sweetness of those drinks. I personally avoid the stuff and treat it like poison. Do you have any other insights about zero calorie sodas… Read more »
thrillick
thrillick
6 years 11 months ago

blood? that seems primal.

dakotaanddarcy
dakotaanddarcy
2 years 4 months ago

LOL

Ariana
Ariana
6 years 11 months ago

I really like kombucha. I make my own which allows you to control the final sugar content. The trick is to allow the tea to sit with the culture long enough for all of the sugar to be consumed by the yeast and bacteria. A lot of store bought brands add additional sugar to the final product to make it more palatable. It really shouldn’t be sweet at all.

Mike OD - Fitness Spotlight
6 years 11 months ago
People who use the word “addiction” to soda or coffee are admitting defeat before they begin. Sure you can “experience” a craving or withdrawl from sugar/caffeine (but you get over it). You don’t own an “addiction” to anything mentally, because if you did…you would never be able to get rid of that baggage (as you won’t let yourself, because you need the identity of being an adict). Notice how people who can give up something (smoking, soda, sweets, alcohol) do it because they are aware of how much better they are with out it….yet most that struggle already know the… Read more »
Jennifer
Jennifer
6 years 11 months ago
That is such a great point. I have a friend who drinks a lot of soda and smokes. I’ve seen her back off the soda to some extent, but only to replace it with vitamin water and coffee (to which she adds sugar and some flavored creamer, doh!); I just can’t see why people don’t appreciate good ‘ol H20. I like coffee and tea in moderation, but have never been one to add sweetener to either. I have also seen her quit smoking, only to find out a while later she has picked it up again. This last time she… Read more »
Jeff
Jeff
6 years 11 months ago

I’m having a really hard time giving up Pepsi/Coke. I really love the taste (the burn too) and everything else just tastes boring to me. I know it’s horrible for my body, and have been successful at quitting for periods of time, but I can’t seem to kick the habit permanently!

Gordon
Gordon
6 years 11 months ago

You need to watch a lecture on UCTV called SUGAR: THE BITTER TRUTH. Dr Luskin outlines out fructose is metabolized and the effects.

Ogg the Caveman
6 years 11 months ago
A few years ago I made it a habit to drink a beer when I got home from work. Sometimes 2. But I switched over to drinking carbonated mineral water from Trader Joe’s own brand. I drink as much as I want to now, and it satisfies my habit for something refreshing after a long day at work… and leaves no alcohol calories that throw a wrench into my effort at maintaining 5% body fat and good health. Alcohol calories cause a different and negative metabolic response as compared to non-alcoholic carbohydrates. But I still enjoy a glass of wine… Read more »
Erika
Erika
6 years 11 months ago
I like to make some iced coffee. Coffee + cream + stevia Lemonade: water + lemon juice + stevia Homemade ginger ale: take a plastic bottle or jug (2L) mix a bit of sugar and 1/4 tsp of bakers yeast, grate a piece of ginger, juice a lemon and put in bottle, shake. Pour water. Cap. Wait 24 hours. Bottle should be very hard. If not, wait longer. Stick it in the fridge. When ready to drink, strain the liquid. Add stevia to sweeten it to taste. Do not use glass container. Chocolate milk shake: cold water + yogurt +… Read more »
Arlo
Arlo
6 years 11 months ago

How much sugar are you talking about? The recipe I found online that is similar to yours used 1 cup of sugar. Would that be mostly for sweetness then? Approximately how much is needed to just get the carbonation?

Thanks.

http://biology.clc.uc.edu/Fankhauser/Cheese/Ginger_Ale_Ag0.htm

Icarus
Icarus
6 years 11 months ago

Coffee/tea (unsweetened and un-dairy’d) and milk (usually pasteurized but non-homogenized) is about it for me. I have always found the myth about water absurd as well, as most foods, especially primal foods, are primarily water.

To wit:

Broiled porterhouse: 138 grams water/241 grams total weight = ~57% water
Apple: 118 grams water/138 grams total weight = 85% water

bobby m
bobby m
6 years 11 months ago

I drink alot of mineral water…I drink it because I enjoy drinking it and it quenches my thirst, I really dont see how that could be bad?

jessica
jessica
6 years 11 months ago

coconut water(fresh if you can find young coconuts or not at all)+powder from a probiotic pill
let sit at room temp for a day or two (in a glass, with a coffee filter or some other air permeable fabric) on top
ferments into one of the most satisfying thirst quenchers….
also be sure if you are drinking reverse osmosis water to add just a bit of good quality mineral salt so that you are not pissing out your minerals…:)

jessica
jessica
6 years 11 months ago

p.s. not sure if its any better but i stopped drinking coffee with the help of mate
now i drink a shit ton of that a day but if i miss my morning cups it dont feel burnt out and no afternoon grogs

Virginia Gardner
6 years 11 months ago
Well, I drink fluid constantly. So much so that there have been times I worried about diabetes. I’ve been addicted to all of the bad stuff over the years, and when I finally really quit smoking sometime in 2008, I also quit the diet sodas and went to water and home-brewed iced tea. When I decided to give the Paleolithic diet a try, I kept my 2 cups of coffee but gave up all alcohol and the tea. So now I drink 1/2 Cranberry Apple juice and 1/2 lime seltzer, over ice, and at cocktail time I put it in… Read more »
Bryan
6 years 11 months ago

I used to drink soft drinks like crazy. Sweet tea too that was loaded with sugar. Grew up on Kool-Aid and Pepsi. I’ve had maybe 5 or 6 soft drinks in the last year since I got healthy.

My big drink is really, really, really watered down fruit juice. Maybe one part juice to 8 parts water in a 9 oz water bottle. Just enough to give it a little bit of taste. I really only drink it at home. When I’m out or at work it’s just plain water.

Annimal
Annimal
6 years 11 months ago
I quit drinking soda by drinking sparkling water/club soda/seltzer water, and now I love it (but am not addicted). You can spend the big bucks on Perrier or San Pellegrino, but it’s really the same to get cheap seltzer water without any sweetening (READ the ingredients! Many chemical cocktails with artificial sweeteners purport to be ‘sparkling fruit water’). It really does the trick at the times where I used to go for a soda. Also, if you’re out with friends but driving or don’t feel like drinking, it’s great to have in your hand at a bar without worrying about… Read more »
eero
eero
6 years 11 months ago

Yerba Mate, anyone? 🙂

JoeVenture
JoeVenture
6 years 11 months ago

So glad someone mentioned this! I just bought Yerba Mate in a powder form and it has stevia mixed in with it for a bit of sweetness. You mix it with cold water just like you do with instant coffee. It’s really good! I got it at The Vitamin Shoppe. I highly recommend it.

Hiit Mama
6 years 11 months ago

Kombucha anyone?

Byung
Byung
6 years 11 months ago

I drink rooibos tea everyday. It’s naturally caffeine free and contains a decent amount of antioxidants.

Lemmy Caution
Lemmy Caution
6 years 11 months ago

Ice tea makers are a good buy for ice tea lovers:

http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-40911-2-Quart-Electric/dp/B00008VSCO

They make iced tea super convenient and cheap.

Patricia Biesen
6 years 11 months ago

I love the kombucha too. I also just bought some great coffee from Living Beyond Organic, which is site featuring nutrition/products based on high enzymes. They claim this coffee is a good detoxer, so far I really like it (and no I do not work for them, I just like their product) http://www.lborganic.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=coffee

My Blog is an paleo folks are interested in dairy-free beverages:
http://www.examiner.com/x-8953-Chicago-DairyFree-Food-Examiner

Grok
6 years 11 months ago

I drink very little straight water. It’s almost always mixed with raw ACV, herbal tea, tea, or a bit of lemon or lime.

The rest of the liquids are all fermented. All forms of Kefir made into concoctions (milk & water) & Kombucha.

MY KITCHEN LOOKS LIKE A SCIENCE LAB

As a huge caffeine consumer until recently, for some reason coffee just never quite did it for me. I love the flavor with all the added sugars ect.. but I think the quantities were always too small to justify the absorbent costs they charge for that stuff.

Grok
6 years 11 months ago

Follow up:

Coconut water is the best, most refreshing… but I already have a hard enough time keeping my carb intake down without getting addicted to that stuff 😉

Auren
6 years 11 months ago

I personally love milk – milk in Thai Iced Tea, steamed with some almond flavoring, or just a tall cold glass of good old 2%. The carb to protein ratio is 12 g of carbs for 6-8 of protein for a serving, and it’s got healthy fats.

What could be wrong with that? Would love to hear your thoughts, Mark.

Grok
6 years 11 months ago

What’s wrong with it? It’s pasteurized or probably even worse UHT.

lr
lr
6 years 11 months ago

Any comment on the soda, Zevia? Are these ingredients safe, and “all-natural”? Is it a reasonable indulgence for those of us who love our sodas?
http://www.zevia.com/products_natural.html

Helen
Helen
6 years 11 months ago

I brew my own kombucha now, we love it! Tomorrow my Whole Foods is having a special on kombucha. Buy one, get one free!

paleo_piper
6 years 11 months ago
Water, water, water. I’ll admit I do love to stay hydrated, but as the weather starts to cool off, I’m already drinking less of it. I love green tea, oolong, red tea and white tea, but only have one cup a day, somedays I go without. Herbal teas probably 3-4 cups a day in the wintertime. Apple cider from my own orchard in about two weeks, but that’s only once a year as a sensible/special vice. Cocoa and carob drinks also in the winter for those days when I come in after hauling wood and chopping wood in the rain.… Read more »
Grok
6 years 11 months ago

Great list.

Make your own kefir. Super easy. You can use the store stuff to ferment regular milk. That’s what I did as first.

Michael
6 years 11 months ago

boutique beers and wine, fresh coconut water, fresh coconut milk, kefir, kombucha, homemade lemonade

Michael
Nutrition and Physical Regeneration

Cherie
Cherie
6 years 11 months ago

Coconut water! And I still like good old water with a lemon slice. In Arizona we HAVE to drink a lot of it!

Paul
Paul
6 years 11 months ago

I did not read all the posts so this may have been posted already.

I get filtered water, lemon juice, lime juice and stevia and mix the together.

It tastes great and the citric acid helps prevent kidney stones. Which was my first motivation in putting this concoction together.

Auren
6 years 11 months ago

@Grok Organic milk still fit your description?

I stand by my love of the cow drink, however open to hear others’ thoughts.

Grok
6 years 11 months ago

Absolutely not. I think almost all organic milks are UHT. The stuff has a shelf life of 6-9 months a room temperature. Do you really want to drink it?

Google UHT

Look for RAW milk. It’s the good stuff. As much as I ABSOLUTELY LOVE dairy more than about anything i could put in my mouth, I would not consume it (and I didn’t for a while) anymore if I could not get raw. That store stuff you’re drinking now will gag you once you start drinking real milk.

RealMilk.com

bob
bob
6 years 11 months ago

I doubt very much Grok ever milked a cow, into some kind of container and then drank that milk. …just saying.

Grok
6 years 11 months ago

True, but he didn’t do an almost endless list of things that we do here.

Chris - ZTF
6 years 11 months ago

Nice post. Here are some things I like:

– Green Tea Chilled with a dash of apple juice and squeezed lemon
– Water left in the fridge with sliced up mint and cucumber (leave for a while before drinking)
– Red Bush Tea
– Fresh Basil and Thyme made as a tea (in a cup with hot water)
– Coconut Water

All make for delicious primal thirst quenchers!

lr
lr
6 years 11 months ago

Mark, or anyone else: Any thoughts on Zevia?

musajen
musajen
6 years 11 months ago

Kombucha is great, especially if you miss the fizz from soda. It’s a little sweet, a little sour, and a lot good.

The storebought stuff is crazy expensive so I’m venturing into brewing my own.

LeonRover
LeonRover
6 years 11 months ago

I quite often pour just boiled water over a slice of lime – sometimes with a pellet of Splenda for sweetness.

Appreciate your and other commenters’ suggestions.

Vik
Vik
6 years 11 months ago

Instead of table salt I like to use a high quality sea salt for the trace minerals and nutrients. Redmond RealSalt brand is my favorite: realsalt.com Make sure the sea salt you choose is free of additives and is sun dried, etc.

Sarah
Sarah
6 years 11 months ago
Wow. I am consistently amazed at the torture I was putting my body through before going Primal. My ignorance ran so deep… I started the PB hard-core and tossed my daily habit of 3+ cans of diet soda at the beginning of August. I find that eating primal, as Mark mentioned, makes me less thirsty, so I don’t drink a lot of anything anymore. I have tried diet soda a couple of times since going Primal, and it tasted TERRIBLE to me!! I don’t know how I ever got so hooked on the stuff… Reading the comments to this post,… Read more »
Irish Slim
Irish Slim
6 years 11 months ago

I can’t give up milk! I don’t really touch juice or sodas, but I crave my milk every day. The way I look at it, it may not be primal, but I can credit my ancestors with a solid 8,000 – 10,000 years of pastoral living. And that means sucking down the cow milk, which my body is now pretty well evolved for.

Good lactose tolerance is an evolved advantage in my opinion.

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