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Food Journals / monotonous food log
« on: February 26, 2011, 02:25:28 PM »
I tend to eat the same stuff every day so this might just be one post.

1/3 lb grass-fed beef
Smoothie w/ strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, coconut milk

1/3 lb grass-fed beef
Raw kale with olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon and kalamata olive spread

Shredded coconut mixed w/ dried apple

1/3 lb grass-fed beef
Raw kale w/ olive oil and kalamata olive spread

Thanks for the info guys. I'm really apprehensive about fish as I've been avoiding it for most of my 32 years. Luckily Trader Joes has had grass fed organic beef for $6 a lb, which is a bit pricey but I've been splurging lately so my Omega 3/6 balance should be ok. I just don't know where to start with fish. One of these weeks maybe I'll be brave enough to buy some.

So I've decided to try eating fish even though I have always hated it and sardines seem to be a decent choice because they're high in O3, are smaller so will have less mercury and are more sustainable. Supposedly they are more affordable too.

So what can I do to make them edible? I like lemon. Does that help? How about garlic? Do I cook them in a skillet? Should I buy them in a can or do they have to be fresh? I'm so ignorant on this subject.

Hiya All;
   Primal Wisdom did a series of blog postings on grain versus grass fed meats; hormones, 06/O3 ratios and antibiotics.Here is the third installment. I thought it quite helpful.

Wow! I've been eating too much chicken.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Paleo and Mood
« on: February 15, 2011, 06:02:48 PM »
Much the opposite. My mood has never been better. If you're eating enough meat, you are getting the amino acids that convert into the neurotransmitters that should make you happier and more relaxed. I.e. Tryptophan converts in to Seratonin.

Diet and nutrition / Paleo camping food?
« on: February 13, 2011, 05:42:34 PM »
What would you take on a 2 day camping trip for food? Jerky, dried fruit and veggie "chips"? Is any of that dehydrated camping food paleo, or even edible?

Diet and nutrition / Re: What can we eat at Mexican restaurants?
« on: February 12, 2011, 10:48:50 AM »
Order fajitas and ignore the tortillas.
Fajitas are usually served (at good Mex restaurants) as meat and veggies on a hot sizzling iron and tortillas, guacamole and the rest on the side, for you to prepare your own.


I ask for fajitas, extra meat, "no crema, no queso, y no tortilla... muchos lechuga y guacamole" (no cream, cheese, or tortilla... extra lettuce and guacamole)

That sounds like a plan.

Diet and nutrition / Re: What can we eat at Mexican restaurants?
« on: February 11, 2011, 11:55:27 PM »
Are we talking Taco Bell, or a good authentic mexican restaurant?

If going for mexican fast food, I would just try to limit the amount of carbs you're getting from the tortilla shells and such.

At a real mexican restaurant, I've found plenty of good meat dishes, carne asada for example, just eat around the bad stuff lol :P

Ha! Definitely not Taco Smell! The meat is only 35% meat. You couldn't eat paleo there if you tried. No I'm talking about a real sit down, authentic Mexican restaurant. I've just never really explored the meat options on the menu since I was abducted by a band of vegans for a few years.

Diet and nutrition / What can we eat at Mexican restaurants?
« on: February 11, 2011, 09:39:36 PM »
I haven't been to a Mexican restaurant since going paleo. I'm not really craving it, but I have friends who like Mexican so I will inevitably end up at one someday. So is there anything at these establishments that are paleo friendly? Before I was paleo I was vegetarian so I always got veggie burritos. I will definitely not be ordering those anymore.

Eh just eat less food. You can survive on $5 a day worth of meat easy

I wish I could. I never fill up. I'm 6'3" and 165 lbs and I eat all day and my weight pretty much stays the same. I also go to the gym 5 times a week. I just always feel like eating.

Yesterday I found grass fed ground beef at Trader Joes. Its the first time I've seen it there. It's in little sealed one pound packets for 5.99/lb. I hope they keep stocking it. Its got me a little jazzed.

you don't have to eat grass fed meat for every meal.  Try fish.  Why the aversion to fish, people?!? 

My aversion to fish is the taste. I just can't dig it. I wish I could. I've thought about trying to find some fish that tastes less fishy that I could choke down. Any suggestions?

Seriously, there's just no way I can afford to eat grass fed 3 meals a day. I usually have some grass fed beef patties and a smoothie for breakfast, but one meal a day is really all I can afford. I can't find grass-fed chicken for any less than $8 a lb. Lately g/f ground beef has been $5.99 a lb and that's still expensive for me but I buy it.

I bought a whole g/f chicken once at the local farmers market for like $13 but I always wonder how much the bones weigh in those things and if its really that much of a deal. Is anyone finding this stuff any cheaper?

And really, why is grass fed more expensive. I know that grain fed is supposedly cheaper since the US govt subsidizes grains and makes them cheap, but if an animal is grass fed, isn't their food free? Is it the volume of meat produced and the accelerated rate of growth from eating corn that makes factory farmed animals cheaper?

Anyway, is anyone else having the same frustrations here? I'm already spending about $500 a month on food and that doesn't include the one or two meals a month I eat at restaurants. I'd rather not have to take 4 fish oil pills a day to get my omega 3's.

I'm also a reformed vegan and I thought I was going insane for a little bit. Since I've been Paleo, the depression is almost gone and the little bit that arises occasionally is manageable. If you're an O blood type like me, veganism just doesn't work.

Introductions / 3 months in and seeing results!
« on: January 22, 2011, 08:13:58 PM »
Hello everyone. I just joined the forum and thought I'd say hi. I've been completely paleo for about 3 months now and have never felt better. I have type O blood so it's apparently the perfect diet for me. Before this I was a vegetarian for 6 years and vegan for 1 year. I never really felt better on those diets, probably worse. I thought I was going insane for a little while as a vegan. Now I've had major improvements in my depression and anxiety. No more meds (except for sleep aids; I'm still an insomniac). I've been much clearer mentally and have had better performance at work. And of course I've had more energy for exercise. I've always been quite thin but for some reason could never see my abs while I was a vege even though I did a shit ton of crunches. Now I can actually see my abs. That tells me a lot about how species-correct this diet is. Anyway, hope everyone else is feeling as good as I am.

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