SparkPeople Primal Lifestyle Team Messageboard For those who are following Mark Sisson's "Primal Blueprint", based on how our Paleolithic ancestors lived, and focusing on what Mark calls the "ten major paleolithic principles" of primal living. SparkPeople Primal Lifestyle Team Messageboard Second attempt at Primal Hi all! I'm getting ready to start my second attempt at the Primal lifestyle and I'm here for support and guidance. Can't wait to learn a lot of stuff here! Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:30:02 EST Just Starting Out Hi everyone, <BR> I've used spark people off and on for a couple of years- I do really well and then fall off the wagon...I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in Dec. 2012, and have been gluten free since. I also have Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Metabolic Syndrome, and Pre-Diabetes....Yes, I am a wreck. I lost about 30 pounds back when I was first diagnosed, but since have put that back on plus 20...YIKES! <BR> <BR> I have the Primal Blueprint Recipe Book and the Workbook....I realiz... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:26:31 EST ~ Please welcome FAT2FITB430 as co-leader ~ <em>235</em> FAT2FITB430 as co-leader to the team! <BR> <BR> ~ Dee <em>356</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:26:17 EST Hi! Hi all, <BR> <BR> Have been on and off with Primal for a couple of years now-want to get consistent with my diet and exercise (weights). I am 46 and need to lose 40 lbs. Look forward to meeting everyone! <BR> Heather Tue, 5 Aug 2014 09:35:49 EST ~ Paleo Trouble shooting pdf. ~ From Robb Wolf... looks to be useful information: <BR> <BR><BR>et-guides.pdf <BR> <BR> ~ Dee <BR> <BR> PS: Let me know if the link does not work. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 08:02:28 EST Hello! I'm new to the group, but not new to Paleo and/or Primal. Noticing there's not much activity in this group. <BR> <BR> I started a Paleo diet over a year ago and then modified that to a very successful, very low carb primal diet for weight loss. Lost close to 60lbs before a medical "hiccup" interrupted my peaceful life. I am crawling my way out of it slowly...and struggling to resume my VLC weight loss plan. Stress has a way of preventing weight loss &/or healthy eating. So hard to get ... Sat, 31 May 2014 04:38:00 EST Non-Coconut recipes. I felt this is where I need the most help. I find I've had a lifelong aversion to coconut. I can have it ON my body, to a degree, but to NO Degree can I ingest the stuff. It seems like everything has that, now, and I'm stuck. Going Paleo, I didn't care to sign up for going Island. Is there a decent substitute? Mon, 12 May 2014 01:36:32 EST Sew new I have sew much to lose and after reading the blog and Mark's pages <BR> I have always known grains are bad for me. Now I know why. <BR> I am ready for more info. <BR> Ticker is only my halfway goal Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:54:42 EST Returning to the Team! I was a member years ago, and then thought I was dairy intolerant, an went to pure Paleo, and Low Carb. But then I realized going Low Carb as well, that dairy isn't really my issue. It is GRAINS, STARCHES, and dairy. I can process one or none apparently. OK, I would rather eat my cheese anyway! <em>334</em> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 02:54:24 EST Does red meat really cause inflammation? Nice article by Chris Kresser <BR> <link><BR>-inflammation-and-impaired-glucose-met<BR>abolism </link> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:18:33 EST What kind of Exercise do people do? I've started on my total Gym. but I am really weak. What does everyone else do? Thu, 6 Mar 2014 15:32:31 EST Snack ideas I could use some snack ideas besides the obvious handful of nuts. I'm getting a bit board with almonds all the time. Does anybody have some primal or paleo friendly snack ideas? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:45:04 EST Stop the Corporate Takeover of Organics Take action here: <BR> <link><BR>rd-petition/#petition </link> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:22:34 EST Ever made Flax Crackers? Go to this site and see photos of the process… <BR> <link><BR>9/dehydrated-flax-seed-crackers.html </link> <BR> <BR> At their most basic, these economical, gluten-free crackers are simply flax seeds soaked in an equal volume of liquid, and then dehydrated until crisp. They can be sweet or savory, spicy, salted, or (my favorite) soaked in raw sauerkraut brine. <BR> <BR> For sweet crackers, try using fruit juice as the soaking liquid. Add some cinnamon i... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:24:55 EST FREE: Time Sensitive: PaleoCon PALEOCON: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> PaleoCon Begins <BR> January 27th at 12:00AM PST <BR> <BR> We’ve gathered over 25 renowned experts—including best-selling authors, nutritionists, doctors, sought-after chefs, olympic athletes, and more to guide you through the most effective and practical implementation of the Paleo diet & Paleo lifestyle… so that THIS is the year you are finally able to use the Paleo Diet to change your life, forever. <BR> <BR> ...And it’s AL... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:44:49 EST Need help figuring what to do and eat Hi! <BR> I want to lower my carbs intake, eat cleaner and I feel paleo just makes sens. I watched How we get fat and I downloaded the freebies on Mark Sisson daily apple. <BR> I understand pretty well what I should put in my grocery basket, but where can I find example of daily menu or plan, just to give me an idea of what I should eat. <BR> <BR> I'll be welcoming any advices. <BR> <BR> Happy new year! Tue, 7 Jan 2014 22:10:39 EST How to Recover from Holiday Over-indulgence CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR THE ARTICLE: How to Recover from Holiday Over-indulgence... very helpful tips: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>er-from-holiday-overindulgence/#axzz2p<BR>CsMQbMm </link> <BR> <BR> ~ Dee <em>220</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:13:07 EST newbie to primal Hey everyone! I'm new to PB and really nervous. My doctor has recommended this particular lifestyle change. I ordered and read the 21 Day Transformation to start with and day 1 will be starting on Monday. Any advice would be great! Also advice on how to get the hubby and kiddos on board would b amazing! Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:48:31 EST restrict ed-carb, Paleo, and Primal plans I’m planning to post a thread in the “Diet and Nutrition” forum on the differences and similarities between low/restricted-carb, Paleo, and Primal diets, since many people seem to be confused by them. <BR> <BR> I hope you will all come by to offer your perspectives to the discussion! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>essageboard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=326<BR>72714 </link> <BR> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 09:45:43 EST Adding fat to protien shake <BR> In the evening i want to make a protien shake before i workout . Thinking of adding coconut to make some fat in it . Any recomendations on it if i should and what type is best ? Sun, 22 Dec 2013 08:51:50 EST Hi neewbie here <BR> Hi MY name is Steven . Just started reading the book 21 day challenge . I have lost 30lbs so far on a vegan diet but i have lost alot of muscle and want to get back into tennis . So looking to build muscle and get athletic again . Looking to lose 30lbs on this and then make a decision which type of lifestyle is better to eat meat or not . I do feel better on vegan but just lose too much muscle which i think is important as you get over 50 . Sun, 22 Dec 2013 08:50:01 EST New restarter looking for a buddy It's been awhile since I was on spark. I've been struggling lately. I had great success following the primal blueprint and going to bootcamp but a stress fracture in my leg derailed me and I was unable to stay focused. My 20lb loss has now disappeared and I am back to square one. I'm ready to refocus and I have found the motivation to start. This time Primal blueprint minus the bootcamp. I looking for a fitbit buddy for some friendly competition to keep myself moving and if anyone follows a p... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:58:20 EST Xanthan Gum information <link><BR>-xanthan-gum?inf_contact_key=7ae19b835<BR>e0da03ef7a39b8612720e48c00679d9b561eea<BR>763b2e1ce322141b7 </link> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:51:12 EST Hi from WV Hello :) <BR> <BR> I'm new to the group and rekindled to spark people :) <BR> <BR> I'm from WV and currently working toward the paleo/primal lifestyle. I've found that eating this way just makes me feel better. I have about 100 lbs in total to lose. I work full time and go to school so I exercise at home as I don't have time for much else. <BR> <BR> It would be great to make some real accountability partners here. <BR> <BR> Feel free to friend me :) Sun, 3 Nov 2013 09:07:39 EST Test Results, are they good or bad? Maybe someone here can enlighten me on my test results since I may not ever figure it out, no matter how much I've googled it. :P <BR> <BR> I'm a 52 year old female who is hypothyroid and at my heaviest at 181 (but that can go up to 186). I'm 5 ft. 3 in. and unfortunately not very active do to some back problems that would probably get better if I was more active. :( <BR> <BR> I really like the advice on this board and would love to hear any thoughts/advice. <BR> <BR> Cholesterol 247 <BR> ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 21:19:03 EST New to the Paleo/Primal World Hey Everyone! I'm Ashley I've been doing the Paleo thing now for about 2 weeks Id say I'm at about 80% Paleo currently. I have about 80lbs Id like to loss through proper diet and exercise. I have lost weight in the pass severely restricting calories and fat which led me to lose 60lbs but I then regained it all back within 2 years :( So I realized I needed to find a healthier way to lose the weight and this time its not just about the weight its about how my body and mind feel along the way as... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:35:46 EST Gluten-Free Butternut Spice Cake ... along with a few other ideas for butternut puree - at the bottom after the recipe. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>butternut-spice-cake/ </link> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 10:03:15 EST Plateau after only 3 weeks? I started on 9/5 and by 9/13 had lost 8lbs. Now, in the last 2 weeks I've only lost 1 more pound. I have it to lose, so I don't know what the deal is. I've been tracking my calories and by the numbers I should have lost closer to 4lbs easy. <BR> <BR> Any tips? Maybe I just need to tweak things here and there. You can take a look at my food tracker. Any help would be appreciated. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:11:43 EST Introducing myself Hey y'all! I'm a 38 y/o single Mom in a LTR and am not new to the Primal way of eating. I've done it before with great success but then life got in the way and a sandwich became easier than actually sitting down and thinking about my next meal. Before I knew it, I had put back on the 25lbs I had lost and started feeling like "poo" again. So, I'm 3 weeks back in and feeling great. I'm only about 90% there, I still can't bring myself to give up my Sweet n Low and Fat Free Half and Half, plus my... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 09:02:46 EST ~ PB 21 Day Challenge: Sept. 16 - Oct. 6 ~ The Primal Blueprint "fall" challenge is here! <BR> <BR> Starting Monday, September 16th we will start a 21 day challenge. Please use this thread to update daily, weekly or whenever you get a chance... <BR> <BR> Good luck!... <em>381</em> <BR> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 03:28:00 EST Broccoli, Bacon and Cheddar Casserole <link><BR>09/04/broccolicheddar-bacon-casserole/ </link> Tue, 3 Sep 2013 23:12:32 EST No Grain, No Sugar Glazed Raspberry Coffee Cake <link><BR>09/02/low-carb-no-grain-glazed-raspber<BR>ry-coffee-cake/ </link> Mon, 2 Sep 2013 17:33:36 EST Another newbie! Summer is creeping into autumn; the kids will be back to school; activities start soon and we will all be back to routine. It's time to make new, healthy habits. I've been reading about Primal/Paleo eating and it sounds reasonable and logical to me. So, we will be making a lot of changes toward this type of lifestyle in my household, some of us more than others. My daughters are on board, but my husband isn't quite there. I'm hoping to get ideas and support here. Thanks for all the info... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 12:44:22 EST New Here Hello, I've tried paleo eating in the past, but gave it up for whatever reason I can't recall. Anyway, my name is Teresa, I'm 35, and I live in Ohio. I would love to make new friends who are also into this lifestyle. I truly believe it will help us to stay motivated. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 23:04:41 EST HI, new to this style of eating I begin NOW with this style of eating! Have done what research I can through the Primal blueprint/Sisson website (lots of reading there- will take some time to work through). Starting with the eating plan as of tomorrow morning. Have been dieting on and off with sparkpeople for a number of years. Following a visit to a naturopath identified allergy to gluten and sensitivities to dairy and sugar. Dropped what I could for a few months - lost some weight and felt so much better but slipped badl... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:52:42 EST Hi there Tried Primal a while back, didn't lose any weight. After examining the content of my calories, I think I was getting too much dairy and too much fruit... Ready to give it another shot! Been having one of Mark's Garbage Bowl Salads for lunch each day, and noticing that I want a smaller dinner! Fighting allergies, depression, and psoriatic arthritis, and need to get some extra weight off my joints... any suggestions or encouragement are totally welcome! Can't wait to get to know everyone! Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:39:40 EST Flax Bread <link><BR>08/05/low-carb-flax-bread/ </link> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 15:26:32 EST ~ New cookbook ~ I just bought this cookbook, I should get it by next week. Can't wait to review it: <BR> <BR> Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes [Paperback] <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Pantry-Gluten-Free/dp/1607745518/ref=s<BR>r_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1375052928&sr=8-13&<BR>keywords=paleo </link> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 19:10:02 EST Stevia Some interesting info. Stevia is not only a non-caloric sweetener, but it actually increases insulin sensitivity. <BR> <link><BR>2Zyq409sv </link> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:55:10 EST Need to Get Back on the Primal Wagon? So I did paleo last summer and easily lost 40 lbs. over 3 months with just following the diet strictly and walking a lot (like 10 miles a week or more of just walking, not counting step taken just in daily activity). Anyway, after going out of state for a family funeral and then the holidays I fell off the paleo wagon, but I was still eating paleo for probably half of my meals and eating low grains/gluten. Then I had some GI issues that sent me to the hospital twice and have had to eat a Stan... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 11:21:13 EST Prodigal Primal Daughter Hello my PrimalPals! <BR> <BR> My Primal journey has been a really strange road. I found some moderate success living primal about 3 years ago when I was cast in a show and the choreographer recommended it to me. <BR> <BR> You can read more about my first primal journey on my SparkPage. Basically, it amounts to, I was a fat kid a fat teen and a fat adult. I am talented and meant for great things, but the weight always held me back. I dealt with rejection after rejection in all areas of my ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:05:42 EST Best "side effect" I was just wondering what everyone would say is their best non weight loss "side effect" since going primal. I have two the first is a reduction in my thyroid meds that I have been on for 17 years for the first time EVER!! The other is my sinuses. I can breathe again and smell! It makes me so happy!! Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:38:51 EST Feeling sick today This is day 4 for me on this lifestyle. I'm down almost 8 pounds which is fantastic. Today at lunch I wasn't hungry so i didn't eat. Now I'm home from work for dinner and I'm nauseous and feeling kind of Loopy. Has this ever happened to anyone. I actually don't feel like eating dinner either. <BR> <BR> I enjoy the food and am very happy to have found this Team. I could use a bit of input. <BR> <BR> Thanks - Pattii Wed, 5 Jun 2013 17:28:27 EST Very new to this eating style Hi everyone, <BR> This is my first day and I am very excited to be changing my way of eating. <BR> Whole grains and potatoes have been a big part of my diet and meat not so much. <BR> <BR> With that being said - I have packed on the pounds. My husband passed away 2 years ago this month and all I have done is eat comfort food. <BR> <BR> I weigh more then I ever have in my life. And I am so uncomfortable in all my clothes. <BR> <BR> My Doctor raised my blood pressure pills to 2 a day. <B... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 07:24:53 EST What's for Dinner? I've posted this as a sticky on a couple of my other teams (thanks for inviting me to help lead the team Dee) and the thread is always an active one, so I thought I would post it here as well. <BR> <BR> Simply post what you had (or are having) for dinner. I TRY to be 100% primal/paleo, but of course some of us go by an 80/20 rule which is just fine and also can be impractical for those of us who have families that still want to have a "pizza or pasta" night. lol Sometimes spaghetti squash i... Tue, 28 May 2013 12:33:58 EST Looks like a great book It's about foraging. Beautifully done! I backed it on Kickstarter a couple of months ago. I should have mentioned it before. but you can still pre-order it here: <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 10 May 2013 21:40:14 EST Chewy Coconut Cherry "Granola" Bars (Grain Free) <link><BR>04/28/coconut-cherry-granola-bars-grai<BR>n-free/ </link> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 23:36:07 EST New-ish to Primal/Paleo Hi everyone, I'm Sarah. I'm new-ish to primal/paleo. I had been eating primal for a week, I felt amazing and wonderful, then this last week I ate a lot of sad food <em>39</em> But I'm looking to get back on track and get back to eating primal. <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:08:22 EST ~ PB 30 Day Challenge: April 10 - May 9 ~ ... Sorry for the short notice, but if you want to do another challenge, lets start one Wednesday. You will have today and tomorrow to prepare. If you have any questions let me know. <em>381</em> <em>356</em> ~ Dee Mon, 8 Apr 2013 08:08:42 EST Hello! Hey everyone just wanted to introduce myself. I'm new to the whole primal lifestyle and I'm into day 3. I'm 27 and have been eating primarily grains my whole life. I always thought I ate enough vegetables and fruits but I couldn't have been more wrong. No wonder I was always hungry. I've been having a hard time adjusting. My body feels great but my head is killing me! I don't feel hungry or have cravings, actually the thought of bread grosses me out right now. I won't give up. Wed, 3 Apr 2013 16:01:17 EST new to group and trying to get started Hi all i am 52 year old , mom of 6 grandma of 3, live on a farm, love to garden, walk, watch nature, and be in it. I am already eating gluten free, but feel my muscles and joints are still sore, muscles to the touch, mostly from the waist down, having joint problems from exercising , would going paleo help these problems? I do have a bunch of books on my kindle,but really just want to talk to real people on line, if you know what i mean. But glad to be here, and learn from you all. I dont' ha... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:43:22 EST New to primal/paleo :) Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm training for the Tough Mudder next month and I am really trying to optimize my nutrition leading up to the race. I am so curious to see how eating like this can affect my energy and also my recovery after my workouts. I have Celiac disease, so I am already gluten-free, but giving up my beloved carbs will be difficult. I was a vegetarian for a good long while, so I have been used to life on the starchy side ;). I am reading the Paleo Solution, Primal Blueprint and 21 D... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:51:47 EST Best Ever Paleo Almond Butter Cookies <link><BR>03/09/best-ever-paleo-almond-butter-co<BR>okies/# </link> Sat, 9 Mar 2013 14:17:30 EST ~ PB 29 Day Challenge: March 3 - 31 ~ This is my cheat day. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! ~ Dee <em>247</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 12:06:48 EST I'm new to it all and I LOVE PB! Hello all! <BR> I'm a 51 year old, married for 23 years, sahm to my 9 year old son (who's skinny as a rail, how'd that happen?) I'm hypothyroid, suspect menopause will be around the corner soon <em>198</em> . I'm 5'3" weigh 177, like to get down to 130/120, I've been doing primal since the end of January and love it. I used to get hypoglycemic symptoms but the primal blueprint has helped with that. I'm still trying to figure out my macro numbers (I've figured them out but am fine tuning ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 10:19:57 EST Primal/Paleo meet up in New Orleans Hey guys! I'm trying to schedule a Paleo/Primal meet up in New Orleans. Is anyone here from NOLA? Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:50:49 EST very informative article on all kinds of sweetener <link><BR>ners/#.USAixB04t8F </link> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 21:01:15 EST Three New Podcasts From Perfect Health Diet: <BR> "Several podcast interviews have come out this week: <BR> <BR> Stefani Ruper of Paleo for Women interviewed me on the Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show about what’s novel in our new book. <BR> <BR> Ben Greenfield of Ben Greenfield Fitness discussed PHD with me and calls our book a “must-read” for athletes. He thinks the best diet for athletes is basically PHD with some intermittency worked in – I agree. (Update: The podcast can be found here, released on Feb 13, 20... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 14:04:17 EST Waves Just back to spark after taking nearly a year to scrape myself up off the floor. I have missed so many of you....sniffs....glad to see some (somewhat thinner) familiar faces :) <BR> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 12:24:37 EST ~ PB 21 Day Challenge: Feb. 3 - Feb. 23 ~ I am starting a challenge, who's in? Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:59:50 EST Greetings! New to the Primal Lifestyle I begin Day One of the Primal Blueprint tomorrow and I am so excited. My father has recommended this lifestyle to me, as it has significantly changed his life and I am looking to make similar healthy changes to mine. I have been gluten/wheat free for about 6 months now, and that has been fantastic, but I still have some serious issues with carbs of the grain sort, particularly with rice that I would like to overcome. This will be a challenge for me, as rice has been a staple in my diet for qu... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:08:32 EST It's lifestyle not a diet :) Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Debi. I have been following the primal lifestyle since 2010. Fell off the wagon, got all stressed out, lost touch with reality.. I dunno BUT now I am back to eating right for my type. I know I function so much better this way and Sparkpeople helps me to keep myself in check. If I'm writing it down then it really happened <em>20</em> <BR> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:38:33 EST Grain Free Pizza Crust <link><BR>01/25/grain-free-pizza-crust/ </link> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 15:42:25 EST Paleo Indulgences by Tammy Credicott I bought this cookbook recently and I'm so glad I did now that Girl Scout cookie season has started! There are recipes in here for primal-style samoas and thin mints -- my favorites! Today is my dad's birthday party so yesterday I made the chocolate cupcakes (actually chocolate mini-bundts, but I made them as cupcakes) and chocolate frosting from this book to bring with me. They are made with coconut flour and sweetened with maple syrup. This is the first recipe I've actually made from the b... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 12:01:22 EST Hi, everyone! I'm new to this team and the PB but not to SparkPeople or the paleo/primal lifestyle in general. Last fall I successfully reached my weight loss goal thanks to SP, Jillian Michaels DVDs, and boosting my protein intake while cutting way back on grain and sugar (my husband and kids are allergic to legumes so that was no problem, we don't eat them anyway). I had been gradually shifting to a 100% primal diet during that time and every time I googled something having to do with the primal diet, I ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 11:50:00 EST SparkPeople's review of Coconut! Got this in the Weekly Spark email edition. I use Olive Oil for cooking, however, do use coconut milk for baking, sauces, soups and use Almond/Coconut mixed milk for my power smoothies. What is your take on Spark's review of the data? Is Coconut a fat staple in your diet? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1799 </link> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 19:29:06 EST ~ PB 21 Day Challenge:1/14 - 2/3: Check in ~ I will be starting on Monday January 14th... Please join me and post in this thread, daily or weekly, doesn't matter just stop by and update us on your progress. Hope to see you here! <BR> <BR> Good Luck. ~ Dee <em>381</em> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:21:06 EST ~ Primal Blueprint 21 day challenge ~ <em>227</em> Please Read ONLY <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> To motivate and help everyone stay focused and on track, I would like to continually offer/start 21 day challenges throughout the year(s). I have found that accountability helps keep people on track. So lets support one another through on going challenges so that we can reach our goal(s)! <BR> <BR> Here is the outline for the challenges: <BR> <BR> BEGINNERS: Follow guidelines of the Primal Blueprint 21 Day Challenge book <BR> <B... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:10:35 EST Barely Bread recipe <link><BR>01/11/barely-bread/ </link> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:28:11 EST Paleo e-book bundle sale ends Jan. 14 There is a Paleo e-book bundle for sale for $39, usually $479 <BR> <BR> Todd Dosenberry (also known as Primal Toad) emailed dozens of popular Paleo bloggers to see if they wanted to be part of a New Year’s eBook sale. 25 authors (including ourselves) said yes to contributing their ebook(s) into what is now the Toadally Primal Wellness Bundle. We’ve included our very own 30 Day Intro to Paleo into this bundle (a $15 value), and there are a whopping 32 additional eBooks for the small price of ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:00:24 EST Must Watch!!! I watched this the other night. I downloaded from iTunes. <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:04:29 EST I've changed my Blog site <link> </link> Wed, 9 Jan 2013 21:29:18 EST Perfect Health Diet Photo Blog In case anyone here is working with the Perfect Health Diet guidelines but doesn't belong to that team, I thought I would post a link to my recent blog here (with photos!). <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193077 Sun, 6 Jan 2013 12:35:41 EST New to Primal Blueprint Hi, I'm Lisa...and I'm a carbohydrate addict. <BR> <BR> I've spent the last 26 years attempting to follow the "conventional wisdom" (and no so conventional wisdom, i.e. Jenny Craig, MediFast, etc) and have had the following um, "success"? <BR> *I weigh 250 pounds <BR> *Sleep apnea <BR> *Allergies/asthma <BR> *Hormone imbalance (estrogen dominance) <BR> *Insulin resistance <BR> *Diverticulitis <BR> *Depression/anxiety <BR> <BR> So, a couple of years ago I went to a new doc who talked to me a... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 09:28:30 EST DAILY CHIT-CHAT ROOM HAPPY SUNDAY! <BR> Hope you're all having a great weekend. This year is almost gone and we have a brand new year to reach our healthy weight loss goals. What will you be doing to reach yours? <BR> For me, I'll be doing low carb, and I'm cutting out all artificial sweetners. Bob and I have also joined a fitness center and will be going there 3 times a week. It's only a 5 minute drive from the house so no excuses not to go. I don't know how much of the 65 lbs I'll be able to lose in 2013 but I'... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 11:59:53 EST New to team Hi, <BR> I'm Vicki and I have 65 lbs to lose. Back in the 80's I lost 105 lbs and kept it off for over 18 years. It wasn't until I took on my husbands eating habits that I gained back all I'd lost plus more. So starting Jan. 1-2013 I'll be going back on a very low carb way of eating, to get back a more healthy body, and have a lot more energy. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 12:09:55 EST Primal Chef If you like Iron Chef, then maybe you'll enjoy this. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:36:02 EST Mark Sisson wrote a great Forward... the newest edition of the Perfect Health Diet that was released today. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:46:18 EST Go Primal! I have been rather interested in adopting the primal lifestyle since I found Mark Sisson's site in 2010. I had this whole start/stop going for about a year, and then fell into old eating habits and and didn't pick it up again. I am determined to make primal eating a habit this time! I am happy there are other Primal-ites on SP! I look forward to feeling optimally healthy in the coming months, though I am not looking forward to the carb flu, that has been a BIG challenge for me, but I will tes... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:55:14 EST 15 free e-books for Black Friday <link><BR>llness-friday-15-free-e-books-black-fr<BR>iday-sales/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_<BR>medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheC<BR>oconutMama+%28The+Coconut+Mama%29 </link> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 13:02:13 EST Cookbooks I'm putting together my Christmas list and would like to add another Primal/Paleo cookbook to it. I already own Mark Sisson's Quick and Easy Meals and Make it Paleo. Well Fed and Paleo Comfort Foods are 2 new ones I'm considering, but I wanted to see what others recommend, too. Thanks! Sat, 17 Nov 2012 22:29:18 EST ~ What workout did you do today ~ AM: Hip Hop Abs Cardio Sculpt : Mins: 26 / Calories: 172 .... Loved it! <em>185</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 17:05:03 EST Hello Hiya <BR> Im Kirsty and im new to this forum and to primal eating. <BR> Ive started just this week and so far have lost over 6lbs and the week isnt over yet. <BR> I have 5 months until i go to Cuba and im determined to lose some weight and feel better about myself before then. <BR> I go to the gym 5 days a week but although if feel fitter im losing any weight and i have alot to lose! <BR> So here goes :-) Sat, 17 Nov 2012 13:06:22 EST New help figure out protein Hello <BR> I am new. I have the Mark Sisson book, however I do not understand how to figure out how much protein I should be eating. Is the the amount of grams based on the body fat percentage that is your target or the body fat percentage you are now? How do I know what my %body fat is now? <BR> <BR> Can a regular person figure this out? <BR> Karyn Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:05:40 EST Nut Butter Bars This recipe is a real treat! I mean, you wouldn't want to eat them everyday or anything, but they are sugar free and very low carb with a shot of protein. A small square is all you need. <BR> <BR> I saw a recipe for peanut butter bars and revised it. Instead of 2 cups of icing sugar I used whey protein powder, and instead of the margarine, I used coconut ghee. I also replaced the chocolate chips with 100% cacao chocolate and used natural almond butter instead of skippy peanut butter. And co... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 19:20:18 EST Thanksgiving Dinner: Vote for Your Plan of Attack It’s time for the annual procession of all things carb: potatoes, rolls, cranberry molds, all manner of desserts. Thanksgiving, however, needn’t be a salivating stare down with the spuds. The subject du jour: how you plan to handle the holiday. Primal types seem to fall into two camps when it comes to these occasions. Some say every day is a Primal day, and they go about preparing their Thanksgiving feast the way they do every other meal. If they’re visiting for the holiday, they selectively ... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 04:02:04 EST Break Through Your Weight Loss Plateau Pat yourself on the back: You’ve lost weight! Or, at least you had lost weight, but for the past few days or even weeks, the scale hasn’t been budging. You don’t feel like you’re doing anything different with your diet. You’re keeping carbs low, eating the appropriate amount of protein, and you’re moderating all of it with a consistent exercise program. <BR> <BR> For most people attempting to lose weight, there comes a time when they reach that inevitable plateau where their motivation is so... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 13:49:19 EST ~ 17 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight ~ Effective, healthy weight loss isn’t only due to the simplistic calories in, calories out paradigm. Nor is it solely reliant on diet and exercise. It’s everything – it’s all the various signals our body receives from the environment that affect how our genes express themselves and thrive. How we approach the subject matters, too. Our mood, our methods, our temperament. Our conscious decisions and our willpower. It’s setting good habits and expunging bad ones. Most of all, it comes down to kee... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 15:49:56 EST Totally, uber paleo today! I just had a dinner of fresh this morning killed duck from my own flock and some Brussels sprouts. Not only am I feeling VERY Paleo about this I'm also feeling emotionally drained. <BR> The duck was very tasty the way I roasted it. It had a honey/molasses/orange juice/tamari sauce glaze. YUM! <BR> 4 ducks killed; 3 in the freezer and 1 in my belly...well not a whole duck but a nice portion. Even dh liked it. <BR> <BR> My little flock is just a tiny bit smaller now and I am glad about that; ... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 21:10:47 EST ~ Primal eating:Carbs, Fats & Proteins ~ Starting and following a new diet/lifestyle is always a challenge and even more so when there are many schools of thought on the subject. On this forum we are focusing on the "Primal Blueprint" lifestyle created by Mark Sisson based in the "paleolithic way of living and eating. The conversions here should be based on the following: <BR> <BR> - Primal eating <BR> <BR> What the Primal/Paleo lifestyle is not: <BR> <BR> 1.) LOW CARB: It is important to remember that eating primal/paleo doe... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 13:22:47 EST Funniest or most bizarre remarks? Howdy yall and good morning. <BR> <BR> Name is Joe, new here and to my excitement I found a group that fits me! <BR> <BR> So I thought I would start a thread today. Perhaps its been asked already. But what is the funniest or bizarre remark you've been given when someone finds out you don't eat grains? <BR> <BR> Mine personally was. "Well Jesus ate bread so grains have to be good." I ended up with a light chuckle of which I hardly think they were to happy about. <BR> <BR> Well I hope yall ... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 12:07:19 EST Took the Plunge! So, I have been seeing posts about primal eating for a month or two and finally decided to see what it's all about. Am thrilled, because I have major inflammation problems. I suffer from back pain, knee pain and hip pain. In addition, I was diagnosed with IBS but I strongly suspect that it's a bad diagnosis and that instead I suffer from allergies and intolerances to wheat, corn, & other grains. My mom IS allergic to them. Why wouldn't I be? And I KNOW that soy causes me MAJOR problems. <BR> ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 22:31:34 EST Primal Movement Weight Loss Circuit for Beginners <em>227</em> Please Read <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> With any and all workouts please follow these rules: <BR> <BR> 1.) If you feel pain, discontinue the movement. If pain persist see your physician <BR> 2.) Stay hydrated before, during and after the workout(s) <BR> 3.) Modify any move that causes pain or is just too uncomfortable to do. <BR> <BR> Last but not least remember: "Quality over Quantity"... it's better to do fewer reps or a shorter workout with perfect form. This will pr... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 21:14:10 EST Action Item #4: Exercise Primally: Move, Lift... From Mark's Daily Apple: <BR> <BR> For as much as I emphasize the importance of food with regards to health and body composition and de-emphasize the purely mechanical act of burning calories through arduous, protracted exercise, you still do have to move. <BR> <BR> - You have to lift heavy things <BR> - You have to move very quickly every once in awhile <BR> - You have to stay active. <BR> <BR> These behaviors are absolutely essential to your Primal foray. So, let’s dig into Primal e... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 14:35:56 EST Media Has anyone else noticed the Paleo/Primal lifestyle popping up in the media more and more? I am always interested in reading the articles. Sometimes it is for and sometimes against. The arguments against can be down right ridiculous. It kills me when I read comments like: Eat like a caveman? Well, they didn't have forks back then either! <BR> How do you feel about the media's attention? <BR> <em>36</em> Fri, 2 Nov 2012 10:59:31 EST ~ Cookbooks worth checking out ~ A friend of mine recommended these paleo/primal cookbooks and I wanted to share them with you: <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> 1.) Weekday Paleo: "9 weeks of quick and easy gluten free meals: <link><BR>-Quick-Gluten-Free/dp/0985497505/ref=s<BR>r_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351819285&s<BR>r=1-1&keywords=paleo+weeknight </link> <BR> <BR> 2.) Practical Paleo: "A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle": <link> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:34:20 EST ~ Primal freebies from Mark Sisson ~ Hi guys, <BR> <BR> ...for all the newcomers and folks on the team who may not be aware, I wanted to let you know of the free e-books you can get just by signing up for Mark Sisson's Daily Apple Weekly Newsletter. <BR> <BR> When you sign up you get access to the following ebooks: <BR> <BR> 1. 7-Day Course on the Fundamentals for Lifelong Health <BR> <BR> 2. Primal Blueprint Fitness eBook <BR> <BR> 3. Two Reader-Created Cookbooks <BR> <BR> 4. Introduction to The Primal Blueprint <BR> <... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 13:58:37 EST ~ 21 day Primal Challenge Daily Checkin ~ Sunday: 10/28/12 <BR> <BR> Summary: <BR> <BR> Daily Energy levels: 10 <BR> Hunger level between meals: 1 <BR> Satisfaction level meals: 10 <BR> Struggles today with Primal efforts: Eating enough <BR> Benefits from Primal Efforts: less hunger, more energy <BR> <BR> Daily Highlights: I am not new to the 21 day challenge, so I am not starting from the very beginning. My kitchen is already primal, so I didn't have to restock. This has been a great <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Daily Needs... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 22:57:25 EST Truth continues to float to the surface Under all the mass media dietary "advice" is the truth that we are coming to understand Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:00:50 EST 21 Day Challenge starting on Oct 28th Starting the 21 Day program this Sunday. Hope you join in! Wed, 24 Oct 2012 19:38:24 EST Earth brand shoes So, this might be a strange post to make here, but I know a lot of people who follow the primal blueprint talk a lot about the vibram five finger shoes and how they are a more natural pattern of footfall. Well, I've had two pairs of the five-fingers, and I am a firm believer in them. That plus they are just kind of fun to wear, and they make me feel like I can run really fast - like a super hero or something. But, let's face it - who wants to wear them out running errands? They do tend to ... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:29:52 EST Hi, I'm new. Hi there. My name is Amy, and I am learning to live primally. I have several health issues, some serious ones, and in the name of health I need to eat what is called a "primal" diet. I am 45 years old, turning 46 at the last of February. I'd really like to see 46 in far better condition than I have been for the past several years. I am allergic to wheat, barley, rye, corn, dairy, eggs, oranges, and tree nuts. That just sucks! But what this means is that I need to fuel my body on other... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:52:01 EST Primal Protein Bars <link>fitchickshealthylifestyleblog.blogsp<BR> </link> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:09:14 EST Paleo Protein Bars I also made these today. Really yummy!!! <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2276187 </link> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:01:49 EST Primal French Toast I've had this two days in a row now. tee hee <BR> <BR> <link>fitchickshealthylifestyleblog.blogsp<BR> </link> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:59:03 EST Not an active team I notice this isn't a very active team. :( It makes me bummed. This is such a great lifestyle to lead, and I am always looking at posts for new recipe ideas, or to see what people are experiencing with the change, or challenges people are facing... But, doesn't seem like much of anything is going on except wheel point logging and I think that may be for the points.. LOL! Oh well/ Hope everyone is doing good with their eating habits and exercise. :) <BR> <em>102</em> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:04:34 EST New to SP Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Jennifer, I'm 31 year old , 5'7, Canadian. I'm new to SP but have been following a Primal lifestyle (Primal Blueprint) since May 1, 2012. Since then, I have gone from 208 lbs to my current weight of about 175 lbs. I'm excited to have joined SP and have done so to continue to keep myself accountable for the daily choices that I make. I was very excited to see a Primal Lifestyle Team! So thanks for that!! <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> Jennifer Tue, 2 Oct 2012 08:44:18 EST Lazy Man's Curry I got home late tonight and really had very little time or energy to throw together a decent dinner, I thought. I had a thin chicken breast but I knew I wanted to spice it up a bit. It occurred to me to make a quick chicken curry, so I poured some coconut yogurt on it and some curry powder and stuck it in the oven at 350. <BR> <BR> I didn't think it would be that good without onions, garlic, tomatoes, apples, etc. but I was in a hurry. I had some leftover root veggies so I threw those i... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 02:17:14 EST I Love Bacon and I'm New! Hellooo! <BR> Just a quick hellp! <BR> I just joined Spark a few days ago, but ate paleo for quite a while... I love love love it!!! My energy is through the roof! Ive learned how to train low and race high, with my carbs and really love being able to tweak my diet based on how im feeling and what I am doing for activity today! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone enjoys this lifestyle and really sees the health benefits. <BR> I have a carb-bread-sugar-addict and i found that not eating it is the onl... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:03:42 EST Primal newbie, too! I have been essentially grain free for the past few months, but not totally sugar free. I am going for both now and also have decided to track for calories and carbs to stay in the weight loss sweet spot. I will say, since going grain free, that I have lost a small amount of weight, but best of all, I have been free of the continual and steady creep upwards, unless I am dieting. <BR> I truly hope that, after I have lost my excess weight, I will find it easy to maintain the loss. <BR> I am so ... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:55:23 EST What should I do? I want to go 30 days without any grains. However, it has been a long day and I just got in from taking the baby to the doctor (he has an ear infection) and everyone else is in bed. <BR> <BR> Should I either 1. Cook a sirloin patty and fried egg, which will satisfy me as I am starving right now. I have eaten and drank almost nothing today. But, I don't feel like cooking it or having the mess to deal with. 2. Eat a prepared soup I got from Costco which is Clean but has some tortillas in it. It... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 23:17:56 EST Week 3 Report It's week 3 for Kittiestars on Primal. Here's my report: <BR> <BR> Not losing much this week, but no more carb flu. Feeling energetic and clear-headed for the most part. One very interesting thing, a non-scale victory, is feeling a difference in my legs and joints. I have bad knees that may need to be replaced at some point and I used to have bad pain in my legs in general and achey joints. Well this last week on Primal, that is much changed! My legs feel 10 years younger, no pain, and... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 22:17:27 EST In Defense of Paleo: No WORDs Needed! Problem... <BR> Cause... <BR> Effect... <BR> Solution... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nse-of-paleo-no-words-needed/ </link> <BR> <BR> I LOVED this.. especially noting that as fat consumption has dropped and carb consumption has risen, health has NOT improved and has, in fact, deteriorated!!! <BR> <BR> Oh how I wish I could get the people in my corner of the world to listen! Sun, 16 Sep 2012 16:30:54 EST Honey Talk to me about honey...local, raw. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 22:09:41 EST Week 2 -- getting detox I have felt so horrible the last 36 hrs. Thought I had the flu. Then I remembered diet changes can cause body detox. Just found this on the internet, and was much reassured: <BR><BR>dreaded-detox/ <BR> <BR> Funny because at lunch I felt so bad I was tempted to go get some SAD diet, but I couldn't bring myself to do it....bread looks yucky to me now. <BR> <BR> So glad I found this link. Did any of you go through this? <BR> <BR> My symptoms have... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:51:36 EST Week 2 -- getting detox I have felt so horrible the last 36 hrs. Thought I had the flu. Then I remembered diet changes can cause body detox. Just found this on the internet, and was much reassured: <BR><BR>dreaded-detox/ <BR> <BR> Funny because at lunch I felt so bad I was tempted to go get some SAD diet, but I couldn't bring myself to do it....bread looks yucky to me now. <BR> <BR> So glad I found this link. Did any of you go through this? <BR> <BR> My symptoms have... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:50:46 EST 1 week report! Well I'm amazed! I lost 4 lbs in one week eating primally!!! That's alot but I have a lot to lose (I was 224 and want to be about 150). I damn near fainted when I weighed in and had lost 4 lbs in one week! <BR> <BR> My energy levels are much better and more steady too. <BR> <BR> I've been cooking up a storm...trying new recipes and really enjoying it. Also reading a lot to learn about Primal! <BR> <BR> I'm liking this! It's going well! <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Sep 2012 15:21:46 EST Wheel Points <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> Tue, 4 Sep 2012 06:26:27 EST New to Primal/Paleo I have my first Primal dish in the oven....the Blueberry "pancake" from Mark Sisson's cookbook. I am 1/2 the way through Primal Blueprint and very impressed and inspired. <BR> <BR> Mark said to make the transition gradually if that is what feels right and that is what feels right for me as I have a very busy full-time job and am also now 63. So this is a major change and will take some time to make. <BR> <BR> I thought one way to go was to choose some basic recipes and try them out one by... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 14:41:43 EST Hello, from one for two! My husband (cekelso) and I have just completed our first day. SparkPeople is brand new to him, though I used the site for a few weeks a couple years ago. We are beginning the 17 Day Diet as we both seem to be carb sensitive, any grains or starchy vegetables stimulating our appetites, and this eating plan seems easier for him to follow and feel more-or-less satisfied with. As our kids are all grown now, it's easier for the two of us to eat the same foods, so sauce for the gander is sauce for t... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 00:28:58 EST Interested in Primal Eating Hi everyone! When I started doing SP about 1 1/2 months ago I knew I wanted to get my entire family healthy, so I thought I would begin feeding us whole foods which led me to "Clean Eating". While I wasn't on board 100%, I felt most of it made sense. Then a <em>223</em> suggested I read Mark's Daily Apple and the Primal Blueprint. I felt like that made alot of sense as well. And just yesterday I was introduced to the GAPS diet, primarily because I have more than one child with a severe spee... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 00:06:21 EST Just starting out My husband and I are still in the process of reading the book, "The Primal Blueprint" by Mark Sisson, and we are transitioning over to the Primal Lifestyle. Hopefully by Sept. 1 we should have all the "wrong foods" out of the house and be able to start the new lifestyle fully. I am joining this team in hopes of getting advice as I need it and occasionally encouragement when I need that as well. I am in great anticipation of seeing the transformation of our bodies over the next few months. <BR... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 21:17:18 EST HORRIFYING: Alternative Feed for Cattle Rancher turns to candy for a sweet solution to high feed prices <BR> <link><BR>_watch_stories3%26stormfile=Rancher_tu<BR>rns_to_candy_for_a_sweet_solution_to_h<BR>igh_feed_prices_16_08_2012?ref=ccbox_w<BR>eather_topstories </link> <BR> <BR> How can this even be LEGAL? <BR> How is it that our food sources aren't held to any sort of reasonable standard? <BR> Anyone else note that the guy who thinks this is a good idea is also overweight? <BR> <BR> I am ... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 16:10:53 EST Is it really free...and safe? Is the free news letter e books and stuff REALLY free on mark daily apple...cause that's alot!! Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:48:04 EST Not-so-Primal Hi there! I'm interested in paleo / primal and have read the book Paleo for Athletes by Cordain and Joe Friel because I'm interested in the other things Friel has written about triathlon training. I have flirted with eating this way but always stopped for one reason or another (mostly because it's hard!!!) My biggest challenges include my love of carbs, and what to do at breakfast (I hate eggs, and usually eat greek yogurt or cottage cheese for breakfast, so with the no-dairy in paleo eating,... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:11:05 EST Paleo/Primal Presence Needed Hi, everybody! I don't usually do this... I really would like a paleo voice represented in my blog comments on this one. Check it out if you have the time: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995707 </link> <BR> <BR> I would really like some of my regular readers to realize this is the answer so many of them are looking for. Thanks in advance for your support! <BR> <BR> Ramona Wed, 1 Aug 2012 02:18:54 EST Fats, fats, fats How long did it take you folks to get used to eating as many fat grams as you do but not freak out? I had a tin of sardines today and two 1/4 cup servings of almonds and BOOM combined with the rest of my food choices my fat grams were 101. <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 20:50:49 EST run really fast once in a while ideas Okay, so I am still rehabbing an injury and it prevents me from running really fast. Not that I run really fast anyway, but I cannot do much above a brisk walk just now. <BR> <BR> So, any ideas on how to fulfill the spirit of this law when the legs need to be taken out of the equation? Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:49:17 EST Maintaining on low-carb/p leo/primal etc.? I have started a thread with that topic on the low-carb team and would like to invite anyone who is in maintenance or wants to start thinking about it to join us there. You can find the thread here: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x49225<BR>341&src=email </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit <em>30</em> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 16:38:57 EST Hi! I'm new here. I am a middle aged divorced father who is morbidly obese and a food addict. But, I am changing my life and taking charge of my health. Not tomorrow, not next month or next week or next year - TODAY. And I have made the commitment to follow a Paleo/Primal approach to nutrition. <BR> <BR> If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - I laid it all out there. <BR> <BR> I wish you all every success in your goals. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 16:11:58 EST Very new to Primal but loving it! Hi Fellow Cave People <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm just stopping by to introduce my self. I'm Brook Anne. I'm very new to Primal. I've been at it for about 3 days. I've also been doing some experimentation with Intermittent Fasting. I really have to say that I love all of it. I've yet to experience any carb crash (I didn't eat much white stuff anyway, so maybe that's helping), or any brain fogginess. The days I have IF'd I've really enjoyed the break from thinking about food, and it's... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 14:41:22 EST Primal wanne-be Hi all, I haven't really committed to the primal lifestyle but it's about the only thing that appeals to me. I love the outdoors, I don't have much of a sweet tooth. And I'd rather give up chocolate than butter. Anyway, I need to lose about 25 lbs. that I gained after most of my thyroid was removed. I can't take meds so have to modify my diet to compensate. <BR> There doesn't seem to be much activity here. Is anyone out there still doing the Primal Blueprint Challenge? I want to start soon bu... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 19:57:13 EST sugar cravings Hi everyone. What does it mean when you crave something sweet at night? Am I possibly not eating enough fat? My carbs are less than 100 g a day and I'm getting them through veggies, nuts and some fruits. Any suggestions what to do to squash that craving? Sun, 24 Jun 2012 20:04:36 EST New Here Just wanted to pop in and say I just joined this team. I have been doing Protein Power which is a low carb plan that I know well, but someone suggested I might be happier doing Primal. I have done a lot of reading on it and think I will give it a try. The problem is I am not quite sure where to start. It seems like the same low carb thing I have been doing but with more carbs. I was and I stress "was" diabetic and the doc has taken me off meds so I want to try to stay off of them with th... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 22:19:54 EST Hooked on Primal - SATX Hi everyone! Just joined SparkPeople and heard about the Primal Blueprint from a cross fit instructor here in SA. Followed the eating plan for 2 weeks and I was shocked to lose 13 pounds. <BR> <BR> To make a long story short, I fell off the wagon and really want to get back into the eating plan. I was never hungry, had lots of energy, and the weight fell off. <BR> <BR> Anyone else in SA following the plan? I could use some accountability! <BR> <BR> Lisa Thu, 31 May 2012 01:13:00 EST Ketosis Diet? I'm embarking on a two week ketosis diet and need some accountability and support. Have any of you tried this before? What have been your experiences? <BR> <BR> I'll be blogging about it on my primal/paleo lifestyle blog . . . <BR> <BR> I'd love to get feedback and comments to help encourage me through it. Especially since I'm such a carb addict. LOL. <BR> <BR> I've been stuck on a plateau for a while now and I'm hoping that this two weeks will be enough to kick sta... Sun, 27 May 2012 15:30:32 EST Primal in Colorado Hey all! <BR> <BR> I recently made the switch to a primal/paleo diet and I'm trying to be more faithful to it. Right now I'm about 70/30 primal versus SAD, but I'd like to 100% primal and/or paleo. I'm hoping that joining this team will help to keep me accountable! :) <BR> <BR> I am also blogging about adopting this lifestyle at . . . . <BR> <BR> It makes great sense to me and aligns with my values and interests of hiking, camping, being a human omnivore and a bit ... Sun, 27 May 2012 15:25:50 EST Hi From Florida <em>213</em> Thought I'd better introduce myself, for those that don't know me. <BR> I'm Vicki and I live in Florida. <BR> I'm working towards making the healthiest choices I can when it comes to taking care of myself. <BR> I want to make exercise a top priority as I have a couple of health issues that exercise would improve. Also it would definately give me more energy. <BR> I am basically trying to keep all my nutritional numbers within a set goal I think will work for me. It's not stric... Fri, 25 May 2012 12:21:18 EST How much cardio? Hi guys! I have a couple of questions. What kind of cardio do you do? And how much? I tried my first Body Pump class today and I really liked it. I also really like Zumba and I want to try Yin Yoga. I wonder if that might be too much cardio for primal fitness? (I think it definitely exceeds the move slowly guideline.) <BR> <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose but I want to lose fat and build muscle. Everything I'm reading seems to suggest that those things don't really happen well a... Tue, 22 May 2012 21:17:24 EST calorie counting on primal? If you are successful in losing weight while going primal, I'm wondering if you count calories. Sat, 19 May 2012 11:41:54 EST Just joined the team Good morning. :) <BR> <BR> I just found this group. I joined Sparkpeople about 5 years ago, and my 1st year here, i lost 50 lbs the traditional way. Then I gained back every. single. pound. <BR> <BR> I made feeble attempts to get motivated again- I joined Weight Watcher's twice, made fleeting promises to get back on track. I blogged about it, messaged about it, I even changed my user name. <BR> <BR> Then my cousin posted on Facebook about a Whole30 that she was on. She was so excited... Fri, 18 May 2012 09:23:15 EST Grain Free Cookbook Recommen dations? Anybody have any good grain-free cookbook recommendations? Mon, 14 May 2012 18:52:51 EST Primal-ish fixed my brain I started following a Primal - ish diet in March, 2012 after a recommendation from a doctor. I was dealing with seizure like activity and a spinal tumor. It helped my health better than anything else I had tried. So, here I am. <BR> <BR> I say Primal - ish because I am not a heavy meat eater. I have been eating fruits, veggies, eggs and seafood (I'm a former vegan) and just can't wrap my head around the other meat. I don't starve so it's ok. <BR> <BR> The most incredible part of Pr... Mon, 14 May 2012 18:49:33 EST Super Produce Storage Tips This website teaches us how to eliminate plastic from our food storage habits. I'm not sure I can follow this 100% but still, I sure learned a lot of great storage ideas here--check it out! <BR> <link><BR>-store-produce-without-plastic/ </link> Fri, 11 May 2012 11:47:39 EST Eating Out Primal-ly Hey team, <BR> <BR> My husband and I have been doing really well lately eating primal-ly at home, but we're going on a road trip next week and will have to eat all our meals in restaurants for 3 days. I'm just wondering if anyone has any insight or advice on how to stay primal on the road. I'm assuming we'll be eating a lot of eggs, grilled chicken salads, and fish or steak for dinner, but I'm looking for other ideas, too. Especially for fast food restaurants. Is it even possible to eat ... Fri, 4 May 2012 20:34:00 EST starting the primal way of living Hello there, <BR> <BR> I just discovered the primal blueprint and I found it very interesting. On my previous weight loss tries I've tried counting calories and low fat and both times it was hard to stay on track and didn't see very good results. <BR> <BR> I do want to lose weight but I liked the primal way mostly because of the health benefits. I was VERY shocked when I read about vegetable oil (yuuuck) I do use lard for some of my cooking so I guess I won't be changing that :) <BR> <BR>... Fri, 4 May 2012 19:34:03 EST 21 day May Challenge? Are we going to do another challenge for May?... I am doing to keep doing 21 day challenges until I reach my weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> ~ Dee Wed, 2 May 2012 23:57:47 EST New to Primal Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am about a third of the way through Mark Sisson's The Primal Blueprint and am looking forward to adopting the primal lifestyle! For the past month or two I've been eating low carb after realizing that it made my blood sugars so much easier to manage. I've been a type 1 diabetic for most of my life (23 years) and am always looking for ways to improve my health even though I have not always been the best at managing my blood sugars. I'm also looking to lose about 15... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 14:52:13 EST Hello Everyone Hi-I am new to the group but I have yet to introduce myself. I have been following MDA for a while and I have experimented with primal eating off and on. This way of eating has proven to be more beneficial in controlling blood sugar as well as improving my general health. I'm excited to see where it takes me and I'm happy to be part of this team. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:03:14 EST Mama's Meatloaf I made this tonight for my family and it was a hit. My hubby really loves meatloaf and doesn't usually eat fruit but he loved it. I recommend using a food processor for the apples and onions if your kids are picky about onions or other bits in their food. <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rt-foods/#ixzz1rwQZeVwq </link> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 21:07:51 EST How the 21-Day Challenge will work -- April 9 Hello, For those of you wondering how this is going to appear, I'm going to reused past challenge threads in the exercise forum, making each day's thread the "sticky" thread for the day. I'll re-state the day's challenges, but I like giving us all the opportunity to learn from and enjoy peoples' adaptations from the past. <BR> <BR> Do not get discouraged if your life does not permit hitting every point of the challenge! Do what you can, be where you are, and keep moving through it. There wi... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 22:25:45 EST Chatty tired of being Fatty Haven't received my books yet, but I've been trying to eat "what I think is primal." <BR> <BR> After reviewing that plan online, I see that it's much like South Beach (with low carb tossed in). On SB I lost about 40 pounds, but was hungry most of the time (why I gave it up). <BR> <BR> During the last 3 days of eating primal, I haven't been hungry at all. <BR> Guess all that protein/fat kills one's appetite. I'm amazed that my calorie count is low <BR> with all that meat/fat. <BR> <BR> Anyw... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 15:37:29 EST Beans & Primal I know they are in the OK category. They dont pack the protein punch when compared with some other things and they come with a high carb count. So I have been steering clear, at least temporarily, whereas I was having something like chickpeas most days because I heard they were good for you. I thought at some point I might want to add beans back in, especially since they are economical and store well. <BR> <BR> Then I read a study like this: <BR> <BR> 2. Beans <BR> <BR> Swapping anima... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 15:06:53 EST The Paleo Answer (2012) Loren Cordain This is Loren Cordain's response to critiques to his previous books and clarification on saturated fats and milk as well as over 3000 supporting cites. <BR> I just got through the milk/dairy section. So far this is an excellent book that meticulously goes through the science behind nutrition choices in Paleo lifestyle. Thu, 5 Apr 2012 10:22:36 EST Discussion on nutrition forum I thought some of you might be interested in joining this discussion on the nutrition forum: <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oard.asp?imparent=27262677&imboard=7 </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Tue, 3 Apr 2012 01:50:03 EST I just really want a pancake... ... just one little mountain of pancakes. I didnt want to Blog about it, because I am suppose to be the upbeat, dont watch the scale, keep on keeping on ambassador. So for those that think I have got it together, I didnt want them to know I am about to lose it!!! haha <BR> <BR> Okay, so maybe not that bad. I am not making pancakes. But I still really want some. <BR> <BR> And I am not tripping on the scale, but this past week was just awful scale wise. I am on two challenges, now three,... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 10:42:48 EST Hi, I'm Kat I have been working on becoming more primal. Looking forward to sharing my experiences with others. I will keep checking out the links. <BR> <BR> Kat Sat, 31 Mar 2012 14:13:17 EST Day 1 of primal and excited to get started! I have been wanted to switch to the Paleo diet since the end of january but found it too hard to start. <BR> <BR> This week I found Mark's website and am encouraged that I can do it. Even if it isn't perfect. I like the primal diet philosophy vs. Paleo diet because Mark realizes that this is a lifestyle and it will take some people time to truly switch to this way of eating and provides so many encouraging articles to help you get there. <BR> <BR> Today, I downloaded the carb recommendat... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 18:37:16 EST Healing power of Primal eating I've been suffering with Intracranial Hypertension (IH) since 2004. It's a condition where I accumulate too much cerebral / spinal fluid in my skull. It has damaged my optics nerves. It gives me debilitating headaches. I do have at least one brain lesion. It's pretty nasty at times. <BR> <BR> I take medicine to limit my production of CSF - which of course is treating a symptom, not a disease. I've had about 16 spinal taps to drain fluid and release pressure. <BR> <BR> I switched beg... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:57:42 EST I believe in I believe in myself? Hi Team! Hubby and I both need to lose around 30 pounds (although we aren't getting on the scale.) For me, I just don't want to rely on a scale to tell me how I'm doing, I'd rather notice how my clothes fit, how I'm feeling, my energy, mood, etc. In the past, even if I was "doing well" with food choices and exercise, if the scale didn't reflect that, I'd be crushed. So, no scale in the house:) <BR> <BR> Basically, I'm tired of feeling tired. I am so over the crappy self esteem, the trea... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 10:42:24 EST New Primal/Paleo here !!!! I always had a distended bloated stomach akin to a starving person in a 3rd world country. I am actually going to be doing a month of paleo/primal in an effort to feel better and get the grains and sugar out of my life! From there I can decide what to do next if it helped. <BR> <BR> I am new to this way of eating and i am bit scared. I need to lots of help. I am not big fan of meat but i am going to try. <BR> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 12:38:29 EST Hi All New Primal/Paleo here Over the past year I have slowly been leaving processed foods behind. I know in my head that those things are bad for my body. After lots of research and talks with my hubby we have both decided to go primal/paleo to get our health and weight under control. We are on Day 2 and so far so good. I look forward to getting to know everyone and joining in and learning more from those more experienced in this lifestyle. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:47:45 EST New to team, but not to Primal 2 years ago, over a very lonely christmas, I started reading MDA and it helped me think about a lof of things and I started eating that way and lost the majority of my weight eating lower carb. <BR> <BR> I've been having various issues recently, post surgery recovery last year, moving in with my boyfriend and I've gained back a chunch of weight I lost, compared to what I lost to begin qwith (183lbs) its small fry, but enough to make me feel fat and unhealthy. <BR> <BR> Im going to get mysel... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 05:53:22 EST Whole 9 workshop I'm going to the one in Atlanta on Sunday - super excited!!! Has anyone been?? Fri, 17 Feb 2012 07:28:07 EST Paleo Summit Thought you all might be interested in this... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Should be very infomative!!!! Tue, 14 Feb 2012 09:27:08 EST Greetings I am new here and new to Primal. <BR> <BR> I have started integrating this lifestyle into mine and joined the team to learn because I am very interested in committing to it. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 04:08:00 EST Another Kool Website In case you haven't already seen it <BR> And PLEASE don't miss the Boots and Cats video. My dh thinks it's the funniest thing ever. <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 29 Jan 2012 22:30:58 EST Gonna Grokit Baby!! Hi Primal team! I'm here with Angela, Phyllis and Paula!! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> I have been dabbling with the Primal foods and exercises for about 2 weeks now. Haven't missed the grains, not even my beloved oatmeal. Have read the 21 day Primal Challenge, purged the pantry and scoped out the park jungle gym up the road to see where I can do my exercises. Downloaded the Fast and Easy Cookbook to my Nook. I went to the health food store today and found almond & coconut flours and c... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 21:03:22 EST hi new but not new to primal HI I am new to this team, but I am not new to primal, I tried it last summer on the strict antiinflammatory diet they suggest for arthritis etc. and got such bad pains in my legs, so I upped the potassium, the mag. and didn't help. I ended up going off as it was so bad i wasn't able to sleep for charley horses etc. Then I read the atkins which I am not that keen but they seem similar get off the carbs.... they also say take salt cos of the issues above and some peoples kidneys. <BR> So ahve... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 12:19:05 EST Oh My! Delish Blueberry Muffins Grain Free Blueberry Almond Crumb Muffins <BR> <BR> 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons almond flour, divided <BR> 1/2 cup coconut flour <BR> 6 eggs, preferably pastured <BR> 1/2 cup honey <BR> 3/4 teaspoon organic vanilla extract <BR> 1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt <BR> 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen <BR> 1 tablespoon butter (0ptional) <BR> coconut oil or butter to grease muffin pan <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease large 6-8 muffin cups with coconut oil or butter. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 22:02:25 EST Nice Website for Primal/Paleo types Don't know if any of you already know about this one but I just stumbled across it--it's got recipes!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 14:02:36 EST questions about dairy and animal protein I'm just starting to learn about the primal lifestyle and was hoping someone could answer a few basic questions. <BR> I know that organic full-fat dairy has significant health benefits so I'm wondering if there are nutrional reasons to avoid them for people who are not allergic. <BR> I'm also trying to understand why the primal lifestyle cuts out all grains, even grains/seeds that are still very much like wild plants like amaranth, quinoa etc. <BR> The reason I'm asking is because I suspect ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:14:47 EST stalled weight loss -- HELP! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I switched to eating high protein, low carb about 7 weeks ago, but seem to be at a complete stall and have only lost 5 pounds since December 8th. I got really serious about things the day after Xmas and have been more on track than not since. Could it be because my carb intake usually averages around 100-110g and the carbs are from fruits and veggies, not grains/beans/corn/refined sugar? Is the answer eating 50g or less/day? <BR> <BR> Could each and every slip (a bowl of ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 10:59:46 EST MDA 21-Day Challenge Day 21 (Sunday) Challenges for today: <BR> <BR> Diet -- Sensible Indulgences <BR> Exercise -- Full-Length PEM Workout <BR> Lifestyle -- After Photos <BR> Lifestyle -- Reflection Sun, 22 Jan 2012 21:28:56 EST Saving Dinner Someone mentioned this over on the Paleo Diet team page, but for anyone here who isn't a member of that team, Leanne Ely of the Saving Dinner menu mailers, has started a paleo menu mailer to go with her regular, her low carb, and her heart healthy menus. Each week you get a link to download all four sets, each of which has menus for six nights, with suggested side dishes, and a shopping list for the lot. Subscriptions for the basic plan are $15 for three months. I've used her other menus ... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 13:34:12 EST Sleep issues I'll be the first to admit that I haven't moved over to completely Paleo, or even completely Primal (I have some egg issues, so I haven't got rid of all my milk yet). But the last few days it seems that if I have too many carbs after about 7pm, and too many seems to be more than 20, I can't get to sleep. It doesn't feel like I've had caffeine, no jitters, I'm just not sleepy. I thought it might be the hot cider I had one evening, but another night it was just eating latish and dinner had i... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 13:14:41 EST MDA 21-Day Challenge Day 20 (Saturday) Today's Challenges: <BR> <BR> Diet -- Intermittent Fast #2 <BR> Exercise -- Extended Duration Aerobic Workout <BR> Lifestyle -- 10 Primal Changes <BR> <BR> How are you doing? Don't worry if you haven't done everything perfectly. Jump in wherever you are, as we'll be repeating the series starting Monday! Sat, 21 Jan 2012 11:44:02 EST MDA 21-Day Challenge Day 19 (Friday) Today's Challenges: <BR> <BR> Diet -- Go Local #2 <BR> Diet -- I.F. Alert <BR> Exercise -- Spring Workout <BR> Lifestyle -- Mini Play Breaks Sat, 21 Jan 2012 11:42:02 EST MDA 21-Day Challenge Day 18 (Thursday) Today's Challenges: <BR> <BR> Diet -- Kitchen/Pantry Purge #2 <BR> Exercise -- Moderate Duration Aerobic Workout <BR> Lifestyle -- Use Your Brain Sat, 21 Jan 2012 11:40:39 EST Gearing up to go Primal! Hello! My friends Paula and Angela from another team encouraged me to look around here. I'm in the middle of reading "21 Day Total..." and excited to embark on this new journey. <BR> <BR> Over the past (almost) two years, I've lost 75 pounds. I'm ready to blast the last of the extra poundage off of me. I need to tweak my diet and go more natural. It seems like I've found the right place to be. <BR> <BR> I'll be traveling over the next two weeks so my goal is to plunge in full force on Febru... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 22:33:08 EST Grok On Fellow PBer's! Hi, My Name is Paula and I am so happy that I have found all of you so I can learn more about this lifestyle. I have being doing low carb for sometime now but went all Primal foods about 4 weeks ago and I feel great. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and better understanding this new way of living. I really want to "live long and drop dead!" <BR> Hugs, Paula Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:54:57 EST Primal Poundage! HI Everyone! <BR> I am excited to be embarking on this new journey to a better way of life. Can't wait for maximum Primal Poundage! Going to lose it all, even this last stubborn bit. Have lost 72 lbs so far on my journey and this will be just what I need to finish my transformation to a better way of life. <BR> Just finishing my reading of the Primal Blueprint 21 Day Transformation, and agreeing with everything being said so far. Have started implementing changes already, but not all the way ... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:31:20 EST Questions about my daily numbers Good morning! I'm a little slower than the rest of y'all but I'm on day 5 today of the 21 day transformation. My question has to do with the nutrition numbers. I've been running an average of 1358 for Cal / 73 for fat / 77 for carbs / 103 for protein. Are these numbers within range? <BR> <BR> I just feel like they're out of whack somehow. I've been eating primal everyday with no processed foods. Mostly veggies and protein at means with a little fruit here and there. <BR> <BR> Any help wou... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 11:42:09 EST Standing workstation Over a year ago, I read a post at MDA about "The Dangers of Sitting". I decided to modify my desk to a standing workstation- It just involved moving the computer off the desk onto the top of the hutch, and then putting a box on the desk so my keyboard and mouse were at the right height. <BR> <BR> Then today I thought about how much time I spend just standing here, and went to go check the price on those treadmill computer workstations. On Amazon, the top two were around $500 and around $13... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 01:25:00 EST intermittent fasting Already have been warned that there will be no discussion of intermittent fasting on main Spark boards. Whoa, why are so many people afraid of fasting? What is this all about? Wed, 18 Jan 2012 11:38:14 EST MDA 21-Day Challenge Day 17 (Wednesday) Today's Challenges: <BR> <BR> Diet -- Modern Foraging <BR> Exercise -- Full-Length PEM Workout <BR> Lifestyle -- Reach Out Wed, 18 Jan 2012 01:47:30 EST MDA 21-Day Challenge, Day 16 (Tuesday) Diet -- Go Local <BR> Exercise -- Moderate Duration Aerobic Workout <BR> Lifestyle -- Calm, Relaxing Evening #2 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 01:45:56 EST Almond Flour vs Coconut Flour This evening I made Paleo Apple muffins. The recipe called for 2 1/4 cups almond flour. I only had 3/4 of a cup so I substituted Coconut flour for the rest. They came out really dry. I wasn't expecting lite and fluffy, but are these two flours interchangeable, or should I make some further adjustment? Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:08:58 EST MDA 21-day Challenge Day 16 (Tuesday) I thought I'd fill in for our dedicated leader, who deserves a some backup: <BR> <BR> Diet -- Go Local: <BR> Exercise -- Moderate Duration Aerobic Workout: <BR> Lifestyle -- Calm, Relaxing Evening #2: <BR> <BR> <BR> Diet -- Go Local: I finished a 24 hours-long project where I made my first beef "bone broth" from a recipe on, using local bones from the butcher down the street. That's going to be a relationship I develop. A free-standing meat store, with all kinds of neat... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:05:05 EST Walden Farms Questions I was wondering if anyone has used Waldon Farms products and if they would be considered Primal or not. <BR> <BR> There's no calories, fat, carbs, gluton or sugar of any kind. ? Mon, 16 Jan 2012 15:21:48 EST MDA 21-day Challenge Day 15 (Monday) Diet -- Intermittent Fast #1 <BR> Exercise -- Mark's Favorite Primal Workout <BR> Lifestyle -- Cave Time <BR> <BR> Keep up the great work! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 02:39:43 EST Getting started tomorrow! Hi everyone! New to the group, and will be new to primal living beginning tomorrow. Been reading the Primal Blueprint book, and the hubby and I will be starting the 21-day transformation together tomorrow. I'm really excited about it - everything I'm reading makes so much sense - but I'm also really nervous! So many things we can't eat anymore, not sure how it's all going to work! If anyone else is starting the challenge now (vs. earlier this month like so many others), let's talk! Sun, 15 Jan 2012 23:27:45 EST School Lunches I am trying to primalize my whole family and we're doing really well except when it comes to my Daughter's lunch, I keep falling back on the old standby: PB and J. ACK! I know how bad it is for her but in the morning it's just easier. <BR> <BR> PLEASE give me some ideas for quick, easy lunches to pack for my kiddo!! Sun, 15 Jan 2012 15:41:50 EST MDA 21-day Challenge Day 14 (Sunday) Challenges for Today: <BR> <BR> Diet -- Sweet Spot <BR> Diet -- Intermittent Fast Alert <BR> Exercise -- Rest Day <BR> Lifestyle -- Reflection <BR> <BR> What do you think are the easiest and hardest parts of the Primal Challenge so far? Sat, 14 Jan 2012 22:29:52 EST MDA 21-day Challenge Day 13 (Saturday) Again, I'm sorry for posting this so late. I've been battling laptop battery issues all day, and after spending over 3 hours with a nice tech guy, decided that while I may have a problem with my registry (still unknown), I don't think it is the problem with my new battery, which my laptop won't recognize. <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, I'm posting this now, as well as tomorrow, in case I continue to have issues. <BR> <BR> (I'm including my goals here, too) <BR> Diet -- Top of Spectrum -- I'll get local... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 22:27:14 EST Primal Reset So last week I jumped in on the 21 day challenge. I think the water was too cold though--I jumped right back out again. Actually, I looked at the exercises and challenges in the book and kept hearing myself say "I can't. I don't have time." So I've decided that for me, this is going to be a bit slower, starting with the food. (please note, I'm writing this immediately after lunch at a Chinese restaurant, which I kept high protein, but ... ugh. And then I gave into a chocolate craving w/1/2 cu... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:59:19 EST MDA 21-day Challenge Day 12 (Friday) Sorry for posting this late! (Must figure out pacing for work) <BR> <BR> Diet: Primal Recipe, Part 2 <BR> Diet -- Go Coco-nuts: <BR> Exercise -- PEM Workout <BR> Lifestyle -- Nurture Your Intimate and Social Circles Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:52:45 EST MDA 21-day Challenge Day 11! Thursday Challenges for today: <BR> <BR> Diet -- Create a Primal Recipe <BR> Exercise -- Moderate Duration Aerobic Workout <BR> Lifestyle -- Work Peak Performance <BR> <BR> Go Grok! Wed, 11 Jan 2012 23:59:03 EST New to Primal/Paleo Hi! I'm a 50yo medical librarian who lost 20 pounds pretty quickly, and with 40 or so to go, has been bouncing around my current weight for months. It's getting old really fast, and so is being hungry. <BR> <BR> I've also noticed that cutting out all grains, including rice, gets rid of my GERD, (haven't taken my prilosec in almost a week, and haven't noticed!) and the lower carb, which I've been doing since Friday means that my elbows, which usually hurt a lot on Winter mornings, have been... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:14:45 EST MDA 21-day Challenge Day 10 Diet -- Eating Environment <BR> Exercise -- Primal WOW <BR> Lifestyle -- Email Fast Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:02:27 EST Coconut Sugar Just wanted to pass on what appears to be a good buy on coconut sugar. I have never used it, but went to MDA to see what he had to say about it and it sounds like a good choice if you need a sweetener (comparable to honey). Best not to use any sweeteners, but sometimes you need a little bit. Here is a link to the MDA article on sweeteners.:<BR>ive-guide-to-sugar/#axzz1j5Uv8TlN <BR> <BR> Here is the sale I found on Coconut Sugar: "Amazon has Madha... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 15:21:12 EST MDA 21-day Challenge Day 9 Diet -- Track Macronutrient Intake <BR> Exercise -- Increase Daily Movement Part 2 <BR> Lifestyle -- Media Fast <BR> <BR> Stay focused. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 02:56:56 EST Strawberry Coconut Smoothie <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=1870382 </link> <BR> I really like this one - a strawberry smoothie made in a base of coconut milk, sweetened with stevia and made protein richer with a raw yard egg. It makes for a very quick, satisfying breakfast or lunch. Be sure to melt the coconut oil first if making this in the winter months or in a cooled kitchen. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 20:33:10 EST MDA 21-day Challenge Day 8 One full week down, what are your thoughts? I was glad that earlier in the week, we were challenged to set up a fun weekend activity. My hike with brother and family yesterday was awesome! We got to explore beautiful woods and a lake very near his house, where we can go more often. On the trail back, my brother, nephew, and I tossed a football around. Being a girly girl (dance, anyone?) when I was younger, I've never actually thrown a football. I did just fine, and impressed my nephew a... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 12:47:24 EST Need More Reinforc ement... I just joined this team. I've been on the edge of low-carb, Nourishing Traditions, high protein and fat for a long time, and now am wondering if I can do Primal/Paleo. I recently joined the Quilt team and am puzzling out the whole leptin reset thing. I'm not very good at planning well, and that's when I get into the most trouble by not having the proper foods around. I'm hoping to get some good tips here and at MDA and such. Now I need to go figure out what to do with the 9 avoca... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 15:13:24 EST MDA 21-day Challenge Day 7 Sorry for posting this later than usual. I was up late last night working on a project (I really do need to learn pacing.) <BR> <BR> Diet -- Intuitive Meals <BR> Exercise/Lifestyle -- Grand Play Outing <BR> <BR> Keep up the grok work! Sun, 8 Jan 2012 11:57:37 EST MDA 21-Day Challenge, Day 6 Diet -- Primal Celebration Dinner <BR> Extended Duration Aerobic Workout <BR> Lifestyle -- Listening Challenge Sat, 7 Jan 2012 02:15:06 EST Back to primal Someone posted a few days ago in the comments on MDA about the sparkpeople primal team...I've been on sparkpeople a while with a team of friends that wandered over from another site, but no idea that there was a primal team here. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to find the courage to send in a photo for the new success story challenge there, but .... blech. <BR> <BR> A couple years ago I accidentally went primal--didn't know there was a name, had never heard of primal or paleo or anything, but I stop... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 15:49:38 EST MDA 21-day Challenge Day 5 Today's challenge: <BR> <BR> Diet -- Modern Foraging <BR> Exercise -- Abbreviated PEM Workout <BR> Lifestyle -- Active Couch Potato Rebellion <BR> <BR> Grok on! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 04:52:20 EST Headachey? When you went primal and cut out the carbs and sugar, did you get alot of headaches? <BR> <BR> I've been getting good sleep, eating better than I've ever done since probably my mom fed me as an infant, and the last 2 days I've had splitting migraines. I'm hoping that it's withdrawl and as the carbs/wheat/sugar work out of my system. <BR> <BR> Did this happen to you? How long did they last for you? Fri, 6 Jan 2012 01:08:02 EST The Baker's Secret Howdy! <BR> <BR> New to this team, but have been reading MDA since last June. I lost 10 pounds in my first 6 months on SP with conventional methods and another 10 pounds in my second 6 months eating primally. Well, 80/20. ;) I have to say the second 6 months were much easier since I got to eat more and stress less! I've outlined what I did in my most recent SP blog post "The Numbers Are In!". <BR> <BR> To shake things up a bit, I've decided to focus more on the Primal Principles and do a l... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 17:15:41 EST Make It Paleo...... Does anyone have this book? Thoughts? Thu, 5 Jan 2012 06:57:51 EST MDA Challenge Day 4! Welcome to the people who found their way here through the MDA site. I didn't know it was there (thanks to whoever posted it). <BR> <BR> Day 4: <BR> <BR> Diet: Honor Hunger <BR> Exercise: Aerobic Adventure <BR> Lifestyle: Standup Work Station <BR> <BR> Keep up the great work, everyone! Thu, 5 Jan 2012 02:21:17 EST MDA Challenge Day 3 The challenges for today are: <BR> <BR> Diet -- Primal Celebration Dinner Planning <BR> Diet -- Boycot Industrial Food <BR> Exercise -- Full Length PEM Workout <BR> Exercise/Lifestyle -- Play <BR> <BR> Grok on! Tue, 3 Jan 2012 23:26:11 EST MDA 21-day challenge Day 2 Challenges for Day 2 include: <BR> <BR> Diet -- Primal Shopping Spree <BR> Exercise -- Moderate Duration Aerobic Workout <BR> Lifstyle -- Calm, Relaxing Evening Mon, 2 Jan 2012 23:01:04 EST Going Primal in Scotland :) Hi fellow Groks! <BR> <BR> So happy to find this team here - woohoo! I read Primal Blueprint quite a while ago and after being vegetarian and then quite a sick vegan for a long time I have decided to give it a go :) I showed my husband some of the before/after photos of the men on MDA and he decided to give it a go with me - yaayy! <BR> <BR> I'm really looking forward to getting to know you all better - it's exciting to see how well you're all doing! <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Karina xx Mon, 2 Jan 2012 14:17:28 EST Hi..going primal in Massachusetts My name is Deb and I'm 53 years old. I am committing to going primal starting 1/3/12 (1st day back to work after the holiday and I think it will be easier). I read Primal Blueprint back in the summer when I was doing the "I-diet". I loved the food choices with the I'diet but I always felt so bloated and my weight loss stalled. It was then that I came across MDA and everything made so much sense to me. I began immediately and was successful for a while but started having giving in to foods I s... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 19:16:02 EST Was wondering..... Has anyone here every lost more than 50 pounds on this (or any other paleo) plan? I am just curious as I have tried so many other things previously. I checked out a few paleo sites, but not too many of them (at least that I have found) have many, if any, before and after pics of people who actually followed the plan. If anyone has any info/long term experience with the paleo-lifestyle, I would love to hear from them. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:45:23 EST Missed my target :( So bummed. In spite of year long health challenges, I was 80 minutes away from reaching my exercise goal for the year. I "thought" the yearly goal spanned from "when I joined" to a year later - not a calendar year. I joined Spark in January 2011. <BR> <BR> Yet, I need to focus on embracing the changes I've tried so hard to make...even when the push to be well sent me sliding back into adrenal exhaustion. <BR> <BR> So, here's to resetting the goal clock and forward we go! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:06:33 EST So pumped! I specifically joined SparkPeople Hoping to find a paleo/primal challenge and some accountability! WhooHoo! Looks like I found it <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Sandy and I am going to drop 10 pounds of stubborn fat in the next 12 weeks! Yes, that's right...not hope to or plan to, but I AM going to! <BR> <BR> And I am excited to start this challenge, to get to know and encourage everyone! <BR> <BR> Oh, forgot the into's...was too excited! My name is Sandy, I am 47, mom of 2 grown... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:48:41 EST MDA 21-day challenge Day 1 put 'em here! Thu, 29 Dec 2011 22:04:57 EST cave talk Here's a place for general chit chat. Sat, 17 Dec 2011 13:58:43 EST MDA 21-day Challenge beginning 1/2/12 Hi, <BR> <BR> Mandie and I decided to team up and start a challenge 1/1/12 (could we be any more cliche?) If anyone wants to join us, drop a note here. <BR> <BR> My goals are: <BR> <BR> 0. Reduce sugar, eat more protein, and reduce between-meal snacks from now until 1/1/12. Develop a strength routine on my new (used) Total Gym. Schedule regular times to walk with friends. <BR> <BR> 1. Eat lots of animals, insects and plants: Eat primal (I am already gluten-free) <BR> 2. Move around a... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 23:48:03 EST Half Assed Primal from NJ... ...Hi to this team, but not to Spark...My lifestyle changed a year and a half ago, and since then, I've steadily been cutting down on carbs (as much as an Italian can lol) and leaning toward more healthy fats...tho I don't think I'll ever be able to mangia the liver (ew, hated it as a kid), brains, and all those other nasty bits...after recently reading Deep Nutrition, I found a solution...chicken soup lol...made with the skin, bones and nasty bits (and strained through a fine sieve... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 20:19:39 EST hi there! ..Just took over leadership of this team, and I am wondering where we want to go with it. Let me know!!!! Mon, 12 Dec 2011 13:26:23 EST how about all these grains? I understand the concern about grains like wheat, rye, barley, oats and corn, grains that have been mass-produced and commercially grown even if organic. <BR> But how about amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, kamut, spelt, millet and some other grains/seeds that have not been changed as much from wild grains/seeds? <BR> In other words, could it be the lack of variety and the overconsumption of grain carbs as far as whole grains that is detrimental to our health rather than grains in general? <BR> <... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 13:22:11 EST Hi from Eastern Washington I just discovered this group. I found out a little about the primal lifestyle through Phil Maffetone's book "The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing". I follow some principles of a primal lifestyle but not all and am interesting in learning more and fining out how it works for everyone. <BR> Birgit <em>30</em> Fri, 9 Dec 2011 17:25:39 EST Hiya! Hi all, I'm Sarah and I'm from Tasmania in Australia. A friend of mine first recommended the primal/paleo diet to me at the beginning of this year. I wasn't sure about all the meat (I've never been a meat eater) and throughout the year have tried all different diets. Now I'm doing Bootcamp (and have been doing it for 2 months now) I keep revisiting the Primal Diet. I'm looking forward to changing my lifestyle and learning new things about the Primal Lifestyle. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 20:02:25 EST New from (outside of) Seattle Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Melissa, and I'm from the Pacific NW. I joined SP yesterday. :-) <BR> <BR> On Dec. 1, I'm starting a year-long challenge that's based in a combination of Slow Carb / Primal Lifestyle that works well for me. I love Primal; the challenge for me is being consistent. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you! Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:07:32 EST Paleo Banana Bread YUM! <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=1887159 </link> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 23:38:01 EST HIIT Does anyone know of some good information about High Intensity Interval Training? I'd like to look at some programs and see how they fit into the Primal lifestyle. Not to much high impact though! That is a no go for me. Wed, 23 Nov 2011 13:04:47 EST Primal cranberry sauce? I'm looking for a good, whole berry cranberry sauce I can make for Thanksgiving. Not sure if I want to use Stevia or honey/maple syrup. I want if to fit my new diet and have my non-primal family love it as well. I have a recipe I love, so I just need to figure out the sweetner. I'd love some tips. Fri, 18 Nov 2011 16:37:56 EST Urge to Be Primal I've been reading and reading about Paleo and low carb and oh my goodness does it just make sense! My dad had diabetes, and so does one of my dearest friends. I worry about my little daughter's health (she's 9), and she has always been a big bread and carb eater. <BR> <BR> I've always noticed I don't feel so great after a carb-heavy meal, but fabulous after my protein-and-fat heavy meals. I'm small and fit, and naturally seem to steer clear of pastries, unlike my parents. But I've pushed ... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 22:50:59 EST Coconut & Fruit Granola This looks yummy! I've GOT to try! <BR> I'm going to use coconut nectar instead of honey. <BR> <link><BR>11/11/coconut-and-fruit-granola-grain-<BR>free.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_me<BR>dium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Nouris<BR>hedAndNurtured+%28Nourished+and+Nurtured%29 </link> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 16:08:30 EST Personal Paleo Code You guys seen this? I may join. The site goes live on the 16th. <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 14:48:37 EST MDA 21 day challenge Day 21 <em>243</em> <BR> Diet - Sensible indulgences <BR> <BR> Exercise - PEM <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - Take an after photo and reflect on you experience (maybe post a blog!) <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>248</em> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:52:40 EST MDA 21 day challenge Day 20 Diet - Intermittent Fasting - try to go longer than last time <BR> <BR> Exercise - Extended aerobic session <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - List 10 things that are different from day 1 <BR> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:50:54 EST MDA 21 day challenge Day 19 Diet - Get 2/3 of your calories from local foods only <BR> <BR> Exercise - SPRINTS <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - take mini play breaks throughout the day Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:49:45 EST MDA 21 day challenge Day 18 Diet - do another pantry purge <BR> <BR> Exercise - Moderate aerobics <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - Use your brain! <em>246</em> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:48:38 EST MDA 21 day challenge Day 17 Diet - eat all your meals out in primal fashion <BR> <BR> Exercise - PEM <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - reach out to family or friends Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:47:36 EST MDA 21 day challenge Day 16 Diet - Primal foraging - get at least 1/2 your calories from local food <BR> <BR> Exercise - Moderate aerobics <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - Relax this evening Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:46:22 EST MDA 21 day challenge Day 15 Diet - Intermittent Fasting for as long as you can <BR> <BR> Exercise - Marks Favorite Workout <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - Private cave time 30 - 60 minutes Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:45:14 EST MDA 21 day challenge Day 14 <em>306</em> 2 weeks into the challenge today! <BR> <BR> Diet - Try to hit the sweet spot 50 - 100 carbs <BR> <BR> Exercise - Rest <BR> <BR> Lifestyle Reflect on where you were and where you are Thu, 10 Nov 2011 19:09:39 EST MDA 21 day challenge Day 13 Diet - Eat from the top of the spectrum <BR> <BR> Exercise - Moderate Aerobics <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - sunlight Thu, 10 Nov 2011 19:07:59 EST MDA 21 day challenge Day 12 Diet - revise a recipe to fit the primal lifestyle <BR> <BR> Exercise - PEM <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - nurture your family Thu, 10 Nov 2011 19:06:50 EST MDA 21 day challenge Day 11 Diet - create a recipe <BR> <BR> Exercise - moderate aerobics <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - work peak performance Thu, 10 Nov 2011 19:05:39 EST Good Lookin' Pork Stew Cold weather likes good stew. This looks fabulous, simple, basic. I don't think you need the special "hot paprika". If you don't have that just toss in a pinch or so of cayenne. Though the smoked paprika is really worth keeping in your spice drawer. I finally got some a while back and it makes a big difference--worth the purchase for sure <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_stew_with_chickpeas_and_sausage/?utm_<BR>source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_<BR>campaign=Feed... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 11:35:43 EST MDA 21 day challenge Day 9 Diet - Track macronutrients keep Carbs at 50 - 100 grams for fat loss 100 - 150 for maintenance <BR> <BR> Exercise - Increase daily movement redouble your efforts today <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - Media fast only watch/listen to two 10 minute media sessions in the am and pm Mon, 7 Nov 2011 11:12:05 EST mda 21 day challenge Day 8 Diet - No labels - avoid foods with a label <BR> <BR> Exercise - Sprint workout work at 80 - 90% max effort <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - give barefoot a try! Mon, 7 Nov 2011 11:09:22 EST MDA 21 Day Challenge Day 10 Diet - Create an optimal eating environment <BR> <BR> Exercise - Primal WOW workout of the week <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - Email fast only email in am and afternoon for 30 minutes or less Mon, 7 Nov 2011 11:06:00 EST Raw Milk Activism making progress in Canada This is hopeful for sure. If Canada gets on board with making raw milk legal then maybe things will loosen up here in the states too. One can only hope. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>griculture/raw-milk-crusader-michael-s<BR>chmidt-ends-hunger-strike-after-meetin<BR>g-premier-133240788.html </link> Sat, 5 Nov 2011 10:35:36 EST MDA 21 day challenge - Day 7 <em>243</em> You are Awesome! <BR> <BR> Diet - Intuitive meals - anything goes today eat what you feel like even non primal (just pay attention and post how it makes you feel) <BR> <BR> Exercise - Grand Play Outing - Kayak, rock climb, bicycle whatever enjoy it with family and friends! Tue, 1 Nov 2011 17:00:45 EST MDA 21 day challenge - Day 6 Diet - Hold a Primal Celebration Dinner <BR> <BR> Exercise - Conduct an extened aerobic workout at 55 - 75 max heartrate - this may last several hours <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - Listening challenge - at your party challenge yourself to be an exceptional listener. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 16:57:47 EST MDA 21 day challenge - Day 5 Diet - Modern foraging Dine out for ameal or two while staying primally aligned <BR> <BR> Exercise - Abbreviated PEM - 5 minute warmup 1-2 sets of Max sets of Pushups, squats, pullups, planks go til muscles fail <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - Active Couch Potato Rebellion! Do not go longer than 30 minutes without taking a movement break of 2- 5 minutes Tue, 1 Nov 2011 16:54:42 EST MDA 21 day challenge - Day 4 Diet - Honor your hunger - only eat when hungry <BR> <BR> Exercise - Have an extended duration aerobic adventure ( ultimate frisbee, inline skates, mountain biking, hiking something new) maintain a moderate heart rate (55-75 of max) <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - Try a standup workstation for as long as you can handle it. If you don't have one just stand while working several times throughout the day. See how long you can go Tue, 1 Nov 2011 16:47:19 EST MDA 21 day challenge - Day 3 Diet - Boycott Industrialized Food today. Also start thinking about the primal celebration dinner on Day 6. What to eat? Who to invite? Keep it simple just the two of you? Or ??? <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise - Full length PEM workout ( 5 minute warmup, two sets of max reps pushups, squats, pullups and planks) <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - Take a spontaneous 20 minute play break Make plans to have a grand play outing on Day 7 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 16:40:16 EST My 21 day Total Body Transformation Anyone want to join in? 21 Day Total Body Transformation. <BR> I'm gonna start on Monday, November 7th. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 14:11:15 EST Hi! I am excited to find this sparkteam! I originally went primal from April 2011 to July 2011, I lost 15 pounds and felt great. In July, I went on vacation and decided to splurge for the duration, this led to continually making excuses and using events as reasons to why I shouldn't go back to primal. So, here I am 10 pounds heavier and pledging to recommit to a healthier, less processed lifestyle again. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 19:36:11 EST Primal Body Primal Mind I just finished reading this book. This is a MUST read!!! <BR> A couple of days ago, I was feeling pretty down about the fact that the Primal Blueprint hasn't helped me lose ANY weight at all. <BR> So, after reading Nora's book, I realize few things for sure. <BR> 1) I am most likely leptin resistant <BR> 2) I eat far too much protein <BR> 3) I eat too many calories <BR> 4) I exercise WAY too much <BR> <BR> Yes. Mark Sisson has already told me these things in his book, BUT Nora really goes i... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 14:44:57 EST MDA 21 day challenge Day 2 Diet - Primal shopping spree <BR> <BR> Exercise - Moderate duration aerobic activity for 20 - 60 minutes at 55-75 percent heart rate <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - Calm, relaxing evening <BR> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:22:34 EST MDA 21 day challenge - day 1 Diet - Kitchen/Pantry purge eliminate SAD (Standard American Diet - processed foods, grains etc) foods that may be lurking in your house <BR> <BR> Restock Prep - stock up on a few Primal staples and research where to shop tomorrow <BR> <BR> Exercise - Increase daily movement <BR> <BR> Lifestyle - Primal Essentials - Make sure you have Evening tools, Exercise basics, Cookbooks, Kitchen basics etc <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:20:28 EST PrimalCon 2012 Hi just wondering is anyone going or has anyone ever been to PrimalCon. Mark Sisson's weekend in CA? I was thinking about going with my husband and was wondering if anyone any thoughts on this. <BR> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 22:02:42 EST Ready to go Primal Hello! I have just recently (in the past few months) heard of Mark Sisson and the Primal Blueprint. I read the book and it absolutely makes sense. My father was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes about 10 years ago and at the time I was afraid he wouldn't do what he needed to in order to take care of himself. So I offered to do Atkins with him. He never did anything with it, but I lost 40 lbs! I actually maintained a low carb diet for years and felt amazing. Then I got pregnant and all he... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 18:19:57 EST Sweet and Sour No soy or added sugar <BR> <link>fitchickshealthylifestyleblog.blogsp<BR><BR>-soy-no-added.html </link> Sat, 22 Oct 2011 21:41:30 EST Kinda funny video <link><BR>feature=share </link> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 15:17:45 EST The Primal Blueprint 21 Day A solid beginners guide to Primal eating. good challenges and goals to shoot for. A good reminder of Mark's program. I am going to start it on the 1st so I can reinforce the good habits and hopefully work on some of the old bad habits before the holidays. So it definitely motivated me and reminded me of some things I slack on! Thu, 20 Oct 2011 12:11:56 EST MDA's 21 day Primal Challenge Hi all anyone interested in following the 21 day plan starting the 1st? Figure it sets me up with a healthy reminder for the holidays coming up. If so I look forward to hearing from you! I think it will be good to get back to some solid basics. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 12:07:28 EST Mark Sissons new book out on Tuesday! A 21 day Primal log and program - I am generating the courage to commit to doing this program for Nov. He is giving a special package to those that subscribe to the Apple - keep your eyes peeled! <em>345</em> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:51:08 EST Almond Butter Fudge Made this yesterday. YUM! <BR> If you don't have steviva blend just use a few drops of liquid stevia or a pinch of srevia powdered concentrate <BR> <link>fitchickshealthylifestyleblog.blogsp<BR><BR>f-unsweetened.html </link> Thu, 6 Oct 2011 23:38:16 EST Paleo/Primal Cabbage Rolls <BR> I always think it's best to make a big batch (got to use up the entire head of cabbage. lol) But this also means I can freeze in single serving containers. I also make BIG rolls. This recipe makes 24 large rolls. <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=1835021 </link> Wed, 5 Oct 2011 20:50:13 EST Denmark taxing full-fat dairy, butter & olive oil Denmark is going to start taxing full-fat dairy, butter, and olive oil under a new "fat tax". What a terrible idea. <link> </link> Mon, 3 Oct 2011 10:24:29 EST 3 months in I still haven't started an exercise plan and just lost another 2lbs in the last 2 weeks...I've had 1 piece of wedding cake and 1 boars head garlic bologna and cheese sandwich on a hard roll-which ended up really killing my'm better off for making paleo food choices from here out :). Wondering what everyone will be making for Thanksgiving....any. Good bread-like stuffing recipes? Wed, 28 Sep 2011 21:02:34 EST Paleo Carrot Cake <link>fitchickshealthylifestyleblog.blogsp<BR><BR>.html </link> Sat, 24 Sep 2011 22:56:46 EST Perfect Cauliflower Pizza Crust OK. I think I have perfected it. lol <BR> <link>fitchickshealthylifestyleblog.blogsp<BR><BR>za-crust.html </link> <BR> <BR> I have also added the recipe to the Paleo and Primal team cookbook. Sat, 24 Sep 2011 16:42:39 EST Hi! Hi everyone! I have been tossing around the idea of seriously giving this a try. I have bought the book three times lol. Each time I would think it makes great sense. Then I would think well I can't eat like that forever. However, I continue to come back to it. So I want to try it. How is it working for you? Advice on getting started? Getting your family on board? I hope to learn a lot! Sat, 24 Sep 2011 16:33:44 EST Low "almost no" Carb Flu.... Any ideas on how to handle...bluahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Headache and whiny am I. <BR> <BR> Like PMS without the craving for chocolate. But I almost assaulted a woman with a bag of BBQ potato chips in the hallway today, help! <BR> <BR> Donna <em>15</em> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:15:18 EST Gluten Free Products and what's with Coconuts... Forgive my first of many stupid questions (who knew that Dannon Light and Fit "yogurt" was so bad for you) but I am curious about this as I clean out my pantry and body... <BR> <BR> What about the Gluten Free Products you see at the store. Are they OK to purchase? I researched this question on MDA but I only read that he embraced the concept not the products.... <BR> <BR> Also, is BROWN RICE off limits? <BR> <BR> I don't like most dairy but (except for cheese and it's hard not to reac... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 08:39:48 EST Tacky observation but I can't help it... I just joined this team after someone replied to my post, I saw her fantastic weight loss/life change...and well y'all know how one click leads to another. <BR> <BR> So I have been doing the Primal (almost but soon to be total) for a while but what I noticed is... <BR> <BR> I have been on many boards in SP (Dukan, 17 Day, HCG, South Beach, OE, EE) and the list (and shelf full of diet books) goes on...and while I know a program/life change will only work if you work it....but: <BR> <BR> Y'A... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:20:11 EST update 2 1/2 months into primal husband has lost 29 lbs and I have lost 10.... very thankful for the 10lb lose...just not liking how men lose weight so much faster...he hasn't dieted/exerecised in the last 15 yrs....feeling jipped :) Sun, 18 Sep 2011 18:17:12 EST Wheat Belly This book looks good. I think I'm gonna buy it from Amazon (along with Paleo Comfort Foods <BR> <link><BR>/08/30/book-review-wheat-belly/ </link> Sun, 18 Sep 2011 17:39:10 EST Hi my husband introduced me to the primal lifestyle over 2 months ago....he's lost 23lbs and I've lost 8- without starting the fitness routine - which I will soon- I was exercising 2hrs a day without losing anything- yay for the primal diet :) Fri, 16 Sep 2011 14:15:11 EST Primal Ice "Cream" This was kind of an experiment I tried the other day and it turned out pretty good. ** This definately has room for improvements. I tried to make it in my icecream maker, but it quickly froze until the motor wouldn't turn. I think it would work to just put it in the fridge. <BR> <BR> 2 cans coconut milk <BR> 1 can water (just use coconut can) <BR> 1 cup berries of choice <BR> optional: vanilla protein powder, stevia <BR> <BR> Wisk coconut milk, water, protein powder, and stevia until it is... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:14:29 EST Hello Fellow Primalsparks! After going a bit mad on the fat aspect of primal I decided to track and pay attention a wee bit more. <BR> <BR> Got 2 weeks before a big holiday (glasgow, scotland to honolulu, hawaii...) <BR> <BR> So major countdown time. <BR> <BR> Been looking into low carb for a while, then found the harcombe diet , then marks primal, now obsessed with the science behind this way of eating. I love it and it makes sense to me! <BR> <BR> Really, really enjoying this way of eating - I feel great! apart f... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 14:17:55 EST MDA Primal Challenge 2011! Get on board!!! <link><BR>-the-2011-primal-blueprint-30-day-chal<BR>lenge-begins-september-12/#more-22811 </link> <em>105</em> Fri, 9 Sep 2011 00:47:12 EST Never Felt Better First month done, and I'm rockin' the cave-girl style! There are a few holdouts of the old ways - I traded in sugar with its immediate and longterm devastating effects for questionable and non-primal artificial sweeteners, to be specific - but I'm slowly working the ten laws into my life, and I've never felt better. <BR> <BR> As of this post, I'm 32 and a stay-at-home-mom to two awesome kids. This is coming to an end in the next few years, though, as I study to become a nurse. My family and... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 16:47:48 EST Prawn Soup This recipe can be made in about 2 minutes. Great lunch. Serve with crackers or a slice of sprouted grain bread. <BR> <link>fitchickshealthylifestyleblog.blogsp<BR><BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> The link to the Paleo bread recipe from is the most awesome bread I've ever eaten. That includes ALL bread. Not just gluten free, primal or pale. ALL breads. Made from coconut flour and almond meal. YUM! <BR> <link> Sat, 3 Sep 2011 18:06:46 EST I've often wondered... The difference betwixt "Primal" and "Paleo". Many of you found Primal because you were already aware of Paleo. I was unaware of both. In case you are in my boat, this helps clear things up. <BR> <link><BR>fference-between-primal-and-paleo/ </link> <em>3</em> Thu, 1 Sep 2011 15:00:50 EST Lots of "Hey y'all" threads... so... Hey y'all! :) I'm Jonnelle and a long long time Sparkpeople member but haven't been active in a good long long while. I am 36, from Nashville TN, and low carb isn't new. It's just that I'm at a point in my life where I'm finally hearing all the things I've heard before. <BR> <BR> I was introduced to primal by one of my best friends and another woman who is a naturopath. She suggested I go gluten-free as a way to heal my over active thyroid. Last November, my now former endocrinologist, suggested just ... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 22:48:44 EST Paleo Bread <link> </link> <BR> I'll be trying this out! Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:04:29 EST Hey ya'll! Hi guys! I'm Heather, 28, married and mama to 4 kiddos. I joined this group (and paleo) in hopes of getting my body back. I have out of control PCOS and sudden weight gain. I want my hormones and insulin back under control. <BR> I'm excited to start a new lifestyle, I find eating this way very easy. I am on Day 5 and reading everything I can. <BR> Here is my blog I started if anyone is interested. <link> </link> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 23:11:58 EST Fat Head What got me interested in Primal? "Fat Head" on instant Netflix. Just watch it. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 00:49:46 EST Workouts for Primal/Paleo Hi, I am following the Primal Blueprint, 80/20... I still incorporate dairy in my diet with no problem (organic)... I wanted to ask about exercise and diet. <BR> <BR> I am now tracking what I eat because I am not good at intuitive eating. I want to make sure that I am eating enough, especially on the days that I do strength training (ST). Would it be ok to add carbs like: <BR> <BR> - sweet potatoes/plantains, whey protein powder <BR> <BR> ... on the days that I train intensely? <BR>... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 01:18:34 EST