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DBCLARINET's Photo DBCLARINET Posts: 1,113
9/20/10 10:06 P

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All good advice! I know that buying on a budget can be hard -- do your best to spend on good meats. I'd say that's the most important. I became a big fan of frozen veggies because they are cheap and easy, and as far as fresh produce goes, I only bought what was in season and on sale.

I don't worry about my salt intake. But I'm trying very hard to cut all dairy out of my diet. I also don't eat beans or legumes (although I might make an exception for my dad's split pea soup, but that's what cheat days are for!).

In any event, welcome to the team, and just take it one day at a time! This is really more of a lifestyle than a "diet," so if you fall off the wagon one day, just brush yourself off and get back on. You'll still be reaping tons of benefits.

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9/20/10 6:32 A

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I second the advice to go to marksdailyappled.com and Mark Sisson's book The Primal Blueprint. This diet has done wonders for my health and I find it easy to do. I use lots of herbs and spices for the micro nutrients they contain, and use salt in moderation as well. Best of luck to you on your journey.

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MAMABEAR2DGA3's Photo MAMABEAR2DGA3 Posts: 7
9/20/10 12:01 A

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Thank you so much. All advice is appreciated.

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9/19/10 11:21 P

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I wouldn't worry about salt, but do go easy with it.

Beans are out for many as they are legumes and they don't eat legumes. Same with dairy. Many feel dairy is not needed as most mammals don't eat dairy after infancy.

I don't eat legumes, but I do use dairy in small amounts. Cream on my berries, a little cheese on meat or vegetable, some yogurt, etc.

Yes, anytime you eat carbs you should have at least equal amounts fat and/or protein. Fat is not the enemy, it's actually your friend....as long as you limit veg oils and artificial trans fats. If you want an apple, have it with some cheese. Don't eat the apple alone as it's pretty much all sugars.

For information on the diet, I'd check out Mark's Daily Apple ( www.marksdailyapple.com/ )...but essentially you eat what could have been hunted or picked by our ancient ancestors. Meat/fish/fowl of anykind, natural and preferably naturally fad/raised. Fruits, veg in season (although many eat veg all year round, even though they probably weren't around all year in their area).

Animal fats and proteins are usually considered preferable to vegetable sources. Processed foods are out. Grains are usually not considered primal/paleo because they require a certain amount of processing to make them edible. If you do eat grains they should be prepared properly.

Working with a budget is tough....but you can get really good buys in some stores and warehouse places.

Hope this helps! It really is a fantastic way to eat!! Good foods!! Tasty foods!!!

Cindy Moore

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9/19/10 10:19 P

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No... my doctor did not say no salt, but the paperwork he gave me from Eternity Medicine Institute says no salt. I haven't gotten a chance to actually speak with him about it, but I really miss the salt! What about beans? Does anybody eat beans. This paperwork also says no beans. Isn't that protein? There is a lot of stuff in this paperwork that contradicts itself. For instance... no carbs/grains or dairy, yet it says "Always eat a fat or protein with a carb, which helps slow the rate of absorption" and "Use slow cooked (steel cut oats) 30 min. Oatmeal" and "Add Fage yogurt or natural Greek yogurt to your routine". I have an appointment this week with the doctor, but I'd like people's opinion that are on this diet and have seen real weight loss results. Thank you SO much for your help.

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9/19/10 9:57 P

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emoticon Hi Mama- I can't imagine eating a primal diet and having to worry about sodium intake- I think it should all balance out with natural foods- meats, veggies and fruits. None of this should be beyond your food budget- without processed expensive products you will find a basic healthy and primal diet to be within your reach. I wish all the best here- this a great team with lots of folks who will help you reach your goals....MJ

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9/19/10 7:55 P

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If your doc has specified no salt, I'd ask why. If you have CHF or some heart disease, high BP, etc salt restriction may be required. But if you're eating paleo/primal you are not eating processed foods, so not getting a lot of salt you may have been getting. Salt is essential....too low blood levels is as bad as too high!

I personally do not look at my salt intake. I salt some foods before/during cooking, and on occasion salt food after cooking. I'd guess my intake is low, however, at least in light of SAD salt intake!

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9/19/10 6:26 P

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A weight loss specialist put me on this diet. It has been pretty hard with my strict budget to buy meat and fresh produce. But the hardest thing of all has been NO SALT. Is that true? Can you really not eat ANY salt on this diet? I've tried adding lots of spices, but it just isn't the same. emoticon
I am excited to be a part of this group and am hoping that I get the help I need from it and can eventually help someone else.

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