Saturday, 24 April 2010

Surviving a weekend away


Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Staying Primal in any situation

There is just no excuse not to eat a Primal meal any more. Even at other peoples houses, there's usually mainly primal food in the meal, and you just pick around the non-primal stuff. Be polite about it obviously :P

I have recently been tested by having to go out straight after work to meet up with friends or family. Trying to remain primal on occassions such as these is not as difficult as it seems.

When eating out, or grabbing something on the run, look for meat. Usually restaurants and now even fast food joints do side salads or vegetables, so you can order some green to go with your meat. Sorted. 'Hold on though, what if I'm stuck with MacDonald's for my only food option?' Great question! I have been in this situation recently. I avoided the Chicken Salad because they add a bunch of unnecessary non-primal ingredients to the meat. I went with a double beef burger sans sauce and cheese, and the Garden Salad. I then simply discarded the bun from the burger and voila! Primal fast food. The beef burgers are 100% beef so they're OK. If you're stuck with Burger King I'd go with the side salad and an Angus burger, which is much better quality meat.

Recently I had to go to a Mexican restaurant for a work do. I simply avoided the nachos, got sweet potato skins to start, and then followed those up with some pork tacos, I then proceeded to eat my pork tacos without the taco shells or rice. I got some strange looks but I stayed Primal and I was the only person who didn't feel bloated after the meal!

Obviously these may not be the best options for Primal meals if you can go home and make something up yourself, but it just goes to show that there just are no excuses for eating a non-primal meal. Don't cave and go for a regular burger and fries with a Coke like everyone else, do your body a favour and stay Primal :)

What do you do in situations like these? Do you cave and call it a 'cheat' day? Or do you ask the waiter if they can do something different for you? Do you make the best of what there is without eating grains etc.?

Monday, 19 April 2010

Dinner round the In-Laws' and the absolute absurdity of grains

This weekend we had great weather (for once) so I spent a lot of time down at the local apple orchards soaking up my fair share of Vitamin D. We got invited to have dinner at my fiance's parents' place on Saturday night, and as we are trying to save every last penny, we never turn down a free meal. They made Fajitas. Actually not a bad meal considering, the only really non Primal thing about them is the tortilla.

Well, I obliged and wrapped my tasty looking grilled chicken pieces, vegetables, guacamole, sour cream and cheese in a tortilla. I didn't want to get into it with the In-Laws-to-be about why I don't eat grains as a rule. I figured that one tortilla as my total non-Primal foods for 2 weeks was nothing to be sniffed at. Anyway, I realised when I ate this thing that I would much rather eat the filling on it's own. Grains taste horrible now! They're weird and fluffy and gloopy and airy and taste of nothingness! I am so very glad that I have found my way into the Primal light at the end of the very long, dark CW tunnel. It's official people, I hate grains!

I am so happy that I no longer rely on grains for the basis of my diet, and doing so doesn't even make sense to me any more. Why is it that we use real foods as a sort of additional piece in our meals rather than letting it take centre stage? Why would you have a tuna salad sandwich, when you could have a tuna salad? The bread doesn't taste of anything, nor does it offer any real nutritional value. Why have garlic bread and potato wedges for a starter when eating out, when you could have a garden salad, or chicken wings?! It's absolutely nonsensical and I hope that one day the rest of the world will see the light too, as we have, and never look back!

I love Primal life! Hurrah! :)

Friday, 16 April 2010


That's all I can say about this!

No wonder we're all fat and diseased. Check it out and share my disappointment in CW.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Excuses, excuses

I bet you know at least one person who makes excuses for why they can't possibly do any exercise or why they can't possibly eat healthily. I sure do.

Some people moan and complain about how they are fat or tired or bloated or that they don't exercise enough or that they keep getting ill or getting health problems, but every suggestion you give for improving their health is rebutted with 20 reasons why they can't do that. What is that about?!

My Mom is like this, I love her to pieces and I worry about her because she is always so stressed and she is always complaining about her lack of sleep/exercise, and how she wants to lose weight.

The problem is that she will come up with every excuse she can think of for why she can't improve all these things! I know that she is always very busy shuttling people to various places, working full time, doing housework, grocery shopping and whatever else, so I suggested that she fit in 10 minutes of exercise each morning or night to help her get more exercise and lose weight. She had about 10 excuses why she couldn't do this. I then suggested that she try eating less grain/starch and more vegetables with her meals. She told me she couldn't because my Dad insists on having some kind of stodge with his dinner and that she didn't want to cook two meals every night. I told her she didn't have to cook two meals, just cook one healthy meal with protein and veggies, and then do a portion of grain or potato to put on my Dad's plate. I told her this is what I do when my fiance wants something like that with dinner. She then said that she couldn't because... and I stopped listening.

If you're going to complain about the state of your health or really anything about yourself, you need to take action and do something to fix the problem! What is the point of complaining about it, if you refuse to do anything about it? I don't believe that there is anyone in any situation who cannot do anything to improve their health. What's 10 minutes a day of exercise? What's the extra effort in leaving the bad carbs off your plate at a family meal? Zilch. I just don't get it. There is always something you can do to help yourself. And if you really won't change a thing for yourself, well stop b*tchin' people!

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

British TV ads strike again!

I was actually trying to find a clip of the new McVities 'Breakfast Biscuits' ad, which I think is ludicrous, but these ones also make me snort my coffee when they come on. I just wish these manufacturers were not allowed to pretend like their food is healthy when it blatantly isn't! These biscuits (I suppose you yanks* would call them all cookies!) are very easy to munch on without thinking, even I could easily get through an entire pack in one sitting if I didn't care about myself too much. Now, I suppose that wouldn't be too bad if the biscuits were relatively healthy or low in calories, but oh no, they're not. Check out the stats:

Calories 86
Protein 1.2
Carbohydrate 11.2
Fat 4.1
Fibre 0.4

That is the content per biscuit. Given that 1 biscuit is about the same size as the palm of a toddler's hand, I'd say that's a pretty unhealthy thing to put in your mouth. Now there are the stats for 100g of these biscuits:

Calories 505

Protein 6.8
Carbohydrate 65.8
Fat 23.9
Fibre 2.3

Pretty ridiculous right? Now say you ate the whole pack (400g) in one go (easily done):

Calories 2020
Protein 27.2
Carbohydrate 263.2
Fat 95.6
Fibre 9.2

And there you have it, barely any nutritional value for about double my own daily calorie intake and over 5 times my carbohydrate consumption. Now check out the ad, which boasts whole-heartedly about containing wholegrain. Big Whoop.

*don't take offense, my mother is American, which makes me half American, and I'm also an official American citizen :)

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

I can't BELIEVE they're trying to make these look healthy!

OK so probably only British readers will fully appreciate this, but this TV ad keeps coming on in between parts of 90210 and I am just flabbergasted by it!

Mr. Kipling is a company that makes cakes, such as Fondant Fancies, Battonburgs, Cherry Bakewells, and a load of others, all very tasty as I recall (most probably way too sweet for my newly trained primal tastebuds now) and all very very unhealthy.

In this new TV ad, they make their Oatibakes out to be a healthfood! The sad thing is that I can imagine a lot of people falling for this feeble attempt at claiming cake is good for you. And the people that don't fall for it? They'll probably use it as an excuse not to feel guilty about eating them. Pfftt!