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Did anyone else pick this book up? I did, because I already had a basket full of schoolbooks and got free shipping. I read it over the last week or so. Most of the reviews I had read were from other Paleo writers, so of course they raved about it; I'm not going to ignore bias that exists! However, I like to think I read it with a more skeptical eye, and found it to be a pretty good read. I especially like the phrase "food-with-no-brakes" and the explanations of how gastric hormones affect mood and emotions. I find that touchy-feely aspect is absent in other discussions about the SAD diet versus Primal/Paleo. All in all, I liked it.

I especially like how the authors understand that eating organic/grass-fed is expensive; they don't dance around the fact that high-quality ingredients are pricey. One of the biggest arguments in the paleo-sphere is, "But you'll be saving so much money by not buying processed junk, and it will be a bit more expensive, but your health is worth it." I suppose if I came from a background rich in processed foods, I might see a shift in budget, but I was alarmingly poor before becoming interested in nutrition 5 years ago. I was already buying whole chicken and using the hell out of it. A $4 chicken goes much further than a $3 box of chicken nuggets. Most of my comparisons are looking at conventional whole foods versus organic/grass-fed whole foods.

The part about health is absolutely correct, but when I got to the farmer's market, the meat I can afford is $6/pound ground - forget grass-fed steak. When we have our own house, I'm buying a big deep freeze, since I live in TX and you can get a whole, 1/2, or 1/4 butchered grass-fed cow for $6/pound. That is worth it. I won't pay $16-$20/pound for steaks, ty. The authors do give examples of where you can skimp on organic/grass-fed (drain your cooked meat well and supplement with healthy fats, for example, and fruits/veggies with skin you don't eat are okay to buy conventional).

Whole30 ahoy )
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So far things haven't been too bad. I cook/eat most of my own food, so it's been pretty easy. I've made some recipes that have been excellent (roasted brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar) and some that haven't turned out as well as I'd hoped (meatloaf with 1/2 cup of coconut flour in place of the 2 cups of oats I used in the past).

But I really miss dairy. I went to Central Market today and just about cried as I walked through the fine cheeses section. I love cheese SO MUCH. This is probably the longest in my whole life I've gone without yoghurt, cheese, cream, milk, or butter. I miss the mouthfeel most of all. I crave the squishy, binding feeling of melted cheese.

But, aside from that, I've been pretty good!

How is everyone else doing with their primal diet resolutions?
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In the opposite vein of [personal profile] mac's post, is anyone else here doing the Whole30 this month? I want to transition to eating more paleo - and this vacation to my mom's house has cemented that desire. She's a carbavore, and my gut has been yelling at me for about three days straight. I wasn't 100% at home, but I was moving closer and closer to it over the last two months. Now I really want to dive into it when I get home.

But, I won't be starting till a few days after I get home. I have to kitchen-purge and go shopping before I go full force. I looked up the farmer's market that's open the day after we get home, so I'll have to get up extra early to hit it up. There are benefits to living in Austin, and that is year-round Farmer's Market produce.

My biggest problem is eating out or eating at a friend's house. I really don't want to be rude, but I'm going to have to buck up.


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