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May 11, 2011 / primarilyprimal

My food pyramid

Just a quick update, showing my tailor-made food pyramid. Note the dairy products – I reintroduced them after an elimination experiment. It turns out that dairy products did not contribute to my acne, and I’ve since cleared up my face by supplementing with Zinc, Evening Primrose oil capsules and drinking lemon juice.

My tailor-made food pyramid - All photos belong to their respective owners and creators!

November 26, 2010 / primarilyprimal

The primal feast

These pics are long overdue! Here is a selection of the food that was served for our huge BBQ in June. Of course there was a bread basket and pasta/potato salads for the guests, but let’s focus on the food that REALLY makes our mouths water ~

November 12, 2010 / primarilyprimal

Blood test results

The other day I got my blood test results back, and for the first time in my life they were perfect! Even my vitamin D levels were good! My doctor was floored because she was well aware of my chronic anemia and other vitamin/mineral deficiencies over the years. She immediately asked what I was eating ~ she is an awesome doctor who is very open minded šŸ™‚ I have been very strict about eating this way since about the beginning of this year and there is no way I’m going back. I am now convinced that my chronic anemia over the years was a result of grain consumption and the IBS they gave me. No amount of red meat ever helped until I gave up those grains and legumes.

On to the food! The following are very simple meals that are good if you are just starting out with Paleo and don’t know what to eat.

Steamed NZ green lipped mussels

Lamb chop, eggs and orange capsicum

Spicy baked chicken, sauteed spinach + onions

Beef curry and cucumber

A lot of the time my meals are really simple, because whole ingredients are really tasty on their own with just a few herbs and spices. Once you wean yourself off the sugar/grain/starchy nightmare, you will find that truly nutritious food is always going to be tasty, and processed denatured food will taste like crap. Nowadays, I don’t believe in that codswallop about “if it tastes good, it has to be bad for you!”

Spicy baked chicken wings and cucumber

Chorizo and spinach

Avocado, canned herring, roast walnut and capsicum salad

Egg burrito with mince beef filling + Avo

Left over chicken, avocado and red capsicum salad

Chorizo, spinach, boiled eggs and homemade curry mayo

In other news, I have decided to go dairy free, so here is my last dairy-ish meal. It was surprisingly easy! I guess its because I never ate much of it in the first place. 100% paleo now! I decided to ditch the dairy due to pimply issues. I had terrible cystic acne all my life, but it cleared up nicely once I cleaned up my diet. I still get a couple of zits a month, especially around that dreaded week, so I want to see if being dairy free will help this. My chronic itchy ears also disappeared overnight once I ditched the dairy and I am retaining a lot less water – weight is pretty much stable every day now (but still losing slowly) Before, my weight would fluctuate by about 2 ~3 kilos up and down every week.

Aubergine bake with pizza toppings

October 8, 2010 / primarilyprimal

A week of weight loss

Just a series of meals that I’ve eaten this week while on my weight loss mission – and I have been losing slowly! I tend to lose a couple of pounds, then stall, but then lose some inches while the weight is stalled. Almost as if the body needs some time to shrink before weight loss can begin again.

Also, there are times when you will lose size drastically while still maintaining the same weight, or even putting on a few pounds! That’s why I think that the BEST way to gauge progress is to measure. Perhaps have an item of clothing that you want to fit into and use that as a gauge. The scale is full of lies, LIES! Oh yeah, I am totally obsessed with bacon and eggs.


Salmon salad with homemade curry mayo



Salmon and sweet pea shoots



Hot and spicy chicken wings



Lamb shoulder chop



Mega breakfast fry-up


September 30, 2010 / primarilyprimal


I’m totally in love with Moroccan food at the moment, due to getting a stack of Moroccan cookbooks out from the library recently. Here we have “Tafaya” made with mutton – in this case, I used 4 shoulder chops of mutton from my in law’s farm – how awesome is that? Mutton is fattier than lamb and has a stronger taste. This version of Tafaya was insanely easy to make as follows ~

What you need – 4 lamb/mutton shoulder chops ~ 3 cloves garlic ~ golfball sized fresh root ginger ~ 2 onions ~ 1 teaspoon saffron threads ~ salt ~ pepper ~ a big bunch of fresh coriander ~ ghee ~ olive oil ~ chopped almonds/almond flakes

First, cut your mutton into chunks and brown in olive oil in a large pan. Set them aside.

Home grown mutton!

Grate 2 onions, and about a golf ball sized amount of ginger too. Chop 3 garlic cloves finely. Then, cook the onions in a big gob of ghee in the pan you used earlier, until it browns and softens. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for a further minute. Add 2 cups of water and stir the pan to lift up all those gorgeous mutton juices from your browning job previously.

Return the mutton to the pan, along with a teaspoon of ground saffron threads, a few pinches of salt and a good grinding of pepper. Cover and simmer on low heat for about 1 1/2 hours, and if the juice evaporates before then, just top up with more water. In the last 15 minutes, add a good fistful of chopped fresh coriander.

Meanwhile, get some more coriander leaves and toast some almond flakes. Serve up with cauliflower couscous and don’t forget to top with the toasted almonds and coriander leaves just before serving. I chopped the coriander stems and tossed then into the cauliflower, so fragrant! Of course I ate all the marrow bones…

Mutton Tafaya with cauli couscous

September 25, 2010 / primarilyprimal

Baby got back!

I am about to embark on a slight weight loss journey. With primal eating, my weight has slowly come down effortlessly without trying over the last few months and has maintained homeostasis at the upper end of “normal” according to the BMI chart. (even though BMI is probably a load of codswallop, but I use it to give a rough estimate of where I am.) I would like to shave off about 10 more kilos to get to an ideal weight, and a good ratio of body fat to lean body mass.

Panacea to a bad case of TEH FATZ

Bear in mind that I’m not that tall, and my bone structure is somewhat slight. While my waist measurement has dramatically gone down eating Primal, I still hold more junk in the trunk and thighs than I would like! So now its time to get a little stricter with the eating. Behold my grocery haul, this is what I typically eat to get rid of a bad case of FAT. It does not show things like the extensive range of herbs and spices that I typically use, and I make a trip to the market every few days to top up the veggies. This shot looks like some sort of market stall with all those price tags, lol! After a week of eating like this I have already lost 3 pounds, which is great considering that I am so close to my goal. Not to mention the insane amount of energy, on top of what Primal was already giving me!

To lose weight in a nutshell – skinless boneless chicken breast my a$$. Bring on the spicy chicken wings, thighs, butter drenched steaks and cream! And enough leafy greens to outeat a bunny. A picture is worth a thousand words.

September 24, 2010 / primarilyprimal


My first ever meatzza! Just like regular pizza, except the crust is one giant meat patty. The key to livening up mince is to use PLENTY of green herbs, spices, etc so that it doesn’t become a bland slab of mcburgerness. I like to mix plenty of parsely, garlic, cayenne, salt, some other dried spices..just do what feels right, and mix them well with your mince ~ get your hands dirty and smoosh it good!

The base consists of about 1 kilo of mince, squished into a pizza pan. Pop into the oven and bake for about 10 mins. Take it out and drain off all the juice that will accumulate. Then smear on tomato paste, veggies of your choice, pepperoni/sausage and plenty of cheese on top. Could also do with some fresh basil, which I would have loved, but alas I don’t have a garden at the moment. Pop back into the oven for an extra 10 mins, then drain off again. Stand for 10 mins, slice and serve with a generous side of salad or greens.


I recently bought a pottle of fresh crushed garlic from the Indian supermarket, as it seemed like a really convenient thing to have on hand since I like garlic so much. But alas, when i got back home and looked at the ingredient label, the crushed garlic had canola oil in it. Which is a shame, and means that I won’t buy it anymore. I pretty much consider industrial oils to be one of the biggest nutritional cock-ups of our modern diets (along with wheat, but that’s another story for another day) and I avoid them like the plague. Oh well, I will just have to be more vigilant with reading labels from now on!

I sincerely think that giving up industrial oils, sugar and wheat would benefit a lot of people, even if they are not low carbers/primal/paleo. Cook with butter, ghee, coconut oil, animal fats or virgin coconut oil. Use good olive oil on your salads. Canola oil, rice bran oil, sunflower oil are not food in my opinion. Rice, in moderation, is a much better choice than wheat – and also kumara, pumpkin etc. At least you will get some form of nutrition from the pumpkin and kumara!


I managed to find some WeiƟwurst here in NZ! And a good quality one, pretty much consisting only of meat and spices. Although it was a tad too salty for my tastes – the real ones in Germany weren’t that salty in my experience. Served with sauteed spinach/mushroom and lashings of mustard.Ā  Don’t forget to peel the weiƟwurst before eating them, as the casing is quite toughĀ  –

Another simple meal consisting of a beautiful lamb shoulder chop, haloumi cheese and more sauteed spinach/mushrooms. I go absolutely ape for bone marrow, it is truly one of my most favourite foods ever.