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Awesome weekend

I’ve just had a great weekend away with my best friend. I tried to primalise the weekend as much as possible so here go the photos ­čśÇ

The first night was a bonfire night. We had a BBQ… I’ve only got a photo of the first plate of food that I ate *sheepish*. A couple more sausages, chicken nibbles, and steak ensued…

After the yummy BBQ dinner everyone headed outside to enjoy two bonfires. I did have some gluten-free toasted marshmallows but I think I’m going to try and recreate some sugar free ones because they weren’t too good on the old system. I had lots of fun creating some primal proses – what a shame the Mark’s Daily Apple competition for Grokposes has been and gone.

‘Twas I in the first photo

The photo that started it all off – friends goofing around gave me the idea

Fun times ­čśÇ

I think I managed to make it a fairly primal evening ;). Has anyone else managed to do this while out having fun? Would love to hear your experiences.

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Chocolate

I’ve just arrived back from holiday. I plan to make a few posts about different aspects of my holiday around parts of Argentina and I’ll start off with my favourite

Chocolate

I spent some days in Bariloche which is the chocolate capital of Argentina. It’s also other things but we’re sticking with chocolate for now :). I would say that every block of the main street has at least 4 chocolate shops so I made it my mission to collect as many samples as I could on the first day. I have since divided them between my partner and I and am trying to eat only two little pieces a day. I can’t not eat them! but I don’t want to leave aside my primal principles hence the daily ration. I also mentioned, of course, that I found some 80% and 90% cacao chocolate but that’ll have to wait a little or I might end up rolling home :D.

Not too shabby considering you get one piece of chocolate per shop… I kept collecting on the other days I was there of course hehe.

I fell in love with a chocolate shop called Rapa Nui. I found a wee caf├ę attached to the outside of the shop itself and it was just amazing. Totally not for the Primal folks though as sugar and grains ran amok but I indulged and took advantage of the 80/20 principle;). I paid for it later though d’oh. I ate some fresh raspberries which were dipped in white chocolate and then milk chocolate. You can see from this photo what they were like (heaven)

I also ate some little sweet pastry things with my family. The one I ate (with the 3 little raspberries on top) was kind of like a little french tart.

Here are some more of their displays

Cupcakes!

I’ll see if I can create these cupcakes primal style.

Hope you’re all well! Enjoy the eye candy :D.

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Holiday snacks

I realise I have been somewhat absent this week with regards to posts and unfortunately more of the same is to come :(. I am moving home just before the end of this month and, tomorrow, my family are arriving to Argentina and we are going travelling (big yay!) around Buenos Aires and Bariloche (first photo). I have spent this week organising myself for the move home to New Zealand by throwing out junk that I’ve accumlated here and going to the Police Station to get my Criminal Record (or lack thereof) etc. etc.

Seeing as Argentina is not so… I would say Primal friendly but that’s a lie because Asados are the best! Seeing as Argentina is not so gluten-free friendly, I’ve also been organising myself with regards to food/snacks.

Here are the yummy Primal Snacks I’ve got for myself.

Nuts and dried fruits

I have here a dried fruit mix of blueberries and apricots and a nut mix of pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashew nuts, brazil nuts, and almonds.

I also made some sesame seed crackers out of almond meal and coconut flour.

And some primal bars made out of almond and pecan meal and held together with prunes. I also added in some chocolate pieces, blueberries, and apricots.

I’ve just exercised the last 4 days in a row because tomorrow is a travelling day (and hence rest day). I took it somewhat easy today though by doing sprints and then a mixture of mini squats, push ups, and knee lift planks. I also fasted this morning… sort of. I didn’t eat a meal per s├ę but I spent the morning cooking so crumbs and batter and dried fruit were consumed hehe.

Anyhoo, that about wraps up this post. I have to go and make dinner, take a photo of it, and send it to Mark Sisson at Mark’s Daily Apple. I hope my luck continues!

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Today’s the first day of The Primal Blueprint 30-day Challenge which is being run by Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple.

Over $10,000 of prizes are up for grabs; anything you can imagine relating to the primal lifestyle… ┬áincluding a cow! I think this is a fantastic idea.

I am a newbie to the Primal way of life so I didn’t participate in the competition run last year but I hope to make up for that this year. Unfortunately it will be a little difficult for me to enter as many competitions as I like as I’m travelling for half of September starting this Friday. Ah wells, I can’t complain because I’m going to be visiting some beautiful places in Argentina – more on that later.

Did anyone participate in this competition last year? Which ones did you enter?

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Earthquake hits New Zealand

I know this isn’t a post related to the Primal Lifestyle but here goes anyway.

I’ve just found out that an earthquake of 7.2 on the Richter Scaler has hit 30km from the city where my family lives in Christchurch, New Zealand.

I could only get in touch with my Gran, but she tells me that everyone is safe and sound. There is a lot of damage to buildings etc. but so far no deaths have been reported. A few people have broken bones and bruises, another has serious cuts from broken glass, and another was injured by a falling chimney. I’m so thankful nothing worse has happened especially when you think that this earthquake nearly equals the magnitude of the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti. Fun fact – I was woken up by the earthquake in Chile and I live bang smack in the middle of Argentina.

I hope that the news doesn’t change. My thoughts and love are with all New Zealanders right now.

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I love competitions

I woke up this morning to a lovely email telling me that I’d won The Primal Blueprint Cookbook. It was a competition run by Primal Toad earlier this week.

Thanks Todd for the competition – I really am thrilled to have won the book.

I won’t be able to use it immediately as I will be travelling from the end of next week until the end of September but I promise that once I’m home I’ll show the delicious recipes I create from the cookbook.

I want to share the love a little – Shelby Stidham has a competition running right now for a 12 pack Element Bar Giveaway. I haven’t tried these myself yet… has anyone else?

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I didn’t do too well getting into the photo I know hehe

I went out for a farewell dinner last night with my old workmates as I’m leaving Argentina soon. I decided to take some photos of the food/evening…

The girls I worked with have seen me go through weight loss and weight gain for the last year and a half; most of us were “dieting” the whole time I worked. When I quit my job I was about 1 month into my Primal lifestyle; the girls saw the changes it wrought and consequently they were all dying to know what I was doing to lose the extra fat. However, when I told them that I no longer eat wheat (and very little sugar) they didn’t really want to know about it lol. It’s amazing how ingrained in our culture wheat is (pun intended).

I ordered a steak with salad (cabbage and hard boiled egg) on the side and added in some cashew nuts and walnuts which I brought from home lol. I couldn’t eat the whole steak – it was massive! I also splurged later and ate some lemon ice-cream. Good thing I’m going to buy myself an ice-cream maker when I get back home to NZ! I can’t wait to try out recipes and post them on here – bring on Summer :D.

My workmates ordered spaghetti or chicken with fried potatoes (yummy trans fat).

Has anyone else come across this situation where people want to know how to lose the extra fat but when you tell them that you no longer eat wheat or other sugars then they’re not so keen? How does one go about explaining the Primal lifestyle food choices? I just read this free e-book from Health Habits the other day and I think it does quite a good job of explaining the Paleoers. I also know that Mark’s Daily Apple has a pdf /e-book that you can print off (will try and find the link to it to put on here) to show people who are interested in the Primal lifestyle. But what if you’re not walking around with those printed off… what do you tell people?

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