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Offline fingerling

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How does anyone know what to eat
« on: August 22, 2015, 09:41:35 PM »
Hear so much about this is good for you, this will make you sick, don't ever eat this or that, etc., while the next day I read something completely antithetical to what I heard.
Fat is good, fat is bad. Carbs are good. Keep carbs low and fat high, with moderate protein.
I really don't know. Is it safe to get a huge amount of my calories from fat with moderate carbs and protein?

I've been eating like this:

3-4x hard boiled eggs
coffee w/ tablespoon heavy cream and 4oz skim milk

scoop whey protein
cacao powder
1 tablespoon coconut oil
almond butter/ 100% peanut butter
handful spinach
handful kale
handful romaine

another snack option:
2x avocado, mashed. add tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, garlic powder, sea salt. Use hearts of romaine for 'chips'

2x 4oz grass fed beef patties or 3-4 chicken thighs (skinless)
bag of vegetables (green bean, spinach, kale broccoli)
1-2x tablespoon coconut oil
2x tablespoon grassfed butter

-- probably ends up being several cups of vegetables. for perspective, the green beans are frozen and i eat the entire bag. 6 servings, 30 calories each. 180 calories of green beans.
Or I buy two bunches of kale and cook them on low heat until tender; would estimate about 4-5 cups once it is finished

I just want to be pretty healthy. I don't much care what I eat but it is frustrating when I constantly hear disparate claims about what constitutes a healthy diet.

Obviously vegetables are a good idea.. so I think my real contention is whether or not I should be making up the bulk of my calories with fats or carbs.
I only aim for 100 protein. Maintenance calories are probably around 2,000.. So obviously a lot of something needs to go in there.

the diets I listed are just a sample. dinner will always be some meat, around 8ounces, with lots of coconut oil, gf butter, and tons of vegetables.

breakfast is almost always eggs

the snack varries but some sort of whey-vegetable-fruit shake is standard

Offline Warren Dew

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Re: How does anyone know what to eat
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2015, 09:21:54 PM »
The dinner looks good.  If you wanted to refine it, you could stick to spinach, kale, and maybe broccoli and remove the green beans, which are technically nonpaleo because they are legumes.  You could leave the skin on the chicken to get a little extra fat.

Breakfast looks pretty reasonable - primal if not fully paleo - though you could skip the skim milk.

The whey protein and the peanut butter are definitely not paleo.  Peanuts are a legume, and problematic because their vegetable protein causes problems; also the fats in peanuts are low in omega 3s and high in omega 6s, which is an issue on a modern diet.  The whey protein likewise has issues with the quality of the protein, and is also a refined, manufactured food.

Aside from that, looks like you are off to a good start!

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Re: How does anyone know what to eat
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2015, 05:56:48 PM »
You are off to a very good start. 

If you over-think and worry like I can sometimes (there ARE a lot of haters out there - particularly fat people who never turn their oven/stove on) get your doctor to run a metabolic lab test for you.  Seeing good numbers or improving numbers over time will be comforting and motivating

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Re: How does anyone know what to eat
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2016, 08:23:40 PM »
Focus on what you can eat, not on what you can't.

Eat meat with fat, preferably pastured meat, but it's not a necessity. Eat eggs, again, pastured if possible. Eat fruits and vegetables except those that are not actually vegetables (i.e. corn) and those that are simply a product of agriculture and did not grow in nature at one time in sufficient quantities to be used as food. Most anything that CAN be eaten raw, but doesn't necessarily HAVE to be eaten raw, is Paleo. Avoid "recipes".