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Offline WholeFoodMan

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I'm failing, I need help
« on: September 27, 2015, 03:41:11 AM »
A little bit of depression is starting to set in with me and weight loss. I don't have the time I use to, I work full time, take 2 classes and have gotten back into the dating seen. My life is packed now and the extra work it was taking to meal prep and find new recipes is gone.

I use to have 5 hours a day put aside to play video games several days a week. I'd play 25 hours a week, hit the gym twice a week, do meal prep, have 2-3 days I could sleep 10 hours. Now I have no days I can sleep 10 hours unless I work my schedule to sleep 6 days a week, which is rough.

I've hit that paleo wall that nutritionists criticize paleo for being to hard to follow. And I'm gaining weight. I woke up this morning 10 pounds heavier than my normal. I think I need a support network or something. I've also reached out for help in another area of my life and was basically told by that community I was a part of to either suck it up or complain to somebody who cares, which didn't help. I need a community of people who aren't gonna kick me when I'm down, because that strategy just didn't work on me.



Don't know what to do.

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Re: I'm failing, I need help
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2015, 10:51:03 AM »
I'd suggest starting a food journal, and posting your issues, including time issues, daily.

Do you still have some time to cook, even if not as much?  There are recipes that can be made in advance and eaten for several days, if you're open to that.

Is there any special reason you need to sleep 10 hours a day?


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Re: I'm failing, I need help
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2015, 09:24:21 PM »
I've found that "recipes" in general take too much time to prepare. I quit my "love affair" with food, and the incessant need for variety, and life is much easier and time-efficient.

For breakfast, I make some kind of simple meat (bacon, sausage, pork chop, whatever) and a few eggs, all in the same skillet. Sometimes I add a piece of fruit.

For lunch and dinner, some meat/fish and a veggie. I often saute the veggie (usually leafy greens) in the fat left from the meat in the same skillet. Simple. Easy meals, little clean up. Very little time spent. I often cook extra at the same time for another meal, such as lunch the following day.

Sometimes I grill but not much more variety than that. If you can get over the SAD tradition of endless variety, cooking and shopping becomes much easier, cheaper, and more efficient.

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Re: I'm failing, I need help
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2016, 07:45:45 AM »
I am way new at this. I have not looked up much of any thing.... BUT

Do you still have time to play games? Can you cut this back?

When you do cook... can you you cook EXTRA?  Put it in freezer and make your own T.V. dinners?

Last night, I got some lean ground turkey... cut up a jalapeno, and Onion. I added just a small amount of olive oil to hold it together.... put in the pan and turned it on.  Seasoned it and POOF. Done. BUT instead of making 1... I made 5 of them.  I brought 2 patties with me today for lunch.

I have found it... easy to be honest.  Zip lock bag...hand full of nuts (check). Zip lock bag...Orange or Banana (check).

I am prob gonna get shot here but IF you MUST eat out... can you go to burgerking? Order the LOW CARB Whopper with NO Ketchup, No Mustard, NO Cheese.

Gives you a beef patty with lettuce, tomato, and onion.... I mean if your in a fast jam?

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Re: I'm failing, I need help
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2016, 05:21:31 PM »
For breakfasts I cook a huge frittata on Sunday, portion it up, some in fridge, some in freezer then I have breakfast for the week or longer which takes a minute to get ready.

Breakfast is usually my lunch actually so can't help you there. 2 meals a day works fine for me and saves time.

Dinner I always have a bunch of frozen stew in case I have no time to cook. If you never have time to cook then make a huge batch of stew the same day you do frittata, freeze portions and reheat when you need it.

But yeah, easiest paleo tip is to cook way more than needed any time you have time to cook. Fridge full of leftovers is awesome.


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Re: I'm failing, I need help
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2016, 10:59:53 AM »
I'd suggest starting a food journal, and posting your issues, including time issues, daily.

I agree with this. It might be a little time consuming, but I hope you could squeeze it in your busy schedule because it could help you see some patterns in your food intake, physical activity and hours of sleep. You might be missing something, I don't know what it is, but something (or some things) might be off in your daily routine that's causing the weight gain.

And I have nothing more to say that's not already been said, but on that note, please don't give up!

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Re: I'm failing, I need help
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2016, 02:33:11 PM »
I too am having a very hard time. I've been off of dairy and gluten and refined sugar for a year--- giving up caffeine and grains sucks.
I know I can do this but I just feel like going to Wholefoods and eating anything I want off of the hot bar!
Today is only day 4 without caffeine or  non gluten containing grains. I might be going crazy because I decided to take the caffeine out.


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Re: I'm failing, I need help
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2016, 06:39:53 PM »
A lot of us still drink black coffee. If you don't have some specific issue with caffeine I'd ditch the grains before the coffee.

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Re: I'm failing, I need help
« Reply #8 on: February 29, 2016, 10:58:13 PM »
Hi samjohn

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Re: I'm failing, I need help
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2016, 04:38:56 AM »
I've found that "recipes" in general take too much time to prepare. I quit my "love affair" with food, and the incessant need for variety, and life is much easier and time-efficient.

For breakfast, I make some kind of simple meat (bacon, sausage, pork chop, whatever) and a few eggs, all in the same skillet. Sometimes I add a piece of fruit.

For lunch and dinner, some meat/fish and a veggie. I often saute the veggie (usually leafy greens) in the fat left from the meat in the same skillet. Simple. Easy meals, little clean up. Very little time spent. I often cook extra at the same time for another meal, such as lunch the following day.

Sometimes I grill but not much more variety than that. If you can get over the SAD tradition of endless variety, cooking and shopping becomes much easier, cheaper, and more efficient.

I do more or less the same thing, and make double or triple portions when I cook. I also don't find it necessary to have lots of meals throughout the day. I may have a couple of cooked or raw eggs and a handful of nuts for breakfast, nothing for lunch(or I'll just chew on a tomato, carrot, cucumber or salad head) and then stuff my face with boiled or raw salmon/cod, sweet potato, vegetables and fruit for dinner. Before bed I chug down a glass of psyllium husk. Total cook time per day rarely exceeds 10 minutes. If I want to go all out, I'll cook some chicken or blend some eggs and bananas with nuts to make pancakes or waffles. On gym days I cheat with egg protein and bcaa. It's actually easier and quicker than eating "normal" food. My paleo cookbook is currently collecting dust.

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Re: I'm failing, I need help
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2016, 06:14:58 AM »
Perhaps you can consider a couple of things:

- If you have anytime, Meal Prep 1 day a week for the entire week. If you do that it will cut down on the daily requirements of meal planning.
- If not, there are many new Paleo food prep services that are a bit more expensive (few hundred dollars a month); but doable considering how much most of us spend eating out. I have had meals shipped to me from a service called cavemanchefs.com. They are out of Denver and will ship meals to you. They taste great and they're made with good stuff.
- Also, when I travel I eat a lot from the hot bar at Whole Foods or Fresh Market. Many locations have Paleo friendly selections.

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Re: I'm failing, I need help
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2016, 12:20:48 AM »
I've found that "recipes" in general take too much time to prepare. I quit my "love affair" with food, and the incessant need for variety, and life is much easier and time-efficient.

For breakfast, I make some kind of simple meat (bacon, sausage, pork chop, whatever) and a few eggs, all in the same skillet. Sometimes I add a piece of fruit.

For lunch and dinner, some meat/fish and a veggie. I often saute the veggie (usually leafy greens) in the fat left from the meat in the same skillet. Simple. Easy meals, little clean up. Very little time spent. I often cook extra at the same time for another meal, such as lunch the following day.

Sometimes I grill but not much more variety than that. If you can get over the SAD tradition of endless variety, cooking and shopping becomes much easier, cheaper, and more efficient.

I do more or less the same thing, and make double or triple portions when I cook. I also don't find it necessary to have lots of meals throughout the day. I may have a couple of cooked or raw eggs and a handful of nuts for breakfast, nothing for lunch(or I'll just chew on a tomato, carrot, cucumber or salad head) and then stuff my face with boiled or raw salmon/cod, sweet potato, vegetables and fruit for dinner. Before bed I chug down a glass of psyllium husk. Total cook time per day rarely exceeds 10 minutes. If I want to go all out, I'll cook some chicken or blend some eggs and bananas with nuts to make pancakes or waffles. On gym days I cheat with egg protein and bcaa. It's actually easier and quicker than eating "normal" food. My paleo cookbook is currently collecting dust.

I spend couple of hours in the kitchen every day and hours getting groceries on a weekly bases  :'( I had lived abroad for 5y and it was way easier because i could get ready low-carb stuff such as salads, row fish, even meat... Not possible where i reside permanently and no another way about it except cooking, cooking, cooking...  :-[ (I cook for my parents too and they won't eat anything that's not made from scratch, they dislike frozen food, not to mention that they won't eat anything that was in the fridge for longer than 24h  ::) It's a  healthy way of eating, but extremely time consuming (and costly too.)