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Offline Wildrose

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Wildroses's food journal - opinions please!
« on: May 12, 2012, 11:18:57 AM »

Hi everyone! I'm brand new to paleo, and I'm doing it with my mom, although we can't get my dad on board. But he eats this awful bread with soggy crusts so he's not really hindering us.  ::) Anyway, here's a typical day for me:

Breakfast: Smoothy. Usually consists of pumpkin seed protein powder, almond butter, half a banana, half a cup of blueberries, soy milk/almond milk and water with ice cubes. A few times a week I'll have two eggs with salmon caviar on top instead.

Lunch: Curry! Typically this includes tofu or chicken, celery, carrots, bell pepper, onions and a ton of spices. Sometimes eggplant and mushrooms. All of this is cooked in coconut oil or butter and I can usually bang it out on my half-hour lunch break. (I work from home)

Snack: Usually pistachios, fruit or a bit of goat cheese. Sometimes cucumber.

Supper: This depends. If I'm not totally drained, I'll make something, but most nights I just pan fry a barramundi in more coconut oil and slice up a green pepper or a cucumber and call it a meal. Often I also have a square of dark, dark chocolate. :)

So how does all that look?

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Re: Wildroses's food journal - opinions please!
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2012, 11:57:05 AM »
I'd say that you need more meat, and you need more real food

Pumpkin seed protein powder - not paleo, eat some protein instead - eggs or meat
Almond butter/almond milk - should be an occasional snack, not a staple
Soy milk - not paleo, really really not paleo.  Try coconut milk instead if you really like smoothies

Tofu - really really not paleo, ditch asap.  Why not try some red meat if you get bored of chicken?

Pistachios are paleo but they don't have a good lipid profile.  Try a mix of macadamias, brazils, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts.  Different nuts = more trace minerals

I would advise basing every meal around meat, be it fish, eggs or meat and then adding a variety of colourful vegetables (aim for lots of different kinds)
 Apart from the tofu your lunches and dinners look OK, my strongest advise is to ditch your breakfast smoothie for a couple of eggs and eat the blueberries and a couple of nuts on the side.

It's possible that your diet is a little deficient in fat-soluble vitamins (coconut oil doesn't have many) and the vitamins/minerals found in red meat

hope that helps
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CCG


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Re: Wildroses's food journal - opinions please!
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2012, 01:20:14 PM »
Breakfast: Smoothy. Usually consists of pumpkin seed protein powder, almond butter, half a banana, half a cup of blueberries, soy milk/almond milk and water with ice cubes. A few times a week I'll have two eggs with salmon caviar on top instead.
Repeat after me: soy is poison...soy is poison. The rest of the smoothie isn't that great either. And the concept of smoothie is not really paleo. A real paleo breakfast involves meat or fasting.


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Lunch: Curry! Typically this includes tofu...

Again: soy (in this case tofu) is poison! Soy is poison!

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Snack: Usually pistachios, fruit or a bit of goat cheese. Sometimes cucumber.
I'm not sure pistachios are paleo. In either case, make sure you are not eating packed "roasted" pistachios. Anything "roasted" has a ton of salt and has been cooked in bad veg. oil.

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Supper: ... barramundi...

What's that?
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So how does all that look?

a) Ditch the crutches. Go real paleo for a month solid and see what happens. This means: no pumpkin seeds, no almond butter, no smoothies and try and get real animal fat (tallow, lard) instead of fooling around with butter.

b) Forget soy and soy products. Soy is poison!

c) Eat more meat. Eat good meat.

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Re: Wildroses's food journal - opinions please!
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2012, 04:47:11 PM »
Hehe... Barramundi is a fish! A very delicious, fatty ocean fish.  ;D I eat it all the time. Thanks for the recommendations!

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Re: Wildroses's food journal - opinions please!
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2012, 07:19:49 PM »
I totally forgot about this! Thank you for the input, I'm cutting down on the smoothies. I'm going to start updating this daily! Let's see, here's a recent day...

Breakfast

2 eggs
2 breakfast sausages - no sugar
cooked in coconut oil
1/2 cucumber

Snack
1/2 cup raspberries and blackberries
3 strawberries
1 cucumber
1/4 link dried hot sausage

Dinner
Barramundi fillet - fried
pepperoni stick
nuts - handful
mixed veggies with beef broth and herbs - zucchini, cauliflower, carrots and onions


Offline Warren Dew

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Re: Wildroses's food journal - opinions please!
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2012, 10:53:30 AM »
Good to hear the nonpaleo member of the family is not holding you back!

I agree with the others about breakfast:  aside from the fact that protein powder and soy milk are not paleo, it's best to eat your food rather than to drink it.  The eggs with caviar, or something similar, would be a good breakfast every morning.  Get pastured or organic omega 3 eggs if you can.

As others said, skip the tofu for lunch and use the chicken or other meat instead.  Butter is not technically paleo but given how difficult paleo cooking fats are to come by, it's probably fine.

Cheese is not paleo, though it's not too bad a cheat for some people.  You'll want to transition off of it eventually, but you may not need to do it immediately.

The barramundi for dinner sounds great.  For the benefit of Il Capo, barramundi is a fish.

Edit:  your recent day sounds good.  You might want to check the ingredients in the sausage, though - sometimes they include fillers like flour or sugar.
« Last Edit: July 11, 2012, 10:55:02 AM by Warren Dew »