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Diet and nutrition / Re: Bacon
« on: November 12, 2014, 10:22:19 AM »
Google 'Tender Belly Bacon'.  It's expensive but far and away the best bacon I've ever had.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Check out this Paleo Diet Inforgraphic
« on: August 11, 2014, 01:50:47 PM »
Being "fine" and being paleo are two different things, though.  I used to be able to eat bread with abandon, but that doesn't make grain paleo.

The goal of the paleo diet isn't to get a medal for eating most like a caveman.  The point is to eat a healthy clean diet through whole foods.  Dairy has a lot of nutrients in it.  If it doesn't bother your stomach, and it's not processed, I see no reason why to avoid it.  Bread is, by definition, processed.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Check out this Paleo Diet Inforgraphic
« on: August 05, 2014, 07:26:14 AM »
Dairy should go in the "no" category.  Tubers should too, though there's some disagreement about that.

IMO Dairy is fine if it is minimally processed and your stomach can handle it (mine can't, other's can).  Tubers really depend on how active you are.  If you're athlete training hours each day, tubers can be very helpful.

Anyways, I prefer the paleo pyramid listed at the bottom of this infographic:

Not to worried about the coffee... What else are you eating?  Veggies, fruit, fat, meat are all super important.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Do I need to consider/track calories?
« on: June 09, 2014, 04:28:05 PM »
I would recommend you do.

Whilst it has been beneficial for my health I am having terrible trouble losing weight on this diet. I.  have only lost 24lbs and after 2 years am still clinically obese.

I am constantly hungry no matter what I eat some days and without calorie counting still manage to eat more than I need to lose weight, otherwise I would be getting thinner.

I don't do the very very low carb version though as quite frankly I can't function or process anything on too few carbs each day. I exercise (weights, yoga, cardio) but it does not help. I build muscle quickly but don't burn fat.

It is nonsense that this diet will help you lose weight without calorie counting or caloric restriction. Like any other diet you need to make sure you are eating less energy wise than you burn off.

Don't rely on the weight just dropping off. I suspect people who experienced this ignored their hunger pangs and subconsiously cut their food intake down. They certainly didn't eat until their body was satisfied.

If I am wrong though, if someone would like to prove it to me by telling me how to lose weight on this diet and get out of the clinically obese range without having to make myself senile because I can't function without carbs then great, I'm all ears...

Your body takes time to adjust, possibly up to a month - What were you eating?  I've never fought obesity, but when I started I would just eat broccoli until I was full.  What's the longest you've gone without a starch?

What's the rest of your life like?  Paleo isn't a diet as much as it's a lifestyle.  Things like being active, getting good sleep, etc all factor in to the equation.

I honestly can say I've never limited my caloric intake before.  I've counted calories and analyzed the numbers for my own curiousity, but I've never limited myself to 2000 or 3000 or whatever calories a day.

Diet and nutrition / Re: apple cider ok?
« on: June 03, 2014, 10:03:49 AM »
Fruit juice, incuding cider, is not technically paleo.  You'd be better off just eating the apples.

I believe he's talking about Apple Cider Vinegar, not Apple Cider.

To my knowledge, all Vinegars are fine.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Do I need to consider/track calories?
« on: May 22, 2014, 08:37:41 PM »
do i need consider or keep track of any of the following when eating paleo for weight loss? and if so, what?

Do you need to track calories?  Yes and no..

Yes, 1st law of thermodynamics (for an open system) (basically) states that Energy Entering a System - Energy Leaving a System = Energy Inside the System.  As an engineer, I love tracking these numbers.

That being said, your data is often inaccurate.  I believe FDA guidelines require food labels to be accurate within +/-15%?  So your caloric intake may not be what you think it is.  Obviously, accuracy is also an issue for your caloric output.  Additionally, different body types and activity levels require different energy levels.  The amount of calories your body requires will fluctuate. 

If your diet consists of meat, veggies and natural oils, your body will tell you what it needs/wants.  Don't eat unless you're hungry.  At first, you'll have to battle cravings for sugars, starches, etc, but after that you won't have those cravings anymore (unless of course you're out to dinner and starving, and someone places them in front of you, in which case you'll want them, but I digress).  That's what sold me on the paleo diet - the fact that now my 'cravings' are for healthy foods.  I never crave bread, fried potatoes, etc.

I would increase your activity level.  I'm not sure how much your on your feet all day, but IMO 30-40 minutes of walking 5x a week is not enough.  If you work a desk job, try to get a standing desk (a lot of employers will sponsor this without question, others will need a note from a doctor - easy enough to get).  If you're on your feet all day, or doing manual labor, then the additional 30-40 minutes should be fine.  For a beginner, I would recommend something like the following:

Day 1: 2 miles walking
Day 2: 5-10 sprints (run as fast as possible for 20-40 yards, wait for your heart rate to return to resting, repeat)
Day 3: 1.5 miles walking
Day 4: The 7 minute exercise you posted AND 1 mile walking.

Repeat the above.  None of the exercises are that strenuous, but they should keep your metabolism up.  I can't stress this enough - don't sit on the couch or an office chair all day.  The amount of time I spend walking + working out + moving + standing should be greater than the amount of time you are seated each day (sleeping not included).

If you're going to track anything, I would record the following:
  • Everything you eat, every day
  • Activity level every day
  • Notes on how you feel every day (physical and mental - everything from tummy aches to muscle soreness, to 'brain fog' should be recorded.  If you feel refreshed, awake, rejuvenated, etc, note that too.
  • Waistline, once every 1-2 weeks

These things help you track progress and learn what foods work for you.  Stomach hurting a lot?  Check your food journal to see what you ate that day.  Feeling tired afternoons after workouts?  Maybe eat more calories the days before a more intense workout.

I'm starting to get over the carb cravings but this is going to be a tough diet to stick to. My wife and I went Paleo grocery shopping last night and spent a fortune for a half empty shopping cart.

We made some nice muffins and Paleo sandwich bread, but seriously, the amount of butter or coconut oil used, there's no way it could be good for you.

Why are beans also out. I would love baked beans with my scrambled eggs for breakfast.

You're not going to like this, but the soon you give up bread's all together, the better.  I suppose that can be hard for people in certain cultures.  Eat a salad instead of a sandwich.  Make your burger a little thicker.  Use fattier meats (Fat is more filling).  Drink bulletproof coffee in the morning.

For what its worth, natural fats are healthy.  50% - 70% of your calories should come from healthy animal fat (lard/tallow), coconut oil, or grassfed butter/ghee.

Beans are legumes, and basically a carb with extra protein.  I have never heard of beans on scrambled eggs before haha. 

I'm 4 days into the Paleo diet and I'm having massive withdrawals from Carbs.. Is there a Paleo bread available apart from the $9/loafs available online.

I can totally see the benefits to eating this way but I love carbs, pasta, potatoes, rice and most of all beer.
I'm going yo give this a go properly for 2 months and see how I feel. If I decide to stick with it I'm going to have to make occasional exceptions. If I go to a friends for dinner I don't want them to cater for my needs and if I'm watching the football with my mates I'm not going to drink water.

Does anyone know what the least non paleo carbs are available at a supermarket I.e. Is brown rice better than white, brown bread better then white, whole meal pasta better then normal pasta, is low carb beer better than full carb?

I'm sure I have offended a lot of people who find the Paleo lifestyle easy but for me it's a going to be a challenge. I'm not overweight, I'm fit, active and always eaten what I wanted and never put on weight, so I'm going to need some minor compromises if I stick at it. Any help with non paleo foods that aren't as bad as others would be awesome!

Depends what your goals are and how active you are.  If you're trying to lose weight, stay away from carbs.  If you're just trying to eliminate brain fog and your very active, then I think you can (eventually) introduce some carbs.

My advice:
Establish a baseline over the next month. Stay away from starchy carbs, get carbs from carrots.  After that, if you still crave carbs, get some plantain chips (Trader Joe's are paleo and very tasty).  Also consider sweet potatoes.  If you're extremely active (burning over 1500 kcal/day, every day, from workouts) then introduce white rice or maybe even white potatos.

Being paleo/primal means no bread or pasta (although some people make zuccini pasta in order to stay paleo while replicating Italian dishes). 

Exercises / Re: Sports?
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:13:23 AM »

Diet and nutrition / Re: Nutrition problem
« on: April 10, 2014, 06:08:06 AM »
Seems like we go out to eat on w-ends and to a movie etc.....I just can't say no to popcorn at a movie...ugggh.  Candy and pop isn't an issue its fast food when we are on the go....Even subway is crap...Mc'ds...forget it! 

Its not like I'm gaining weight or anything but was wondering about what it does to my blood sugar?  Anything?

Maybe eat a big meal before going to the movies?  At subway, I get a spinach salad with eggs and steak.  I'm sure everything's heavily processed, but it happens.

I don't 'plan' cheat meals b/c at least 1-3 times a week I find myself in a situation where I don't have a choice but to cheat (on the road, being served dinner from a client, desperately need a pre-workout snack, etc.).  I try to stay as active as possible to 'undo' these often unavoidable cheats.  I work at a standing desk, I walk to my grocery store, I try to workout every day (Note workout not limited to resistance training, includes sports, plyometrics, stretching/yoga, cardio, etc.).

Diet and nutrition / Re: Nutrition problem
« on: April 08, 2014, 02:02:37 PM »
What are your non-paleo meals?  It sounds like you're very active, so some potatoes/natural rice might even be good for you.  If you're eating pasta, maybe try zuccini/eggplant pasta or just try to replace it with oven baked fries.

If you're eating candy/cake/etc, then I'd try to remove it from your diet.

Diet and nutrition / flu/stomach illness
« on: March 30, 2014, 01:53:51 PM »
What do you eat when your stomach's bothering you/you're sick and having trouble keeping food down?

I need more snack ideas! That's where you guys come in...

Beef Jerkey, Carrots & Guac, Celery & nut butter, Planatian chips, dark chocolate squares, fruit, nuts

How far ahead do you cook? I don't have time to cook everyday so I used the crockpot to make a beef and veggie stew which will last me 2 or 3 days.

Any tricks to cooking and preserving your food so you can microwave it at work?

I like to cook meals on Sunday.  Crockpot about 3-5 pounds of meat.  Bake a few trays of veggies and a Frittata for breakfast.  I just reheat things in the microwave.

I'm flirting with getting a vacuum sealer and freezing individual meals.  That way I can keep a variety of things for a long time, but don't have to worry about getting bored eating pulled pork for lunch 5 days in a row.

But I agree with JayJay, as long as you're eating healthy, don't worry about the amount your eating.  The healthier you eat, the more accurate your cravings will be.  You'll stop craving carbs and start craving fats.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Protein shake?
« on: March 16, 2014, 07:30:33 PM »
Let me know How big is the difference between using water or milk in a protein shake? Alot of people say water..but I prefer milk..what is the best type of milk to use? I usually use 2% or fat free..

I use coconut milk.

As others have mentioned, (Processed) milk isn't paleo.  I suppose unprocessed milk would be paleo.

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