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This kind of shit makes my blood boil. I suppose it should come as no surprise that this happened in a region that produces more wheat per capita than just about anywhere else in the world. And I thought we had the worst nannies in the world here in Kalifornia.
Cashews are not nuts. They are in a class of their own and they are toxic if eaten raw which makes them non-paleo. FWIW, in case you didn't know, peanuts are not nuts either. They are legumes.
I do not know the mechanism that affects weight loss from nuts since I rarely eat the the things. I only eat macadamia nuts and even then, only occasionally. But it has been discussed here often and someone will chime in. Many of the more commonly eaten nut meats are also high in Omega 6 fatty acids, which are inflammatory in most people so they should not be eaten in large quantities anyway.
One of the paleo groups I follow on Facebook is pushing their new guide as well in the form of an e-book but they want 14 clams for it. Not sure what to make of it at this point. Probably okay for beginners though.
How much fat are you eating? For instance, when you eat meat, is it lean or fatty cuts?
The key to avoiding hunger between meals, thus snacking, which results in elevated insulin (the enemy) is to become "fat adapted" and to eat plenty of animal fat with each meal and to eat until you are full. Coconut oil and ghee may not be enough to keep the between-meal hunger at bay. Did you read this sticky here? It may shed some light on what is going on with your metabolism that can help point you in the right direction.
What Warren said, primal, not paleo. Even worse than the potatoes though is probably the oil they are fried in, likely canola or some highly refined, non-paleo poison. If they were fried in lard or tallow I'd eat them now and then just for the fat. But the chances of that in this day and age are slim to none.
You eat coconut with grains I believe
WTF does this mean?
To the OP, I actually like coconut but I rarely eat it. You must be reading "paleo recipes", an oxymoron if ever there was one. Save the "recipes" for rare treats. Cook and eat whole foods on a daily basis and its easy to avoid coconut.
Beans (more accurately legumes) of any kind are not paleo. Spaghetti squash is better although tomatoes aren't paleo either so if you are dousing your "spaghetti" in tomato sauce, all bets are off. Mushroom are excellent as are onions. If you fry them in animal fat (lard, tallow, etc.), all the better.
Look up "rabbit starvation". Your BF is going to starve if this is all he is eating, especially if his physical activity is high. Nowhere near enough protein or fat. Well done meat isn't ideal either. Peas and green beans (legumes) aren't Paleo.
He is either going to have to broaden his horizons or he'll fail on this diet. His current diet is not sustainable.
I'm lazy too but I make eggs and some sort of meat (bacon/ham/sausage, etc.) every day. Once you do it for awhile it becomes so incredibly simple that you begin to do it out of habit without even thinking about it. Nothing is easier to cook and clean up after than breakfast.
As for fruit, my understanding is that it's a little different for men vs. women. Men can tolerate fruit sugars better and still lose weight. Females, not so much. So if your goal is weight loss, keep the fruit to a minimum. Your BF can probably eat lots of it with no ill effects as long as his physical activity remains high.
You've got your work cut out for you.
And I'll bet they didn't eat rice.
How is raw maple syrup/honey not paleo? You stick a tube in a tree/bee hive and get the liquid. Stevia is a plant, and has been used to control/treat diabetes...
Maple syrup is maple sap that is cooked down to a 50:1 ratio. That means it takes 50 gallons of maple sap to produce one gallon of maple syrup. It is concentrated and "processed" sugar that paleolithic-era people likely didn't have the ability to produce. Maple sap is actually quite watery and only slightly sweet in its raw form. While the sap may be paleo, it's pretty useless in its unprocessed form.
The stevia sweetener you buy is a heavily processed product from the stevia plant which disqualifies it from being paleo.
That being said I do use very small amounts maple syrup from time to time in some recipes. But I do not try to convince myself that it is paleo. It's a cheat, plain and simple.
In addition to all the previous comments, what I see here is too little fat. You are eating hard boiled eggs and what appear to be a lot of lean meats. I would add some fattier breakfast meat and fry the eggs in some kind of animal fat.
Also, I've never in my life seen dried cranberries that were not loaded with sugar. Cranberries are very, very tart in their natural state. Craisins and other dried cranberries almost always have sugar added. Beware.