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Food Journals / Re: Sassy Sarah's Super Sexy Slimdown
« on: February 04, 2010, 01:42:20 PM »
Weight = 252  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(  What the hell is going on!!?!?!?

Could time of the month have something to do with it?

But when you restrict calories from you basic daily need, your metabolism slows down.  I've done that for years and so my metabolism is ground to a halt.

I feel like we're talking past each other here.  If you want an explanation, I can explain in terms of fat metabolism, but if you just want empty reassurance, I'm happy to drop it.

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Introductions / Re: Hi
« on: February 04, 2010, 01:24:49 PM »
I was tired on starting paleo and tbh I can't say the extra energy boost that folk are talking about has really kicked in yet.

I think this might be somewhat seasonal on a strict paleo diet.  Sun is scarce this time of the year, and the meats available probably come from animals that haven't had as much green forage recently.

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Miscellaneous / Re: Sleep
« on: February 04, 2010, 01:20:33 PM »
When I first started doing a nightly routine (10pm, make some Bedtime Tea, put pajamas on, shut off the TV, brush teeth, etc) I was able to be out of bed between 6:00 and 6:30....

Soooo... why am I posting this? For advice. I have read all the research and KNOW that sleep is important, I WANT to wake up earlier (thus getting to work earlier, and having more time after work), but for some reason I can't seem to do it consistently. Any advice or tips?

It sounds like you already know how to do it - to wake up earlier, go to bed earlier.  It's just a matter of actually doing it.

If you need to get up at 8:30, I wouldn't aim to get up at 6:30.  Start your nightly routine at 11:30 instead of 10:00 so you won't feel like you're wasting time.

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Introductions / Re: I finally took the plunge
« on: February 04, 2010, 01:00:23 PM »
Thanks all for the responses... The biggest thing for me, believe it or not, is I need to get used to everyone thinking I'm weird doing this.

That is a significant adjustment.  It's probably one reason why a lot of us don't tend to talk to others about our diet too much - the other being that they have all sorts of excuses not to get healthy.

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Another thing with my health is my joints, I have a lot of joint pain. I am hoping to see results by cutting out nightshades, although from what I've read, it can take a very long time in some people to feel relief.

I felt relief within a week or so after cutting all nightshades out.  I think what I had was early, mild osteoarthritis.

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Oh yeah and the coffee thing, not sure if it's strict paleo, but I drink mine with stevia. The only ingredients in the sweetener is a concentrated and powdered form of the stevia plant and inulin soluble fiber, whatever that is. I guess I'm gonna go look that up now, since I'm thinking of it. The package says 0 Carbs, 0 Calories, and 0 Glycemic index.

Most of us don't think of stevia as paleo, though it's not a major cheat like grains or dairy.  It should be noted that artificial sweeteners are somewhat insulinogenic even though they have 0 glycemic index, so the same probably goes for stevia.

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I've heard that both sugar and salt can cause water retention; with the info I provided, is it likely that I'm getting a bloated stomach from the fruits and kippers? Is it ok for me to continue eating these kippers regularly?

I know from personal experience that eating a lot of fruit - say, several bananas or more - will cause water retention and a small increase in the waistline.  I haven't noticed that with salt, but my salt intake is generally low and doesn't vary much.

Whether the kippers are okay probably depends on just how much salt is in them, and your tolerance for salt.

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Diet and nutrition / Re: Meat Preparation/Ideas
« on: February 04, 2010, 12:45:39 PM »
Stir fry has several steps, but is pretty easy to get right.  Get a Chinese cook book for details for different foods, and don't forget to preheat the pan as in the instructions.

If you learn to sautee meat, that's often the most convenient.  Start with rare steak:  add a dab of oil to a frying pan and heat until the oil just starts smoking, then cook the steak maybe a minute on each side.  Use longer cooking times for better done steak.  For best results, let the meat come to room temperature before cooking.

Once you've got steaks down, you can use the same technique for hamburgers, pork chops, and other foods that have to be cooked all the way through.  Use lower heat and more time.  These require a bit more care since cooking too long will make them dry, but with a few tries, you can learn the proper timings for your stove and meat thicknesses.  Don't be afraid to cut into the pork chops at first to check doneness, though eventually you'll be able to tell by testing the resilience of the chop.

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Progress Reports & Photos / Re: Too skinny comments
« on: February 04, 2010, 12:36:57 PM »
I always just figured those comments meant, "I'd feel a lot less guilty about being fat if you were fat too."

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Miscellaneous / Re: Paleo baby
« on: February 04, 2010, 09:02:25 AM »
Congrats!  And give mama my kudos for doing it naturally (physiologically if you may).  Some people say don' t be a martyr and you don't get a medal for going natural, but it is so worth it.  Three of my babies were unmedicated labors.

It was definitely worth it for us, too.  We did go to a hospital just in case anything bad happened, but we feel that doing it naturally helped speed the recovery for both mother and child.  We've also seen some information that the stimulation of going through the birth canal helps get the baby's brain working promptly.

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I think that is why so many doctors like ot induce women, so they can control their work day hours alittle better.

Heh, don't get me started on that.  And of course a scheduled caesarian is even better for the convenience of the doctor.  I'm not saying doctors consciously make the choices in those terms, but I think it has a subtle but pervasive subconscious effect.

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Miscellaneous / Re: Paleo baby
« on: February 03, 2010, 11:19:23 PM »
8 lb 7.3 oz is a good sized little boy too.

Yes.  I think paleo might have something to do with that, as his sister was slightly under 7 pounds at birth, which was just before we started paleo.  That said, my weight at birth was about the same as the boy, and my wife was about the same as his sister.

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Miscellaneous / Paleo baby
« on: February 03, 2010, 10:35:52 PM »
Our daughter got a brother on monday.  Mom was paleo from before the start of the pregnancy.  Duncan James Dew was born 11:12 pm EST on 2010.02.01, 8 lb 7.3 oz, 21.5 inches.  Delivery was unmedicated.

Mom had to go into labor twice.  On sunday night, we went to the hospital at about 11 pm when her contractions were 4 minutes apart and moderately strong, but when we got there, we were hit by a couple of unexpected problematic hospital policies.  The contractions stopped, probably due to stress, and they sent us home.

Then the contractions started again on monday night, and we got to the same point a little before 10 pm.  Since we didn't want to be turned back again, we waited half an hour longer, by which time the contractions were strong enough that mommy was screaming.  The baby came at 11:12 pm, about half an hour after we reached the hospital.

Counting our daughter two years ago, my wife has gone into labor three times, each time shortly after darkness fell.  I'm wondering if the darkness thing is her body's preferred time to give birth - or the kids' preferred time to be born - perhaps because it's easier to hide from predators for a few hours at night.  And of course, labor stopping if the environment turns hostile - in this case when we discovered the unexpected problematic hospital policies, but in a cave man's case an unexpected situation that would likely be more life threatening - would also make sense.

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Miscellaneous / Re: Pocket guide
« on: February 03, 2010, 10:18:47 PM »
I've been through the ringer of doubting thomases today at work.

Ignore them.  Then a year from now, when you look better than the woman in your avatar, you can just give them a quiet, superior smile when they say that stuff.

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Food Journals / Re: Sassy Sarah's Super Sexy Slimdown
« on: February 03, 2010, 09:59:53 PM »
Various times I will end up eating not at a prescribed meal time because I wasn't hungry then.  I am doing better now...only eating when I am hungry.

Okay.  I was just checking because of the numerical goal.  If you're only eating when hungry and only eating enough to satiate the hunger, then that's great - though in that case you don't need the numerical goal.

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It seems like high calories....but I am 250lbs and mildly active.  I'm gonna need something to lug myself around.

There seems to me to be a logical error here.  If what you want to do is stay at 250 lb, but perhaps change that from partly fat to all muscle, then eating enough to maintain that weight makes sense.  If what you want is to lose weight, though, it doesn't make sense to make sure you eat enough to maintain that weight.

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Food Journals / Re: Sassy Sarah's Super Sexy Slimdown
« on: February 03, 2010, 07:02:30 PM »
I haven't been getting enough sleep the last 3 nights...going to bed too late and I have to wake up on the early side this week.  Could that be causing my weight gain?

That's fairly unlikely.  Getting insufficient sleep is bad, but from a weight standpoint, it would be more likely to cause weight loss than weight gain.

No offense, but your caloric goal seems fairly high if you are trying to lose weight.  Most of the ladies who are at their goal weights are closer to 1500 kcal per day than to 2500.

Are you having four meals a day because you are hungry, or out of habit?  You might drop the caloric goal, and try to make sure you're eating only when actually hungry.

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Food Journals / Re: Em's 30 day
« on: February 03, 2010, 06:27:15 PM »
L: taco salad (ground beef, lettuce, guac, salsa)

I take it taco salad is a taco without the taco?

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Miscellaneous / Re: eating when upset and stressed
« on: February 03, 2010, 06:13:14 PM »
Keep some 100% baking chocolate around.  If you're stressed enough to eat it straight, you probably need it.

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