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Diet and nutrition / Re: Weight loss went haywire?
« on: January 12, 2010, 01:16:18 PM »
I know my weight went up because I was eating like crap for a chunk in there, but why isn't it going back down like it did? Any advice?

Do you have control over your grocery shopping?  If so, my advice is to go seriously strictly paleo for at least two weeks.  Meat, fruit, vegetables, and water only - no grains, dairy, or legumes at all, but also no nuts, sunflower seeds, honey, etc. for that two weeks.

Just try it for two weeks.  See what happens.  But be strict - none of this "close enough for government work" stuff!


My question is this - I am currently within a 'healthy' body weight by medical standards. I am 5'5" and 140 lbs. But I am wanting to lose about 10 lbs at LEAST to get in a comfortable place and feel good about myself again. Can I lose weight on this diet even though I'm not overweight?

If the extra weight is fat, you can lose it.  You may have to limit your intake of carbohydrates even from paleo sources to lose the last ten pounds.  Thus, instead of limiting yourself to fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables, you might need to limit yourself to fresh meat and vegetables, with only a little fruit.

In my case - male 5'11" with light frame - with plenty of fruit I stabilize at 145 lb, and with minimal fruit at about 138 lb.

Diet and nutrition / Re: What are your thoughts on Cold Cuts?
« on: January 11, 2010, 10:29:20 PM »
Of cold cuts, roast beef is generally still paleo; at most there will be some salt with the spices on the edges.

Turkey may be fine too.  If it has a texture like what you get at Thanksgiving, it's probably paleo.  If it's smoother, it probably has nonpaleo ingredients like sugar or preservatives.  Ham also tends to have sugar and preservatives.

That said, even nonpaleo cold cuts are better than bread from the paleo standpoint.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Bother Cashews not allowed?
« on: January 11, 2010, 12:13:28 PM »
Cashews are dangerous to eat raw in the wild because the seed is surrounded by a poisonous membrane.  However, a skilled hunter gatherer might have been able to remove the membrane safely.

I put them in a similar borderline category to nightshades - tomatoes and peppers.  If you want to stay strict, you could avoid them, but they're not as bad as the clear problem foods like grains, legumes, and dairy.

Edit:  also note that roasted cashews are normally roasted in peanut oil, which is definitely not paleo.

Miscellaneous / Re: I need actual research articles
« on: January 10, 2010, 08:20:51 PM »
I am thinking maybe I will just keep losing weight and gaining muscle and reach her goal of 15% body fat before she does.  That would be just desserts, no?

That sounds good!

Good Calories, Bad Calories is, if I recall, heavily footnoted, so you can get the research articles for each of his points.  One version of the video presentation can be found in this thread:

Diet and nutrition / Re: Fast Caveman Food???
« on: January 10, 2010, 08:15:34 PM »
Every time you cook, make enough for two meals, or more. Having a lot of leftovers to choose from makes it easier to stick to Paleo.

I've started cooking a roast each weekend, and the left overs provide lunches for most of the week.

Diet and nutrition / Re: So I'm kind of confused...
« on: January 10, 2010, 08:11:23 PM »
If you are overweight, you don't need to count calories to lose fat weight on paleo.  Just stick to fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables, and go easy on the fruit if you want to really minimize the fat.

Introductions / Re: Hi everyone!
« on: January 10, 2010, 08:05:55 PM »

Did the article give a description of what foods the paleo diet consists of?  If not, here it is in a nutshell:  eat fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables; avoid everything else, including legumes (beans), dairy, and grains in all forms.

Vitamins and Supplements / Re: Vit D
« on: January 10, 2010, 03:33:07 PM »
I've taken to having a teaspoon of cod liver oil on days I don't get any sun.

Diet and nutrition / Re: coconuts
« on: January 10, 2010, 03:27:58 PM »
I consider whole coconuts to be paleo.  With processed coconut products it might depend on the degree of processing.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Silk Milk
« on: January 10, 2010, 01:03:36 PM »
More specifically, soybeans are legumes, an agricultural product.

Diet and nutrition / Re: oh Cron o meter is a bit scary
« on: January 10, 2010, 01:02:08 PM »
I'm having trouble understanding what the numbers are before and after the slashes.

The primary source of vitamin D should be sunlight; it's okay for dietary sources to be low if you get adequate sun.

Diet and nutrition / Re: The Pea
« on: January 10, 2010, 11:35:32 AM »
The "edible raw" thing is just a rule of thumb that's inaccurate in many cases.  Personally I don't think it's very useful.

Peas are an agricultural product and thus not paleo.  There isn't any question about that; they're a legume, and just as nonpaleo as grains and dairy.

Diet and nutrition / Re: The Trouble with Almonds
« on: January 10, 2010, 11:29:04 AM »
I've noticed that steam pasteurized almonds still have some of that sweet smell - a cyanide smell, I think - that raw almonds have.  I do eat small amounts of steam pasteurized almonds, but in cookies, it might be easy to eat too much at once.

Miscellaneous / Re: Dr. Oz's "Evolutionary Diet"
« on: January 09, 2010, 07:55:20 PM »
Exactly. That's the eating model that gorillas use, but they have a massive digestive system to get enough protein from all that plant matter.
Gorillas have to eat even more food, because they eat leaves rather than fruit.

I can believe that fruit would not be as bad as a diet high in grains, soda, and trans fats, which describes a lot of fast food.  It's still pretty far from what paleolithic humans ate, though.

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