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Recipes and meal photos / Re: tuna fish?
« on: February 06, 2014, 03:57:51 PM »
Yes - real mayonnaise is simply egg yolk, olive oil, lemon juice and optional mustard.  I consider that paleo-enough (I allow raw olive oil in my diet)

If you're being strict you can make it with duck fat, chicken fat, lard or ghee.  Some blogger (can't remember who, might have been on MDA) did an experiment using different fats

Sometimes in the right delis you can buy real mayo that's made with EVOO rather than vegetable oil

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Mel, if your thyroid is already sluggish then I recommend that you get AT LEAST 60g carbs a day.

What happens with low-carb or low-cal induced hypothyroidism is that you have enough thyroid, but you have the wrong type.  rT3 fails to covert to aT3, and you wind up with lots of T4 instead.  It generally is related to your leptin 'set point'

I recommend that you check out the site 'stop the thyroid madness' and look into taking natural dessicated thyroid

A lot of people eat sweet potatoes after work outs and still call themselves paleo.  Hell, I even eat rice on occasion and I still consider myself paleo.  Starch in moderation isn't inherently harmful, if your activity levels are decent.  Yes, paleo sources are better (parsnips ftw) but in your case I don't think the occasional sweet pot is a disaster.

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Miscellaneous / Repopulating your gut!
« on: December 07, 2013, 05:12:45 PM »
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Miscellaneous / Re: Diet advice you've refrained from giving
« on: December 07, 2013, 05:01:58 PM »
Oh god, I am on this women's expat forum and it's not uncommon for people to be looking for 'low fat' stuff (today it was sour cream) because they're 'watching their cholesterol'  :o ::) >:(

Sometimes I correct.  Sometimes I ignore.  People often get angry when you tell them that conventional wisdom is wrong

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Diet and nutrition / Re: Selfie intro and have some questions...
« on: November 09, 2013, 09:37:02 AM »
Salaaaaaaam  :-*

From what I've seen, a lot of women need to be under 1500 a day if they want to lose (more allowed if they're working out)....my base level is about 1500 and if I want to lose I have to drop it to 1200.  How long have you been on your reduced calorie diet?  Weight loss in women is SLOW when you're close to your goal weight (I'm assuming you're female) and I mean really slow...like 2lbs a month slow

What you're doing seems OK, just play around with the macros til you find what's right for you.  Some people can go down to 10 or even 5% carbs and be OK with that but for me and for a lot of women, that's not healthy in the long run.  I think you could actually add some starch...get into root veggies and squash, say 60g a day of carbs.   A lot of girls wind up hypothyroid on very low carb diets and that makes it really hard to lose weight

If I want to lose, I take my normal 20% carbs/30% protein/50% fat breakdown and up the protein to 35% or 40%, and reduce the fat.  Contrary to what 'should' work but I find it's the only way to keep me full while I lower the calories.  Probably couldn't maintain on those percentages though, I hate chicken breast.
Try 55-60g carbs, 115-120g protein, but this is fine-tweaking

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Miscellaneous / Re: Where are you on the Global BMI scale?
« on: November 09, 2013, 09:34:40 AM »
Liberia.  But only because I've recently lost about 8lbs

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Introductions / Re: LC newbie is in need of advice : )
« on: November 07, 2013, 08:46:01 AM »
Agree with what Warren said

Don't recommend going zero carb for more than 4 weeks as it can mess with your thyroid

It could be that you've gained some muscle mass hence have not seen a weight loss.  Measure your waist, weekly

Almost everyone gains some weight at 17 or 18.  I was 95lbs when I was 16 but there is no way I could get down to that now!  Maybe your friends had more excess to lose?

We have a lot of women on this board lamenting that they can't lose the last 5 or 10lbs and get to their 'ideal' weight.  But you need to remember that this 'skinny' ideal that exists is not achievable or realistic for quite a lot of women.  A lot of skinny or thin women spend their entire lives hungry to achieve this look!

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Diet and nutrition / Re: Struggling with hunger
« on: November 07, 2013, 08:37:16 AM »
It could be that you're fighting against your set weight.  The way I see it, if you've been lowish carb paleo for a while and are still hungry on what you are currently eating, then it is 'true' hunger that you can trust

I've very frustrating when your set weight is 10lbs heavier than where you want to be, but it's either that, or be hungry for the rest of your life.  There are a fair number of thin/slim women who are not naturally that way and basically spend their entire lives on a diet and restricting their eating.  120 sounds like a good number for someone of your height - but personally, I don't weigh myself, I measure my waist - under 25" and I've lost, over 25.5" and I've gained (but I don't measure when I've got the premenstrual bloat!)  A lot of women gain muscle mass when they start paleo

The way that I deal with hunger is to put a lot of volume in my stomach (veggie juice with chia seeds, raw carrots, heaps of veggies, glasses and glasses of sparkling water) and to up the protein to 35%

Keep a close track of your cycles and general wellbeing - be alert to the signs of hypothyroidism.  Sometimes you have to eat more to lose weight

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Recipes and meal photos / Re: Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
« on: November 06, 2013, 03:39:04 AM »
No, no, no, no, no.....


The worst thing about paleo becoming more mainstream is this 'faleo' baking crap  >:(

Sorry OP, it's a pet peeve

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Introductions / Re: Trying to start paleo, but hitting walls.
« on: October 14, 2013, 04:09:49 PM »
It is *very* hard to do paleo with a not-on-board boyfriend.  I'd been paleo for 2 years when I met my (now ex) boyfrried and my cheat level increased about 10fold!

The only way around it is either to have an adamantine backbone or to not eat with your boyfriend

This means that he is not allowed to bring food to your house

You should also make a rule that if he is eating something non-paleo then he isn't to offer you any.  Ever

I made a rule with mine that I would only go to dinner with him on the condition that he wouldn't order a desert and we wouldn't have bread at the table.  That helped a lot

It would be nice if you could persuade him to do a 21 day challenge where he eats paleo when he eats with you but might be wishful thinking

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this is an awesome post thank you, im new to PALEO so this was a huge help to understanding things better.

Thanks!  Bear in mind that I wrote this while I was still VLC, which didn't work out for me.  Carbs are something you have to experiment with until you find your personal sweet spot.   10-30% of calories seems to be good; these days I do 20% carbs

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Diet and nutrition / Re: Are you burning your pancakes?
« on: October 11, 2013, 02:14:59 AM »
two eggs
one full banana

=

amazing pancakes that don't burn and are perfect for paleo diet!

This is the only "pancake" recipe I use - tastes great but you have to make v small pancakes because they break easily


I don't consider almond flour to be paleo.  You may as well use rice flour IMO

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Miscellaneous / Re: Does anyone have any help for insomnia?
« on: September 24, 2013, 03:37:11 AM »
St Johns Wort (contains 5-HTP)

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Exercises / Re: Gym question?
« on: September 21, 2013, 04:55:50 AM »
I was recently considering joining a gym, instead I do squats, push ups, crunches, etc. at home.
Ive heard very different from people, so I don't know what to think.
So far I'll do 20 - 40 push-ups, I use to do more. Whats the feel of a gym/workout circa?
Will the machines confuse me? lol

Stay away from the machines.  Stick to bodyweights and freeweights.  Isolation machines are for bodybuilders who want to look inflated and pussies who are to scared to pick up a kettlebell.    The only machine I use is the leg press, but I am too lazy do squats.  I'm trying to break the habit

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Interviews / Re: Cutting out the sugar..
« on: September 21, 2013, 04:49:50 AM »
Do you have an emotional relationship to sugar?   Do you reward yourself with food?

Regardless, you are technically going through withdrawal to an addictive drug.  This requires willpower, which you are lacking.   You need to make a very conscious decision about it.  Self-talk can be helpful here to retrain your thinking

Some phrases to say to yourself
"I have chosen not to eat sugar"
"I feel like a reeses cup but I have decided to not eat sugar"
"There are cookies in the office but I don't want one"

Don't use things like "I can't have" as then it feels like a punishment.  "I chose", "I decided" is a lot more empowered and also forces you to take responsibility for your actions.
Say "I don't eat cake" rather than "I can't eat cake" - say it to yourself, and to others.  You made a choice, own it.  You aren't forbidden from eating anything - you have chosen not to for your health.  "I can't" and "I'm not allowed" is a cop-out

Set a week-long challenge and then reward yourself with something (NON FOOD) if you succeed. (You could reward yourself with a special steak but I think it's dangerous to use any food as a reward.  It can be an activity or it can be a thing.  Then set a month-long challenge.  Make sure the challenges are not too hard for you otherwise you won't be motivate to finish them.  You can trick yourself that "it's only for a month", by the end of the month you should be over the worst of your sugar craving

In the office, go public.  Don't say "I'm on a diet" - so are a lot of people, no one gives a shit.  Tell everyone that you are not eating sugar and give a good reason for it that people cannot argue with (pre-diabetes, weight, cancer is the best one).  Don't continuously talk about your diet (it's boring).  Once you've gone public with it then you have more motivation not to eat crap in the office (so long as you avoid the diet saboteurs)

Sugar feeds cancer cells, too.

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