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Introductions / Re: My journey with paleo
« Last post by niland on Today at 03:20:54 AM »
Thanks!  :)
Introductions / Re: Hi from South Florida!
« Last post by Warren Dew on June 30, 2015, 08:27:05 PM »

For the foot cramps, make sure you drink enough water and get enough salt.  For energy, eat plenty of animal fat.
Diet and nutrition / Re: Soy sauce is in everything!!!
« Last post by abbot on June 30, 2015, 09:13:09 AM »
I think the general consensus is that fermented versions of foods are okay, even if the non-fermented versions are not paleo, but you should employ them in extreme moderation. And even then only if you have been maintaining your target weight. During the initial weigh-loss run you should avoid them entirely. I myself however do try to avoid soy completely. It is tough because its everywhere and sometimes it is unavoidable when eating out, but just do your best.

I keep a bottle of fish sauce in my refrigerator and when I need to add an Asian flavor to something I usually just use fish sauce, ginger, and a dash of toasted sesame seeds, and leave out the soy sauce altogether.
Introductions / Hi from South Florida!
« Last post by kaigranny on June 30, 2015, 05:09:56 AM »
My daughter suggested I try Paleo because of my lack of energy - and I always feel tired.  I'm a reactive hypoglycemic and am on Synthroid because I am Hypo Thyroid - but a skinny hypo - (5'6" 108 lbs).  This is my 4th week and no change in energy that I've noticed yet - but have noticed my sleep is better (thank heavens! - I'm a major insomniac), and foot cramps popping up - I am supplementing  (I take multi-vitamins, plus fish oil, vitamin D, and magnesium).  I'm pretty active - have 4 dogs that I walk 5 times a day, and  work full time.  I love Paleo so far - I just have to wrap my head around meal planning - it's a bit different from the way I used to eat.  My main goal with this new way of eating is more sustained energy.  Other members' posts have a lot of good info and I'm happy to join this group!
Introductions / Re: My journey with paleo
« Last post by Warren Dew on June 29, 2015, 12:32:27 PM »
Introductions / My journey with paleo
« Last post by niland on June 27, 2015, 08:13:10 AM »
Hi all! I started my journey to wellness via the Paleo diet in 2007.  I lost a lot of weight in the first 2 months of the program and my weight has been stable ever since.  I live in Sweden and I know only a few individuals who follow the Paleo diet.

I have basically adhered to a strict Paleo diet since 2007 and I feel great.  Whenever I eat foods not included in the Paleo diet, I immediately feel the harmful effects on my body.  Therefore, continuing to consume Paleo foods is a no brainer for me. 

There are individuals who have asked my advice on getting started on the Paleo diet and I inform them that getting started is usually the hardest. You simply have to do it.

Irrespective of the diet you're choose, whether low-carb, Atkins or South Beach, you just have to start the process.  You will feel the positive effects on your body and that will motivate you to stick to a healthy lifestyle.

I am very passionate about my journey with Paleo and I could probably write a book about my experiences.  However, I will stop here and spare you the details.  :)

If you have any questions regarding my experience with the Paleo diet, it would be my pleasure to answer them.
Miscellaneous / Re: Question for the cave women
« Last post by Eric on June 27, 2015, 06:08:52 AM »
Longer summer nights can cause carbohydrate cravings as well.
Also, and this is HUGE, but every year gets worse and worse for screen time post-sunset which prevents normal processes and hormone release to help people sleep better.
It also triggers carbohydrate cravings.

This is the "ice cream in bed watching TV / iPad" syndrome at 9 or 10pm thing.
We should be off screens by then...

I also suggest tools like f.lux ( or similar for your devices.
I personally purchased these orange glasses ( Uvex S1933X Skyper Safety Eyewear, Black Frame, SCT-Orange UV Extreme Anti-Fog Lens ) to block blue light:
Diet and nutrition / Re: Soy sauce is in everything!!!
« Last post by JayJay on June 23, 2015, 07:22:06 AM »
I did post one recipe for honey-balsamic glazed salmon many moons ago.

For the most part though, I don't use recipes. I just look at what I have on hand, and make something up. The key is to always have some oil, some acid, salt, flavor (herbs/spices), and sometimes a little something sweet. The idea is to make some version of what is basically a vinaigrette.

Some ingredients I typically use (not all at the same time) are citrus juice, wine, vinegar (sometimes balsamic in small amounts), oil (olive, avocado, or macadamia), salt, brewed coffee (yes, you read that right), ground pepper, rosemary, thyme, garlic, onion, herbs de Provence (which is a mixture of common herbs plus lavender and is great on fish), and honey if I want some sweet and I'm not getting any from citrus or balsamic. I will also use a little liquid smoke in some marinades if I intend to grill the meat and want a bold smoky flavor that is difficult to achieve on a gas grill. All of this usually gets watered down as well.

A good chimichurri is another paleo-friendly alternative.

The beautiful thing about marinades as opposed to sauces is that a marinade will impart nice flavors into the food but most of it goes down the drain and not in your stomach. While I go to great lengths to avoid certain highly offensive, non-paleo things like soy and corn syrup, I don't worry too much about things like vinegar, wine or brewed coffee in marinades. Very little of it is consumed and what you do eat is fairly inert on a paleo diet.
Miscellaneous / Re: Question for the cave women
« Last post by Cait1221 on June 22, 2015, 07:21:08 PM »
How long have you been paleo for?
After a few months, those cravings will go away (at least for me they did). What I do, is have a peice of dark chocolate when I'm on my period. Savor it, don't just pop it in your mouth and eat it.
If your craving something crunchy, dig into a bag of baby carrots. You'll get full eventually, and so long as you don't eat bags of them a week, I can't see any harm in feasting on carrots for crunchy cravings.

I just thought of this based on a dish we have at work, and I have not tried this (but I will at some point), but you could try sprinkling some mustard powder on the carrots and mixing it up in a bowl, to give it that salty flavor your looking for. At my work, they make a carrot mustard side dish with cashews, but they cook the carrots. Couldn't hurt to try it raw so they're still crunchy. If I have the time, I'll try the mustard carrots and report back on the idea.

Hope that helped a little bit.
Diet and nutrition / Re: need help figuring out how to do paleo...
« Last post by sandysmith537 on June 22, 2015, 10:11:03 AM »
Stacey, hope you get over your illness soon.  To everyone who has a rough time in the first week- this is not uncommon.  Your body is having to make large adjustments because of the big changes in what you're eating. Don't make the mistake of trying to cut out fats, which is common because we've been told for decades to reduce animal fats, red meat, etc.. what you need to cut out entirely are grains, cereals, dairy, processed foods, etc., like you'll see repeated often here. I believe that to make the first week go more smoothly, you should concentrate on limiting the sugary fruits, and instead eat plenty of fresh vegetables, and plenty of protein and lots of healthful fats, i.e. the fats which are in red meats, fatty fish like salmon.  You may still have some discomfort during the transition, but eating plenty of protein and fats will smooth things over and keep you filled up. At first when I was transitioning to paleo though, I was struggling with it and went on this site to consult with a doctor.
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