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Diet and nutrition / Re: Back on the wagon/Baby carrots as snacks
« on: August 13, 2011, 09:15:25 PM »
It is hard!  And I have 2 little kiddos who expect a sweet treat now and again. 
FOod issues are a pain in the rear.
Thanks for listening :)

Diet and nutrition / Back on the wagon/Baby carrots as snacks
« on: August 12, 2011, 10:43:18 AM »
Ok, so I'm back on the paleo wagon today.  Ideally, I'd like to be able to do breakfast and supper and possily a small fruit as dessert.
I am so overweight, I am miserable. I am growing out of my size 22 pants and 2x tops.  DH's body is perfectly muscular, very little fat.  I feel so completely awkward, especially in the bedroom :(  It is a miserable existance. 

I have a very hard time psychologically letting go of my 'trigger' foods. I snack when I'm stressed also, I can be overly full and stressed out and I'm driven to the kitchen for something to shove in my face to relieve that stress.

Aaaanyway, lots for me to overcome after 34 years of this habit.

Also, are baby carrots an ok snack?   I can make that my go-to snack, it's in a bag and easy to access.  Just don't know if they're too 'sugary' as I'm confused and mixed up from trying Atkins previously.


Exercises / Re: Sprinting
« on: March 12, 2011, 10:13:17 AM »
Thanks! This will be a great starting place for me. :)

Exercises / Sprinting
« on: March 11, 2011, 05:36:50 PM »
Tell me about sprinting.  :)
I have my laptop set up on top of my treadmill and can plod along slowly or at a good clip, elevation or flat. 
Just now I decided to just sprint as fast as I could (turned out to be 6,8mph) for as long as I could (little more than 30 secs) before I got uncomfortable and wanted to stop.
HOw long between sprints and how many sprints on average do you do?

Thanks :)

Diet and nutrition / Where can I get tallow and how to prepare/use it?
« on: March 11, 2011, 10:04:38 AM »
I am not sure where i can get some tallow? Should I try whole foods?

Also, do you have to cook it down or do you just put a dollop of it raw into the pan and it melts on its own?
Thanks :)

Diet and nutrition / Re: Proper Portions for a 5'6" woman
« on: March 11, 2011, 09:44:11 AM »
Thanks, Izzy.
I have Taube's book and have read it twice.  I have an amazing personal library containing over 20 books on diet/low carb/paleo! (not to mention 18 books on similar for my dogs ! LOL).  It's nearly an obsession!

I didn't realize dairy was insulin stimulating.  I have a terrible (decaf) coffee habit at the moment. And I use cream which is "ok" by atkins standards (see where the confusion begins?).  I will try to switch to coconut milk and see how that goes.
I also realize decaf is not very healthy and am looking for a similar tasting alternative.  I thoroughly enjoy having a warm beverage to sip on througout the day, at least the morning, anyway.

So I will try, for the time being, little to no fruit, meat and vegs, cut out dairy.  Must I forever abstain from having a treat, such as birthday cake (my son's bday is next week)? Or is it reasonable to have a treat now and again?  I fear that if I do not indulge now and again, I will binge and it takes weeks for me to get past that.
Thaks for the help,

Diet and nutrition / Proper Portions for a 5'6" woman
« on: March 11, 2011, 08:28:47 AM »
I am trying very hard to do paleo/low carb as I am a LOT overweight, at 236lbs currently  :-\

Every day I just do not know how 'much' food to put on my plate.  Psycologically, I always have this feeling of not getting enough, which may be due to having been on several diets since the 2nd grade.  I ate the same things as my skinny sister, but then was restricted because I was overweight.

Anyway, what would you say a 5'6" woman should eat per meal?
Such as how many eggs?  How many ounces meat per meal?

The more I read about this diet and that diet, (the varying low carb ones and paleo) the more confused I am!  My doctor said "low carb with a small amount of fruit per day" which sounds like to me to be Paleo.  Atkins is feeling a bit too greasy to me.

Are there any ladies my height at a normal weight, and what did you get down to and find reasonable to maintain?  Do you exercise? How much/how many days per week?
I am so tired and depressed about my life- it's defined by being overweight- and that being such a major issue to all- myself, of course, but to my DH (he is concerned), my family, my doctor.  Yet, all my bloodwork is outstanding, by the way. I just carry around about 70lbs excess fat.  :-[
Thanks for the help!

Food Journals / Re: Shamrockmommy's Noms
« on: January 26, 2011, 09:17:25 AM »
Thanks, Samjohn, I will cut it out then.

B: 3 chicken legs cooked in a frypan with evoo (in lieu of the g.foreman grill)
Baby carrots   Decaf coffee with half n half and whipped cream (obviously a cheat, but still, no carbs) Am trying to find some almond milk, may have to make the drive to whole foods

L:  baby bella mushrooms, zucchini, onion sauteed in chicken fat with pepper OMG GOod!

As an aside, got the results yesterday of extensive blood, gene and urine tests.  I am basically, the picture of health LOL with the exception of beign overfat. Need about 60-70lbs gone.  Cholesterol was 154, fasting glucose 81, B-12 was low normal (she said I might feel better if I could get that number up).

Diet and nutrition / Re: Are all of you low carb?
« on: January 26, 2011, 09:04:47 AM »
Yes, low carb as I feel best this way (and it helps with my mysterious leg/feet swelling, which can balloon up so uncomfortably sometimes).  I do get one fruit per day, I like to have a nice "dessert" at night.  Usually it's an apple, a nectarine, or cut up bananas with strawberries.  I do adore watermelon and cantalope when in season. 

Diet and nutrition / Re: Heroin, Oxycontin and a whole wheat bagel
« on: January 26, 2011, 09:00:22 AM »
So true!   While you won't get the shakes and tremors of a heroin withdrawal, you will feel pretty much like dirt for about 4 days.  I have been off wheat for about a year and a half and I still recall how awful I felt. Terrible throbbing headache, 'brain fog', irritable, cravings... bleh. 

I recently cut out all grains (was using the wheat/gluten free substitute products) and I feel 1000000% better :P   You couldn't pay me to eat wheat again. Bad stuff!

Food Journals / Shamrockmommy's Noms
« on: January 25, 2011, 07:00:55 PM »
Today's Food:
B: 3 eggs
L: 8oz thin cut way too chewy steak (working on eating up all the lean stuff I have in the freezers)
S: 1/4 cup almonds
D: chicken breast cut up, mixed into stir fry mix (veggies only, no seasonings or sauces)
S:Apple with organic peanut butter (not sure if this is considered ok on paleo.)

I want to do the very best for my health. i've been overweight too long.  Currently at 237. ALready down from 246. For a 5'6.5" girl... ick.
I don't plan on weighing too much, relying on the mirror, because it's more than obvious from a glance in the mirror that there is much more work to do.

Just had a ton of bloodwork done for my swelling issue (legs and feet, can be very swollen at times I can't bend my feet/toes).  All the bloodwork is amazingly good.  Cholesteral is 154, glucose is 81, and the allergy food panel came back negative for everything- my Dr. is skeptical and is getting me a referral out to an allergist for a scratch test. So see what comes of that.
I definitely feel like I "react" (swell up) to grains, soy and many of the chemical preservatives and the like.  Dr. thinks I am super sensitive to sodium also.

I'll try to post on here daily of what I eat.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Back and Puzzled with health problems
« on: January 20, 2011, 09:17:46 PM »
I called and got the results of all the tests.  Perfectly normal, all looks good. So I'm relieved but at the same time, mad, that there seems to be no explanation on the swelling.

On the plus side I do feel like paleo is the right diet for me, I feel pretty good despite the swelling, and definitely much more alert.  I can also eat much less food during the day, which is great.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Back and Puzzled with health problems
« on: January 20, 2011, 10:23:34 AM »
Thanks, I will give the coconut oil a try.

Diet and nutrition / Re: How do you prepare your veggies?
« on: January 20, 2011, 10:22:14 AM »
Sounds yummy, thanks for sharing :)

Diet and nutrition / Re: Back and Puzzled with health problems
« on: January 19, 2011, 09:04:10 AM »
What about EKG? 

Have you had any recent dental work that coincides with the onset of the edema?

Were you exposed to any toxic substances?  Did you spray any herbicides or insecticides around your property?

EKG was normal (from a few years ago).  No recent dental work, been a couple years since I had 3 crowns put on some molars. 

I have not knowingly been around any toxic substances.  I do not spray pesticides or herbicides around our property at all. All my cleaning supplies are either Seventh Generation brand or Mrs. Meyers which are all-natural. 

On the Herbs and Spices... pepper, cumin, oregano, parsley, basil, rosemary, cilantro (these last 5 from our organic garden), and similar . 

I am trying to go no coffee/dairy today and see how the swelling goes.  I was all swollen yesterday   It's going to be a long week to get to next Tuesday for the results!
Thank you all for hleping me bounce around ideas.

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