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You need more fat.  Waaaay more fat.  Bacon and eggs for breakfast is always good.  I usually eat eggs with some type of meat (bacon, smoked salmon, etc.) and veggies

Exercises / Re: Fat loss and efficiency
« on: January 07, 2012, 11:20:26 PM »
I believe Tony Horton incorporated that principle into the P90X2 workouts by adding an element of balance to classic weight training moves (i.e. preacher curl in warrior 3 stance or pushups on 4 medicine balls)

Diet and nutrition / Re: Cheap paleo food websites
« on: December 14, 2011, 08:57:34 PM »
I know a Crossfitter who makes her own nut butter and has started selling it to fellow CF gyms around Southern Cali (she personally delivers the batches if they're in reasonable driving distance).  The nut butter is made of almonds, walnuts, macadamias and pecans.  It's not super cheap, but it's really delicious!

4oz - $5.00
8oz - $10.00
16oz - $20.00

lemme know if you're interested

Exercises / Re: P90X2
« on: December 09, 2011, 06:43:09 PM »
I've done 3 rounds of P90X (with some program modifications of the last two rounds) and I always get leaner every time.  Definitely a good, solid strength training program.  Some workouts are nice, classic resistance training and others are good for focusing on your weak spots (like yoga).  I used to hate the yoga, but now I love it.

Exercises / P90X2
« on: November 07, 2011, 08:46:41 AM »
It's almost here!  I was a fan of P90X because of the resistance workouts and am itching to try P90X2.  I was watching a promo vid of the differences b/t P90X and P90X2, and Horton mentions grain-free options in the nutrition guide.  Props to him for that!

Diet and nutrition / Re: Living with nonpaleo family members
« on: November 01, 2011, 08:48:28 PM »
gracielin - I totally get what you're going through right now. My parents are convinced that I will have a heart attack soon, and my mom keeps on trying to sneak in non-paleo foods on me (ex. putting milk into my beef curry instead of coconut milk, mixing in mashed potatoes into my mashed cauliflower, etc.)

I've actually told them about the paleo diet, and they're like, "'re on the Atkin's diet?" My dad periodically sends me emails of article links that go on and on about the dangers of too much meat, animal fats, etc.

Luckily, I don't eat all my meals with them, and I'm moving away for school soon. In the meantime, I have my canned salmon/tuna, tins of sardines and mackerel, organic beef jerky, and jar of coconut butter to get me through. Best of luck to you :)

Haha, that sounds like something my mom would do.. sneak in non-paleo foods.  Luckily, my parents seem to trust my judgement with regards to nutrition and fitness.  Part of the reason is probably because I was able to lose 50 lbs on my own.  My aunt and uncle, however, have their own views on nutrition... more, let's just say, rigid views.

For dumplings, I don't have to fight parents about it, but I just open up the dumpling and suck the meat and juices out.

If they've backed off on the gluten, maybe you can get away with this at some point.  Be apologetic about it and thank them for how good the filling is, but don't eat the shell.

In my own home I'd have no problem with this, but here I feel too wasteful if I throw away the skin in front of them.  Last time it was only me and my uncle eating, and he was so focused on TV, I could slip past w/o eating the skin.  It's definitely worth a try though, thank you!

I was in a similar situation where I was surrounded by non-paleo friends and relatives.  I was able to convince one person to try paleo with me for a month.  After the month was up this person felt so good that he stuck with the diet.  Not only did this get my friends/family off my back for being paleo but a couple more people actually converted to paleo!  So perhaps you can challenge one of your family members to try a month of paleo?

That's a good idea.  Doubt my aunt and uncle would go for it.  Maybe my cousin, but she really likes her grains... and isn't too keen on self-improvement.  She's very complacent.  I'll work on breaking my parents and brother.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Living with nonpaleo family members
« on: October 31, 2011, 12:06:04 PM »
Good news!  The fam has backed off on the wheat/oatmeal ordeal.  I've been attributing my eczema flare ups to when I eat gluten and that seems to get through better than the stomach cramps.  I'm a bit stuck on what to do when they make noodles or dumplings for lunch.  Last time we had dumplings, I tried to pick off most of the wrap.. but it's hard to do that inconspicuously.  I can't fast for the meal because then they'll worry that I'm not eating enough, etc.  Ideas?

Last resort may have to be eating the noodles/dumplings for that meal...

Diet and nutrition / Re: Living with nonpaleo family members
« on: October 20, 2011, 11:12:58 PM »
I would tell them you won't listen to any criticism of your books from anybody who hasn't read them. That's fair. They're speaking from a position of ignorance.

True, I will do that next time.

Wow, thats a frustrating place to be in.

I would say something like, "I'd like your support with my decision and if you cannot do that, please do not comment on my diet."

I recently told my mother in law that my diet was my business and she need not worry about me. She gave me all this non fat "cheese" and terrible trans fat cut fries. Really? That's healthy? Ridiculous.

Yeah, it has definitely caused awkwardness during meal times.  I'll agree to eat some rice because it's the most benign of grains, but I want nothing to do with wheat.. especially after what I've read in Wheat Belly.

This low fat craze really is ridiculous.  Let's put even more processed crap and chemicals into our food and call it healthy.  *face palm*

Diet and nutrition / Re: Living with nonpaleo family members
« on: October 20, 2011, 01:40:00 PM »
If you can convince one of your outspoken family members to read a book, give them a copy of Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD.

I'm actually reading that now, and they know I'm reading it... along with The Paleo Solution and Why We Get Fat.  They are kind of blaming the books for my gluten-avoidance, so I'm not sure how that would go.  I can give it a try.  I'm also worried that Wheat Belly may be too "science-y" for them.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Living with nonpaleo family members
« on: October 20, 2011, 10:01:08 AM »
Had major stomach cramps the other day and the fam immediately jumped on the issue that I'm not eating bread, oatmeal, etc.  I've tried explaining why I'm avoiding wheat, but they think I'm ridiculous.  They say there's no way it's bad for me or the cause of the cramps because I used to eat it with no problem (mainly oatmeal).  Any suggestions?

I'm thinking of attributing gluten consumption to cause my eczema to flare up if they keep pressing the issue.  I'll start eating some rice again to make them chill out for a bit.  I know they're only reacting this way out of worry for my well-being.

Diet and nutrition / Re: The best primal lifestyle book!
« on: October 08, 2011, 09:04:18 AM »
I liked Robb Wolf's "The Paleo Solution."  Also, not entirely paleo, but related, "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes is a very easy and fast read.  It's good for people w/o much of a science background, since "Good Calories, Bad Calories" was aimed more towards doctors and researchers.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Living with nonpaleo family members
« on: October 05, 2011, 01:08:55 PM »
Been keeping my carb intake b/t 50-100g a day.  How much protein and fat would you recommend with this amt of carbs to at least maintain my weight?  Most are from fruits and veggies, but some are from rice during dinner - I only get 2 TBS.  Sometimes carbs will be closer to 100g bc they decide to eat noodles for lunch, so I'm pretty much SOL and other food choices for that meal and if I don't eat I'll probably get a lecture.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Living with nonpaleo family members
« on: September 26, 2011, 08:30:18 AM »
Seems as though I'm going to have to wait until I go paleo :/.  Not eating grains is drawing more attention... My aunt keeps telling me how I shouldn't cut out food groups everyday.  It's gotten the the point where she called my parents -_-.  My mom will support whatever I do, she just wants me to be flexible while I'm out here (since it isn't my home or my resources).  Very understandable.  Guess I'll just watch my carb intake for now and make as many paleo decisions as possible.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Living with nonpaleo family members
« on: September 22, 2011, 07:51:37 PM »
As for jerky, I think it is a good idea for increasing the protein, you need both protein and fat. I have jerky for protein-snack once in a while, and when you have it w/o additives it's great. Canned is also good, or as "celticcavegirl" wrote, cold roasted is good. I know what you mean about little protein at dinner, when we eat at our parents both me and my partner take most of the protein of the dinner (meat, fish etc.) while the others eat mostly the carbs...

Great that you want to eat paleo even if you stay with your relatives! I think it is really super. And remember, the most important is to eat healthy (i.e. paleo) in the long run (you have many years more when you can set the menu yourself :-) ).

Thanks!  That's a good thought to keep in mind too.. I could always make the switch when I'm living on my own.  I just figured I'd try to go as paleo as possible right now.  I've gone 4 days w/o grains this week and think I felt some side effects of the transition phase (lethargy, slight headache, etc.).  The weekend is coming up and I may be forced to eat some sort of grain product at our big family dinner.

When you all say cold roasted, do you mean lunch meat?

Diet and nutrition / Re: Living with nonpaleo family members
« on: September 20, 2011, 09:32:31 PM »
If they use rice bowls at dinner, put a little rice in the bowl and put the meat and vegetables on top, then just eat the meat and vegetables.  Even in Taiwan, that's what I remember most people doing, when there was plenty of meat and vegetables such as at banquets.

And then throw away the rice?  I'm not sure if I can get away with that, but it is worth a try

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