Hi, I'm completely new to paleo, I've actually only on week 2. I'm doing a project where I'm doing paleo for a month, then vegetarian, then vegan, just to see how each makes me feel. Anyway, I get up very early for work and the last thing I want is a big protein breakfast. I've just been having an apple and walnuts or a banana and walnuts, and a coffee w/ almond milk. I feel fine, but I'm just wondering what everyone's 2 cents/experience is on this. (Previously I was doing mini 14-16 hr fasts, which is why I'm not so into breakfast)
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Personally, I prefer a heavy breakfast with protein and fat, then I snack on fruit and nuts at lunch time, then at dinner it depends what I fancy that day...
It sounds like you're fully adapted to vegan and vegetarian and will be following them 100% without difficulty.
Your breakfast sounds fine for that. But if you want to see what Paleo is like you need to eat meat, fat and leafy greens. Very scant fruit, nuts and starchy foods. Saying you don't/won't eat protein leaves you with fat for most of your breakfast calories. So butter or heavy cream in your coffee and have some kale or a huge green salad, heavily buttered or doused with olive oil. The rest of the day eat extra meat to make up for the missed protein. That's the general idea.
The issue with a breakfast like that is that it gives you an insufficient amount of fat. Nuts do contain oil but you would have to eat a decent amount to have enough fat in your breakfast. Fat is needed to empty your gall bladder, which contains large amounts of concentrated bile in the morning, waiting to be released.
Also, nut oils are high in Omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3 so you should either add some freshly ground flax-seeds to your breakfast or supplement it with a capsule of fish/krill oil for balance.
Try adding an avocado too; avocadoes contain loads of fat rich in MUFAs such as omega-9.
As regards your intermittent fasting / mini-fasts, do them by skipping dinner - do not skip breakfast.
Bacon,Bacon,Bacon,Eggs then some greens and you're good to go.
While fruits + nuts for breakfast and coffee w/ almond milk are perfectly Paleo, they're also vegetarian-friendly and vegan-friendly, which might not be beneficial when you're attempting to study how the differences in the diets makes you feel.
For a Paleo breakfast, try some wild salmon with sweet potato fried in beef tallow and seasoned with sea salt / himalayan, a side of vegetables (ghee or olive oil), and bulletproof coffee w/ grassfed butter. If you switch the grassfed butter out with MCT or coconut oil, you might feel even better.