I've heard (read) a lot of the ins and outs of Paleo. Don't measure weight on the scale, measure performance; Eat enough protein, eat enough fat, don't eat too many carbs (and they're 75% veggies, 1-2 g of nuts, one fruit). I've posted questions and researched others' comments about the hunger--I'm on Day 6. The hunger stays. I woke up at 4 am from the hunger. I am eating plenty, I think! But avoiding carbs (yet I still wind up at about 100 or I go insane.) I'm not avoiding the fat, using butter and olive oil and if I can stand it, coconut oil.
But once I've gone through my 3 palm size meat portions, come to my 100 carbs--what do I eat?! I am going hungry!
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I suggest you don't obsess too, too much over exact measurements and ratios (not that I don't) but if you must find some foods that are almost pure fat but still good alone:
-egg yolk (or mostly-yolk) is highly nutritious and mostly fat. I cook this super-fat eggy thing invention which I'll give you a recipe for if you ask...
-macadamia nuts are delicious, nutritious, and almost pure fat.
-avocado: some people can eat them plain (has to be a really good one for me but my GF will munch any old avocado)
-coconut milk/cream: I'll eat the stuff plain or with some mild flavoring. Try mixing it with coco powder, I haven't but I'm sure it's good.
-olives from the can....
-there are those who eat/drink plain olive/coconut oil or butter, but I can't take it.
-mix-and-match. If you do dairy, for instance, top some eggs with very fatty sour cream, avocado, and fatty cheese, and your favorite salsa/pico de gallo...
-salad with an extremely oil-heavy home made dressing (easy, just mix a few tablespoons of olive/avocado oil with however much balsamic vinegar and whichever spices suit your taste) Toss in some avocado and fatty cheese and you've got an almost all-fat meal. You could even add some tomato and bell pepper and cucumber, which are all effectively pretty low carb. Mushrooms are nice too, but then you're really getting into whole meal territory.
In recent years, many respected voices in the Paleo community have re-accepted carbs as an important dietary nutrient. So VLC/ketogenic diets are not exactly broadly accepted in the paleosphere, like they once were.
Having said that, there's nothing wrong with trying low-carb for yourself. Many people employ it short-term for quick weight-loss, for instance.
But it seems like the longer a person has been eating paleo, the less likely they are to be concerned about their carb intake. I've observed this many times on Paleohacks and on other forums.
For instance, only this week, Peter "Mr. Ketosis" Attia, came out about his greatly increased his carb intake.
Anyhow, something to think about!
Hey Paleo Gang--I guess I can calm down now! I am definitely in ketosis.(Bought the Ketostix today) Yesterday and the day before when I was asking a zillion desperate questions I was so hungry, so tired, so foggy headed and exhausted after insomnia (that I was literally crying!), I figured out I was magnesium deficient. I got the Natural Calm supplement and boy does that live up to its name. I felt better by evening and then after a good night's sleep, I was sane today. Discovering I'd finally hit ketosis was a big mood lifter. Still working through the hunger--but the good thing about this kind of hunger compared to my old kind of hunger is I don't feel nauseous. It's a hard hunger but I am more confident in figuring it out. Thank you so much for your input! @wtfgod , @Methodician,@raydawg
Why, fat of course. avocado, butter, coconut oil, bacon, nuts, etc.
BTW, when counting carbs, don't count leafy greens as they're mostly fiber and water.
Measure your calories.
If you have a generic measurement like '3 palm size meat portions and 100g carbs' then how could you possibly accomidate both a 110lb person who doesn't exercise and a 250lb lean person who exercises 6 days a week? Need to think of it as a 'Template' - buzzword - which you manipulate to work for you.
But you are onto something, if you limit carbs so drasticly you need to add more fats to make up for the calorie defecit. Unfortunatly they're arn't many 'fat' foods. You may need to almost supplement oils if you limit your carbs and have a high energy requirement, atleast in my limited and possibly biased view.
edit with options:
Fattier cuts of meat
fatty non-meats (nuts/avacados)
'bulletproof' type drinks
eat more carbs *gasp*