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Trying to get protein....

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Created June 06, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I'm having a hard time eating protein. I'm monitoring my intake on MyFoodDiary.com and it's helpful. I'm trying to stay under 100g of carbs, but I can't get enough protein in. I'm trying to stick to Robb Wolf's ratios.

Any advice?

Trying to lose 20 pounds by the end of August.

Thanks!

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on June 07, 2012
at 07:51 PM

My heaviest was over 200lbs (over ten years ago). I just know I have more to lose (I'm short...5'3") and want to feel and look better. My sweet tooth is so hard to tame. :( Thanks for sharing Amy!

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at 05:38 PM

I was 158 at my heaviest (I'm 5'2"). I lost most of the weight doing low-carb but have transitioned to Primal to focus on better food quality. (Still pretty LC though.) I'd like to lose another 5-10, but I'm less concerned with what the scale says than how I look naked! ;-) In fact, in the past, I weighed about 137-138 but my physique was *better.*

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Thanks Amy and Joy. As today (noon), I have 61g. Bacon and HB egg for breakfast. Chicken for lunch. I weigh 160, but I'm thinking I need to change my mindset and embrace more meat. Measuring my food keeps me in check. My total calories for the day are limited to 1300 in order to lose a pound a week. I also CrossFit (2-3x/week) but I'm usually not too hungry after workouts. Amy-how much have you lost? I'm trying to lose weight for mobility issues (running a marathon in October). Thanks!

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@Joy and Niki - do you mind if I ask how much you weigh? Are you going for 1g protein/lb or kg of total weight or lean mass? Just wondering, because I'm around 135 and I haven't measured my food in a long time, but when I was, it took a concerted effort to get over 100g/day.

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@Niki- I had this same problem a while ago. http://paleohacks.com/questions/119857/can-you-give-an-example-of-how-to-eat-170-195-g-protein-daily#axzz1wyJRpQyH Eventually, I settled on eating less overall, and therefore less protein but this is only recently. I am averaging 120g per day now fairly easily. One tip I would give you is to try to get a helping of meat at lunch every day. I have made baked chicken wings on sundays the last 2 weeks and take them for lunch through the week. Also, try to include protein in every meal. Consider meat for breakfast with eggs.

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I consider bacon more of a fat than a protein, but sure gorge away if it's a natural product without icky preservatives.

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Thank you, Amy! I think I just need to cook/prep more. I'm a big fan of PaleOMG, Everyday Paleo, and Well-Fed. But I'm trying to stay away from honey/sugars/etc. Trying to eat 150g of protein a day. Usually only getting 80g in. I think I just need to pack more meats. Can I gorge on bacon from Whole Food? I LOVE IT!

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at 08:05 PM

I just bought a hardboiled egg. Feeling better. Might get some primal/paleo kits with just meat. I like things on the go.

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I totally agree that with Dave S ^. If I eat enough protein and good fats I am never actually hungry and the carb cravings stopped almost immediately when I started.

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Robb Wolf recommends pretty high levels of protein. Part of why that works so well is that protein blunts hunger and cravings. I think Robb is okay with not eating all the protein he recommnends if you just don't want it. He is not okay with getting hungry and eating other stuff. In other words eat as much meat/fish/eggs as you need to prevent being hungry - beyond that is not really necessary. As J. Stanton is fond of saying: If you are still hungry, you didn't eat enough meat!

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There are lots of great paleo recipe blogs out there. Some good ones come up right away with a quick google.

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It's hard to eat fruit and keep carbs low. Berries are pretty easy to fit into your level of carbs, but the others not so much.

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Steak, eggs, and chicken right now. I think I need to find some good recipes. I'm only 3 days in of this Paleo ride but I'm struggling. I'm thinking that I might have to give up fruit. :(

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What kinds of protein are you eating now? Is the problem that you don't like eating protein rich foods or that you aren't sure what foods are good sources of protein?

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Protein rich foods - meat, fish, poultry, eggs. In meat try to eat mostly meat from grass fed ruminants - beef, lamb, goat. Have some pork and chicken, but not as much as the ruminants. Try to get pasture raised pork, chicken and eggs. Mostly fatty fish like salmon and sardines, tuna in lesser amounts. Dairy isn't usually a major source of protein in paleo diets; many people don't tolerate it and those who do, favor full fat. The casein and other milk proteins are not ideal.

Vegetarian sources of protein other than eggs are incomplete, tied into large carb loads and are generally not paleo. They contain a lot of anti-nutrients.

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We'll be able to help you a little better if you tell us why you're having trouble getting protein in.

  1. Do you just not like animal foods all that much?
  2. Do you not have time to cook? (Or know how?)

If it's #1, there isn't much I can suggest.

If it's #2, the key is advance preparation. Pick one or two days a week and cook large quantities of food to keep on hand so there's always a source of protein ready. Boil a dozen eggs at a time. Throw a pork loin or beef roast into a slow cooker and it'll feed you for days. (Depending on if it's just you or if you're cooking for others, too.) Stock up on canned tuna, salmon, sardines, and mackerel if you like them. Easy meal: open can (and drain), grab fork, EAT. Bake a bunch of chicken breasts either plain or with whatever seasonings you like. They'll keep in the fridge for a few days.

Depending on how strict you are in what you yourself mean by "Paleo," there's very little easier than getting a pound or two of turkey or roast beef at the deli counter. Quick, simple lunch (or any other meal, for that matter) -- roll up a couple of slices of meat and have 'em with cut up raw veggies.

If you don't know how to cook or have no idea where to start, there are a TON of paleo-friendly websites with massive amounts of recipes.

Any time you're hungry, eat protein first. That might help a little too. If you're having "trouble" eating enough protein, don't fill up on carbs or fat. Get the protein down first, then have the veggies or whatever else.

(Also: how much protein are you eating now? How much are you aiming for when you say "enough?")

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on June 07, 2012
at 02:43 AM

@Niki- I had this same problem a while ago. http://paleohacks.com/questions/119857/can-you-give-an-example-of-how-to-eat-170-195-g-protein-daily#axzz1wyJRpQyH Eventually, I settled on eating less overall, and therefore less protein but this is only recently. I am averaging 120g per day now fairly easily. One tip I would give you is to try to get a helping of meat at lunch every day. I have made baked chicken wings on sundays the last 2 weeks and take them for lunch through the week. Also, try to include protein in every meal. Consider meat for breakfast with eggs.

9d805605656a3b6d7dc8293e94d173f1

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on June 06, 2012
at 08:09 PM

Thank you, Amy! I think I just need to cook/prep more. I'm a big fan of PaleOMG, Everyday Paleo, and Well-Fed. But I'm trying to stay away from honey/sugars/etc. Trying to eat 150g of protein a day. Usually only getting 80g in. I think I just need to pack more meats. Can I gorge on bacon from Whole Food? I LOVE IT!

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on June 07, 2012
at 12:44 AM

I consider bacon more of a fat than a protein, but sure gorge away if it's a natural product without icky preservatives.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on June 07, 2012
at 03:49 PM

@Joy and Niki - do you mind if I ask how much you weigh? Are you going for 1g protein/lb or kg of total weight or lean mass? Just wondering, because I'm around 135 and I haven't measured my food in a long time, but when I was, it took a concerted effort to get over 100g/day.

9d805605656a3b6d7dc8293e94d173f1

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on June 07, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Thanks Amy and Joy. As today (noon), I have 61g. Bacon and HB egg for breakfast. Chicken for lunch. I weigh 160, but I'm thinking I need to change my mindset and embrace more meat. Measuring my food keeps me in check. My total calories for the day are limited to 1300 in order to lose a pound a week. I also CrossFit (2-3x/week) but I'm usually not too hungry after workouts. Amy-how much have you lost? I'm trying to lose weight for mobility issues (running a marathon in October). Thanks!

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on June 07, 2012
at 05:38 PM

I was 158 at my heaviest (I'm 5'2"). I lost most of the weight doing low-carb but have transitioned to Primal to focus on better food quality. (Still pretty LC though.) I'd like to lose another 5-10, but I'm less concerned with what the scale says than how I look naked! ;-) In fact, in the past, I weighed about 137-138 but my physique was *better.*

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on June 07, 2012
at 07:51 PM

My heaviest was over 200lbs (over ten years ago). I just know I have more to lose (I'm short...5'3") and want to feel and look better. My sweet tooth is so hard to tame. :( Thanks for sharing Amy!

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1 Cut out all grains, sugar and industrial seed oils. 2 Replace them with full-fat meat, fish and eggs. 3 Eat vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds. 4 Supplement your diet with healthy oils such as fish oil and olive oil. 5 Use saturated fats such as butter or coconut oil to cook your food. 6 Aim for less than 150g of carbohydrates per day. 7 Do not count calories and don???t starve yourself. 8 Try to keep your food as natural as possible, processed food is bad.

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