Brand New To Paleo

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Created March 06, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I recently discovered I am wheat intolerant and over the last few years have been gaining without cause. Now that I have cut out wheat I am feeling much better, no more heart burn, headaches, etc. However I am not seeing much in the way of weight loss, I would imagine due to the number of diets and other things I did to my body in the past trying to determine the cause of my long term issues. I now fear my metabolism is severly messed up and am hoping Paleo eating will help me to reset it and start losing weight.

I am a dairy lover - and I cannot give up my greek yogurt - I know dairy is not part of the paleo plan from what I have read but how harmful is it really? Esp if its plain greek mixed with fruit.

I have been reading many posts and I don't think I can manage to do only 10% carbs. I eat mostly vegetarian, with meat a couple times a month and poultry/fish a couple times a week -beans, fruit, lentils, vegetables are what make up most of my diet in the past few weeks, and I have cut out almost all grains - with the occasional quinoa and rice. I am so frustrated and now so limited in what I can eat I cannot imagine giving up sushi!

Is there anything out there for people who have had success on a modified paleo diet? If so can you point me in the right direction?

I don't consume sugar very often, but should that be cut out completely as well?

Thanks for any advice you have for me.

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on March 08, 2012
at 02:36 AM

There is no one size fits all. It's not all or nothing with this diet. Try to eat whole natural foods (fresh meat, fresh vegetables, and fresh fruit) as much as possible and avoid processed foods as much as possible.



on March 06, 2012
at 09:23 PM

Plain old dairy isn't kosher for the paleo-puritans, but you won't find many haters if you are mainly consuming butter and full-fat yogurt. If it's from pastured milk, or even homemade, you're a winner. :-) This assumes you can handle dairy, of course.

From the rest of your post, it really sounds like you've been reading a lot of the paleo sites that tend to be very opinionated (rightly so, but still so), and might not be a good starting point. If you want a good place to start, consider reading any of the published books out there. This includes Robb Wolf's "The Paleo Solution" and Mark Sisson's "The Primal Blueprint" (as well as other's less suited for a beginner). I suggest these books if only to offer a somewhat more well-reasoned and thought out blueprint for approaching a paleo lifestyle than a singular post here on PH is going to give you. Sisson's book is somewhat less hardline than Wolf's -- but both hold valuable information.

Don't get hung up on the hardline. Yes, we've all given up wheat and many of us have given up all grains. However, there's lots of opinions about what is and isn't otherwise paleo. Find what works for you, and then keep refining.

There are some great diet springboards / challenges (like Whole9's Whole30 program) that you may find handy to start with.

Good luck!



on March 06, 2012
at 11:52 PM

I think saying "I cannot give this up" is a cue that you need to, at least temporarily.

You don't necessarily have to be perfect, especially if you're healthy to begin with and not trying to lose weight or deal with a chronic illness. However, I do think it's important to be pretty strict for the first month or two, just to break addictions and habits. It's hard to imagine giving up certain foods until you do it. Once you've given them up for a while, you'll find alternatives and new favorites and you'll look back at this and laugh.

I'd suggest trying Whole30 or something - go strict for a period of time, and then try adding things back in to see what effect they have if you feel you still want to try to have them in your life.

For sushi - do sashimi, or make your own using a rice-alternative. Or have it as an occasional treat.



on March 06, 2012
at 10:05 PM

Are you prepared to start eating a lot more meat and a lot less vegetarian food?



on March 08, 2012
at 01:55 AM

If I am not prepared to start eating lots of fat, due to a medical condition I have to limit the fat I do eat, which is why I eat some vegetarian meals.

Does this suggest I should try something other then paleo?

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