Is cooking with fats enough?

Answered on September 18, 2014
Created September 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Hi everybody,

Not sure if I've posted before here. I am 28 years old and my wife and I are doing paleo for the second time around. My impetus is that I've had blood sugar issues (hungry a few hours after eating), in general poor SAD, and diagnosed with a form of leukemia almost 4 years ago, which I take meds for.

We tried paleo in January, using the practical paleo cookbook. I stopped after I was still fat adapting, and ate a poor breakfast, then had a big coffee...it messed me up and I did not like that.

Anyway, we are going through the practical paleo book most days, or winging recipes on other days. Today is the first day of week three. I have felt pretty good and can go 4 or almost 5 hours without eating and it's not a big problem...I get extremely hungry before mealtime and sometimes have to pop about 6 almonds to carry me through till lunch. But not a bag of cheezits or a candy bar, thankfully.

I know Diane's practical paleo book is solid, but I'm really curious if all the fats are coming through. Some meals seem to be pretty lean (roasted chickens and veggies for example), and there's nothing about slathering butter or oil on afterward like I see people here talk about sometimes. Otherwise it's just cooking something in a fat, or mixing a tbsp in.

If I'm still adapting, should I give extra boosts of fats in my diet, or would that be enough? Thank you.


P.S. No low-carb flu this time really. I seemed to get going pretty quick. Although, this morning I wondered if finally the symptoms are hitting me, if they are going to at all. Is a delay like that normal? I've been trying to stick between 100-150 carbs most days, maybe 75-100 on some days.

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on September 18, 2014
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I think having whole food sources of fats is usually enough, avocados, nuts, meat, fish, eggs etc... and then a bit of added olive oil as it's proven to be pretty healthy stuff, eating loads of added fats isn't the wisest course of action IME as you could be sensitive to them, but if you're only eating 75g carbs you need to make up the calories with something, protein or fat.

I don't think you'll get much low carb flu staying between 100-150g, low carb flu is usually adapting to ketosis which means less than 50g carbs, at 75g with exercise you'll be going in/out of ketosis though, i felt ok under 50g when adapted but still lacked motivation to exercise, around 75g was my low carb sweet spot but i prefer having more energy which means more carbs.


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