Newbie plans her life style change and would like the opinions, suggestions, tips from experienced females who have lost or are losing many pounds fat with paleo.
Planned staples includes coconut, ackee and tallow as main source of fat.. Beef, bacon, fish (including sardines) and plenty eggs (not organic unfortunately) for protein.. Callaloo (cousin to kale), bok choy, tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, carrots, string beans, pepper and onions as accessible veges. [Edit: I have decided to still have nuts and starches like pumpkin and potatoes]
Seems so simple in my head. Are there any issues with this plan?
Macro ratio fat 40% protein 40% carb 20%.
Herbal teas like sour sop leaf, fever grass and hibiscus are norm. Sugar free now.
Omega 3 supplements? Maybe.
Any inspiration would be appreciated really, tell me of your first 14 days and how you coped... Idk.
TIA, lots of love for your concern and/or for sharing.
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on June 23, 2014
at 02:28 AM
When I want to do something, I DO it. But Paleo isn't something that I jumped right into. I weaned myself into over the course of 6 months, eliminating gluten and grains first then dairy and sugar. There are tens of thousands of natural plant and animal foods out there, and your list is incredibly small for whatever reason. It will also be quite low carb unless you really load up on those carrots. That will likely cause fatigue, mood swings, hormonal disruptions, poor gym performance etc if not managed well or if you don't listen to what your body needs. I will also note that I did not do Paleo for fat loss, but I am a woman, so I wanted to respond to your question. Use a food diary to write down what you're eating and how you're feeling throughout the day (including any new symptoms such as acne or hair loss and how your libido is doing). That will tell you a lot. Don't obsess or make meals too complicated. I eat homemade burger or chicken patties with roasted vegetables wrapped in romaine or steamed cabbage for at least 2 meals a day. The other meal is usually a giant salad. My snacks are limited to fresh veggies and extra protein on workout days. If you are doing hardcore exercise, you should be able to stay satiated on 3 well balanced, hearty meals (500 cals each for example) with no need to snack.
on June 22, 2014
at 12:27 PM
Between Paleo and a keto/ paleo hybrid, I've lost 95 lbs and have tried many foods in that time which when starting paleo, either hindered, or helped me...I'd love to share them with you...but, I'm a dude...stupid XY!
on June 22, 2014
at 10:19 AM
What I did was toy with Paleo (dip my toes in) before diving in. In particular, I tried out several Paleo recipes which I had found in books, online, or which I 'created' myself. Some I liked, some I didn't. If you were to try and follow, say, Rob Wolf's 30-day plan, but ended up not liking some of his recipes or spending way too much time cooking (his Chicken and Cauliflower was really too bland for me, and although his Paleo Chicken Alfredo tastes good, it is way too much preparation), there's a good likelihood that you would be tempted to treat yourself to a pizza or an apple pie or whatever at your next meal, and would end up dropping out of the 30-day plan. I think it's better to go into it gradually, especially if you haven't had much experience of cooking in the past years, or have only cooked non Paleo stuff (I was particularly good at making my own pizzas, tarts, pies and bread!) Now I have enough Paleo recipes (including desserts and snacks) to rotate between so that I can stay Paleo for weeks without getting bored, and I keep some homemade 'ready made' Paleo friendly meals in the freezer, for evenings when I am tired/don't have the time to cook. I even learnt to cook liver and kidney!
A good idea would be for you to get a slow cooker. You can make really tasty meals with chuck and tubers, the leftovers freeze well, and I find the 'juice' makes a really tasty and satisfying warm drink in the morning. I have also made extensive use of a Turkish cooking book, which contains lots of recipes of marinated meat. They make a really nice breakfast/lunch (the smell is really appetising too so you won't miss your muesli); you can use a lettuce or bok choy leaf as a wrap instead of a pitta.
As a snack, as well as the usual berries/nuts, I have discovered that beef jerky works really well for me. In fact, I am going to get a dehydrater to prepare my own at home (and apparently you can use it to dehydrate berries as well).
Breakfast was particularly challenging for me, especially as I tend to have breakfast at work (so that I can work out at the gym in the fasted state) and get a lot of comments from my colleagues! I often have oily fish (maquerel) and vegs (broccolis, green beans, peppers, onions) and tubers (sweet potato) or lean fish (cod) with ratatouille, or scrambled eggs with squash/sweet potato, peppers and onions. Now my colleagues are starting to get used to my 'weird' eating habits, although they still preach to me. We went to the restaurant last week (currys) and of 20 people, I was one of the only ones (and the only lady) who finished their meal and got comments that I must have a tenia! Whatever...