Hi there! I am Wendy. I am 35 years old, 5'4" and 144 lbs. I generally always gravitated toward eating paleo. I cannot eat fruit. I don't know all of the specifics of why but I don't like it and it makes me I'll when I eat it. The only fruit I use is lime when I cook fish. When I try coconut products they upset my stomach. I am also avoiding nuts. My mother is celiac which caused me to quit gluten a while back. The problem was I started eating a lot of rice flour, etc., which now I have stopped with awesome results. My daughter is lactose intolerant which brings me to my problem... I am eating paleo minus fruit, but with some dairy in the form of lactose free whole milk, massive amounts of meat, veggies, dark chocolate, butter, and a small amount (like 3 teaspoons a day) of organic sugar. I tried honey but it upset my stomach! I am trying to lean out a little. I have padding on my thighs, hips, and tummy. Not a lot but enough to bother me. I am not saying i need to lose weight because no matter what I do, no matter how I eat, no matter what time of day it is the scale ALWAYS says 144 (which is really FREAKY!) I am leaning out a little but it is kind of unmeasurable. If I wanted to speed up the process should I eliminate the dairy? The sugar? How much damage are these really doing? I hoped I could get away with this since I have no fruit. Basically I hate to forego something that improves my value of life (it all has to do with my coffee!) please let me know if you have any other ideas for me! I hate to limit any more foods from my list. :(
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on March 05, 2012
at 03:43 PM
What is your activity level?
While it may help to cut out some things like added sugar, if you want to speed up the process, you are going to need to have some amount of physical activity everyday. There's really no way around it. Find an activity you enjoy, and roll with it - from walking after you wake up in the morning to a social sport with friends.
Slow and steady wins the race ... but raising your activity level will kick things up a notch. Good luck!
on March 09, 2012
at 12:57 AM
Definitely get rid of all sugar, it wreaks havoc with your blood sugar levels and will prevent weight loss and increase sugar cravings! Also be diligent in looking for "hidden" sugar in foods. Make your own salad dressings using good fats. Fine tune that and you will find that you get some results.
on March 06, 2012
at 07:58 PM
Consider basic bodybuilding. One of the advantages to being female is that you don't get big muscles like men do. Your body just doesn't produce the testosterone to do that. Basic weight lifting burns just as much calories as cardio exercises do. But the added muscle will make you tone and stronger.
on March 05, 2012
at 05:16 PM
You sound like you are FODMAP-intolerant, which explains the problems with lactose-intolerance, coconut, fruit & honey. I have the same issue and have eaten lactose-free dairy & a bit of sugar with no problems for over a year. Try potatoes and bananas & see how they work for you as a carb source.
I would hide the scale & get out your tape measure for tracking purposes. I track my waist & hips.
How long have you been Paleo? I would stick to your "maintenance" foods for at least 3 months if you just went gluten-free & dial in your Vitamin D and Magnesium, as well as adding organ meats & bone broth to replenish your nutrient stores.
After that, here's my fine-tuning plan to drop the last few pounds of body fat:
Assuming you have been Paleo for at least 3 months & have no health issues, of course!
Drop your dietary fat significantly & eat mostly lean protein & just enough carbs to fuel your activity. Take a krill oil supplement for Omega 3s and get some coconut water to replenish electrolytes. Drink water! This is essentially a protein-sparing modified fast.
You will create a great fat deficit & your body will use your fat stores for extra fuel.
I'm actually doing this right now and it's working beautifully. I'm 49.
If you are already fat-adapted, you will have few symptoms. If not, you may have some carb-flu for a day or so (I had a headache on the 1st 2 days.)
Do this for as many days as you can and then do a high carb day to replenish glycogen stores (if needed.) When you are at your maintenance level, add back dietary fat.