on November 20, 2016
at 02:21 PM
As long as your palette hasn't been broken by eating modern day engineered foods, and you're not eating too much carbs, your sense of taste and craving should guide you properly as to how much to eat and what to eat. (If you're craving modern day junk food like doughnuts, bagels, pizza, etc. it's broken.) Coffee can skew this somewhat due to its addictive nature. If you're used to drinking sweetened coffee, even more so, and artificial sweeteners will make it much worse. Once you've been eating clean paleo foods (not things like "paleo" cookies, "paleo" breads, etc.) for a few months, your sense of taste will go back to normal and you'll be able to trust your cravings. That said, there's no limit on how much fat you can eat per day. Obviously if you're eating too much in the presence of carbs, you'll store it as fat due to insulin. The same thing happens if you eat it in the presence of proteins, but to far far lesser degree. The trouble with cream is any additives and preservatives and thickeners they add, as well as the fact that dairy is commonly a detriment to good health. Some people can tolerate it, others can't. Perhaps you can try switching to a coconut cream instead. (Stay away from things like almond milk unless you make it yourself for the same additive reasons as well as the fact that they're charging a ton of money for maybe a dozen almonds' worth of ingredients.) If you can't trust your taste buds, you can try counting calories which isn't ideal. Go here: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/ The values you'll get from this are your basal metabolic rate which is the amount of calories you'll need to just exist, unconscious, in bed. You'll need to multiply this number by how active you are, see: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/harris-benedict-equation/ So that's how many "calories" you'll need per day. But not all calories are equal. Calories from fat are not equal to calories from other fats, for example, because some kinds of fats, such as MCTs cannot be stored and will infact cause you to burn more fat. Fats from oxidized PUFAs (i.e. "vegetable", corn, canola, sunflower, safflower and especially soy are very much health damaging and will lead to things like fatty liver disease, damage to the pancreas, and obesity.) Similarly, carbs aren't carbs. "Calories" from fructose are very different from glucose, or from fibers. Fibers don't give us energy at all, they feed our gut bacteria which can then improve our health. Fructose in small amounts is good for us, in large amounts such as from agave nectar, high fructose corn syrup, or soda are very much harmful. Fruit (except for maybe no more than a handful of berries a day) should be avoided except at the end of summer. Fructose is the signal that tells our bodies to store fat at the end of summer in preparation for winter. Fructose is metabolized like alcohol, and depletes enzyme reserves in the liver, so best avoid it. In terms of protein the same is true. Seitan is pure gluten, for example and very harmful to us. Soy protein is also harmful to us for many reasons beyond just the protein aspect. Whey and casein can be good or bad. Casein in the presence of transglutaminase can look a lot like gluten, and TG is commonly added to much dairy, including things like organic milks and cheeses which explains why dairy and gluten allergies usually go hand in hand. So what's the best source? Meat, eggs, fish, shellfish, bone broth. Stick to wild caught, grassfed, and pastured sources when possible, organic at minimum. Start with 3 palm sized portions of meat. Keep in mind meat is only 25%-33% protein (chicken breast is at the higher end, steak at the lower end), so whatever weight a palm sized piece is, divide it in 4 to get the protein calorie count. Next keep carbs from starches (i.e. root veggies such as potatoes, yams, carrots, parsnips, etc.) and fruit to 50-100g per day (do not count "carbs" from leafy greens, and non-strachy veggies such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. as they're mostly fiber, so of these you can eat an unlimited amount). Whatever is left, calorie wise, you can consume as fat. All this said, tl;dr, a few tablespoons of coconut cream in your coffee isn't going to be a problem, the carbs are more likely to be problematic than the fats.