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How do I really know if I'm doing Paleo right?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 21, 2013 at 8:34 PM

So, there's a few things I'm concerned about and I just need some suggestions.

First, I don't like a lot of raw veggies. I am a fruit eater, and since weight loss isn't a main goal for me will I be okay eating more fruit than vegetables? I usually eat three-four apples, pears or bananas a day. Is this too much??

Also, how many times a day should I be eating? Usually my day looks like this: Wake up at 6 -7 - always wake up ravenous to eat. Eat at 730 AM: Usually eggs (2-3) or bison patty with some kind of high fiber fruit, and black coffee. I start to get moody around 1 pm and crave food even though I don't have any hunger pains. Should I wait for hunger pains to hit before eating or is this enough of a natural sign from my body to eat?? I will eat a meal that closely resembles my breakfast for lunch. Then usually I graze on fruit or some raw veggies until around 7 when I get this mental drive to eat a large meal - usually a large cut of beef, duck or some other dark/red meat.

I'm fairly strict on Paleo...so no grains at all, no dairy, no legumes and I don't usually touch cured meats. If I do its once every couple of months.

So is this too much eating? Are the mental drives and mood swings enough of an indicator that my body needs to eat? Also, should I try and tone down my fruit grazing and switch it out for veggies? Am I eating way too much meat? I've noticed since becoming Paleo my body burns through my food fairly quickly. I guess I'm mostly concerned if I'm treating my body right - especially since I'm recovering from nasty shin splints and haven't been able to run for the past two weeks. Does anyone know of any foods they could recommend to expedite the healing process?

Phew. Okay, sorry for such a long winded post!

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on January 21, 2013
at 09:46 PM

You're overthinking paleo. Eat when you're hungry, stop when you're full. Are you SURE you're hungry or are you just having cravings? There's a huge difference.

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on January 21, 2013
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on January 21, 2013
at 09:05 PM

RE: 3)... except until you hit ~ 35% of your calorie intake, you mean, right?

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on January 21, 2013
at 08:53 PM

1) Eating fruit is fine if you feel good on it and you are not concerned with weight loss.

2) Eat when you're (truly) hungry. Stop when you're full. Learn to listen to your body.

3) There is no such thing as too much meat.

4) It may be possible you're not eating enough. Track your calories (if you haven't already) for a typical day and based on that, decide if you need to eat more for your height/weight.

5) Something you could try is to cut out snacking/smaller meals and instead eat only two very large meals a day.

6) Another thing you could do is include starchy foods, such as potatoes and rice. That might fill you up.

7) The best recovery from shin splints is to rest, ice it, stretch/massage it. Get new shoes, stop striking the ground with your heel if you're doing that. Stay well hydrated and eat calcium-rich foods.

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on January 21, 2013
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^Suuuree.......

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on January 21, 2013
at 09:05 PM

RE: 3)... except until you hit ~ 35% of your calorie intake, you mean, right?

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on January 22, 2013
at 08:23 AM

Hi Tiger's Wife,

You can save yourself a lot of time, if you follow a solid Paleo recipe plan - reviewed on Tim's blog http://timreviews.com/paleo-recipe. It just consumes your time if you need to plan your day ahead without exactly knowing what to do. There are also some good Paleo Diet plans on Amazon available. (Sorry for my English, I'm still learning)

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on January 22, 2013
at 02:02 AM

you are making paleo WAY harder than it is. WE cannot tell you when you are hungry or not hungry or if you are eating too much. YOUR body does that.

as for fruit versus veggies, i eat way more fruit than veggies. it tastes better so i look forward to eating it. i rarely look forward to eating veggies.

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on January 22, 2013
at 01:39 AM

A major second to the shin splints comment from April: get zero drop shoes and land under your hips on the middle of your foot! You'll have sore calves for the first few weeks but you won't have shin splints.

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on January 21, 2013
at 08:48 PM

Looks like you have the Paleo eating principles down. Have you looked at the Whole 9 website? I recommend starting there, if you haven't already. As far as protein/carb/fat macros go, everyone has a different opinion on this. Perhaps when you are hungry/moody you could try substituting a fattier protein snack instead of fruit. I've been doing this for three years and am still tweaking things. Seems like you're doing great.

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on January 22, 2013
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