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Answered on November 20, 2013
Created November 12, 2013 at 11:50 PM

I'm going paleo for health reasons. My problem is I'm losing weight and I only weigh 110! I don't need to lose weight! I've read that white rice can be accepable (depending on who is talking) and I'm thinking maybe I need those carbs? I eat mostly meat and veggies at this point. Was trying to make it 30 days on the strict diet to weed out problem foods (nightshades, nuts and FODMAP) but I'm losing too much weight. :( I know it's not what most people deal with but I do need some advice before I blow away.

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on November 13, 2013
at 03:43 AM

Well it's mostly just hearsay to be honest, hence my use of the "probably" and "IMO" type qualifiers. Now I've used the "mostly" qualifier because it also just makes sense. Beef, even corn fed, has a much better fatty acid breakdown than pork or chicken, even pastured. There just isn't much PUFA to begin with so as long as you eat fish every now and then and beef the rest, your omega ratios will be fairly well balanced and besides, beef is incredibly nutritious.

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on November 13, 2013
at 01:20 AM

"Corn fed beef is probably better than pastured chicken or pork."

How do you figure?

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on November 13, 2013
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Rice is fine but I found it too binding to my insides and it seemed to kill my appetite for better foods. Don't get too carried away with the whole grass fed thing - shoot for animals that were not treated with excessive hormones and antibiotics. Quality beef and dairy, especially aged cheeses, are your best animal sources of food IMO. Corn fed beef is probably better than pastured chicken or pork.

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white rice is fine by me...eat it if you want

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on November 13, 2013
at 04:02 AM

Thanks everyone!

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on November 13, 2013
at 12:48 AM

I'd go with rice, buckwheat, quinoa and try baking some Brazilian Cheese bread (Tapioca Starch, milk, cheese, butter/coconut oil).

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on November 13, 2013
at 12:01 AM

I was in the same boat. In the end I've gained a few pounds on a Paleo diet. It took me a while to learn this simple solution: don't hack your macros; adapt them. Try tracking your diet on cronometer.com or something similar. Start out with the standard "Paleo" settings but keep adjusting until you find the target ratios that are most appealing to your body and cause you to consume the most calories without feeling ill effects.

Aside from that:

Don't be afraid to exercise (with moderation) as this stimulates appetite and muscle growth.

Keep experimenting with different foods to figure out what your body loves to absorb. I haven't really done the whole "eliminate everything and reintroduce" business though I'm considering it now to tweak things further. I was more focused on finding foods that made me feel great and eating more of those than eliminating foods that were some how counter to the Paleo orthodox. If you're underweight, orthorexia is your worst enemy.

For me it's been an uphill battle but I've been Paleo for about 6 months and I can absolutely say I feel better than ever and I'm probably the most healthy I've ever been.

Just for inspiration...

My dietary staples: Sweet potatoes, butter, ground beef, bananas, chicken dark meat, olive oil, eggs, sauteed garlic and onions with almost everything, dark chocolate, macadamia nuts, and any fruit and veggies I am in the mood for as the cravings come but never forced. Oh, and plenty of spices and seasonings. I'm sure there's something I'm missing. Eat for the love of food, brother (edit: "or sister"). Your body will thank you by growing strong and healthy.

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I remembered what I was missing: fish. Especially cheap oily canned fish like salmon and sardines because I'm not exactly rich.

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on November 12, 2013
at 11:57 PM

BTW I'm a female, 5'4'' I'm eating lots of fats (bacon grease, butter, coconut butter) and tubers as well. Bananas too. I don't feel bad but my clothes are getting looser by the day. I was previously on a gluten free diet but still eating dairy, rices and legumes. I know legumes are part of my problem so they are out for good. Dairy is not a problem for me but just not finding the grass fed options available so I'm avoiding that too. I was told rice is a no-no so haven't made rice either.

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on November 13, 2013
at 12:04 AM

Rice is fine but I found it too binding to my insides and it seemed to kill my appetite for better foods. Don't get too carried away with the whole grass fed thing - shoot for animals that were not treated with excessive hormones and antibiotics. Quality beef and dairy, especially aged cheeses, are your best animal sources of food IMO. Corn fed beef is probably better than pastured chicken or pork.

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on November 13, 2013
at 12:02 AM

white rice is fine by me...eat it if you want

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