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Restarting Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 05, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Well after quite awhile of unrealistic goals, ups and downs, and experimenting with low carb and meat only with lots of fat. Fighting fears, and much more.

I'm ready to restart, redo Paleo without fears and stuff. But how?

Here is my current honest bios:

Nickname: fromthericefields Password: ******* (You think I'd really tell you? lol) Age: 18

Weight: Not sure as I don't have a scale, I am not overweight, perhaps slightly on the lower end of optimal weight. Metabolism: Generational, my family has a high metabolic rate.

Family: Not Paleo Friends: Not Paleo

Location: Constantly Traveling the World

Meat Sources: Deli Egg Sources: Varies Veggie Sources: Store

Current Eating habits:

Breakfast: 5 eggs daily (with either spices and salt, or added carbs such as tomato paste as a treat) Lunch: protein with some kind of salad and added fats such as olive oil Supper: Main course is protein with some carbs of some kind on the side or none at all.

For example my last 3 days went:

5 hard boiled eggs with salt Whole Smoked Mackerel with salt 1 Can coconut milk with 1 can salmon

5 hard boiled eggs with salt Steak with salad and olive oil (I ate out for lunch so the steak was fried in soy oil :( ) Canned Salmon

(The junky way of eating was due to a time of transition from place to place)

Today I did better (I think?)

5 eggs, scrambled with salt and lots of cinnamon 1 Quarter of chicken (500g with all the skin on) with salad consisting of mushroom and cherry tomatoes 275g frozen salmon with 1/2 sweet potato fries with coconut oil (ran out of olive oil, strange flavour coconut oil gave the fries indeed) with a can of tuna in brine 3 cherry tomatoes mixed with heated coconut milk.

I felt full/satisfied just before I finished eating

Now don't yell at me or anything.

I just stopped counting calories and micromanaging, am trying to feel my way around, listen to my body.

I am not active but sedentary, I walk 20-30 minutes each morning before breakfast. Some push ups every other day with some squats (15 push ups is my new max along with 50 squats)

I am working on building muscle again. Do not want to be a body builder but one who has and is strong enough for hard work.

My questions are:

Should I stay low carb? How do I know if I am eating enough meat and fat? Sweet Potatoes a bad idea?

What is Chronic Cardio?

Thanks

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on October 08, 2012
at 04:30 PM

Thanks for the advice, I am following 100 pushup program, although I take it easy by repeating days and weeks as I feel.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on October 06, 2012
at 03:35 AM

Well it's close enough to cinnamon and nutmeg used in batter for French toast on a SAD diet. I wonder if I could make eggplant French toast? What would that taste like?

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on October 05, 2012
at 05:41 PM

hmmm, cinnamon in scrambled eggs?

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on October 05, 2012
at 05:38 PM

Should I stay low carb?

If you are doing well low carb, and your energy is there, then there is no reason to change it. If, as you add more intensive workouts, you feel energy-depleted, experiment with some safe carbs.

How do I know if I am eating enough meat and fat?

Let your energy levels tell you. I eat about 50%-60% of my calories from fat, 20% from carbs, and 20-30% from protein. That works for me. Your makeup will be a function of your lifestyle. Experiment and use your body as a guide.

Sweet Potatoes a bad idea?

No

What is Chronic Cardio?

Chronic cardio is when you are doing cardio exercises without proper rest or recuperation. This leads to systemic inflammation and chronic stress -- not a good thing. However, there is not a specific threshold. A properly designed training plan with the appropriate ramp up could yeild a person capable of running 40-50 miles a week and it would not be chronic cardio. Whereas a poorly developed training plan with no ramp up could leave someone in a "chronic cardio" state in as little as 15-20 miles per week.

But you said you are looking for enough strength to do "hard work". I would suggest staying away from most cardio if that's your goal.

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on October 08, 2012
at 12:42 PM

If you are serious about building muscle again, then you are going to have to "lift heavy things".

If you can already manage 15 push ups & 50 squats you're going to have to find a way of adding weight.

All the "lift heavy thing" guys in the paleo world say variations on a theme: Lift heavy, lift infrequently (1-2 per week), recover longer than you think is necessary, sessions should be short (10-30mins). Lift to (almost failure). Keep reps low (opinions vary). Enjoy your walks but don't get into cardio.

And if you start to build muscle you are going to have to up your food intake.

Take a look at http://www.bodybyscience.net/home.html/?page_id=18 for more detailed advice

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on October 08, 2012
at 04:30 PM

Thanks for the advice, I am following 100 pushup program, although I take it easy by repeating days and weeks as I feel.

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