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Eating a lot of meat

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 21, 2013 at 6:38 PM

I tried eating a Paleo diet for 10 days, but the problem was that I got bored eating that amount of meat every day (about 400g-500g per day ~ 0.8lb-1.1lb). I ate chicken breast, pork, beef and swordfish for lunch and dinner. Also, I don't know how to cook them in other way that doing it grilled.

Any advice? because I couldn't keep up with the routine, and I missed eating other meals (like legumes, lasagna or not eating that amout of meat one day).

P.S.: That means that the Paleo diet isn't for me?

Thanks :)

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on July 22, 2013
at 05:01 AM

@Sabertooth To be clear, you're saying 200g of meat, not 200g of pure protein, right?

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on July 22, 2013
at 01:56 AM

short ribs are my favorite food on the planet! I've been making a recipe with bacon and I want it for my birthday.

1f9b52f29960095986234231d91e1967

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on July 22, 2013
at 01:23 AM

your diet & ongoing n=1!

1f9b52f29960095986234231d91e1967

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on July 22, 2013
at 01:22 AM

soaking/sprouting can mitigate, but if every once in awhile you want actual legumes or true sourdough, that might be a "gray-area" or "not-quite-Paleo" area worth researching.

That said, there are great Paleo substitute ideas (such as cauliflower) that could certainly be researched more: spaghettie squash, plantains, coconut/almond flours (grey-area), honey..... depending on your goals and carb intake.

And, perhaps the best is to tweak your n =1 so that your Paleo diet can fit you. But, these are some starting points for exploring and researching. Best of luck with

1f9b52f29960095986234231d91e1967

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on July 22, 2013
at 01:17 AM

Other side notes -- there is some evidence that overconsuming protein can overtax the metabolism and shorten longevity, so, depending on your activity level, the amount of protein you need could easily be closer to 200g (by weight.)

Also, if you're really, really adamant about grains/legumes, soaking and fermenting them ( takes advance preparation ) is done by some people (research Weston A. price Foundation) to reduce problems with digestion and anti-nutrients. Many people do feel better eliminating grains/legumes completely, though, and I'm not sure how much of the bad effects

1f9b52f29960095986234231d91e1967

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on July 22, 2013
at 01:12 AM

eat it.

1f9b52f29960095986234231d91e1967

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on July 22, 2013
at 01:11 AM

Quick note -- many in the Paleo way of eating/lifestyle have a concept: "n=1".

The idea is that we're all conducting an experiment--an ongoing experiment--with a sample size (commonly called "n" in scientific/medical studies) of 1: You. Me. Him.

So, follow what works best for you, and if it doesn't work, then adjust. If you love fermented foods, then eat plenty. If you dislike lots of meat, then eat less. If a particular commonly consumed Paleo food makes you feel bad, then it's bad for your n=1, and without any particular health need... there's no particular reason to

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on July 21, 2013
at 11:41 PM

That sounds delicious

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on July 21, 2013
at 09:45 PM

Though everyone's bodies are different, I personally recommend eating 4-6 small meals throught the day. Half of your healthy carbs should be protein. For example, 30g carbs, 15g protein. Load up on a ton of vegetables, low GI fruits. Keep it varied. Find new ways to cook things. I've been using Paleo Plan's recipes lately. 2-3 servings of red meat a week is usually a good choice, so get plenty of poultry and seafood in as well. Wish I liked seafood more, personally. You can also eat eggs, egg whites, try some protein shakes sometimes, almond butter, and so on. Get creative! VEGGIES, lots.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 21, 2013
at 09:27 PM

Make lasagna, but instead of bland noodles, use cauliflower.

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on July 21, 2013
at 07:23 PM

Paleo is hardly meat only. In fact most of us often say we eat more vegetables/plants than vegetarians do. 6-8 ounces (200-250 g) of meat per day is sufficient. Fill in the rest with loads of vegetables, fruits, potatoes (sweet or otherwise) and olive or coconut oil.

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on July 21, 2013
at 07:57 PM

I bulk up EVERY meal with veg so we actually have quite a small amount of meat/fish each time. My husband is 6ft 1 and 200lbs and has 250 - 350g of meat/fish and a couple of eggs each day. He loves paleo chilli (minced beef,tomatoes, celery, peppers, mushroom, onion, etc) with cauli "rice", a good curry (again with the cauli rice!), a slow-cooked beef casserole, baked fish with butternut squash or swede chips. The vegetables are what makes it interesting! If you sit and plan a week's worth of meals incorporating more veg, some fruit, some nuts and seeds, maybe you'll find the paleo way is actually your way - any change of habits can take some practice. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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1f9b52f29960095986234231d91e1967

on July 22, 2013
at 12:58 AM

Very much agree on not necessarily needing to eat lots and lots of meat, and vegetables being a wonderful variety of foods.

Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, green beans, broccoli, peppers, squashes, cucumber, artichoke, pumpkin, carrot....


Personally, I feel best when eating a variety of veggies, or at least a good amount of greens. I eat little grass-fed meat (mostly because I cannot afford it), and 2-4 pastured, soy-free egg yolks / day at the moment. Other than that, my meals are mostly soured raw cream, raw milk, ghee, coconut oil, and inexpensive organic produce (2 lbs. green beans this week) saut??ed in ghee/coconut oil with raw homemade cultured butter melted on top.

In my experiences, if I am ever feeling like the prospect of eating lots of a food is "too much," I am probably consuming too much of it for my body's happiness.

Or, the quality of that food is poor. (For example, conventionally fed animals are terrible-tasting to me compared to a pastured turkey or grass-fed beef. I wouldn't be able to stomach more than 1/2 lb. of a conventionally fed chicken every few days but would probably happily eat that much of a pastured chicken without any soy feed.)

The same would go for poor-quality vegetables--consuming a veggie-centric diet based around poor-quality vegetables would be quite unpleasant and "too much".

So, personally, the ratios for my Paleo diet are more likely 50-60% fats, 20-40% veggies, & 10-30% protein, 5-40% of which is meat.

In otherwords, 0.5-12% of my diet is currently meat. It would likely be more if my budget were greater , but that's because I'm very fond of meat. So, I would likely eat fresh duck and fresh fish (a bit prohibitively expensive right now) if I could afford it.


But, the primary premise for the Paleolithic diet is eating natural, good foods which could be obtained by peoples living in the Paleolithic (hunter-gatherer, pre-agricultural) times.

One can consume a Paleolithic diet very well by simply avoiding grains/legumes/starches & processed foods.

Everything else can be fascinating and full of possibilities.

And, it certainly doesn't need to be meat-centric. (although meat is very interesting when not just the muscle meats of mammals, too -- marrow, organ meats: heart, liver, tripe, reproductive organs; wild fish, sea urchin, shellfish, geese.... )


In any case, a Paleolithic diet is not "meat-centric", but rather natural-, Paleolithic-food-centric.

1f9b52f29960095986234231d91e1967

(529)

on July 22, 2013
at 01:12 AM

eat it.

1f9b52f29960095986234231d91e1967

(529)

on July 22, 2013
at 01:11 AM

Quick note -- many in the Paleo way of eating/lifestyle have a concept: "n=1".

The idea is that we're all conducting an experiment--an ongoing experiment--with a sample size (commonly called "n" in scientific/medical studies) of 1: You. Me. Him.

So, follow what works best for you, and if it doesn't work, then adjust. If you love fermented foods, then eat plenty. If you dislike lots of meat, then eat less. If a particular commonly consumed Paleo food makes you feel bad, then it's bad for your n=1, and without any particular health need... there's no particular reason to

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on July 22, 2013
at 04:47 AM

There are so many paleo recipe blogs out there, just do a google search! I guarantee you will find something that will satisfy your cravings :)

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on July 21, 2013
at 11:15 PM

just eat other paleo foods. I can think of like 50 other things besides meat to eat.

granted I do best on a meat centric diet because it's so easy to digest, but I vary my meats and recipes so i'm not sick of it.

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on July 21, 2013
at 10:41 PM

I regularly eat a bit of meat for lunch but lots of veggies. More veggies than meat at supper. Eggs for breakfast. That doesn't make it too much meat for me. Try having fish a couple times a wèek.

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on July 21, 2013
at 10:16 PM

Right now I am making short ribs stewed in garlic and tomatoes. Cheap, fatty, healthy and nourishing, and truly paleo.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on July 22, 2013
at 01:56 AM

short ribs are my favorite food on the planet! I've been making a recipe with bacon and I want it for my birthday.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 21, 2013
at 11:41 PM

That sounds delicious

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 21, 2013
at 09:28 PM

I tried eating crappy SAD diet, but got tired of flavorless wheat salted heavily and filled with preservatives.

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