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Strictly Paleo for 40 days and 40 nights, but after that?

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Created March 23, 2011 at 8:36 PM

So I have a friend who wanted to wait until Lent to start her diet, so I decided to wait for her and start my Paleo diet on Lent also (I'm not Catholic). I have been following it strictly so far, and I feel great! I occasionally have cravings for alcohol and bread, but they coincide with a stressful night at work (I'm a server at Outback Steakhouse) so I've been able to deal with the comfort food cravings for the most part. What I'm having a hard time with is making sure I eat enough meat.

Before I started the diet, I cut back on meat simply because my two best friends are vegetarian; I haven't any problems or complaints about it. Sometimes when I go to my favorite Lebanese restaurant, I'd rather have falafel and hummus over shawarma and salad. It's also hard because my mother is half Japanese (born and raised in Japan) and she cooks rice and uses soy, which I can't have. When my 40 days are over, I want to still keep the basics of the Paleo diet (no diary or grains), but I want to incorporate other foods also.

So my question is...

What are the pros and cons of cutting back on the meat, and eating more legumes? Besides flatulence, what other dietary issues are there?

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on March 23, 2011
at 10:43 PM

this just gets chalked up to poor legume preparation IMO

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on March 23, 2011
at 10:22 PM

Yeah, I think that's the best way to go. I've never had any weird reactions to specific foods before (except milk), so it's hard for me to understand why I shouldn't eat chick peas. But now that I've been cleansing my system of those foods, it will be easier to notice my body's reactions to them. Thanks for the level-headed response :)

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on March 23, 2011
at 10:20 PM

i cheated on ice cream this weekend and felt like DEATH. i used to think that pizza would be my ultimate downfall, but i feel so crappy after eating it and have to start all over with fighting cravings for two weeks that its not "worth it" anymore. ive decided that my only big cheat from now on, my ultimate temptation that i cant pass up is INDIAN FOOD. but, we will see...once that makes me feel like crap, i just might give that up forever, too. fact is, paleo feels good.

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on March 23, 2011
at 09:27 PM

haa! thats funny.

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on March 23, 2011
at 08:57 PM

Yeah, I made the mistake of "cheating" with a gluten-free pizza at a local joint a whole back and turned into the world's grossest little blonde windbag. Checked the ingredients online: chickpea flour.

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on March 23, 2011
at 08:45 PM

yes, my husband eats less meat and more beans and lentils than i do (i eat none, but he wont eat an animal he doesnt know personally) and i can tell you that he spends a LOT more time in the bathroom than i do. whenever he makes his pea soup, or lentil stew, he is in the bathroom several times a day and has cramping and gas. he is totally aware of it, but isnt willing to eat anymore meat for ethical reasons. he also noticed a very significant change in his body compositions when he added what little meat he does eat into his diet, and thats with no change in his exercise. he just had an easier time gaining muscle. meat = muscle and lentil soup = farts. IMHO.

Eea4c0f072bb5caa74c1fbe6dfab5f46

(942)

on March 23, 2011
at 10:43 PM

this just gets chalked up to poor legume preparation IMO

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on March 23, 2011
at 09:27 PM

haa! thats funny.

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on March 23, 2011
at 08:57 PM

Yeah, I made the mistake of "cheating" with a gluten-free pizza at a local joint a whole back and turned into the world's grossest little blonde windbag. Checked the ingredients online: chickpea flour.

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on March 23, 2011
at 08:39 PM

You will definitely realize why beans have the reputation they have with respect to the digestive tract. I'll just leave it at that.

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on March 23, 2011
at 10:00 PM

I always instruct my paleo peeps to keep it as strict as possible. You need to work to convert Paleo into your lifestyle. If there are certain foods that you crave, eat them every now and then, but in real limited moderation. We have had several, finish their 30 days or 60 days and do one cheat, that lead to other cheats, that led back to their old habits. So guard yourself from that pathway. Consistancy and moderation in most all things is good! I have found for myself, that on Paleo, I eat like a horse! So when I have had a cheat meal, like pizza, I have over done it and that had led to a food comma and that wickedly horrible bloated, sluggish feeling for 2 to 3 days. I've determined, for me it's just not worth it. My body fires on all cylinders best on strict Paleo! Try what you want and see how your body responds?

5a726c5fe988a1783a39a75ff2ce82f7

(464)

on March 23, 2011
at 10:22 PM

Yeah, I think that's the best way to go. I've never had any weird reactions to specific foods before (except milk), so it's hard for me to understand why I shouldn't eat chick peas. But now that I've been cleansing my system of those foods, it will be easier to notice my body's reactions to them. Thanks for the level-headed response :)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on March 23, 2011
at 10:20 PM

i cheated on ice cream this weekend and felt like DEATH. i used to think that pizza would be my ultimate downfall, but i feel so crappy after eating it and have to start all over with fighting cravings for two weeks that its not "worth it" anymore. ive decided that my only big cheat from now on, my ultimate temptation that i cant pass up is INDIAN FOOD. but, we will see...once that makes me feel like crap, i just might give that up forever, too. fact is, paleo feels good.

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