I have been trying to be Paleo these last few weeks/months, but I notice I fall off the bandwagon after about a week or so; I'm a naturally thinner person, and I notice that by the end of the week I feel either 1. really skinny (I'm trying paleo to feel/be healthier, not for weight loss at all), and 2. I feel like I have a lack of options - I can really only afford chicken as a protein source and canned fish, and by the end of the week after eating the same thing for the last 7 days, I'm just tired of it all. I think eating the Standard American Diet at the end of the week is to make up for lack of calories, and frankly lack of options.
I'm really interested in trying paleo for the suggested 30-days straight, but I haven't found it sustainable. Any advice? I'm looking for cheap variety and ways to get more food/caloric intake.
Thanks for the help! I'd really love to see if I could do paleo for a more extended period of time than just my week record. :) -Megan
p.d. my BMI is: 17.4, I'm 5'll and 125 pounds. I lost around 5-10 pounds trying paleo these past few months that I definitely didn't want to lose. I try to eat more, but I think with pure volume (I'll eat almost an entire chicken), I just get so full. Any help is greatly appreciated! Paleo seems to brand itself as a diet for everyone, but lately I've been wondering how I can find a healthy way to continue at it. My goal would be to regain my weight and still stay on paleo, but I can't figure out how.
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on April 04, 2013
at 04:59 AM
First, buying in bulk is the best option regardless of what you are trying to achieve. Even SAD bulk is superior monetarily to buying SAD food every week! So I would suggest investing in a freezer and getting some high quality meat from a local farmer.
Second, paleo does not have to imply no/low carb. I tried to starve a microbial overgrowth by doing VLC for one year and it did not work. I succeeded at VLC but even low carb vegetables would ferment in my intestines. So unless you have a specific reason to restrict carbs(like an intolerance of some sort) I wouldn't do it. Fruit and starch might just be your best friend. And it's certainly better than the SAD!
Third, your metabolism sounds a lot like mine. I'm 5'10" and 120 lbs and I can guarantee you I do better on more easily digestible carbohydrates. I felt great on VLC, mostly, and a million times better than on the SAD but now I feel closer to optimal. I'm finally building some muscle too after making no gains on VLC. And trust me, I ate a lot of beef, eggs, fish, fats, and nuts. I even lost weight(from 130 to 120) on VLC while eating until I was perpetually stuffed, which was not what I wanted. So figure out what paleo/primal/whole foods/healthy diet works for you. Don't be dogmatic about it, paleo is just a word.
on April 04, 2013
at 03:24 AM
It sounds like you should be padding your meals out significantly with sweet potatoes, potatoes, or even rice. If you really feel like you are going to throw in the towel, I personally find properly prepared beans to not cause digestive distress. I think it is wheat, commercial GMO corn, soy protein, and vegetable oil that causes the most health issues for people, so if all you can do is avoid those you are likely going to be healthier than 95% of your neighbors.
Do you buy chicken pieces or whole fryers. If you get the whole chicken with giblets you get much more bang for the buck. You can use the giblets to make some gravy to go on potatoes, use the fatty drippings to cook into rice, and then use the bones for broth to really get your money's worth.
If you look in your grocer's case they should have inexpensive chicken organ meats in containers. Chicken hearts taste just like hot dogs. Chicken liver is delightfully sweet. Gizzards are good and chewy.
Beef liver is one of the best additions you can make to keep your nutrition up without paying much money too.
Investing in a big chuck roast or pork shoulder will get you meat for a week without paying for individual cuts.
Don't overlook eggs either, lots of nutrition in there.
on April 04, 2013
at 04:09 AM
I agree with Happy Now. You may consider adding some of those in at some point. I believe Paleo is more of an ideology and that lot of people go into Paleo strict first and then ease up on it later. If you want to do strict Paleo, then set a time frame. Say, try your best for a month but suck it up and eat enough. Also, spend a little more OR get used to the chicken. You'll be rewarded at the end of the month by knowing for sure whether or not Paleo does any benefit to your health.