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New to paleo, need advice on my meals

Answered on April 26, 2014
Created April 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Hi everyone, so after several months of thinking about going paleo I've set myself a challenge to go paleo for 30 days, cutting out sugar/dairy completely and little to no nuts/fruits. I want to do this for increased energy, better sleep (I tend to wake up at least twice every single night), better skin, mental clarity, weight loss, etc. I'm also a 21 year old female, 5'5. I haven't actually weighed myself since the end of 2012 but I have definitely gained weight since then. I wouldn't classify myself as chubby or anything, just a bit out of shape and an average build. I know paleo isn't about weight loss but I would love to lose a few pounds. So anyway, here is what I've eaten so far today. Please let me know if this is okay.

Breakfast: 3 free range eggs scrambled with 1 tbsp coconut oil, large handful sauteed spinach, 1 red bell pepper

Lunch: Big salad with a palm sized portion of organic grass fed lamb cooked in 1 tbsp coconut oil, cos lettuce, cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, cucumbers, beetroot, 1/2 avocado. Topped with Bragg's apple cider vinegar

Dinner: Palm sized portion of free range chicken thighs, pan fried in 1 tbsp coconut oil, organic dijon mustard and sage. Cos lettuce, cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, bragg's apple cider vinegar

After dinner snack: Red bell peppers, carrots and cherry tomatoes

Drinks: water and dandelion root tea only

I'm thinking of adding some sauerkraut or kimchi to my breakfast and taking some probiotics before breakfast every morning. I would like to incorporate more dark leafy greens like kale but they make my throat feel tight and uncomfortable, even when cooked (which I've heard is a possible sign of a sluggish thyroid? I have not been tested for this, however have been trying to avoid most veg like broccoli, cauliflower and kale because I'm a bit worried). Some other non food related things I need to work on include getting enough quality sleep, reducing stress and actually exercising. Any help would be appreciated, thanks :)

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on April 26, 2014
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For breakfast I'd add a bit more protein, perhaps some chicken sausage or bacon (watch the brands--some have lots of protein, some have almost none). I like Hempler's uncured bacon. 10 g protein in two strips.

For lunch I'd do the whole avocado. This is just my advice knowing how hungry I get. I'm female, 32, 5 ft 5 in and about 118-122 lbs. Basically my advice is to see how hungry you get. Since going Paleo a year ago I have completely given up snacking so if I start to get hungry between meals first I drink a big cup of tea (usually Oolong or green) and then if I'm still hungry I'll know I evaluate my previous meal to see if it was adequate.

I love dandelion tea and religiously drink three cups a day. I've done this for about six months and here is my advice: First, it is known to stimulate appetite and can cause blood sugar drops. For this reason I only drink it with meals, and not with dinner (I don't want to pee all night). Also, limit to three cups per day (this is what my package says).

I have nothing to offer on the green veggie thing--my veggies of choice are mixed greens salads with salmon or tuna on top and olive oil and salt for dressing, I also do green beans (love them roasted with olive oil and salt) and sweet potatoes (baked, then topped with ghee, sunbutter or almond butter and salt), and butter nut or spaghetti squash.

For probiotics I do either apple cider vinegar or Kombucha. OMG, love my Kombucha.

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