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Please encourage my husband to stick with it

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Created May 22, 2011 at 12:37 AM

My husband, Gary (48), is almost two weeks into paleo and he's about to quit! He complains about being hungry and low energy. He continues to workout (bike-riding, resistance training), though not as much as before. He eats what I make him and encourage him to eat more if he's hungry. He eats nuts and more nuts to satiate his hunger. Not a coffee drinker before, he is now drinking one or two cups of coffee per day (w/ coconut milk) for energy (this is a crutch I presented him to quit diet coke and get through the "lowcarb flu". He won't eat at a restaurant because it "kills" him to refuse the bread or tortilla chips or potatoes that come with the meal. He says he's not getting his money's worth. Plus it may be hard for him still to not be allowed to eat them. I don't want him to give up yet. It is so early and he has so much to gain from this nutritional lifestye.

We eat eggs, grass-fed beef, bacon, spinach and romaine salads with olive oil/acv dressing, a few bananas (PWO), and nuts (almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, macadamias). I cook with coconut oil, pastured butter, or bacon fat. A variety of vegies inlucing asparagus and zuchini. Scallops, salmon and chicken is on the menu for next week. Please speak to him. I need help encouraging him.

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on May 22, 2011
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Amen. Any man who is even moderately active and not obese can easily take down 150 grams ore day of carb. I would say if he lifts he could def go higher. Myself at 31 years, 175 lbs, lifting heavy twice to three times per week do right about 200 grams per day. White and sweet potatoes, plantains, squashs, white rice, corn.

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Sounds like he's pretty low in carbohydrate. Remember paleo isnt low carb. Why not eat more potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, plantains, etc?

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on May 22, 2011
at 01:00 AM

Tell him to eat more fat instead of nuts, which tend to be carby. If he tolerates dairy, try lots of heavy cream in the coffee. Very dark chocolate can also help.

As far as not going to a restaurant, the filler (bread, tortilla chips, rice, etc.) costs almost nothing, so you are not really wasting anything by refusing it. What you pay for is the real food, which happens to be the part of the meal that costs the restaurant real money.

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on May 22, 2011
at 01:33 AM

A lot of people tend to cold turkey the carbs when it isn't ideal to do so. If he's doing endurance training and lifting, he should probably consume a fair amount (~100g/day +/-50g) of "Paleo" carbs like potato, sweet potato, yam, root vegetables or somewhat less ideal, fruits. I cut potatoes into homefries or real fries and fry them in beef tallow and toss on a little salt. It tastes like McDonalds' but better. Or I'll bake a sweet potato at 350F for an hour and 45 min and puree it in the food processor with a tsp of cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. ground cloves, and 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract. If these don't get him to stay Paleo, nothing will.!

Cut out the nuts. Somehow they got a good rap in the early days of Paleo, but the science and evolutionary reasoning suggests against consuming a lot of them. Small amounts, sure, but daily and ever in a quantity more than a handful, no. If he ever wants his omega-3 & omega-6 ratio to balance, nuts will prevent it.

I did just fine starting out Paleo with pretty much 0g carbs/day, but once I started lifting after a few months, I had to eat carbs, or I felt absolutely terrible and I couldn't sleep. Again, if he's that active, he should try consuming more starchy things. A pound of potato and a pound of beef after a workout makes me feel fantastic.

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on May 22, 2011
at 01:38 AM

Amen. Any man who is even moderately active and not obese can easily take down 150 grams ore day of carb. I would say if he lifts he could def go higher. Myself at 31 years, 175 lbs, lifting heavy twice to three times per week do right about 200 grams per day. White and sweet potatoes, plantains, squashs, white rice, corn.

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on May 22, 2011
at 12:52 AM

Week two was my worst week. I was so tired. So lethargic. As soon as the second week passed I immediately felt better. Much better. And I was so relieved I stuck out the withdrawl week.

Beef jerky and 80-90% dark chocolate really got me through the worst of it. Also drinking homemade beef broth.

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