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Am I eating enough, and am I eating too many nuts?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 28, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Hello, I am a 18 year old female who has been following the paleolithic life style for about 8 months now, and I love it! I just have a few questions and concerns that I was wondering if anyone could give me advice!

First, I am a very small active female, I am 5,5 and weight in around 95lbs. I am a long distance runner, running 6 days a week and I swim once or twice a week. A very active female. I feel like I am constantly eating a lot more than the average teenager would eat. Here is a break down of my general day

Breakfast: Fruit (normally a banana with almond butter) 2 eggs in some sort of form

Morning snack: occasionally I will have a protein shake or a granola bar or a muffin (all paleo of course)

Lunch: BIG ASS SALADS! then i will normally have some dark chocolate

My lunch will normally consist of a big salad (2 cups a lettuce or spinach, veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, meat)

Afternoon snack: apple and nut butter

Dinner: Meat, veggies, Sweet potatoes

bed time snack: a cup of nuts and raisins.

Now here are my questions, am I eating enough and should I be eating that many nuts before bed? I am normally tired at night and just bored so I crave a bowl of nuts. Should I try and get out of this habit?

My second question is, what type of dairy is okay? I like to eat goat cheese and feta? IS this okay? or is there better types of cheese out there?

My third question is, I have been maintaining a weight around 94 lbs for about 3 months now, eating this way (I was 83, before I started paleo). should I still be gaining or is it possible that this is my genetic weight?

Any advice would be much appreciated! most nutritionist dont understand!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Being that underweight, that active, sounds like you're chronically undereating... And considering you were even lower not too long ago... sounds like disordered eating. Agree with Sigrid, get real help.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on December 28, 2012
at 06:43 PM

I agree that endurance runners are not the pinnacle of health. And yes, the OP *could* be justifying her current, unhealthy state. Or she *could* just be a small framed girl who runs a lot. She *could* be an elite runner -- Who knows. I used to coach high school track, and I'd see several girls every year who were similar -- just small framed girls. I just don't see a concern just by height and weight alone, especially with the volume that she's consuming.

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on December 28, 2012
at 06:27 PM

Elite runners sacrifice their bodies for their sport. And in the case of the OP, it might just be justifying their current unhealthy state.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on December 28, 2012
at 06:26 PM

She may be normal for an endurance runner, but I hardly think endurance runners should be held up as the pinnacle of human physiques and health.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on December 28, 2012
at 06:23 PM

There are 1000s of runners with similar frames. Within the world of distance running, Shalane is not "abnormal" with respect to her build. She is a freak with respect to her performance.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on December 28, 2012
at 03:47 PM

Dunno if Shalane Flanagan is someone to be held up as "normal". Olympians aren't normal in any way really, they're freaks. Freaks in a good way I guess...

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on December 28, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Are you menstruating regularly? Just curious...

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on December 28, 2012
at 04:21 AM

I think what she means by genetic weight is where her weight naturally falls when she is eating right. Each body has a weight it naturally wants to be at. She is wondering if 95 lbs is hers, I believe.

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on December 28, 2012
at 03:11 AM

Your BMI is 15.8 which makes you severely underweight and probably anorexic, especially if your BMI was 13.8 not too long ago. I'd be reluctant to give any advice beyond "get help".

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on December 28, 2012
at 03:37 AM

The previous answer doesn't make any sense. You're obviously not Anorexic if you're eating. However, you are extremely underweight and I would recommend talking with a doctor to make sure you don't have any underlying problems such as a thyroid disorder making it difficult to gain wait. If all checks out normal, then I'd recommend eating more given your active lifestyle. It's hard to say exactly how much without more information (how long/far you run, what size is your dinner, what's your RER etc.) Even if they don't understand Paleo, you may want to talk to a nutritionist about your ideal wait and caloric intake and then reach that calorie target using paleo friendly foods.

Technically no cheese is "Paleo" but don't let yourself be pigeon-holed. If you like goat cheese and don't feel any negative effects from it then continue to eat it. There's so much talk about what is paleo and what is not that its become almost like a religion. Embrace your interpretation but don't let it become dogmatic. Same thing with the nuts. If you're not having any ill effect, keep eating them.

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on December 28, 2012
at 03:37 AM

Are you an ectomorph? Ectomorphs have small bodyframes, small joints and small waists. I'm an ecto and i have trouble putting on weight. Most people refer to ectos as hardgainers. I'm 5'8" and 137 pounds, with some muscles and im an ecto. Eat more fat or carbs, but not at the same time. Choose one macro over the other and add adequete amounts of protein.

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on December 28, 2012
at 08:17 PM

your diet looks pretty great to me. i would say you aren't gaining weight due to all of the exercising, but if you feel good at this weight, don't listen to others saying you should gain weight. some people are just smaller than others. everyone knows BMI is a crap measurement anyway.

have you had any recent bloodwork done to check for abnormalities or to make sure everything looks good?

i am also very thin at 5'4 and about 89 lbs. i've gained 5 lbs since starting paleo but i have a chronic condition so gaining is very hard. i definitely don't consider this a healthy weight for me though- i was able to get up to 115 lbs in january of this year but i got down to 84 lbs by august. so just by what i hear from my family, friends, doctors, i know this isn't an acceptable weight to most people. i'm sure you hear this, too.

if the nuts don't bother you, then i'd say it's fine eating them before bed. i know i have a problem sleeping if i eat too close to sleeping. as for dairy, i'd say always go with organic, grass fed.

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on December 28, 2012
at 02:38 PM

To repeat what others said, you are pretty underweight, and should probably either eat more, exercise less, or both. You did not say but are you happy and relaxed? Stressed all the time?

My wife has trouble gaining weight and when she was younger, lived in Africa for a while and got pretty underweight (about 5'8" 115#). She has trouble eating heavy meals or a lot of anything but one thing she found worked well was avocado and banana smoothies. You could add some coconut milk to them too. This is Paleo, nutritious, and full of calories.

Cardio exercise 7-8 times a week is a lot. You might try breaking it up with some shorter workouts, lifting, or crossfit. Someone at my crossfit gym is a marathon runner and she said that adding crossfit to her regimen took an hour off her marathon times.

I used to run exclusively (probably not as much as you) and when I switched to high-intensity lifting every other day, not only did my body feel stronger and better but I was more relaxed, slept better, had less soreness. Building muscles and having 3-4 days off per week really changed my whole demeanor.

Good luck!

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on December 28, 2012
at 02:16 PM

Shalane Flanagan is 5'5" and weighed in at 112 at this summer's olympic games. But she was only 105 at UNC. So your weight is not overly concerning, especially if you are eating and feeling healthy as well as having a regular cycle. If any of these are not happening then go get checked out by a doctor.

Personally, I think a cup of nuts and some raisins sounds like a terrible night time snack (but that's just me), I'd rather see you eat mixed berries with walnuts and a little yogurt (if you are ok with dairy).

what type of dairy is okay this all depends on your personal reaction. I eat yogurt, I drink whole milk, and raw milk when I can get some. I also will eat cheese on occasion. I don't have any reaction to dairy. N=1 and see what happens.

should I still be gaining or is it possible that this is my genetic weight? You are only 18. Your "genetic weight" is not determined. Perhaps you are someone who has a hard time putting on weight, perhaps that will change in the next few years. I see it with young girls in CC all the time. High School stars who get scholarships to run in college and then their bodies change and cannot even come close to their old times. It sounds like you are eating a lot, but as a runner you are also putting a lot of stress and demand on your body. Just manage your energy levels, and as long as you are healthy then you should be fine.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on December 28, 2012
at 06:26 PM

She may be normal for an endurance runner, but I hardly think endurance runners should be held up as the pinnacle of human physiques and health.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on December 28, 2012
at 06:43 PM

I agree that endurance runners are not the pinnacle of health. And yes, the OP *could* be justifying her current, unhealthy state. Or she *could* just be a small framed girl who runs a lot. She *could* be an elite runner -- Who knows. I used to coach high school track, and I'd see several girls every year who were similar -- just small framed girls. I just don't see a concern just by height and weight alone, especially with the volume that she's consuming.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on December 28, 2012
at 06:27 PM

Elite runners sacrifice their bodies for their sport. And in the case of the OP, it might just be justifying their current unhealthy state.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on December 28, 2012
at 06:23 PM

There are 1000s of runners with similar frames. Within the world of distance running, Shalane is not "abnormal" with respect to her build. She is a freak with respect to her performance.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on December 28, 2012
at 03:47 PM

Dunno if Shalane Flanagan is someone to be held up as "normal". Olympians aren't normal in any way really, they're freaks. Freaks in a good way I guess...

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2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

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on December 28, 2012
at 01:54 PM

If you are struggling to gain weight then you either need to eat more or see a doctor. The body should be able to store fat when given an excess of calories.

I consider myself slender at 5'8 125 and this seems to be a pretty ideal weight for my body. I am also a distance runner so I do understand the drastic increase in the food required to fuel this. 5'5 and 95 seems wayyy to small to me though. I would work on getting your weight up at least 10 pounds. I think that at your weight, you have passed the weight that healthy, naturally small people are. I would either look into getting thyroid and such checked or if you have limited your food intake to get this small, then I would consider it a pretty severe case of anorexia.

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2f0bef2f551a38a956b19bd7a2d8b06a

on December 28, 2012
at 04:25 AM

It seems you are underweight so, given your active lifestyle, you may want to eat more. As far as the nuts go, I've heard from several sources that about 2 oz a day at most is proper (including nut butters). I think talking to a nutritionist would be the best bet for you. Meanwhile, up your portions a bit.

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on December 28, 2012
at 03:38 AM

When you eat the nuts has nothing to do with gaining or losing weight. Whether or not you have them before you go to sleep at night is irrelevant.

Any dairy is ok if you tolerate it well, but it's not necessary. I would stick to greek yogurt though. It's pretty good and it has a lot of protein.

I'm not sure what you mean by "genetic weight" - is this a reference to Mark Sisson's concept of "genetic potential"?

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