Hi fellow paleo friends ! :) Okay I am 5"1, 116 lbs and 16 years old. I have been Paleo for 6 months. I've had my issue with nuts in the past, gaining weight by eating way more than I should, but for a while now I've been able to control it, only eating 2 oz a day and such. For those six months I typically would have eggs for breakfast everyday and some type of meat with vegetables for dinner (usually skip lunch), and no fruit at all during those months, not even berries. I lost 15 lbs over that time but I haven't been able to lose anymore. Deciding to switch into a maintenance phase, I began allowing a cup of berries or so and began making my new focus to not lose weight, but to not gain any. Wanting to continue the same way I was eating, I kept going strong but lately I just can't get myself to eat any pure protien sources (which is basically what paleos thrive on)! The thought of meat or eggs makes me sick and the past few days the only thing I've only been able to get nyself to eat are nuts and about a cup or two of raspberries or strawberries each day (still geting 1000-1300 cals each day). I know thats a LOT of nuts but I'm wondering if eating this way will be okay in a maintenance phase for some days. I know this probably is not the healthiest or most balanced way to eat, but if some days i just can't get myself to eat meat or even vegetables... is this okay? As long as I don't go over my calorie limits for the day? For some reason I just CANNOT get myself to eat anything else. seriously. I think about pure protein and I'm like YUCK. It's really weird because I haven't had that feeling till now. I mean I think eating nuts is better than just not eating right? I just can't get myself to eat anymore protein sources for now. Is this super unhealthy? MOST IMPORTANTLY Will the omega 6-3 ratios from nuts or some crap make me put on a bunch of pounds regardless if I don't go over my calories? Should I instead stick to eating just 2 oz a day, and force feed a piece of fish down my throat? I don't know what to do. Please give some advice. I think my body is just rejecting the meat or something. HELP!
asked byAmber_7 (748)
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on July 26, 2012
at 04:12 PM
Getting the majority of your calories from nuts is not a good thing. Besides the higher ration of Omega-6 to 3's you are getting, you will be missing out on a lot of other key micronutrients, minerals, etc. If you have a problem overconsuming nuts, try getting rid of them completely for a month or so. Judging by your stats, you don't need to lose weight, but to maintain health you want to mix up what you are eating. Might sound like tough love, but you need to eat meat and veggies. Nuts just won't cut it.
on July 26, 2012
at 04:49 PM
If you allow dairy, then cheese or yogurt (or kefir) would be a better choice than nuts. Dairy is a complete protein, nuts are not. Grass fed dairy should not have the n6/n3 problem that subsisting on nuts will have. Of course, dairy has other potential problems.
A few high nut days won't kill you, but making it a regular thing will do you no good.
Perhaps you need to look for some recipes that will entice you to eating some kind of meat. Soups/stews/chili come to mind or maybe some meat sauce to go on spagghetti squash. What about bacon? If you have no desire for bacon, please see a mental health professional immediately! (just kidding) Thai chili lime shrimp? (Well, my mouth is watering now)
Maybe you could get by on some protein shakes until the "meat hunger" kicks back in. I assume it will.