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Can you help me go back to a Paleo lifestyle of eating?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 11, 2011 at 4:57 PM

I ate strictly Paleo for 3 weeks. I noticed I felt better, memory was clearer, I slept better, I had more energy, and I probably looked healthier. I don't know how much of it was placebo, but it seemed it worked well for my body. Although, I had all those positive effects on my body, during the 3 weeks I would find myself getting very hungry, and my stomach would feel empty. I'm 6'2", weigh about 165, 23 years old, and I have a very fast metabolism. So I can eat a LOT without gaining weight and still feel good. Should I eat a lot and just buy more food, or is there a way I can eat normally without over-consuming because of my metabolism? Is it okay if my stomach feels empty even when I just had a meal? I think in the past, it was the grain that made me feel full. :P Go figure.

So I went off the diet, because I started 2 jobs cooking. One is Italian, and the other is sorta Italian. There is a lot of pasta, bread, pizza, calzones, strombollis, etc. in front of me, and since I work late at night without a food break, I end up cooking myself a pasta or calzone etc. Before paleo, it seemed I had inflammation in my chest. Twisting and turning, my body would crack and hurt. When on paleo, it seemed to diminish. So now I need to figure out how to cook and basically not eat the food I'm eating, which stinks. Do I just pick the veggies and meats and cooks those up, and forget the pasta? I'm guessing so.

Will it be hard for me to be a cook if I'm on this diet? Anyone have any suggestions?

Should I wean going off grains, or just go cold turkey?

How long do grains stay in the body?

I know I have a lot of questions, but my hope is that I would go back to this lifestyle of eating, because of the effects I have seen personally.

So there's 6 questions in 1 question. :P I could split them up, but I thought context and story would help.

Thanks.

1586db0f16b2cef51ee4e71ab08ad1a2

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on October 12, 2011
at 03:56 PM

It is, but it is essentially carbohydrates. Very benign. Go for nutritious tubers if you want to be the most efficient with your eating, but the carbs from white rice have been shown to be just that.

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on October 11, 2011
at 09:14 PM

Not accurate - I am LC, rarely eat tubers & fruit, am never hungry, am not skinny, not fat either, good muscle tone & definition. This may depend on any given individual though. I get tested regularly no deficiencies for the past few years.

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

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on October 11, 2011
at 08:33 PM

what about the sugar content of fruit - shouldn't this be limited

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

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on October 11, 2011
at 08:31 PM

but doesn't contain the anti-nutrients which most other grains do

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on October 11, 2011
at 07:19 PM

rice is a grain

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on October 11, 2011
at 07:04 PM

potatoes, yams, taro etc.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

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on October 11, 2011
at 05:57 PM

And, apparently the "Tough Love" answer style got me a downvote?

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

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at 05:55 PM

Yea, I know what you mean in regards to cooking. Possibly taste and spit out? I've done that when I've made stuff for people, but that was in a home setting, not in a commercial one.

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on October 11, 2011
at 05:54 PM

What are tubers?

Ef2f6c723983d7fe7a06bd57af6adeed

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at 05:52 PM

When cooking for a restaurant, you generally want to taste to food you make, (which happens to be a lot of unhealthy food). I guess I could cook myself Paleo, and cook for other people non-paleo. :P

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on October 11, 2011
at 05:36 PM

The good news is you have a good working metabolism, the bad news is hunger can get the best of you both mentally and physically.

It sounds like you felt the benefits of the change but weren't completely dedicated to it, perhaps the second time around will work for you, knowing what you know now.

As for cold turkey or weaning, this depends on you, do whats easiest for you. Gluten products will stay in your body for about 15 days, so it does take time. I'd pick one thing like Gluten and remove them completely, then work on sugar, etc if that helps offer a solution.

The great news is you have access to your food at the cooking level!! Italian food isn't all just pasta as you probably already know. The choice is yours in making the right selections.

I always make hearty red sauce with meat and veggies, I eat it like it was chili in a bowl (sometimes over zoodles).

Just keep in mind that cooking can be as simple or as complex as you choose to make it....food is necessary for energy and function, sometimes we make things more difficult than we need to make it, you can go gourmet or go simple!!

best of luck to you and happy cooking!!

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Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

on October 11, 2011
at 05:44 PM

Question one: hungry all the time

You're probably not eating enough. Most likely fat. Eat more fat, maybe meat, but mostly fat. Eat more.

Question two: what to cook for yourself

You answered it yourself, find all the paleo ingredients in the kitchen, and cook those all up (in a good amount of fat - see Answer 1).

Hard to cook on Paleo? Hell no. Just cook with non-paleo stuff. Filling, tasty meals await you here in Paleoland. Let me help you.

Go cold turkey on the grains.

Don't know how long grains "stay in the body." Does it matter? Just don't eat them

And... all I found were 5 questions, did I miss one?

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

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on October 11, 2011
at 05:55 PM

Yea, I know what you mean in regards to cooking. Possibly taste and spit out? I've done that when I've made stuff for people, but that was in a home setting, not in a commercial one.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

(2297)

on October 11, 2011
at 05:57 PM

And, apparently the "Tough Love" answer style got me a downvote?

Ef2f6c723983d7fe7a06bd57af6adeed

(1725)

on October 11, 2011
at 05:52 PM

When cooking for a restaurant, you generally want to taste to food you make, (which happens to be a lot of unhealthy food). I guess I could cook myself Paleo, and cook for other people non-paleo. :P

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on October 11, 2011
at 05:16 PM

I cook pasta for the family and simply eat meat sauce over a veggie.

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on October 11, 2011
at 05:03 PM

My two cents worth:

Hop all in, cold turkey. Understand going that you're possibly going to trip up here and there. Go easy on yourself when you do.

Do your best. Stay connected here for support and information.

On a personal level, I think the idea of committing to a 100% effort over 30 days is a great idea. Maybe you could give that a go. Robb Wolf has a brand new ebook out dedicated to the 30 day jump start.

Best of luck to you and stay in touch.

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on October 11, 2011
at 07:31 PM

I'd echo some of the previous sentiments, you can boil a whole bunch of sweet potatoes and yams (I do a mix of both) until they're soft, peel the skin off, and mash in a whole lot of butter. Tastes amazing and you can also make a few servings worth and bring it with you in a container, along with a can of sardines/mackerel, or some hard boiled eggs, meat, etc. and you've got a great lunch to go.

ALso, it sounds redundant but anytime you're hungry just eat as much meat and veggies as you want, and maybe try adding avocado to things. It really can be easy once you get into a good groove of which foods you like to make. I've been back in school full time for a year and I haven't bought one piece of food while I've been at school.

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1586db0f16b2cef51ee4e71ab08ad1a2

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on October 11, 2011
at 06:23 PM

I would really recommend going with safe starches, such as sweet potatoes, yams, and maybe even some white rice...

But cut out grains.

It'll take about 15 days for your gut to heal itself.

I think you may work really well with Kurt Harris' take on things: http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

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on October 11, 2011
at 08:31 PM

but doesn't contain the anti-nutrients which most other grains do

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on October 11, 2011
at 07:19 PM

rice is a grain

1586db0f16b2cef51ee4e71ab08ad1a2

(965)

on October 12, 2011
at 03:56 PM

It is, but it is essentially carbohydrates. Very benign. Go for nutritious tubers if you want to be the most efficient with your eating, but the carbs from white rice have been shown to be just that.

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on October 11, 2011
at 05:47 PM

Meat and veggies aren't enough, you need lots of fruit and tubers as well or you will always be hungry and skinny.

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

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on October 11, 2011
at 09:14 PM

Not accurate - I am LC, rarely eat tubers & fruit, am never hungry, am not skinny, not fat either, good muscle tone & definition. This may depend on any given individual though. I get tested regularly no deficiencies for the past few years.

Ef2f6c723983d7fe7a06bd57af6adeed

(1725)

on October 11, 2011
at 05:54 PM

What are tubers?

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on October 11, 2011
at 08:33 PM

what about the sugar content of fruit - shouldn't this be limited

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on October 11, 2011
at 07:04 PM

potatoes, yams, taro etc.

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