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First day "Paleo"...how did I do?

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Created February 13, 2012 at 4:51 AM

So I tried to be as Paleo as possible today and I was hoping for some feedback to see how well (or not so well) I did. Here was my day:

BREAKFAST - Small bowl of Strawberries, Three Scrambled Eggs with Ham and a small amount of Cheddar Cheese. LUNCH - 4 Hard Boiled Eggs filled with a mixture of Yolks, Avocado, Lemon Juice and Hot Sauce. Dinner - Roasted Chicken breast with skin, salted edamame, and side of blackberries. SNACK 1 - 1 Hard Boiled Egg, almonds and box of raisins SNACK 2 - Mozz String Cheese and Pecan Larabar

I know this is probably not perfect but what should I change immediately to get on track?

Thanks! Adam

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on February 13, 2012
at 09:24 PM

The "so many different interpretations of Paleo" is an indication of a healthy community. The overall guidelines hold true across the various branches: pastured meat, lots of vegetables, healthy fat, no grains, no legumes, no sweeteners. Everything else is a matter of discussion: dairy, fermented dairy, no dairy; no legumes, sweet peas and green beans, fermented soy (tamari, miso, natto but not tofu or TSP); no starches versus safe starches; no sweeteners, honey, stevia.

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on February 13, 2012
at 08:37 PM

Definately pick a plan for a month like cerement says. Tweak it based on your tastes... WARNING...Foods you never liked before may become your favorite as you change your palate. I never liked avacado before jan 17th of last year...Now I could eat them daily. Off the top of my head, if you want to lose weight, you probably want to ditch cheese, milk (maybe keep whole cream), and teh edamane (if I am correct it is a soy bean, beans are generally not paleo) Remember, DO NOT LET PERFECTION GET IN THE WAY OF PROGRESS. Learn and move on! :)

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on February 13, 2012
at 08:34 PM

Be sure to not only look at the total weight but to caluclate losses in inches as you will be eating more protien and burning fat which will change your overall body composition. Never get discouraged unless you promise to use it to your advantange, IE. learning more, reading more, working smarter not harder etc. Theresa

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at 08:33 PM

Adam, welcome and you will find alot of incredibly smart people here, I am not one of them, I just learn from them. Keep asking questions, making personal observations about what changes and remember that when the scale doesnt change you could be gaining muscle and burning fat. Measure yourself now (if you need help with all the places to measure let us know) and jot it down. Dont weigh for a month just notice how your clothes feel. Then you can weigh and measure.

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:54 PM

Some would debate the dairy point. Certainly out with the lower-quality cheeses, but with the unprocessed higher-end ones? Varies by person, I think.

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:34 PM

That is such a helpful link for a newbie like me. I think I was trying to do all the steps at once.

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on February 13, 2012
at 06:25 PM

I am really bacon digging your response!

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on February 13, 2012
at 04:21 PM

Nance makes a good point. I transitioned slowly to paleo, and my tastes in food have really changed. You'll also begin to notice when you eat things that aren't as paleo, because your body will react.

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at 06:50 AM

I'm sensing a BACON hidden agenda in this answer ...

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Also depends on how much you're willing to push yourself. If you're happy diving into the deep end, take a look at one of the challenges to get you started and then you can start adding things back in afterwards depending on how they affect you. Whole9 has the famous Whole30 challenge, there's the 21 Day Sugar Detox challenge, and Mark Sisson has the Primal Blueprint 21 Day Total Body Transformation. If you want to put down some serious cash, there's always one of the week-long MovNat workshops :p

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Yes Welcome Adam!!!

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on February 13, 2012
at 05:35 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of paleo.

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Or at the very least as much veggies as fruit!

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+1 Should have as much veggie as meat on your plate ...

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on February 13, 2012
at 04:53 AM

Edamame = soy bean. Most people here would tell you not to eat them.

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on February 13, 2012
at 05:03 AM

Where are your vegetables? I see some avocado and that's it. (Aside from the edamame which is a legume as someone else mentioned.) Where are the beets? The kale? The cauliflower? The sweet potatoes? The broccoli?

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on February 13, 2012
at 05:34 AM

Or at the very least as much veggies as fruit!

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on February 13, 2012
at 05:23 AM

+1 Should have as much veggie as meat on your plate ...

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on February 13, 2012
at 06:48 AM

Add some more fat perhaps?

Eggs, ham, avocado are great but you could also try bacon, heavy cream in the berries, coconut, etc. Also stick to aged cheeses. I like Manchego, Irish cheddar and goat gouda to name a few.

I would also suggest to keep snacking in between meals to a minimum. So far I've found that it works better for me to eat bigger meals until I'm really bacon satisfied with each one instead of "grazing" all day, as they say. I average two meals per day with the occasional one less or one extra here and there. It can vary depending on what your activity is like.

Depending on where you are with personal goals and such, it's generally recommended to get as much of your vitamin/mineral requirements from food as opposed to supplements. Eating organ meats and bones in addition to muscle meat will bacon help you move in this direction.

And last but not least...like many others on the forum, I highly recommend the Archevore outline of Paleo eating. I have read Robb Wolf's "Paleo Solution" and I'm halfway through Mark Sisson's "Primal Blueprint", but I came to Paleo after discovering it on the web back in October and it was Dr. Harris' outline that I started with and still bacon follow. They all sort of complement each other anyway, but I would definitely check it out if you haven't already.

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on February 13, 2012
at 06:50 AM

I'm sensing a BACON hidden agenda in this answer ...

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on February 13, 2012
at 06:25 PM

I am really bacon digging your response!

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on February 13, 2012
at 05:56 AM

First of all, welcome! Second, what are your ultimate goals? Why did you decide to switch to Paleo?
Ok so, edamame are soybeans. Soy is not allowed on Paleo. I know it sucks, because I used to love a good bowl of salted edamame.
I'd also take out the cheese.
Most definitely take out the Larabar. Sure it has very few natural ingredients, but it's still processed and it just has way too much sugar from the dates IMO.
Chicken is good... but you should be aware it's very high in inflammatory omega-6 polyunsaturated fats. Same goes for the ham. You're gonna either wanna supplement with fish oil but I'd rather eat more fresh wild fish (e.g. salmon) and/or eat more grass-fed meat (e.g. beef, lamb). Grass-fed meat has much better o6:o3 ratios. At the end of the day, you're gonna want a 1:1 ratio. Today, you have exceeded that.
Also I'd replace the fruit (i.e. the strawberries and blackberries) with veggies. Carrots, broccoli, onions, salad, kale, spinach, asparagus, etc. If you're not doing low carb, pile on the veggies!
And make sure any sauces you're using don't have sneaky ingredients in them.
Lastly, I hope you are eating more fat than that! Cooking with coconut oil or lard/tallow would be great. Eat lots of fatty animal meat. Avocados and almonds just aren't enough.

Sorry if I pretty much poopoo'd on everything you ate (except for the eggs). But for the first day, it was a great effort. There's a lot of tweaking that can be done and I'm sure you'll start feeling great in no time!

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on February 13, 2012
at 06:10 PM

WOW! This is a pretty amazing community. I greatly appreciate you all taking the time to add your input. I honestly did not think I would get one response, I am so impressed and all of your great words of support really make me want to stick with this. I have read all of your comments and will make adjustments going forward. It seems like there are so many different interpretations of Paleo, it gets a little confusing. I will have to see what works and feels best for me. My goal is to shed some fat and simply feel all around better. I typically eat "well", and work out 5 times a week (mix of weight training and cardio), but seem to have trouble losing fat. I am hoping a paleo lifestyle can be the missing piece of the puzzle. Again, thank you all so much! Sincerely, Adam

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on February 13, 2012
at 08:34 PM

Be sure to not only look at the total weight but to caluclate losses in inches as you will be eating more protien and burning fat which will change your overall body composition. Never get discouraged unless you promise to use it to your advantange, IE. learning more, reading more, working smarter not harder etc. Theresa

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on February 13, 2012
at 08:33 PM

Adam, welcome and you will find alot of incredibly smart people here, I am not one of them, I just learn from them. Keep asking questions, making personal observations about what changes and remember that when the scale doesnt change you could be gaining muscle and burning fat. Measure yourself now (if you need help with all the places to measure let us know) and jot it down. Dont weigh for a month just notice how your clothes feel. Then you can weigh and measure.

Medium avatar

(2923)

on February 13, 2012
at 09:24 PM

The "so many different interpretations of Paleo" is an indication of a healthy community. The overall guidelines hold true across the various branches: pastured meat, lots of vegetables, healthy fat, no grains, no legumes, no sweeteners. Everything else is a matter of discussion: dairy, fermented dairy, no dairy; no legumes, sweet peas and green beans, fermented soy (tamari, miso, natto but not tofu or TSP); no starches versus safe starches; no sweeteners, honey, stevia.

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on February 13, 2012
at 05:32 AM

out with the diary (cheese!) and legumes(soy, peanuts, etc.), in with the veggies :)

keep it up! i'm right there on the early-days-of-paleo bandwagon with you.

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on February 13, 2012
at 07:54 PM

Some would debate the dairy point. Certainly out with the lower-quality cheeses, but with the unprocessed higher-end ones? Varies by person, I think.

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on February 13, 2012
at 06:26 PM

Good work thusfar Adam. The soy is an issue, and the lack of plant matter on your plate (depending on your stance). Personally, I think that picking an author and sticking with that protocol for 30 days before having any sort of further experimentation is a great way to start... as mentioned above, there are lots of "Get Started" guides out there that will put you on a great plan.

And because I am a visual learner - this is the graphic that I send to people who ask me how I eat...

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on February 13, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Hey, Adam! Just want to say welcome to the community!

You started. That's what's important. Keep adding one day at a time, choosing foods that are as un-tampered with as possible. My favorite way to start a day is still a cut of fatty beef.

I also like leafy salads, because the volume lets me feel like I ate a lot without doing any damage to my weight-loss goals.

After you avoid processed foods for a week or three it'll start to be a habit and you'll begin to see food very differently. What looks/sounds good will gradually change.

Have fun with it!

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on February 13, 2012
at 04:21 PM

Nance makes a good point. I transitioned slowly to paleo, and my tastes in food have really changed. You'll also begin to notice when you eat things that aren't as paleo, because your body will react.

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on February 13, 2012
at 08:24 PM

It is all about finding what works for you. Personally, I will have a Larabar every now and then and I just do not feel guilty about it, nor do I feel that I am eating in an inferior manner. This is especially true if having that Larabar will help you stay away from truly non-paleo things, like a Snickers bar!

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on February 13, 2012
at 12:53 PM

You'll notice some people mentioned to ditch the dairy, others don't. Robb Wolf advocates taking out all dairy for 30 days, then bringing it back in to see how you feel. A lot of people just do better without it.

I will echo others' sentiments here: more veg, more ruminant meat (beef, lamb), more animal fat, less fruit. And it was a tad egg-heavy. And lose the edamame. But congrats on taking the plunge - you'll get the hang of it in no time.

Kurt Harris's clear-cut approach to Paleo is a popular one. Work as far down his list as you can. http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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at 07:34 PM

That is such a helpful link for a newbie like me. I think I was trying to do all the steps at once.

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on February 13, 2012
at 05:45 AM

I would ditch the edamame as others have mentioned. What did you cook your eggs in? Keep up the good work...

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