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Getting back into paleo

Commented on August 05, 2014
Created August 05, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Hi all,

I was following the paleo diet for a few months, and slowly, I fell off track. I have been having some blood sugar issues, and my endocrinologist keeps changing her mind about what's wrong with me. First, I had PCOS. Well, my hormones came back normal. Then I was pre-type 1 diabetic since I had antibodies to my pancreas (they were low, but they were there - her words). I finally convinced her to order me a glucose tolerance test (I figured a baseline would be good to have...but I'm no doctor). Now, she said I'm insulin resistant because I have reactive hypoglycemia - my insulin levels were all in the normal range...but my blood sugar CRASHED in the third hour of the test. It went down to 50 - which I know it's measured by the lab, but I checked my blood sugar on my own meter, and it said it was 80. And I always check my meter against my doctor's and it's always the same or very close. Weird.

Anyway, I felt so depressed. I had lost about 10 pounds and I felt good (besides the constipation I couldn't get rid of, but a daily cup of coffee works WONDERS), but I gained back 6 pounds because I went back to my old eating. I stayed gluten free, but I added back in rice, and just overeating, not going to the gym anymore. Well, here I am, 6 pounds heavier (and at 5'4 it looks like I gained 10), and I'm ready to get back to feeling better. I want my numbers to change. It seems like no matter what I do, my hemoglobin a1c is always between 5.5-5.8. I want it to be 5.0. I started going back to the gym again, which is torture. I was so "into" it before, and now I look at it as a hassle.

I need some help getting back on track. I honestly just forgot how I ate before to lose weight and feel good at the gym. If anyone can offer me a beginner's shopping list so I can just start from scratch (and any advice in the blood sugar area), that would be awesome!

Thanks!!

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on August 05, 2014
at 05:12 PM

Just switch things up so it doesn't get boring. Look up some easy and simple recipes online, when you're out of ideas. There's no reason to eat the same thing everyday. Even regular recipes can be paleoized (grammar?) just by taking out certain things altogether or replacing them with something else. Stick to savory dishes and you can't go wrong.

Acorn squash, butternut squash, pumpkin, and pretty much all the other squashes are fine, just go with whichever one you prefer. Squash has a similar flavor profile to sweet potato when you mash it or cube it, so you won't be missing out on much.

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on August 05, 2014
at 04:28 PM

Good luck by the way, I hope you reach your goals.

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on August 05, 2014
at 04:25 PM

A little feta never killed anyone, go ahead. People are chicken obsessed these days because its low-fat and because people have been mildly brainwashed into thinking red = bad, white = good. If only they knew the difference was due to the concentration of myoglobin (an iron-rich protein), not to some evil artery-cloggin' "toxins" lurking in the meat lol, oh well more for us. There's nothing wrong with steak, turkey, lamb and fish, that sounds perfect. By the way, you might want to swap out that sweet potato and replace it with squash, rutabaga, carrot, or celery root.

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on August 05, 2014
at 04:05 PM

That does help. I like to add feta or goat cheese to my salad. I don't go overboard, but it helps to not have to give up everything. I mostly always use kerrygold butter on vegetables/sweet potatoes and I even put it on my steak or lamb. I'm so SICK of chicken. When I was paleo, I basically only ate steak, ground turkey, lamb and fish. Hopefully, that's ok. Most people swear by chicken! Thank you for all your advice!

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on August 05, 2014
at 04:01 PM

Well, I don't eat cheese myself (just butter and cream) but if you're going to have dairy, some cheese is probably alright. I don't think you have to cut it out completely to lose weight. But do stay away from milk, yogurt and ice cream. If anything, let yourself have some butter, cream and a bit of cheese. With dairy it's a matter of balance. You could have some just don't go crazy with it and base your diet around it. If it helps, think of it as a garnish....

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on August 05, 2014
at 03:50 PM

Hmm..never thought of that. You're probably right. Now, my other thing is dairy. Do you really believe it's necessary to completely cut it out? I usually stick with sheep/goat cheeses. Not really a fan of cow cheeses and I definitely don't drink milk.

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on August 05, 2014
at 03:15 PM

Then do that, have yourself a solid breakfast, like a hearty omelet with a couple of eggs and plenty of olive oil, maybe a sliced tomato or something on the side. Have yourself a substantial lunch, say some steamed veggies (I buy veggies in microwaveable steam packets so I just pop them in and they're done in 5 minutes) with a tuna steak or a fillet of cod. Then for dinner have yourself a decent meal so you don't feel like snacking at midnight.

You're snacking way too much, that's probably why you're hypoglycemic, your body is used to receiving a dose of glucose every 30 minutes.

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on August 05, 2014
at 03:07 PM

I think the snacking is the hardest part for me! It's all about planning I think...if I eat a large breakfast & lunch, I'm pretty OK until dinner.

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on August 05, 2014
at 04:58 PM

yes i will. i remember in the past i stayed away from sweet potatoes, and didn't start adding them into my diet until i was losing too much weight. but i'm pretty sure i was losing so much, so fast because i was new to paleo and to the gluten free lifestyle, and I ate eggs, bacon, salads (with no protein) and meat/veggies for dinner. and exercised. i lost weight quickly, but started losing my shape and just looked a little boxy and all i ever heard from everyone was "Eggs, again?" "salad, again?" and it did get boring...which is probably one of the reasons I fell off track and into bad eating habits.

If I do have a "starchier" vegetable, I'll have it with breakfast or lunch. And i"ll definitely try squash. I really like acorn squash. would that be ok? or did you mean more like green/yellow squash?

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on August 05, 2014
at 05:12 PM

Just switch things up so it doesn't get boring. Look up some easy and simple recipes online, when you're out of ideas. There's no reason to eat the same thing everyday. Even regular recipes can be paleoized (grammar?) just by taking out certain things altogether or replacing them with something else. Stick to savory dishes and you can't go wrong.

Acorn squash, butternut squash, pumpkin, and pretty much all the other squashes are fine, just go with whichever one you prefer. Squash has a similar flavor profile to sweet potato when you mash it or cube it, so you won't be missing out on much.

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on August 05, 2014
at 03:02 PM

Non-starchy vegetables (think greens), olive oil, meats and seafood, eggs, low carb fruits (like tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, raspberries, etc) and nuts (macadamias, hazelnuts, almonds).

You know what you have to do, cut out the starchy carbs like rice, breads pastas, etc, cut out the sweets, limit yourself to no more than 3 meals a day (no snacking), and if necessary cut your portion sizes. And I should re-emphasize, don't expect to cheat and get away with it, you might forget about that bucket of ice cream you ate last week, but your body sure won't.

It all comes down to one thing: discipline.

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on August 05, 2014
at 03:07 PM

I think the snacking is the hardest part for me! It's all about planning I think...if I eat a large breakfast & lunch, I'm pretty OK until dinner.

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