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HELP! My mom doesnt want me to continue Paleo.

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Created June 21, 2013 at 12:08 AM

I went Paleo a few months ago and had a bad experince with it because I didn't eat enough proteins, fish, or meat, I basically just cut the grains and carbs and I was closer to being a vegan than anything. I'm a runner and I lost all my eneergy and felt like crap so I blamed it on the diet and went back to my old runners ways of nothing but pasta and bagels and felt fine. After a month or so I started to lose a bit of weight and just recently went in to the doc to get everything checked out. I am perfectly healthy just needed to up the calories a bit due to all of my running.

After a while I just counldnt help myself and I came back to Paleo for round two. This time I read into it a little more finding out that it is NOT a low carb diet and as a runner i would have no problem getting my carbs through fruits, veggies, sweet potatoes, yams, "Paleo breads" and other wonderful creations :) I read up as much as possible on Paleo vs. primal, why our bodies shouldnt have grains, and how a runner CAN survive on this diet and even more so I was going into it feeling prepared and excited for the change.

In my first week i did great, eating eggs with bacon and often a veggie, green smoothies, i ordered out Paleo again and got weird looks from the waiters as usual :p and my mom was on board with it because she just knew I was eating. This week i made my dad a Jello pie and I ended up getting cut a slice, normally I wouldnt have ever eaten jello not even before I went paleo but in the heat of the moment eveyone was eating it and looking at me so I ate the slice of pie..crust and all. About 10 minutes later i was throwing up. I explained to my mom that because my body had been clean and wasnt used to the artifical garbage and grains that i just ate it is trying to get rid of it, but instead she said that I should not be on any diet that one little piece of pie is going to make me throw up everythig and that you need bread, grains and carbs in your diet. She said that I may not continue doing this "paleo thing", runners need to eat carbs and pasta and breads and she is probably making me pasta as i type this..

How do I make her understand Paleo? I do not want to have to eat"normaly" because of my mother. I personaly love Paleo and I will be Paleo for my whole life if I could get through to my mom. I live in her house and I eat out with her and im her kid so its not like i can just not listen to her. Please help me make her see my side of Paleo and why I should be able to be paleo.

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on June 27, 2013
at 06:44 PM

I live alone and cook for myself. I also get sick when I eat grains or other things my body is no longer used to. Even too much chocolate will cause me a bit of trouble, Mr Snowman - and I don't have any pressure to eat this way or another. Some bodies just react like that, apparently.

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on June 27, 2013
at 04:47 PM

Robb Wolf also just recently put up a post on the specific issues facing female athletes that would be worth a look. Possibly show this to your mom and your coach, see if they'd be willing to help you out with the planning part of it. http://robbwolf.com/2013/06/20/female-athlete-triad/

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on June 25, 2013
at 11:00 AM

How old are you?

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on June 21, 2013
at 12:35 AM

Smells of you-know-what…

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on June 21, 2013
at 12:24 AM

Your mom is just looking out for your best interests. You ate a slice of pie after a short (?) time on a Paleo diet and couldn't hold it down. I don't think that's a normal consequence of going Paleo. Do you think there are psychological factors involved?

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at 12:19 AM

Why are you eating paleo?

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on June 21, 2013
at 12:40 AM

You're a minor living with/off your parents? Welcome to the real world. They pay the way, they make the rules. You upchuck a meal, it doesn't really matter what you say or how you protest, because you're obviously wrong in their eyes.

It's not the end of the world. People live for years on the standard american diet. Plenty of runners do fine on the standard american diet (they die younger, but that's not necessarily diet, that's running too much). Live with it, mitigate where you can, and move out as soon as you're able.

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on June 25, 2013
at 03:13 AM

Maybe just try and negotiate and have a few carbs from "safer" alternatives. The paleo community differs in a number of their views but I'm of the opinion that potato and rice are perfectly fine. They don't offer a lot of substance in terms of their micronutrient profile but they don't do a lot of harm either, and as a runner you could probably do with the extra calories.

This same view is discussed within The Perfect Health Diet. They even suggest that gluten free pastas, made with potato, rice and tapioca flour are a healthy option (a view that not everyone on here will agree with).

I don't think the paleo diet is meant to be low carb and I think everyones' requirement for carbohydrates are different, so it's an area that requires some flexibility. I think in your case some extra carbohydrates could do you some good, just try and have them from safer sources.

Maybe explain to your Mum some of the inherent problems with wheat and why you want to avoid it. If you can find a good article with some Science in it to back up your views then that would be a good start. Then explain some of the alternative sources of carbohydrate that you're going to consume instead of wheat.

It's certainly not normal that you're throwing up your food within minutes of eating something non-paleo and I'm not surprised that your Mum's worried. I think you should be a little worried too. It might be worth seeing a naturopath or holistic health practitioner to get to bottom of it all and work our why it happened in the first place.

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on June 27, 2013
at 01:51 PM

I also found this article about the paleo diet for athletes. It actually explains that when doing exercise for long durations you need to bend the rules of paleo a bit otherwise you won't be able to recover effectively. Running for long distances is known as "chronic cardio" by paleo purists, it was a term coined by Mark Scisson I believe. And if your exercise regime is non-paleo is makes sense that you will have to adjust you're diet a little in the same direction.

Have a look at this article when you can, it explains how many carbs and proteins you should consume before and after intense periods of exercise lasting over an hour in duration. I think your current way of living IS making you sick and you're Mum has every right to be worried about you.

http://home.trainingpeaks.com/articles/nutrition/quick-guide-the-paleo-diet-for-athletes.aspx

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on June 27, 2013
at 04:47 PM

Robb Wolf also just recently put up a post on the specific issues facing female athletes that would be worth a look. Possibly show this to your mom and your coach, see if they'd be willing to help you out with the planning part of it. http://robbwolf.com/2013/06/20/female-athlete-triad/

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on June 25, 2013
at 03:17 AM

Live with your parents (and save money, go to school etc as long as possible). Ask your mom if she would rather you be pregnant or paleo???

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