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How to not sweat the small stuff when it comes to food

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 06, 2011 at 1:52 AM

Hey everyone! I'm 18 and I just started paleo a week or so ago, and i think it's going pretty well so far. My main question is how do you prevent yourself from sweating the small stuff? For example, I am about to make a vegetable stir-fry, but it is accompanied by a sauce that I feel has a higher level of sodium. I know eating it won't kill me, but it's hard to convince myself of that!

Thanks so much in advance

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on July 08, 2011
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Oh Absolutely Matt!! Once you are on Paleo, I see no reason to ever go back!! You are a smart young guy and you will be a strong GROK for a very long time!! Stick to it, never compromise!!! GROK ON!!

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this link will make you an expert on paleo acronyms... http://paleohacks.com/questions/1138/what-are-all-of-these-paleo-related-acronyms-and-terminologies#axzz1RHImUJak PUFA..poly-unsaturated fatty acids HFCS...high fructose corn syrup

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PUFA...poly-unsaturated fatty acids HFCS...high fructose corn syrup

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Haha thanks so much! I'm pretty impatient though and hate waiting for results that aren't instantly gratifying, you know? but I feel staying the course for the long haul will be the most gratifying thing of all!

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since im a rookie - can you explain PUFAS and HFCS - or atleast what the acronyms stand for? Thanks!

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on July 06, 2011
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Nurse yourself off the sauces. They aren't good for you (it's not just the sodium... read those ingredients!) and you need to learn what FOOD tastes like. Plus, you are preparing this meal, so you really have no excuse to use the sauce in the first place.

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on July 06, 2011
at 02:18 AM

This lifestyle is about doing the right thing for your health. But stressing over a few things here and there is more hazardous to your mental health and that will effect your physical health. So relax, enjoy, move on. Tomorrow you tighten up a little. Best wishes.

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on July 06, 2011
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Matt, How you feel and the results you get will ultimately calm you down. I used to be like that at 18, I'm almost 43 now, and sweating the small stuff will lead you down to a life of destruction. Stress, overeating, diabetes, heart disease...it will add up.

You have begun Paleo at 18 and I wish I only knew about this some 25 years ago...consider yourself fortunate you live and don't know a life without the internet!! There is more information out there on this lifestyle than ever before, and just continue to learn and grow.

Sodium is not too big a problem on Paleo, since we are eating mostly fresh, raw, non processed foods, there is naturally no sodium in meats (other than bacon) and veggies, so don't worry about a little extra salt in a sauce. As Joshua points out, read the labels...if there are more than 2 ingredients you don't know what they are, don't eat it. I cook with 4 things...Coconut oil, bacon fat, Extra virgin Olive Oil and Pastured butter!! Keep meats simple with salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder, and you will find that you won't need much else.

I have a list of foods I eat on my facebook page along with my 30 & 60 day results so far.

find me at http://facebook.com/bigtimsprimaljourney

Good luck!! No stress!!

Tim

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on July 06, 2011
at 03:01 AM

Haha thanks so much! I'm pretty impatient though and hate waiting for results that aren't instantly gratifying, you know? but I feel staying the course for the long haul will be the most gratifying thing of all!

15d83f76aaa6b0e38d662c20c6e097ad

(1012)

on July 08, 2011
at 01:18 PM

Oh Absolutely Matt!! Once you are on Paleo, I see no reason to ever go back!! You are a smart young guy and you will be a strong GROK for a very long time!! Stick to it, never compromise!!! GROK ON!!

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on July 06, 2011
at 02:30 AM

Learn how to make the sauces from scratch, so you can control what's in them -- the internet is a terrific source of information for cooking. Otherwise, keep at it -- general rule of thumb is that if you're sticking to the program at least 80% of the time, you're doing great -- anything more, and you're doing terrific!

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on July 06, 2011
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Yeah, i think there is a 'sweating the small stuff' period when just starting, i chalk it up to the effects of coming out of CW brain washing machine. Finding myself hyper vigilant is the pendulum swinging the other way.

I like Stephanie's response, keep it simple and then you may find that there is absolutely nothing more satisfying than good fat+protein+veg and maybe a little spice. really, it's uncanny.

then one day you might find yourself with a lightly thawed ripe banana smooshed up with some heavy cream and you will be AMAZED.

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on July 06, 2011
at 03:13 AM

It is an ever evolving process. My husband and I started Paleo last December and we have come a long way from where we began. It is too overwhelming to try and get it perfect from the very beginning. Look for some good recipes to try, or just throw meat and veggies on the grill! It's all about simplifying the food thing :)

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on July 06, 2011
at 02:33 AM

sodium is the least of your worries, humans can tolerate high amounts of sodium

PUFAS. HFCS, etc are a lot more troublesome

8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

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on July 06, 2011
at 03:34 AM

this link will make you an expert on paleo acronyms... http://paleohacks.com/questions/1138/what-are-all-of-these-paleo-related-acronyms-and-terminologies#axzz1RHImUJak PUFA..poly-unsaturated fatty acids HFCS...high fructose corn syrup

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on July 06, 2011
at 03:31 AM

PUFA...poly-unsaturated fatty acids HFCS...high fructose corn syrup

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on July 06, 2011
at 03:00 AM

since im a rookie - can you explain PUFAS and HFCS - or atleast what the acronyms stand for? Thanks!

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on July 06, 2011
at 02:06 AM

Time is the key.

When you're into something new, you're obsessive about it and the results. Being 18 intensifies this.

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on July 06, 2011
at 01:45 PM

Sodium is not actually bad for us, it turns out.

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on July 06, 2011
at 03:43 AM

Speaking of recipes to try, check out Chowstalker. She's got a fantastic database of recipes from Paleo-folk all around the 'net. Also, FastPaleo is getting in on that action with their own list. Sisson has a great list contributed by people on the Primal Blueprint. And Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations too, some very good recipes there.

Sodium really isn't a concern, as other people have also stated. You do need to read labels past what the nutritional information is. Ingredients should all be natural, pronounceable, with no artificial colors or flavors.

Over time, you'll get used to making your own sauces, which will be a lot healthier than anything out of a bottle.

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