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Now you've reached homeostasis. What Does your paleo look like?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

For those of you who have already resolved most or all of your pre-paleo issues, whether it be autoimmunity, weightloss, digestive issues, or all of the above. Once you got to your happy point what did/does your version of the paleo lifestyle look like? Are you doing intense workouts every day? 3 times a week? What does your diet look like now? Your sleep schedule? Do you still supplement anything? Have you become more strict or relaxed a little bit? How has it changed since you first started? Was there anything you were absolutely sure was true at the very beginning but completely changed your mind about once you felt healthy again? I'm curious if those who have been at the maintenance stage for over a year have any similarities.

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(26217)

on November 16, 2012
at 08:09 PM

Haha, no need to defend yourself, I was just trying to orient my +1!

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(14952)

on November 16, 2012
at 07:53 PM

My guess is that as I get older, I'll cut out the grains, beans, and legumes 100% because insulin sensitivity probably declines somewhat with age. but right now, even then, they're less than 10% of my weekly calories....clearly I'm still uneasy about keeping them at all though (hence, defending my position).

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on November 16, 2012
at 07:52 PM

My guess is that as I get older, I'll cut out the grains, beans, and legumes 100% because insulin sensitivity probably declines somewhat with age. but right now, even then, they're less than 10% of my weekly calories.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on November 16, 2012
at 07:49 PM

...and I don't have a problem digesting the lentils/garbanzos/quinoa, so I feel fine when I eat them occasionally. Broadly speaking, my biggies are avoiding vegetable oils, HFCS, and (usually but not always) grains.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on November 16, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Yeah, usually my starchy carbs come from sushi, sweet potatoes, or potatoes, but I do sometimes eat the other stuff, so I included it. And for the beverage, that's 3-4 times per week, not 3-4 drinks. I would lose track otherwise ;)

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on November 16, 2012
at 07:42 PM

While I am not on board with the quinoa, lentils, and Ezekiel bread -- I did forget to mention rice! I now eat rice 2-3 times per month, primarily with Sushi or Pho! Good reminder!

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on November 16, 2012
at 12:53 PM

Encouraging people to eat nose to tail and to buy meat from sustainable sources would go a long way too. Our obsession with ridiculously large chicken breasts and squeamishness about anything but muscle meat leads to a lot of waste and unsustainable farming practices. Besides, meatless mondays only encourage no-meat. It says nothing about chosing non-GMO grains or conventional dairy/eggs which are equally if not more devastating on the environment.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on November 16, 2012
at 01:42 PM

I am in maintenance, and have been for about 6 months. Couple of small changes, I eat a lot more fruit than I did before. I am more willing to skip a IF day or ensure that I only train fasted. I also eat more carbs, although that change about half way through my weight loss phase. I also probably drink more than I did when I was going through weight loss. I might have been a 1-2 beers/glasses of wine per month, now it's 2-3 drinks per week...

Exercise is mostly the same, although I suffered an injury and did nothing for 12 weeks during my maintenance.

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on November 16, 2012
at 12:06 PM

I wanted to lose about 20lbs and did so between spring & late summer. My paleo style however is still evolving. At the moment I am eating double (heavy) cream every day. I also started lifting heavy things in July and have since doubled my strength (in parts from a pretty low base). It has improved my posture and dramatically improved some aching I was getting in my joints. I lift once a week (Body by Science Doug McGuff style) & I have just added a HIIT style 30 min indoor bike session once a week.

I don't supplement. I have been meditating for years, so stress is not a huge factor in my life and I sleep well. I have recently started going to bed 15-30 mins earlier than previously (10.30-10.45pm) & that has made a disproportionate improvement to my energy levels.

I really notice the effect that late nights, alcohol & eating rubbish have on my body. If I combine all 3 it'll take 36 hours to recover fully. It's a choice.

I have recently added a bit of porridge back into my diet on workout days. I feel good on it.

As a kid I was highly sensitive to dairy with it bringing on asthma. Now I can eat all forms of dairy except having a glass of cold milk & feel good. I didn't expect that.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on November 16, 2012
at 12:53 PM

Encouraging people to eat nose to tail and to buy meat from sustainable sources would go a long way too. Our obsession with ridiculously large chicken breasts and squeamishness about anything but muscle meat leads to a lot of waste and unsustainable farming practices. Besides, meatless mondays only encourage no-meat. It says nothing about chosing non-GMO grains or conventional dairy/eggs which are equally if not more devastating on the environment.

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on November 16, 2012
at 01:35 PM

I started off with strict primal for weight loss and have since moved on to more paleo. What I eat hasn't changed much after reaching my goals because I like the foods I eat. I don't really see it as being strict or relaxed. I guess you would say it's strict as I don't really ever eat non-paleo things. I eat a lot more fruit now then when I was losing weight. It doesn't bother me much and I like it.

I used to do intense workouts but mostly I'll just go to the gym or out door courts and play a pick up game of basketball a couple times a week.

I started sleeping much more right off the bat when I made my initial changes and I've never gone back. That was probably my biggest change at the time. I was always up till all hours of the night. I get so much more sleep now and I feel better for it. I don't see that ever changing.

I do take Vitamin D because I don't think I have enough sunshine in my life. I use to take fish oil but I just eat more seafood now.

When you reach your goals you have a lot of room to experiment to find out what works for you. What I was doing worked for me and I liked it so I kept on doing it the same.

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on November 16, 2012
at 07:39 PM

Staple Meals/Snacks

  • nonfat Greek yogurt with berries
  • mixed greens salad with scallops or shrimp, orange slices, and a citrus vinaigrette (orange/lemon juice + olive oil)
  • arugula salad with blackberries, goat cheese, and citrus vinaigrette
  • mixed greens salad with beets and goat cheese
  • chicken with raw baby carrots and steamed broccoli/spinach
  • Trader Joe's low-fat organic string cheese with fresh figs, berries, apricot, or a plum (depending on what's available).

Higher Carb Meals (a few times a week)

  • chicken with steamed broccoli and a roasted sweet potato

  • salmon with steamed broccoli/spinach and quinoa

  • salmon with steamed broccoli/spinach and potatoes

  • salade Nicoise (contains potatoes)

  • some sort of salad with garbanzo beans

  • salmon with lentils

  • carrots with homemade hummus (garbanzo beans, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, Greek yogurt)

  • sardines on toast (sprouted Ezekiel bread) with no-salt added cottage cheese

  • sushi

  • I also like Cuban Food sometimes, so chicken with avocado and salsa, with cuban rice (rice and red beans, herbs)

*Everyday Drink

  • 2 Liters of Evian, 1 San Pellegrino, and water filtered through a PUR filter

3-4x per week Beverages

  • vodka (on ice or in a martini)

  • G&(diet)T

1-2x per week food/drink

  • dark chocolate
  • sorbet
  • whipped cream (with berries)
  • almonds
  • bloody Mary, beer, Screwdrivers, or Cape Cods

Supplements

  • aspirin
  • Ionic Fizz magnesium

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on November 16, 2012
at 07:42 PM

While I am not on board with the quinoa, lentils, and Ezekiel bread -- I did forget to mention rice! I now eat rice 2-3 times per month, primarily with Sushi or Pho! Good reminder!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on November 16, 2012
at 07:52 PM

My guess is that as I get older, I'll cut out the grains, beans, and legumes 100% because insulin sensitivity probably declines somewhat with age. but right now, even then, they're less than 10% of my weekly calories.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on November 16, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Yeah, usually my starchy carbs come from sushi, sweet potatoes, or potatoes, but I do sometimes eat the other stuff, so I included it. And for the beverage, that's 3-4 times per week, not 3-4 drinks. I would lose track otherwise ;)

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on November 16, 2012
at 08:09 PM

Haha, no need to defend yourself, I was just trying to orient my +1!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on November 16, 2012
at 07:49 PM

...and I don't have a problem digesting the lentils/garbanzos/quinoa, so I feel fine when I eat them occasionally. Broadly speaking, my biggies are avoiding vegetable oils, HFCS, and (usually but not always) grains.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on November 16, 2012
at 07:53 PM

My guess is that as I get older, I'll cut out the grains, beans, and legumes 100% because insulin sensitivity probably declines somewhat with age. but right now, even then, they're less than 10% of my weekly calories....clearly I'm still uneasy about keeping them at all though (hence, defending my position).

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on November 16, 2012
at 04:38 PM

I've been basically paleo for 2 plus years and my weight has stablized to just where I want it. I weigh every day. If the scales go up I usually know what causes it. (snacking, cake, too much fruit). I feel great, sleep better than ever and must say look pretty good for an older woman. I don't drink alcohol. (for 16 yrs. now) I eat lots of cream, cheeze, butter and animal fat that goes with grass fed beef, a little pork (bacon) venison etc. Some veggies (beets, greens,) some rice and some potatos. Daily 85% Lindt choc. I do tai chi daily and yoga twice weekly. A little cardio for oldies a couple times a week. Life is very good!

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on November 16, 2012
at 01:40 PM

I started with 1 kg of vegetables a day and 120 grams of protein. When I work out a lot (3x serious heavy lifting a week), I eat about 180-200 grams of protein each day, need to eat 4 times a day. There is not much room left for vegetables than. I eat what I want to eat. If I don't work out for 3 days than the prote??n demand drops to about 120 grams a day. I weigh 75 kg, 187 cm, at a bf of around 10%. BF did drop from about 15%, no weight loss. The mirror is not lying :).

I supplement magnesium because otherwise I get cramps and tension problems. I use flax seed oil omega3, >6grams a day to prevent acne and hay fever. I use 5000 IU vitamin D for more testosteron and to prevent other illness.

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