Hi I just started paleo a few days ago and I come from a pretty healthy diet and I was not raised on the SAD. I'm only 15 and I'm not looking to lose weight as I am already thin but maybe gain some muscle lose more fat when I join the gym in January.
I used to eat a fairly low(processed) carb diet anyways with no bread or cereal and only homecooked meals but I ate A lot of rice but it didn't affect my weight or anything. I have mild gastroparesis so I can't eat nuts and I have always had stomach issues but I don't know why.
Also I used to eat a lot of fruit but now that I eat more meat and vegetables I don't eat as much fruit and sometimes if I don't eat fruit for several days I tend to almost binge and eat a lot of fruit at once. It's like if I don't eat my daily apple I tend to compensate that later by eating all kinds of fruit and then I'm okay for another week. So my question is, is that normal? I no longer crave candy since I started eating paleo but I feel like I can't really eat fruit sensibly and It feels like I'm eating something bad like candy and I almost binge sometimes. Has anyone else experinced this?
Also this is what I eat everyday
Breakfast Cottage cheese 250g (the only non paleo food I eat) or 4 curried eggs.
snack either two eggs or an apple
Lunch steamed Broccoli and different kinds of spinach with either chicken curry or salmon and all kinds of fish like pangus and rohu and catfish and chicken soup and beef bone broth during the winter.
Dinner different kinds of vegetables either fish or beef tounge or and kebabs that are cooked over open grill and I also eat salt water fish and roasted duck thats highly spiced, cooked in a pot with lots of ghee. (is ghee paleo?)
On special occasions I eat ghee and I can't really skip it but absolutely no dairy. I don't eat bacon or steak but I do eat goat and beef liver and stomach and are spices and herbs paleo? because my mom has a lot of spices in her cooking.
Also does anyone else eat 4-6 times a day? Because I don't like eating small meals and sometimes I only eat twice a day because my meals are so big and filling. People always tell me to eat 6 times a day.
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on July 29, 2013
at 02:12 PM
Hi Alice, Your parents cook traditional foods already, like liver, fish, bone broths, etc.? To be honest, at 15, I might stick with their ways over "paleo." In my family as well, we ate a fairly good diet - fish soup a couple of times a week, beef stews or chicken stews fairly often, and like you, our main carbs were rice-based. Perhaps pizza once a week.
Sometimes the family's or parents' traditional diet (which it sounds like your family eats) is pretty healthy already, and the worst thing you can do is stress about what you're eating or eat separate from everyone. In fact, I think the best meals are those you eat smiling, laughing, lounging around the table, and completely relaxed.
If I were you, maybe try some experiments and see how you feel when you eat certain things - paleo or not, because even if a food is "paleo" (the designations differ by person) you might still feel get an allergic reaction or something.
It's a tough question though because you're 15 and you need lots of nutrients to keep growing. If you like liver, beef broth, all that stuff - good for you! If you only like to eat twice a day, fine! When I was 15 I remember sleeping until noon. probably not great but my body easily regulated what i needed/didn't need.
if you're with your friends and you want to have some XYZ thing, perhaps try to relax and remember all things in moderation, even moderation.
And if you're binging on fruit, it might be a sign you're not getting enough carbohydrates. Rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, plantains, taro, tapioca, etc. could be great sources of them, your body might digest them better if you boil them or steam them inside of frying them - moisture helps your body digest your food better.
It sounds like your household cook does a great job of getting variety into your very paleo-meals. (Again, some consider ghee paleo, others not, but it's a great fat for flavor and cooking).
question: 1) you can't eat dairy but you eat cottage cheese, which in the US is dairy...is that perhaps a misunderstanding on my part?
Sounds like you're doing a great job and don't need to stress...and if you really want, keep working with your doctor/gym to gain weight/muscle but your body's going to change a lot over the next 10 years! Don't worry!
Hey Alice - I also wanted to say that if your food preparer likes to make soups with bones, those are really great/nourishing for you and your stomach problems. In all cultures, soups formed a huge basis and grandmothers all around the world have made them for their kin when they have tummy aches. Congee, jook, chao, which are different names for rice porridge in some form, have also been shown to be pretty benign for everyone, no matter what their allergies, but of course if your experience is bad, then note it. But it seems that around the world some boiled vegetables with bone broth soup are good foods for people who have slightly ailing health or stomach problems.
on July 29, 2013
at 09:17 PM
Your diet looks great to me. Can your parents adopt me?
Seriously, I can't see anything wrong with what you're eating and don't know what your specific health problems are, so hard to say what you need to change. Herbs and spices are definitely allowed on the Paleo diet. I use them a lot. The only ones I've eliminated due to autuimmune issues are peppers (spicy and sweet/bell) because they irritated my stomach and other nightshades (such as tomatoes). If you have a lot of health issues, stay off wheat/gluten and eliminate nightshades for 30 days to see if you feel better.
You can read more about the autoimmune protocol at thepaleomom.com.