So I'm aiming to become HEALTHIER to have better skin, better body, better growth, etc. Then I came across the Paleo Diet. I felt like my meals and snacks were unhealthy. You'll see what I mean here:
Breakfast: -1-minute Quaker Oatmeal with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, mango, Hershey's dark chocolate mildly sweet almond nugget, Chobani Nonfat Yogurt (peach, strawberry, blueberry) with almond flakes
Lunch: -Grapefruit, hard boiled egg, vegetables, meat/fish (sometimes)
Dinner: -Medium-grained rice, meat, vegetables,
Usual snacks: -50 almonds, 2 tablespoons of cashews, blackberries, strawberries, dark chocolate morsels, banana
On Saturdays, I will have a treat of a Chick-Fil-A kid's meal consistng of grilled chicken nuggets, fruit cup, and Icedream cone. Well, I will have to eat at the food court because I go to the mall every Saturday.
I feel like my diet is not healthy enough. They say not to eat grains or dairy! I thought grains were good for reducing heart disease's chances, and dairy for calcium. I hate milk, but I love Greek yogurt. Plus, I have to eat rice. I'm Chinese, it's a part of my culture. And oatmeal is my only breakfast. It's either sugary cereal, or that. I can't eat another egg which I eat during lunch as well, because it makes me gassy >.< what can I do??? It's hard to go Paleo when your family is revolved around those carbs :(. Thank you.
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on May 13, 2013
at 02:47 AM
Your diet is so far ahead of most teens - congrats! Instead of sweetened yogurts/oatmeal maybe try unsweetened plain kefir. Also, try coconut milk. Do you do smoothies? It looks like you are eating a Perfect Health Diet style plan. Google that for some more ideas. It embraces rice and other starches. Good luck!
on May 13, 2013
at 06:47 AM
This doesn't sound so bad. I'd say you're at 80% healthy diet.. maybe 90%. Hell, maybe you're there as most of us would over-analyze the oatmeal and ice cream when it probably doesn't really matter. A little treat has its benefits.
I'd say you're diet is looking good and if you're aware that you could eat better and you care about it, then that'll sort itself out pretty easily. (The worst is not knowing / caring.)
When I was your age, everything was fried and yellow/brown and made of corn/soy... and I liked it that way.
Just like.. eat more green stuff and fish. I remember reading this AskMeAnything thread with Arnorld Schwarzenegger on how to build the biggest action star muscles possible.. he was just like "yeah, you just have to eat less bread and lift heavy stuff." Not rocket science.
It starts with food is another one if you don't have it. (check the reviews.. lives changed.)
on May 13, 2013
at 05:44 AM
Your diet isn't too bad. My 17 yr old daughter eats Paleo with small amounts of white rice and potatoes most days but once or twice per week, she has a cheat meal when she goes out with friends. Eating out and having fun with your friends is also important for your (emotional) health. Interesting, she's been eating this way for about 6 mos now and, even with the weekly cheats, has lost 2-3 pant sizes and the beginnings of cellulite. Her skin cleared up after she eliminated almonds. Guess she was allergic. Anyway, she's always been beautiful but now she's drop dead gorgeous. Wish I had known about Paleo sooner. Keep the faith, you're doing great.
As for what to eat, we are also Asian and sometimes eat rice porridge with meat for breakfast. If you're sick of eggs, like my son, then just eat lots of meat instead. My daughter prefers eggs for breakfast but my son will eat anything else, usually it's some leftovers from dinner such as sliced steak, beef stew, lamb stew, etc.
on May 13, 2013
at 04:36 AM
Breakfast - Ditch the oatmeal and go for quinoa - You can sweeten it with cinnamon, cocoa powder and stevia! :) And go for grass-fed/finished yogurt, plain and add berries. Or go for plain greek yogurt, and add fruit.
Lunch - For a young girl, your lunch is pretty small if you don't eat the meat along with the egg, grapefruit and veggies. Maybe eat some chicken, fish or meat too or instead of the egg? Obviously KEEP the veggies!
Dinner - Ditch the rice for quinoa again or lentils or sweet potatoes or cauliflower rice cooked in chicken broth. Keep the veggies and meat.
There are always healthy options at the Food Court you just have to work your willpower and not give into the treats. However, a once a week "cheat" is okay.
Over all you eat very healthfully, which is very impressive for a 13 year old. Nicely done!
on July 16, 2014
at 10:55 PM
I wish I had known about the importance of healthy fats when I was younger and was blimping out. I grew up in the "low-fat is good" era and was 20+ pounds overweight. I'm almost 50 and I weigh 118. My meals now are mostly healthy fat, veggies (both raw and cooked), and meat, salmon or sardines. If I were you I would try to sub most the calories of grains with extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, butter from grass-fed cows, and red palm oil (nice for cooking at low temps). Raw, soaked nuts are good as well, but most almonds are not raw in U.S., even if they are labeled that way. (They pasteurize them.) If you find you want Greek yogurt on occasion, try the full-fat, organic, and unsweetened version. It is so much more satisfying and the fat helps you absorb nutrients. Overall I am quite impressed with your diet and I know ours would be a better country if there were more teens like you. Peace.
on May 13, 2013
at 07:06 AM
Don't restrict your foods. Eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full. Eat what you feel like eating. Listen to your body, don't listen to anybody who tells you what to eat and what not to eat.(Except for me, at this moment) Eat healthy carbs - your body is developing and needs them - you are very different from a fully grown woman who has a weight problem (probably from watching her diet too much when she was 13). Have fun with your friends. Don't be afraid of food. Don't obsess over food. Don't call the way you eat a "diet". Play sports outdoors. Be a girl. If you do these things, you might avoid having weight issues, metabolic problems, and food obsessions that will get in the way of a full and balanced life. Take care of yourself and GOOD LUCK :)