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Student, new to Paleo and how Paleo is my diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 29, 2013 at 8:08 PM

(as a precursor, sorry about the length of the post, I'm a newbie)

Hi,

I'm a 20 year old student at Royal Holloway University of London in the UK. Recently I decided (or to be more precise got tired with being stuck) to push my diet and fitness higher than it had been in order to finally get to achieve my long term goals. I used to weigh a lot more, and in the first few months of 2011 I lost roughly 22 pounds but since then I've been stuck somewhere where I was eating healthily but not looking the way I really wanted to. Personally, I'd like to be very lean with a body that I was proud to be seen with.

At the same time I was recommended through a non-health and nutrition podcast to listen to Abel James' Fat Burning Man, which I started to. Eventually I thought I'd tried out the Paleo lifestyle, not going all the way to be honest but taking on some of basic tenets.

I'm posting to get an idea of "how Paleo" my food is. Over the past 4 days I've started keeping a food/calorie log; this is also when I did my last big food shop so I was able to buy the correct sort of stuff. Here's roughly my meals over that period (although some of the things below represent me using up what I had leftover from the last "pre-plan-shop"):

Breakfasts: 2 Weetabix (milk), black coffee

2 Weetabix (milk), coffee, banana, 2 eggs scrambled

2 Weetabix (milk), coffee, banana

Bowl of raisin and almond granola (with milk), 3 eggs scrambled on a slice of toast

Lunches: Salad: rocket, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, ham, mayo, olive oil; bowl of granola (dry)

2 Gluten free rolls with ham, cucumber and rocket; bowl of granola (dry)

Salad: rocket, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, ham, mayo, olive oil; bowl of granola (dry); 2 eggs scrambled

Banana, Gluten free roll with beef, Bowl of Granola (dry)

Dinners: Pork chop, sweet potato mash, cauliflower, carrots, gravy; Bowl of Granola (dry)

Turkey stir fry, red pepper, cauliflower, onion; Bowl of Granola (dry)

Spaghetti, 2 eggs (used to make sauce), cheese, chorizo, bacon, green pepper, broccoli, Bowl of Granola (dry)

Thin pork loin steaks, broccoli, spinach, roasted sweet potatoes

Added to this I exercise 4 times a week for roughly 1.5 hours, I'm 6'7" and weigh 230lbs.

This is a crude scale but from 1-10 how paleo is this lifestyle (10 being the highest)? What could/should I change and why?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Tom

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on March 30, 2013
at 11:45 AM

I've had no problem with dairy before in my life. Is there something about choosing this diet that makes you averse to it if you, say, cut dairy out for X amount of time?

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(103)

on March 30, 2013
at 11:44 AM

Dunno, bought it for the very first time this week and it tasted pretty darn good, was convenient and (appears) healthy

1c2e6e8d1334a56e46d670b40d2bcf80

(103)

on March 30, 2013
at 11:43 AM

I can confirm that each meal was eaten on a separate day ;)

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on March 30, 2013
at 01:13 AM

Maybe he is a supersize hobbit. First breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies...

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on March 29, 2013
at 10:07 PM

LOL... I skimmed it, saw the activity and size and was like damn, son.

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on March 29, 2013
at 09:41 PM

Replace the granola with meat and fat. Grassfed beef, lamb, bison, elk, duck, organ meats, bacon, coconut oil, pastured butter, coconut oil, animal fats, avocado, bacon, olives. Add some fermented foods (kefir if you're ok with dairy, sauerkraut, pickles) for gut health. That's a start.

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on March 29, 2013
at 09:35 PM

If you try to "replace" granola, I'm not sure you'll find something like that. Why not just try meals that satiate you without having to feel like you need a bowl of cereal afterwards? Maybe you are just in need of carbs, in which case potatoes, sweet potatoes, or white rice (not quite Paleo, but PHD and often considered acceptable around here) could be good options. If you are looking for something sweet after your savory meal, some very dark chocolate is pretty acceptable, or some fruit. If you're after the crunch, maybe a handful of nuts or raw veggie of your choice could suffice.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 29, 2013
at 09:31 PM

I think his plural meals are that he ate those different breakfasts throughout the week, not that he ate all those breakfasts in one day.

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on March 29, 2013
at 08:52 PM

Haha, fair enough! The weetabix, rolls and pasta are all finished now. Part of the stuff I had left over. Any recommendations for something to replace the granola? I'd never actually eaten it before buying the current bag, but I've found it surprisingly tasty and easy to have after some meals to feel like it s complete while not having something like chocolate.

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on March 29, 2013
at 08:51 PM

I don't really understand the Weetabix (had to look that up, we don't have it here, but according to Wikipedia it's a whole grain wheat product) and the gluten-free roll?

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on March 29, 2013
at 08:43 PM

Are you a troll? This isn't a Paleo diet. NO GRAINS, dude. That means no weetabix, granola or gluten-free rolls.

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on March 29, 2013
at 08:45 PM

I'd rate this a 0. This isn't a Paleo diet. First drop ALL your grains - weetabix, granola, gluten-free roll, spaghetti - then maybe I'd give you a 1.

But we all had to start somewhere!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on March 29, 2013
at 09:35 PM

If you try to "replace" granola, I'm not sure you'll find something like that. Why not just try meals that satiate you without having to feel like you need a bowl of cereal afterwards? Maybe you are just in need of carbs, in which case potatoes, sweet potatoes, or white rice (not quite Paleo, but PHD and often considered acceptable around here) could be good options. If you are looking for something sweet after your savory meal, some very dark chocolate is pretty acceptable, or some fruit. If you're after the crunch, maybe a handful of nuts or raw veggie of your choice could suffice.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on March 29, 2013
at 09:41 PM

Replace the granola with meat and fat. Grassfed beef, lamb, bison, elk, duck, organ meats, bacon, coconut oil, pastured butter, coconut oil, animal fats, avocado, bacon, olives. Add some fermented foods (kefir if you're ok with dairy, sauerkraut, pickles) for gut health. That's a start.

1c2e6e8d1334a56e46d670b40d2bcf80

(103)

on March 29, 2013
at 08:52 PM

Haha, fair enough! The weetabix, rolls and pasta are all finished now. Part of the stuff I had left over. Any recommendations for something to replace the granola? I'd never actually eaten it before buying the current bag, but I've found it surprisingly tasty and easy to have after some meals to feel like it s complete while not having something like chocolate.

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on March 29, 2013
at 09:10 PM

The fact that all of your meals are plural should tell you everything you need to know. There's no satiety there. The first thing to do would be skew the meat portion of your diet upward. You're huge and highly active, so if you want to keep the grains for now go ahead but replace a lot of it with meat. Basically don't eat a meal unless there's a slab of meat on the plate. Try that and report back.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on March 30, 2013
at 01:13 AM

Maybe he is a supersize hobbit. First breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies...

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on March 29, 2013
at 09:31 PM

I think his plural meals are that he ate those different breakfasts throughout the week, not that he ate all those breakfasts in one day.

1c2e6e8d1334a56e46d670b40d2bcf80

(103)

on March 30, 2013
at 11:43 AM

I can confirm that each meal was eaten on a separate day ;)

Medium avatar

(39821)

on March 29, 2013
at 10:07 PM

LOL... I skimmed it, saw the activity and size and was like damn, son.

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on March 30, 2013
at 02:57 PM

Didn't see any oily fish in there, it's as important as meat, eat plenty of salmon, sardines etc. Get some fish oil supplements if you don't eat these often. As others have said, use potatoes and white rice if you need carbs.

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on March 29, 2013
at 11:59 PM

haha what's with you and granola?

1c2e6e8d1334a56e46d670b40d2bcf80

(103)

on March 30, 2013
at 11:44 AM

Dunno, bought it for the very first time this week and it tasted pretty darn good, was convenient and (appears) healthy

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on March 30, 2013
at 12:13 AM

This is not really close to the paleo diet/lifestyle.... Paleo eating involves cutting out grains like bread, pasta, and oter processed foods... granola is certainly not paleo, and neither is weetabix or rolls.. You've got to eat more meat, fish, veg, eggs, nuts and seeds and a little fruit if you'd like (although the fruit may slow weightloss) Basically, eat real, natural food that a caveman would eat.... No caveman ate granola or weetabix yano? :P Your diet isn't that bad all in all though, just reduce te bread and add more meat or whatever....when you're comfortable with that play around with a little dairy to see how you tolerate it... If you don't feel good after consuming milk, your best bet is to stay away from it :)

1c2e6e8d1334a56e46d670b40d2bcf80

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on March 30, 2013
at 11:45 AM

I've had no problem with dairy before in my life. Is there something about choosing this diet that makes you averse to it if you, say, cut dairy out for X amount of time?

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