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Created February 24, 2012 at 4:42 PM

are canned hearts of palm allowed on paleo? what veggies are not allowed?

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on February 24, 2012
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@MasterB, my original plan was to eat 2 meals on "feed" days and yes, fast days are water only. ADF says you can have a small meal, 500 calories or less, on the fast day but I would find that harder than not eating at all. Anyhow, what I've found is that a small breakfast isn't satisfying on the feed days while a large breakfast kills my appetite for a second meal. So, I have a large "brunch" and I may eat a can of sardines later but that's it on feed days. I think it's because I was already adapted to IF and used to eating only one meal per day.

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at 06:03 PM

Agreed. Sardines and intermittent fasting daily ftw.

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at 05:27 PM

So are you eating one meal per day and then the next day nothing and then back to one meal per day?

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I try to minimize canned things in general, as I consider fresh food less contaminated, but if you're going to eat palm hearts I assume they'd have to be canned--is there a brand with glass jar?

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I try to minimize canned things in general, as I consider fresh food less contaminated, but if you're going to eat palm hearts I assumed they'd have to be canned--is there a brand with glass jar?

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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I am a was-fat chick and I think the clamor to avoid so many fruits and vegetables is over-done. If you have 40 pounds or more to lose, for the first month or two you will lose weight on almost any combination of whole, real foods as long as you don't emphasize starchy/sugary foods. What you DO need to avoid like the plague are the beautiful "paleo" desserts/breads you'll see everywhere. Simple whole foods are a must for weight loss.

When I started I had 70-80 to lose and I now have 20-30 left to go. I never eliminated fruit, even watermelon and bananas. I didn't eliminate tubers, although my favorites happen to be rutabaga and celeriac and they're not as rich as potatoes. I have eaten fatty meats the entire time, but my portions have gotten gradually smaller (due to reduced appetite, not arbitrary restrictions.) I've eaten few nuts and much less coconut than you hear about on PH but that's a personal preference.

My advice is to eat as infrequently as is comfortable for you; for sustained weight loss, I think it's important to learn to recognize when you are truly hungry and not to eat until then. When you do eat have multiple courses and start with the high-volume, lower-calorie stuff and then eat the more dense foods. The goal is to be full enough that smaller portions of the dense foods are plenty for you. For me, a typical main meal is a peeled whole grapefruit, a 4-6 cup leafy salad (2 or 3 types of lettuce, celery, cucumber, peppers, a few grape tomatoes with olive oil & vinegar), at least 2 cups of cooked vegetables and the meat. I eat at a very leisurely pace, I'm stuffed afterward and normally don't eat much else that day.

If I have a snack, it includes sardines in olive oil and I may add a few pecan halves.

My natural progression over 9 months was that I ate 2-3 meals per day at first, quickly dropped to 2 and by the end of the first month was eating one large meal per day (that qualifies as IF--intermittent fasting.) At the moment, I'm doing ADF (alternate day fasting) to moderate my blood glucose and pressure; I'm seeing excellent results so far.

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on February 24, 2012
at 05:27 PM

So are you eating one meal per day and then the next day nothing and then back to one meal per day?

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on February 24, 2012
at 06:03 PM

Agreed. Sardines and intermittent fasting daily ftw.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 24, 2012
at 06:49 PM

@MasterB, my original plan was to eat 2 meals on "feed" days and yes, fast days are water only. ADF says you can have a small meal, 500 calories or less, on the fast day but I would find that harder than not eating at all. Anyhow, what I've found is that a small breakfast isn't satisfying on the feed days while a large breakfast kills my appetite for a second meal. So, I have a large "brunch" and I may eat a can of sardines later but that's it on feed days. I think it's because I was already adapted to IF and used to eating only one meal per day.

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on February 24, 2012
at 05:29 PM

BPA in food can linings have been linked to obesity. Try to your minimize exposure to toxins like BPA when possible. Try to find fresh fruits and vegetables instead of canned ones.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/14/bpa-chemical-hormone-obesity-diabetes_n_1276996.html

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on February 24, 2012
at 08:43 PM

Best to eat fresh vegetables.

Mark's Daily Apple site is a great resource when you are starting out!

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on February 24, 2012
at 04:53 PM

Never heard of them, but steer clear of potatoes altogether, beans peas, lentils and peanuts too. Those are the veggies that most need avoiding. Eat lots of fish, turkey and lean meat, treat yourself with fatty meat and start stocking up on smaller size clothes, cos you will lose weight and if you don't buy them early, you'll miss out on sale prices. :-)

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