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considering a nutritionist

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Created February 06, 2012 at 6:51 PM

i've been paleo now for about a month. to be honest, i have NEVER been on a diet (i know, way of eating.) that i haven't cheated on within the first week. for some reason, paleo is different. except for the 1/2 spoonful of cookie dough i ate (i am a baker by trade) early on, i have been STRICT paleo. and it has been really easy. i cook dinner. we have dinner for breakfast, either in a hash or a scramble, and then leftovers for me for lunch, and then i start all over with a new dinner. (last night texas chili (no beans) over roasted garlic sweet potato chunks and this morning, a sweet potato hash with the chili beef chunks and a fried egg over top).

if you add in the 3 lbs i lost from my colonoscopy (the prep liquid DOES NOT count as cheating! :D) my grand total of weight loss over the 34 days of paleo is... 3 lbs.

i don't eat alot of fruit (a serving every other day?) or sweet potatoes (i cook with them about once a week but then eat them for 2 meals following). i don't eat ANY sugar. or dairy. or beans. or grains.

i considered doing the leptin reset, but i have just gone back to crossfit and really don't want to have to give that up. (i started crossfit in november but was hospitalized for a week with diverticulitis in december and took a month off so i am just getting back into it.) i read that i shouldn't exercise and that really is a deal killer for me. had this been last year, i would have jumped on that bandwagon in a heartbeat! ;)

even today, i signed up for a monthly fee paleo meal plan. i am excited about this as well, but i am afraid if i go a month on this that if i don't lose weight again, i will want to give up paleo altogether.

and this brings me to a nutritionist.

i read on some other posts (i searched the site first so that i wouldn't piss people off with a question that has been asked a hundred times but didn't find all that much.) about some people mentioning that all a nutritionist is is a hand holder. if that is true, then that might be exactly what i need. i have read robb wolfe's book and really feel like i have a handle on what is and isn't paleo. but, clearly, i'm doing something wrong.

but is there such a thing as a weight loss paleo nutritionist? would that be a dietician or is that the same thing?

if anyone could point me in the right direction, i would be truly appreciative!

:)

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 07, 2012
at 01:26 AM

3 lbs in a month is a pretty good weight-loss particularly if you are exercising and building muscle at the same time! Don't worry about the scale, it is just one aspect of health that gets greatly overemphasized. If you feel better, then you have already impacted your health in a very positive way.

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on February 06, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Yes. I like her too.

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on February 06, 2012
at 10:10 PM

haha!!!! ;) maybe i will just let the air out of her tires. ;)

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on February 06, 2012
at 09:35 PM

NO! Don't kill her. You'll have to eat soy in prison. :)

Ff0676c8c4d57e148447fb70da64f5fb

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on February 06, 2012
at 09:09 PM

funny you should say that. :D my hubby listens to paleo podcasts and we sometimes listen together on the way to crossfit. but at 5:30 am, not alot of that info is retained. haha! since i am a talk radio hound, i will subscribe to a couple of these to listen to while i am in car rider loop at school. maybe it will keep me out of prison from murdering the woman who always pulls to the front of the line and then backs up like she was first. but maybe not. ;)

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on February 06, 2012
at 08:33 PM

flared up. i absolutely regret doing the diet but there is nothing i can do about it now. i am pretty sure that it screwed up my metabolism which is why i am looking at the leptin reset. i know that i don't have a lot to lose, but it is frustrating not seeing any results and wondering if i will, in fact, lose weight with the paleo w.o.e. (haha! i guess i do have the paleo woes!) or if i am maybe doing something wrong. maybe i am eating something that i am not supposed to, maybe my portions are too big or maybe i won't lose anything until i complete the leptin reset. thanks for your help!

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on February 06, 2012
at 08:28 PM

thanks, heidi! :) actually, the 3 lbs was from the prep for a colonoscopy. it was pretty horrifying. it tasted like the worst cough syrup you had ever had but with the flavor of lemon pledge and the consistency of maple syrup. it gives me the willies just thinking about it. as far as weight loss goes, i am 5'6 and 155. i have a very small frame and alot of chubbb. (i feel that the 3 b's really help explain how much chub i have.) last year, i did the hcg diet and had wonderful results. i didn't find the diet that hard but i was always craving sweets. :( and after the diet ended, my pcos really

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on February 06, 2012
at 07:26 PM

thanks, ken. i will give her a look.

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on February 06, 2012
at 07:25 PM

and love are never in short supply. serenity? ;) that is a different subject. haha! 5. i must say that i do feel better. i can't really put my finger on it, but i guess i just feel more relaxed. being rather high strung, this is a really good thing for me and a very unexpected side effect. but for me, i really need to lose weight. and as i type this, i realize that i really WANT to lose weight. i am not obese but not as thin as i would like. and i don't necessarily think that wanting to be a couple of pounds (or 15 lbs) lighter is a bad thing. thanks, nance, for your reply. :)

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on February 06, 2012
at 07:21 PM

hey nance. about the diverticulitis. i was a couple of weeks into crossfit and i thought i had a cyst on my ovary. the pain got worse over the course of a week but i kept putting off seeing my ob until things got so bad i almost passed out on saturday which meant heading to the er. it was there that they diagnosed me with diverticulitis. as far as your suggestions go: 1. i'm not really sure which way to go and was hoping for some direction. 2. i work on this every day. :) 3. my sleep has gotten exponentially better since i started paleo. it is crazy! 4. i have 3 little girls and laughter

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on February 06, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Agree with Nance. If you really feel you need some support I do nutrition coaching. My website is on my profile page.

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on February 06, 2012
at 07:13 PM

My only quarrel with your statements is this "clearly, I'm doing something wrong." Wait a minute! Do you really think you got diverticulitis in a month? No, your gut was in trouble for--most likely--decades and expecting radical changes in 1 month is what's wrong.

Important factors include: significant gut healing may take 3-5 months, not weeks; you may have 10 lbs to lose or 100 and that will radically affect how fast your body releases fat; if your metabolism is seriously out of whack and you are doing Crossfit you may make things worse no matter what diet you choose to follow. Fine, try the Crossfit but if you still don't get the results you want consider giving Crossfit a 60- to 90-day break while you work on your metabolism and well-being.

And if you are stressing out over all this, which your question definitely seems to confirm, losing weight just gets that much harder.

My suggestions: 1) If you'd like direct support, get whatever kind of help sounds good to you.
2) Take a deep breath and feel good about yourself as you are right now.
3) Make sure you get good blocks of deep, undisturbed sleep.
4) Find sources of laughter and serenity and visit them often.
5) Just eat to feel better and see what happens.
6) Repeat the above steps as needed.

You haven't really done anything wrong--you just need some time and relaxation to keep your good efforts going.

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on February 06, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Agree with Nance. If you really feel you need some support I do nutrition coaching. My website is on my profile page.

Ff0676c8c4d57e148447fb70da64f5fb

(75)

on February 06, 2012
at 07:21 PM

hey nance. about the diverticulitis. i was a couple of weeks into crossfit and i thought i had a cyst on my ovary. the pain got worse over the course of a week but i kept putting off seeing my ob until things got so bad i almost passed out on saturday which meant heading to the er. it was there that they diagnosed me with diverticulitis. as far as your suggestions go: 1. i'm not really sure which way to go and was hoping for some direction. 2. i work on this every day. :) 3. my sleep has gotten exponentially better since i started paleo. it is crazy! 4. i have 3 little girls and laughter

Ff0676c8c4d57e148447fb70da64f5fb

(75)

on February 06, 2012
at 07:25 PM

and love are never in short supply. serenity? ;) that is a different subject. haha! 5. i must say that i do feel better. i can't really put my finger on it, but i guess i just feel more relaxed. being rather high strung, this is a really good thing for me and a very unexpected side effect. but for me, i really need to lose weight. and as i type this, i realize that i really WANT to lose weight. i am not obese but not as thin as i would like. and i don't necessarily think that wanting to be a couple of pounds (or 15 lbs) lighter is a bad thing. thanks, nance, for your reply. :)

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on February 06, 2012
at 07:11 PM

Hit up Amy Kubal at Robb Wolf's site. She is a Paleo RD. http://www.robbwolf.com/consulting/amy-kubal-consulting/

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on February 06, 2012
at 07:26 PM

thanks, ken. i will give her a look.

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on February 06, 2012
at 11:45 PM

Another person to consider is Liz Wolfe. She is a paleo nutritional therapy practitioner. She does a regular paleo podcast with Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites.

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on February 06, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Yes. I like her too.

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on February 06, 2012
at 08:21 PM

(You may already be doing this but I have found podcasts help me to stay motivated and fit in missing puzzle pieces as I go. If you think you need hand-holding then here are some sources that are free AND cutting edge from all the paleo authorities.)

These podcasts have great interview with Paleo guru's.

Jimmy Moore

Robb Wolf

Everyday Paleo

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Ff0676c8c4d57e148447fb70da64f5fb

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on February 06, 2012
at 10:10 PM

haha!!!! ;) maybe i will just let the air out of her tires. ;)

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on February 06, 2012
at 09:35 PM

NO! Don't kill her. You'll have to eat soy in prison. :)

Ff0676c8c4d57e148447fb70da64f5fb

(75)

on February 06, 2012
at 09:09 PM

funny you should say that. :D my hubby listens to paleo podcasts and we sometimes listen together on the way to crossfit. but at 5:30 am, not alot of that info is retained. haha! since i am a talk radio hound, i will subscribe to a couple of these to listen to while i am in car rider loop at school. maybe it will keep me out of prison from murdering the woman who always pulls to the front of the line and then backs up like she was first. but maybe not. ;)

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on February 06, 2012
at 08:01 PM

I don't think you are doing anything wrong. From what you wrote in your question and in the comments in response to Nance's suggestions, it sounds like you don't have a lot of weight to lose -- maybe 10-15 pounds? Maybe 20 max? If so, then 3 pounds in one month is a great weight loss pace for a woman who is close to her ideal body weight. I lost about a pound a week for my first four weeks, then a pound every other week for the next 8 weeks. Then it was a pound every three weeks. Now I'm stalled with weight loss (stalled as soon as I went on the Leptin Reset but the reset for me is about healing a broken metabolism, not necessarily weight loss). I've lost 16 pounds total -- slow and relatively easy. I enjoy my new eating style and really LOVE not being hungry all of the time. The best thing is freedom from carb/sugar cravings and reactive hypoglycemia. I still hope to lose another 10-15 pounds and reach my pre-pregnancy weight, but I believe this will come slowly.

I suggest you keep doing what you're doing and try to concentrate on how good you feel and on healing your metabolism and building muscle tone. My guess is your excess weight will slowly continue to melt off and that's perfectly healthy! If you go two or three weeks without further loss, then maybe try a new strategy, but your current strategy doesn't seem broken to me!

Ff0676c8c4d57e148447fb70da64f5fb

(75)

on February 06, 2012
at 08:28 PM

thanks, heidi! :) actually, the 3 lbs was from the prep for a colonoscopy. it was pretty horrifying. it tasted like the worst cough syrup you had ever had but with the flavor of lemon pledge and the consistency of maple syrup. it gives me the willies just thinking about it. as far as weight loss goes, i am 5'6 and 155. i have a very small frame and alot of chubbb. (i feel that the 3 b's really help explain how much chub i have.) last year, i did the hcg diet and had wonderful results. i didn't find the diet that hard but i was always craving sweets. :( and after the diet ended, my pcos really

Ff0676c8c4d57e148447fb70da64f5fb

(75)

on February 06, 2012
at 08:33 PM

flared up. i absolutely regret doing the diet but there is nothing i can do about it now. i am pretty sure that it screwed up my metabolism which is why i am looking at the leptin reset. i know that i don't have a lot to lose, but it is frustrating not seeing any results and wondering if i will, in fact, lose weight with the paleo w.o.e. (haha! i guess i do have the paleo woes!) or if i am maybe doing something wrong. maybe i am eating something that i am not supposed to, maybe my portions are too big or maybe i won't lose anything until i complete the leptin reset. thanks for your help!

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