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Day in the life of a paleo diet??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 20, 2013 at 7:13 AM

I've been doing paleo for a little over a year. Not strict and off and on. I just started crossfit and I'm ready to go strict paleo. I'm female, 5'6 and 210lbs. I just want a good example of an entire day of meals so I have some sort of idea of what I should be eating so I know I'm getting enough proteins, nutrients, etc.

Right now a normal day looks like:

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled 4 baby brussel sprouts 1/2 avocado 5 grape tomatoes

Lunch: Paleo "chicken nuggets" from omgpaleo.com Mashed sweet potato with coconut oil

Dinner: Grilled shrimp Brocolli

Snack: Smoothie with spinach coconut milk Kefir banana apple

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on April 20, 2013
at 10:45 AM

Yes ghee would be perfect. You could try fatty fish like salmon as well if you don't like red meat, or pork/bacon.

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on April 20, 2013
at 10:42 AM

Could I use ghee?

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on April 20, 2013
at 10:41 AM

I'm not a big fan of red meat but I can definitely tolerate it if it will help me with my hunger. Thank you!

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at 10:34 AM

You need more fat particularly saturated fat. Chicken and shrimp are very lean, try to get fatty cuts of grass-fed red meat like beef. If you cant get grass-fed, add Kerrygold butter or coconut oil to your meals and use them generously in cooking. You will feel hungry for the first few days, but your hunger will pass and you'll have more energy.

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at 10:24 AM

What would be a good food to feel full while avoiding carbs? The sweet potato really works but if I don't eat something like that I just want to eat all day long.

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on April 20, 2013
at 01:14 PM

I personally feel that for women, overall calories still matter. Only you know your basal metabolic rate and how many calories you need to stay even, but I know I would never lose weight eating over 1300/cals a day, as my base rate is about 1600 or so.

If you can work out your BSR, then cut 400-500 cals from that daily - it's pretty painful unfortunately. Going from 3500 to 3000 isn't to hard but going from 1500 to 1000? Ouch :( (hence why I am still 10lbs over my "goal weight" and always will be, cos I can't deal with living on 1000cals/day for months on end...)

Other than that, I would advise to base your meals around solid, fatty meat/fish, and keep carbs under 80g/day. You're getting quite a bit of sugar in the banana/apple smoothie when you already have sweet potato, I wouldn't eat this daily. Take the calorie and eat them as meat

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on April 20, 2013
at 10:49 AM

bacon and brocolli for breakfast

avocado and a couple of bannaas, as a mid day snack

evening meal: lots of meat, lots of tubers (yams/ taro) with lots of coconut oil, green veg/ herbs etc.

I would say your carb intake is alright, probs not over 100g. If you lower it below that with exercise you will probably burn out. Lower carb intake is not the only thing in weight loss despite what paleo people may have you believe.

Also the carbs_fats meal thing is often debunked and criticized. http://alanaragon.com/carbs-fat-friends-after-all.html

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on April 20, 2013
at 10:04 AM

If your goal is weight loss I'd say your eating too much carbs. I would keep carbs low on rest days and restrict them to pre/post-workout on workout days. Also, carbs and fat together in the same meal(sweet potato and coconut oil, fruit and coconut smoothie) is never a good idea when it somes to fat loss. Try to eat your carbs on their own, or with lean protein like chicken breast if you like. I couldn't find the chicken nugget recipe, but beware of "paleo"-labelled recipes. Some ingredients often included (e.g. coconut/almond flour) are high in omega-6 and should only be eaten as a treat, not part of a daily routine of someone trying to lose weight. Also, limit crossfit to 2/3 times per week max in the beginning, allow yourself to become more adjusted to using fat as your primary energy source. Too much exercise can lead to cortisol issues, preventing you from losing weight. Best of luck!

339e914164d7d7757a3f96af5033be81

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on April 20, 2013
at 10:41 AM

I'm not a big fan of red meat but I can definitely tolerate it if it will help me with my hunger. Thank you!

339e914164d7d7757a3f96af5033be81

(10)

on April 20, 2013
at 10:42 AM

Could I use ghee?

Ede98d8569d42885d70e07c92d3df34e

(623)

on April 20, 2013
at 10:34 AM

You need more fat particularly saturated fat. Chicken and shrimp are very lean, try to get fatty cuts of grass-fed red meat like beef. If you cant get grass-fed, add Kerrygold butter or coconut oil to your meals and use them generously in cooking. You will feel hungry for the first few days, but your hunger will pass and you'll have more energy.

Ede98d8569d42885d70e07c92d3df34e

(623)

on April 20, 2013
at 10:45 AM

Yes ghee would be perfect. You could try fatty fish like salmon as well if you don't like red meat, or pork/bacon.

339e914164d7d7757a3f96af5033be81

(10)

on April 20, 2013
at 10:24 AM

What would be a good food to feel full while avoiding carbs? The sweet potato really works but if I don't eat something like that I just want to eat all day long.

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