I have struggled with food issues for the last couple of years and only recently found out 6 months ago that I am allergic to Gluten and Dairy. After cutting both of those out of my system, I still felt sick every single day and couldn't pinpoint it. I went to get a food sensitivity test done and discovered out that on top of gluten and dairy, I am allergic to soy products, vodka, rum, black tea, and egg yolk. Additionally, I have not eaten red meat for 6 years, and recently found out my Iron levels were dangerously low. I am 5'1" and about 20 pounds over weight. I have been trying to lose this weight for three years and nothing seems to work, I start out motivated and then I get stressed and busy with work and school and my health becomes less of a priority. My naturopath told me about the Paleo diet and at first I was hesitant because red meat had been a stranger to my diet for a number of years, but after trying it I began to feel a bit better for the first two weeks and then after I went back to my normal over-eating self.
Despite the life story, my questions are what is the best way to lose weight effectively on Paleo (I can be patient, I just need to see some results or my motivation dwindles fast). Do I just cut out fruit and nuts? Also I eat a lot of spaghetti squash, is this a high carb vegetable? Additionally, the time I have to exercise is extremely limited (2ish times a week, and I usually just run or go on the elliptical....no idea if those are even effective weight-loss exercise methods?)
And also, how to maintain Paleo habits in extremely high stress environments? I am a full time university student and work two jobs on top of my school workload, so stress is basically unavoidable.
My apologies for the life long story, I am just extremely frustrated and looking for some support and help!
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on July 12, 2013
at 10:43 AM
I'm a professional at paleo in college. :-)
It'll be easier for you, if you are not autoimmune paleo. I just started eating eggs and it's SO MUCH BETTER.
Basically, I buy a bunch of food on Sunday and cook it ahead of time. I make about 2 dozen boiled eggs and leave them in the fridge as well as some ground beef/cutting up vegetables. I used grassfed meat "as a spice", which is really as I could afford it. 1-2 lbs/week was good. Regular/grain fed meat scares me a little, so I'd rather eat less of it. I got olive oil at trader joe's and I got a lot of calories in that way. I use olive oil for everything, from dipping vegetables in to putting a tablespoon over my eggs and/or meat.
Spaghetti squash should be fine. I get run down and have some issues if I don't eat some healthy carbs.
I joined crossfit, and I think of fitness in a whole new light. I'd recommend it. Some of them have great student prices. Now I do push ups and weights. I set performance goals and my body is changing. Everyday I try for one more push up or to get closer to my handstand. It's fun. People on here tend to say cardio is not the most effective. Check out some articles on Mark's Daily Apple (www.marksdailyapple.com)
I personally came on here asking for advice, because I'm similar stats to you... 5'2" and 150 lbs. My normal weight is right around 133-6 lbs. I feel SO heavy right now. However, I was still hungry. I thought it was just the stress of vet school or something. Other PHers pointed out I wasn't eating enough. I looked it up and I was at like 800 calories/day. No wonder I was run down. This really is some nutrient dense food!
I moved home in January (to April) and ate a ton on gluten free junk food for 3 months before veterinary school, and put on some weight. And I was poor, so eating my family's food was a must.
on July 12, 2013
at 10:56 AM
Firstly, you have done the right thing coming here, there's are loads of knowledgeable people who will gladly give you advice. ..Right, first things first, going low Carb is a great tool for accelerating fat loss but its not a fix all. Secondly, running isn't a great fat loss tool, try sprinting instead, miles better results in far less time, also elliptical trainers aren't very good either unless you are doing high intensity interval training (hiit). On top of sprinting I would suggest lifting heavy weights, this along with sprinting is in my opinion the very best combination for fat loss & overall health. As for the eating side of things, use the search box & look for low Carb, fat loss, ratios etc. Also if you have had food issues look into restoring your gut bacteria with probiotics, hope this helps.
on July 12, 2013
at 05:53 PM
Try everything COCONUT... Coconut water (VitaCoco is a good one), Coconut oil for cooking EVERYTHING, Coconut flour for baking (lots of good recipes all over the internet), Coconut milk, Coconut flakes, if it is made with Coconut use it. There is so much healing goodness with Coconuts and so much you could do with them. Plus while I don't know the science of it, Coconuts can help with healthy weight management, heart health and vascular health. Check out the internet for the science behind it.
One of my favorite Paleo-dishes is crispy coconut fish. I like it with Tilapia but you could use just just about any filet. Take the filet and dip it in an egg wash (since you dont eat eggs you could use, whatelse, Coconut milk) then dredge the fish in coconut flour then back into the wash and then dredge through unsweetened coconut flakes. Let sit for about 30 minutes then fry up the filets in Coconut oil until brown on each side. MMMM cant wait to go home and eat it.
Love the idea of cooking ahead of time, I do it every week so I have no problem eating Paleo while at work and this is one of those dishes that works great when reheating in a microwave. There are tons of options to eat Paleo without having to spend your money on getting Grass Fed Beef. I do love my Grass Fed Ribeyes though...
Most important thing is to keep it simple and try lots of different food options. It will be easier if you make it fun and try something new from time to time. Just GOOGLE or BING Paleo and you will find thousands of recipes with just a few clicks. Try something new every week and from time to time invite friends to enjoy the food with you. Dont tell them they are eating paleo at first, then spring it on them after the meal and you may find some friends who will join your new lifestyle choice which will help you stay motivated.