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Hack my diet... Again! Advice is so appreciated!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 11, 2013 at 1:43 AM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/201590/hack-my-diet-please-and-thank-you#axzz2YeF9jk45

This was the original thread, to which many of you gave me the awesome advice of upping my calories. I didn't realize I was eating so little (under 1000 cals), so this is what I'm eating now: By now, I mean the past 3 days.

Breakfast: 4 eggs, fried in coconut oil. Green pepper (& olive oil), lightly cooked in coconut oil. 1/2 sweet potato with kerrygold butter. + sea salt.

Mid morning: Chai tea with a teaspoon kerrygold butter.

Lunch: 2 eggs with a yellow pepper with 1/2 tbsp olive oil, lightly cooked in coconut oil.

Dinner: 4 eggs, 1/2 sweet potato.

**Usually I have 3-4 oz of meat, rather than eggs, however the island is out of meat sometimes. I live on Saint Kitts for vet school, but I'm from Boston, MA.

Dessert: "paleo chocolate" 2 teaspoons cocoa powder, unsweetened coconut shreds, melted 1 teaspoon kerrygold butter, 1 teaspoon coconut oil frozen together. Also, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk.


Cronometer is saying I'm at 1484 calories, with 68.4% fat, 12% carbs, 19.6% protein. I ate 68.8 grams protein, 48 grams carbs, and 113.2 grams of fat. Is this ok/conducive to weight loss?


5'2" 150 lb Female 22 y/o. Currently in veterinary school and under high stress. Normal weight is 133-136 lbs.

However, I was broke before vet school while living at home for 4 months. I put on 20 lbs of free gluten free junk food. I'm celiac, and have a few autoimmune issues.. The chiropractor here on the island is my holistic health practitioner, and is saying cortisol may keep it from coming off for a while, and I have some gut dysbiosis problems. I'm currently waiting for my sauerkraut to be ready, taking a 2nd month of probiotics, and using a product called EXSPORE. I have yeast issues. I definitely feel WAY better with the increase in calories (who knew I was so low!)

I'm relatively active. I do a lot of crossfit, some yoga, and I walk everywhere here on this hilly island, as I don't have a car. I am seeing strength gains in crossfit, but generally I am the weakest in the class- There are 80 year olds doing more weight. I can't jump on the boxes yet. I just got up to about 10 (struggled but doable!) push ups from being able to do none. I can only squat the women's bar (35 lbs), and can't add any weight to it. However, before I could only do the training bar.

2 years ago, I was diagnosed celiac and underweight/malnourished. So I'm searching for my equilibrium. Thank you for all of you help and support!

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on July 12, 2013
at 02:10 PM

Definitely want to second "Getting more calories." If you're doing crossfit plus a lot of walking, you need to be feeding your body enough to counteract that stress, otherwise your cortisol will go through the roof and weightloss will stall.

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on July 11, 2013
at 08:02 PM

canned sardines! Just adding that will up your calories, diversify your protein sources in an inexpensive way that isn't perishable. And delicious! Get the kind with the skin and bones!

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on July 11, 2013
at 06:33 PM

All good ideas! At the end of next month, I will have a freezer and can "stock up" like normal people on the island on the days when more of the good food is available. Of course processed food is always available. I stock up on the kerrygold in my fridge though :)

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on July 11, 2013
at 03:21 PM

OMG wow you wrote kerrygold in like 5 places in your post and then I responded all "...but can you get some kerrygold?" - don't know how I missed that, sorry :/ Is it possible for you to get canned fish, which would last a little longer? You could even stock up off-island if you have a way to bring it in. Canned veggies are unfortunately kind of ick and you said below that you don't have much freezer space so frozen is out.

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on July 11, 2013
at 10:50 AM

Oh ok! Thank you! Yes, I do! The market is on Saturday and I have no freezer on campus- just a dorm fridge with the little 2 inch freezer space. So I'm really trying to get it right here without the grassfed beef I'm used to in the USA.

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on July 11, 2013
at 10:48 AM

Yes! This just happens to be what they have on the island right now... Fresh caught fish on Saturdays and grass fed bee is rare. I am able get kerrygold at the store. Weirdly enough, it IS one of the things they have. And I'm feeling happier with all the sun here coming from New England. Thank you for your input. I'm having a really difficult time finding my spot as to the correct amount of food to eat here. The market is on saturday's here. Everything's organic, so some food makes it to the end of the week, and some food doesn't. Thank you!

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Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

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on July 11, 2013
at 02:17 AM

I think that's still pretty low for a woman your size, especially if you're active with crossfit and walking everywhere, and double especially if you're interested in gaining strength. After you get past the very beginner stages you're going to have a hard time putting on any muscle with that calorie intake. That said, the only real way to find out if something is conducive to weight loss FOR YOU is to try it out and see how it works FOR YOU. If you'd rather have faster weight loss and put strength gain as a secondary priority for now, that's a totally legitimate goal. I'd just watch very carefully to make sure you don't lose your period, or start seeing any unusual fatigue, etc. It's better to have slow and steady weight loss that doesn't wreck your metabolism than a Paleo crash diet.

That said, if your only fat/protein is eggs I totally understand why you would eat that little. You live on an island and you can't even get fish? Mad props to you for sticking with Paleo like that; I think I would give up in despair even though I really love eggs and eat them every day.

It's hard to tell from just one day, but you may want to diversify your veggie intake a little...again, maybe you're doing this already and on this one day you just happened to eat a lot of peppers. And I realize you're limited to what you can get.

Other random suggestions:

-bone broth or a lot more dark leafy greens for calcium. Especially since you're doing exercise on a calorie deficit. I know bone broth is also good for a leaky gut.

-If you can't get meat, can you get Kerrygold or other grass-fed butter? Mostly I'm thinking of the K2.

C6648ab69e5a1560c7585fe3ba7108fb

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on July 12, 2013
at 02:10 PM

Definitely want to second "Getting more calories." If you're doing crossfit plus a lot of walking, you need to be feeding your body enough to counteract that stress, otherwise your cortisol will go through the roof and weightloss will stall.

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

(641)

on July 11, 2013
at 10:48 AM

Yes! This just happens to be what they have on the island right now... Fresh caught fish on Saturdays and grass fed bee is rare. I am able get kerrygold at the store. Weirdly enough, it IS one of the things they have. And I'm feeling happier with all the sun here coming from New England. Thank you for your input. I'm having a really difficult time finding my spot as to the correct amount of food to eat here. The market is on saturday's here. Everything's organic, so some food makes it to the end of the week, and some food doesn't. Thank you!

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on July 11, 2013
at 03:21 PM

OMG wow you wrote kerrygold in like 5 places in your post and then I responded all "...but can you get some kerrygold?" - don't know how I missed that, sorry :/ Is it possible for you to get canned fish, which would last a little longer? You could even stock up off-island if you have a way to bring it in. Canned veggies are unfortunately kind of ick and you said below that you don't have much freezer space so frozen is out.

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

(641)

on July 11, 2013
at 06:33 PM

All good ideas! At the end of next month, I will have a freezer and can "stock up" like normal people on the island on the days when more of the good food is available. Of course processed food is always available. I stock up on the kerrygold in my fridge though :)

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on July 11, 2013
at 03:00 AM

Are you frequenting the island's market? There's gotta be an awesome one with fish/meat/offal/veggies.... Your ratios remind me of the Optimal Diet. Check out the Hyperlipid blog http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/ he's a vet and science geek. I would stick to what you are doing but just up calories.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

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on July 11, 2013
at 08:02 PM

canned sardines! Just adding that will up your calories, diversify your protein sources in an inexpensive way that isn't perishable. And delicious! Get the kind with the skin and bones!

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

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on July 11, 2013
at 10:50 AM

Oh ok! Thank you! Yes, I do! The market is on Saturday and I have no freezer on campus- just a dorm fridge with the little 2 inch freezer space. So I'm really trying to get it right here without the grassfed beef I'm used to in the USA.

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