I'm new here, I found this site because I'm trying to find a PCOS friendly way to lose weight, but also doesn't "only" involve soups. (A lot of diets are just soups and boring things I don't like).
I thought the paleo diet would be great because I LOVE meat!. However, I've found a lot of recipes call for fat or lots of butter to cook the meat in, one recipe even said to not use "prime" mince, as it doesn't have the same flavor as "full fat" (I guess it's called?).
So I'm a little confused! I want to lose weight, but this diet goes against all other diets and is encouraging cooking with butter and fats. Have I missed something? Are there two versions of the diet I'm missing?
Also, I'm really struggling for simple breakfast ideas, I'm a uni student and live far away from uni, so I have to get up at 6am~ to shower / have breakfast etc to be gone by 7 for the bus. So you can see I don't have much time for cooking a "full breakfast". While I think I'll enjoy eating bacon and eggs, I think I'll get sick of it day after day!
I can't eat musli, it's one of those foods I can't swallow, not sure why. I just sit and chew and chew and chew but can never take it down...
Would a protein shake or something similar be OK for breakfasts?
I would really appreciate anyones help and suggestions. I'm really new at this. (Stuck on day three of my meal plan, and don't even have breakfasts yet!)
(P.S I am going to be joining a gym, I was a member last year, I know all about exersize!)
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on February 24, 2013
at 12:14 AM
The reason why Paleo works is because it's a lo-carb plan. Fat needs to be eaten in the absence of carbs. Also fat promotes fat loss and satisfies hunger. If you ate lo-carb AND lo-fat, you would be hungry all the time.
Exercise on Paleo should not be too strenuous if you're cutting out a lot of carbs in the beginning. It might be better to give yourself a wk or 2 so your body gets used to new way of eating before you continue exercise.
As for breakfast, shakes are fine - add avocado or coconut milk for satiety. Tip: eat veggies/fruit w/bacon & eggs (large amounts of animal protein w/fat are hard to digest). Make veggie omelet nite before & heat up in AM. Also, don't hesitate to eat dinner leftovers for breakfast to save time.
on February 25, 2013
at 02:11 AM
You can also make stuff ahead of time in order to grab and go:
~Hard boil enough eggs for the week ahead of time on the weekend.
~Make "egg muffins"--drop ingredients (mushrooms and spinach are my favorite) into muffin cups, top with beaten egg, and bake in the oven until the eggs are set. You can line each muffin cup with a strip of bacon if you want, or chop sausages into the cups before baking.
~Make a pound of bacon or sausage on the weekend. Store tightly covered, grab and go.
~Protein shakes are OK, not great. A lot of people here do use whey protein, but it's not a whole, unprocessed food. Watch ingredients carefully for soy and sugars. If you use them, make a smoothie the night before. Place in a shaker bottle and store in the fridge. grab and go in the morning, don't forget to shake it up again. You can also make smoothies without protein powder, using coconut or almond milk, nut butter, chia or flax. If you're brave you can mix in a raw egg, provided it comes from a trusted, "clean" source (i.e. pastured and fresh from the farm).
If you do dairy, place a serving of plain full fat yogurt in a packable container. Pack another container with toppings like nuts, flax meal, cinnamon, etc. Don't forget a spoon.
I mentioned flax, but go easy on it, not overboard because it contains phytoestrogens that could affect your PCOS.
on February 25, 2013
at 01:26 AM
Jana, before you embark on your dietary change I think you need a bit more education on what Paleo/Primal is and how it works. The absolute best website for this is marksdailyapple.com. There's also a really great book for beginners called The Primal Blueprint. This book changed my life and I know it can change yours. Don't worry, it's a very pleasant read and really inspiring.
As for breakfast, eggs are really quick! I have to jet out the door to work 5 mornings a week and I have no problem cooking eggs for myself. It's faster than the instant oatmeal I used to eat and it sticks with me much longer.
I also make smoothies for myself on a lot of mornings, so you're on the right track there. Just make sure they have plenty of protein and fat to get you through to lunch. Great things to add to your smoothies would be coconut milk (full fat only), avocado, nut butters, etc.
Good Luck and welcome to the community, Jana!
on February 24, 2013
at 10:52 PM
I agree with previous answer, just a follow up to your reply. Cream (or Dairy in general) is not a part of the paleo lifestyle. Just coconut milk instead. In other variants of low-carb living dairy is a part of the lifestyle, so do whatever feels best for you. and good luck!