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My mum won't buy fatty meats - I'm trying to lose weight and eating a lot of lean meats, and i'm hungry?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 07, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Oh dinner time. How I dread it. The worst meal of the day (sorry mum) it's made up of dry, lean meat - lean beef (which is ok), lean chicken breast (i think i hate chickens now because of that godawful breast) and lean turkey. Sometimes we get salmon/cod. But that's my dinner - with steamed vegetables, of course. It can't be many calories. One serving of dry meat with steamed vegetables leaves me unsatisfied and still hungry. I hate lean meats with a passion now.

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, because I can freely use grass-fed butter to scramble my 3 eggs and I fry the bacon within an inch of its life. I don't fill myself up on breakfast though - my mum thinks it's weird to have vegetables for breakfast. So the meal is nice but I don't get full off it. Lunch is a salad - tuna, salmon (dry) chicken (dry) turkey or ham. I love ham. I look forward to having ham all week. And we've recently started to introduce nuts and avocado to my salad. Yet I still don't feel full.

So I have some cheese when I get home from school, usually. Then dinner, which I hate unless it's red meat. And I only have it a few times per week because my mum thinks she's killing me with all this "artery-clogging saturated fat". She is trying though. But she's being quite annoying about it, tutting when I eat butter or saying "you're going to end up even fatter!"

So with not-too-nice-meals, school, my mum nagging me, and feeling hungry and lightheaded whilst my friends tuck into sandwiches and cake, I'm a little angry and annoyed.

Do I need more fat? I think I do. And how to sneak it in? I'm definitely melting butter on my chicken tonight, even if I get some remarks. Please someone tell me I'm going to lose weight on this...

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on November 10, 2012
at 04:42 PM

Thanks, Aili :)

66a7ef84ed129bba4ea2dc3aea26f67f

on November 10, 2012
at 04:41 PM

Thanks, Ali :))

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on November 08, 2012
at 03:10 PM

The suggestions below are good. I just wished to say that I am impressed that you have the will and capacity to make good changes. Keep it up!:)

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on November 08, 2012
at 03:37 AM

Some good suggestions here. high fat yogurt (like greek), coconuts, nuts, nut butters, olives, olive oil, avocados do not have the stigma that meat does. So you can add to your fat this way. salmon is of course has lots of saturated fats (which alot of people dont know), and also omega-3s, so try and eat that as much as possible too.

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on November 08, 2012
at 02:31 AM

Yeah, plus most people see olive oil as pretty healthy, so tell your mom you like to have a little dressing with your chicken breast, glug that sucker with olive oil and add a hit of acid, it'll add to flavours and calories!

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on November 08, 2012
at 01:59 AM

Coconut milk is excellent in coffee, recently swapped to that from green tea because it's delicious on cold mornings.

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on November 08, 2012
at 12:32 AM

Oh and invest in some paleo (or even non paleo) mayonnaise for you tuna/salmon lunches. One way I keep full is by having a big spoonful of coconut milk in my tea in the morning (can of coconut milk left in the refrigerator overnight, the coconut cream settles to the top and becomes scoopable). It's creamy, doesn't actually taste fatty and is a great substitute when cutting out dairy.

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on November 07, 2012
at 07:06 PM

There must be some kind of fats that overlap between your idea and your mother's idea of healthy. Try using olive oil and and lemon juice as dressing on your salads. I like to eat olives for a snack when I need extra fats. Avocados are great, as you've stated. I also like to eat some almond butter (I like it with sliced strawberries or apples as a treat, if you're eating fruit). Maybe print out some information on the science of fats from a website that you trust and get your mom to read it so she understands better what you're trying to accomplish. If you aren't able to grocery shop for yourself, you definitely need to try to get her on your side.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on November 08, 2012
at 03:37 AM

Some good suggestions here. high fat yogurt (like greek), coconuts, nuts, nut butters, olives, olive oil, avocados do not have the stigma that meat does. So you can add to your fat this way. salmon is of course has lots of saturated fats (which alot of people dont know), and also omega-3s, so try and eat that as much as possible too.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on November 08, 2012
at 02:31 AM

Yeah, plus most people see olive oil as pretty healthy, so tell your mom you like to have a little dressing with your chicken breast, glug that sucker with olive oil and add a hit of acid, it'll add to flavours and calories!

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on November 08, 2012
at 10:44 AM

Yeah it's best to talk it over with your parents, don't force it on them, just show them the reasons, show them results. Maybe even invite them to join you for a while to see for themselves the results.

One thing though it's best not to rebel, as that creates defensive walls and harder time to come to understanding.

I personally am a Paleo teen, I used to hate supper times as well but now I like them.

Ask your mom to buy whole chickens instead of just chicken breast. Then you can choose the cut you want, my favorite is the thigh!!!

As for the beef, I'm envious that you get the lean, my mom always buys the cuts that are half fat cuz they're cheaper and everyone throws away the hard fat among the meat. Don't get me wrong I like fats but not the hard kind that you can't chew.

As they said don't over analyze it, don't focus on a fat that you can't have. Use olive oil liberally on salad. I personally buy a can of cod liver in it's own oil and pour all 4tbsp worth into my tuna salad along with the liver itself. A healthy fat, and something that may be accepted as it is fish oil.

Breakfast is easy, eggs, ghee (or butter) along with veggies and stuff. Don't forget to treat yourself sometimes to avoid falling off the boat. Some nuts, fruits and other paleo treats once in a while will do you good.

P.S Avocado is a great way to get your fats in, mix it with that oh so terrible cold chicken breast, and you got yourself a treat!

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D964a9a8eef65e10b292394f32c74e31

on November 08, 2012
at 12:22 AM

Try showing her this infographic:

http://blog.massivehealth.com/infographics/tale_of_two_meals/

It might help her understand a little bit more about why you aren't feeling full and why you need more fat to do that. It also sounds like you're having a little bit of trouble fostering the sort of relationship where you both respect each others lifestyle decisions. At this age you really should have the freedom to be making your own nutritional decisions. It's your body and you've been living with it your whole life, so you know it best, and you'll be living in it for the rest of your life so taking an interest in eating what makes you feel good and fuels you is something that may appeal to your mom's motherly instinct :)

Also, this one is good (other than the fact that it comes from a commercial source):

http://bulletproofexec.com/butter-infographic

P.S. it might go over better if instead of phrasing this new lifestyle as a diet to lose weight you start thinking about it as a lifestyle that fuels you in a healthy way. Your mom might appreciate that you aren't just in this for superficial reasons, but that this actually makes you feel good. Good luck!

D964a9a8eef65e10b292394f32c74e31

on November 08, 2012
at 12:32 AM

Oh and invest in some paleo (or even non paleo) mayonnaise for you tuna/salmon lunches. One way I keep full is by having a big spoonful of coconut milk in my tea in the morning (can of coconut milk left in the refrigerator overnight, the coconut cream settles to the top and becomes scoopable). It's creamy, doesn't actually taste fatty and is a great substitute when cutting out dairy.

Medium avatar

(310)

on November 08, 2012
at 01:59 AM

Coconut milk is excellent in coffee, recently swapped to that from green tea because it's delicious on cold mornings.

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on November 07, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Like Whitney stated, it is way better if you can get your Mom on board by providing her with reading material, success stories, etc. If that really doesn't work then you are have to see what you can buy on your own. Can you walk to school and swing by some sort of shop on the way? If you could do that on a daily basis then you could rotate between high fat yogurt, avocados or perhaps some quality meat. If you can only get to the store occasionally then perhaps you could store some coconut oil, olive oil, nuts and almond butter in your locker at school. Either way, being consistently hungry and a "little angry" is by no means healthy or a way to lose weight.

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