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Paleo diet critique

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 03, 2013 at 11:29 AM

I've changed my lifestyle for 22 days now and I am not feeling well or better. I feel less bloated in the belly and face but my hands and feet are very bloated/stiff (not normal for me). I am tired and sad (I'm usually tired but not usually sad). I have not lost any weight or inches, I've actually gained 2 lbs. So I think I'm doing something wrong. I am open to any and all suggestions.

Here are my stats:

Female, Age 31, 180lbs (currently, started at 178lbs), 5'4" (so lots of fat to lose), 0 inches lost or gained. I felt my best at a weight of 140 as I tend to carry muscle naturally so this is my goal on top of feeling great, I gain muscle very easily also. I get as much sleep as I can, I have an 18 month old who doesn't sleep through the night. But I go to bed btwn 9-10 and wake up for the day btwn 5-6, getting up once or twice for about 10-15 minutes. About once a week, I take a nap when my kid does.

Exercise: 1x wk: Hike rolling hills carrying kid on back (30 lbs) about an hour. 3-4x wk: I subscribe to Bodeefit workouts and do those with the warm up. If I feel good, I'll do hill repeats after as fast as I can totaling about half a mile (typically 10 times up and down). Half of those I usually have to carry my kid so I'm not so fast but it adds weight and keeps him happy so I can exercise.

Meals:

I eat until I'm not hungry anymore. I noticed a significant drop in quantity after about 4 days so I am eating less. I don't count calories but I did for two days just to see what I'm doing and I'm between 1250-1500 usually each day but typically on the lower side. Everything is organic, grass-fed, best quality I can source and afford.

Typical Day 1: B- Scottish egg (boiled egg, 2 oz ground turkey, spices), 1/2 cup Roasted Vegetable Sauce (onion, carrots, zucchini, squash, bell peppers roasted with EVOO, tomato paste, tomato puree, 1 cup coconut milk)

L- 3-4 oz beef patty, 2 leaves romaine lettuce,0.5T Mayo (egg, macadamia nut oil, vinegar, spices), mustard (wegmans brand), 1-2 cups broccoli, lemon juice.

D- 3-4 oz Chicken breast cooked in 1T butter, 1 bell pepper, 1/2 onion cooked in 1 T butter, 1/8 avocado,2 tsp jar salsa (wegmans brand), spices, romaine leaves as wraps (typically 3).

Snacks- handful of cashews, greek yogurt with 1T honey and key lime juice, any 3-4 oz portion of meat leftover, piece of fruit.

Drinks- Water, 1 can Diet Caffeine Free Pepsi for sanity reasons (I'm weaning myself off) every few days.

Some days I eat a little more portion wise, some days less. It's kind of a cycle; 2 days less food, 1 day more food but not out of control. I try to drink water before I eat to make sure I'm actually hungry. I don't snack every day but if I do it's only one of the snacks listed. I eat around 7 am, 12pm, and 530 pm. I have a hard time making it to dinner without snacking usually, but sometimes water and distraction gets me by. I've read about not snacking so I'm trying not to since that usually leads to my over eating. I eat until I'm full but not stuffed. Around Day 12, I ate a chocolate chip cookie and loved it but that's the only slip besides the coke.

Are there any glaring mistakes? Non-paleo food? Should I never do dairy again? Any suggestions at all? I really can't gain any more fat, my bode can't hold it and my hips are starting to hurt occasionally and I frankly just feel bad about myself.

Thank you for reading, I really appreciate it.

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on September 04, 2013
at 02:08 AM

THIS. Plus I think the OP isn't eating enough for her activity level. Also - she might be breast feeding? Maybe this is another reason her body is holding on to the few calories she is eating to make certain she has enough for her baby as well as her own metabolic function.

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on September 03, 2013
at 08:05 PM

First rule of paleo: Eat when hungry, not eat when not hungry. Or maybe the first rule is we don't talk about paleo. Which paleo are you following? There are a lot of variations on the theme: Cordain, Robb Wolf, Kurt Harris, Mark Sisson and the Jaminets, to name a few. You may want to check out a more carb friendly (or even dairy friendly) variation if what you are doing doesn't feel good. But maybe just eating more would help. Mark Sisson Primal or the Jaminets Perfect Health Diet are both good - and you don't have to buy a book - all the info is on their websites.

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on September 03, 2013
at 04:00 PM

Hands and feet bloated may indicate a problem with your blood pressure. You should have that checked.

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on September 03, 2013
at 12:53 PM

2 pounds could just mean that you haven't pooped today. I wouldn't freak out about it; it could literally be anything (water weight, random fluctuation, etc. etc.) Maybe keep a log, and weight yourself every few days, and see if you can spot a long-term trend over a few months before you freak out about it.

It sounds to me like you might not be eating enough! I know it sounds weird, but if you want to lose weight, you have to eat enough to convince your body that there's not a famine going on (otherwise your body freaks out, thinks there's a danger that you might starve, and starts hoarding fat for the "long winter" that it thinks is going on). 1250 calories is NOT enough for a grown-up woman even if she's totally sedentary.

I eat around 7 am, 12pm, and 530 pm. I have a hard time making it to dinner without snacking usually, but sometimes water and distraction gets me by.

If you have to distract yourself from your hunger, you're not eating enough. Eat when you're hungry!

I think it would be valuable to take a look at the Whole30. Their perspective is basically that the first 30 days are just getting used to the new way of eating. Your body has to recover from a lot of junk food at this point, so it's good to be very gentle with yourself and not expect to go from overweight to fitness model in three weeks. Focus on getting good food and being really well-nourished, and then start worrying about weight loss once you're into a groove.

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on September 03, 2013
at 02:33 PM

I know that if I drop my carbs too low I start feeling depressed. LC paleo doesn't work for everyone--it works for most people but not everyone: you might be one of those people who does better and drops weight on a higher carb approach. I listened to a Chris Kresser-Robb Wolf podcast about this the other day. If you feel like tinkering with your diet, maybe try carb cycling or back-loading your carbs (eat a good dose of yams/safe starch with dinner) and see if your weight changes.

BTW, your breakfast sounds awesome. Can you come and cook for me ; )

Good luck!

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on September 04, 2013
at 02:08 AM

THIS. Plus I think the OP isn't eating enough for her activity level. Also - she might be breast feeding? Maybe this is another reason her body is holding on to the few calories she is eating to make certain she has enough for her baby as well as her own metabolic function.

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on September 03, 2013
at 11:52 AM

The standard answer is to drop carbohydrates as low as possible (with the usual salt/micro-nutrient supplementation) and perhaps introduce intermittent fasting for smoother insulin levels.

Unfortunately, everyone's metabolic health and hormonal ecology is variable. I really can't say which specific problem you might be experiencing (without detailed blood tests and food journaling every day for a month).

EDIT: If you do drop carbohydrates, remember to replace with enough fat; otherwise the body starts on the muscles and organs.

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Afbba2a074b928c385a5b86be13a6550

on September 04, 2013
at 03:16 PM

Thank you for everyone's responses. I'm not breast feeding anymore but that is when I gained 30 lbs. I stopped 6months ago. I tried adding more food to my day and doubled my breakfast yesterday and wasn't not hungry at all throughout the day. I will try adding more calories. Should this be from larger portions mostly or should I try fatter things? Like nuts, oils etc. I will also add a sweet potato every now and then.

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