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Women and Paleo Weight Loss

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Created September 12, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I am 41 years old. 2 years ago I quit working to care for my 6 year old son with autism. Since I quit working I have gained 45 lbs. I live with the added stress that comes with raising my beautiful boy. My son wakes up about 2 times a night so I do as well. Despite this, after beginning Paleo. I am on the 2nd week. I have already been feeling better, more energy, less depression and my nails and hair look better. What are the best tips for women to get the weight / fat coming off at a steady pace. Thanks!

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I worked with kids with autism for a few years and the best diet that I saw was casein, ova, gluten and soy free. It's not easy, but it can be done :-) It really helps behaviorally... All the best to you, Mama <3

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on September 12, 2012
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Definitely. And taking the GAPS route could help even more.

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Are you able to pay a babysitter for a couple of hours a week? I think this might be very soothing and helpful in your process of focusing on yourself. Use that time to go swimming, take a hike with a good friend, go to a crossfit class, take a nap on a friend's couch, read a book, go on a date, etc. Just knowing that you have time to yourself is, I believe, mandatory for overall health.

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on September 12, 2012
at 10:55 AM

Does your son eat paleo? I have read that it helps with autism in some cases.

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on September 12, 2012
at 03:05 PM

Definitely. And taking the GAPS route could help even more.

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on September 13, 2012
at 01:15 AM

I worked with kids with autism for a few years and the best diet that I saw was casein, ova, gluten and soy free. It's not easy, but it can be done :-) It really helps behaviorally... All the best to you, Mama <3

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on September 12, 2012
at 11:49 AM

First, put your scale somewhere out of site and leave it there for awhile.

My best bets, personally, were staying with protein and fat, primarily, with a good amount of non-starchy vegetables. Fruits, nuts, Paleo treats, and starches are not your best friends for weight loss. I loved the Whole30, but it might be a bit of a stress with everything else you've got going on. Check it out and see what you think.

Good luck.

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on September 12, 2012
at 01:07 PM

Are you able to pay a babysitter for a couple of hours a week? I think this might be very soothing and helpful in your process of focusing on yourself. Use that time to go swimming, take a hike with a good friend, go to a crossfit class, take a nap on a friend's couch, read a book, go on a date, etc. Just knowing that you have time to yourself is, I believe, mandatory for overall health.

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on September 12, 2012
at 12:18 PM

Some things worth considering:

Hormones can play a significant role in weight loss. I have a hard time losing weight when my progesterone is too low. I don't see this brought up too often, so it may not be limiting factor for most women, but if you find yourself struggling to lose weight despite eating well and exercising, it's something to look into.

And

Many/most of the autistic kids that Dr. Amy Yasko tests have mutations in the methylation cycle. Interestingly, these same mutations tend to be found in people with chronic fatigue syndrome. The hypothesis on that is that testosterone tends to tax the neurotransmitter pathways more, leading to autism or autism-like behaviors at a young age (2-4 ys old), whereas women have lower testosterone so their neurotransmitter pathways (and brain development) are spared, but it catches up to them in the form of fatigue (from mitochondrial dysfunction), brain fog, etc, usually around their 40s. It's speculative at this point, but a very interesting hypothesis. And if it's true, and if you have that same set of genetic mutations, then you might be feeling the effects of beginning stages of chronic fatigue syndrome.

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on September 12, 2012
at 10:13 AM

Lift heavy weights a couple times a week for 30-40 mins. Walk as much as you can. Eat lowish carb and stay off fruit, dairy and nuts. Try to get as much sleep as you can, nap if possible. This took me from skinny fat to toned, it's what I've been doing for the past 8 months, been low carb for the past 3.

I've recently amped up my activity to get that last bit of cellulite off so now I lift weights 2-3 times a week, alternating with 2-3 instances of circuit training (I do the Spartacus workout) and some flexibility work now and then, I do the Bar Method or the NYC ballet for that. I do eat potatoes/sweet potatoes post heavy workouts. Rest 1 day a week. Like I said that's probably not necessary for losing initial weight, but it's just good to keep adding to your activity level as you progress.

Good luck!

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on September 12, 2012
at 10:05 AM

I can't answer this from a women's perspective but I can say this. You are on the right track with paleo, keep at it. Don't stress it. Add some exercise in your routine, that will help with the weight loss and relieve some of your stress. Don't be afraid to lift weights.

Good luck.

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