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  • Oh yeah, you can have too much fat! You can too much of anything. But as long as you're not stuffing yourself and having way more than you need (for your activity level), I don't see any problem with your macro breakdown--mine is similar, maybe a bit higher fat since I'm lower carb in the winter (less fresh fruits around than in summer).

    I'm the same way with the dark chocolate--though when I'm getting enough good nutrition and SLEEP I feel less inclined to the sweets. It might slow fat loss a little, but I wouldn't worry about it too much, as long as it doesn't get to be 1-2 squares 3 times a day (been there too!). I've heard it said that having the carbs in the evening is the preferred time.

    My fat loss started getting noticeable at about 3 weeks in, which is when I did my first IF (empowering!) and came out of the carb flu. Then it was steady for about 4 months, and I've plateau-ed at a good weight. Good luck and good health!

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    • I have huge chocolate cravings too at night (partly habit I suspect) which I now pacify with a cup of hot cocoa.
      Pure cocoa powder, no sugar, hot water and a bit of full fat organic milk. It's the chocolate equivalent to an espresso...

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      • Originally posted by Tally View Post
        I have huge chocolate cravings too at night (partly habit I suspect) which I now pacify with a cup of hot cocoa.
        Pure cocoa powder, no sugar, hot water and a bit of full fat organic milk. It's the chocolate equivalent to an espresso...
        I like that idea.
        IMO the "fluff", (that's what I call treats like dark chocolate, nut butters, dates, banana chips and sweet Paleo home made goodies) is better consumed only once in a blue moon. I hate sounding "out there", but I don't think Grok has had regular daily access to treats like that. He was probably lucky to get the basics half the time when he was hungry.

        I kind of have have it just once i a while (only when I feel like spending extra $) approach towards foods like that, and mostly stick with the basics even now that I've been eating this way for quite some time.

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        • Originally posted by Tally View Post
          I have huge chocolate cravings too at night (partly habit I suspect) which I now pacify with a cup of hot cocoa.
          Pure cocoa powder, no sugar, hot water and a bit of full fat organic milk. It's the chocolate equivalent to an espresso...
          Sounds like a good idea! Where do you get the cocoa powder? I imagine there are some that are better than others...?

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          • Cocoa powder can be found at the grocery store in the baking aisle. Check the ingredients to make sure it's nothing but cocoa powder (usually processed with alkali to "Dutch" it.) Go for organic, free trade if you're really paranoid or worried about that stuff. I'm usually good with Hershey's though.
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            • Originally posted by Tom B-D View Post
              Oh yeah, you can have too much fat! You can too much of anything. But as long as you're not stuffing yourself and having way more than you need (for your activity level), I don't see any problem with your macro breakdown--mine is similar, maybe a bit higher fat since I'm lower carb in the winter (less fresh fruits around than in summer).

              I'm the same way with the dark chocolate--though when I'm getting enough good nutrition and SLEEP I feel less inclined to the sweets. It might slow fat loss a little, but I wouldn't worry about it too much, as long as it doesn't get to be 1-2 squares 3 times a day (been there too!). I've heard it said that having the carbs in the evening is the preferred time.

              My fat loss started getting noticeable at about 3 weeks in, which is when I did my first IF (empowering!) and came out of the carb flu. Then it was steady for about 4 months, and I've plateau-ed at a good weight. Good luck and good health!
              Thanks for the advice! I'm definitely not stuffing myself. I net an average of 1,500 calories per day and I'm pretty active. I've lost 5 lbs so far, have about 15 to go. I'm in no hurry, just don't want to shoot myself in the foot and steady progress helps dedication.

              The horrible headaches went away after a few days, but I wonder if I am still experiencing some of the low-carb flu. I teach Zumba and I'm having trouble keeping my energy up throughout the entire hour. My arms especially get very tired. I don't want to eat more carbs, but I am considering it on Zumba days.

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              • I have a few questions, I have been knocking around going primal for a few months now it's just difficult with a Two year old and a husband who eats everything and looks like a tooth pick.Well, I have finally decided to committ and get seriously healthy, but I am pregnant. About 11 weeks. Is there anything I should be careful with or keep in mind?

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                • Hi I float around in the back ground of this forum and read as much as I can. I have read the primal blue print but need to ask how do you get you fat/protein/carbs ratios from.. Or do you see what suits you? I have started using myfitnesspal app to log my food.. I have sorry been eating primal for over a month but want to start tweaking it. I know cutting dairy is from paleo ,but do people suggest to do this to fat fat burn? How do you work out how many calories a day you have?? I know some or maybe all these are answered on the forum but I've read so much on so many different threads it all seems to start to confuse me as some people say one thing and others seem to say another .. Just a bit of help in the right direction

                  Thanks in advance Dave

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                  • Originally posted by NorthernMonkeyGirl View Post
                    Another alternative "one sentence summary" could be, if you're outside with nothing but a pointy stick, could you get it? Pigeon - yup, yam - yeah, peanut butter? Errr.....
                    This made me laugh so hard, I love it!
                    One step, one decision, and one change at a time leads to a total transformation.

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                    • Can I eat oatmeal? I just joined and am reading reading to learn. Thanks, Barb

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                      • I'm still not losing any weight after being primal since Jan 4th. I'm a 43yo male who at 5'10" and 207lbs should be around 180. My daily caloric intake is at 1700 a day and I walk 4hrs a week and do body weight training twice a week. I use fit day as my calorie counter and usually my fat intake is around 60% of total intake. Just not sure if i'm doing anything wrong or not. No grains , Legumes or dairy since new years and a couple glasses of wine a week. Thanks for any insight

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                        • Buddylee, you should be losing weight at that calorie load. I'm your size and lost a little too quickly at that level. I ended up targeting 2000 for a while and now am up to 2200. I started at 215 in June and now am 173. It seems like you are doing a good job so if I were you I would try Intermittent fasting. Last meal, no later than 8:00, 16 hours without food, 8 hour window for all of your calories. It won't take long before you really are not hungry before your 12:00 meal. Just make sure that you don't eat less - sometimes it's tough to get all the calories in. There are a lot of other good reasons for IF'ing but breaking a weight loss plateau is one of them.
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                          • thanks black timber, I will give that a try. this morning i had 2 eggs and 4 slices of bacon and for lunch i had spaghetti squash(1.5 cups) with some kale and chicken breast(5oz) cooked in coconut oil and tonight i'll have 7 oz of chuck roast and some veggies. sometimes i'll have for a snack almond muffins which are 186 calories each ....just to give an idea of what I'm eating. Thanks again Black Timber

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                            • Salt helps many people with "carb flu."

                              Volek and Phinney have a treatment for carb flu: Salt. They say the kidneys switch over when carbs get lower and dump sodium and water. I drink a cup or two of full salt broth most days and salt my food heavily and did not get the carb flu. Salt has had the same treatment as saturated fat by my colleagues in medicine. My blood pressure is 115/75 with all this salt, so I am not the slightest bit worried. Give it a try! reference: The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living.
                              10/2/12: 169 lbs, 37"waist
                              Now: low 150's, 33" waist
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                              • Great info on this thread. Thank you!

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