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  • #31
    Sorry I haven't read any other responses, but thought I'd throw my N=1 in. I don't count calories, but I eat >65g protein for breakfast of any kind of meat (I eat the whole animal, so it's a total mix of lean & fatty, also, many kinds of seafood) and I throw on two heaping tablespoons of fat (usually CO or bacon grease). I don't need lunch after that, lol, and I eat probably 30-50gm protein most nights, with all the fat naturally in the meat, plus usually some cooking fat. (Not counting veggie calories, b/c they're negligible.)

    I've been eating Weston Price style (primal + "properly prepared" grains) for 6 years, primal for 3 years, strict paleo for 1 year.

    The results:
    * 50lb lost
    * binge eating disorder 99% conquered
    * triglycerides now lower than my HDL and have been since the first year after I went primal
    * improvements in hypothyroidism, chronic & severe bloating, water retention, eternally dry skin, chronic fatigue, etc., etc. First page of my journal lists all the ones I've thought of so far

    Fat is crucial for health. If you're not yet convinced, read some success stories here and definitely read some of Weston Price's research. YOU CANNOT HAVE LIFELONG GOOD HEALTH WITHOUT ANIMAL FAT. No, you don't have to go crazy with it, but you must have it. Not skimped on.

    Don't say, ,"My mom had two heart attacks despite fat-free, so I'm doomed to bad CVD in my family." Your mom likely had two heart attacks BECAUSE of fat-free, and especially because of the grains she was likely filling up on b/c of the lack of fats.

    The first week I allowed myself to eat fat, I ate A STICK OF BUTTER A DAY, straight, b/c I craved it so much. I had been fatfree for 15 years, and my body was positively starved for vitamins A, D, & K2, all of which are critical to nutrient absorption. Did you know that you can't absorb all the minerals in your veggies if you don't consume those vitamins? That's part of why the native Americans talked of "rabbit starvation" - they knew that all the lean protein in the world wouldn't matter a bit if you had no fat, b/c you would literally starve for nutrients even though you had plenty of food, water-soluble vitamins, & minerals.

    Anyway, back to the butter. I don't see many other people having that kind of craving, but my point is, I butter like gangbusters and didn't gain a pound. We MUST stop thinking of food as calories, and start thinking of it as fuel & information, info that tells your body what to do with its hormones & organs & systems. There is no health, no lifelong health that is so hardy it gets passed down generation to generation, without animal fat. End of story.


    (BTW, cellulite is often a result of excess industrial oils (like soy, canola, corn, etc.). Your body needs quality sat fats to fill the fat cells that are necessary. If you fill them with crappy oils, they get dimply.)
    Last edited by MamaGrok; 01-15-2013, 05:54 PM.
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    • #32
      Wise words as usual MG

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      • #33
        Sue there is no way in hell I could fit in anymore calories than I am without overeating.
        I am not going there again that is for sure. Over eating, is one of the reasons I got over weight in the first place, among tons of others.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Ayla2010 View Post
          Sue there is no way in hell I could fit in anymore calories than I am without overeating.
          I am not going there again that is for sure. Over eating, is one of the reasons I got over weight in the first place, among tons of others.
          Yeh I read from being a binger for 9 years. Just something for you to think about. I started low carb over 10 years ago. Tried to get to goal weight but kept yo yo dieting. I just couldn't give up the carbs completely or should I say eat such a low amount. Felt great when losing weight but couldn't stick to it. After finally abandoning low carb close to goal weight now and not yo yoing. I was the student in my naturopathic classes informing the lecturers about low carb benefits and letting them know how wrong they are about cholesterol. All the while my weight kept going up and down. I do wish you all the best. Hopefully it works for you.

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          • #35
            i seem to be in the minority of women, because i eat alot: about 2500 cals/day, according to fitday.com. i get about 60% from fat, 25% from protein and 10-20% from carbs. i simply get really hungry if i eat less than that.
            this past year i have gone gluten free, and although i am not losing any more weight, i am at a healthy weight. i know i have gained muscle, my joints dont ache, i am not chronically congested and my blood work is awesome.
            And I LOVE BUTTER! especially after not having any for years..its good to have it back! and coffee with CREAM - real, heavy whipping cream!
            Anyone who says to stay away from animal fats because of cholesterol is IGNORANT and has swallowed the CW nonsense!
            Do your homework by reading books written by paleo/primal people, and get facts NOT foolishness. Good luck to you!
            Last edited by HopelessDreamer; 01-15-2013, 06:16 PM.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by HopelessDreamer View Post
              i seem to be in the minority of women, but i eat about 2500 cals/day, according to fitday.com. i get about 60% from fat, 25% from protein and 10-20% from carbs.
              this past year i have gone gluten free, and although i am not losing any more weight, i am fine at this weight. i know i have gained muscle, my joints dont ache, i am not chronically congested and my blood work is awesome. And I LOVE BUTTER! especially after not having any for years..its good to have it back! and coffee with CREAM - real, heavy whipping cream!
              Anyone who says to stay away from animal fats because of cholesterol is IGNORANT and has swallowed the CW nonsense!
              Do your homework by reading books written by paleo/primal people, and get facts NOT foolishness. Good luck to you!
              Are you fine with your weight or just settling?
              Don't just read books written by paleo/primal folks as you develop too much of a bias.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Sue View Post
                Yeh I read from being a binger for 9 years. Just something for you to think about. I started low carb over 10 years ago. Tried to get to goal weight but kept yo yo dieting. I just couldn't give up the carbs completely or should I say eat such a low amount. Felt great when losing weight but couldn't stick to it. After finally abandoning low carb close to goal weight now and not yo yoing. I was the student in my naturopathic classes informing the lecturers about low carb benefits and letting them know how wrong they are about cholesterol. All the while my weight kept going up and down. I do wish you all the best. Hopefully it works for you.
                I am not deprived, and have no desire for a lot of carbs, so its not like I am struggling through this, ya know?
                Its working so will continue this path for now Everyone is different.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Sue View Post
                  Are you fine with your weight or just settling?
                  Don't just read books written by paleo/primal folks as you develop too much of a bias.
                  What do you mean by "settling"? Do you mean that "settling" implies that someone who is happy being stronger with joints that don't ache is somehow falling short of an ideal goal we should all strive towards?

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                  • #39
                    settling?! no one who looks at me would think i am "fat". the most amazing thing is I DONT think i am fat! I am actually happy with myself, which is a new feeling for me. i did not spend my life "fat", i only gained weight as i got older. but now its gone, 30 pounds of FAT is gone! my clothes fit, and like i said i feel so much better! a few years ago i woke up every day in pain. now that's gone, too!
                    and by the way, over the past twenty-five years i have read so many different points of view on diet,and most of it turned out to be wrong, and did not work for me, that now i have found what works, i recommend it. if i am biased towards paleo, it is because of my time doing other things that FAILED. so i've "been there and done that" and therefore i know what is bad for my body. Primal works for me, and the OP is getting started here, so should read up on it.
                    Last edited by HopelessDreamer; 01-15-2013, 06:42 PM.

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                    • #40
                      Yep not waking up in pain every day is a huge bonus of this way of eating for me. And I am really only at the beginning of my journey.

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                      • #41
                        Settling - could do with some weight loss but it's too difficult so just be happy with it. I misunderstood when you said you are fine with your weight.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by nivia View Post
                          And how many from fat, protein, and carbs?

                          I'm wanting to lose body fat, but the amount of fat I'm eating is freaking me out a little... I am eating mostly nuts, vegetables, and lean protein... The large amounts of fat come from the nuts, avocado, and eggs (and about 13g from a Kind Bar, which I'm eliminating after I finish the ones I have).

                          How many of you eat real butter?

                          I'm just curious about what other females following this lifestyle are eating and if you are seeing positive results. Anyone seeing loss of cellulite? Do you get bloodwork done and are the results good (low triglycerides, cholesterol, etc)?

                          I don't want to sound shallow.. I am also doing this for my health.. Cardiovascular disease runs rampant on both sides of my family at very young ages. Even my mom who eats virtually a fat free diet has had 2 heart attacks and she's only 58. My dad had a QUINTUPLE bypass in September.. scariest time ever! I'm trying this because "fat free" just doesn't work for me.. it makes me hungrier no matter how much or what I eat. I'd appreciate any feedback.

                          Yup, I eat real butter. I have a long history of anorexia (also a reasonably long time recovered) so I can totally empathise with the "WTF, this can't be right!" feeling, even when you KNOW that eating saturated fats is in fact good for you. Just start doing it - trusting the logic, eating saturated fats, and seeing how the world doesn't fall apart. I also use coconut oil for cooking. Upping fat definitely keeps you fuller longer.

                          I've been logging my food intake and so far today I'm on 50% fat, 23% protein and 27% carbs. I am also a new primal convert so will work towards increasing my protein intake and decreasing carb intake over time.

                          I was not actually looking to lose weight but have inadvertently also dropped calories and therefore lost about 3lbs in two weeks. I'm also breastfeeding (partial, as she's now a toddler) and exercising, so to maintain my weight I'd need at least 2000 calories on sedentary days.

                          I don't have bloods done specifically to monitor my diet but I have bloods periodically for other medical issues and they have always been healthy. I think I have read somewhere though that blood cholesterol does not necessarily equate to heart risk.

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by paleo-bunny View Post
                            I need to average around 2600 cals a day to maintain. Currently averaging a bit less than that and losing fat v slowly.
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                            • #44
                              I honestly believe that everything you eat should be a fat delivery device. For example, tonight's dinner was salmon (a fish-oil delivery device) and roasted veggies (an olive oil and bacon delivery device.) A salad should be an olive oil delivery device and possibly also a fish oil delivery device and what the heck, toss some bacon on there and maybe some cheese. A steak is a grass-fed stearic acid delivery device full of CLA and Omega 3. A potato is a butter delivery device, as are steamed veggies. A good curry is a lauric acid delivery device.

                              If you look at any great culture's cuisine, it's all about fat delivery devices.

                              Cholesterol and health has been GREATLY misunderstood. I think That Paleo Guy has some of the best articles out there on what is really happening with cholesterol and bad industrial seed oils and your health.
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                              • #45
                                I agree with Sb. I just made up a tasty treat; I put a little honey on some frozen raspberries and then I thought to make this better there needs to be some fat, I didn't want dairy so I melted some coconut oil and poured it on top, Yum!

                                I love fat of all kinds. I lost the weight I wanted to loose and my blood work looks great. I'm stronger now than I've ever been and I am 52.
                                Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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