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  • Already went gluten free and I'm very skinny and tall, is this diet okay?

    Hello everyone,

    Just to give a little background:

    I am a 26 year old male. 6'0 and 150 lbs (and slowly going down). I have been on a strict gluten free diet for about a week now. This was not doctor ordered, but it was my own decision based on me having several bouts of tiredness on a daily basis for years now along with GI issues.

    So far into this diet I have been feeling weak and have had a lot of gas. This I am sure is the withdrawal symptoms of my body going gluten free. However it seems I am still feeling the weakness/tiredness that I had prior to this diet. For example, this morning I ate 2 eggs with 2 strips of turkey bacon cooked in grape seed oil and 2 slices of gluten free toasted bread. Then 3 hours later I am feeling very hungry again and weak.

    Now, I understand for my height and weight, I need more calories than other people, but damn after only 3 hours I'm back at square one hunger wise?

    The reason why I really think this gluten free diet will work is because maybe my digestive system wasn't absorbing the nutrients that are needed to sustain my energy? Maybe after I ate my 2 eggs and bacon with toast, my body just threw away half the protein and carbs and only absorbed a portion leaving my body feeling drained a couple hours later?

    I recently found out also due to my height and weight that in order to maintain my current weight, I need to eat about 2200 calories every day. I was trying to calculate what I eat throughout the day and am finding I am falling short of that.

    I recently found out about this Paleo/Primal diet and I noticed it focuses on making sure we eat enough fat for our energy levels. So I think this may be perfect for me. I was wondering though, is it likely through this Primal diet that one would eat more than 2000 calories per day?

    Also I will be reading the free E-book on this diet very soon, so I apologize if I have asked any very common newb questions lol.

    Thanks to all who read this

  • #2
    Originally posted by disorder View Post
    I recently found out about this Paleo/Primal diet and I noticed it focuses on making sure we eat enough fat for our energy levels. So I think this may be perfect for me. I was wondering though, is it likely through this Primal diet that one would eat more than 2000 calories per day?

    Also I will be reading the free E-book on this diet very soon, so I apologize if I have asked any very common newb questions lol.

    Thanks to all who read this
    You can absolutely use primal to put on weight if you wish. It's very easy to add calories from healthy sources ( I know one fella that eats around 4-5000/day). Or you can go the other direction, but it doesn't sound as if you need that. It's a template that you can surely manipulate to fit your needs. Good luck!

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    • #3
      Skip the toast, trade the two slices of turkey bacon for four slices of real bacon, add two more eggs (all fried in butter). Slice up a whole tomato and a whole avocado. You are eating much too little IMO.
      "It's a great life, if you don't weaken.". John Buchan

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      • #4
        I am 5 11, 145 pounds. Been gluten free for about 2 months. I've found that it takes some adjustment but ultimately you will feel better so don't get discouraged. Seemed to take about a month for me. Second month has been awesome

        I would second what itchy says. THe bacon should be the real thing, and go ahead and eat more of it. I don't eat bread of any kind, even gluten free. Just feels like an expensive substitute for a food that wasn't worthy to begin with.

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        • #5
          Lose the gluten-free bread. That stuff can cause digestive problems, which is the last thing you need. Eat WAY more. Maybe throw some veg in there. Greens are great with bacon and eggs. Don't worry about fat, add liberal amounts of it to your food. You need it.

          Seriously, avoid the processed gluten-free products. They are normally made with rice starch and potato starch and can be very irritating to the gut. Once you have things dialed in you can experiment with these things and see if they cause trouble or not.
          My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

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          • #6
            Originally posted by itchy166 View Post
            Skip the toast, trade the two slices of turkey bacon for four slices of real bacon, add two more eggs (all fried in butter). Slice up a whole tomato and a whole avocado. You are eating much too little IMO.
            The reason I use turkey bacon is I figured pork isn't all that healthy, but I assume in my case I need all the fat I can. Yeah I suppose I could add two more eggs. I was just trying to cut costs by eating only 2.

            You know what is frustrating, is there are people out there that only need to eat a bowl of cereal in the morning and a granola bar at lunch and they feel FINE. They have all the energy they need. Like the other day at work I was talking to a co-worker and all he eats for breakfast is 2 eggs and a piece of toast. And then for lunch he just had a yogurt and granola bar. And he didn't feel tired or anything. Also he was taller and weighed a lot more than I did. Amazing...I guess some people just need to eat more than others.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JessetheBest View Post
              I am 5 11, 145 pounds. Been gluten free for about 2 months. I've found that it takes some adjustment but ultimately you will feel better so don't get discouraged. Seemed to take about a month for me. Second month has been awesome

              I would second what itchy says. THe bacon should be the real thing, and go ahead and eat more of it. I don't eat bread of any kind, even gluten free. Just feels like an expensive substitute for a food that wasn't worthy to begin with.
              Would you mind sharing an example of what your average daily eating consists of?

              Also during the first month, what withdrawal effects did you experience?

              Thanks for your help

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              • #8
                You are eating much too little IMO.

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                • #9
                  I agree you're not eating enough.

                  I'm female, 48yo, 5"4" and I could put away that breakfast easily and eat again three hours later. (Only, like the others say, I would not eat the toast but would have butter fried mushrooms and greens, and/or some avocado and cheese with the eggs and bacon).

                  So at your height etc, just go ahead and eat more. Make sure it's all real food - meat with the fat on, veges with butter or sour cream, fruit with cream, nuts, dark chocolate etc.

                  There is no point in trying to cut costs by not eating enough. Cut costs by buying wholesome plain ingredients and preparing and cooking them yourself, which has the bonus of being better for you as well. No need to launch into the whole organic thing yet, just make sure you cut the processed products, oils and grains and you'll get good improvements to your nutrition without too much expense.

                  And don't worry about those overweight people who claim to live on next to nothing, your body is the one that you need to be listening to and looking after. Right now it seems to be saying "feed me".
                  Annie Ups the Ante
                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by disorder View Post
                    The reason I use turkey bacon is I figured pork isn't all that healthy
                    What makes you figure this? Just curious more than anything...IMO, pastured pork is one of the greatest things I can eat ever...yum

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                    • #11
                      you are a lucky man - you get to experience the primal diet using a calorie SURPLUS - eat until you explode buddy.
                      ad astra per aspera

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                      • #12
                        I agree you should eat a lot more. The book is going to be more about weight loss since that's most people's focus for buying a diet book. But you can just eat more but eat the same foods and you should regain your health. There's lots of good info in the Start Here section of the web site for why the foods on the list are as healthy as they are and why other things are not so healthy.

                        You are probably thinking that turkey bacon is healthier because it's lower in fat. Bacon fat is not unhealthy. It's pretty much the same fat your own body stores for energy. Why would your body store energy in a form that would be unhealthy? It's also mostly of the same type of fat as olive oil, which everybody says is healthy. It's been unfairly demonized.

                        If you can find bacon that has been raised in humane, outdoor conditions (pastured bacon) that is going to be better than conventional bacon which is raised in inhumane and environmentally damaging conditions. Do the best you can but don't sweat these details too much if it's impossible for you to get pastured bacon (I get mine at the farmer's market).
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • #13
                          Eat more food. Like double the eggs and bacon, and fry some potatoes or mushrooms in the bacon fat instead of the gluten free bread. You're hungry 3 hours later because you didn't eat enough food.

                          Make everything you eat a delivery device for more fat. All the grains you've eliminated need to be replaced with more fat and protein and veggie sources of carbs. There is no reason for someone in your position to be cutting carbs and calories.
                          Sandra
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                          There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

                          DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes

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                          • #14
                            Interesting thread. From my reading isn't bacon/processed meats full of nitrates which are not healthy?

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