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  • #16
    Read the Primal Blueprint. Your diet isn't quite the Primal Blueprint.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
      Read the Primal Blueprint. Your diet isn't quite the Primal Blueprint.
      Yeah, plus this.

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      • #18
        Many people change the foods they eat and just lose weight. Others find that even if they eat only primal foods they still are able to overconsume total calories and not lose or even gain. You will need to find a way to be mindful so as not to overconsume real food. In the end, calories count.

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        • #19
          At this point she's still snacking all the time like a rodent and just kinda eating SAD but with a bit more meat & veg. She should try the PB (that includes the physical activity, sleep, etc) for at least a month and see what happens. She'll likely be pleasantly surprised.

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          • #20
            If you eat 3 solid meals and eliminate snacks, you'll gain the time it took to prepare and eat those snacks throughout your day. I always had to eat every 3-4 hours or get belligerent/sick. Now that I'm eating good protein at every meal I can go hours without eating and be fine. Some days I even choose to skip a meal, unheard of to me a year ago.

            I hear you on the time with small kids (mine are almost 5 and nearly 3). But they are learning from your habits, so show them eating good, whole foods is important. Your crockpot could be a huge timesaver as well. Most meals you can just dump in 8 hours later have a wonderful meal. Add more eggs to your breakfast, more like 3-4 eggs if you're not including much else with them. What are your kids eating? Include them in the switch to primal eating so you only have to prepare 1 meal at a time and you'll reap the rewards of more even-keeled, happier children in the long run.

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            • #21
              Wow!! Thanks to everyone, so much! I've only had a few minutes to read this before taking my kids to school, but great, great advice.

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              • #22
                Good luck Denise. I can only echo the other advice given. Increase your actual meals, reduce the snacking. If you must snack, make sure it's good stuff, not processed crap.

                It can be SO hard to insert cooking and eating really well into a very busy life, but getting started is the hardest part. Once you get into the swing of it, it will become second nature.
                yay!

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                • #23
                  I needed to increase the fat in my meals before I lost the need to snack. Now I do great on two large meals a day.

                  I'm sure we don't need to tell you that the soda and pastries aren't helping you.

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                  • #24
                    I was eating similarly to you, but with more diet soda. After making some tweaks I realized that for me 80/20 doesn't work. I had to get rid of ALL the sugar, ALL the grains, and ALL the artificial sweeteners, and BINGO, I dropped weight, my appetite took a nose dive, my blood sugar stabilized the point that I almost never have a snack, it was crazy. But I had to do it ALL. Any one of those things and I was still snacky, still needed to eat many times a day, etc. GEtting rid of it all changed my life.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by ktgrok View Post
                      I realized that for me 80/20 doesn't work. I had to get rid of ALL the sugar, ALL the grains, and ALL the artificial sweeteners, and BINGO, I dropped weight, my appetite took a nose dive, my blood sugar stabilized the point that I almost never have a snack, it was crazy. But I had to do it ALL.
                      That's exactly how it is. I'm not a fan of the 80/20 rule.

                      The reality is people with a problem need to go 100% and clean up the problem. Once fixed, and you are 100% converted to paleo, then perhaps adding in some cheese or sweet potato around month FOUR. But people who are trying to make a change yet doing 80/20 are just going to make the 20% all carbs/sugar and wonder why it isn't working. Or aim for 80/20 yet hit 60/40. Aim for 100.

                      I notice a lot of posts on this website from 80/20ers who aren't getting results. I don't think it works.

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                      • #26
                        I notice a lot of posts on this website from 80/20ers who aren't getting results. I don't think it works.
                        I agree, and the inflammation from 20% can block weight loss.

                        Also, I think exercise is important. Give the nutrients something to build- muscle.

                        I think 20% works when you look at it as an acknowledgement that you can slip up and still be OK, not "20% of your diet can be crap!". That 20% is about a piece of your Grandma's coconut cake once a year is OK and not going to kill, not about eating a small cookie every day. Nothing that would fall in 20% should be a regular part of your diet.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by magnolia1973 View Post
                          I agree, and the inflammation from 20% can block weight loss.

                          Also, I think exercise is important. Give the nutrients something to build- muscle.

                          I think 20% works when you look at it as an acknowledgement that you can slip up and still be OK, not "20% of your diet can be crap!". That 20% is about a piece of your Grandma's coconut cake once a year is OK and not going to kill, not about eating a small cookie every day. Nothing that would fall in 20% should be a regular part of your diet.
                          I agree. I see the 20% rule as helping with social situations, not daily.

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                          • #28
                            I see the 20% as being there to not "allow" people to quit PB when they eat a piece a cake and then say "I can't do PB so I'll go back to eating SAD".

                            I used to be like the OP, I would eat breakfast, then have a mid-morning snack, then lunch, then an afternoon snack, dinner and then a before bed snack. I was getting sick of taking (or buying) so much food at work.

                            Since going primal in January my work snacking as almost totally disappeared and that is with not having breakfast some days (not going to eat when I'm not hungry when the clock says it's time to eat).

                            I am one who had to pretty much drop sugar totally out of the diet (even from fruit). Sugar seems to keep me hungry. I may try to re-integrate some fruit after my body has had more time eating primally but for now I avoid it.

                            And I started exercising after eating this way because my body wants to do something, I am much more fidgety now and just have more energy. Can't wait for the weather to get better so I can get outside and at least walk.

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