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    I'm supposed to be in maintenance, but since starting the primal transition a few weeks ago, I've started losing weight again. Today I'm at my lowest weight ever as an adult, which is several pounds below the point where I feel comfortable at. I'm 34 yrs old, female, 5ft, 6in and weigh 124.5lbs (having lost another pound this week). I'd really like to maintain and not lose any more weight. But, I'm not quite sure how to do this-primal eating seems to be low carb by default and I have no idea how to get to the 100-150 carbs a day for maintenance, that Mark recommends. I hate tracking my food, since that makes me feel like I'm on a diet, but I think I need to track my carbs, at least for now, to stop the weight loss.

    So, I'd love some primal friendly, higher carb food ideas

    An example of what I'm eating right now:
    (yesterday's menu)

    broke fast at 11am: banana egg pancakes-1 large banana with two medium eggs, pinch of cinnamon and vanilla extract, with 2 tbsp butter and pinch of pink Himalayan salt. 1 beef sausage with mustard drizzled on top.

    2ish: salad with lettuce, diced green bell pepper, mushrooms, diced tomato, black olives, hard boiled egg, 1/2 slice cheddar cheese and three strips of bacon. With regular ranch dressing. Finished up with one square Lindt 85% dark chocolate and a handful of almonds

    5pm: 2 large mushrooms, drizzled in a tsp of evoo, filled with 1/4 cup pork sausage and diced onion, and topped with 1/2 slice of cheddar cheese.

    Water to drink, with two cans of diet soda (working my way down from 6+ cans a day)

    After eating this, I was down .5lbs this morning for another new low.

    Suggestions?

    eta: I'm walking around 10 miles a week and doing Mark Lauren's Body By You strength training program three times a week/30 minutes a time. I don't know how this is affecting my weight (I didn't exercise at all while I was actively trying to lose weight).
    Last edited by mom23kids; 05-10-2013, 09:32 AM.
    *Sara*

  • #2
    sweet potato and fruit.

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    • #3
      My A-team: tubers, squashes, green plantain, carrot, beetroot, onion, tomato
      My B-team: fruit, rice, peas, chestnuts
      My F-team: sugar, juice, milk, wheat, corn, oats, dry beans

      I'm no gourmet so most of it just boiled or baked with butter and salt where appropriate.
      37//6'3"/185

      My peculiar nutrition glossary and shopping list

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
        sweet potato and fruit.
        thanks for the response! I'm sheepish to admit that I've never had sweet potatoes before I have no idea how to prepare them, but some googling should fix that! I'll add them to my grocery list for next week.

        As for fruit-I have been eating 2-3 bananas a week, but otherwise I'm not fond of fruit. Berries are ok, but since it's not growing season here yet, they're crazy expensive. I just can't afford $4 for 8 ounces of blueberries right now. As soon as the U Pick farms open up though, I'm going to get a bunch of them and freeze them-blueberries and strawberries are like $1.25lb at the u pick farms around here
        *Sara*

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        • #5
          Fruit, potatoes, rice, sugars (honey, maple syrup), dairy. Also just eat more. Add another banana and egg to those pancakes and use maple syrup on top.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by picklepete View Post
            My A-team: tubers, squashes, green plantain, carrot, beetroot, onion, tomato
            My B-team: fruit, rice, peas, chestnuts
            My F-team: sugar, juice, milk, wheat, corn, oats, dry beans

            I'm no gourmet so most of it just boiled or baked with butter and salt where appropriate.

            Thank you! I'm not into cooking either-boiled or baked with butter sounds good to me!
            *Sara*

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            • #7
              I agree with all the suggestions above. Eat more, especially starches.

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              • #8
                Thanks everyone! I'm making a grocery list right now
                *Sara*

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                • #9
                  Go for the yams! They are so satisfying and if you toss a couple in the oven at the same time to bake, they keep very well in the 'fridge for future meals.

                  Just give them scrub, coat in evoo and bake until a knife easily pierces the thickest part of the yam. Usually do at 365.

                  I did the same as you but instead of finding healthy ways to maintain, I boomeranged and over-ate. So don't be afraid of the carbs in a banana, yam, potato, rice or fruit.

                  “you aren't what you eat - you are what you don't poop.” Wavy Gravy

                  Today I am Fillyjonk. Tommorow I will be Snufkin.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by spk View Post
                    Go for the yams! They are so satisfying and if you toss a couple in the oven at the same time to bake, they keep very well in the 'fridge for future meals.

                    Just give them scrub, coat in evoo and bake until a knife easily pierces the thickest part of the yam. Usually do at 365.

                    I did the same as you but instead of finding healthy ways to maintain, I boomeranged and over-ate. So don't be afraid of the carbs in a banana, yam, potato, rice or fruit.
                    That's my fear right now-a little voice is whispering that some SAD carb rich food would even things out, which I know will lead to bad, bad things. So I really need to figure out the maintenance thing with healthy/primal foods. I'm fortunate that I transitioned into maintenance very closely to the time I decided to go primal, so I'm creating good habits right from the start
                    *Sara*

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                    • #11
                      We love our potatoes - regular/sweet and we do rice occasionally. I generally cook the potatoes (either one) one of 3 ways...
                      1) Boil, mash with butter, salt, garlic powder to taste
                      2) Cut into wedges, toss with OO and salt, bake on cookies sheet (I use parchment paper to avoid sticking) at 350 for about 40 minutes, flip half way
                      3) Cut into thin slices, fry in OO with salt and garlic powder

                      Discovered this week that my 5yo DD prefers sweet potatoes to regular. So we'll be eating those more often now.

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                      • #12
                        I agree, fruits and potatoes.

                        Sweet potatoes are easy to prepare--you can pretty much prepare them as regular potatoes. I have skinned, chopped, boiled them and made mashed sweet potatoes. I have chopped them and put them onto kababs. I have sliced them and baked sweet potato fries. Heck, I have even wrapped them in a wet paper towel, microwaved for 7 minutes, and had 'baked sweet potatoes' (essentially a quick steaming of them).

                        Also, sweet potato brownies:
                        PaleOMG – Paleo Recipes – Sweet Potato Brownies

                        You can thank me later :P
                        Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

                        Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
                        Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
                        Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
                        F/23/5'9"

                        26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mom23kids View Post
                          That's my fear right now-a little voice is whispering that some SAD carb rich food would even things out, which I know will lead to bad, bad things. So I really need to figure out the maintenance thing with healthy/primal foods. I'm fortunate that I transitioned into maintenance very closely to the time I decided to go primal, so I'm creating good habits right from the start
                          This might be one occasion where ignoring that little voice is a good thing! Otherwise, you sound like you have a great, measured attitude.

                          “you aren't what you eat - you are what you don't poop.” Wavy Gravy

                          Today I am Fillyjonk. Tommorow I will be Snufkin.

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                          • #14
                            [QUOTE=kathleen;1186669]I agree, fruits and potatoes.

                            Also, sweet potato brownies:
                            PaleOMG – Paleo Recipes – Sweet Potato Brownies

                            Kathleen - I'm dying to try this recipe from the mag since I saw it last month! Have you?

                            “you aren't what you eat - you are what you don't poop.” Wavy Gravy

                            Today I am Fillyjonk. Tommorow I will be Snufkin.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mom23kids View Post
                              1 large banana with two medium eggs, pinch of cinnamon and vanilla extract, with 2 tbsp butter and pinch of pink Himalayan salt. 1 beef sausage with mustard drizzled on top.

                              2ish: salad with lettuce, diced green bell pepper, mushrooms, diced tomato, black olives, hard boiled egg, 1/2 slice cheddar cheese and three strips of bacon. With regular ranch dressing. Finished up with one square Lindt 85% dark chocolate and a handful of almonds

                              5pm: 2 large mushrooms, drizzled in a tsp of evoo, filled with 1/4 cup pork sausage and diced onion, and topped with 1/2 slice of cheddar cheese.

                              Suggestions?
                              Yes. Eat more food. Your menu is great just up the quantities. Have 6 eggs and 3 sausages. 1/2 slice of cheese? Really? Eat up. You'll be fine.

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