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  • New To Paleo. Got some questions :)

    Hey Guys, like I said I'm new to this Paleo Diet and I have I few questions. I've been eating meat and veggies for about a month now, and I'm not experiencing that "Effortless weight loss, boundless energy" thing talked about in the primal blueprint. I have no dairy of any kind in my diet except for butter that I cook with. I'm not all that hungry however, so I eat when I am. I find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, but once I do a feel good and I'm ready for the day within 30 mins. I dropped 8 lbs quick, but now I can't get my weight to drop at all for weeks now. I'm also into week 4 of P90X. I'm thinking that I must be eating to much fruit/veggies? I have to pack my lunches so apples, bananas, carrots and cucumbers are pretty easy. For dinner, it's usually a larger portion of meat and a spinach salad. I am seeing muscle gains and development gains, but it's happening slowing. Is this the way it's supposed to go? I have cut out ALL grains including rice (which is hard because I love Thai food). I also have some questions about some foods and would like some feedback.

    1) Bread made with Almond Flour (paleo bread)
    2) Sea salt. Is this OK to add to food?
    3) Olives Black or Green are they Paleo?
    4) Pasta. I know wheat and rice noddles are out but what about egg noddles? Are they to processed?

    I love this lifestyle but I just want to drop BF faster I guess. Thanks in advance!

    ~Rookie

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    You fall within the normal range. Nothing wrong with your progress. Hang in there.

    1. Most people don't eat this because you can end up eating way too many almonds, among other things. Avoid mass quantities of nuts.
    2. Yes.
    3. I think so. I know some are processed with lye.
    4. Egg noodles are made from wheat. If you want to eat pasta and you are allowing yourself rice, you can eat rice noodles.

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    • #3
      Welcome!

      Try cutting back on fruit.

      Are you counting carbs? You should aim for 50-100 grams/day. Maybe the high end of that if you are doing P90X.

      Give away your scales or hide them. Go by how your clothes fit and how you feel.

      A month isn't long enough to expect boundless energy. Yes, some people do get it right off. Not all.
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      • #4
        You may be overtraining with P90x and that's why you aren't experiencing extra energy.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
          You fall within the normal range. Nothing wrong with your progress. Hang in there.

          1. Most people don't eat this because you can end up eating way too many almonds, among other things. Avoid mass quantities of nuts.
          2. Yes.
          3. I think so. I know some are processed with lye.
          4. Egg noodles are made from wheat. If you want to eat pasta and you are allowing yourself rice, you can eat rice noodles.
          Thanks for the detailed feedback!
          1) OK, but if this is the only almond that I eat it shouldn't be to bad. Right? Just trying to make a meat shanwich to pack for lunch.
          2) Cool!
          3) I'll watch for the lye
          4) But rice is a grain. Right? therefore not Paleo. Or is rice a gray area??

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rookie44 View Post
            Thanks for the detailed feedback!
            1) OK, but if this is the only almond that I eat it shouldn't be to bad. Right? Just trying to make a meat shanwich to pack for lunch.
            2) Cool!
            3) I'll watch for the lye
            4) But rice is a grain. Right? therefore not Paleo. Or is rice a gray area??
            I'm still new myself, but from what I understand rice is pretty harmless, though a higher carb food.
            Welcome!
            *Sara*

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Hedonist2 View Post
              Welcome!

              Try cutting back on fruit.

              Are you counting carbs? You should aim for 50-100 grams/day. Maybe the high end of that if you are doing P90X.

              Give away your scales or hide them. Go by how your clothes fit and how you feel.

              A month isn't long enough to expect boundless energy. Yes, some people do get it right off. Not all.
              I thought so, to many carbs in the fruit? I haven't really gotten to the point of counting grams of anything. I read in the blueprint that you could eat as much as you wanted on the right foods.

              Funny you should say " pitch the scale" I saw a friend today and she said that my clothes were hanging off me and my jeans drag on the ground. But I weight the same? ....... AWESOME!

              Good point. A month probably isn't long enough. Thanks for the support.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by teach2183 View Post
                You may be overtraining with P90x and that's why you aren't experiencing extra energy.
                Yeah, P90X is kicking my arse! Not much of a chance to recover on this program.

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                • #9
                  I do want to state that I sleep like a ROCK. As soon as my head hits the pillow I'm out! I have no trouble with 20/45min power naps is the mid afternoon either. Feels great if I can take them.

                  What about potatoes? Aren't they way to high in Carbs? I don't hear much focus on water intake either. What's the deal with that? Typical 8/8oz glasses a day? Or should I try and drink a gallon a day like in my old body building days?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rookie44 View Post
                    Yeah, P90X is kicking my arse! Not much of a chance to recover on this program.
                    My dh and I did it for a couple months last year and it was brutal. If you ever want an alternative, look into Mark Lauren's You Are Your Own Gym strength training program. It's only three days a week for 30 minutes a time, but it gives you the results.
                    *Sara*

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                    • #11
                      The simplest form of paleo is basically what you are doing: meat, eggs, veggies, and fruit.

                      You add to that how you want to exercise: P90X is your preferred, then do it.

                      You make sure you get enough sleep.

                      And then the rest is up to you. Intermittent fasting, whether or not you want to make "paleo breads/treats" (we don't), whether or not you want to include potatoes (sweet or white) or even some grains (like rice). You decide whether or not dairy (in the form of butter or dairy in general) is ok. You decide how you want your macronutrients to look.

                      There are lots of ways of doing things, and the results that you want will vary based on what you want, your predisposition (start point in terms of overall health, genetics/body type, etc), and what you do to get there (what works for you specifically).

                      That takes tinkering. But, you know what? I say stick with one thing for at least a year, see how it does for you, and then adapt going forward.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks mom23kids! I will checkout that book. I'm getting better at the workouts and I'm going to stick it out. Mark Session designed the diet plan for P90X??? Is that true? It doesn't really look Paleo to me. I'll have to look at it closer I guess.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Rookie44 View Post

                          Funny you should say " pitch the scale" I saw a friend today and she said that my clothes were hanging off me and my jeans drag on the ground. But I weight the same? ....... AWESOME!

                          Good point. A month probably isn't long enough. Thanks for the support.
                          If your pants are looser but you're the same weight, it means you're loosing body fat and gaining muscle ( a good thing) - your weight may even go up whilst you look trimmer and pants falling down ( more fat lost and even more muscle gained - even better).

                          A 'cup' of muscle is twice the weight as a 'cup' of fat - so you can look smaller ( but more muscled) and be the same weight.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by EatMoveSleep View Post
                            If your pants are looser but you're the same weight, it means you're loosing body fat and gaining muscle ( a good thing) - your weight may even go up whilst you look trimmer and pants falling down ( more fat lost and even more muscle gained - even better).

                            A 'cup' of muscle is twice the weight as a 'cup' of fat - so you can look smaller ( but more muscled) and be the same weight.
                            LOVE IT!! Hope this continues.

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                            • #15
                              how about some stats about yourself? sex/age/height/weight/approx bodyfat/goals/activity level? then we could give you some pointers that would help you, instead of generic canned responses

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