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    I have finally convinced my Mum to try eating Paleo/Primal for 2 weeks to see how she feels and I am hoping she continues on with it. She is 55, probably 40 pounds overweight and carries it mostly in her stomach area - she also has diabetes and is on numerous medications. I really want her to stick around as long as possible so I am trying to convince her to try Paleo. The problem is, she is one of the pickiest eaters I know! I finally convinced her to let me do up a meal plan with her and told her I would go shopping with her, so I just need some suggestions please. For me, I eat eggs and homemade sausage for breakfast or I skip breakfast. Unfortunately she doesn't love eggs. She said she would be okay with eating one egg for breakfast, but I know she will get sick of it everyday. Does anyone have suggestions other than eggs and sausage/bacon for breakfast? And I know she wouldn't eat leftovers for breakfast, at least not right away. She usually eats oatmeal or cereal for breakfast. She will be okay with eating a big ass salad for lunch and dinner will be fine, its just the breakfasts will be hard. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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    I ate berries with Greek yogurt for a long time. I've moved on to other stuff, but I really loved it while I was eating it. My DD eats banana/egg pancakes a lot (one banana, two eggs, cinnamon and vanilla) which might be an easier way to down the eggs.
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    • #3
      Great, thank you I think she could do the yogurt and berries. Do you eat full fat Greek yogurt then?

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      • #4
        -bacon
        -smoothie (green smoothie, fruit smoothie. Etc)
        -fruit
        -spiced nuts
        -avocado
        -sweet potato hash.
        -you could always vary the type of eggs served: shashuska, Italian baked eggs with Parmesan, poached over sliced beef, poached over smoked mozzarella, omelette, over easy, boiled, scrambled with ground beef cumin paprika and peppers, egg pizza, Etc.
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        • #5
          I make banana pancakes for breakfast with eggs and coconut flour. I also make smoothies with whey protein, fruit and coconut milk.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by sarahemma14 View Post
            Great, thank you I think she could do the yogurt and berries. Do you eat full fat Greek yogurt then?
            I have a hard time finding full fat on a regular basis, so I often just eat 2%. If we have an open container of sour cream in the frig, I'll add a couple of tablespoons of that.
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            CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
            GW- Goals are no longer weight-related

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            • #7
              Full fat yogurt is hard for me to find as well. So I'll usually just stick to sour cream or heavy cream.

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              • #8
                I totally feel your pain on this one. Both my parents are in early 60s, both diabetics on a variety of meds as well for hypertension, cholesterol, thyroid, etc... I have been suggesting (preaching! LOL) the paleo/primal approach for years now, but my mom is also very picky and super closed minded about trying new foods/recipes or ways to prepare foods. I think my dad would go for it (he even shocked me by reading Robb Wolf's entire book when he was first dx'd w/ diabetes!!) but since he doesn't, and won't, prepare the meals, he just get's what my mom makes. My mom has tried to make dietary changes in the SAD way of eating "good", but every time I visit and see how much bread and grain carbs they are eating it makes me cringe. She says they eat a lot of fish, but my dad will only eat it battered and fried. I suggest trying an almond crust fried in coconut oil instead and my mom just grosses out. When she asks or I just tell her about meals I've had recently, she also grosses out and thinks I eat "a bunch of weird food". I'm totally at a loss as what to do. I'm very impressed you've at least gotten your mom to attempt the change. Good luck!

                Oh, and sorry, but I have no breakfast suggestions since my mom ALSO dislikes eggs and refuses to eat breakfast anyway. Haha!

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                • #9
                  A couple of sausages, an egg and some mushrooms with spinach could be good.
                  Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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                  • #10
                    I think she could do the yogurt and berries.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Tara ATX View Post
                      Oh, and sorry, but I have no breakfast suggestions since my mom ALSO dislikes eggs and refuses to eat breakfast anyway. Haha!
                      She could do worse than not eating breakfast.

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                      • #12
                        Thank you everyone for your input! I defintely think she can do the yogurt and berries and I will see if she likes pancakes. I don't think she would eat sausage, at least not to start. She actually doesn't like a lot of meat, so this will be a challenge! I just want her to try it and see for herself that she will lose weight and feel better and then I believe that she will be willing to try new things

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Tara ATX View Post
                          I totally feel your pain on this one. Both my parents are in early 60s, both diabetics on a variety of meds as well for hypertension, cholesterol, thyroid, etc... I have been suggesting (preaching! LOL) the paleo/primal approach for years now, but my mom is also very picky and super closed minded about trying new foods/recipes or ways to prepare foods. I think my dad would go for it (he even shocked me by reading Robb Wolf's entire book when he was first dx'd w/ diabetes!!) but since he doesn't, and won't, prepare the meals, he just get's what my mom makes. My mom has tried to make dietary changes in the SAD way of eating "good", but every time I visit and see how much bread and grain carbs they are eating it makes me cringe. She says they eat a lot of fish, but my dad will only eat it battered and fried. I suggest trying an almond crust fried in coconut oil instead and my mom just grosses out. When she asks or I just tell her about meals I've had recently, she also grosses out and thinks I eat "a bunch of weird food". I'm totally at a loss as what to do. I'm very impressed you've at least gotten your mom to attempt the change. Good luck!

                          Oh, and sorry, but I have no breakfast suggestions since my mom ALSO dislikes eggs and refuses to eat breakfast anyway. Haha!
                          This is exactly my Mum too! I have been talking about her trying Paleo for awhile now. I think the only reason she is willing to try it is because I spun it to her as a weight loss tool and she is at a standstill with her weightloss. I keep trying to explain to her thats because she thinks she is eating well when she eats cheerios and oatmeal. But then she is hungry an hour later so then she snacks all day because she is never really full. I think if you just keep on your parents, hopefully they will see one day! Or try to get them to make small changes at a time, I thought about doing that too. Good luck to you too!

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                          • #14
                            I was going to suggest chicken legs, or some nice salmon, but you said she is not much of a meat eater. How about cottage cheese? I would steer away from paleo baking because if her goal is to lose weight, those can counteract the effort.

                            Baked sweet potato with some coconut oil?

                            I used to be VERY picky about eggs. I would only eat them when they were so hard cooked they would bounce back at you when you threw them at a wall. Break the yolk and cook all the way through. About 8 months into primal, I way eyeing my DH's over medium eggs and said "I want some like that." I had not eaten runny yolks since I was about 6. Now I love them! So bit by bit her tastes may change. Breakfast is hard because many people get stuck in the 'sweet' version of breakfast.

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                            • #15
                              I'm having issues with Breakfast as well... many people suggested to eat leftovers from dinner... I have a difficult stomach and I really don't know if I can do that but I'll try with light dinner... coconut flower pancakes are the ones I would like to try as well. There are also recipes for muffins around...
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