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  • #31
    Plenty of colourful veggies, with cajun spiced chicken breast - yum!
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    • #32
      Originally posted by Celtic Caveman View Post
      Plenty of colourful veggies, with cajun spiced chicken breast - yum!
      Attachments will take FOREVER to get approved. Most people don't bother anymore.

      Pictures posted via internet link are pretty much immediate.
      Durp.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Artbuc View Post
        Does anyone really do this? Do you actually expect someone to do this? After this much processing, you could drink them with a straw.

        Oh, my apologies. I was not thinking about dry beans...way too much work for me!
        I leave a bowl of dried beans soaking overnight a couple of times a week. Drain, rinse, 20 minutes in a pressure cooker, done. It's absolutely no more work than prepping / cooking a load of fresh veg or going to the butchers to buy a steak. Takes me all of one minute to put the beans to soak, and another minute to get them into the pressure cooker. The rest of the time, they are pretty much looking after themselves!

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Celtic Caveman View Post
          Its not so much that I'm craving other foods, just getting a bit bored and overeating...
          When hunger calls I tuck into some nuts or seeds usually. Im eating a lot of meat, probably about 500g per day plus a couple of eggs and / or tin of tuna or mackerel. My weight has plateau-ed at 230lb (6'2") and I'm starting to feel a bit negative about it all.
          I have a large amout of veg, raw or lightly stir fried, and usually have two pieces of fruit each day (orange, apple, pear, strawberry).

          My questions

          Would you advise white rice to introduce some carbs back?

          I read somewhere (PHD I think) that green beans and peas were ok and not treated like other legumes....that would be most welcome if true - any views?
          Hi. I ate very like you describe when I started eating primal / paleo (but not the nuts!) and I ate a lot of fat; either butter, beef dripping, olive oil etc. Lost some weight, then stalled and began to find I was feeling TIRED a lot. Then I read that potatoes were good, white rice was OK, very low carb was not required and I started adding back potatoes then some white rice. Bizarrely, weight began to drop off again (obviously I was eating less meat to allow room for the carbs - the veg remained high). And I was feeling better. Couple of years now with potatoes or rice at 2 meals out of 3, and feeling really good. The conclusion I came to pretty quickly was that VLC just wasn't me.

          You might also like to look at the tread on resistant starch - I began that a few weeks ago and for me it is the final piece in the jigsaw. Brilliant!

          6 feet tall, now about 150lbs. And have been that for 2+ years.

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          • #35
            I have been following the resistant starch thread, looks intriguing. I think I may have been lulled into a false sense of security because I was eating healthy. After doing some calculations I am eating way to much calories! Im also aware that when I get agitated or anxious I immediately comfort eat.....at least its still paleo food at the moment, so my body is still detoxifying :-)

            Im also anxious that increasing my carbs will increase my hunger..

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            • #36
              IMHO if you eat refined processed to help carbs yes that is a likely reality. However eating a big huge 1lb sweet potato with some butter will not have the same effect at all.

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              • #37
                I'm liking that sentiment! Bought some sweet potatoes today :-)

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                • #38
                  Well... your hunger isn't satiated with pounds of nuts and 500g of meat. Try some fruit and some sweet potatoes for sure. No need to fear hunger. You are likely eating not just out of boredom but also using paleo-approved stuff as a crutch to fill a "void" that won't be filled with anything else other than some carbs.

                  I find monomeals (and more extreme, monofood days) really helpful for appetite suppression...be it just eggs, just bananas, just potatoes, just whatever it is. You should try it for a few days. Pick a food...the less processed it is the better. I have done it with all three listed above and it works.
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                  • #39
                    If it's just a bit of change you're looking for, I know a company called Tolerant makes pasta out of one ingredient: red lentils. Here's a link: https://www.navanfoods.com/tolerant-...-lentil-rotini

                    It's a little expensive for me, but if I were really craving something different, I'd go for it.

                    You also said you eat a lot of meat along with some tinned fish; have you considered switching the meat out for more fish? A hearty slab of alaskan caught salmon baked with fresh dill, onions and coconut oil has never done me wrong.

                    Good luck!

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by turquoisepassion View Post
                      Well... your hunger isn't satiated with pounds of nuts and 500g of meat. Try some fruit and some sweet potatoes for sure. No need to fear hunger. You are likely eating not just out of boredom but also using paleo-approved stuff as a crutch to fill a "void" that won't be filled with anything else other than some carbs.
                      Sounds like sense now you have said it! I'm hungry and eating anything paleo rather than fall off the wagon. Except carbs.... In my case the increase in fat calories is staying on the belly :-(

                      On a seperate note, I'm getting a little concerned about a lack of exiting waste... maybe this should be a seperate thread?

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                      • #41
                        Magnesium will help you poop. Plus, if you take it right before bedtime, you'll sleep better. It helps you relax naturally.

                        I take 400-500mg maybe 20 minutes before I turn out the lights and roll over to sleep.
                        Durp.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Lyte View Post
                          If it's just a bit of change you're looking for, I know a company called Tolerant makes pasta out of one ingredient: red lentils. Here's a link: https://www.navanfoods.com/tolerant-...-lentil-rotini

                          It's a little expensive for me, but if I were really craving something different, I'd go for it.

                          You also said you eat a lot of meat along with some tinned fish; have you considered switching the meat out for more fish? A hearty slab of alaskan caught salmon baked with fresh dill, onions and coconut oil has never done me wrong.

                          Good luck!
                          Aren't red lentils classed as legumes? I'm trying to steer clear of these as I'm a little concerned about the implications of eating them. The fish idea sounds worth a try but I'm not convinced it will deliver less fat calories than lean meat. I have stopped eating belly pork for now ;-)

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by Celtic Caveman View Post
                            Im also aware that when I get agitated or anxious I immediately comfort eat.....
                            So maybe find comfort foods that are not 'moreish'? For example, boiled eggs, slices of cheese or my favourite, really dark chocolate.

                            Originally posted by RitaRose View Post
                            Magnesium will help you poop. Plus, if you take it right before bedtime, you'll sleep better. It helps you relax naturally.

                            I take 400-500mg maybe 20 minutes before I turn out the lights and roll over to sleep.
                            +1
                            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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                            5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
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                            • #44
                              Ahhhh, cheese...... I know I'm really struggling when I grab a piece of cheese. It doesn't happen often, but is not good for me on an emotional level!

                              I will try the magnesium too; I'm not constipated though, just non-existent. A tiny effort usually between a week and ten days apart. I do feel a bit bloated, however. A week ago I had a whole tin of prunes - nothing.
                              Sorry about the graphic detail.....

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                              • #45
                                A decrease in volume isn't anything to be worried about, as long as you don't feel like you're passing bricks when you do go. I basically skip every other day.
                                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.

                                Griff's cholesterol primer
                                5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
                                Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
                                TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
                                bloodorchid is always right

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