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    Ok, I'm a bit confused on a few things.

    1.) Can you eat as much fat/protein you want in the beginning? Today's my first day, I'm not eating often, but dear lawdy these calories are adding up quickly..
    2.) I've eaten 2220 so far (bfast at 10:30 and again at 3:30), I'm sure to get hungry before I go to bed, which is going to make those cals skyrocket. I'm just not comprehending how this is ok. I'm still researching the paleo/primal diet but I thought I had it "down" enough to understand to eat as much fat/protein (if you felt hungry) and keep carbs on the lower end for weightloss.

    I'm 5ft tall, 155lbs, body fat at 30.3%

    I'm sure I'm missing something here...

    Also, since I tracked my food today, I really noticed how much sugar I drink in my coffee... that's my one bad thing, but obviously that's gotta go. And, I drink a lot of coffee too, with a lot of butter lol.

    Help me out here, show me the light! lol - Thanks

    EDIT, this is my ratio so far today:
    Protein 134g
    Fat 150g
    Carbs 86g

    EDIT
    Went through and adjusted what my cals would have been if I took out:

    3 tbsp butter
    4 tbsp sugar
    1 tbsp sour cream
    changed to 1oz from 2oz sunflower seeds
    3oz pork skin

    and I get:

    Calories 1040
    Protein: 74
    Fat: 72
    Carbs: 22

    Which is MUCH better and clearly leaves room for more healthy protein/fat. Tomorrow is another day, with better decisions to be made
    Last edited by Earthy Mama; 12-12-2012, 08:09 PM.
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    That must have been a massive breakfast! What did you eat?

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    • #3
      Where are all of your carbs coming from? Avoid the sugar completely, and if you're trying to lose weight, you might want to keep your carbs under 50g. Your mileage may vary.

      Okay, so the whole point of playing fast and lose with the fat is that 1)it's good for you, assuming it's coming from quality sources and 2)it fills you up and keeps you from getting hungry.

      I'm not saying 2200 calories is too much for you, but if you're trying to lose weight and you're not fairly active it might be. It's hard to say. What I would do is try eating slower and without distractions to make sure you're eating because you're still hungry and not just because you're not full yet. That's something many of us have had to relearn.
      Durp.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Kata View Post
        That must have been a massive breakfast! What did you eat?
        It's all detailed in my journal, link in siggie. Was quite delicious LOL!

        Originally posted by RitaRose View Post
        Where are all of your carbs coming from? Avoid the sugar completely, and if you're trying to lose weight, you might want to keep your carbs under 50g. Your mileage may vary.

        Okay, so the whole point of playing fast and lose with the fat is that 1)it's good for you, assuming it's coming from quality sources and 2)it fills you up and keeps you from getting hungry.

        I'm not saying 2200 calories is too much for you, but if you're trying to lose weight and you're not fairly active it might be. It's hard to say. What I would do is try eating slower and without distractions to make sure you're eating because you're still hungry and not just because you're not full yet. That's something many of us have had to relearn.
        The sugar is going, I know that... Didn't realize I used that much. My carbs would be 46g today if it weren't for sugar. BAD.

        I'm a woofer when it comes to food, on noes, I'll need to eat slower that's for sure LOL!

        I'm going to work on drinking just black coffee and water until noonish and then eat lunch, that way I'll have a mid day snack and then dinner, and then go to bed at a reasonable time. Right now I stay up until midnight b/c that's when hubby gets home, I just like to make sure he's home safe

        Thanks!
        Last edited by Earthy Mama; 12-12-2012, 07:29 PM.
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        "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" ~ Hippocrates

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        • #5
          You'll probably find that for the first few weeks you get really hungry while your body adjusts. Just go with the flow for this first while, then look at reducing your calories after you begin to feel a bit more stable. It was months and months before I lost any weight eating primal, but I did't gain during that time either.

          I also couldn't IF up until recently, but my body let me know when I was ready to challenge myself.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Earthy Mama View Post
            Ok, I'm a bit confused on a few things.

            1.) Can you eat as much fat/protein you want in the beginning? Today's my first day, I'm not eating often, but dear lawdy these calories are adding up quickly..
            You can't eat as much food as you WANT....but when you're hungry, you can eat as much primal food as you NEED to be no longer hungry and filled to satisfaction. Food we eat when we're not hungry, and beyond full, is food our bodies didn't ask for.

            I find that I eat far more in one sitting now, but much less often. No snacking!

            I'd also like to add...when you're starting out, take some time to get used to this way of eating, and really pay attention to how your body feels when you eat real food. Don't worry about counting calories or macros. Just eat real food for a couple of months, then start tweaking if you're not getting the results you're looking for.
            Last edited by Sandra in BC; 12-12-2012, 07:19 PM.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Lizzielou View Post
              You'll probably find that for the first few weeks you get really hungry while your body adjusts. Just go with the flow for this first while, then look at reducing your calories after you begin to feel a bit more stable. It was months and months before I lost any weight eating primal, but I did't gain during that time either.

              I also couldn't IF up until recently, but my body let me know when I was ready to challenge myself.
              Thank you, I was wondering if it was something like that. Explained more under the quote below...

              Originally posted by Sandra in BC View Post
              You can't eat as much food as you WANT....but when you're hungry, you can eat as much primal food as you NEED to be no longer hungry and filled to satisfaction. Food we eat when we're not hungry, and beyond full, is food our bodies didn't ask for.

              I find that I eat far more in one sitting now, but much less often. No snacking!

              I'd also like to add...when you're starting out, take some time to get used to this way of eating, and really pay attention to how your body feels when you eat real food. Don't worry about counting calories or macros. Just eat real food for a couple of months, then start tweaking if you're not getting the results you're looking for.
              It may be a combination of the above quote and what you're saying here. When eating SAD, I seriously would eat every 3hrs and have lots of snacks. Today I ate way less often. The portion sizes really were not out of control either. I mean, the food I ate for lunch and early dinner probably only took up half a plate. And I only snacked twice today, once before the early dinner and then after lunch I had a couple pieces of cantaloupe because my daughter wanted me to cut some up for her.

              This is only day one, so obviously there are going to be some eating/body changes that I need to learn with eating this way.

              Thank you for your advice!
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              "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" ~ Hippocrates

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              • #8
                Dump the Bulletproof Coffee at least until you are adapted(3-6 months). The 2 coffee's probably account for almost half of your calories.

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                • #9
                  Went through and adjusted what my cals would have been if I took out:

                  3 tbsp butter
                  4 tbsp sugar
                  1 tbsp sour cream
                  changed to 1oz from 2oz sunflower seeds
                  3oz pork skin

                  and I get:

                  Calories 1040
                  Protein: 74
                  Fat: 72
                  Carbs: 22

                  Which is MUCH better and clearly leaves room for more healthy protein/fat. I see a lot of folks eat pork skins for a snack, but goodness those add up quickly! I had maybe 8-10 pieces and it added up to 460 calories?! lordy....
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                  "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" ~ Hippocrates

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ecole66 View Post
                    Dump the Bulletproof Coffee at least until you are adapted(3-6 months). The 2 coffee's probably account for almost half of your calories.
                    I second this. The Slim Jim's need to go, too.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kata View Post
                      I second this. The Slim Jim's need to go, too.
                      Yes indeedy, need to make my own jerky. It's pretty fan-freaking-tastic. Need to send hubby to store tomorrow
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                      "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" ~ Hippocrates

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lizzielou View Post
                        You'll probably find that for the first few weeks you get really hungry while your body adjusts. Just go with the flow for this first while, then look at reducing your calories after you begin to feel a bit more stable. It was months and months before I lost any weight eating primal, but I did't gain during that time either.

                        I also couldn't IF up until recently, but my body let me know when I was ready to challenge myself.
                        This. I definitely ate "too many" calories for the first couple of weeks, but my body adjusted. I've lost about 37-40lbs in the last 6.5 months by being primal. I don't count calories or carbs. I am usually pretty low carb, but have been mixing in some potatoes and the occasional white rice lately and haven't gained. My advice would be to stay low card primal for a few weeks. Don't worry about calories too much. I'm willing to bet if you do that you'll lose a few pounds at least with little effort.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Jena View Post
                          This. I definitely ate "too many" calories for the first couple of weeks, but my body adjusted. I've lost about 37-40lbs in the last 6.5 months by being primal. I don't count calories or carbs. I am usually pretty low carb, but have been mixing in some potatoes and the occasional white rice lately and haven't gained. My advice would be to stay low card primal for a few weeks. Don't worry about calories too much. I'm willing to bet if you do that you'll lose a few pounds at least with little effort.
                          Thank you for the encouragement! I know what bad things I ate today to make the cals so much, will cut those out and focus on just eating the good stuff. I have a gut feeling that a big part of it is just from my body adjusting.
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                          "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" ~ Hippocrates

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                          • #14
                            Oh god no. Primal is not a free pass to eat all the fat and meat you want. You can, but you'll get fat just like on any other diet.
                            F 28/5'4/100 lbs

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                            • #15
                              Yeah, you can't just eat as much as you want. I did that when I first started, and, although I lost weight at first, especially after I started IFing, I ended up gaining it all back and then some. (I suspect that the extra weight gain was caused by the 24-hour fasts, which messed with my metabolism. Long fasts are not for every woman. Now I only do 14- to 17-hour fasts.) Now, I'm just getting back to my pre-primal weight. You have to control how much you eat, and if you're like me and like to eat a lot, tracking your calories and macronutrients isn't a bad idea. Keeps you grounded in reality, you know.

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