I'm procrastinating hard at work, my answers in bold below.
After spending the entire weekend reading and researching this stuff, I made the decision to jump in cold turkey and head first today. Coming off a mostly fast food diet, I am very irritable already. However, I am committed and determined, so please bear with me.
Firstly, can someone review my day so far and tell me if I'm on track?
2 eggs scrambled in
Olive oil with
Peppers and onions
Half a grapefruit
Handful of nuts
Lean boneless pork chop grilled with
Half a small avocado
it's your first day, and you're eating real food, so no issues. In the future, you might want to snack less and just eat more food when you DO eat. However, this mostly depends on whether you're trying to lose fat or not, you don't state that.
Secondly, here are some questions I have:
What is with the butter? Butter is allowed? I have to admit, I have always bought some lower fat, not really butter, butter. Just checked the ingredients... lots of stuff I can't pronounce, so it's going in the trash, right? But butter, real butter... says "contains milk." Milk? Dairy? Why is this allowed? I'm confused.
real butter is good for you. Grass fed butter in particular has lots of good vitamins and minerals, and it makes an excellent cooking fat, so we embrace it. Even if you're lactose intolerant, most can handle butter. We 'primals' don't subscribe to the "cavement didn't drink dairy" or "no animal consumes dairy after being weened" arguments, mostly because we try to look at the benefits of food and decide from there, not just whether they were consumed in the past or not.
Sweet potatoes... yes or no? Why all the controversy? Which leads to.... Yes. There's no real controversy, just 'paleos' think eating white potatoes is dumb, and that's also pretty much changed (they eat them now) so carry on, eat them.
What to eat before and after I run? (Yes, I'm a runner, and no, I'm not ready to give it up yet.) Can't give you specifics there, but fruit and/or starch. Also, someone's going to tell you not to run ever, or you'll die, don't listen, just don't run yourself to the ground either.
Can we really eat any cut of meat? As in, steak? Any kind of steak? I know nothing about buying steak. yes, any kind, learn about beef and meats in general.
Am I supposed to eat protien, veggie/fruit, and fat together, every time I eat? Or just so long as it balances out throughout the day? What I mean is... if I need a snack, can I just grab an apple, if that's what I want? Or am I supposed to have an apple, and....? common sense my friend. Eat that apple if it's what you think will do the trick. I'll say that since most of us don't really snack (you'll see why in the next few weeks, you'll notice your hunger decrease) we do typically have at least fat/protein at every meal, most of us have fat/protein/carbs every meal.
Thanks in advance for answering my obviously very newbie questions. My plan right now is patience. Eat what I know for sure is allowed, keep it simple, continue reading TPB (bought it Friday), GOOD, book is all you need, the board is full of people with varying opinions and different approaches to the PB lifestyle, so go by the book mostly. asking questions, and trusting that this will feel more natural so long as I stick to it. But for now... HELP! Please!