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getting more fat in my diet

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Created February 21, 2011 at 6:59 PM

So I've been relatively successful staying paleo while in Oman, but I think my biggest problem is getting enough fat. I'm hungry a great deal of the time. I tried buying coconut oil but all the brands are in plastic bottles and the oil tastes like plastic. Pork products are not available here. Also, I'm trying to loose body fat. I'm working as an adventure guide so I'm not always able to eat things that need refrigerating for snacks or lunch.

Here are a few of the things I eat:

breakfast: fried or scrambled eggs, sometimes with some sort of meat like steak cooked with ghee

lunch: tuna with lettuce/spinach or chicken curry (with veggies) or chicken chili (with veggies)

snacks: nuts (limited intake) baby bell cheese (I know not optimal) baby carrots hard boiled eggs

dinner: whole roasted chicken or steak with veggies or tuna cakes (made with almond flour) and home made paleo tomato soup.

I'm hoping someone has some brilliant ideas. I know nuts are an easy answer, but I've read on here that they inhibit weight loss so I'm hesitant to eat them in quantity.

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2153 · February 26, 2011 at 12:43 PM

OOh, I'm gonna try the coconut butter balls. Sounds awesome. I saw some shredded coconut at LuLu the other day. Totally gonna pick some up today. Maybe I'll add some hershey's cocoa powder in with it.

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2153 · February 26, 2011 at 12:41 PM

@ Travis-Didn't even think about macadamias. I'd read on here that nuts can inhibit weight loss so I was trying to avoid them. Thanks for the tip. Thanks for the support Sherpamelissa! Its not easy and I end up eating a lot of the same foods all the time.

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440 · February 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I need to try coconut milk in my coffee. You're not the first person to mention how good it is.

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2409 · February 22, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Macadamia oil tastes awesome and has low to none Omega6's therefor I would prefer it too avocado.

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1197 · February 22, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Ahh, I was going to mention oil shots - macadamia nut oil and avocado oil would be suitable as well I imagine.

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39821 · February 21, 2011 at 8:48 PM

That's what my GF eats all the time and it's much less disgusting that trying to eat spoonfuls of the oil.

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39821 · February 21, 2011 at 8:47 PM

It's too simplistic to refer to "nuts" as a monolithic food. Macadamia nuts are the clear choice as far as fatty acid profile is concerned.

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18691 · February 21, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Congrats on doing so well staying Paleo in Oman, Ali! A lot of people would use the travel/job as an excuse to fall off the wagon or at least cheat a lot! You are doing such a great job!

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3756 · February 21, 2011 at 7:36 PM

+1 to coconut. I love shaved coconut to add some extra calories.

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2099 · February 21, 2011 at 7:35 PM

That makes me think of coconut/butter balls. Soften butter to room temp. Mix in some unsweetened shredded coconut...however much you want. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Chill 'til firm. Yum.

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2099 · February 21, 2011 at 7:09 PM

What about eating ghee straight-up, by the spoonful?

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18691 · February 21, 2011 at 7:10 PM

What about actual coconut? I buy organic unsweetened coconut chips and add them to a trail mix of raw nuts and dried cranberries.

I would also add butter if you can. I know you are using ghee, but I find butter pretty easy to eat/add to just about anything.

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2153 · February 26, 2011 at 12:43 PM

OOh, I'm gonna try the coconut butter balls. Sounds awesome. I saw some shredded coconut at LuLu the other day. Totally gonna pick some up today. Maybe I'll add some hershey's cocoa powder in with it.

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39821 · February 21, 2011 at 8:48 PM

That's what my GF eats all the time and it's much less disgusting that trying to eat spoonfuls of the oil.

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3756 · February 21, 2011 at 7:36 PM

+1 to coconut. I love shaved coconut to add some extra calories.

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2099 · February 21, 2011 at 7:35 PM

That makes me think of coconut/butter balls. Soften butter to room temp. Mix in some unsweetened shredded coconut...however much you want. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Chill 'til firm. Yum.

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1197 · February 21, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Coconut milk in coffee (it's lovely) or straight up, ghee or butter by the tablespoon, macadamia nuts (probably the best nut 'choice'), avocado as a snack, dark chocolate if it's available...

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440 · February 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I need to try coconut milk in my coffee. You're not the first person to mention how good it is.

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2409 · February 22, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Might want to exchange tuna for more fatty (anchovies, salmon) fishes.

Diary fat ? Heavy cream, butter, mascarpone, sour cream, ...

As for coconut, try locating (or Ebay) Renuka's coconut cream. It tastes SO MUCH better than coconut oil itself.

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20787 · February 22, 2011 at 4:45 AM

I was hungry a lot when I first went on paleo, but it went away after a few months. During that time, I craved fat, but then after a while, both the hunger and the fat craving went mostly away. I still eat fat, but I don't crave it like I did for a while there. I suspect my body needed rebalancing and time to adjust. Perhaps the fat gave me something I was lacking and now my body has finally gotten enough to satisfy it.

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91 · February 21, 2011 at 8:28 PM

I have similar issues maintaining a sufficient fat intake as I'm in the military and have a constant battle with CW based food options. I get certain food stuffs mailed to camp, such as fatty cuts of billtong, nuts and buy whole cream. It's not perfect but it's a better option than deep fat fried food and lots of grains.

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15226 · February 21, 2011 at 8:09 PM

can you find avocados?

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60 · February 21, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Jason and Melissa have good ideas.

Also: Canned sardines, which are more of a protein but have decent fat content (make sure to check label for paleo friendliness).

Pemmican, if you can stomach it. grasslandbeef.com

Olive oil shots. Get some.

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2409 · February 22, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Macadamia oil tastes awesome and has low to none Omega6's therefor I would prefer it too avocado.

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1197 · February 22, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Ahh, I was going to mention oil shots - macadamia nut oil and avocado oil would be suitable as well I imagine.

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