Even more lost now....(Newbie)

by 1468 · January 19, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Ok, I have started this journey into a new life by only reading Robb's book. My daughter started doing Crossfit, and it was recommended. I like the concept completely. But when it comes to making the numbers happen, like how much vit d, how do I figure my Omega 3 ratio, etc., I start to get lost.

My goals are weight loss, and I have what they think is IBS-C from red meat, but I now believe it just to be autoimmune issues. I eat zero red meat. I can even tell if a certain pizza company uses all pork or pork/beef pepperoni.... I can't eat Domino's pep pizza without my stomach like there is a hot rock in it and constipation that would last for weeks unless I use a softener.

But of course, on paleo I don't eat pizza. I have just offically started today. But I am not armed with enough info. But I knew if I didn't start NOW i may never... Based on what I see, I think I will be the all-paleo except half/half in coffee or tea in the AM.

Should I read Dr. Cordain's book too?... I love to make new foods so the recipes are not an issue. It is how to know when I am exercising too much versus protien intake, etc...

Thanks, Theresa

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1293 · January 19, 2011 at 3:11 AM

DON'T obsess!! You're going to be just fine. Don't get caught up in minute details!!

Heck, even give this a look and start incorporating things: http://www.paleonu.com/get-started/

You're going to be fine. Just get going and don't pressure yourself to get everything perfect overnight.

70 · January 19, 2011 at 3:18 AM


491 · January 19, 2011 at 4:57 AM

This can be overwhelming and as you read more of these blogs, you'll find arguments about the minutia of being a paleo eater. I'd recommend you stick with the basic ideals for a while to see how they impact your health, then fine-tune and tweak as you become more comfortable.

  • no grains (including corn)
  • no dairy
  • no legumes (including peanuts)
  • no sweeteners, fake or natural
  • enjoy tons of meat, fish, eggs, veggies and fruit (limit your fruit for weight loss) and healthy oils like avocado and olive and some nuts and seeds

See how easy that is? ;-)

(Oh, and try coconut milk in your coffee or tea)

2231 · January 19, 2011 at 3:19 AM

My first book was "Primal BluePrint", by Mark Sisson (Easy to read)

Yes, read Dr. Cordain's book, "The Paleo Diet." Great Book.

Many good Blogs and books out there. One day at a time. Also, you may like Good Calories/Bad Calories, by Taubes

4400 · January 19, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Also, don't forget that you are probably going fairly low carb depending on how much yam, sweet potatoe and fruit you eat. Just know that if you do dive into low carb, those first few weeks when your body switches over from primarily carb-burning to primarily fat-burning can be tough, and there may be a few days in there where you feel kind of sick. Summary: don't think "Paleo doesn't work for me" if you're feeling worse after a week or two.

Also, if you do lose water weight at first, you can lose some potassium as well, so taking a few potassium pills each day for the first month can keep you feeling better.

3697 · January 19, 2011 at 3:21 AM

Congratulations on your decision to take a significant step to improving your health. I agree with the other posts about not stressing and thinking too much. The diet will come naturally if you let it. Lastly, it took about two weeks, but I discovered that black coffee is darned good. As a buddy said to me, "I figure, why ruin a good thing".

1468 · January 19, 2011 at 3:21 AM

Thanks everyone, even my child there...Hey Hailey!

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39204 · January 19, 2011 at 3:21 AM

A lot of people make the whole thing more complex than they need to. What I do is eat a lot of grass-fed meat (in my case, lamb), wild salmon, pastured eggs when I can get them, or organic omega-3 when I can't, green leafies, and steamed potatoes (roughly 100g of carbs). I cook all the meat and eggs in pasture butter.

You might want to take vitamin d3 if you can't get sun, but if you do, you could run into blood calcium issues if you don't take vitamin k2 and vitamin A as well. The former is usually supplemented, the latter should be in the potato or sweet potato as well as the green leafies. This will prevent blood calcium issues that could lead to kidney stones among other things.

Your 3:6 ratio should be pretty good with this diet and you'd almost certainly lose a lot of fat.

There's a wide range of diets that fall under the paleo umbrella, so you can monkey with the ratio of meat to fruits/veggies, most hunter gatherers seem to fall in the 60% meat to 40% plants range.

I would recommend reading as much as you can on the subject anyway.

1397 · January 19, 2011 at 3:16 AM

5000-10,000 IUs of Vitamin D3 a day is a good range. Try to eliminate as much excess omega-6 fats from your food (exclude vegetable oils except coconut oil, limit nuts/seeds, conventionally raised meat) If you get all of your meat grass-fed/free-range/wildcaught/etc, then you probably don't need much more omega 3's. However your IBS might benefit from it, so I'd go with 3-5g EPA DHA per day, and see how that works; tinker with it up or down if needed.

By the way, maybe you are just allergic to beef because pork is a red meat, and if you can consume pork, it's probably not red meat in general that's causing it.

230 · January 19, 2011 at 3:15 AM

I would recommend digging into the many good blogs, both authors you mention write them along with PLENTY others. Not only do you get good archival info there are constant updates to what is known scientifically and plenty good discussions/conversations to get involved with. Specific values aren't that important, just doing 3-5 basic adjustments most folks can greatly improve their health. Panu MDA Free the Animal These are a few of many good places to get info. The key is going to be going beyond asking what to do and actually seeking out the info for yourself, not trying to discourage questions, but to take your health seriously and get long term results you have to be involved. Have fun being your own experiment following the good guidance available and asking (and eventually answering) questions. Best of luck!

80 · January 19, 2011 at 3:11 AM

Take it one step at a time. There's no need to measure and calculate everything. Start by removing things like processed foods, sugar, grains and legumes. Give it a few weeks and see how you feel. If things are not going like you want then you can start tweaking things. Everything you read on the net or in books can only provide some guidelines, in the end you need to figure out what works for you.

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