What to say to a nutritionist...

by (1527) Updated September 13, 2011 at 2:11 AM Created September 13, 2011 at 1:32 AM

I am going to see a nutritionist, as recommended by my doctor since I need to gain weight. I have been paleo for about 9 months and lost a little too much. I have started to up my carbs with sweet potato and white rice and am eating more frequently (was doing IF with 2 meals a day). However, I don't know how to convince the nutritionist that these steps will be sufficient, since I have already seen one nutritionist who said I was going to have to eat bread and not limit my sugar intake if I wanted to gain weight (thankfully I am not seeing her again.) Any suggestions?

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11113 · September 13, 2011 at 2:05 AM

I'd just lay it out there, and ask her/him straight off the bat whether they think they'll be able to help you gain weight within the Paleo paradigm. They shouldn't treat Paleo any differently than if you were a vegetarian, the omission of grains & processed foods presents them with as much of a challenge as people who don't eat meat.

If they can't or are unwilling to, ask them for a referral to someone who will. Write down your meals for the week preceding your appointment, so they have a better idea of what you're eating and what you should add/omit to reach your weight gain goal.

11071 · September 13, 2011 at 2:10 AM

Why not just find a Nutritionist in your area who is Paleo friendly and familiar? Here's a link to a list of nutritional therapists who graduated from the same program that I did in case you're interested(WAPF associated, but most will be very Paleo friendly and familiar, Nora Gedgaudas is a fellow graduate)... http://www.nutritionaltherapy.com/Referral_List.aspx

3319 · September 13, 2011 at 2:02 AM

Ask your nutritionist how to best gain weight within the Paleo food groups. My guess is that you have to eat a crapload of sugary fruit like bananas, white potatoes, and saturated fat from grass-fed sources. Also try to cut down on your physical activity as much as possible. I wish I could do the same but I'm on a college campus and I have to walk about 2 miles/day. Plus I have a dog.

I eat a jar of honey per week. Nothing. 7 bananas. 7 pounds of grass-fed beef. 4 dozen eggs. 1 jar of coconut oil. 7 sweet potatoes. 7 cans of sardines. 7 avocados.

I could stuff my face all day long within the Paleo food groups and remain lean, flexible and agile but I remember when I first went Paleo and the weight flew off, some people thought I was sickly looking. Since then I've realized how much I had avoided fats then struggled with obtaining them and then struggled with trusting them in such high doses given all the myths about cardiovascular disease. Adding fats gave me a healthier appearance I think. You should really try to up fats if you can. And fruits are fun to eat. I love 'em all - kiwis, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, mango, grapes, oranges, melons, cantaloupe.

12804 · September 13, 2011 at 2:11 AM

Paleo junk food re-enactment is your best bet. Basically combine any carb source with equal calories from fat and add a little salt, combine this with adequate protien intake and gaining weight shouldn't be that hard.

260 · September 13, 2011 at 2:05 AM

I found a dietician on the paleo physicians network. May be useful?

15070 · September 13, 2011 at 1:38 AM

If you can find the chart Loren Cordain made comparing the nutritional content per day of an average 2000 calorie paleo diet vs standard food pyramid diet that might be handy.

If anyone has a link for that I'd love to have it. I've seen it before but can't locate it at the moment.

7559 · September 13, 2011 at 1:36 AM

Well if you're like most of us then tell her that grains and sugar upset your stomach. Or if you want to lay it all out just bring your favorite paleo book with you and give it to her.

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