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Created July 30, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Hi everyone. I am a pretty big strength athlete. I am 6'1 and about 290lbs. I am African American, and 35. As such, I am REALLY worried about heart disease. I could stand to lose at least 15 lbs. My friends have seriously recommended a paleo diet to me. I am game, but I do NOT want to go into ketosis. The low carb diet craze happened when I was in college and it just robbed me of my strength horribly. I've heard conflicting things. I've heard that grains in modest amounts are o.k. I've heard that even white rice is o.k. Then I've heard people say "are you kidding me?? NO!!!" Paleo as I understand it, is based on the idea that ancestral humans did not eat grains. Is that true? If I were foraging for food, I'd eat anything with calories to stay alive, including rice, potatoes, and wheat.

So for a newbie, how does something like this look?

Breakfast: Eggs and Oatmeal (a modest amount)

Lunch: Chicken Caesar salad

Dinner Chicken, sweet potatoes and brocolli ...and a bit of whey protein in between.

Does this sound reasonable? Do calories count? Thanks for pointing me int he right direction.

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455 · July 30, 2014 at 2:42 PM

No, I wouldn't limit the veggies, eggs or chicken. If you're hungry, these will fill you up more than most other foods while providing you a decent amount of nutrition. Specially non-starchy veggies, it's almost impossible to eat too much of them in terms of either carbs or calories. If you do eat more fats, start by eating it a little bit at a time, not a lot at once, or you will probably get the runs.

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0 · July 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Thanks so much for your response. I am going shopping tonight and I think that I know where I need to go.

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0 · July 30, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Thank you for the response. I am certainly not opposed to beef, pork, fish or lamb, I just wanted to throw out a sample day. No limit on the veggies, eggs or chicken? By the way, I've had a gallbladder removed. Any problems with high fat content here?

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455 · July 30, 2014 at 2:42 PM

No, I wouldn't limit the veggies, eggs or chicken. If you're hungry, these will fill you up more than most other foods while providing you a decent amount of nutrition. Specially non-starchy veggies, it's almost impossible to eat too much of them in terms of either carbs or calories. If you do eat more fats, start by eating it a little bit at a time, not a lot at once, or you will probably get the runs.

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455 · July 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Well, the diet you propose sounds reasonable enough. You could certainly do much worse. You will probably notice a significant improvement eating like that. My advice would be, take it easy on the sweet potatoes and the oatmeal but don't limit yourself on the veggies, eggs or chicken. Btw, why no beef/pork/fish/lamb?

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