Just getting started. What am I forgetting?

by 35 · May 03, 2011 at 12:02 PM

I'm starting off with a personal Paleo test.

Gonna try it for a month and see how it makes me feel. I am in decent shape, eat consciously, exercise 4-5x/week, drink tons of water, etc.

I am 6'1" and 188lbs with around 14% body fat now and would like to hit single digits. (Mostly out of curiosity.)

I wanna eat correctly, so I got Mr. Cordain's book. I am eating tons of collards (I'm a southern boy), lots of turkey and beef, green cabbage, carrots, raisins, apples, bananas, almonds, broccoli. Using so much olive oil that I seems insane.

What am I missing? Is counting calories necessary? Or just obsessive? (I don't want to.)

I also take one giant spoon of ground flax in the morning along with psyllium caps and a multi-vitamin.

Thank you guy and gals! I am super stoked to have found this site.

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2525 · October 03, 2010 at 9:04 AM

First brief thoughts:

Watch the nuts, don't have too many.

Get plenty of sleep.

Throw in a fast from time to time if you can. Plenty of different ways of doing this.

You didn't say too much about your exercise. Avoid too much cardio. Do some sprints if you're capable, lift some weights.

Enjoy - and tweak your experiment from time to time be observe your changes

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12118 · October 03, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Coconut oil and coconut milk will help get your fats up - and even Cordain is now cool with coconut oil as a cooking oil as his stance on saturated fats has changed a bit as of late. Also consider ghee (clarified butter, pure animal fat!) if you're willing.

See Cordain's January 2010 blog commentary on coconut oil here:

Try to avoid cooking with olive oil as you risk oxidation. Instead eat it cold in dressings. More info here:

More preliminary info on coconuts, eaten whole or otherwise:

902 · May 03, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Cut the turkey. It's just about the worst for omega-6.

20469 · October 03, 2010 at 3:26 PM

I'd try to keep a varied diet. Plug your food intake into and see if you are missing any nutrients. Paleos like to get their nutrient intake from actual food when possible. The absorption from vitamin pills is sometimes questionable. For instance, one test showed magnesium oxide, which is the most common and cheapest form or magnesium in pills, to be only 6% absorbed by the human intestine. Also, paleo eating will typically give you more than enough of most nutrients. As for counting calories, I don't suggest it at first. See if it works without as for most, it will. THose who want to lean out and if paleo does not help them do that fast enough for htem, will often cut back on carb intake instead. Mileage may vary by the individual. Also, keep in mind that paleo is not specifically just one diet. Many have contributed to its evolution. There is no one set protocol. It is more of a general theory combined with what we can glean for the current science combined with what works for each individual on a N=1 basis.

35 · October 06, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Enough fat? How much is enough? (I know it's diff for everyone, etc.) Today, I had 102 grams of fat, 102 grams of carbs, and 107 grams of protein. The breakdown is 53%f 22%c 25%p. Am I close? – Bo

35 · October 03, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Thank you to everyone for the quick and thoughtful responses!!! It seems I have much reading to do.

Coconuts are the word, apparently. Is is reasonable to have a coconut per day? The water and the flesh consumed in totale?

I don't really want to start buying special oils and the like, seems intuitively counterproductive to a paleo/simplistic approach. (Although, I could easily run to the store and grab some, not a big deal.)

I'm not in a super big rush to do anything, just trying to eat more mindfully and naturally. Trying to focus on the journey, not any particular destination.

Thanks again!

613 · October 03, 2010 at 3:33 PM

To keep this short:

-Don't calorie count, but be sure to eat enough. It's easy to undereat when first switching
to Paleo -Make sure you are getting enough fat

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