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Suitable Snacks?

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Created January 25, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Hello,

I have been on the paleo diet for 25 days now and am doing quite well. I lost 8 pounds in my first two weeks. I tried introducing fruit, apples and bananas into my diet as a snack while i am work but when I did this i stopped loosing weight. I then tried to introduce nuts as a snack and then I gained weight.

I am trying to find another snack I can eat that I will have more success on. I have PCOS which is probably why the sugar in the fruit does not help me, I don't know why the nuts effect my weight but i've read they simply just do for some people.

I was thinking of boiling a ham and eating 1-3 slices of Ham as a snack, would that be okay?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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2485 · January 29, 2013 at 5:33 PM

I'm with Amy here, in 25 days you don't know if a snacking pattern is making you gain weight. In fact, I'd venture to guess that moving to ham wouldn't work because you're temporarially going to retain water for a day or so because of the sodium... which makes it look in the short term like ham is a bad idea, but quality ham and some veggies is actually a pretty good snack. If your nuts are highly salted then it's the same thing... short term they might look like a small weight gain, long term they're a reasonable snack.

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1242 · January 25, 2013 at 11:11 PM

I like Hannah's suggestion below. Veggies are bulky and inconvenient to take to work, presumably that's why ppl default to neat little packs of sugar like Snickers, or to a lesser extent, fruit and nuts. However, it isn't overwhelmingly inconvenient to steam veggies (5 minutes), place in said tupperware (although personally, I'd try to stay away from plastic if possible) and have some some sauce or the eggs & ham with it. Maybe use the company microwave. Because any other type of snack is simply too calorie dense.

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8014 · January 25, 2013 at 7:56 PM

...or a handful of nuts is enough to make you gain true body fat. Your body is likely still adjusting. Again, I'm not saying you should definitely keep eating the fruit or nuts, but you've been doing this whole thing for less than a month. Keep doing what works and do NOT take a pound or two upward on the scale as proof that fruit, nuts, or whatever other food prevents you from losing.

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8014 · January 25, 2013 at 7:54 PM

When you say those foods made you gain weight, how long are we talking? I mean. did you eat a banana one day, weight yourself the next day and were up a pound or two? Because that could have absolutely nothing to do with the fruit. With PCOS, yes, you probably want to avoid fruit, but if you've only been doing paleo for 25 days altogether and then introduced fruit and nuts but say you lost the weight so far in the first 2 weeks, we're only talking 11 days during which you've "gained weight." Our weight fluctuates SO MUCH over the course of a few days. I don't think one piece of fruit...con't

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8014 · January 25, 2013 at 7:51 PM

One carrot and one stick of celery, over the course of 7 hours? I think I've had more food than that stuck between my teeth...Don't be afraid to EAT, girl! One stick of celery is not a snack...try a bit more. Carrots and celery, radishes, raw bell peppers cut up -- all are *delicious* as a snack, even better with some pate for fat & protein.

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8065 · January 25, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Or create a dip for your veggies--olive oil based dressing, nut butter, etc.

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25 · January 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

I should mention that at the moment I am eating Carrots and Celery as part of my snack, but i need something to go with them or maybe just more veg. I am currently eating 1 carrot and 1 stick of celery between 7am and 2PM. Normally at 10am and 12.

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25 · January 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Thanks for the advice, was there something specific you did to the eggs and cabbage to make them more 'snack' like? Ideally I am after something i can put in a lunch box and eat at my desk.

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1242 · January 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Speaking from personal experience, I'd recommend cabbage or other low carb veggies. Along with eggs or the ham you mention. But mainly veggies cuz they'll fill you up in terms of bulk and also with nutrients, both of which will have a satiating effect.

I'd also strongly recommend holding off on the fruit and nuts until after the diet. They're what crashed my diet attempts, too; twice I've made this same mistake. What happened was I became so pleased with the progress that chose to "ease up", but the addition of (a minor amount of) carbs & calories simply threw me off. Fruit is very much optional anyway; nuts maybe also.

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25 · January 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Thanks for the advice, was there something specific you did to the eggs and cabbage to make them more 'snack' like? Ideally I am after something i can put in a lunch box and eat at my desk.

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1242 · January 25, 2013 at 11:11 PM

I like Hannah's suggestion below. Veggies are bulky and inconvenient to take to work, presumably that's why ppl default to neat little packs of sugar like Snickers, or to a lesser extent, fruit and nuts. However, it isn't overwhelmingly inconvenient to steam veggies (5 minutes), place in said tupperware (although personally, I'd try to stay away from plastic if possible) and have some some sauce or the eggs & ham with it. Maybe use the company microwave. Because any other type of snack is simply too calorie dense.

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5802 · January 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Here are some of my faves:

-hard-boiled egg with sea salt

-deli meat with baby carrots

-rollups - deli meat rolled up with pepperoni, butter, and dill pickles

-snack sticks from US Wellness

-trail mix: 1 oz beef jerky + 6 Tbsp coconut flakes + TINY bit of dried fruit (usually apricot or mango, less than 1 Tbsp in this mix). Cut up into small bites. If even that little bit of fruit bothers you, leave it out. The jerky and coconut alone are yummy.

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628 · January 25, 2013 at 3:53 PM

I put my spinach, mushrooms, olives, olive oil, and some seasoning in a tupperware and throw it in my lunch box. If you shake it up, the olive oil and seasoning make a dressing. It's a great low carb filler and makes a tasty snack! Hope this helps. You can also add eggs or any meat for protein.

Hope this helps!

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8065 · January 25, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Or create a dip for your veggies--olive oil based dressing, nut butter, etc.

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1981 · January 26, 2013 at 1:08 AM

I like a really dry beef jerky, because it takes a while and a lot of chewing, and is satisfying.

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35 · January 29, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I second the suggestion to eat more veggies. I eat a big ass salad everyday at my desk (with feta, EVOO and vinegar) and it fills me up.

Depending on what we have in the kitchen, I also eat:

  • hard or soft-boiled eggs (with salt)
  • Sheets of toasted seaweed ("laver")
  • dark chocolate (a couple of squares/day)
  • roasted pumpkin with butter and salt and maybe a little cream. I used to warm it up but now I eat it cold at my desk.
  • roasted chicken legs from the night before (again, eaten cold at my desk)
  • plain yogurt
  • sometimes I'll just snack on a piece of cheese (like brie or gouda). A little lasts a long time.

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5808 · January 26, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Cut a zucchini into spears/sticks and dip them into guacamole or cauliflower- hummus

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