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Teen on paleo, meals sound good/modifications?

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Updated April 27, 2014 at 6:24 AM
Created April 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Hi, 17 year old teen girl at 5"1.. Wondering if this is good for meals..

Beeakfast today was one hard boiled egg, some romaine with kale and olive oil and apple cider vinegar.. A littlle bit of homemade canned salmon (1/4 cup) and a banna with butter and cinnamon.

Played a soccer game

Came home had an applle, hard boiled egg, tiny slice of sweet potato a. Carrot, bit more salmon and i think fruit makes me crave sugar because i had another apple(! Should i do without fruit to see what happens?) and 2 squares of 90% lindt chocolate and tiny bit of nuts (4 or 5)

Soccer game #2

Dinner might just be bulletproof coffee with coconut oil and butter and some veggies or something light, not sure

Any suggestions?

I often turn to fruit (sometimes too much, can have 3 apples a day!), veggies sometimes nuts, deli meat, seasnacks, sometimes cheese/greek yogurt, olives and avocado

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0 · April 27, 2014 at 6:24 AM

Yea, I eat meats cooked the same ways often, it's difficult to find time to make sauces, chili, and different things like that because I am so busy. I also have bison liver that I wouldn't mind trying out... We'll see how that goes.

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0 · April 27, 2014 at 5:20 AM

Good for you for liking a wide variety of meats! It seems to me that you have this covered, you just need to put in the time to make it work for your life. It is tough to eat a wide variety if you aren't the one cooking, so if you had a friend or partner that can be your co-hort in trying new meats and different recipes, it could be super fun and can vary your nutrient profile in good ways. My opinion is that learning how to cook, and trying out different recipes, keeps us all on track because we won't get bored with something like salmon the same way, every day. Good luck!

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0 · April 26, 2014 at 10:44 PM

I recognize I need more calories and fat and things like that... I just need a good indication of what that looks like, because it was not hard to do that eating processed high calorie foods, and I definetly made the mistake of restricting too much, I recognize that. I guess I am asking how to add variety while uping my intake to get the right nutrition so I don't feel like I eat the same stuff all the time.

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0 · April 26, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Yea tracking is not my thing and a waste of my time, only tried it recently just to see where I was at in terms of calories and intake.. Helped me realize that I need to change some stuff. i love meat! I eat lots of eggs, bison, beef, some chicken turkey and cans of sardines and salmon and things like that... Any advice on meats and fattier cuts and things to add variety? Find I eat lots of the same thing (eggs, ext) and get bored very easily

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0 · April 26, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Wow okay, didn't realize I needed that much in terms of volume, but I guess if I cut out grains and processed food I definetly need it.... Will have a large dinner tonight... Thanks. I eat and snack a lot, but on veggies fruit and often low calorie stuff... Recently started adding butter/cocnut oil to my fruits and stuff as well as veggies to up my calories.

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0 · April 26, 2014 at 10:09 PM

It sounds to me like you are advising her to eat YOUR diet rather than a diet that would be appropriate for an active girl, @Methodician. Why are you advising so little animal protein? She is 18, she menstruates - what you are telling her to eat risks putting her iron at perilously low levels. She should eat iron rich food daily, not every now and then. Also, telling young girls who are already showing signs of food restriction / obsession to track everything on a cronometer is potentially throwing gas on a fire. No offense to you - its just the alarms are going off here. Respect

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0 · April 26, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Didn't like the advice you got in the other thread, eh? That you're undereating significantly… Over restricting… underweight… I'm sure some folks will tell you what a great job you're doing though…

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0 · April 26, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Oh also had a cheese string(easy to grab, but don't usually have stuff like that)

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10134 · April 26, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Your meals sound OK. They just need to be a lot bigger. For what you're doing start out at 2000 calories a day and eat more as needed.

For example, 3 cans of tuna, 5 sweet potatoes, 3 apples, an egg, half a cube of butter and 4 cups of carrots and kale should be going into your stomach every day. Or however you want to do it.

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0 · April 26, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Wow okay, didn't realize I needed that much in terms of volume, but I guess if I cut out grains and processed food I definetly need it.... Will have a large dinner tonight... Thanks. I eat and snack a lot, but on veggies fruit and often low calorie stuff... Recently started adding butter/cocnut oil to my fruits and stuff as well as veggies to up my calories.

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583 · April 26, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Sounds like you're very active. Fruit is a good idea! I'm not that active and can go through 2 apples, a banana, a couple mangoes, and an orange in a day (or some random combo like that) depending on my activity level. Don't demonize fruit unless you're fat and diabetic and sedentary! Even then... the Paleo anti-fruit thing is kind of silly IMO, especially for active young people.

I'm also not so sure bulletproof coffee is a good idea for a young active girl, especially at dinner time (great time for a sweet potato). You need to focus on eating lots of whole, real foods. Eat as much veggies as you want, plenty of fruit, some sweet potato, lots of butter and olive oil on your veggies/potatoes... And consider getting some fatty cuts of beef every few days.

Also, you should eat some liver now and then if you don't hate it. If not, eat egg yolks and asparagus and mushrooms and stuff like that.

The most important thing is to avoid bad foods and eat lots of veggies and fruit and plenty of fat and a bit of meat.

You could try tracking your food on cronometer.com or something similar to make sure you're not deficient in anything.

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0 · April 27, 2014 at 6:24 AM

Yea, I eat meats cooked the same ways often, it's difficult to find time to make sauces, chili, and different things like that because I am so busy. I also have bison liver that I wouldn't mind trying out... We'll see how that goes.

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0 · April 26, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Yea tracking is not my thing and a waste of my time, only tried it recently just to see where I was at in terms of calories and intake.. Helped me realize that I need to change some stuff. i love meat! I eat lots of eggs, bison, beef, some chicken turkey and cans of sardines and salmon and things like that... Any advice on meats and fattier cuts and things to add variety? Find I eat lots of the same thing (eggs, ext) and get bored very easily

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0 · April 26, 2014 at 10:09 PM

It sounds to me like you are advising her to eat YOUR diet rather than a diet that would be appropriate for an active girl, @Methodician. Why are you advising so little animal protein? She is 18, she menstruates - what you are telling her to eat risks putting her iron at perilously low levels. She should eat iron rich food daily, not every now and then. Also, telling young girls who are already showing signs of food restriction / obsession to track everything on a cronometer is potentially throwing gas on a fire. No offense to you - its just the alarms are going off here. Respect

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