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Tips for a teen to do paleo?

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I am a teen female 5"2 and around 100lbs give or take 2 lbs less.... I recently lost weight eating healthier and doing a paleoish diet, although I ate occasional grains, treats and dairy... I am looking to maintain my body composition and gain a bit because I didn't do it properly( too low cal/and fat) and lost my period... I love meats veggies and fruit( probably eat too much). What should my meals look like for portions? How much fat? Between 100-150g carbs good?(fairly active)... How do I give up dairy and fruit too much and wean off them? How do I do it healthily while making it easier on my family who doesn't eat paleo at all(eat pretty bad)? I firstly want to be healthier and achive better sports performance by using fat and not carbs for energy, while not losing more weight. How much fat/carbs/protein should I get... I would like to go on satiety, but right now I dodn't ever really feel full/hungry because of my unhealthy starting approach and not enoguh cals/weight loss. How do I recover and do this better? Want to eliminate my cravings and addiction to sugar (even fruit) also I live in Canada, so we don't have grass-fed meat or eggs(no such thing), what options do I have?

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1197 · April 24, 2014 at 4:14 AM

+1 great advice to give a young woman!

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1197 · April 24, 2014 at 4:13 AM

While I am always sensitive to the issue of young girls posting on this forum looking for diet tips, I'm less concerned about this poster. 100lbs is not robust for 5'2", but it is a reasonable place for someone on the thin side - and she is looking to put on a few healthy pounds. This is a good place to learn that. @18hmr - listen to @Matt 11 's advice. Try eating in an unrestricted manner of the foods you deem as healthy and please include some starches in your diet. If you enjoy a sport or dance, pursue that rather than exercising for it's own sake. Enjoy your body!

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41460 · April 24, 2014 at 3:41 AM

You do fit the profile though: young, female, underweight, active/overtraining, overconcern with healthy eating, wanting to eat less/deal with cravings, restricting foods unnecessarily, thinking you overeat (despite being underweight), etc…

Want to gain weight, get healthy? Eat carbs, stop restricting unnecessarily, eat lots more calories, stop over-training, stop counting calories/macros, and address the odd attitudes towards food (cravings, addiction, X is unhealthy, etc).

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0 · April 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM

No, I became interested in healthier eating and found I felt better and became interested in paleo... I felt great at first... But made the mistake of not getting enough calories by sticking to low fat and too many veggies... I just want to make sure I am getting enough protein, carbs and fat especially to gain some of the weight and feel better(burn fat as energy)... It may be quite a bit of info that I may not need to focus on, i just want to know the safest way for me to do this

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0 · April 23, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Nothing wrong with ghee and coconut milk. Some other easy ways to add fat are avocados, olives, coconuts/nuts, and canned fish. I love 'bullet proof coffee.' Although, I don't buy the actual stuff. I just make coffee and throw it in the blender with a tablespoon of coconut oil and a teaspoon of honey.

I don't know how much fruit you're eating, but at your weight, I can't imagine it's a big deal.

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0 · April 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

No margerine for me! Blechk!! Those numbers seem off especially for paleo.. Shouldn't fat be bulk of diet at around 60? i got to a time where I felt so energized eating more far than carbs (fat as my energy source) but think I have fallen out of that with too many carbs because I am super tired now

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0 · April 23, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Thanks! I don't drink milk, only almond sometimes... And I do do many paleoified dishes( lettuce buns and wraps, squash instead of noodles, ext) haha all I ate on vacation were lettuce burgers because they were easy to order! I am just worried I get way too much sugar from fruit... And am not getting enough fat... Ghee, coconut milk a good idea? Was going to do bulletproof coffee ( coconut oil, butter and cinnamon blended with it)

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0 · April 23, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Margarine is nasty.

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41460 · April 23, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Don't take this the wrong way: have you had issues with disordered eating in the past?

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0 · April 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Cook vegetables in suitable measures of margarine, grease, tallow, or coconut oil, instead of serving them plain in the wake of bubbling or steaming.

Concentrate on consuming filling sustenances. Incorporate Coconut Oil in Your Paleo Diet to Aid Weight Loss

1. What amount of fat/carbs/protein would it be a good idea for me to get?

2. What amount of fat?

3. 100-150g carbs great?

At the age of four, and proceeding through age 18, dietary fats ought to record for 25 to 35 percent of their aggregate day by day calories. Tenneage girls require 130 grams of starches consistently.

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0 · April 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

No margerine for me! Blechk!! Those numbers seem off especially for paleo.. Shouldn't fat be bulk of diet at around 60? i got to a time where I felt so energized eating more far than carbs (fat as my energy source) but think I have fallen out of that with too many carbs because I am super tired now

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0 · April 23, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Margarine is nasty.

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0 · April 23, 2014 at 11:40 AM

First of all, you're a teenage girl, and you know about paleo. That alone puts you way ahead of the game, so there's no problem easing your way in. Do what you can now, and you'll slowly gain more control over your diet as become independent, start shopping for yourself, and learn more about food preparation.

At your low weight, I would not even worry about carbs. I would worry about the quality of carbs, but you're too skinny to start cutting things like fruit out of your diet, when you might not have the ability to replace those calories with something as nutritious. For dairy, start by cutting milk out. Don't drink it. Don't put it on cereal..., but maybe have yogurt (not the sugar kind) and cheese as part of your diet.

I don't know how bad your family's eating habits are, but there are ways to make a lot of common non-pale foods pretty paleo. If you're having hamburgers, skip the bun and go for extra salad and taters. Tacos, skip the tortillas and make it a taco salad. Spaghetti, skip the noodles and replace it with sauteed zucchuni. Think outside the box. While everyone's having fruit loops for breakfast, have that leftover burger with an egg or two on the side.

At your age and size, calories are pretty important, so don't be a paleo purist. Use paleo to improve your options whenever you can. Keep learning, and keep taking more control over your own diet.

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1197 · April 24, 2014 at 4:14 AM

+1 great advice to give a young woman!

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0 · April 23, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Thanks! I don't drink milk, only almond sometimes... And I do do many paleoified dishes( lettuce buns and wraps, squash instead of noodles, ext) haha all I ate on vacation were lettuce burgers because they were easy to order! I am just worried I get way too much sugar from fruit... And am not getting enough fat... Ghee, coconut milk a good idea? Was going to do bulletproof coffee ( coconut oil, butter and cinnamon blended with it)

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