I love the paleo diet. It has helped me so much in so many ways. But sometimes I find it hard to eat enough I think. There is only so much meat, fish or greens I can physically chomp my way through, and now that I've lost that little bit of 'middle-area' weight from hips and tum, I don't really have much to spare if you know what I mean? And I'm starting to get hungry again..not crazy craving shaky hungry, but genuine hunger (I think). Feeling progressively weaker, then better when I eat.
So does anyone have any ideas for high cal high-fat snacks that maybe I could have inbetween meals? pref dairy free, as I am too reliant on them at the moment and think I may need to lose em. I can't imagine going back to eating the old way, and want to avoid being tempted!
Thank you paleo people! :D
-you can add unsweetened coconut meat and cream or coconut cream to a bowl of berries to up the caloric ante.
-eat your greens with plenty of melted butter if you aren't already.
-add a handful of chopped nuts to steamed veggies and salads.
-dried fruit can pack in a truly stunning calorie count as well.
-try making your own nut and seed bars. I make sweet and salty pumpkin seed bites with a little honeycomb and seaweed, a handful will set me back 250-300 calories.
I made flax meal 'bread' today and managed to pack in over 800 calories in eating a few slices with my chicken stew without even blinking. Soooo good.
Here you are Helz: I use this recipe for flax seed bread: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/breads/r/flaxbasicfoc.htm and add my own herbs and spices, it's amazingly good! Everything I ever missed about bread and more.
I don't find the coconut cream has all that strong a flavor, but then again I really love coconut. I get it in a little can, it's coconut 'cream' not coconut milk, although I think adding coconut oil to coconut milk would have the same effect.
Butter is key for eating sauteed veggies. If you aren't buying pastured butter already see if you can manage it because it tastes totally different than regular butter, you will want to drink it.
This is my recipe for "Ursula Bars" (remember the sea witch from the little mermaid?) 3 tbsp butter or coconut oil 1/2 cup pulverized pumpkin seeds or seed butter 1/2 cup pulverized macadamia nuts or butter 4 oz of raw honeycomb (I like the wax but you can remove it) 4 sheets of toasted nori, shredded 4 eggs 2 scoops of unflavored protein powder (optional, ups the protein stats and makes them hold together a little better) 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Mix everything together but add the protein powder last or it will become too gluey to mix. Spread about 1 inch thick on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 min on 350, or until the tops brown and feel springy to the touch. Sometimes I add things like vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, lime juice or orange peel syrup for variety but they taste good just like this.
I've the same problem! I try to keep nuts out and pufas low in addition to no grains and legumes. I don't restrict starches and fruits nowadays. Even on high fat paleo I was eating a lower cal diet and couldn't force myself to eat more meat and butter.
I don't understand overweight people who even gain pounds on a whole foods diet. Do they force feed themselves over vomit inducing satiety? I'd love to spend a day with these kind of people to learn all their tricks.
At some point I'll probably need to go back to fast food, grains and pizza but those foods are evil, right?
Glug olive oil onto things. Adds an amazing amount of calories without even noticing (my boyfriend uses this trick all the time, just puts it on everything). This way it doesn't feel like you are "choking down" anything simply because you are not hungry, just allows the food you're already eating to pack an extra punch.
I have this problem sometimes too. I actually need to count my calories to make sure I'm getting enough. Things that are awesome:
Nuts are quite calorie-heavy. I ate almond pizza's a few weeks ago. Those were 2500calories!
I do a lot of sports and didn't have to lose any weight, but still lost 10 pounds.. I got a few back on by eating really really really much, but now I miss the times I don't have a full belly all day long..
There is just no way to get enough calories on this diet. I can not ever get to 2,000-2,500 I need, no matter how many avocadoes, olive oil, nuts I add. And there is only so much meat/fish/fowl and vegetables, even starchy vegetables, one can eat. I am a female, 5 ft 7, 105 lbs BEFORE PALEO. I did NOT need to lose weight, yet I did, down to 100, emaciated. Had to stop. Ectomorph
This is my plan. When I've lost enough weight to get back into the light weight rowing category. I will re introduce carbs at breakfast and lunch. Just a few, i.e. porridge at breakfast and a seeded pitta bread at lunch.
Added bonus of oats and pitta being cheaper than buying 10 million bananas and eggs and bacon (current breakfast) and 346719807 salad ingredients and chicken (current lunch).
I think the principles of the diet are the things we need to follow, expecially if you're an athlete.
Perhaps start carb cycling, so be completely paleo one day, low carbs the next, medium, high, then another paleo day before starting the cycle again. That should allow you to gain weight, but never too much weight :D
You shouldn't be feeling hungry on a true hardcore paleo diet. If you are, how paleo are you eating, really? Legumes, nightshades, any oats/flour/grains, dairy? Throw a bit of HEALTHY fats, high in bio-available omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6's... the whole point of paleo is longevity due to evolution, body comp is an added mix but what we EVOLVED to eat doesn't mean it's what will cause us to perform the best or beautiful exactly how we want to be. That's where the smart, educated person comes in (you). Eat tubers that are higher in carbs directly after workouts to stave off the high insulin response depositing all the food into body fat and decreasing the insulin receptor count on your cell walls. That in conjunction with high omega 3/omega 6 ratio non processed medium-chain fatty acid sources should do you right... why do you want to eat more calories, anyways? Don't believe the treadmill, it doesn't know how efficient your biochemical processes are!