I've strict Paleo for about a month now. (I had been doing it longer, about a year, but would occasionally cheat every 1 to 2 weeks.) Up until recently I was feeling really good, but the last few weeks that hasn't been the case. I also got bloodwork done and My Liver Enzymes are high. A long with a low white blood cell count. I'm only 20 years old. I don't drink alcohol. Ever.
I do work out 6 to 7 days a week though. Very strenuous exercise(Bodybuilding). Right now I'm currently taking a week off to see if my levels go back down. I'm still unsure what the culprit is. I was hoping it wasn't what I'm stating. I tend to stick to the same foods everyday, and this is what I've been eating for the past few weeks.
I'm 5'7 1/2 and weigh 140 lbs
Roughly 2500 Calories a day
Breakfast: 1 cup of egg whites, Handful of spinach, 2 cups of broccoli, 28 almonds, 8oz sweet Potato. Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
Lunch: 99% lean ground turkey(I don't weigh it, but it's a pretty standard size piece. roughly 6 ounces? Just your standard piece. Nothing excessive) 2 Cups of Broccoli, 28 almonds, 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 8 oz sweet Potato
Dinner: 99% lean ground turkey serving, 2 cups of broccoli, 28 almonds, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 8oz sweet potato.
Snack: 99% Lean 4oz chicken breast( I Know for a fact it's 4oz. Comes packaged that way)
Anyway, is there anything I'm eating in excess that I need to moderate. I guess I'm concerned about not getting enough omega-3s... Can I get enough from Broccoli?
Somedays I feel great. Others I get bloated and abdominal cramping. Heaviness in my right side.
Any advice would be much appreciated. I really want to stick to Paleo because it has, for the most part, completely healed my Rosecea. My skin and my hair look perfect, and some days I truly feel amazing. Others I feel tired and fatigued.
5-6 days of working out is probably too much. 3-4 is plenty. also, youre eating too much protein and not enough animal fat. i also see youre not eating any fruit, this seems like a very restricted diet and I would likely get bored on this diet pretty quickly.
Hey. I used to have high liver enzymes, but it was from an eating disorder. Have you recently lost a lot of weight? If that is the case, the liver enzymes will return to normal once your weight is stabilized.
Are you taking any strange supplements?
You're eating a helluva lot of almonds and oil though. You should try mixing up your fat sources to and still meet your macros. Egg yolks, avocado, and some red meat are all terrific sources of fat to incorporate into your diet in place of just almonds and olive oil.
you're also eating the same protein, carb, and vegetable sources. You should really mix it up, for uh you know possibly hormetic effects. vary your proteins, your carbs, and your vegetables. Diversify your "toxins," as they say.
My weight loss total jump was from 180 to 140. But that was over a two year span. Just recently and this is over a 2-3 month time period, I probably lost another 10 pounds. Is 140 to low of a weight for someone who's 5'7. I think i'm getting all the calories I need and I don't look underweight at all. I'm at a pretty low BF though. Couldn't tell yeah the exact percentage, but I'm definitely low.
I mean... Do I look dangerously underweight. I've had people tell me they're concerned that I might have an eating disorder, but I honestly don't think I do. I just eat 3 meals a day. Breakfast lunch and dinner and try to maintain my caloric intake.
I really don't think I have an eating disorder though, but I suppose now I'm considering the possibility because something is not right.
I should add that the reason my diet is so restricted, is because it's also an attempt to battle rosacea. It's been pretty successful so far too. This meant the elimination of fruits. Well... at least fruits that I thought were triggers before. I limited myself so much both to control Rosacea and stick to Paleo. The reason I try to avoid saturated fats is because I've heard that too much of them can lead to flare ups to.
You have no idea how much what I'm eating now has reversed my skin condition though. I don't find my diet boring at all. Love my almonds, love my sweet potatoes, and Ground turkey is delicious with veggies and olive oil! I've been sticking to this diet for months and never get tired of it.
The other day I had a salmon though for easter, and a week or two before that I threw it some grass fed ground beef. I agree that alternating some staples is essential to make sure I'm not missing out on different nutritional requirements.
I also often eat my meals in this order and over a 20-45 minute time span (Hey, I like to enjoy my food! haha)
Turkey, Olive Oil and Brocoli. I eat half of all that. Then I eat my Almonds. Then I finish the Turkey/olive oil with broccoli. THEN I eat my starchy carbs last. Does this eating pattern disrupt or cause digestion problems. Does it even matter?
Anyone think my body could possibly be malnourished from eating this way quite a while? Once again, I'm 140 lbs and that's roughly where I would like to stay. That's not underweight my definition of a BMI calculator, yet I'm scared I have symptoms of being malnourished.
Okay so, in my opinion, I think you should be upping the animal fat for sure. If you're eating lean protein only, it's going to make you feel a little groggy. I'm a 21 year old college student and I know that I NEED the fat for fuel to get me through e day. Also, don't be afraid of a little fruit here an there. On occasion, switch up the sweet potatoes for a handful of strawberries! The lower sugar fruit helps with mood balancing and just makes me feel good in general. Here's my eating just to have something to compare to.
Breakfast: 4 whole grass-fed organic eggs Sometimes I mix a meat in with it/ sometimes I dice up a bell pepper in it
Lunch: a large full fat protein- whether fish, ground beef (80/20) or ground turkey Sometimes I mix in some bacon (no nitrite/nitrate and fully organic) and some type of veggie
Snack: banana with unsweetened coconut shreds and some almond butter
Dinner: similar to lunch
Key is, don't be afraid to mix it up. Variety is gooood and animal fat is better. :)