Editing to be more specific: How much should I purchase for two fairly sedentary adults and one three year old in terms of poundage? How many pounds of meat or eggs do you non-exercisers consume a day? (I know it will be individual but I'm looking for a ballpark as I would love to be able to "eat to satiety" but damn it if my switch ain't broken.)
thank you in advance!
I am working on a food budget and trying to figure out how many pounds of meat to order for my husband and kid and me from our CSA this month. It has me thinking...
I'm curious of those who do not exercise in any formal way, or those who care to chime in: what do you eat? What do you think you should be eating and how much?
We are: a very sedentary desk worker; a fairly sedentary worker who likes to walk and is still nursing a couple times a day, and a toddler.
Thanks so much! Koko the Currently Lazy
This describes me pretty much. I'll admit I'm pretty sedentary. I don't do crossfit like most others, and I really dislike exercise and working out for workouts sake. I do enjoy however dancing on the weekends at clubs or shows. Its something.
I definitely fast a lot more than others and really listen to my body. I only eat when I'm hungry, and its fairly common for me to eat only dinner because I don't have much time during the day. Because I'm not doing much work, my body doesn't require a whole lot of energy and I eat accordingly.
Its nice because I can easily live off of $30 a week, sometimes less if I stock up on essentials. I eat a lot of cheap meats, like beef chuck (which turns heavenly in the crockpot), ground meat, eggs of course, and chicken thighs. I only buy fresh produce that doesn't come frozen, especially necessities like onions and tomatoes. I'm a huge fan of frozen veggies, they're very affordable and convenient. And I'm crazy about condiments and spices (Sambal, Indian spices, Asian sauces) to give some more variety.
I've been trying to add more exercise to my routine but I am currently very sedentary. I am glued to a desk all day and have a 5 year old and an infant at home to watch after.
I buy almost the same food each week. My kids and wife eat some of it, but they have not yet joined the dark (meat) side.. so this is mostly mine.
Unless you're at the final stages of weight loss, when calorie deficit is more critical, you can pretty much eat until you're full, as long as you don't eat too many starches. Remember, prior to about 20-30 years ago, when the government started telling people what to eat, most folks were normal weight. And, of course, that was because of eating less processed food and less sugar, and people knew that eating too many starches made you fat.
I've heard the arguments that people had more physically demanding jobs back then or were more active, but there were plenty of sedentary jobs. Remember all the telephone operators? How about secretary pools? And lots of clerks sat around all day doing paperwork. Were they all obese? Not in any pictures I've seen--in fact, just the opposite.
I have a sedentary job. I walk when I can, but it's a stroll, and sometimes bicycle, but it's leisurely. I believe in activity for fun, not mindless, repetitive, stress producing movements. I'm 55, 5'11" and so far down to 190 from 270 living this lifestyle.
I am fit, though fairly sedentary, and I walk 1-2 hours daily (with my dog). I eat approx .3 lbs of meat a day.
I eat to hunger--and everyone will be different!
I'm 125, 48 yrs old, female. HTH.
Nursing can take a lot out of you. Up until recently I was pretty sedentary (and still am on my days off), and the pounds just fell off regardless. In fact, keeping them on is more of a problem. I don't purposefully restrict calories or carbs, but tend to eat moderately low-carb by the nature of the diet.
Hard question to answer because it really is so individual. How much did you eat before you started paleo? Like if you had steak or chicken for a meal, how much did it take? How many eggs would you eat for a meal? That might be a starting point. I don't think it's going to be that much different really. Like I still eat three egg omelettes when I have them. I still eat one hamburger patty when I have them. In a lot if ways I think I'm just leaving off certain things, but not really replacing it with anything else. Like I find myself feeling satisfied with just the hamburger patty instead of having to have the bun too. So, I'd say just start with what you would normally consume before paleo. Unless you didn't eat much meat before, that is.
During the school year I never find anytime for activity, I study and work as much as possible. Unfortunately, my work is retail - health food nevertheless. If I didn't love spreading the love for grassfed meat and good food, I would get a physical job.
So accordingly I eat two meals a day, a good sized breakfast, and a medium dinner, and very low carb (zero right now) cause I don't move much now (not proud, but you gotta do what you gotta do).
To answer your question: I'd probably eat more if I could afford it, cause I'm a meathead, but I try to not do more then 2/3 pound a day of meat.
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