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What can I eat on Paleo (Not trying to lose weight)

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Created November 15, 2012 at 6:07 PM

i want to do paleo to be healthier and gain weight in better places (I hear a lot of women say their body composition changed). Obviously, no chips or processed carbs, but since I'm not trying to lose weight I don't think all the "rules" apply to me.

1.) Can I eat red meat? I rarely eat it but I like it sometimes. 2.) Can I use sugar (rarely) when I cook dessert? I don't eat wheat but I sometimes make fruit with brown sugar and cinnamon. 3.) What do I do when I eat at restaurants? I only order meat and vegetables, never any grains or simple carbs, but I don't always know what ingredients are being used. Is salty food okay?

Once again this is just to be healthy, not to lose weight!

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454 · November 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

honey is refined if its raw?

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360 · November 16, 2012 at 5:07 AM

If you buy some lean conventional meats and add some grass-fed butter / animal fat, you can get most of the benefits of grass-fed meat. Don't worry, grass-fed butter and animal fat is somewhat cheap.

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360 · November 16, 2012 at 5:03 AM

Both honey and maple syrup are natural refined sugars, even though they are "natural".

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1405 · November 15, 2012 at 11:41 PM

I am in the same boat, but I just try my best too. I just look at it that conventional meat is better than processed packaged food no matter what!

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72 · November 15, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Oh, cool. Yeah, I don't eat any "junk" food, even including nutri-grain bars or so called "healthy" processed foods. The only thing I worry about is salty food at restaurants.

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72 · November 15, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Thanks, super helpful. Unfortunately I'm not sure I can afford grass-fed red meat, and I don't know if the restaurants my office orders out from use organic vs. other types of meat. But I guess I'll try my best :)

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20411 · November 15, 2012 at 8:22 PM

1. Yes. Grass fed, if you can swing it. Grass fed beef, salmon and eggs are great protein choices. 2. Yes. A little bit is fine if it doesn't cause you any issues. Molassas has a ton of magnesium, btw. 3. Salt is not as uber evil as Cordain makes it out to be. Avoiding processed food eliminates a lot of salt anyways. Meat and veggies are good choices.

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20411 · November 15, 2012 at 8:15 PM

A couple more come to mind: Archevore, Perfect Health Diet, Mark's Daily Apple and when it comes down to it JERF (just eat real food). Restaurant food is always problematic - you never know what's in things - plus they use a lot of canola oil. Just do your best. I go with a steak and steamed broccoli or salad.

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1876 · November 15, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I really think you should check out some resources other than PaleoHacks for a Paleo101 course. There are so many to check out - Whole9

The Clothes Make The Girl

These are very good, I think. There are many print resources as well that are very good.

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20411 · November 15, 2012 at 8:15 PM

A couple more come to mind: Archevore, Perfect Health Diet, Mark's Daily Apple and when it comes down to it JERF (just eat real food). Restaurant food is always problematic - you never know what's in things - plus they use a lot of canola oil. Just do your best. I go with a steak and steamed broccoli or salad.

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4029 · November 16, 2012 at 4:33 AM

Paleo isn't about losing weight anyway.

Paleo is about eating healthier. (I didn't intend to lose weight, but I dropped 35 pounds. I put back 15 pounds with a 2x/week lifting regimen.)

Unless you have now food allergies, start with a diet of grass-fed meat (any meat will do in a penny pinch), pasture raised chicken and eggs, seafood, veggies, root/tubers, some fruits and nuts. Avoid grains, legumes, dairy, vegetable oils. Eat until you are full, don't count calories.

That a broad brush to start.

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1405 · November 15, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Mexican and Thai food places are generally gluten-free friendly. Also try and stick to steak and a baked potato or something of that nature at restaurants.

Grass-fed Red meat is good, and honey is better than sugar.

Maybe check out a paleo diet book. I liked Robb Wolf's "The Paleo Solution" to get started on my paleo journey.

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360 · November 16, 2012 at 5:07 AM

If you buy some lean conventional meats and add some grass-fed butter / animal fat, you can get most of the benefits of grass-fed meat. Don't worry, grass-fed butter and animal fat is somewhat cheap.

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1405 · November 15, 2012 at 11:41 PM

I am in the same boat, but I just try my best too. I just look at it that conventional meat is better than processed packaged food no matter what!

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72 · November 15, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Thanks, super helpful. Unfortunately I'm not sure I can afford grass-fed red meat, and I don't know if the restaurants my office orders out from use organic vs. other types of meat. But I guess I'll try my best :)

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454 · November 16, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Everyone is going to give you different opinions per their own version of Paleo. But, I've maintained my weight on Paleo for several months, so I will offer my thoughts.

Yes, red meat is awesome. I, personally, would not use refined sugar. I do, however, add a bit of honey or maple syrup to a recipe on occasion. In restaurants I order a meat and a veg. As for unknown ingredients... it depends on how "hardcore" you want to be about it. I don't order salad dressings or gravy or anything that I don't know for sure is in the ingredients. However, I am aware that the zucchini and salmon I order are cooked with soybean oil, and I just accept that. And for the salt, I think you should salt to taste.

The difference between weight loss and maintenance Paleo, for me, is the inclusion of more nuts, fruits and sweet potatoes in the latter.

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454 · November 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

honey is refined if its raw?

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360 · November 16, 2012 at 5:03 AM

Both honey and maple syrup are natural refined sugars, even though they are "natural".

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-6 · November 19, 2012 at 7:02 AM

Avoid red meat during your diet.Have it for twice in a month.

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