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

by 72 · November 19, 2012 at 07:02 AM

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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1883 · November 15, 2012 at 06:11 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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3967 · November 16, 2012 at 04:33 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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1394 · 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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384 · 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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-6 · November 19, 2012 at 07:02 AM

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

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