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Am I doing this right?

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Created September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Hello Everyone.

I am new to Paleo (only a week now) but I can say that I already have more energy, I'm not starving before meal time anymore, and the pains that have been bothering my knee and foot are much less making it easier to get some exercise. There is so much information on this way of eating (ratios, omegas ets.) that it gets confusing so I thought I would see if my food choices are good. My goal is weight loss. I quit smoking but in turn picked up another horrifying habit, fast food. I was eating fast food twice a day and put on 40 lbs. I was lethargic, getting migraines, and my body just plain hurt so it was time to make a change.

Anyway, diet below. Btw, I limit my fruit to berries and I'm staying away from nuts right now:

Breafast: Two scrambled eggs w/ sauteed spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms. One organic turkey pattie all cooked in coconut oil

Lunch: 2-3 slices of low sodium nitrite free turkey w/ whole avocado, cucumber, and romaine lettuce. 3-4 sweet peppers and 2 medium sized carrots

Snack: Handful of blueberries and a hand full of blackberries

Dinner: Chicken breast with some form of sauteed (cooked in coconut oil)/broiled/grilled/roasted veggies (i.e. brussel sprouts, okra, eggplant, brocolli)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Am I getting enough fat with the coconut oil and avocado? I do mix up dinner with small pork tenderloins, and I plan on putting some red meat in there as well.

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26182 · January 16, 2013 at 2:24 PM

the problem with nitrate free is that they are still putting nitrates in it, highly processed celery powder -- it's a marketing scheme.

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I had a feeling my meats weren't fatty enough. I've trained myself on only eating fowl because it is lower in calories and fat. I have to remind myself that I'm doing things differently. I did buy some pork and ground beef to have some fun experimenting with so hopefully I won't be so inclined to only eat the bird. Thanks for the input, it is appreciated.

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Interesting about the nitrate info. Everything I have read says "make sure it's nitrate free!" but I'll look into a bit more. And roasting my own turkey is definitely an option, I just hope I can find one small enough for one. The turkey patty is just ground turkey already made into a patty that is more convenient. I think the more I continue and experiment the easier it will get. I over purchased on my last trip to the store, I'll get a groove going and I think it'll feel more comfortable. Thanks for the info!

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26182 · January 14, 2013 at 2:59 PM

It sounds like it is working, I would not try to mix things up in any major way. If/When it stops working maybe.

I guess I would have a few tweaks you may want to consider:

  1. In general I would rather have fatty meats than add fat to lean meats (which is seems like you are doing).
  2. What is a turkey patty? Is that turkey sausage? I'd go for the real thing
  3. I tend to shy away from anything that advertises itself as "nitrate free". Typically that just means they used celery powder to infuse "natural nitrates". Not that I have anything wrong with nitrates, just when a company creates a way of getting around the problem, they usually make it worse. Rather than than "nitrate free deli turkey", roast a turkey, and slice it yourself...

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26182 · January 16, 2013 at 2:24 PM

the problem with nitrate free is that they are still putting nitrates in it, highly processed celery powder -- it's a marketing scheme.

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0 · January 16, 2013 at 3:32 AM

Interesting about the nitrate info. Everything I have read says "make sure it's nitrate free!" but I'll look into a bit more. And roasting my own turkey is definitely an option, I just hope I can find one small enough for one. The turkey patty is just ground turkey already made into a patty that is more convenient. I think the more I continue and experiment the easier it will get. I over purchased on my last trip to the store, I'll get a groove going and I think it'll feel more comfortable. Thanks for the info!

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19120 · January 14, 2013 at 3:51 PM

@CD's answer is spot on.

I wanted to add - what's with all the fowl? Stop that! Birds are a fantastic "every so often" food. Stick with meat from ruminants (beef, lamb, goat, etc) and fish in quantity. Don't not eat birds, but for every meal of the day? Definitely sub optimal.

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0 · January 16, 2013 at 3:35 AM

I had a feeling my meats weren't fatty enough. I've trained myself on only eating fowl because it is lower in calories and fat. I have to remind myself that I'm doing things differently. I did buy some pork and ground beef to have some fun experimenting with so hopefully I won't be so inclined to only eat the bird. Thanks for the input, it is appreciated.

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0 · January 28, 2014 at 7:12 AM

You Diet is pretty good but you should add some more things in your diet. I think some more fruits will be better.

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