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Old 05-25-2012, 08:19 PM
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100% did it to lean out. Oddly enough, haven't seen as much success in that as most, though I'm hoping to with more consistency, and tweaking other things. Don't get me wrong, I do drop fat when I am eating clean, just not as much as many do. It us fun bucking conventional wisdom...losing fat while eating bacon, eggs, burgers and other similar things. It is nice not starving myself.

Some of the benefits I've seen is I cured my acid reflux, which I never intended on happening. I used to need to take a Prilosec everyday. Now I don't need one. Overall, just feel better. I don't crash like I used to. You know, the - After lunch crash everyone jokes about? Plus, there have been other digestive things that improved (I'll leave it at that ).

I've read a lot from people that have seen improvements with autoimmune issues though.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:03 PM
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I'd definitely like to join this thread! I'm SO obsessed with healthy eating that people have trouble believing that I had an alcohol problem even when I tell them. I just always pretended that I was getting antioxidants from the red wine. And, at least it was made from fruit, right? Ugh.

Anyway, I eat mostly paleo these days with a few extra things thrown in to keep the kids happy and to keep my carbs up during high training times. I'm a triathlete, so I have to do a little carb loading (sweet potatoes, fruit, and some occasional quinoa, quinoa pasta, corn tortillas, or steel cut oats.) I feel better without much grain, but
don't worry -- I'm not completely anti-grain for others.... you have to do what's right for you. And the world would be a much healthier place if everyone started eating more whole grains and less processed crap. Start where you are and then tweak what's not working is always my policy.

Looking forward to sharing ideas!
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:15 PM
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Hi Tri!

I'm not a triathlete, but I am pretty active....sail, swim, fish, yoga, walk....several days a week. As you can see, I am a real newbie at this paleo thing. Ghostly has been very helpful ( thank you again G).. I am open to anyone else's suggestions/experiences.

( side note: my son is a trainer for his triathlete club at college....don't know how you guys and gals do it).
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:31 PM
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Hi, LDT!

I would SO LOVE to learn to sail! Sailing trips I've been on have been amazing experiences for me. And, my other love is yoga. Unfortunately, I've let it slip. I actually got certified to teach, but stopped during the height of my drinking. It's hard to do something that requires such openness when you're busy lying to yourself.

Anyway, as for paleo eating, just aim for lean meat, fish, fruit & veggies. Before you know it, most of the other stuff will be gone. The recipe books are helpful. Paleo for Athletes is also a good book for people who are training. (The advice is good - the recipes are a little...exotic in that one. lol) The main thing, I think, is not to take yourself too seriously. Life happens. But any healthy eating you do is better than more unhealthy eating!
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Old 05-26-2012, 02:23 PM
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Tri....if you're into yoga, check out my post here on 'Stoned Yoga' and tell me what you think.
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:31 PM
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Yummy dinner tonight! Chicken cooked all day in the crock pot in coconut milk. Stirred mushrooms, onions & celery in coconut oil over medium heat. Browned cashews in coconut oil and added them to the veggies. Splashed the whole mess with some coconut milk and served it over the chicken. We also had artichokes. My kids ate it up!

I got enough basil out of my garden tonight to make pesto, and I'm taking kale chips to a cookout tomorrow. It's a good food weekend!!!

LDT, I saw your stoned yoga post. That seems contradictory to me too.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:10 PM
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Welcome Tri...your food sounds marvelous. I've never cooked food in coconut milk. I've put it in some food, but never the other way around. Interesting, and sounds good.

Today I made some fish. I like fish, but its an area I am out of my element buying it and cooking it. I just don't know what to get.

I dipped the fish fillets in egg and breaded em in coconut flour. Then fried em in a pan with coconut oil. Then whipped up a quick dressing for them. Olive oil, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, vinegar and honey. Mixed up and heated. Just a little over the fish...yum.

Full disclosure though...I did eat it with some store bought cole slaw with about a million ingredients. Wanted something sweet, and I would normally stay away from that, but didn't. Was dam good, and I figure if cole slaw is my worst food...I'm doin ok.

The fish was amazing.
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:28 AM
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OK, Ghostly, the fish sounds seriously yummy! Will try that soon with a bunch of tilapia I impulse bought at Whole Foods. And, yeah, I think you could do a lot worse than cole slaw. If we're airing dirty laundry, I'll admit to dipping some of my artichoke leaves in a Greek yogurt based sauce that hubby made for him and the kids. Mayo & Greek yogurt are two things I've not been able to find acceptable replacements for yet.

The only bad thing about this thread is that it makes me hungry! LOL Oh well, time to make holiday breakfast anyway. The kids are demanding the uncured bacon they know I got. I'll try some egg/veggie scramble of some sort to go with it. Happy eating, everyone!
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:27 AM
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G and T....now I'm starving! I am ( sort of ) starting Paleo today. We'll be sailing most of the day, so since I'm new to all this, I've not yet formed a game plan for Paleo boat food. But this morning for breakfast I ate deer sausage. Don't know if that's Paleo or not, but I convinced myself it was ....Since we always have a freezer full of fish ( we fish a lot) I will most definitely try out G's fish recipe.....also the slow cooker chicken. Sounds fantastic!
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Dipped chicken tenders in hot sauce / egg, and breaded them in coconut flour. Then baked them in coconut oil. Ate em with salsa and HFCS free ketchup. Yum.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:55 AM
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Welcome TriGirl!

It always amazes me how much better I feel when I clean my diet up. Been at it for not too long....and it just Feels better.

Where's Judy?
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I'm still hovering around coffee, not eating particularly healthy and still can't really exercise but I feel things are improving.
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Thanks for the check in, Judy!

This place makes me want to eat healthier. And makes me feel guilty when I don't. Juuuuust kidding. Does keep me thinking healthy, tho.

My exercise is having to change. Doing more biking and walking.
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First day of no sugar ( as in no chocolate and no grains.....just meat, veggies, 1 egg, small piece of cantaloupe and a tiny piece of cheese. The biggest test will be when I wake up in the middle of the night.....will she or won't she?
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:43 PM
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Glad to hear things are improving some, Judy !

Coffee,
Oh my , ....are you planning to start riding longer distances ?

LDT, congrats on day 1 !
....it gets easier. A small piece of cantalope ? I'm lucky to have a small piece to put in the fridge, once I get started (at the sink)
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I'm actually eating pretty good this week, just finished up my breakfast of a bowl of cantelope, it was delicious! yesterday I had a bowl of kiwi/strawberries/rasberries for breakfast and I've been eating a lot of watermelon in the evenings instead of chocolate.... Went to Whole Foods on Monday and got a bunch of fruit and salmon and tempeh, I'd been out of tempeh for a couple of weeks as none of the grocery stores (3 of them!) near me carry it so I had to make the "big trip" (it's outside my 5 mile confort zone...) to Whole Foods just for the Tempeh. Last night I fixed stir fried tempeh with diced tomotoes/garlic/seasoning it was good. I also hard boiled some eggs last night so I'll likely have 1-2 of those at lunch time. Just wish I had someone to cook for me, I really do not like cooking...
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Have a turkey breast in the crock. That's about the extent of my cooking ability, Judy.

And, I just ordered Sugar Blues....I thought I had ordered it....but it was sitting in my cart at Amazon. It was cheap!

No longer distances on the bike, Top. Biking is much harder than running!
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:52 AM
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I have a pork roast with onions and mushrooms in the crock pot. Yesterday was about a 95% sugar free day....first one in a long time. I know I'm not suppose to feel the results this quickly, but I really could move a little easier this morning. My arthritis wasn't quite as bad....( am I dreaming?). My plan is to stick as close to paleo eating as possible, but after eating a sweet potato at dinner last night, I read that they are on the paleo "avoid eating" list........ Anybody out there have thoughts on that?

topspin....my cantaloupe didn't last long. It was SOOOO sweet.
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Wow Judy, ... Congrats on the 180*
I guess sometimes it's "Whole Foods or bust"

Outside of you not liking to cook, you do a heck of a job !?!!

Coffee, ...you'll have to clarify what way cycling's tougher ?
Finally got back on the bike today for 29 miles. Was thinking 21 when I left, but my power was kind of sketchy early, so I figured longer might be better (around 11)

.....it was a warm one. 1:00-3:10

LDT, ... Ghostly got me eating more sweet potatoes. He eats them raw mostly ( I think )
They cook suprisingly fast imo.

Heck no, you're not dreaming !?!
You're body is loving the change
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LDT -- I eat loads of sweet potatoes. It's how I carb load and replace for training. I say go for it! (I mean, obviously, you don't want to eat too many, but they talk about sweet potatoes and yams all through Paleo for Athletes.)

Dinner tonight -- quick, easy and YUMMY! Kids asked for seconds!

grass fed beef cut in fajita-like strips (sprinkled with vegesal and garlic powder)
red bell pepper strips
green bell pepper strips
onion strips
kelp noodles (sparkle noodles, as they are known in my house. lol)
a bit of olive oil
several shakes of Braggs (soy sauce alternative)
Throw the whole mess in the wok on the stove

Hope everyone is having a great week!
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