March 12, 2012
First, and foremost, your blog and articles are superb and v informative indeed. I and my wife are new to Paleo diet. I have read most of your articles and found fatty meat should be the primary source of calories. I agree but we are humans; how long we can eat the same diet? I mean to say, I couldn't find any list of an recommnded foods that are high in fats except red meat.
Secondly, my wife is pre-diabetic II; therefore, she feels hunger after few hours. I have read your article regarding snacking as well but she can't hold her hunger and feels drowsy because of low sugar. Now in this case what can she eat between meals? We have already tested that carbs spike her glucose level; therefore, we have lowered ice carbs intake as well. I have read in your another post that don't count your calories; them how can I calculate 15-20% carbs of my calories? Or do u suggest any fix grams of it?
I hope, u r getting my point. Maybe, I'm newbie; therefore asking some stupid question bit please near with me because I really control my wife's diabetes.
February 22, 2010
I'm certainly not opposed to variety: though I don't eat them often, I will occasionally cook some pork or chicken.
Remember, you have many options beyond "grill a steak". My Paleo Scramble technique can use just about anything from hamburger to roasts, and produces everything from American to Asian to breakfast-y tastes depending on how you do it. I just made a delicious batch of beanless chili, and meat-based "spaghetti sauce" is also an option. (I use Pad Thai rice noodles, or you can make "zoodles" from sliced zucchini.) Mexican cuisine gives us all manner of marinated meats like chile colorado, chile verde, and barbacoa...and this is all just off the top of my head.
...yes, meat is where most of the calories come from, but it's not the only thing on your plate.
Before I continue, please note the disclaimer that appears on every page, and I'll repeat: your health and your decisions are your own responsibility.
That being said, my recommendation remains: don't eat a snack, eat a small meal containing complete protein. Leftovers are fine...that's what they're for! Another option: my mother always cooks the entire package of bacon at once and leaves the remainder in the refrigerator, to microwave and eat later. I rarely cook steaks anymore: I cook roasts, refrigerate them, and carve off pieces to use in my meals (highly recommended...you'll always have some meat available). As a last resort, if you're on the go and can't keep anything perishable with you, a lot of people find that a tablespoon of coconut oil can stave off hunger pangs.
If you want to calculate your own calories and macronutrients, a lot of people seem to use fitday's calculator with success. Once you have a feel for how much carbohydrate you're eating right now, you can play with your intake and see how changes affect you. Many people who cut junk food and junk beverages (e.g. soda) out of their life, and start cooking their own food, find that they're actually eating a lot less carbs than they think...potatoes and rice aren't very calorie-dense compared to meat.
Remember: when you eat carbs with a complete meal, they'll spike blood sugar far less than when eaten alone. "Glycemic index" is basically meaningless when it's only 20% of the calories in a meal.
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