My macronutrients are very similar to both Birgit and Patti... and I think your menu is just fine, Fran.
However, beyond all of the tracking I did when I wasn't losing any weight no matter what I did, and during the first three weeks of eating Paleo just to see what the numbers looked like when I ate as I pleased, I don't track at all (counting calories really does become irrelvant eating this way if you learn to listen to your body). I let my hunger decide what/when/how much I eat, and then just make sure I start with a reasonable protein serving (which is now smaller than it was when I started eating Paleo... my apparently morbidly obese liver has significant recovery to make), a substantial fat source, and then fill in with veggies. I also IF a la Mark Scissons... so I'm eating only two meals a day, no snacking and I'm rarely hungry in between... if I am actually hungry, I snack on fat/protein (eggs, coconut oil, avocado, nuts).
I just wanted to make a couple of additional points:
I think if you're not hungry then you are eating enough calories:
"When you're overweight and your body resets its fat mass set-point due to an improved diet, fatty acids come pouring out of fat tissue and you don't need as many calories to feel satisfied. Your diet is supplemented by generous quantities of [your own body] lard. Your brain decreases your calorie intake until you approach your new set-point."
FROM: Paleolithic Diet Clinical Trials Part II wholehealthsource.blogspot.ca/2008/10/pale
If you're getting the results you want, keep doing what you're doing. If you find your weight loss stalls out, drop your protein intake a little, and raise your fat intake a bit (adjusting macronutrients is the best way to raise/lower your total calories). When you overeat to satisfy a calorie requirement, you actually exacerbate any leptin issues you may have and mess with your body's ingenuity in re-setting your set point.
The conversion of protein to glucose can stall out weight loss, is very individual (formulas may not help depending on the health of your liver... if your liver is very fatty and needs to recover, you may need to give it time and really watch how your body responds to macro/micro nutrients rather than worry about calories... you might find sensitivities you would never have guessed at) and is related to body size, activity level age, stress level, and most directly to fat/protein ratios and stems from eating cuts of meat that are too lean... not well marbled, or not eaten in conjuction with naturally saturated fat (i.e. eating breast meat, rather than thigh meat... I solve this by cooking chicken breasts in LOTS of butter, LOL):
"Avoid lean protein. Eat protein that has fat attached, as a focus on protein (rather than meat, which has both fat and protein) could lead to your body converting excess amino acids to glucose."https://www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-
How Much Protein Can You Absorb and Use from One Meal? www.marksdailyapple.com/dear-mark-how-much
Hope this helps!
Edited by: _RAMONA at: 11/17/2012 (09:15)
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