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CINDYTW
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8/10/11 11:28 P

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Annie you are right bananas aren't the best source anyway. I have been using tomato juice and kale mostly, I tried to like swiss chard it is actually very high but I just don't like it. I find if I eat lots of my fruits and veggies and have my tomato juice every morning that I am good, at about 3500-4000mg. daily. This is important for me I do actually get deficient.

Gregger I am finding the same thing. I obsess too much and actually eat more or get stressed out when i track. I now have an idea of what I need to do and what I can eat in a day and be reasonable about it.

Cindy

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ANIDUCK
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8/10/11 4:46 P

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Boy, I'm so with you on that Gregger
Did you get a chance to read my blog on this issue?
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Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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GREGGERS069
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8/10/11 4:20 P

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I have taken the last week to make sure I stay on track with the food tracker. It seems I eat approx. 1600 calories per day. When I feel weak or more hungry I do eat more, but I have not gone over 2000 calories within a day and my carbs are always below 100 and more near 50 per day. If we stay to the rules of the paleo we really do not need to track very much, so every few days of tracking I will take a day or two off to relax my mind and attempt not to think so much about food. In my opinion when I track my food intake I seem to dwell on food more and I like not to think about it so much.. lol


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ANIDUCK
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8/10/11 1:55 P

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Mushrooms have lots of potassium as do , avocado, tomatoes, lima beans, cucumber and cabbage. Bananas, in my opinion aren't the best because you have to eat the whole thing if you want a decent serving of potassium and then you are filling yourself with sugar...same with oranges and cantaloupe. If you are trying to lose weight then you'll want to limit the amount of sweet fruits--absolutely eat them for sure, just limit them.

Mushrooms are my favorite way to get potassium 'cuz I can eat only a half a cup of sliced mushrooms and get about 160mg of that mineral. Cook them up with some cabbage and you're set

Plantains have more potassium and less sugar than bananas. Try them stir fried with veggies or in stews.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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CINDYTW
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8/10/11 10:15 A

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I am a little slow getting back to this topic, but I think I am going the way of Annie. I was tracking to see what I was getting in the way of nutrients and to try and cut myself back on calories slowly and hopefully start losing again. It is really no surprise what I discovered: When I eat lots of fruits and veggies I have good levels of nutrients, when I don't I don't. Tracking really does nothing for my calorie intake anyway except make me feel like a failure if I go over. I think I am going to give it up too unless I am looking at a specific thing (like making sure I get enough potassium for example).

Cindy

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ILOVEMY2BIRDS
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8/9/11 7:48 A

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Excellent blog!


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SUSHIYUMMY
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8/6/11 2:35 P

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I used to track occasionally, but it was very time consuming because I make all my meals from scratch. And, I don't like doing it because it makes me get very food obsessive which I don't like. I've never totally bought into the calories in/calories out theory and since I've been reading Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes I'm becoming more convinced counting calories is completely unnecessary.



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CAVEMOM
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8/2/11 12:00 A

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I can range anywhere from 1000's to 1400 in a day for calories, depending upon how hungry I am. I do not track food often, just mostly out of curiosity.
I find adding avocado, full fat coconut milk, and nuts on occasion to my diet makes it almost impossible not to get enough calories 'as recommended'.




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AE_MYERS
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8/1/11 11:39 A

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I do use the tracker, but for a few specific things. I'm not obessed with it - if I miss a day, I don't sweat it. But it helps me stay on track. I do my best to track calories, as I too sometimes have a hard time to get enough. And I watch the number of carbs and also the rough amount of fiber. I strive for at least 1500 calories (more on the heavy HEAVY workout days) and less than 100 grams of carbs. Since it's summer, I can't give up farmer's market fresh fruit. But I try to keep the carbs and sugar to a minimum.

It also helps me to see what I'm eating every day listed out. Right now, I'm new to Paleo, still battling some cravings. So, when I have a day where I feel really good, it helps that I can go back to the tracker and see what I was eating. And when I have a bad day, I'm now more able to pinpoint the foods that are causing me problems. For example, I never realized that the milk I was drinking was making me bloated and gassy - I just thought it was the additional fiber that by body wasn't used to. But, when I looked on the tracker, I noticed that I felt the worst on days when I had 2 or 3 big glasses of milk. So I cut out the milk, and I feel great!!

For extra calories when I'm low, I have learned to add some additional fats. My favorites right now - pecans, almond butter (which I could eat straight out of the jar), eggs, avocados (which I hated until starting this lifestyle), full-fat coconut milk, and coconut oil. I also started making simple oil and vinegar dressings for my salads. I'm finally able to eat a salad and feel full, since I'm allowing fat into the salad.

Good luck!

Mandie


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WOLFSPIRITMOM
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7/31/11 9:39 A

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I track my food but try and eat low carb so anywhere from 1200 to 1800, depending how exercise I get. Fat is important to get, not the carbs so I feel more full on less some days.

Edited by: WOLFSPIRITMOM at: 7/31/2011 (09:39)
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MOLLIEMAC
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7/31/11 7:47 A

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Gai long is a Chinese green. It has a slightly bitter taste (like kale) and has to be steamed for a bit before adding it to the stir fry as its stems are quite thick. i just discovered it and will definitely use it again.

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KICK-SS
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7/30/11 11:12 P

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@ANI, Absolutely loved your blog!! Certainly has gotten me to thinking about the whole tracking situation. Obviously the tracking is NOT working for me - maybe it's making me too obsessed about the numbers......... I'm about ready to give up tracking for awhile and just eat what I know is on my plan!

Betty

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ANIDUCK
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7/30/11 8:45 P

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What is gai long?

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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MOLLIEMAC
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Ani, your blog says it all- I am amazed that SP hasn't censored you yet:-). We best keep this good news very quiet. Just had a stir fry of pork, garlic, green onion, mushrooms and a whole lot of gai long- YUM!!! Oh yes, some good red wine to wash it all down....MJ

"THERE'S MORE TO LIFE THAN JUST BEING A PASSENGER." (Amelia Earhart)
DON'T TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY- IT'S NOT PERMANENT.
Old age is not for sissies.


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7/30/11 7:11 P

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I range between 1300 and 1600 calories a day. Upping your fat intake will help increase your calorie intake.



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7/30/11 5:23 P

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I get about 1800 kcal - tracking for checking how it roughly is, as just started paleo.
Anyway a few tbsp of coconut oil and some almonds easly topping up fat intake - the only thing
I worry.


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ANIDUCK
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7/30/11 3:56 P

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I don't track calories
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I have been using coconut cream in my tea every day and also adding just a 1/4 tsp or so of coconut oil as well to give my tea a scrumptious creamy texture. I prepare my coconut cream by draining off about 1/2 the liquid from a can of coconut milk (Native Forest organic only), whipping up the rest with a whisk and storing it in a covered glass container in the fridge. Once it chills it takes on a texture like whipped cream. A big spoonful of that stuff is all it takes. I haven't tried it in coffee yet but I might just do that as I allow myself a cup or two a week of that.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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7/30/11 3:07 P

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I am not currently eating strictly Paleo but I am pretty close. No processsed foods, few starches, and recently no grains. The only dairy I have is a little cream in my coffee(which I rarely drink the the summer because I am a teacher and don't have to get up but that comes to an end next week and I am going to depend on the coffee again!) but I can switch that to coconut creamer and be ok with that. I am really going to miss cheese though! Anyway my question is how many calories you all are getting in a day? I find that when I am eating this way I only get in about 1000 calories a day and my weight loss stops. When I up it to around 1500 I start losing again but that is really, really difficult for me. Just FYI I have about 50 lbs to lose and do CrossFit + some additional weights/cardio and yoga.


 
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