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Thanks. I have the luxury of a job where I can pretty much arrive at any time I like, then leave 8.5 hours later. Since the local traffic is crazy, I prefer to commute somwhere between 4am-5am then come home early afternoon. I haven't set an alarm for a couple of years. My body wakes up at a good point in the sleep cycle then I get up and go. In true Paleo style, I go to bed as it gets dark.

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Sounds like you're doing well PINGUINAPLATA!

Definitely keep an eye on that cortisol and sleep. Those two can wreck weight loss like nobodies business. Good job on pulling the fructose down - I know that if you want to indulge, try to keep it in berry form.

Seems like you're on track. Keep it up!

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I'm finally starting to either lose a little, or to stop gaining. What a relief! I really want to be off the treadmill of always being hungry, and obsessing about every little bite of food. All these years, I've eaten supposedly 'healthy' food but gone hungry a lot of the time because I was so afraid to eat anything with fat.

It's taking time to come to terms with fat no longer being the enemy, and fruit being a treat to be enjoyed in moderation only. Everything in my pantry had to have whole wheat whereas now, there is nothing with wheat nor any other grain.

In fact yesterday, I succumbed to buying egg salad rather than making my own. It upset my stomach which confused me until I read the label. Who would have thought that they would add corn starch to egg salad?

Getting lots of walking in, and a bit of running. Yesterday, with my run, taking the dogs for a walk, a walk on my break and a few errands at work, I clocked over 25,000 steps which is about 12.5 miles.

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3/27/12 12:07 P

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I'm a really slow looser, like 15 pounds in a year of eating healthy and working out. I've lost 17 pounds this year. And its body fat, which matters more to me than scale weight. I suspect I'll end up weighing more than is recommended for my height but I think I look just fine.


I eat about 95 percent paleo. I did whole 30 and now I've added in a bit of dairy and occasional legume.

And I do feel like I'm melting. I did very little exercise other than yoga during January. And I was sick for about three weeks of giving up gluten.

I started Micheal's Reproductive factors for some female stuff I had going on. I also started drinking Kombucha tea that I make myself.

Not sure what made it click this time. But if you have any female stuff that is outside of normal, perhaps it's hormones holding the weight on. I highly recommend Micheals.

Also, as far as body fat goes, I use this to check mine.

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3/26/12 1:51 P

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It's a urine test....collecting urine all day after taking a prescription capsule(s). You may have to find a holistic or integrative physician to help you with this. Or perhaps google "heavy metals testing" on line to help you find one. I was lucky and found one in my city. Good luck!

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Is it a blood test for heavy metals or something else?


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3/25/12 9:52 A

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One more thing nobody has mentioned is heavy metals. If you have lead, mercury, cadmium, uranium of any of a number of other heavy metals, it can interfere with your weight loss. I never heard of that until a few months ago, but you can get tested for it and if you have an excess, there are easy treatments to get rid of them. Good luck.

Our bodies are a complicated system, and everyone is different. The toughest part is finding a doc who will listen to our bodies instead of just lab results!!

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3/24/12 11:35 A

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Doing very nicely, thanks. I'm slowly learning to listen to my body as it tells me that I'm making the wrong choices. It used to be that I could drink alcohol as I pleased but in recent years I've had to cut back. The message my stomach is sending now is to nix the nightly glass of wine altogether. Cheese is another no-no. I sprinkled some Feta cheese on my Chili Verde yesterday (odd combo, I know but the cheese was in the fridge begging to be used up). The stomach yelled at me, that this was not a good thing. I will not be replacing the carton of cheese.

The only carbs I do are veggies. I used to eat more fruit but have cut way back, almost to zero on that. My weakness is potato chips, which my husband brings into the house and of course, I fall into the bag an inhale. Fortunately, he doesn't bring them too often.

I totally agree with you about needing time to undo the damage that modern life has inflicted. My chiropractor is also a nutritionist and a very forward thinking one at that. He was a huge part in my decision to go Paleo. He believes that I have leaky gut, which will take time and patience to heal.

Coconut oil AND heavy cream in coffee? Now that sounds yummy. I've found a local store that sells cartons of coconut milk, chocolate coconut milk and coconut ice cream. The latter are more processed than I would normally get but a great treat to have on hand.

I had a full physical last month and my lab work was all excellent. I feel good (except when I eat the wrong things by mistake) and I have energy. The chronic pain in my back and foot is receding. And just this week, the scale has gone in the opposite direction. I'm trying hard to break my obsession with the scale but as a lifelong dieter, it's hard.

I really appreciate your encouragement. Thanks.

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3/23/12 5:07 P

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@PINGUINAPLATA

How are things going? Have you done any changes with your eating and/or seen any positive results?

Just curious, are you doing low carb or just paleo type carbs? And are you getting enough fat?

Interestingly I've been reading a lot on some different forums that a lot of times the weight gain, or stability of weight/not losing is directly related to hormonal imbalances - not just the girlie hormones, but also the thyroid, adrenals, etc. Those usually are really out of whack with years of bad eating, stress, not sleeping, etc.... basically the 'joys' of modern life have totally damaged our body's ability to cope.

A lot of times when we shift to a truly nutritious way of eating, we gain because our bodies are SO nutrient starved that it holds on to every last drop that we feed it.

Also, the fat/cholesterol is being converted to hormones, which, if you're stressed, it's going to cortisol production first, s#x hormones second (if you have raging PMS, you've got hormone and cortisol issues.)

You mentioned that you finally ditched all grains in the fall - most likely you're still dealing with leaky gut issues (see nutrient starved comment above), possibly yeast/canditam and are still in the process of healing. The coconut oil discussion is helpful as it can provide nutrients, energy, and healing properties... but it's only a part of the puzzle. (though, similar to another person commented - I've been adding it to my coffee w/some heavy cream ala 'bulletproof'... NUM!)

It's a process and it takes time to learn what works well for YOU. You'll get there.

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I love coconut oil! I use it to saute almost all my veggies and eggs. There are two types of coconut oil that I found: one that tastes like coconut, the other doesn't. I love the one with a bit of coconut taste. Last weekend I made almond-flour crusted salmon, and sauteed it in coconut oil. Yum! Also, I throw a bit into my post workout shakes (coconut oil, kale, 1/2 of banana, orange juice from 1/2 a medium orange and coconut milk). Hope that helps!


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I put the coconut oil into chai tea and it wasnt bad. Does leave a little oily film on top of the tea.
I got past that and will add this to my daily cup of tea. I like decaf chai tea at night -------------
not sure how much coconut oil I should consume per day. always more research.

liking this.................. the scale says Im on a downward trend.
I had brunch with friends today ------------ and ordered an egg and bacon sandwich -------- and took one of the pieces of rye bread off and ate it as an open sandwich. Its not so hard when you get serious....................... and I can stick with this for a month ------------------ challenge will be the vacation Im going on March 22-27. Will be in Florida with a friend............. now thats a real test.






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I'd also get your thyroid checked if you haven't already. I have Hashimoto's and it is very easy to gain weight-- or hold steady even though you are working really hard at losing-- if your thyroid is out of whack. It's a lot more common problem than most people think.

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You can also use it as a 'topping' like you would butter... some folks even add it to their coffee in the morning (I tried it... was... odd.) or eat it straight.

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3/1/12 10:38 P

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For the coconut oil, I use it anywhere that I would have previously used vegetable oil.

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Thanks Shelly. I actually can get it at Wholefoods ,stew leonards or Trader Joes. Diane

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I purchased coconut oil today............... Not yet sure how to incorporate this into my nutrition plan....................... something new to work on.


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For all you bacon eaters: In case you don't have access to butcher with nitrate free bacon, Hormel is making it now. They call it Natural. Saw it on the shelf at Lucky's and Raleys.

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ThanksHeather. I have a pack in the freezer,time to defrost it!! Diane

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I have not gotten around to using flax oil yet, but bacon is on my plate several times a week. More than a few pieces at a time...

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I love all this wonderful advise! I have a few questions,as per my paleo book I use flax oil in a small amount once a day,does anyone else? And I see a few people eat bacon is this O.K. I would love to have a few pieces a week!! Diane

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How are the fruit and nuts? They can be stalls. As can alcohol, is that maybe it? You can also look at tweaking your nutrient ratios. Ue the tracker for a couple weeks and see what you are doing and make some changes toward different ratios if you need to.

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2/28/12 1:46 P

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Like you PINGUINAPLATA, when I discovered paleo I was amazed at the weight melting off of people. For me, the results were no where near that. I followed the Type O blood type diet already, which is practically paleo. I made my meat, nut, and vegetable selections from my blood type-approved foods. Because I have psoriasis, I tried hard to avoid triggers like wheat, sugar, alcohol and dairy (except for the occasional splurge).

I was training for a 1/2 marathon last fall (running 20-25 miles per week) and GAINED 10 pounds in 3 months. I had been at my goal weight and was burning thousands of calories per week, it made no sense. I went to a nutritionist for guidance, what was I doing wrong? She explained that running anything more than a mile was encouraging my body to store energy (fat) in order to fuel my exercise. She told me to switch to 1-mile intervals a few times a week, after my race was over. When I did that, 10 pounds came off.

I've also tweaked my food choices a bit more. Breakfast is only protein (meat and eggs) and dinner is raw or cooked vegetables and fat. This has done wonders for me. I also follow leptin protocol that says 5-6 hrs between meals because the first 3 hrs are fat storage, the next few hours are fat burning. Eating every 3 hours was causing me to store instead of burn.

I'm still not ripped and lean, but I'm maintaining very easily and happily at my target. Good luck!

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To piggy back on Shelly's response:

www.marksdailyapple.com/17-re
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and

www.robbwolf.com/2012/02/06/p
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Both emphasize the importance of rest, sleep, , and not overdoing it... and oh yeah, take some down time. ;)

We're all so brainwashed to think that we HAVE to OMGWORKOUTELEBENTYBILLIONHOURS... But we don't, and shouldn't... and we need solid recovery time.

Think about it... if _all_ you did each day was 30-60 minutes of exercise, be it HIIT, lifting, sprinting, whatever, then didn't do /anything/ else - we're talking butt parked in one spot and maybe getting up for the bathroom, that's fine to do every day. But we do the workout, then work at home, work at work, do errands, do family stuff, do personal stuff... we're always doing, so the body is always on.

That messes with a lot of systems and getting your nutrition in line is only one piece of the puzzle to fixing the weight issue... and that issue is just a symptom of a system that's gone awray. Fix your innards first (hormones, adrenals, thyroid, insulin regulation, letpin, etc.) and the outards will start to match up (ie achieving a lean body.)

Sometimes there is a stall/increase in the scale when the body is truly healing and its finally able to make use of the nutrients for the first time in forever. Shift your focus to how you feel, what you're performance - athletic and every day life - is. How are you sleeping? How's your mood?

Going through a healing time myself, I've come to realize that, while it'd be nice for the scale to show a lower number, I'm finding much more value and am much happier with quality sleep, a stable mood, less-to no anxiety, and actually having energy to do stuff when I get home. I like how Robb Wolf talks about focusing on the performance goal (or any goal for that matter) rather than the scale or weight in general.

Keep plugging along, be patient, focus on making yourself as healthy and life as vibrant as possible, and the rest will catch up.

Steph

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Mark and Robb say to watch your exercise stress as it can release cortisol which will stall weight loss. Are you over exercising when you run? Are you doing any strength work. Jumping, squatting and lifting are very important. Are you in an exercise rut? Your body can adjust to the same routine. Good luck! emoticon

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2/28/12 11:52 A

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Thank you for raising some good points. I have no idea about body fat since my scale has it fluctuating all over the place. I got tested at a hospital's booth during a marathon expo. Their number was HALF what my scale at home showed, so I really have no idea.

Inches are about the same, which I can tell by my clothes.

The intolerance makes sure that I avoid gluten and dairy very carefully since I feel terrible for several days if I have any, by mistake.

I'm wondering if this is perhaps my body's 'happy' weight? Conventional wisdom says I should weigh a lot less but it also says that I should limit red meat and eat lots of whole grains.

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Well, IDK, have you lost inches/sizes? Have you checked your body fat to see if that has changed?

Have you changed your exercise habits?

Some people lose weight very slowly and there is more going on than just weight loss.

Have you tried a whole30 or the like where you are very very strict for a month or two to see if that changes things?

If there is an intolerance, even eating grain/gluten once or twice a month can make a difference.

And sometimes we aren't aware of "bites" or little tastes adding up to make a difference.


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2/28/12 11:00 A

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Almost everything I've read about Paleo has someone talking about the weight just melting off. Photos are shown of phenomenal weight losses. I'm delighted for all of those people.

I went gluten free last summer, after learning that I was intolerant. In the fall I extended my restriction to all grains then soon went to about 95% Paleo.

I'm anywhere from 20-60lbs overweight, depending on who's standards you're looking at. Sadly, my weight is creeping very slowly upwards.

I walk daily, and run three times a week. I don't eat any processed food except a small quantity of dark chocolate. I cook all my meals at home. While I don't weigh and measure portions, I don't believe that I eat to excess. Yes, I'll eat more meat than the standard ADA serving but I don't have any starches with it.

I'm wondering if this weight creep is a temporary thing as my body heals and gets healthy? or is it something I need to nip in the bud before it becomes a huge gain. I've really enjoyed the feeling of eating until I feel pleasantly sated rather than the constant hunger and food obsession of a dieter.

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