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HSFLYMOM
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1/7/13 10:30 P

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Thanks for the input! I wasn't sure anyone would! I agree, a whole avocado is too much. (And technically, it wasn't the whole thing after cutting out the over-ripe parts!). I think that the tracking is going to be key for me. Seeing what I eat and when.

Interesting point on eating more fat to feel full instead of protein. I'm not sure what that will look like for me. I knew when I was eating it that there was a lot of tuna and that I didn't need that much. I also really thought the article was great food for thought.

On to tomorrow!

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HOUNDLOVER1
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1/7/13 5:44 P

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I just remembered this blog post because I linked it somewhere else. It might help to review the basics:
eatingacademy.com/nutrition/do-calories-ma
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Birgit

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1/7/13 5:36 P

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I started tracking my food so I could watch my carbs, fats, and protein intake.I was aiming for 20 GM of carbs per day and went waaayyy over that with a total for the day being at almost 40 GM on one day.

I don't eat yams/sweet potatoes any longer, not worth it. Learning that carbs are not even a requirement for our bodies sticks in my mind because we naturally make the end result anyway. So I would choose the avocado over the sweet potato any time.

I believe it is important to watch those opposed to calories at this point. Portion and amounts are important and also in order to make sure you get enough fat and not too much protein/carbs.

For the majority of my "diet" life, I counted calories and if that had worked, I wouldn't be on SP. emoticon

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1/7/13 3:13 P

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while I'd be happier a little less fat, I don't need to 'lose,' per se.

I track (I've been sick for 3 days and haven't but my NORM is to track everything).

IMO, if you're interested in YOUR HEALTH (due to genetic issues or current medical reasons), you should track everything you eat. Everything. For one, I'll give you an example:

I just went to the doctor. Know what he asked, 'Do you have any idea of new foods or medications?'

Know what I said? 'I know exactly everything I've eaten. Here you go.'

It's FABULOUS for that! It's also fabulous for being mindful of what you're eating. It's not about good or bad or whatever. It's being 100% honest.

Honest.

Honest.

That must be important, I keep repeating it! But seriously, if I didn't 'report' that .25C of feta and it showed in my blood work? I need it tracked.

As for your choices, I'll say this: a whole avocado is a LOT of calories. I'm not poo-pooing that. I'm saying that's certainly A LOT. Bear it in mind! When you know you need more healthy fats, when you know you need a 'stick to your ribs,' it's a nice choice. Sweet potato is a LOT of calories. It's got some great nutrients.

I'm not trying to lose weight but I limit my intake of sweet potatoes and avocados. That doesn't mean that I don't eat them but I virtually never eat an entire avocado. I eat 1/4 or 1/2 (usually 1/2). When I eat a whole one, it's because I'm having trouble going poo and I want to grease up my guts. The sweet potato I limit simply due to calories BUT if I want a treat, sure!

I'm far from perfect! Don't get me wrong.

Note: when I use 1/2 avocado on my salad, that 'is' my dressing (I may add a tomato for acid/ taste!).

This is going to be a lot of experimentation. Don't be hungry, though. You won't need to be, just keep eating the GOOD choice foods!

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HOUNDLOVER1
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1/7/13 2:35 P

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Karen,
my suggestion would be to keep just a very rough count of calories but to keep a little more of an eye on your protein intake. Your body can only use about 30 grams of protein per meal, anything extra is likely turned into sugar in your body. A 3-4 oz. serving of protein per meal is probably sufficient assuming three meals/day. If you are still hungry the calories should rather come from fat than protein.
I do think that portion sizes matter, especially for people who have any history of even moderate binge eating. Your stomach needs to get used to not being over-stuffed. If you have to prioritize rather than doing everything at once I would suggest cutting carbs way down first, then limiting protein to moderate (no more than 80 grams/day) and then reducing portion size.
Hope that helps,
Birgit

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LUCSMOMMY
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1/7/13 2:26 P

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I watch total calories for two reasons: to track protein and fat intake and ensure that I am keeping track of portions etc. When I have hit my weight loss goals then I will most likely only track occasionally, just to keep myself honest ;) I NEED to track in order to make sure I get ENOUGH to eat some days, and that other days I don;t eat a lb of bacon or something ;)


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HSFLYMOM
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1/7/13 2:20 P

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Do any of you watch total calories while eating a paleo diet? With the amount of weight I need to lose I'm thinking I should be mindful. Maybe this is because the salad I just had for lunch was just over 900 calories emoticon ! Now this was romaine, spinach, .25 C feta cheese, a whole avocado emoticon , 10 oz. water packed tuna, and Italian dressing (a knowing deviation there, but I'm working with what I have first). High calorie for sure.

I am not going to panic too much, though, because dinner will be fairly low cal - roast chicken and sweet potato with green beans.

Thoughts?

Karen

"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
Phillipians 3:14

"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."
I Corinthians 10:13


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