View Full Version : Just started a paleoish diet...need help

Evan Gray
08-25-2007, 12:01 AM
Hello all! Newb here with some diet related questions. I just started eating paleoish a couple of weeks ago and so far so good. I love it. I just am confused about a couple of things. First, how many carbs do I really need? I dont need to lose weight....but I just find that alot of carbs upset my digestion (which has improved drastically with the elimination of grains and most starches). Can I just eat more meat and fat to compensate?

Second....Some days I feel more energized than others. My carb, pro, and fat fluctuate from day to day....dont really keep track of it. Is there a reason for this?

Last, I have always loved sauces...bbq, ketchup, etc. What can I sub for these that is paleo?

Thanks for the help.

Chris Forbis
08-25-2007, 06:37 AM
Tackling these in reverse order.

3. No idea on subs for sauces and such. Use in moderation would not be awful, but often sauces are very heavy on nightshades. Pesto would qualify as paleo.

2. If you want to nail down what is causing the fluctuations you need to track what you are eating. Notice patterns, start eliminating things, tinker with it. It will be worth it in the long run.

1. Get your good meats and fats, eat some veggies with every meal, and add denser carb sources to meet your performance needs. I'll get 75g of carbs from bananas post-workout, but aside from that I'm at or below 30g of carbs a day, excepting the weekends I cheat a bit.

chris hill
08-28-2007, 05:46 AM
i too am trying to head in a paleo direction. its not easy but i'm happy to keep tinkering and slowly make the transition.

todays lunch was chicken breast, green beans, carrot, cucumber, spinach leaves and watercress

Brian Shanks
08-31-2007, 01:25 PM
When I first switched over to paleo I had major energy level problems. I took in plenty of carbs from fruits and veggies but I just felt blah!
After about 3 weeks of eating paleo I didn't have any more energy problems.
Not sure what you where used to eating but from my experience (I was a big meat potato and bread guy)when you from a high GI carb diet to a lower GI type diet your going to feel different until your body gets used to it.

If you do need a carb pick me up pre or post workout you can go for some sweat potatoes.