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Alex, First off, thanks! These ancient practices are effective tools that reduce stress hormones, and meditation in particular is one that can easily be done daily. As for bulking, it seems to work better if you get a little leaner, so if he has any fat love handles, etc. You can use coconut or almond milk for creamer and honey for a sweetener if you really need it. You make a good point about glycemic index. I am sorry that you had to find that out the hard way, but I am happy to hear that you are trying to get back on track with a healthy lifestyle… you definitely came to the right place!!

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Goitrogenic vegetables for thyroid disorders: Again, there is no scientific evidence for their exclusion even for those with thyroid disorders. I explain in detail in this post. Many people avoid fruit because it is high in sugar. If you have FODMAP-intolerance, you will want to avoid high fructose fruits and everyone will want to keep their fructose intake below 20g per day, but fruit in moderation is endorsed and is actually a great source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.

Depending on which fruit you choose, and how you define a serving, you can typically enjoy servings of fruit per day and stay below 20g of fructose. Omega-3 intake is very important: Aim for between 1: If you eat grass-fed, pasture-raised meat, not too much poultry, and some fish, this will be natural. If you eat more conventional meat or more frequent servings of poultry, you will need to increase your intake of oily cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring, kipper, anchovies, trout, fresh tuna, and carp.

Rendered animal fats used for cooking should always come from grass-fed or pasture-raised animals. Omega-3 fatty acid intake is one of the most important factors for correcting gut dysbiosis.

It is better to get your omega-3 fats from fresh fish rather than fish oil. You can heal your body by limiting your animal-based foods to fish and shellfish, but you need protein. The protein in fish and shellfish is more digestible than meat and meat protein is more digestible than any protein from plants , which may be relevant for those with severely damaged guts.

If you are a person who has a very hard time eating large servings of vegetables, smoothies or vegetable juices might be consumed in moderation as part of a meal and not as a meal replacement because chewing is an important signal for digestion. If you have trouble digesting large amounts of vegetables if you have any gastrointestinal symptoms or can identify intact vegetable particles in your stool , try taking digestive support supplements with your meals and limiting yourself to cooked vegetables initially plant enzymes are especially helpful for breaking down fiber.

I suggest omitting them in the beginning, but can typically be reintroduced much earlier than other foods. Whole coconut products coconut butter, coconut cream concentrate, creamed coconut, coconut flakes, coconut chips, fresh coconut should be consumed in moderation due to being very high in inulin fiber and moderately high in phytic acid.

Coconut milk and coconut cream not to be confused with creamed coconut or coconut cream concentrate should be guar-gum free and limited to 1 cup per day. Coconut oil is fine if well-tolerated. Meal Composition and Timing.

It is better to eat larger meals spaced farther apart and not snack, unless you have a very damaged gut that can not handle digesting large amounts of food all at once. If you are used to grazing, transition slowly.

You should not intermittent fast if you have autoimmune disease. You should not endeavor to be in nutritional ketosis if you have an autoimmune disease. You should not eat when under duress. It is better to avoid excessive liquid with your meals, chew your food thoroughly and not rush to the next activity when you eat. You should not eat within 2 hours of bedtime disrupts sleep.

Meals should always include animal foods and plant foods within the guidelines above , including a quality fat source, and some carbohydrates. My post on the importance of grass-fed meat contains some suggestions for incorporating it into your diet in a budget-conscious way. This post ranks different animal proteins to help you prioritize which ones to buy. Your body knows best: If you find something that truly works for you, whatever it is, stick with it. Find a great practitioner: Working 1-on-1 with an AIP Certified Coach is a great idea is you need help implementing or refining the Autoimmune Protocol or if you need to troubleshoot.

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We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Prior to agriculture, legumes were very rare and were not a staple in our diets. They contain lectins, saponins or protease inhibitors that are bad news for our hormonal and immune system.

There are pseudo-exceptions — peas and green beans. We eat all the fruits we want, but again, if you are trying to lose a vast amount of weight, I would limit your intake, as fruits contain a lot of sugar. Remember, the sugar is natural, but its still sugar! If you are drinking juices, go for organic, not from concentrate, non-blends. If you are in for the weight loss, see our Glycemic Index to see which foods are higher and lower in sugar. If you can find it in nature, you can eat it. So cashews, pecans, almonds, walnuts, etc.

They have essential oils, fats and proteins that are good for you, but keep it to a minimum. The logic behind this is that nuts contain phytic acid commonly found in grains and legumes , which interferes with enzymes we need to digest our food.

Moderation is OK, but if you eat a lot, it can lead to mineral deficiencies like osteoporosis. How many nuts could you find in nature, crack, and eat before you gave up?

Do not use iodized salt, go for sea salt instead if you need it. I say this based on the fact that sea salt requires less processing, not because of the iodine. You can have a little salt, but as salt was not common in the Paleo era, it should not be common in your diet.

We drink wine as it is gluten free that is organically grown and beer that is gluten free or hard ciders. This is also something that we drink occasionally. If you have severe auto-immune disease or allergies, we have an alcohol guide that details the contents of each type of alcohol, so you can make the best choices for your body.

For more information, see our Paleo Alcohol Guide. No soft drinks, no koolaids, no processed fruit snacks, etc. We do have Paleo friendly dessert recipes for cookies and more, but they should be treats, eaten rarely. Eat as much of these foods as you want!

If you need to seriously lose some pounds, you may want to consider limiting you intake of fruits and nuts, but otherwise, go wild!

You will have days where you go all day with no food and others where you eat every few hours. Just do what feels natural. It is normal and OK to have a cheat every now and again.

You can eat non-Paleo foods from time to time, but keep it under control. We like to reserve these moments for when we have parties or holidays, special occasions, and at times, a little great, grass fed cheese. I have picked up a simple to follow saying that helps me everyday! I cant belive the rubbish people eat today!

They wonder why they are so poorly or overweight. My family now grow a lot of our own greens. I try to live chemical free! I wear deodorant I have never been more healthy. Thanks for the comments! I think its great that you have the ability to grow your own greens! I wish we could do that, but space does not allow. I think you definitely have the right idea and we share a similar ideology: Kudos on eliminating alcohol from your diet…that is very hard for a lot of people including myself, as I love a glass of wine every now and again.

Age 43 and I am feeling bloated, depressed, lethargic and unable to sleep soundly. Well except the smoking! I gotta say though I only smoke a few cigarettes a day. As the general well being really takes away the urge for them too! Is quinoa an acceptable part of the Paleo diet?

While it is cooked like a grain it is technically a seed so I feel like it is a more acceptable option. Technically, quinoa is neither a grain or a grass. It is technically a seed, which by definition alone, is Paleo in my book.

If you are watching your glycemic index, that means that g of quinoa has about the same glycemic index as a banana, which is high. It also contains a protein in it that causes a Celiac reaction in many people, as well as stomach issues.

You also mention saponins above on legumes. Unfortunately quinoa is coated in saponins. Quinoa must VERY throughly washed before eating because these saponins create havoc for our enzymes. Had this happen to me first hand. But as a replacement for rice, corn, and wheat grains, it is a great way to go. It is higher in fiber. You make a good point about glycemic index. I think quinoa is a good stepping stone to going completely paleo. I myself am weaning myself off all grains and legumes. Quinoa is a great substitute.

I agree with many of the practices of paleo but I have an issue with one of the reasons you gave behind why not to eat legumes and grains, you said that they cannot be eaten raw so they are a no go.

NO and i hope nobody tries to refute me on that…. Please explain, im not trying to be argumentative but if i am going to be sold on the paleo thing then I need to understand and agree. When Angel came up with the idea, I told him the exact same thing — prove it to me. So I will recommend the same thing that changed my mind: The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. This book dives into the science of Paleo in a BIG way, from hormones to digestion and if you are into that part, it will address all of your questions and more.

Grains and legumes have proteins in them called lectins. Lectins are found in animals and plants and have protective functions from recognizing pathogens to controlling protein levels in the blood. The problem here is that when they are found in plants, they do the same — protect the plant.

So when you eat legumes, this lectin can cause intestinal distress including diarrhea, nausea, bloating, vomiting, etc. Wheat contains a lectin called wheat germ agglutinin WGA and these lectins like to glom onto the walls of your intestines. When they cross into your intestines, your body interprets the lectin as a foreign invader and creates antibodies to respond.

When the antibodies attack healthy tissue, this is where celiac disease, lupus and multiple sclerosis arise. To top it off, as lectins make their way through your body, they damage the walls of your intestines, which creates holes in your intestinal tract, allowing particles to slip through and be released into your blood stream — this is how food sensitivities start. When this happens often, your immune system gets very overwhelmed and can start attacking things at random.

The symptoms from this can range from migraines to depression. Again, we are not physicians, just advocates of the Paleo diet. We highly recommend that you buy the book, and if you have any pre-existing conditions, consult with a physician before you make any drastic changes to your diet. That being said, Paleo has changed our lives for the better and we hope you find this information helpful. I am looking forward to checking out the book!

I think you will be very happy with the book too, let us know what you think! Actually, you can absolutely eat meat raw. That is the idea behind sushi, beef tartare, etc. Meat from an uninfected animal is completely safe to eat raw as long as it is consumed in a timely manner from the kill and stored appropriately in between. In fact, the meat of a living organism is one of the most sterile environments there are, it is only after the organism dies and the immune system stops its constant vigilance that microorganisms can just begin to effectively invade.

So, as long as the meat is fresh and has been kept cold, sanitary, and free from disease sources such as the bowels it will be perfectly safe if eaten raw. The reason I would NOT recommend eating any old raw meat from the grocery store, however, is that you cannot be assured of the way the meat was processed and stored or how long it has been prior to it reaching you.

But if, say, you had a fresh kill form a hunt like our Paleo ancestors and wanted to delve in immediately, nothing could be more nutritious. Many people on our site get very worked up when we say its OK to eat raw meat if you know where it is coming from and it is safe, but its true.

You hit the nail on the head! Thanks for writing in with this very well put comment and Keep it Paleo! A great book to also read about the effects of wheat and wheat germ is the Wheat Belly. On my path to paleo, the first thing I cut out completely is wheat. I have been wheat free for 8 months. No more bloating, no more gas, no cramps. Cutting wheat allowed me to re-add dairy to my diet. There are two issues with wheat: Two different monsters, but both quite bad.

All of us have a wheat allergy on some level whether minor or not. I workout like a freak, and cutting wheat actually has increased my strength and speed. Plenty of better sources of fiber, protein, and complex carbs out there. Of course you can eat meat raw and people do it all the time. You guys are great and love this site. I started my paleo switch over the winter and lose some fat. I strayed from it around the holidays and was very sorry about that. I have been back into the lifestyle for about a week took only a couple days to get over the fatigue and cravings for starches and I feel awesome.

I purchases the Paleo Diet Cookbook by Dr. Lorenzo Cordain and have found some great recipes; also drank my first paleo protein smoothie this morning. This gave me tons of energy to swim a half mile and run 3 miles a couple hours later of course I ate other paleo foods between. I have one last hurdle to get over…. I am going to work my way to black coffee, but this is something I need to work on. I am not a big beer drinker by any means, but I am going to switch to Woodchuck Cider when I do. You inspire us with your story and that is why we keep on posting!

Thank you so much taking the time and for the kind comments! If you are looking for an alternative to cream and sugar, try coconut milk its sweeter than regular milk, which resembles cream in taste and texture — the stuff in the can Thai Kitchen is our favorite is thick and fantastic. For sweetener, you can cut it altogether, or try green leaf stevia.

It also has an incredibly low glycemic index, which is great. Try it, its delicious: You should try it with coconut milk instead of cream… I think it is really good and I was a flavored creamer and sugar coffee drinker before! I thought it probably had sugar in it… but apparently it has no added sugar?

Woodchuck does have some sugar in it, so if you were looking for a no sugar alternative, then I will have to disappoint you, sorry! We try to promote healthy alternatives to those who are living a Paleo lifestyle, not just in it for the weight loss aspect.

Other acceptable forms of alcohol are rum made from sugar cane , organic wine, or cognac made from grapes. Again, if weight loss is the goal, these things are going to make it harder, but if you are maintaining a Paleo lifestyle, as we are, then I would say they are OK in moderation. I hope this helps and thank you for your comments! My husband and I have make the decision to go Paleo. I am also less than 2 weeks post surgery, and I feel like I am recovering at super speed.

Going to the grocery store the first time after making the decision was very interesting. I was worried that I would be tempted by our normal, processed buys, but something amazing took place. That also included selections of fruits and veggies that were not organic. I now have a store where I can find everything I want and need, and for a decent price. However, finding Paleo recipes for bread using coconut flour will help me fulfill any cravings I have in that department.

Our biggest hurdle is trying to convert our kids to the best of our abilities. However, when they are at school and they are given food for birthday parties, class parties, etc. So we shall do what we can, when we can.

Thank you for your comments, its stories like yours that give us a reason to continue to give back to the Paleo community. Its amazing how the lifestyle can change you, we had a very similar experience. As for the kids, we have friends who have had success in converting, but they have paired the Paleo with a focus on teaching their kids the WHY part of what they eat. Surprisingly enough, the kids make healthy decisions most of the time, which speaks to their adaptability. We think you have a healthy, realistic outlook on the subject and really hope it works out!

Thanks again and Good luck on your Paleo journey! Just to throw this out there, but careful with the Shiratake noodles. I started the Paleo Diet six days ago and was excited to find pasta in the gluten-free section of the aisle. It is gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free. I surely hope this fits into the plan.

Carla, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is a VERY slim chance that the gluten free pasta you found is Paleo. Most gluten free pastas are made from rice or brown rice flours, corn, potato starch, buckwheat flour, sorghum flour, or millet flour, etc. Thanks for writing in and Keep it Paleo!

The dough can be a little fussy but even if it feels a little dry when you are working with it, it should come together nicely when cooked. Thanks for the shout out and Keep it Paleo! I think that after 5 months in the diet I need to follow again the basics and start doing fasting from time to time to shred 60 more. Thank you for your kind comments, Juan. Hope the rest of your weekend is good!

Lauren, My short answer is yes, sweet potatoes are a tuber that can be eaten raw and they are Paleo. My long answer is it really depends on what you want to get out of the Paleo lifestyle. If you are trying to lose weight, I would recommend that you avoid these starchy root vegetables. Eat them sparingly and only before you work out. If you are just changing your lifestyle like Angel and myself , then you can eat them freely I still recommend eating them before a work out or earlier in the day, as they are a starch after all.

I hope this helped and Keep It Paleo! Along those same lines, corn can be eaten raw so why is corn not allowed? I get the starchy thing but is there something else I am missing? I am on day 2 and am a bit concerned about always being pressed for time. Can you make recommendations about when you are out and about and just need to grab something. Yesterday I was starving and ate 2 calorie packs of raw almonds and was not satisfied.

I also agree with the other poster who said it will be difficult to convert their children. Mine love meats, chicken etc but are not as big on fruits and veggies. Also I am Type I diabetic and have been since the age of 6.

People always ask me, how do you do it, etc. One thing my mom never did when I was a child was tell me no. If I went to a birthday party and wanted a piece of cake fine. I think this lifestyle will be great for me but I have to admit that I do frequently grab meals on the go.

Thanks so, so much for this site. Yes, corn is a starch, but really all that means is that it has a higher glycemic index and your body will react to those sugars accordingly. The main issue with corn is that it really is just a food that is void of nutrients. Its because there is nothing there of nutritional value that your body wants. On top of that, it is high in phytic acid, a defense mechanism of the plant, which can cause mineral deficiencies.

On top of that, a lot of commercial corn comes from GMO strains, so if you are going to eat a little fresh corn, better to grow it yourself or buy local, organic and ask about the seeds. As for time, I like to make a little extra the night before of the plain protein or vegetable I cook for dinner, so I can take it with me to work the next day and spice it differently.

I try to be strategic. So if I am making BBQ chicken for dinner, I make a couple extra chicken breasts and make chicken salad for lunch only takes a minute or two for the dressing.

Snacks include trail mix, jerky, homemade applesauce, raw veggies with our Ranch dressing, our snack bars, etc. When out and about, first always ask about gluten free alternatives — a lot of restaurants have them. If not, then try to stick to the basics — whole foods. Or, carry something to snack on with you like I do, as Angel and I both get grumpy when we get hungry. As for the not satisfied part, I would suggest starting the day off with breakfast and making sure you have some protein in there.

Eggs, leftover chicken, a spinach omelet also, many of our breakfast items are easily frozen and taste good re-heated, so you can always make in advance if pressed for time. Eat when you are hungry, but try to get in breakfast. For the kids, this is something I need to research more.

I was brought up in a home where my parents said no often, but also let us have treats occasionally and I attribute my healthy eating habits to those lessons taught at an early age. I believe no matter what nutrition you teach your children, there has to be quite a bit of transparency about the WHY part. Those of you that are trying to convert spouses and children are amazing to me — I really have so much respect for the dedication it takes to make it work.

I hope that this lifestyle change works for you as well as it has worked for Angel and myself. Remember, the key to making this work is commit to it and then plan ahead. I am allergic to gluten so lately i have been wondering if i should go on the paleo diet.

This is the first thing i have read about the diet. I would just love to know the facts behind that, especially if i want to go paleo. If you are allergic to gluten, then the Paleo diet would be a perfect fit. You can trust that nothing on our site has even a trace of it, so yes, I would highly recommend it for you.

Keep in mind that we are not doctors, just practitioners with a passion for food, so if you have any medical history of disease OTHER than the gluten issue, consult with your doctor.

While fruit is good for you, it does have sugar in it. Yes, its natural sugar, but the body still stores fat and processes it as a sugar. So, if you are a regular-sized, moderately active individual with no history of disease, I would say that you could eat all of the fruit you like. If you are trying to lose weight, I would stick to fruits that have a lower glycemic index we are actually releasing our glycemic index guide this week or just eat less fruit.

While nuts have good fats and protein and essential oils, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Nuts also have phytic acid — which interferes with enzymes we need to digest our food. Diets high in phytic acid can cause mineral deficiencies like osteoporosis many of which are found more prevalently in societies where grains are a staple part of the diet. So, can you eat nuts? Of course, just eat them in moderation. My paleo quick breakfast: Omelet mfinufsI learned this great recipe from someone at the paleo potluck but sadly forget who!

Anyways, it took me like on Sunday and I had breakfast for the whole week! I then took a cupcake pan make sure to spray it with pam or whatever you prefer if you do not use cupcake cups they will stick to the pan.

May take less time than that or more depending on the size of the mfinufs. After they cooled I just stored them all in a container in my fridge and just grab a couple each morning, throw them in the microwave add a couple splashes of tabasco and I am out the door.

You can add any vegetable or even meat you prefer just take your favorite omelet and put it in muffin form! Sounds like some great ideas! We do this too and freeze them for later use. Its always good to have some quick and easy breakfasts on hand! Thanks for the comments and Keep it Paleo!

My two questions are: Just wanted to know if this was a normal response to cutting out sugar, starch, etc. For instance, I am still fighting mid-day fatigue and need a veggie with an energy boost. Also, I worry that as I fight off whatever cold I am getting I need to eat things with the most nutrients that still follow Paleo. Kirstie, Thank you for the kind words about the site, we really try hard to keep it relevant and easy to understand, as making this switch takes some adjustment.

In answer to your questions:. It is completely normal to feel like you are going to go to the bathroom at any moment throughout the day. No worries though, both Angel and my recovery times were similar — his at 12 days and mine at 9 I was eating healthier when we started. I will start with my blanket statement and that is: Try to get as many colors in your mouth as you can throughout the day.

For winter months, peppers are great because they are Vitamin C also, which is good for your immune system. That should be provide a better breakdown as well. I hope this helped and thank you for your comments, questions and kind words! I am planning to start eating paleo and this is very helpful! I have two questions. And second, I have a two year old daughter. What are your thoughts on children eating paleo. I am concerned with cutting out dairy and feeding her this much meat.

Katey, First, let me say welcome to Paleo! The jury is out with coffee. In plants, caffeine functions as a defense mechanism to kill insects and protect the species. Because of the toxic nature of the plant, I would normally say no, this is not Paleo.

The only difference between this bean and other beans is that other beans will make you sick from the toxins, but this bean will ramp you up. See where the gray area is? We personally believe that a little coffee with caffeine is OK. Its even been known to help the body function at a high capacity.

Just drink it in moderation and if you are an addict, mix in a little decaf. As for your daughter, there are quite a few blogs out there about going Paleo for children. I would not have known that if not for reading, so I highly recommend jumping on the mom sites before making any drastic changes to her diet.

Thank you for your kind comments, it nice to get feedback…especially when its good! I try to make the content relevant and especially easy to understand, as I think we can all agree that it can get complicated at times! Angel does all of the modifications to our website, and actually, that is one of the things he does for his company The Logica, he was happy to hear that you liked it. I think that raw milk can have a part in a Paleo lifestyle, well, at least it does in mine: I also have many friends who can drink my raw milk who had bad reactions to store bought milk.

Just my 2 cents worth, thanks for the great blog! Dairy, Dairy, Dairy…What about dairy???? I hear this question a lot. Let me first say that I agree with you — you cannot lump all dairy into the same category. My reply in short: For those of you that are interested, there is a great episode on dairy by Robb Wolf author, the Paleo Solution and I highly recommend it, as it goes into greater detail here: I certainly think that it is possible.

This is just speculation, but if you have celiac disease and you are eating small meals, once you cut out all of the foods that are toxic to your system, you should be able to ingest more. I actually weigh more now than I did pre-Paleo — which I think is a combination of eating right and doing Crossfit a few days a week, so I do think there is hope! I could definitely be more watchful about toxins in my diet.

Eating more grassfed meat and all that jazz. I am not sure about black tea vs other kinds. I have 8 oz of coconut milk and 3 boiled egg whites only in the morning. Sometime fruit or left over chicken breast. That is breakfast instead of cherrios, nonfat milk and banana. Does that sound ok. Anyway, yes, that sounds like a fine breakfast, one if fact, that we have often!

Although, I would argue that you could integrate a yolk or two into it — that is where most of the nutrients of the egg come from. Thanks for your comments and keep it Paleo! Is this diet safe for a 15 month old. The only milk he is getting is coconut milk and he is not taking any vitiamins or minerals. Has very few teeth, so not getting alot of meat products. I know quite a few people that are doing Paleo for their small children and several who have done it since pregnancy and all of their children seem to be doing just fine.

I would highly recommend that you seek out Paleo Mom blogs, as they have gone through it first hand and would be able to provide you with better information.

That being said, I have lost 20 pounds and gained a lot of muscle since February using a combination of eating every 1. So finally my question to you, I already eat a very heavy diet of proteins…meats, poultry and eggs mainly…but I also supplement my post-workouts with a protein shake with water or almond milk I find milk to be too high in sugar and preservatives to be good for your body.

So can I still keep my protein shakes in my diet? I really want to stick to paleo as closely as possible and reap all the rewards it offers, and I feel like protein powder is the utmost processed food haha! Do you know anything about this or have any insight? As for the protein shakes…We have to agree with Robb Wolf on this one and defer that real food is ALWAYS going to be better for you than a supplement because they are super processed.

I mean, they are basically just a protein and vitamin breakdown. Liquids take less time to digest, so instead of a steady rise in insulin, you get a quick punch of it, which is no bueno. Here is a link about post workout eating that may be helpful as well: Choose as close to Paleo ingredients as you can get, like the ones from Simply Pure Nutrients: I certainly hope that this was helpful and good luck on your journey!

I was wondering if this diet is ok for fertility? Also, can it be continued during pregnancy? From a general Paleo perspective, I would share with you that both grains and legumes contain phytoestrogens, which can cause hormonal issues we actually have a great article coming out about this in our newsletter this month , so cutting those out may help.

If you are insulin sensitive, Paleo would probably be helpful as well, as you get much fewer insulin spikes due to the style of the diet. But, where we love and enjoy giving guidance and feedback, we also have to know our boundaries and this is one of them.

Here is an article about Paleo and Pregnancy to get you started: I wish we could help you more at this time! Good luck and let us know how it turns out! I started paleo diet and I must agree that I am truly love what I am eating. I can also feeling positive changes in my health. Do you hear from many junk food junkies that have been successful?

Binging on junk when I get too hungry is a big downfall for me, and it perpetuates because I have no energy. I have about lbs to lose to get to the high side of healthy for my height, which is where I want to be because I enjoy being curvy!

Do you think people who really have lots of weight to lose and serious food addictions can be as successful? First, let me say Thanks for noticing. We do reply to all of the comments…it may take a minute, but we try to get to everyone in a timely manner. Angel lost 40 lbs himself and was addicted to rice as you can imagine most Puerto Ricans are.

I know, it sounds crazy, but its true. Your energy WILL increase, you WILL have more effective sleep and once you start losing a little which will start happening at the end of the first month , you will feel even better.

I wish you could see all of the comments we get on successes, it would make you feel better. Here are some hints for success: Clean out the house. Have cold water or fresh squeezed juice handy. Again, most of eating is boredom.

Drinking fluids fills you up. Just try to avoid them for the first month if you can help it. If not, suggest healthier places so the temptation is lessened. Can you imagine if your parents had really instilled that in you?

Mine did, and I thank them every day for it. I went Paleo 2 months ago. I started having problems after the 1st month…too low carbs. I was eating tons of greens, little to no fruit because of the sugar. Why do suggest sweet potatoes rarely and only to those who exercise?

I would love to see your data on why you believe that low carbs is NOT healthy for more than a few weeks — other than your personal experience, so that we can better understand what you AND others are going through and how to advise in the future.

For those who exercise, these are great for refueling and energy, but contain heavy amounts of starches that can inhibit weight loss.

If you are not trying to lose weight, then eating these tubers is fine — we maintain throughout the website that if you are not geared towards weightloss, you can eat them freely. However, for the sake of clarity since I have numerous food allergies and health issues, I have a couple of specific questions. First, I have read recently that eating RAW carboniferous veggies such broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc.

So if I lightly steam those veggies only long enough to activate the enzymes, I can ingest them on this diet; am I correct in that assessment? I have been advised by my medical team NOT to engage in strenuous exercise due to poor circulation and blood clots, but I really need to lose more weight — it took me more than a year to lose 40 pounds.

Then, I fell off the wagon, and became a junk food addict again emotional eating. I still only engage in low impact and stretching forms of exercise right now. My second question is: Let me shed a little light on your questions.

We are already aware of the numerous coffee disadvantages, and it has been seen that excessive consumption of coffee 4 or more cups a day can also affect fertility in women. Because PCOS already has a direct impact on fertility, coffee can make things worse. Daily intake of coffee increases the levels of estradiol, a type of oestrogen hormone which affects ovulation and menstrual cycle. You can definitely cut down or eliminate caffeine from your diet to see if it lessens the PCOS symptoms and improves fertility.

The liver is the key organ that eliminates excess oestrogen from the body, but regular alcohol consumption puts excess pressure on the liver where flushing out the alcohol becomes its prime objective, and the task of removing oestrogen is pushed to the background which creates an oestrogen dominant environment in the body. In addition, alcohol is readily converted into sugar in the body which contributes to insulin resistance and impaired glucose tolerance. The acidity created by alcohol aggravates inflammation and makes things worse both for people with Type 2 Diabetes and PCOS.

Although there is no known cure for PCOS yet, following a few simple guidelines and bringing about a few changes in the lifestyle can help a lot in managing PCOS symptoms naturally. So, now that you have a clear idea about the PCOS foods to eat and avoid for promoting effective PCOS management and controlling weight gain issues, plan out a low GI diet accordingly and lead a happy and healthy life without worries.

Deblina Biswas has an M. Sc degree in Nutrition from the University of Osmania and has tons of experience in Fitness and Nutrition. She loves everything about food and fitness and the fact that she has been able to follow her heart when it comes to her profession.

When she is not working, she likes to rustle up delectable concoctions in the kitchen, of course keeping the health quotient intact. She says, everyone just loves her healthy biryani she makes for special occasions. She believes that most ailments can be cured with the right amalgamation of nutrition and fitness. Hi, Mam, From Last 1. Food is my wickness..

Please suggest me some proper diot.. As i m confused in food. Eat whole and processed foods and avoid maida and sugar. But still you have to reduce your calorie intake. I am 31 and just found out I have pcos. If some one can help me find some links I like the help think u. I came to know after visiting a gynae here.. I have lots of fats in my tummy.. Mamm l got the problem of pcos by using an allergy tablet batnelan. Please give me advice about this.

Is this will follow the same treatment or different. Thank you for this article. I have done alot of research online and have never ran into a article thay was so informative and well written. I believe this will help me alot. I am a pesca-vegetation who eats dairy some times and eggs. My question is can I still drink almond milk? Any suggestions about my diet would be helpful ,Thanks again! Hi… My Name is Priyanka Or Meri age 26 hai meri problem he ki mere period miss ho rahe he am married maine dr.

Consult with your doctor. I am 27 year old suffering from pcos for last 6 years.. My major problem is weight gain and hair loss.. I have gained approx 10 kg in last one year despite having a clean diet.

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