I don’t know if you are following up on these comments about a year later, but check out Paleo for Women .com. Stefani Ruper is the best and you probably aren’t eating enough dense carbs and calories overall, is what I would guess she’d say. I hope you see this and try her website.
Banana Nut Muffins – Want an easy breakfast? Make these muffins the night before and they’ll be waiting for you when you wake up. It’s handy to have breakfast ready when you wake up, and if you have a busy morning or a lazy morning, having a muffin ready to greet you is a treat. Never underestimate the power of a breakfast that makes you feel good, even if it’s “just a muffin”.
You have a body fat “set point.” But Paul Jaminet also hypothesizes that your body has an even more important set point for maintaining the health of your lean tissue. If your body isn’t getting the micronutrients it needs, it will try to get more nutrients using the same mechanisms that it uses when you fall too far below your body fat set point: increasing your appetite and extracting more energy from your food. If you’re eating nutrient-poor processed foods all the time, you’ll just stay hungry, because your body is desperately looking for nutrients by driving you to eat more food.
Well done on the weight loss. You are 14 and you weight now about 152 pounds. That is not at all bad and it may be better just to keep it at that whilst you continue to grow. My teens (14) lost some weight and my view has been it is best to let it stabilise, change the foods you eat for life to a healthy diet with no junk food and as you grow taller and exercise any existing excess weight will disappear naturally.
Fresh, Frozen, or Canned Fruits and Vegetables: All Can Be Healthy Choices! Retrieved from http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/SimpleCookingandRecipes/Fresh-Frozen-or-Canned-Fruits-and-Vegetables-All-Can-Be-Healthy-Choices_UCM_459350_Article.jsp#.WIlcW7bR90s
The AHA recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two times (two servings) a week. It contains healthful omega-3 oils, which improve cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and reduce risk of heart attacks, he says.
I think intermittent fasting is a great strategy with good science behind it, but many individuals who find it and look to it as a strategy, are often already in a state of adrenal fatigue. Cortisol helps to boost blood sugar during fasting states (most notably overnight)…so if you go for long periods of fasting while also being adrenal fatigued, you can exacerbate the cortisol issues. So I’m careful to address adrenals first before turning to IF.
I just had a conversation with my beautiful cousin, Meg about calories. She’s thin as a rail and has always had a sweet tooth. She decided a while back to cut out some of the candy and other junk food she was eating, and instead opt for a healthier snack of nuts and dried mango. Well, she ended up gaining 7 pounds on a small frame in a short period of time because she was overeating those “healthy” foods. The moral of the story is that it doesn’t matter how healthy your food is; if you eat too much of it, you’re going to gain weight.
Many apps can help you track your eating. Since you probably have your smartphone with you all the time, you can use it to keep up with your plan. Or keep a pen-and-paper food journal of what you ate and when.
There are many advantages to this kind of diet. While I have been on a somewhat more restrictive diet (bulletproof), the same principles apply. I wasn’t very overweight, but heavier than I had been in my life, about 180 pounds. Historically, I have lost weight by restricting caloric intake, especially fats, and exercising more. It has worked, but the weight slowly creeps back on. Since the birth of my second child, there was less time to make my usual adjustments so I gained about twenty pounds. On the paleo diet, it was very easy to lose 25 pounds. I never feel deprived. I can eat nuts, vegetables (drenched in butter), grass fed lamb and beef and fish as much as I desire. I feel better physically, I recover from exercise faster, my blood pressure has dropped and I sleep better. I really never though I would get my weight back down to 165, let alone 155. I also thought that giving up bread and cakes would be a real hardship. So far, it is not.
I can buy way more raw food than processed in a super market like costco and samclub etc because there is a very large profit margin on processed food. The local super markets like winn dixie and publix has very high ups on their food. If one is on low income, it pays to shop at more bulk places.