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  1. Hey there, congratulations on your new job! - I have a few staples that keep me going, here's some ideas. Salads - self explanatory, easy to whip up and keep in a lunch box. Wraps - The same as above, but substitute a tortilla for some deli meat, perhaps some ham. I also like to wrap stuff in salad . Nuts and Fruit - more of a snack but probably more satiating than a salad. Skewers - adds a little variety! Make some chicken kebabs! Soup - in a flask. Yum. Cold Casseroles - So that's Paleo stews or curries left over from the previous night - I enjoy eating them cold for lunch the next day! I
  2. Definitely what DerekP said. The whole breakfast cereal thing is insane - really does make a huge difference when you switch to a protein breakfast. I'd just like to say keep at it - it really really does get easier. I absolutely love sugary snacks, but I have little trouble not eating them nowadays because my body has just got used to life without them. You'll feel a lot better when you've finally kicked them, just keep at it!
  3. I have a similar problem to this, it's hard to strike a balance really. Purely in terms of health, you certainly don't need to be doing this much exercise. That said, I'm guessing you're pretty passionate about this, and it's awesome that you do it so much! I play a lot of sport myself - and I know it's pounding my joints and leaving me a little susceptible to injury, but there's no way I'd give it up. I think just following a general Paleo approach but with everything intensified a little would be best. I'd aim to get a lot of calories, especially in the form of fats and protein. I also woul
  4. Haha, definitely! I think that's another thing - when you're not feeling great, you sort of forget how good you can feel when you've got your diet/exercise balance right. If you felt like that now, or could feel it for a while, it'd be easy to motivate yourself, but when you're in a rut of eating poorly it's difficult to get out of sometimes. That's my own experience of it, anyway! Like I said though - no matter how long it takes, keep trying and you'll get there eventually. It does become easier and easier, so easy that you don't have to even try.
  5. I find that for most people, eating "paleo" alternatives of non-paleo foods helps them stay broadly on track. Taking a strict approach can breed negative associations with a diet that's actually really forgiving and includes tonnes of tasty foods. Definitely take a break - It's my belief that you'll notice how much worse your body feels and you'll soon desire breaks less and less - atleast that's what happened to me. That said, if you can satisfy your cravings for a break with Paleo friendly snacking (almond cakes, chips cooked in butter, etc) then that's obviously a lot better! Goodluck!
  6. That sounds like a really good approach - it reminds me of my own transition and I think you'll have a similar experience. I would eat whatever I wanted at the weekend, and usually that would be a whole load of rubbish. After a few weeks of doing that, I realised that every Thursday I'd feel awesome, and every Sunday I'd feel like crap. Naturally, I began eating less and less rubbish, simply out of choice. Nowadays, it's not that I don't want to eat bread, cakes and donuts, I'd really enjoy the actual eating part. It's just I'd rather spend that day, that afternoon, that week or whatever fe
  7. Hey there! This is a recipe I made recently using lamb neck. Lamb neck is easy to get hold of and really surprisingly cheap - if you take a trip down to the butchers then I urge you to pick some up! This is a recipe using the middle neck. The scrag-end is pretty tough and best stewed, whereas the best-end is more expensive; you can make lamb cutlets out of it. These kebabs are absolutely delicious served with salad! Ingredients - One big fat juicy grass-fed lamb neck fillet (middle neck) - 2 peppers (one green and one red for a bit of colour) - Chillis (I used two, one red and one gr
  8. I make bigger portions of whatever meal I'm eating, and just eat more later on. This works best if you've made a big batch meal, like a curry or a stew . Most of my other snacks are almond or fruit based, but I do sometimes make some sweet potato chips. They're really easy and quick - just peel the potato, cut chips about 1cm thick, blanch them for 3 minutes in boiling water and put them in the oven on a high heat. Serve with salt and Kerrygold butter . I also whip up plenty of chicken legs / ribs and stuff like that with plenty of spices / some paleo dips !
  9. Hey there! I think I'm on about round 43 at the minute. But the difference between round 43 and round 2 is that my time off the wagon was much shorter, and instead of eating about 4 tubs of icecream I had a few too many almond cakes and some dark chocolate that I've been trying to kick. As for cold turkey vs gradual - I honestly think they're as good as eachother. You can only go cold turkey for so long before you'll fall off the wagon again, and then you'll come back for round 3 stronger. I think this is probably quicker and more effective, as long as you don't beat yourself up when you do
  10. I just use quite a bit of salt and large globs of kerrygold butter. Makes anything delicious hehe!
  11. I've never made paleo bread before! How did you go about doing that? And yeah it does work, I know some people have had really good results coating things like chicken and pork in almond meal. I've tried to make onion rings with it before and they were okay, and I cooked a really nice recipe coating king prawns in it and frying them. Came out really nice and crispy. It's difficult though, I think you have to use quite a bit of almond meal, and it doesn't stick to the food your frying very well either. Just to clarify though, if you try those cookies then get the flaked almonds instead of alm
  12. Hi Candace, there's two that come to mind.. The first is some crispy chips. Not totally Paleo or lowcarb, so I only really have these after an intensive workout. You can make them with sweet potatoes but they aren't as crispy/nice. Cut them 1cm thick, blanch them in boiling water for about three minutes, and stick them on an oiled baking tray on the top shelf of a pre-heated oven (on highest heat) for about 15 minutes. They come out really crispy, and I like to serve them with a few globs of kerrygold butter (and plenty of salt). You can do this with sweet potato too - and they do come out
  13. I agree completely with the advice above. When I first transitioned to the Paleo diet I was taking on a lot of exercise on very few calories and no carbs. I was ridiculously tired all the time. Before / after exercise make sure you have some carbs - whether it's fruit, sweet potato, or regular potato. On exercise days I try to get about 80 - 100g, but I've been eating Paleo for quite a while - if you're still sluggish then you can have even more than this. Also, this may not be the case with you, but I find that in the early days of a Paleo diet, a lot of people still don't get enough satur
  14. Definitely stews and curries. Here's a really quick stew recipe that I find makes four servings: _______________________________ 500g stewing meat, a tin of tomatoes, tonnes of carrots, a turnip, 2 onions, loads of garlic, chilli, mushrooms and whatever the hell else you want to throw in there. Throw it all in a huge pan (or two pans) and boil it for an hour (or until the meat is tender) with the lid on. Take the lid off and let it cook until there's not much liquid, but the dish is still juicy. Add a tonne of pepper, salt and cayenne pepper if you like it spicy. I like to eat it with
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