You wanna talk calories? Lets talk calories.

Are you still worried about the amount of calories in fat? Is that what’s holding you back from going Paleo? Let’s get this out of the way nice ‘n’ quick.

Here’s what I eat for the ideal lunch; a good Paleo lunch. It will keep me full for the rest of the day. Check out the RDA% graph below. Many of them are off the chart.

  • 3 oz of T bone steak with fat trimmed to 1/4″
  • 3 oz of beef liver with onions
  • 1 cup of kale cooked with 1 tbs of butter
  • Club soda with some limes

Total cals: 551. Total fat: 59 grams. Total protein: 36.3 grams.

Now, here’s what the average American low-fat healthywholegrains-monger will mow-down.

  • One multigrain bagel
  • 2 tablespoons of ‘lite’ cream cheese
  • 1 brownie 3″ square
  • 20 oz ‘diet’ cola 
  • Demure little grab-bag of white potato chips

Total cals: 820. Total fat: 32.6 grams. Total protein: 21.4 grams.

Just for giggles, here’s what happens when I take out the brownie…

Total Cals: 627.

Now, I don’t know about all you people, but after eating one bagel with some cream cheeeeeeez? Tell me you’re not going to go sit at your desk within the hour and start munchin’ on peanut M&M’s or some sugary ‘lite’ yogurt cup, or even some sugary fruit…WHY? Because you got hungry. Again. Right after you ate your lunch. dummy.

Know why?

Look at how sad and pathetic that nutrient composition is. Of course your body is screaming for more food, you didn’t give it what it needed! And that’s not taking into account the bioavailability (or lack there of) of what you just ate. Since the nutrients in that bagel aren’t even bioavailable thanks to phytic acid and lectins, you can go ahead and cross off the following vitamins and minerals: A, E, Protein, Calcium, Copper, Iron, blah blah blah. Thanks to those grains, you’re now deficient! Great job, cowboy!

Think you can pop a multi vitamin to make up for that? (as if they didn’t already attempt to “enrich” the flour) Think again! Most of that stuff is synthetic and not actually bioavailable.

Ingredient:UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN), TURKEY (TURKEY BREAST, WHITE TURKEY MEAT, TURKEY BROTH, DEXTROSE, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, POTASSIUM LACTATE, VINEGAR, SALT, LEMON JUICE, CARRAGEENAN, SODIUM PHOSPHATES, SODIUM DIACETATE), WATER, FRESH TOMATO, LETTUCE, CHEDDAR CHEESE (PASTEURIZED MILK, CHEESE CULTURE, SALT, ENZYMES, ANNATTO [VEGETABLE COLOR]), DIJON MUSTARD (DISTILLED VINEGAR & WATER, MUSTARD SEED, SALT, TUMERIC, SPICES), Maltoferm 10000 L, Salt, Maltorose 60, Bakers Yeast.

ALLERGEN INFORMATION: Contains dairy, soy and wheat.

 

Now, when I look at that steak and veggies meal…

I know I’m not gonna be hungry for AT LEAST 4 or 5 hours. Many of those nutrients are off the charts, and I got close to 25% of my daily protein needs, plus a good dose of healthy satruated fats! ROCK ON! Looks good to me.

I will be full of energy and not crash mid-afternoon, because I didn’t flood my body with glucose and decrease the activity of my orexin cells. I’m also avoiding inflammation from the grains and sugars. So, not sluggish, not inflamed, not lazy, not foggy-brained. I’m super powerful and feelin’ fine!

If you’re still talking about counting calories or cutting calories, GET OVER IT! It’s about nutrient density. Calories are an arbitrary number assigned to the temperature of burning sugar, and have no real meaning for humans. Plus, there’s a variation between individuals based on metabolism and how many “calories” you actually absorb from a given meal. Besides, your body doesn’t care about calories, it cares about amino acids, fatty acids, and nutrients.

Learn what to eat and your body will take care of the rest!

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