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A few questions before I go paleo for 30 days

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Created July 03, 2012 at 9:51 PM

So I've decided to go full-blown paleo for the month of July. But I have a few nutrition quirks I want to sort out before I begin. I will be using these guidelines: 30 day paleo challenge

  • I would like to try cutting out dairy for these 30 days. I've eaten dairy all my life. I've drank raw and commercial cow/goat milk. I've never had any adverse effects. But out of curiosity's sake I'm going to try to cut it out. Now does this mean absolutely no dairy whatsoever? I'm accustomed to having 2tbspn heavy whipping cream with my coffee each morning. Do I have to cut this out? Or can this be my only source of dairy for the day?
  • Does this mean using butter to cook with is a no go either? Should I switch it up with coconut oil? I was actually lucky enough to come across some at my local market. But it was a solid. This is normal right? Sorry for such a newb question! I've never seen the stuff before.
  • How do I deal with paleo-friendly looking products that have hidden ingredients in them (especially when it comes to home cooked foods)? What do I do when I accidentally ingest sugar or some form of wheat or something?
  • And what about condiments like ketchup, mustard, and salsa that usually have a gram or two of sugar per serving? Do I avoid that like the plague? Or are these foods okay in moderation? I know the guidelines say not to consume sugar..

Anything else I should know that maybe wasn't covered in that PDF? Thank you!

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on July 04, 2012
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Yep, Jen, that's where I found the money to purchase organic veggies and grass-fed meat!

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on July 04, 2012
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what Rich said. This is actually how I started Paleo. I cut out everything but heavy cream, butter and the occasional condiment.

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my gym just finished a 30 day paleo challenge for my gym, that I organized. Everyone did really well, the average was 5 pounds and 2 inches at the waist lost! (make sure you get your own measurements). I put together my own paleo guide.. which might help you. If you like, i can email it to you. shoot me an email - ryan@1happydiabetic.com

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I'd also suggest that for the month you avoid eating out- prepare all your own meals so that you know exactly what you're eating. It should save you money too! :)

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at 12:39 AM

If you're going to do Whole30-level dairy-cutting, then use only clarified butter. Cream and butter both have lactose and casein (in small amounts), and if you want to determine if you have a hidden sensitivity, it's best not to keep consuming them.

If you aren't looking for sensitivities, then cream and butter are your choice. A delicious, delicious choice. ;)

As for accidental ingestion of wheat and sugar, all you can do is move on and avoid that item in the future. Letting people know you're not eating wheat is helpful, as Paleo_BLaZeDRas said. Not eating in restaurants, as Jen suggested, is an excellent way to minimize risk. Avoiding packaged foods where possible helps, too.

Sugar can be inflammatory to some, so removing it completely for a while can really make a huge difference in how you feel (same with dairy, even if you feel well with it; you might be surprised at an improvement without). If I were you I'd go as clean as possible for the 30 days -- why not? See just how good it can get, eating totally clean. Then after the 30 days, add things back in like ketchup, salsa, etc., and see if they make any difference in how you feel.

Good luck -- you will love it. :)

whole30 in case you're curious: http://whole9life.com/2012/01/whole-30-v2012/

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on July 04, 2012
at 12:24 AM

Consuming cream is fine in my opinion.

Cooking with butter is fine.

I avoid sugar for the most part but I don't see any problems consuming small amounts in condiments. It's such a small amount I wouldn't worry about it.

The big picture is more important. Try to eat fresh whole foods like meat, seafood, vegetables and fruit and avoid processed foods as much as possible.

I think the goal is to improve your diet, so don't worry about achieving paleo perfection.

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on July 04, 2012
at 02:21 AM

what Rich said. This is actually how I started Paleo. I cut out everything but heavy cream, butter and the occasional condiment.

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on July 03, 2012
at 10:11 PM

Coconut oil is indeed a solid below around 24-25c.. then it will melt.

The dairy thing is preference, if you really want to see how you do without dairy then go without it... most of the problems with dairy are the proteins (caesin in particular) and sugars (lactose for those who can't digest it)... the stuff that is just fat like cream/butter(tiny amounts of protein/sugar, not really an issue usually though can be) or ghee are generally safe and I personally use them a lot. I would only use milk if it was raw.. which I do not have convenient access to atm.

Just look at the ingredients / know what is in the foods / ask people who prepared them... If you do eat some wheat or something just try and avoid it next time.. feeling bad/guilty is not healthy :).

If you really want to be serious about oils/gluten etc when out you need to tell them you are celiac and allergic to vegetable oils/soy.. otherwise they won't take you seriously most of the time. At least that's how it is where I am

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on July 03, 2012
at 11:05 PM

I'd also suggest that for the month you avoid eating out- prepare all your own meals so that you know exactly what you're eating. It should save you money too! :)

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on July 04, 2012
at 04:07 AM

Yep, Jen, that's where I found the money to purchase organic veggies and grass-fed meat!

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on July 04, 2012
at 04:07 AM

I personally eat dairy, i also have cream in my coffee and occasionally have cheese and yogurt. I have eaten dairy all my life and cheese is a comfort food for me.

My other regular cheat is beer. I also have a thing for nuts, I have some almost every day.

Over time (it has been about 15 months now) I have completely given up all grains (corn too) and almost all processed sugars, to the point that these things don't even taste good to me any more. Bread tastes weirdly spongy and gritty, candy tastes grossly over sweet and waxy, even honey is kind of gross, and most oils (even some olive oils) leave a gross film in my mouth.

The health benefits have been truly amazing and way beyond my expectations. Weight loss, leaner, better skin and hair, sleep, mood, the list goes on. This is while "cheating" with dairy and beer.

The first 30 days can be challenging, you can read other threads about it here, different people adopt to it differently and it is definitely easier for some than others. I generally did very well with it but still had to use some crutches to keep my appetite at bay, primarily very low carb, more fat, and the occasional salty nuts. After about 3 weeks i had the hang of it and felt amazingly better. Good luck!

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