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Understanding Paleo?

Commented on February 17, 2014
Created February 16, 2014 at 7:10 AM

My understanding of eating Paleo is to eat foods closely related to what our ancestors ate. Which to me means natural organic (if possible) whole foods, No sugar, no grains, no dairy. That means nothing "processed". I avoid any foods that have chemical preservatives where ever possible. Our diet includes some meat or protein, lots of vegetables, some fat a small about of nuts and fruit. Reading many different blogs, and post on this site and others I see other people having lots of different supplements and vitamins and measuring calories and percentages am I missing something here all this seems very complicated for something that should be close to what our ancestors ate?

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If you are doing well with your diet, don't sweat the small stuff. If you have problems, then it's time to hack a bit and see what works for you.

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on February 16, 2014
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Well said thanks Samc I will continue reading I feel that most of the supplements are money making scaring people into thinking that they cant live without this things. I have never taken any and just relied on eating lots of vegetables and fruits unfortunately I have always eaten way way too much sugar and bread and pasta so hopefully cutting them out will improve our life.

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on February 17, 2014
at 11:03 AM

There's a very good post at

http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2014/02/16/where-supplements-fit-on-a-healing-diet/ that talks to the need (or lack there of) for supplements on a nutrient dense diet.

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on February 16, 2014
at 07:41 AM

The supplementation is used to fill in for what we aren't getting from our modern foods grown in depleted soil. Instead of responsibly growing and rotating crops, hi tech farming just uses chemical nitrogen fertilizers to get things to grow fast and big. So if the soil is missing minerals, you won't be getting them in your food. Another part of it is hype and money making by supplement companies. Hopefully with reading and research you can separate the real from the scam.

You can certainly just eat as you mention and hope that you are getting what you need. Obviously you are way ahead of most of the population in terms of healthy diet.

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on February 16, 2014
at 08:58 AM

Well said thanks Samc I will continue reading I feel that most of the supplements are money making scaring people into thinking that they cant live without this things. I have never taken any and just relied on eating lots of vegetables and fruits unfortunately I have always eaten way way too much sugar and bread and pasta so hopefully cutting them out will improve our life.

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