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Paleo diet article on Fitday

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Created April 12, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Anyone have a comment on this article on Fitday about Paleo? How accurate is it? Opinions?

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/the-paleo-diet-is-it-right-for-you.html

I'm still formulating my personal Paleo plan and haven't gone the Fitday route, instead trying to see how I feel (and how my body responds to) eating as much as I want of the foods generally accepted and recommended on Paleo Hacks.

I know a lot of folks on here use Fitday to track their calories and other diet numbers. I've resisted so far because whenever I go on these sites I get frustrated by my inability to track the numbers if my menu is complex.

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on April 13, 2011
at 12:18 PM

There's no magic about the anecdotal and growing scientific body of evidence that shows goat's milk is more readily tolerated by humans than cow's milk.

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on April 13, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Yeah why is it that there are all these lists of calorie counts for processed foods or plain fruits and veg, but few if any give any real information about "real food" preparations and from scratch meals. It seems very reductionist to be able to find the calorie and nutrition for a sweet potato but try a beef stew with several ingredients and you would have to spend an awful lot of time weighing and working with a calculator. No thanks.

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on April 13, 2011
at 01:02 AM

As always it's great to see an article posted about Paleo. On a site like Fitday it makes it seem like Paleo is going mainstream. Thank goodness! Even if the details of the article are a bit inaccurate. It at least makes Paleo seem like a healthy alternative. Caveman diet indeed!

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on April 12, 2011
at 11:03 PM

I used Fitday for 5 years and the custom food was my savior. Their database is awful! My sister talked me into Livestrong though because we can be "friends" and see each other's food. It took awhile, but I'm happy there now.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 12, 2011
at 10:39 PM

The article claims paleo excludes all dairy, which definitely isn't the case for many who post here.

I've found its much more useful to keep a food diary without reference to calories. Most of the things I eat now are incalculable without weighing, but a rough estimate is useful for analysis and keeps me mindful of how much I am eating.

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on April 12, 2011
at 11:00 PM

I think it's pretty great! It's certainly a positive article and I think we should be happy whenever that happens given all the negative ones out there.

The dairy thing bothered me as well. There really are so many ways to "do" paleo. I just fear that people see that and think "oh no way!" which is exactly what I would have thought had I not known better.

I have a love/hate relationship with Fitday. I've used it for many many years and it's been helpful but I wish the database was better. I mean, I should be able to put in ground beef and have it come up yet it does not. Do I need 17 kabillion options for flank steak? No, I do not. There are better options out there I think but I have so much custom stuff put into my account I can't imagine I'll ever jump ship and go elsewhere.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 13, 2011
at 01:02 AM

As always it's great to see an article posted about Paleo. On a site like Fitday it makes it seem like Paleo is going mainstream. Thank goodness! Even if the details of the article are a bit inaccurate. It at least makes Paleo seem like a healthy alternative. Caveman diet indeed!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on April 12, 2011
at 11:03 PM

I used Fitday for 5 years and the custom food was my savior. Their database is awful! My sister talked me into Livestrong though because we can be "friends" and see each other's food. It took awhile, but I'm happy there now.

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on April 13, 2011
at 05:50 AM

It's a good start. A step in the right direction. But it's a slow turn out into the fast lane.

Ha, and "obviously, meat should not be eaten in its raw state." Oh and don't forget to eat your whole grains!

People that have based a large part of their "knowledge" of the world on faulty assumptions/"science" are always so reluctant to admit they have been duped...and it's so easy to sniff out someone like that.

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on April 13, 2011
at 04:18 AM

They seemed to have nailed the most strictly traditional definition of paleo, kind of funny conclusions though (eating potato and fruit instead of grain for carb is rather easy).

No idea why the author would think goat's milk is magically healthier than a cow's (or sheep's for that matter). It is always funny to see the little ticks and phobia people have about food.

If calorie counting gets to irritating, you might try some of the other soft strategies that limit intake. Like drinking water prior to eating, or consciously eating slowly (maybe take a break at the 1/2 way point for dinner).

9cfa1ab909f6f89544be665d4ef6e3ea

on April 13, 2011
at 12:18 PM

There's no magic about the anecdotal and growing scientific body of evidence that shows goat's milk is more readily tolerated by humans than cow's milk.

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on April 12, 2011
at 09:52 PM

I signed onto fitday like a million years ago, (smile) way before paleo. So, it is quite interesting, my twice a year entries and goals. Even when I eat liver, fitday doesn't seem to think I am getting close to 100% RDA.

So, it is just amusing to me. Tried to find something natural is impossible, like homemade grass fed beef broth. Ya know what I am talking about? I definitely don't use it to track calories. But, I have surpassed my original weight goal.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 13, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Yeah why is it that there are all these lists of calorie counts for processed foods or plain fruits and veg, but few if any give any real information about "real food" preparations and from scratch meals. It seems very reductionist to be able to find the calorie and nutrition for a sweet potato but try a beef stew with several ingredients and you would have to spend an awful lot of time weighing and working with a calculator. No thanks.

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