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Are hemp seeds and/chia seeds allowed on the paleo diet? Flax? I want something to add to my veggie smoothies.

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Created July 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Can I safely have a banana a day? Hemp seeds? Chia seeds? Unlimited raw cocao beans? 100% dark chocolate unlimited? I hear if you are going to eat fruit berries are best. Is that so? I've been eating the above in moderation, not excessively, but just want to know if I should totally cut it out or not. Thank you!

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I'd like to try the ground flax. Thanks for all answers! :)

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on July 11, 2012
at 07:54 PM

That stuff is all fine. Unlimited quantities of anything is prolly not wise. Flax is good boiled with oats.

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on July 11, 2012
at 09:46 PM

I like hemp seeds a lot. I usually add a teaspoon or so to my salads and kefir/yogurt. Chances are, you're not eating enough of them to make a big difference either way, so if you like the taste and they make you happy, go for it.

I love cacao nibs and dark chocolate. It's best to keep above 85% or so on the chocolate--100% is great, but I don't know how much of it you'd eat even if it was unlimited. Wouldn't you get enough of it after a few squares?

The rest of the stuff you mention: fruit, berries, bananas, etc. I try to limit, but I certainly don't think of them as bad. They're natural and healthy, eat them when you want them, but know that they are very high in carbohydrates, if that's something you're concerned about.

I've never tried chia seeds, and I've never enjoyed flax, but they would go into my category of seeds and nuts that are fine in moderation.

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on July 11, 2012
at 07:57 PM

I agree with all of those foods, but not the oats mentioned Mia's answer.

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on July 11, 2012
at 08:13 PM

Orthodox - no grains, no legumes, no dairies - nothing that you couldn't have acquired armed with nothing but a sharp stick. Don't confuse with a low carb diet (no bananas)!

Chocolate is definitely not paleo, nor is coffee - some debate here, but both require pretty intensive processing.

Nuts and especially seeds, would have comprised a pretty minimal dietary component - and, dare I say, blenders weren't available so neither did smoothies! I would add coconut to smoothies - any form would be just fine - but the refined oil would be my preference.

How much do you want to experience a true transformation? The less you cheat, the more you will change/heal. It seems that a true paleo diet would have been primarily meat, organ meats, animal fats, fish, shellfish, some raw veggies, and comparatively little fruit, eggs and nuts. I'm good with that, but I do like to have some dark chocolate, and coffee (daily) and some sheep's or goat's yoghurt (less frequently).

So... I say throw all your seeds away! (and their oil derivatives)

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on July 11, 2012
at 08:01 PM

Ground flax is a great addition, as it is high in fiber, low in carbs, and has ALA Omega-3 fatty acid. Now, only a limited amount of that will be turned to DHA, but it is still a much better fatty acid composition than most nuts and seeds. Doesn't really affect taste much either. I add ground flax to greek yogurt.

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on July 16, 2012
at 12:46 PM

I'd like to try the ground flax. Thanks for all answers! :)

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