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New to Paleo, question about Beer.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 07, 2013 at 6:52 PM

I am brand spanking new to Paleo. In fact I just started today. I have a question that I'm sure has been asked 1000 times on here, but here goes anyway.

I LOVE beer. I brew beer, I drink beer, I am passionate about beer, and I am the President of a Homebrewing Club. I understand that beer is not a part of the paleo lifestyle. I am not a daily drinker, or a "weekend warrior" type drinker either. I like to enjoy a craft beer or 2 a couple times a week. Sometimes more, sometimes less depending on the week. My question is will I still get a lot of the benefits of a paleo lifestyle while still enjoying my beer? I honestly don't think giving up beer is something I'm interested in doing at this point, and gluten-free beer is not good. Hard alcohol and wine and other types of booze don't interest me either as it is more about the love of beer than the alcohol itself. Should I reconsider my Paleo commitment or just try to cut back a little on the beer and be strict everywhere else?

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on February 08, 2013
at 04:51 PM

I hear mead is pretty good, but honey is expensive too. I tried cider, but apparently you've got to let it sit for months before it becomes drinkable.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on February 08, 2013
at 04:21 PM

Sorry for the month of delay, CD! Don't know how I missed this. But here's a homebrewing thread on it, and they even give a link to their enzyme. http://homebrew.stackexchange.com/questions/677/glutten-for-punishment-how-can-i-make-a-gluten-free-beer

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on February 08, 2013
at 04:05 PM

You just made me snort laugh at my desk on the "big bag of dick" comment. +1 *tips hat*

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on February 08, 2013
at 02:38 PM

This is what I do. Try to be as clean as possible with my eating, and don't fight the craft beer urges. I've found that my sleeping is much improved when I don't drink, so that's been an incentive for me to keep the drinking to just a couple nights a week.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

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on February 08, 2013
at 02:36 PM

Gluten free beers suck. Even home-brewed ones. We're homebrewers, we've tried it, it's more expensive and the results aren't worth it.

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on January 08, 2013
at 08:12 PM

Luckie, do you have more information on this? I have done a few home brews, looking to get more into it. I'd like to experiment and see if it affects the taste

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on January 08, 2013
at 03:51 AM

On a side note, have you considered using enzymes to "eat up" the gluten out of your normally-brewed beer? I am no expert, but I have a few friends who are into homebrewing that have mentioned it to me, knowing I still ADORE beer but I try to stay otherwise gluten-free.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on January 08, 2013
at 03:48 AM

Forever and ever, amen.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on January 08, 2013
at 03:47 AM

I think he addressed both the hard liquor and the moderation thing in his original post.

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on January 07, 2013
at 08:34 PM

sounds tasty. I made an apple wine a few months back that turned out really well.

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on January 07, 2013
at 08:28 PM

Add vodka to beer, then "word"

580cff21541e3694d275dcc87f96264f

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on January 07, 2013
at 07:50 PM

I guess my goal is to just be healthier than I am right now and hopefully lose a few lbs in the process. I have been athletic my entire life but my diet has been so bad that I have continued to gain weight which has hindered my performances at Crossfit and soccer.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on January 07, 2013
at 07:35 PM

Who sez there is no Paleo PO-LICE? Respect My Authoritah!

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on January 07, 2013
at 07:22 PM

What Mike said. They can have my beer when they pry it from my cold, dead hands.

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Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on January 07, 2013
at 06:55 PM

Do paleo and keep the beer if you want to. A couple cliches to help you along the way:

  • Don't throw the baby out with the bath water
  • Perfect is the enemy of good

Good luck!

Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

(4464)

on January 07, 2013
at 07:22 PM

What Mike said. They can have my beer when they pry it from my cold, dead hands.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 07, 2013
at 08:28 PM

Add vodka to beer, then "word"

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on January 07, 2013
at 08:29 PM

Seems like Cordain said a glass of wine or a light beer here or there was acceptable. Best advice I read when starting out was to think of Paleo less as a 'yes/no' concept toward food and more as a spectrum: Grass-fed everything, organic vegetables and fruit, and nothing but water to drink on one end and Mountain Dew and Cheetos on the other. The closer you are to the first example, the better off you will be.

I also home brew and don't seem to have problems with gluten unless I fall off the wagon and eat something really awful (fried junk, pizza, etc...). I dropped a significant amount of weight eating as much meat + vegetables + fruit as my heart desired, all while still enjoying brewing and the fruits of my labor here and there.

My latest brew is a hard cider...made from local apples and raw honey. Probably will bottle it this weekend - adding a little more honey to get some carbonation. First go at it but I'm really looking forward to it.

Good luck!

580cff21541e3694d275dcc87f96264f

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on January 07, 2013
at 08:34 PM

sounds tasty. I made an apple wine a few months back that turned out really well.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

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on February 08, 2013
at 02:38 PM

This is what I do. Try to be as clean as possible with my eating, and don't fight the craft beer urges. I've found that my sleeping is much improved when I don't drink, so that's been an incentive for me to keep the drinking to just a couple nights a week.

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on January 07, 2013
at 07:13 PM

Why don't you go a month without beer - drink clear spirits instead - and see how you feel/look. If it doesn't make any difference, then maybe just have it in moderation.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on January 08, 2013
at 03:47 AM

I think he addressed both the hard liquor and the moderation thing in his original post.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on January 07, 2013
at 07:35 PM

I drink, my life is better when I relax with a really good high quality beer.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on January 08, 2013
at 03:48 AM

Forever and ever, amen.

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on January 07, 2013
at 07:22 PM

I think it depends on your goals. There aren't any Paleo police that are going to come and fine you if you continue to enjoy beer. Are your goals health related? And if so, how unhealthy are you and how healthy do you want to become? For me, I chose paleo for many reasons but I have a gluten intolerance and drinking beer is definitely a no no for me (basically I have found that I cannot really tolerate any alcohol any more but that's a whole other story.) My own journey has been incremental. You may grow and change too. My husband loves brewing beer and actually owns a home brew store but recently gave up gluten and is on the road to becoming Paleo. Maybe you'll both bring gluten-free beer out of obscurity! Best of luck to you.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on January 07, 2013
at 07:35 PM

Who sez there is no Paleo PO-LICE? Respect My Authoritah!

580cff21541e3694d275dcc87f96264f

(100)

on January 07, 2013
at 07:50 PM

I guess my goal is to just be healthier than I am right now and hopefully lose a few lbs in the process. I have been athletic my entire life but my diet has been so bad that I have continued to gain weight which has hindered my performances at Crossfit and soccer.

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7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on January 07, 2013
at 06:59 PM

I avoid it. I used to enjoy it, especially dark beer, but I stopped when I ended up with a headache from a Dunkel.

Since you brew it, you may be able to make a recipe that is more paleo friendly. Definitely make sure it is gluten free.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

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on February 08, 2013
at 02:36 PM

Gluten free beers suck. Even home-brewed ones. We're homebrewers, we've tried it, it's more expensive and the results aren't worth it.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on February 08, 2013
at 04:51 PM

I hear mead is pretty good, but honey is expensive too. I tried cider, but apparently you've got to let it sit for months before it becomes drinkable.

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7d46edca72c2f8347f65d7b734d1f1eb

on February 08, 2013
at 06:09 PM

To me it is a lifestyle and goal choice plain and simple. Just like people that decide to have a cheat meal or two a week. I to enjoy really good beer (IPA's) so guess what....I go ahead and enjoy them in moderation when I feel like it. Relax, laughs, good times with friends are all good and healthy things to do as well (and yes I know you don't need alcohol to do those things but you get my point). For me that benefit outweighs the negatives and I don't notice it impacting me or my digestion very much.

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on February 08, 2013
at 03:47 PM

I used to drink a lot of beer. I stuck to micro brews, even filling my kegerator with some local IPA that was to die for. I've been eating strict paleo for about a year now and have lost the taste for beer. Frequently I will order a cold one to go with my dinner and usually don't finish it...it tastes really sweet to me now.

I simply don't miss it like I used to.

Mike nailed it...perfect is truly the enemy of good...

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on January 08, 2013
at 03:00 AM

I also will never give up beer completely. I happen to really like wine and tequila though which helps drastically. So I stick to good beer only, because no matter what beer it is, the insulin spike puts me to sleep, and the next morning I wake up feeling like a big bag of dick very congested and spend much of the day on the toilet. It makes the choice to avoid beer that much easier.

217fc6ef1b76bf244bcb22b3e5c5841c

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on February 08, 2013
at 04:05 PM

You just made me snort laugh at my desk on the "big bag of dick" comment. +1 *tips hat*

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on January 08, 2013
at 12:13 AM

I suggest that you attempt paleo + beer, but realize that you could learn things about yourself in the process that will convince you to drop the beer at some later time. You can expect most, if not all of the health benefits of going paleo even with the occasional beer.

When I first discovered Paleo, I kept drinking one dark craft beer every day for the first 6 months, and still managed to drastically improve my health and lose 50lbs during this time.

That said, I had removed everything with gluten from my diet EXCEPT beer, and this allowed me to discover that gluten makes me feel terrible. It gives me a brain fog, and a sick feeling that I used to have most of my life, and never realized wasn't 'normal.' Once I realized that beer was making me feel terrible, I eventually stopped drinking it regularly.

I still love the taste of a good microbrew, and on rare occasions (a few times a year) I still indulge, knowing full well I won't feel great for the rest of the day afterwards.

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