Not completely paleo

Answered on June 01, 2014
Created May 31, 2014 at 9:02 AM

I've been finding that largely due to social circumstances I can't be completely paleo and that also being paleo can be a challenge when eating out. I do find this frustrating sometimes. If this is the case how will being not completely paleo affect my health? I worry that this interference may be doing me unforeseen harm. Sometimes I'll break the rules by consuming dairy and wheat which I rather not do.

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on June 01, 2014
at 12:39 AM

I rarely eat wheat usually less than once a week



on May 31, 2014
at 09:24 PM

Dont worry, dont stress. Just do the best you can in these situations.

Eating out... a salad with added protein is a great compromise. Nix any white potatoes or fried crap.

Stay away from any sugary drinks or mixers.

SOunds like eating wheat is a willpower thing not an eating out or social issue? Dairy if you tolerate it well is not a huge deal.

What is the weekly frequncey of these issues? Everyday? Once a week? The dose makes the poison. A little bit on wheat once a week? Not great but not as bad as everyday.


on May 31, 2014
at 12:18 PM

If you're eating dairy, you're considered Primal, if you're eating wheat, you're considered..not paleo or primal..and some guys are coming to your house wearing black jackets with PHP written on the back.

Ultimately, it's not about the title, it's about your goals...what are they? Are you there now?

If the occasional "cheats" are truly occasional, you can be in the 80/20 crowd..80% Paleo and 20% other...if or when you notice you're not progressing to where you want to be, maybe then would be a good time to tighten up the "occasionals"

We've all been met with the same social problems when it comes to being out with friends and just wanting to have a good time, but it is as true today as it was when it was asked of me..."if your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?" and of course the answer is... YES! You can't control me now DAD, you're not the boss of me now and you're not so big!

....that last part wasn't directed at you...pay no attention to it...


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on May 31, 2014
at 11:34 AM

Don't worry about it - it's the things we do long term, not short term that count. Stressing about it probably causes more problems and damage. Firstly, I'd say stick to salads when you can - chicken, tuna, fish etc. Second, ask for the gluten free option in whatever you buy - that way you're more likely to avoid hidden nasty's. Third, if you're drinking alcohol, stick to Tequila or Red Wine. Check out Robb Wolf's NorCar margerita - I just order that when I'm out (or rather I ask for a club soda with ice, squeeze some lime in and add a separately bought tequila). I think the most important thing to avoid long term is gluten, other than that if you're leading a largely Paleo lifestyle your body will recover quickly.

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on May 31, 2014
at 10:17 AM

Hunt, gather and carry on. The more you move the faster you metabolize potential problems away. Wheat breakfast cereals were my nemesis when I was sedentary, but so long as I am active high glycemic carbs do not raise my blood sugar.

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