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where to really start with paleo...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 19, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Bare with me, I've posted a few questions on this site and have answered a few. Concerning Paleo, I feel like I know a decent amount of knowledge.

I've read Robb Wolfs "The Paleo Solution". And I'm always reading on this site and other sites like marksdailyapple.

I really want to educate myself further. Where would I start? Sometimes I do feel a bit overwhelmed on the amount of information there is out there. And to be honest, I'm kind of leaning towards the idea of maybe continuing my edcuation in health/nutrition.

Where would I start or better yet, where would I go to continue to really immerse myself in the paleo lifestyle? Is it really just reading everything on the main sites? Would I need a biology or chemistry degree to get the diet down to a cellular level?

Any help would be great, thanks!

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on March 21, 2012
at 08:46 PM

Thanks! I have a day off coming up so I can really dig into the research thing. Can't wait!

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on March 20, 2012
at 07:33 AM

unrealistic? he was thinking about going back to school, beats reading Blogs dear.

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on March 19, 2012
at 08:26 PM

And the award for the most unrealistic answer goes to....

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on March 19, 2012
at 08:04 PM

All the answers are fine but, above all, learn by doing. Experiment. Random variation in what/when/how much. Every time you read one of the recommended sites, scan the blogroll. Then experiment some more.

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on March 19, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Also, if you're interested in learning how to take down bad studies, few do it better than Denise Minger: http://rawfoodsos.com/ and Tom Naughton: http://www.fathead-movie.com In fact, look up Tom's "Science for smart people" speech. It's the best place to start before you throw yourself into learning the facts.

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on March 20, 2012
at 01:03 PM

Mark's Daily Apple and Robb Wolf's podcasts are great sources. I really like how they are not dogmatic and they have a ton of good information.

I have to say that Dr. Kurt Harris (archevore blog) is the one that convinced me to give this a try. His writing style cuts through all the BS and his essays are some of the most enjoyable to read.

Other blog sources for science/diet info that I really like are Emily Deans/Evolutionary Psychiatry, Jamie Scott, Denise Minger, Paul Jaminet (Perfect Health Diet), Stephan Guyenet at Whole Health Source, J Stanton at gnolls.org, Dr. Mike Eades, and Petro Dombrovsky at Hyperlipid. A lot of different viewpoints in that list, both carb lovers and haters.

I also check out Tom Naughton (Fat Head) for the fun of it and our own Melissa has a great blog Hunt Gather Love. John Durant also has a fun blog Hunter Gatherer that tends to focus on barefoot running. Oh, and if you don't mind the expletives, Free The Animal usually has pretty lively discussions. PaleoHackers Beth/weight Maven and Nance have good personal blogs as well as great answers here.

If you really want to confuse yourself further, check out Carbsane, Gary Taubes, Jack Kruse, Danny Roddy and Ray Peat. Now synthesize all that and report back!

16d5d61046d3b3db6d24483fa0b79cc8

on March 21, 2012
at 08:46 PM

Thanks! I have a day off coming up so I can really dig into the research thing. Can't wait!

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on March 19, 2012
at 07:57 PM

Did you check out the Primal Blueprint 101 on the apple? http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/#axzz1paIOZYkj That's the best place to start if you're looking for just a layman's overview. If you want a bit more science than that, I would check out Emily Deans: http://www.evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/ And Stephan Guyenet: http://www.wholehealthsource.blogspot.com

Both of them are incredibly intelligent and easy to read. If they aren't enough to satiate your appetite forscience, then add Chris Masterjohn and Jamie Scott to your blogroll as well ( http://blog.cholesterol-and-health.com and http://thatpaleoguy.com/ respectively).

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on March 19, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Also, if you're interested in learning how to take down bad studies, few do it better than Denise Minger: http://rawfoodsos.com/ and Tom Naughton: http://www.fathead-movie.com In fact, look up Tom's "Science for smart people" speech. It's the best place to start before you throw yourself into learning the facts.

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on March 19, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Get a degree in Bio and Chem, check out colleges and Universities that Cordain and Wolf attended. Good Luck.

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on March 19, 2012
at 08:26 PM

And the award for the most unrealistic answer goes to....

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on March 20, 2012
at 07:33 AM

unrealistic? he was thinking about going back to school, beats reading Blogs dear.

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on March 19, 2012
at 07:57 PM

It sounds to me like you've started. There are plenty more blogs and books to read, then beyond that you can try sourcing the references in those books and reading the research. It all depends on how you want to approach it and the level of detail you want to understand it on. And your background of course.

I'm not sure that there's any formal courses that support education in paleo principles, however there's more than enough human biology to learn. Of course that may not lead where you want it to. A better approach may be to try and tackle it as a research project. Spend some time framing a question that you want answering, then go to work tracking down the research (or doing it yourself) to support your thesis and learning the science you need to understand it all as you go along. I'm not saying that's not overwhelming either, but there's a lot of advice on that kind of project available. And the first thing is trying to pin down exactly what it is you want. Spending time (a day, a week) actually writing down a list of question of subjects may ground things a bit better in trying to work out the best way to learn more about them.

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on March 19, 2012
at 07:46 PM

There are many blogs around explaining the diet, and I have one too. Here's my take on Paleo: http://eugenia.queru.com/2011/10/20/how-to-make-free-healthcare-cheap/#update2 (check the links there too for more info about supplements, offal etc).

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on March 20, 2012
at 02:33 PM

Throw away unhealthy foods and stock up on healthy Paleo foods! Sometimes it can help to consult with a Paleo nutritionist or dietitian.

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