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Paleo for Seniors

Answered on December 12, 2013
Created December 10, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Hi, everyone! I just wanted to ask, do you think people over 60 can do the paleo diet? Will their body adapt?

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on December 12, 2013
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ok for the survey here

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on December 12, 2013
at 03:48 AM

Not really. I was already gluten free. But I was pretty stubborn about giving up white potatoes, corn tortillas and white rice. In fact, I have not completely given them up. Also, I didn't try fasting until about a year ago. When I did, the results were great (weight loss). I am fairly strict now, aside from doing lots of full fat dairy (which is OK under Primal.)

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Yes, I think that in some way the body appears to "heal" itself when a "bad" habit is removed from the equation.

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on December 12, 2013
at 07:40 AM

You're a hoot, @BobK! Franken-foods, indeed. You're right about the baby boomers, though. A good number of my audience are part of that generation.

I'm not sure how well I'll do without soda myself but this paleo diet thing is really starting to look appealing to me.

BTW, I've seen a few replies saying they're okay to do the survey but now I can't find them. So if any of you would like to take it, it's at savtoosh.com/diet-survey.

If you don't want to, it's fine. I'm perfectly alright chatting you up here :)

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on December 12, 2013
at 07:33 AM

There is NO WAY that paleo can work for someone who waits until they're over 60 to start !! Anyone who isn't fully paleo by 60 is doomed to bad health no matter how clean they eat after 60.

Thank goodness I started moving towards paleo fall of 2012 when I just 59! Luckily, I completed my slow slide towards paleo just a few months before the big 6O!

But seriously, I think that anyone, at any age can benefit from "going paleo" or even just moving closer to paleo. Any amount of grain, sugar, processed food or Franken-foods removed from ones diet can only be a good thing. For me the transition was achieved slowly (by accident but it worked well) by taking the easy shots first. I adapted just fine to no bread, no wheat, no grains, no sugar, no juice, no soda, minimal fruit.

BTW that stereotype of toothless senior is mostly likely going the way of the dodo.... most baby boomers (68+ crowd) have pretty decent teeth and they;re the next large cohort to move into old age.

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on December 12, 2013
at 03:28 AM

hey, @Harry thanks for replying. Glad to hear about your improved health. Did you find it hard starting a new diet plan at 67?

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on December 12, 2013
at 03:48 AM

Not really. I was already gluten free. But I was pretty stubborn about giving up white potatoes, corn tortillas and white rice. In fact, I have not completely given them up. Also, I didn't try fasting until about a year ago. When I did, the results were great (weight loss). I am fairly strict now, aside from doing lots of full fat dairy (which is OK under Primal.)

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on December 12, 2013
at 03:09 AM

70 here. Doing primal for 3 years. Every (yes every) aspect of my health improved.

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on December 12, 2013
at 03:05 AM

Thanks again, everyone, for taking the time to reply to my question. I'm actually trying to get the information for a survey that I'm doing about diets and seniors. You guys are a real big help. Hey, if I can entice you to help me further, and you have a minute or 2 to spare, maybe you'd like to take the survey? I don't want to impose so if you'd like to, just send me another reply and I'll give you the survey link.

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on December 12, 2013
at 05:59 AM

ok for the survey here

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on December 11, 2013
at 01:01 PM

No offence taken, Savtoosh. I used to eat a diet full of processed and low fat foods. When I started LCHF my body seemed to go 'Thank goodness for that!' and it's been getting better ever since.

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on December 11, 2013
at 10:40 AM

I hope I didn't offend you @Jean 1. I just remember my grandpa complaining about grandma's cooking and how it's so hard to chew (maybe it's just grandma's cooking do you think?). @andrew, thanks for replying, too. Seems like you made some changes to your diet. Was it hard initially?

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on December 11, 2013
at 09:42 AM

I started Paleo / Primal aged 57, now 61. And have nothing but positive results to report. I hadn't ever eaten much in the way of processed food; no seed oils, no ready made food, very little sugary food. But I DID eat wheat and other grains (quite a lot - home made sourdough bread and pastry were two huge obsessions!) and had been restricting fats - which were always saturated when I did eat them.

But cutting out grains (except white rice) and adding in much more fat, loads more veg, fish, eggs almost daily, resistant starch, fermented foods etc etc I have seen huge health benefits. I honestly feel fitter than I have since my twenties. Just wish I could get rid of asthma totally, but with lung function measured at 31% via a spyrometry test, I don't see too much hope of that!

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on December 11, 2013
at 08:07 AM

Good grief! What age do you think we seniors are? By the time I'm too old to chew my food I will not be choosing what I eat anyway. Better start looking for a paleo care home!

I'm 65, by the way, primal for 3 1/2 years and in the best shape ever!

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on December 11, 2013
at 04:43 AM

Well, @PilatesGatekeeper your grandpa has it good. I also LOVE cauliflower-tatoes :) ... And yeah, that's what I was thinking as well. That it might be hard for seniors because some foods aren't so easily chewed when you're older.

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on December 11, 2013
at 04:27 AM

I think anyone of any age can do paleo, but some seniors may be heavily indoctrinated with CW and some foods may need to be mashed or pureed to accomodate for the teeth problems many seniors may have. (My grandpa isn't paleo, but since I went paleo he eats more vegetables and he does love cauliflower-tatoes)

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on December 11, 2013
at 03:44 AM

Thanks for replying. I'm actually not in my 60's yet either but this is something that's interesting to me. @samc I totally agree in making the later years go as smooth as possible. @Fred, that's actually a very good idea- an over 60's paleo site. @eric9 I'm one of those guilty of following a junk food diet, but it's never too late to redeem myself is it?

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on December 11, 2013
at 09:52 AM

Yes, I think that in some way the body appears to "heal" itself when a "bad" habit is removed from the equation.

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on December 10, 2013
at 06:42 PM

Not at 60 yet but closing in. Been at it for 2 years and nothing but positive things to say. Can't imagine why someone wouldn't want the later years to go smoothly and avoid the doctors office. Unless of course they love reading those magazines in the waiting room while someone coughs on them.

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on December 10, 2013
at 02:29 PM

Over 60 here too.

I think yes provided everything is working OK eg Hcl Bile prodn etc. I've been eating paleo since 2009 although I,ve always been pretty visceral in my tastes. I was the boy sat on his haunches chewing the lamb bone for it connective tissues and have always loved butter and bacon. I never bought into the fat propaganda. Since reading Kurt Harris and Robb Wolf etc I have become more systematic in my diet without being obsessive. I think we need an over 60's Paleo site as we are the ones who will fall of the perch before all these gorgeous 30 something paleoistas do. Good luck with it - nothing to fear....Fred

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on December 10, 2013
at 09:54 AM

Over 60 here and doing paleo for the past 3 years or so. My opinion is that it is never too late to get rid of junk food and/or junk diet. Can only improve things, especially for the elderly. That's my opinion.

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