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Where are the ex-Paleos?

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Created March 10, 2011 at 3:21 PM

I've followed the ex-vegan community for some years now. I find it interesting to see how these poor people are vilified by their former peers. The number one reason they give for quiting is "health" (of course, right?)

So, I am wondering if there is a similar ex-Paleo community. Not every lifestyle can be expecting to work for everyone, and it would be nice to see if Paleo hasn't worked for someone and why. I am definitely not here to judge those folks and tell them "they did it wrong" (common vegan phrase), but I am just curious.

It might be useful to see what didn't work for others to try and avoid similar things for ourselves.

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on January 20, 2013
at 04:05 AM

I also notice that paleo seems to be more accepting of other diets. There are some people who are jerks to veggies, but it seems like most paleo/vegan interaction I've seen involves the vegan calling the paleo a terrible person who will die of heart disease, and the paleo asking the vegan how their health is, what things they tweak, etc. it seems like paleo people are more open to really any diet changes as long as it is healthier.

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on March 25, 2012
at 08:01 PM

Why not just increase carbs? It's a baseline everyone can work with and modify appropriately. Veganism almost killed me. I cannot believe you can tote your nutritional information/dogma in a public forum based on pure self and determine that we all need a plant based diet? Wheres your stats?

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on March 25, 2012
at 02:31 PM

Yup - it's the modern form of Lysenkoism, just as politically motivated, even more of a failure, and just as ignorant of the science, but applied to people, instead of crops. In the long term, the vegans will go extinct - because those vegan parents who fail to feed their kids properly will kill them.

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on March 24, 2012
at 11:13 PM

Both paleos and vegans tend towards severe food exclusion, which can break down if the dieter has to leave the diet and live in a mixed society. Both groups also are harsh with backsliders, and pick at faults excessively. Vegan: did it touch meat? Paleo: was it grass fed? My view of paleo is constructionist rather than orthodox. Eating meat and being active are the only absolute certainties.

Cc93847bfa820f0f2da654060b401fa5

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on March 12, 2011
at 07:41 PM

Only reason I tried vegan was because I was intrigued by the exercise recovery. One thing lead to another. The only meat I've had recently was pizza topping. I like raw eggs so I've had a few of those. Almost a quart of CLO sitting here still, so I've had 2t of that. My thing is just not going out of my way to get animal products anymore, not fear. This weekend if salmon or oysters slide in front of me while I'm visiting family, I won't be turning up my nose ;) It just so happens I'll be driving past my favorite pizza joint too, so it won't be going out of my way ;)

127116e41acceee9f2f000076f8b788d

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on March 12, 2011
at 04:02 AM

Grok, I am interested to learn what worked for you. I understand you are not completely vegan, but do you still eat meals with meat, or just the supplements? What were the reasons for going towards fruit?

Cc93847bfa820f0f2da654060b401fa5

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on March 12, 2011
at 03:39 AM

"better than me being 100% paleo and so irritable that I go and eat a oreo shake or something" +1

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on March 12, 2011
at 02:49 AM

In that 20% is fermented raw milk, butter, congee, idli, fermented buckwheat, masa, and other WAPF goodies depending on my cravings. Heck it's better than me being 100% paleo and so irritable that I go and eat a oreo shake or something. Plus these foods are tasty and make me feel good.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on March 12, 2011
at 02:20 AM

what would you consider 20% wapf? some soaked rice, corn, etc? Or raw dairy?

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on March 12, 2011
at 02:11 AM

I dont think Jaminet has the starch thing correct. It depends upon the patient and leptin sensitivity. You cant make blanket statements about foods when the problems are with our hypothalamus.

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on March 12, 2011
at 01:30 AM

i have a friend who eats all raw, mostly raw fruits (6 bananas a day for lunch) and raw meat. almost no veggies. he loves it and it works for him.

C491ff8ce20d5c17f8f7ff94392a9570

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on March 11, 2011
at 02:18 AM

Joshua - I was eating a lot of fat. According to fitday.com, fat was usually ~65% of my calories. It was mostly olive oil, though; probably woulda been better off w/less oil, more animal fat. I most definitely was eating too much protein.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on March 11, 2011
at 01:52 AM

Or you could have been eating too much protein and not enough fat, which is ridiculously common thanks to Cordain's early writings.

C491ff8ce20d5c17f8f7ff94392a9570

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on March 11, 2011
at 12:37 AM

Senneth, lots of other folks have experienced the opposite with paleo than I did and saw improvement of all those things. So it still could be the thing for you. No way to know unless you try. :)

13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

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on March 10, 2011
at 11:25 PM

Eat out and you are almost certainly eating veg oil.

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on March 10, 2011
at 10:15 PM

Wow! those are the same symptoms I am/was hoping that becoming Paleo would help to cure! Mabye I am totally going the wrong direction here..

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on March 10, 2011
at 06:59 PM

This fruit nonesense actually has me interested. No food prep, essentially, so no energy used there, less to have to remember to shop for, essentially eliminates the need for cooking appliances and a pantry. Issues I'd have with it are the need to constantly be eating a ton of fruit, probably needing to shop more than once a week, your food is rarely going to be locally grown, constant need to fuel yourself. I'm interested in learning more, but I love meat, and I don't know how appealing it is to have a very limited variety of food during the winter months.

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on March 10, 2011
at 06:09 PM

Unfortunately, I've met one who does. By day she's the most obnoxious, self-congratulating, high and mighty vegan stereotype you can imagine, yet she drunkenly confessed to me once that she "cheats and eats a little meat once in awhile." Since she viciously condemns people on a regular basis for not following her ethically pure and healthy example, I now consider her a total fraud.

C491ff8ce20d5c17f8f7ff94392a9570

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on March 10, 2011
at 04:58 PM

Thanks Ikco! I actually bought PHD last week and read the whole thing. It really resonated with me. :) I think of it as "rice-o paleo" which is I think where I'm headed.

127116e41acceee9f2f000076f8b788d

(477)

on March 10, 2011
at 04:54 PM

I think the logic might be along the lines of 80/20. Definitely, if a vegan ate steak every few weeks, they wouldn't consider themselves vegan (probably)

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on March 10, 2011
at 04:47 PM

I'm not getting this logic. All (as far as I know) versions of the "paleo diet" forbid (let's not get caught up with the word) vegetables oil and wheat. I presume thought that vegans think of a stake as a bigger "sin" than paleos do about vegetable oil or wheat.

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on March 10, 2011
at 04:44 PM

You might want to check Perfect Health Diet. It speaks about dangers of too much protein and too little starch. http://perfecthealthdiet.com/

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on March 10, 2011
at 04:28 PM

Vela the article from HuntGatherLove more or less describes my experience. I was "paleo" while fearing fats. I ate lean meat, hammock fish (almost pure protein), salads with tuna, insane amounts of steamed vegetables,.. I didn't even want to eat vegetable soup that was made with sour cream. Those very very miserable days for me. I was feeling ill,bitchy, lost almost 20 pounds (and I was skinny to beging wiht), etc. I "embraced" "Paleo" but still kept the "all knowing truths" about how fat is bad for your and protein is really where it's at. http://huntgatherlove.com/content/are-you-faileo-diet

127116e41acceee9f2f000076f8b788d

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on March 10, 2011
at 04:04 PM

Ikco - would you mind expanding a bit on that, telling us how you changed things to get them to work for you, why they weren't working before, etc.? I think this information could be very useful to someone who might be having a bit of trouble.

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on March 10, 2011
at 03:54 PM

Well "Faileo" (HuntGatherLove) was, a the name implies, a fail for me but it stuck to it (and eventually changed it) due to my stubbornness so I agree that the "wrong" factor can explain a lot of ex's. Maybe not all but a lot.

127116e41acceee9f2f000076f8b788d

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on March 10, 2011
at 03:53 PM

great comment! Yes, I am looking fore more of #2, as #1 doesn't register as much of a failure to me. Yeah, definitely up to each person as far as their definition of the diet. What I find interesting with Grok (castlegrok.com) is that Paleo didn't fail with him. He actually did quite well on Paleo/Primal, and improved his health considerably. He tried 80/10/10 (811) for 6 weeks, liked the results, and continued. His diet isn't as strict as many vegans on said diet, but he seems to be experiencing some benefits.

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on March 10, 2011
at 03:51 PM

I have a friend who went paleo for a while, but started eating bread again after a month, he said he felt better including bread in his diet.

127116e41acceee9f2f000076f8b788d

(477)

on March 10, 2011
at 03:32 PM

yeah, I actually found his blog yesterday, and that kinda sparked my interest in the subject. I haven't found a whole more than him.

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on March 10, 2011
at 03:26 PM

Grok (http://paleohacks.com/users/57/grok#axzz1GD4yv26N) is an ex-paleo, current fruitarian. He claims that he has more endurance. He still comments here from time to time. http://castlegrok.com/

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4145b36f1488224964edac6258b75aff

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on March 10, 2011
at 03:43 PM

I don't think paleo has been popular enough for long enough to generate a significant community of people who experienced a failure of the diet. So give it some time ;)

Also, it's a lot harder to "fail" with paleo as spectacularly as you can with a poorly constructed vegan diet, since paleo is by definition far more diverse than any vegan ideology. You can certainly fail to see benefits, especially if you start out healthy (and so see no gain) or have real medical problems (and so diet wasn't going to help anyway), but I don't think I've seen many account of people who took a stab at paleo and then became seriously malnourished the way many ex-vegans tend to talk about.

To unfairly use Grok as an example: he talks about eating pounds and pounds of fruit. If you don't eat enough, or the fruit isn't ripe enough, you will fail as a low fat raw vegan with all the health disasters we hear about. I still count that as a diet failure, because the person tried and failed to comply. Grok or a LFRV would claim that the person didn't eat enough (which would be true), and so doesn't count as a fair test. I disagree.

I am counting anyone who fails while trying what they believe to be the paleo diet to be as a failure. Everyone here has probably told someone else, "Wait, that's not paleo" when they tell you what they think paleo is, but if we're to evaluate fairly the rate of failure, we have to count those people as well as anyone who was perfectly orthodox and failed. There are plenty of failed vegans out there who probably did the vegan diet wrong, but who still count as vegan-fails. Consistency is key.

So my definition of a failure has two requirements:

  1. The person made a real effort to attempt a diet methodology which reasonably fit the definition of the diet (ie paleo or LFRV or whatever)
  2. The person perceived that the diet was net detrimental

With that out of the way, the failures I've read about tend to fall into two categories:

  1. Paleo didn't cure [insert health problem here]
  2. I'm not as energetic/athletically capable as I was before

1 may simply be unrealistic expectations, and presumably is a criticism of any diet. So I'm not sure that's really a failure.

2 is more along the lines of what you're looking for, I think, and it's probably a valid criticism of the basic paleo principle. You certainly CAN perform athletically on paleo, and it need not limit you at all, but if your take on paleo leads you to low-carb or some other restriction that prevents you from performing, you're not going to be a world-class cyclist anymore (or whatever).

I've yet to see an account of someone who achieved severe malnutrition on a paleo diet.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on March 10, 2011
at 03:54 PM

Well "Faileo" (HuntGatherLove) was, a the name implies, a fail for me but it stuck to it (and eventually changed it) due to my stubbornness so I agree that the "wrong" factor can explain a lot of ex's. Maybe not all but a lot.

127116e41acceee9f2f000076f8b788d

(477)

on March 10, 2011
at 03:53 PM

great comment! Yes, I am looking fore more of #2, as #1 doesn't register as much of a failure to me. Yeah, definitely up to each person as far as their definition of the diet. What I find interesting with Grok (castlegrok.com) is that Paleo didn't fail with him. He actually did quite well on Paleo/Primal, and improved his health considerably. He tried 80/10/10 (811) for 6 weeks, liked the results, and continued. His diet isn't as strict as many vegans on said diet, but he seems to be experiencing some benefits.

127116e41acceee9f2f000076f8b788d

(477)

on March 10, 2011
at 04:04 PM

Ikco - would you mind expanding a bit on that, telling us how you changed things to get them to work for you, why they weren't working before, etc.? I think this information could be very useful to someone who might be having a bit of trouble.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on March 10, 2011
at 04:28 PM

Vela the article from HuntGatherLove more or less describes my experience. I was "paleo" while fearing fats. I ate lean meat, hammock fish (almost pure protein), salads with tuna, insane amounts of steamed vegetables,.. I didn't even want to eat vegetable soup that was made with sour cream. Those very very miserable days for me. I was feeling ill,bitchy, lost almost 20 pounds (and I was skinny to beging wiht), etc. I "embraced" "Paleo" but still kept the "all knowing truths" about how fat is bad for your and protein is really where it's at. http://huntgatherlove.com/content/are-you-faileo-diet

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on March 24, 2012
at 10:28 PM

I know this is an old thread, but I think part of the reason why there wouldn't be as many 'ex-paleo-ers' out there is in part because of the 80% attitude. I know not all paleo people follow this, but if you're having trouble with the diet, then you would quickly find that and you could 'cheat' a bit and not be 100% paleo. Whereas with veganism, you're either 100% vegan or not. There's no 80% vegan. So this leads to a whole spectrum of people that find success with some portion of paleo. I think the biggest thing is having that change in attitude about our food. Avoiding processed foods and foods that cause you issues. There is also a huge focus on n=1 in the paleo community, which helps individualize the diet for people.

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on March 24, 2012
at 11:13 PM

Both paleos and vegans tend towards severe food exclusion, which can break down if the dieter has to leave the diet and live in a mixed society. Both groups also are harsh with backsliders, and pick at faults excessively. Vegan: did it touch meat? Paleo: was it grass fed? My view of paleo is constructionist rather than orthodox. Eating meat and being active are the only absolute certainties.

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C491ff8ce20d5c17f8f7ff94392a9570

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on March 10, 2011
at 04:41 PM

I was an ex-paleo for awhile and I'm slowly working my way back to it. After several years of lowish carb all-the-meat-I-can-eat paleo with sporadic dairy, my digestion was really screwed up. Massively, abundantly screwed up. Insane abdominal bloating, gas out the wazoo, IBS-D, and even a freaky bout of what I think was colitis. Not good times. Abandoning paleo for awhile got my digestion back to normal. I still haven't worked out all the kinks, but I'm suspecting my main issues on paleo were too much protein and too few carbs (particularly the starchy kind), and to a lesser extent not being thorough enough in eliminating dairy. I'm coming to realize I do better eliminating dairy and consuming sporadic grains than I do eliminating grains and consuming sporadic dairy.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on March 10, 2011
at 04:44 PM

You might want to check Perfect Health Diet. It speaks about dangers of too much protein and too little starch. http://perfecthealthdiet.com/

C491ff8ce20d5c17f8f7ff94392a9570

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on March 11, 2011
at 12:37 AM

Senneth, lots of other folks have experienced the opposite with paleo than I did and saw improvement of all those things. So it still could be the thing for you. No way to know unless you try. :)

C491ff8ce20d5c17f8f7ff94392a9570

(1617)

on March 11, 2011
at 02:18 AM

Joshua - I was eating a lot of fat. According to fitday.com, fat was usually ~65% of my calories. It was mostly olive oil, though; probably woulda been better off w/less oil, more animal fat. I most definitely was eating too much protein.

C491ff8ce20d5c17f8f7ff94392a9570

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on March 10, 2011
at 04:58 PM

Thanks Ikco! I actually bought PHD last week and read the whole thing. It really resonated with me. :) I think of it as "rice-o paleo" which is I think where I'm headed.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on March 11, 2011
at 01:52 AM

Or you could have been eating too much protein and not enough fat, which is ridiculously common thanks to Cordain's early writings.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on March 12, 2011
at 02:11 AM

I dont think Jaminet has the starch thing correct. It depends upon the patient and leptin sensitivity. You cant make blanket statements about foods when the problems are with our hypothalamus.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on March 10, 2011
at 10:15 PM

Wow! those are the same symptoms I am/was hoping that becoming Paleo would help to cure! Mabye I am totally going the wrong direction here..

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on March 11, 2011
at 11:50 PM

I'm paleo, just a different variety ;) Low-fat, high-carb, mostly raw, far fewer animal products.

Energy wasn't really the issue on paleo (although I usually used stimulants). Nothing was really an issue. I just saw improvements on everything as a vegan, so why not stick with it? All I did was loosen up on the "vegan" part. The result is a superior diet without the risk of deficiency.

Paleo & low-carb are generally grouped together. This seems silly. Demonizing fruit that all throughout history has been deemed as health food seems silly.

I have tried tubers (sweets), and also rice, beans, etc.. (WAPF style) as a carb source. I find them inferior to fruit. You know that sluggy feeling at Thanksgiving? Yeah, something like that ;)

It's nice not having ravenous cravings anymore. It's a total myth that you have to eat all day. There's virtually no kitchen time, usually no dishes except a spoon and paring knife I rinse and keep in a plastic bowl used for throwing peelings & stems.

I'll spam the link here in case someone hasn't seen it: http://castlegrok.com/174-days-of-fruit/

127116e41acceee9f2f000076f8b788d

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on March 12, 2011
at 04:02 AM

Grok, I am interested to learn what worked for you. I understand you are not completely vegan, but do you still eat meals with meat, or just the supplements? What were the reasons for going towards fruit?

Cc93847bfa820f0f2da654060b401fa5

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on March 12, 2011
at 07:41 PM

Only reason I tried vegan was because I was intrigued by the exercise recovery. One thing lead to another. The only meat I've had recently was pizza topping. I like raw eggs so I've had a few of those. Almost a quart of CLO sitting here still, so I've had 2t of that. My thing is just not going out of my way to get animal products anymore, not fear. This weekend if salmon or oysters slide in front of me while I'm visiting family, I won't be turning up my nose ;) It just so happens I'll be driving past my favorite pizza joint too, so it won't be going out of my way ;)

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on March 12, 2011
at 01:25 AM

Paleo is so much more flexible than veganism and there isn't much of an ideology behind it. I guess I could be an ex-paleo now since I am 20% WAPF, but that's so standard for the paleo community that I'm not really considered ex-paleo. With veganism you can either be vegan or not-vegan and most vegans consider non or ex vegans to be various shades of immoral. With paleo you can be "primal" or "mostly paleo" and you are still part of the paleo community. Even Castle Grok still considers himself paleo. And while paleo people might shudder at what lapsed paleo eaters or SAD eaters consume, most of us don't have moral indignation at it!

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on March 12, 2011
at 03:39 AM

"better than me being 100% paleo and so irritable that I go and eat a oreo shake or something" +1

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on March 12, 2011
at 02:20 AM

what would you consider 20% wapf? some soaked rice, corn, etc? Or raw dairy?

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on March 12, 2011
at 02:49 AM

In that 20% is fermented raw milk, butter, congee, idli, fermented buckwheat, masa, and other WAPF goodies depending on my cravings. Heck it's better than me being 100% paleo and so irritable that I go and eat a oreo shake or something. Plus these foods are tasty and make me feel good.

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on March 10, 2011
at 04:25 PM

I think that the definition of 'paleo' is evolving and as it adapts, some of the problems highlighted above may well be resolved and actually reduce the 'abandonment of paleo'.

'Paleo' has been used interchangeably with low-carb (you could argue paleo was once seen as 'LC + exercise'). But we are seeing 'paleo' break away.

For example, we now see the inclusion carbohydrates and dairy in to some interpretations of 'paleo' (as supported by KGH at PaNu). In fact PaNu seems to focus on avoiding 'neolithic agents of disease' rather than 'eating what was available in the paleolithic'. If Grok above ate more starchy tubers, maybe he'd have avoided the lack of energy he experienced?

The roots of 'paleo' come from looking at diet (and exercise) from an evolutionary perspective. Abandoning such an approach is a leap of faith in to a scienceless fad which may or may not damage you.

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on March 10, 2011
at 04:20 PM

Paleo is a pretty fluid definition. You can tweak your diet quite a bit and still call yourself Paleo. A vegan does not have as much room to maneuver. I can go out to dinner every couple of weeks and have excess vegetable oil, wheat, and excess fructose and still call myself Paleo. A vegan will rarely eat steak every couple of weeks and still call themselves vegan.

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on March 10, 2011
at 04:47 PM

I'm not getting this logic. All (as far as I know) versions of the "paleo diet" forbid (let's not get caught up with the word) vegetables oil and wheat. I presume thought that vegans think of a stake as a bigger "sin" than paleos do about vegetable oil or wheat.

127116e41acceee9f2f000076f8b788d

(477)

on March 10, 2011
at 04:54 PM

I think the logic might be along the lines of 80/20. Definitely, if a vegan ate steak every few weeks, they wouldn't consider themselves vegan (probably)

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on March 10, 2011
at 11:25 PM

Eat out and you are almost certainly eating veg oil.

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on March 10, 2011
at 06:09 PM

Unfortunately, I've met one who does. By day she's the most obnoxious, self-congratulating, high and mighty vegan stereotype you can imagine, yet she drunkenly confessed to me once that she "cheats and eats a little meat once in awhile." Since she viciously condemns people on a regular basis for not following her ethically pure and healthy example, I now consider her a total fraud.

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on January 20, 2013
at 04:05 AM

I also notice that paleo seems to be more accepting of other diets. There are some people who are jerks to veggies, but it seems like most paleo/vegan interaction I've seen involves the vegan calling the paleo a terrible person who will die of heart disease, and the paleo asking the vegan how their health is, what things they tweak, etc. it seems like paleo people are more open to really any diet changes as long as it is healthier.

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on March 10, 2011
at 08:49 PM

The vegan diet has a huge failure rate. People drop it because their health gets much worse and they cannot sustain it. The militant vegans claim to be so compassionate animal and planet loving Kumbaya singers. Their diet and doctrine does not work and people get sick.

Blame the vegan diet, not the people who really give it a good try and fail. Vegans are angry and have proved to be violent. They have little compassion towards real human needs.

Vegetarianism is a scam to justify overpopulating the world, amiking it sick, and then profiting from Soy and medications.

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on March 25, 2012
at 02:31 PM

Yup - it's the modern form of Lysenkoism, just as politically motivated, even more of a failure, and just as ignorant of the science, but applied to people, instead of crops. In the long term, the vegans will go extinct - because those vegan parents who fail to feed their kids properly will kill them.

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on March 25, 2012
at 02:42 PM

http://donmatesz.blogspot.com/2011/06/farewell-to-paleo.html

"Farewell To "Paleo"

I have experimented with eating a so-called ???paleo??? diet for at least 14 years. Although I had confidence enough in the concept to invest in self-publishing a book on putting it into practice, over this time I have endured increasing cognitive dissonance because the currently popular concept of paleo diet???animal-based, relatively high in protein and fat and relatively low in carbohydrate???conflicts with empirical nutrition knowledge accumulated over the course of 5 thousand years in both Asian and Western medicine, including a rather large body of clinical and laboratory data accumulated since the 19th century, all pointing toward humans being more adapted to a plant-dominated, high-carbohydrate diet supplying significantly less than 30% of energy from fat."

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on March 25, 2012
at 08:01 PM

Why not just increase carbs? It's a baseline everyone can work with and modify appropriately. Veganism almost killed me. I cannot believe you can tote your nutritional information/dogma in a public forum based on pure self and determine that we all need a plant based diet? Wheres your stats?

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on March 25, 2012
at 02:28 PM

Considering that the core of paleo involves shunning neolithic foods, only someone who returned to eating grains, and legumes might be an ex-paleo. The rest is negotiable. No matter where on the raw/cooked scale you are, or how much carbs you consume. Even dairy is an option (primal vs paleo).

We do know of one such person, Don Matesz, but I believe the definition would be a return to the SAD. (Standard American Diet.)

The whole point of Paleo, isn't a historical re-enactment, but rather avoiding poisons. Certainly when we speak of eating meat and seafood, we're excluding poisonous animals, or at least their poison glads. (i.e. Fugu can be eaten, where as certain central american frogs are lethal.) There certainly are plants that will outright kill you, when eaten, but others, such as grains and legumes, do it more slowly, and it's those we're trying to avoid.

It certainly is possible to eat grains and legumes by disabling the anti-nutrients, via WAPF, but that's incomplete. You won't get rid of all the anti-nutrients through cooking and fermenting, so while it may be a traditional view of food, excluding modern day chemical laden crap-in-a-box, and industrial seed oils, it's still a neolithic way of eating, and it will, to some lesser degree lead to some of the same diseases. You'll certainly live a lot longer and suffer less disease than on the SAD.

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