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Risks/benefits in going half paleo

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Created February 07, 2011 at 7:47 PM

I want to kinda give this way of eating a trial. I'm not expecting anything - just testing the waters.

  1. Would there be any health risk if I eliminated cereal (bread, oats, breakfast cereal) completely from my diet? I know that's one of the fundamental paleo principles, but I have no "replacement" because I don't yet know enough about nutrition in general unlike most other people on the diet.

  2. Would there be any benefit in reducing (not eliminating) sugar and milk in my diet? I want to try eliminate soda and fruit juices (to be replaced by water) and stop eating breakfast cereal. The only sugar and milk in my diet will be from cups of tea (about 6 per day).

  3. Would there be any benefit in replacing sugar with honey in my cups of tea?

Basically I want to test the waters and experiment with the diet. I'll need a lot more planning to shift completely. Right now my mindset is "water, meat (tuna, chicken, bacon), eggs, plants ; no wheaty things, no sugar" - boring because I don't know enough about the "rules" to spice things up. I made tuna salad for tomorrow's lunch and when I added the mayonnaise I wondered if there was well, a paleo hack. Probably not.

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on February 13, 2011
at 10:37 PM

that is very true.

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on February 08, 2011
at 12:34 PM

It is also highly processed, in much the same manner as HFCS.

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on February 08, 2011
at 07:52 AM

Agave nectar is mostly fructose. Fructose is toxic. This is bad advice.

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on February 08, 2011
at 01:08 AM

i would just make sure to cut out all gluten grains, you might notice a great difference.

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on February 07, 2011
at 10:27 PM

It takes a while to get used to the idea of not using grains at all. What helped a lot is how often on this site I saw "after all, it's what you put ON the ... that you really want, anyway!" That, and adding a lot of fat. 1/2 cup heavy cream or coconut milk plus a little protein and you won't want to eat anything else for hours.

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on February 07, 2011
at 10:06 PM

agave nectar has a low glycemic index because it is so high in fructose. It has more fructose than the vilified high fructose corn syrup.

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Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on February 07, 2011
at 07:57 PM

There's no harm in testing the waters and easing into paleo. That's pretty much what I did to ease my family into it.

  1. As far as I know, there's no health risk to eliminating cereal completely. It only leaves room for more nutritious options.

  2. There's always a benefit to reducing sugar

  3. Honey, especially local honey, has a few more benefits that table sugar, but it's still sugar.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

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on February 08, 2011
at 01:08 AM

i would just make sure to cut out all gluten grains, you might notice a great difference.

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on February 13, 2011
at 10:37 PM

that is very true.

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on February 07, 2011
at 07:57 PM

I think you're on the right track!

  1. Absolutely not. You will experience health benefits from eliminating grain. You will notice more constant energy, a better overall "feeling" and probably lose some weight. I understand you don't have a "replacement" but perhaps adding some healthy carbs (veggies!) will help you in this transition/test.

  2. Yes to sugar, and it depends with milk. If you can handle milk, then there isn't a significant reason to cut it out. I would suggest getting raw milk, or at least organic.

  3. Yes. Table sugar is extremely processed. Your body can't naturally metabolize processed sugar; it has to pull nutrients (B vitamins, mostly) from other places in your system to complete the metabolic process. Honey, especially raw honey, doesn't have that problem.

I applaud your openmindness, and willingness to make steps to better yourself! There are some great and brilliant people here that can really help (probably better than I can!).

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on February 07, 2011
at 07:54 PM

Yes, yes, and yes. Long journeys often begin with small steps.

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on February 07, 2011
at 09:03 PM

I like it! Baby steps are better than no steps! I think that considering where you are and where you are considering going is a huge leap forward. You may see such great results in how you feel and look that you may go 100%. No one here is "Perfectly Paleo". Great job. Start now!

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on February 08, 2011
at 12:38 AM

Any way to start paleo is a good way - You have to do what works for you.

1 - no health risk

2 - Get rid of the dreaded soda - you will feel so much better! If you have to have your milk - make sure it is high fat

3 - I would recommend trying maple syrup in your tea - in my opinion it's got some great benefits - yes it is still sugar - but there is zinc, magnesium and enzymes that 'fight' free radicals.

Good luck!

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on February 07, 2011
at 08:00 PM

I eat pretty much meat and potatoes for every meal. It's not that large a leap from where you are currently. Everyone eats meals like this occasionally, just make them much more common. A lot of people do super low carb etc, but for the time being you could just eat mean 'n' potatoes and not have to deal with the ketosis transition and so forth. Just make sure you choose fatty cuts of grass-fed meat, cook it in clarified butter and put tons of butter and/or cream on the potatoes.

Good luck.

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on December 21, 2012
at 06:36 PM

I actually think your approach is excellent. Small steps to get you used to the idea, and also to see how your body reacts. If you want, you don't have to try these all at once, but rather one at a time. I think #1 will be the biggest shock to your system, not in terms of a health risk, but in terms of getting out of the "what can I munch on right now?" habit. That was really hard for me. Also, the quick breakfast is gone, so make sure you plan for that if you want to jump on board with #1.

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on December 21, 2012
at 06:23 PM

I think I m also half paleo, being Asiatic cant completely avoid my carb comes from rice but I also reduced dhal which I used extensively in the past ,Eat lots of sweet potatoes, vegies, fruits

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on February 08, 2011
at 09:48 AM

I see the paleo diet and especially gluten free diets(what I started with) as all-or-nothing when it comes to improving health.

You may notice some improvement just from avoiding soy and wheat but you may not completely recover if you don't cut out processed foods, sugar ect. as well.

Like gluten, processed sugar and especially fructose in particular can cause mental distress, low energy, digestive problems ect.

You gotta start some where though! We all cheat at first so it's not a big deal if you start off "50% paleo"

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on February 08, 2011
at 05:25 AM

Overall, sounds like a good plan to me. The only thing I would say is I am not sure if there would be much benefit to switching from sugar to honey. Metabolically, they are very similar. HOney may have a tad more nutrition but in the larger scheme of things, I don't think it's enough to make much difference in your health. On the flip side, a little bit of sugar, taken only with tea, is probably not a big deal either, unless you drink tons of tea that is.

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on February 07, 2011
at 09:21 PM

Try agave nectar which has a lower glycemic index. Best of luck on your paleo journey!

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on February 08, 2011
at 12:34 PM

It is also highly processed, in much the same manner as HFCS.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on February 07, 2011
at 10:06 PM

agave nectar has a low glycemic index because it is so high in fructose. It has more fructose than the vilified high fructose corn syrup.

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on February 08, 2011
at 07:52 AM

Agave nectar is mostly fructose. Fructose is toxic. This is bad advice.

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