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Is the paleo diet right for me?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 04, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I'm very interested in switching to a modified Paleo Diet. I pretty much eat very similar to Paleo right now, though I do allow some sugars occasionally (I love my mojitos on a hot summer day).
I realized a year ago that I have a wheat intolerance, so I have cut out all wheat and lost about 20 pounds. I'd like to lose another 20 pounds, but I have stabilized. I recently switched to a soy-based shake meal replacement, and GAINED 4 pounds in 3 weeks. Ugh! I stopped drinking that thinking I must have issues with soy, especially since my stomach was "gurgly" everytime I drank a shake.

My only concern with Paleo is that it restricts dairy. I have low estrogen (due to a prolactinoma) so it is very important for me to eat dairy (I stick to whole, local milk and greek full fat yogurt). Osteoporosis is a very real risk to me, and I don't want to do hormone replacement therapy but prefer to eat a healthy diet instead.

Can anyone give me some advice? Thanks!

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on May 06, 2012
at 11:58 PM

Paleo does not restrict dairy.

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on May 05, 2012
at 02:38 PM

primally kosher - I take 2 capsules (2000 mg) at lunch and another 2000 mg at dinner. The hubby takes 3000 mg each at those meals. It doesn't taste bad if it's in a capsule!

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on May 05, 2012
at 02:19 AM

Vitamin K is not destroyed by pasteurization.

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on May 05, 2012
at 02:13 AM

How do you manage to take so high of a dose of Vitamin C? It tastes disgusting!

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on May 04, 2012
at 03:04 PM

The Primal Blueprint is a pretty good read. You could pick it up at the library. Plus his website has all the info you really need.

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on May 04, 2012
at 02:06 PM

Thanks! I'll check the primal blueprint out.

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on May 04, 2012
at 02:05 PM

Thank you! I'm doing a little research and just ordered a few books. I will start looking at the primal blueprint. I did get my Vitamin D tested, and my doctor was surprised that it was normal. She said I was the first patient she's ever tested (I live in Ohio) with a normal Vitamin D result.

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on May 04, 2012
at 02:04 PM

Thanks! I'm lucky that we have a great farmers market with cheese made from local/raw milk. We eat that mostly, but will make a point to go 100%.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:04 PM

Well you don't HAVE to restrict dairy. If you include yogurt, cream, butter and kefir it's called "primal". Go to Mark Sisson's site and check out the Primal Blueprint. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/#axzz1tuDfnhCg

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:40 PM

There is no "one true paleo diet". Paleo is more about experimenting and finding what works for you. Under that rubric, of course "paleo" is right for you!

And I agree with gydle that going primal may be a good choice for you, if you want to keep the dairy. Although, more important than calciumn intake is getting it into the bones (and not the kidneys). Vitamins A/D/K and saturated fat all play a role there. You might want to get yopur vitamin D tested if you haven't already.

And kudos to you for figuring out that soy is problematic.

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(20436)

on May 04, 2012
at 03:04 PM

The Primal Blueprint is a pretty good read. You could pick it up at the library. Plus his website has all the info you really need.

0294515241fe45298cb04698fdd2eccc

on May 04, 2012
at 02:05 PM

Thank you! I'm doing a little research and just ordered a few books. I will start looking at the primal blueprint. I did get my Vitamin D tested, and my doctor was surprised that it was normal. She said I was the first patient she's ever tested (I live in Ohio) with a normal Vitamin D result.

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:50 PM

As long as you are not lactose intolerant (and it sounds like you are not) you can do a modified lacto-paleo diet. I recommend raw milk/locally sourced. I get cheese made from raw cow and goat's milk. In addition the cows are grass fed. A local supermarket sells blue cheese made from raw milk. Look around, you can find it.

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on May 04, 2012
at 02:04 PM

Thanks! I'm lucky that we have a great farmers market with cheese made from local/raw milk. We eat that mostly, but will make a point to go 100%.

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on May 05, 2012
at 02:11 AM

You can eat primal and include dairy. If you do that I recommend grass-fed raw pastured dairy - cream, whole milk, yogurt, kefir, butter etc..

As for osteoporosis - Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, bone broth (collagen), and magnesium are important too!

Raw dairy has Vitamin K which is destroyed by pasteurization.

Cod liver oil followed by pastured lard have the highest Vitamin D.

Some supplement ideas: Green Pastures FCLO (Fermented Cod Liver Oil) 1-2 tsp (when not eating sardines/salmon) and 1-2 tsp FBO (Fermented Butter Oil)

I started with 500 mg/day of Vitamin C supplementation (with Bioflavonoids) and worked up to 4000-6000 mg/day (depending on the day) before I saw GI distress like abdominal pain and/or diarrhea! The hubby went to 6000-8000 mg/day before seeing Vitamin C excess symptoms! We were both seriously too low! US RDA be damned! You need to test by increasing by 500 to 1000 mg/day to find your threshold.

Magnesium citrate is a laxative unless you want it to help with constipation. Try the other magnesium chelates, e.g. (NOT OXIDE - any chelate ends with -ate) ending!

Most Paleo people supplement with a magnesium chelate from 200-800mg/day like magnesium citrate, orotate, maleate, aspartate, threonate, (but oxide is a waste of money and hard to absorb)! You start with 200 mg/day and work your way up in 100-200 mg increments until you get the runs so you know your threshold. Don't try this at the same time as Vitamin C threshold because excess Vitamin C gives the runs too and you need to figure out which one is causing it!

Good luck!

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on May 05, 2012
at 02:13 AM

How do you manage to take so high of a dose of Vitamin C? It tastes disgusting!

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on May 05, 2012
at 02:19 AM

Vitamin K is not destroyed by pasteurization.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on May 05, 2012
at 02:38 PM

primally kosher - I take 2 capsules (2000 mg) at lunch and another 2000 mg at dinner. The hubby takes 3000 mg each at those meals. It doesn't taste bad if it's in a capsule!

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on May 06, 2012
at 10:58 PM

http://jdkaur1309.blogspot.co.uk/

Check out this link - some really good opinions about the diet

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