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Information overload, what to believe?

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Created April 14, 2013 at 9:46 AM

I love the Paleo life style, I am starting to feel the benefits BUT I have been on holiday the last week and doing lots of research on Paleo. I am now at the point where I am more confused than when I started.

Do you think it's wise to become a fanatic or do what feels right? What are your views on your Paleo life style.

I can not have 'cheat days' as I am celiac.

Thanks.

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on April 14, 2013
at 04:23 PM

Use common sense, start here: http://www.westonaprice.org/

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on April 14, 2013
at 12:41 PM

Yes, I should have mentioned the oils. At first I was not strict about that but once I was, I realized that I have a major problem with vegetable, canola, and similar oils. Today even a very small amount of them causes me major problems. I had not been eating legumes much but also dropped them completely.

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on April 14, 2013
at 12:34 PM

Do what feels right.

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on April 14, 2013
at 11:57 AM

Yup, it is simple as that. +1

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on April 14, 2013
at 11:57 AM

Right. Drop grains and sugars. I would add to drop seed oils too. Easy on the legumes. Experiment with dairy (full-fat only) and nuts to see how you do with them. UncleLongHair is right that it's hard at first and gets easy over time. I would only add that it not only logistically hard at first until you figure out how to do things, but it's also psychologically hard at first, but also gets easy as you get used to eating certain foods and not others. There will be bumps in the road. Ignore all the stuff about quantities of protein/fat/carbs. That's just tinkering around the edges.

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on April 14, 2013
at 11:30 AM

Well the basic diet is pretty simple, you don't need to know all of the science etc, just drop all grains and processed sugars and see how you feel and take it from there. This is what I did. I have never had a problem with dairy, but I dropped it initially just to see how I felt but later added it back without any problems. I felt absolutely amazing after just a few weeks on the diet so I knew that I was on to something.

Initially, planning your meals can be tricky if you are used to eating a bunch of things that are now not allowed, you can get a bunch of ideas here for what to eat. Once you do this for a few weeks, this will be your new habit and it will be easy to maintain.

I've been on the "diet" (I don't consider it a diet) for about a year and it has been great, and I don't see me going off of it anytime soon, because I feel so much worse when I do.

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on April 14, 2013
at 12:41 PM

Yes, I should have mentioned the oils. At first I was not strict about that but once I was, I realized that I have a major problem with vegetable, canola, and similar oils. Today even a very small amount of them causes me major problems. I had not been eating legumes much but also dropped them completely.

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on April 14, 2013
at 11:57 AM

Right. Drop grains and sugars. I would add to drop seed oils too. Easy on the legumes. Experiment with dairy (full-fat only) and nuts to see how you do with them. UncleLongHair is right that it's hard at first and gets easy over time. I would only add that it not only logistically hard at first until you figure out how to do things, but it's also psychologically hard at first, but also gets easy as you get used to eating certain foods and not others. There will be bumps in the road. Ignore all the stuff about quantities of protein/fat/carbs. That's just tinkering around the edges.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on April 14, 2013
at 11:57 AM

Yup, it is simple as that. +1

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on April 14, 2013
at 10:47 AM

"I am now at the point where I am more confused than when I started.???

You???re Confused about what, andrea? Or did you cover it with your "Do you think it's wise to become a fanatic or do what feels right? What are your views on your Paleo life style."?

Speaking for myself, I 've stepped away from calling my diet Paleo, for some reason dropping the label has helped me to not stress about fitting into one particular box or another, my way of eating now is simply called; MY diet, which, has landed me at a loss of 80lbs all taken from Paleo, Primal, 80/ 20 or 90/ 10 and the Keto diet, I've cherry picked some of the low hanging fruit from all that I feel applies to me and apply it, I know after reading and researching I'm surprised at the amount of cross over between all of these methods, or some seem to approach the same issues but go about n=1 in different ways...

I enjoy coming here because of the people and their kindnesses (polk at you madame)...I love reading from older Paleos who've been doing this for so long now that even though it's not there, it almost seems like a bit of snark comes through their answers and a "smirk" soon accompanied by " you kids today and your new fan dangled way of doing things..Back in my day" I love reading those posts, and if you're wondering who those "old Paleos" are...I aint telling!

So what does Paleo mean to you now? Or has it evolved into something more than a title?

Truth.

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on April 14, 2013
at 10:28 AM

Believe nothing. Do what you can, and can what doesn't work for you. If carbohydrates are "bad" but sweet potatoes are "good," see how you feel, look, etc. Same with dairy, nuts, fruits, honey, and anything else you can think of. Experiment. N=1, and that one is you. N=1 is better than n=7 billion. Nobody else will respond to environmental stimuli exactly as you. Find out how you respond, and make the best of it.

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Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on April 14, 2013
at 11:22 AM

Andrea,

I had a look at your other questions, answers, and answered http://bit.ly/15cTsmf earlier.

Honestly you just need to eat, and eating for you at your weight (48kg) looks like this:

  • Eat one and half cups of cooked starch (i.e. sweet potato) per day.
  • Eat one cup (or a large palm sized amount) of good meat, fish, eggs per day.
  • Cook, serve with butter, coconut oil. Roughly around seven tablespoons if you measured.
  • Eat as much colourful vegetables as you like, but aim for two cups at least.

Just make this a habit, and eat this. Everything else, all the weighing measuring and pedantic information about this and that does not matter unless you are eating the base.

Simply eating two eggs a day and a normal sized piece of meat would give you enough protein. Eating one sweet potato, and one cup of cooked white rice would give you enough carbohydrate. Using butter or olive oil liberally would give you enough fat. Then two cups of other colourful vegetables will provide variety to your meals and added vitamins and minerals. If you want a piece of fruit or berries, go for it. That is it.

Doing this at a bare minimum would give you 1500kcals which as I mentioned in my earlier answer is what you need to be eating at for your height and weight.

Honestly just follow those bullet points, what you eat in terms of ingredients and when and in what manner is up to you, but just get that amount in every day.

I promise if you do that consistently your health will improve. Apart from that I am not really sure what other answers you are looking for.

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on April 14, 2013
at 10:59 AM

Valid point. I think I am at the point where it is evolving into something more than a title. It is what keeps me well, it is what has put my celiac into remission. I think Chris Kessler summed it up for me when he wrote that no one paelo plan fits all. So true. I love coming on this blog though and reading people's thoughts. It's funny when things are going well I enjoy reading the posts, if I have a day when things don't feel right then I go seeking answers. Maybe patience would be a could virtue for me here, and I guess no one ever feels wonderful all the time???? Maybe you do:)

Anyway did enjoy your post.

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