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What other diet concepts besides the paleo way do you favor?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 24, 2011 at 3:13 PM

I was very into the RAW Food diet, also vegan lifestyle for a while. Tibetean Medicine and Chinese Medicine, as well as ayurvedic nutrition influenced me.

I also tested makrobiotik. Vegetarian lifestyle for fashion, for health, for animal rights. Locavorian for eco and health issues.

What are the diets you feel good with in your life?

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on September 21, 2011
at 06:06 PM

I was lucky enough to train for a few days with Royce back in 2002 maybe? He didn't eat at all during the day. On one of the nights we went to Outback Steakhouse and he ate like a hyena with a tapeworm - relatively healthy items like meat, sweet potatoes, etc., but he ate a ton, including stuff from other people's orders, and there was no evidence of the Gracie "combining" diet. He wasn't training for a fight at the time but was obviously in good shape. I imagine with his activity level, he can eat damned near anything.

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on June 07, 2011
at 05:24 AM

It also makes sense to me to restrict such things, however, ONLY THOSE THINGS that really harm you. In other words, you should be as inclusive as possible.

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on June 06, 2011
at 05:58 PM

This is an interesting view. It makes sense to me to restrict/forbid things that can harm your body (such as gluten). Is there a reason behind an all-inclusive approach? Just curious.

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on May 25, 2011
at 04:43 AM

I don't think either paleo or raw food is better than the other... I think they are the most optimal ways for every human on the planet to live, and which one you do depends on your body. I have friends who swear by raw foods, some who can only do majority raw, etc. I haven't tried it (I want to when I get settled into my new place) but I don't think it will work for me... my body needs meat to feel satisfied. It just depends on the person but I can't think of any other diet that would be as optimal as paleo or raw (or a combination of the two).

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on May 24, 2011
at 05:29 PM

Interesting question oakOy!

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on June 06, 2011
at 03:46 PM

I owe Dr. Atkins my life so I will forever and always consider myself one of his works of art. To him I am fiercely loyal.

I am a locavore because that just makes sense to me and I enjoy it.

I have never gone raw but I have a huge appreciation for this community and what they can produce from a bunch of raw vegetables. They are the MacGyvers of food. Some of my best recipes come from this crazy bunch.

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on May 24, 2011
at 04:15 PM

I was WAP for five years. Loved it. Its good i still believe.

Raw foodist for maybe one year. At the time i liked it. Effortlessly skinny. I wasn't interested in strength at the time. Protein only came from raw milk.

Now strict paleo and love it.

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on June 06, 2011
at 06:22 PM

When I started Brazilian jiu jitsu some years back, I had an enlightening conversation with Carlos Gracie Jr about diet and nutrition. After that I went from SAD to something more like the so-called Gracie Diet. Since Master Carlos looked pretty young for 50, I figured he must be doing something right.

The focus was on whole real foods over any processed junk, lots of fruits and vegetables, with certain groupings of foods, not doing certain combinations etc (for example for reasons of acidity levels in certain fruit and what not).

One cool thing was that, even though complex carb foods were included, it is stressed to not combine them, so compared to the SAD I became lower carb - meals would be meat and veggies with one starch at most.

It did exclude pork products, emphasized other lean white meats and seafood, allowed for red meat but not to go heavy on it, maybe once a week.

It worked pretty well for me for the few years before discovering Paleo (also through the BJJ crowd)

De65560c40ddb3f27764307ffa504240

on September 21, 2011
at 06:06 PM

I was lucky enough to train for a few days with Royce back in 2002 maybe? He didn't eat at all during the day. On one of the nights we went to Outback Steakhouse and he ate like a hyena with a tapeworm - relatively healthy items like meat, sweet potatoes, etc., but he ate a ton, including stuff from other people's orders, and there was no evidence of the Gracie "combining" diet. He wasn't training for a fight at the time but was obviously in good shape. I imagine with his activity level, he can eat damned near anything.

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on June 06, 2011
at 06:01 PM

I've done SAD, South Beach, and now Paleo.

I felt fine on SAD, South Beach left me hungry, and now I feel pretty good on Paleo, albeit tired.

Based on what I've learned, the paleo approach makes the most sense to me, health-wise. Still trying to figure out why I get surges of exhaustion.

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on June 06, 2011
at 03:18 PM

Before going paleo, I did a detox program called CLEAN. This was how I discovered I was gluten intolerant, so I'm very glad I did it, even though a lot of it doesn't align with my current food-belief system. It involved an elimination diet of no gluten, caffeine, eggs, red meat, strawberries, bananas, peanuts, basically all common allergens. Most non-gluten grains and legumes were still allowed, and I think that's why I still had some off days even when I was gluten-free; after cutting legumes, I discovered they are problematic for me.

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on June 06, 2011
at 03:07 PM

The SAD. Goddamn I love those chicken dips and potato chips. Btw, I got less acne when I ate these things than when I ate fruit all the time. Now I'm paleo, my acne is gone, and I'm loving every minute of my life.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 24, 2011
at 05:27 PM

I have played around with almost all of the major ones in both Europe and America.

I will say that I find the Chinese medicine dietary system INTERESTING (which is not to say that I agree with all of it). What I find interesting is that almost no foods are forbidden. Some foods might be forbidden in certain circumstances or limited. It all depends on the condition of the person eating. This type of INCLUSIVE diet seems to make more sense to me. Most really restrictive diets start out well in the honeymoon period and then end up screwing you up..some more, some less. I would say you can get really screwed up on a Vegan diet, and less screwed up on something like strict Paleo. You need to eat as inclusively as you can in my opinion. That will vary from person to person.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 06, 2011
at 05:58 PM

This is an interesting view. It makes sense to me to restrict/forbid things that can harm your body (such as gluten). Is there a reason behind an all-inclusive approach? Just curious.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 07, 2011
at 05:24 AM

It also makes sense to me to restrict such things, however, ONLY THOSE THINGS that really harm you. In other words, you should be as inclusive as possible.

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on May 24, 2011
at 04:11 PM

I did Atkins Diet for many many years. Was not much of stretch to drop the packaged and processed "Low Carb" items and go paleo (like Archevore/PaNu). Now that I am concerned with healing some long-term health and emotional issues I enjoy The Perfect Health Diet's stance on nutrition and longevity. More than anything, I look to science-based advice that works for me. Sane advice from different sources as long as it is based on "eat real food" is what seems to be working in my life.

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