So I'm 24, and have been hardcore paleo/primal for 1 yr. I've always been athletic, but now am leaner, stronger, faster, etc than ever now. However, at times I still have trouble with the paleo lifestyle - trouble that goes past just getting, searching out paleo foods. I feel much better on more carbs than less, and my body feels like it misses grains like oats and pasta. I noticed in the last year too that when I switched back to a vitamin I took through my teenage years, that I felt much better. Is it possible that even though genetically humans should do best on a strict paleo diet, since most of us were raised on gluten grains and higher carb counts, our bodies adapted to that diet somewhat? Although we can do well switching to paleo, it feels like its just not quite right and that it would be if we were paleo from birth. So, to put it simply, can your own body adapt to a diet through the growth years?
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on May 17, 2011
at 02:45 AM
If you were deficient in vitamins and then started taking vitamins again and then weren't deficient then that makes perfect sense. Our bodies need various nutrients to run properly and keep us healthy. They needed them when we were growing and they always will, hence "essential nutrients". But can we name any one thing in grains that we need to be healthy and can't get from other sources that don't have the negative aspects of grains? I don't think so.
If you are very active you might benefit from more carbohydrates. Nobody ever said that you had to restrict carbohydrates, just try to get them from good paleo sources if you want to be your healthiest.
on May 17, 2011
at 07:02 AM
I think what you feel is a psychological attachment to grains. You then convince yourself that in some way your body must need it because you were programmed at in early age to eat that way.
I bet you if you were Paleo for say 10 years you would think the very opposite and know that you were meant to eat this way, the right way. It just takes some getting used to for body as well as your mind.