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I have been eating Paleo since Jan. 1. I have read a lot of blogs, websites, etc. and I have found a lot of conflicting information. Some people say that raw honey and maple syrup are ok, but others say maple syrup is not paleo. Some sites say no salt, others use salt. Paleo is supposed to be no dairy, but many recipes, even in "Practical Paleo," use butter (not clarified). I'm not too worried because I'm not trying to be a fanatic....I have no food allergies, just a slight lactose intolerance that only bothers me when I eat large quantities of lactose, such as ice cream or milk. I am just trying, for the most part, to stay away from grains, dairy, sugar, beans, and processed foods, but I do want to know what is actually "proper" paleo. Thanks.

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on January 10, 2013
at 02:35 PM

Also, native Americans have eaten it for a very long time, so it's ancestral food.

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on January 10, 2013
at 02:28 PM

eliminate as much as possible, then add things back. Maple Syrup and Honey have a lot of sugar, if you are trying to loose weight, use sparingly.

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on January 10, 2013
at 05:33 AM

That is .1 = Point 1 percent = 1/10 of 1%

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on January 10, 2013
at 05:32 AM

Milk is 5% lactose. Butter is .1% lactose.

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on January 10, 2013
at 04:18 AM

Try to define "strict Paleo." Go ahead...try. There is no such thing.

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on January 10, 2013
at 04:07 AM

Thanks for the info!

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I thought that one of the basic principles is no dairy - although I did read somewhere after the first 30 days, it's ok to try introducing dairy back into the diet. I'm starting to think that many people aren't following strict Paleo, but staying away from grains and most sugars, and modifying it beyond that.

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Thanks. I appreciate your answer. I know that there are lots of differing opinions, but I am wondering why some people, who don't eat dairy, do use butter and feel that it is ok. If the idea is to have no lactose, using butter would defeat that purpose. Maybe someone who does eat butter can answer that....

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on January 10, 2013
at 03:36 AM

diane, i think you will get a lot of different answers!

i dont eat maple syrup but i do have honey a few times a week.

i don't eat dairy, per se, but i take bovine colostrum which is a supplement.

i do use salt on my food as well as kelp seasoning for the iodine.

i haven't used butter, but i was thinking i might try ghee someday.

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on January 10, 2013
at 03:39 AM

Thanks. I appreciate your answer. I know that there are lots of differing opinions, but I am wondering why some people, who don't eat dairy, do use butter and feel that it is ok. If the idea is to have no lactose, using butter would defeat that purpose. Maybe someone who does eat butter can answer that....

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on January 10, 2013
at 05:33 AM

That is .1 = Point 1 percent = 1/10 of 1%

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on January 10, 2013
at 05:32 AM

Milk is 5% lactose. Butter is .1% lactose.

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on January 10, 2013
at 03:39 AM

I am just trying, for the most part, to stay away from grains, dairy, sugar, beans, and processed foods, but I do want to know what is actually "proper" paleo.

You've already hit the jackpot by avoiding those foods you've listed (but make sure you also stay away from vegetable oils if you didn't already know that). There is no such thing as "proper Paleo" because the main thing to remember is to eat whole natural foods that make you feel optimal. There will be some experimentation involved as you discover what foods make you feel good and what foods make you feel like shit. Take me for example: I stay away from all types of sugar (natural, artificial, syrup, etc.); I use a lot of salt, like an obscene amount of salt (yet I have low blood pressure); I tolerate and enjoy dairy (I try to stick to raw whole milk/cheese). You will find a lot of variations on Paleo; as long as you know the basic principles, everything else is an experiment.

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on January 10, 2013
at 03:45 AM

I thought that one of the basic principles is no dairy - although I did read somewhere after the first 30 days, it's ok to try introducing dairy back into the diet. I'm starting to think that many people aren't following strict Paleo, but staying away from grains and most sugars, and modifying it beyond that.

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on January 10, 2013
at 04:18 AM

Try to define "strict Paleo." Go ahead...try. There is no such thing.

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on January 10, 2013
at 04:01 AM

There's no one Paleo diet. Different people will eat different things and still be under the "Paleo" umbrella. People who eat dairy are usually following the Primal diet, ala Mark Sisson. I eat some dairy, although I'm lactose intolerant. I've found that I can eat sheep's milk yogurt, pastured butter, and cheese. They provide me with protein, probiotics, and vitamins but I eat them mostly because they taste good. You will have to try them, that is if you want to, and see how you react. Good luck to you!

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on January 10, 2013
at 04:02 AM

Don't know if this answers your question (I assume it's something along the lines of - "what is Paleo?") but it might help clarify your thoughts a little.

Strict Paleo per se, as in Loren Cordain paleo is no dairy. But I think what you'll find around this community Diane, is that a lot of us adapt the paleo principles to a lifestyle based on individual needs. Some may be intolerant to dairy, some may not. Pastured, raw dairy is very benefitcial for human health if you can tolerate it. I for one use raw milk to make kefir and pastured butter to make clarified butter (which in both cases reduce the lactose anyway) and that's about it for my 'dairy' with the very occassional cheese.

As we grow older, as our bodies change and as our appetites change, so does our diet need to. There are various frameworks you could use to base your lifestyle around, such as paleo, primal, perfect health diet to name a few. I believe these are simply tools that will help educate people and get them on track to developing a more optimal lifestyle and diet and acheive certains goals (ie. weight loss). When you get to that point, start experimenting a bit to see what works for you. A lot of them follow the same basic principles. Cut the processed crap. Return to natural whole foods. Avoid factory farmed meat and produce. etc etc. Other dietary concerns like lactose intolerance, autoimmunity protocols and such come into play and will require you to tweak a diet accordingly that works for you.

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Thanks for the info!

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Diane,

As others have said, don't get caught up in the "is it Paleo?" debate so much that it consumes you! When I first started I was also full of zeal and questions and wanted to be the poster child for paleo. What I found is that there are a multitude of real foods that you can thrive on and many things that the occasional indulgence won't hurt (we are human after all). In response to some of the foods you mentioned, here is my approach to them:

  • Raw Honey - I use it occasionally as an extra flavor. I've found that it doesn't take much.
  • Maple Syrup - I use it as a sweetener in some baked goods. Again, it doesn't take much.
  • Salt - I avoid processed table salt and only use Himalayan Pink Sea Salt.
  • Dairy - I use Kerrygold in my BFC every morning, cook things in ghee, and occasionally run across some raw milk.

Again, don't get caught up in the details, eat real food, and enjoy life.

Matt
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on January 10, 2013
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Maple syrup has a pretty decent nutrient profile, containing, among other things, essential magnesium and potassium for metabolism into glucose and transport to the cell. It's absolutely not the same as eating refined sugar. I don't think eating it puts you at a nutrient deficit, so, as long as you don't overdo it and are getting the right amount of exercise in relation to your general calorie consumption and metabolism it shouldn't be a problem to consume it, in fact it's technically a wholesome food.

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on January 10, 2013
at 02:35 PM

Also, native Americans have eaten it for a very long time, so it's ancestral food.

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on January 10, 2013
at 05:28 PM

As for salt, many find they don't consume enough once they have eliminated processed foods from their diets. I add far more salt to meals now than I did before simply because we weren't getting enough.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

"Proper" paleo is really whatever works best for you!

One way to help figure that out could be to do a Whole30. After the 30 days are up, slowly add foods back in a see what negatively affects you.

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