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New to paleo, so confused

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Created May 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

I'm new to paleo and I'm wondering if its okay to drink Shakeology by Beach Body??

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on May 19, 2013
at 09:47 PM

@greymouser always seems to come up with the gracious, thoughtful, and appropriate answer to questions like this.

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on May 19, 2013
at 09:45 PM

Whole, unprocessed foods are the cornerstone of the ideology - I don't think one can call themselves "new to paleo" without understanding that - that is a "pre-paleo" mindset. Best to take a step back, educate, evaluate, and prepare before moving forward with a what will end up being a "diet" more than a real lifestyle change. In my opinion.

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on May 19, 2013
at 09:43 PM

I agree with Matt - isn't a crucial part of being paleo educating one's self BEFORE embarking on this path? I am always suspect when a question like the OP comes along that it is someone who heard this was an awesome way to lose weight, or to gain muscle, or "lean out" or what have you, and they want an easy way in. The truth is there is no easy in - this is a protocol of experimentation with real foods, and that means patience and education on the principles of real nutrition via paleo models. cont...

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on May 19, 2013
at 09:17 PM

How do you self-identify with paleo and try to fit prepackaged milk shakes into the paleo box? It sounds harsh, but no introduction to paleo would give the hint that such product is paleo-approved. Well, maybe Mark Sisson and his primal fuel (*cough BS*) might.

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on May 19, 2013
at 06:11 PM

This is a great answer. Thanks for taking the time to explain your judgement, and also demonstrating the general way that paleo eaters assess foods -- a sliding scale of adherence to a set of principles, rather than a strict list of Allowed and Forbidden items.

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on May 19, 2013
at 06:05 PM

@Matt: Why would you talk to a self-identified newbie with an innocent question that way? Your response would be appropriate for a long-time Paleohacks reader who keeps asking the same question and refuses to get the point. I don't think it's a decent way to treat a newcomer to our community.

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on May 19, 2013
at 05:06 PM

No, just no. Eat real food, don't eat processed crap. I mean, how the heck do you even think that's remotely paleo? What do you think paleo even is?

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on May 19, 2013
at 02:13 PM

That being said, it is a powder, and even though it's "all natural" I still think it's best to get as many of your calories from whole foods as possible.

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on May 19, 2013
at 02:07 PM

It's not technically "paleo" but that shouldn't prevent you from drinking it if it makes you feel good.

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on May 19, 2013
at 02:17 PM

I like to point out that drinking shakes isn't ideologically paleo - "eat your food, don't drink it" - but since you are beginning, don't fret about that, but keep it in mind. Powdered shakes are also, by definition, an extremely highly processed food -- and generally with paleo, we like to avoid highly processed foods (also, just keep that in mind, as you progress).

For Shakeology, specifically, I would avoid it because it contains many strict-no and maybe-avoid type paleo foods, including different types of wheat (strict no's), oats, as well as many other grains and pseudo-grains (e.g. brown rice and quinoa), and some legumes.

My suggestion:

  1. Are you replacing a real meal with Shakeology? Stop doing that, and eat real food.
  2. Are you supplementing an exercise routine by drinking a shake after hitting the gym? Finish the Shakeology you have, and consider either eating a small but dense carb/protein high meal after the gym, or if you really want to continue with shakes, find a better processed protein source (whey, beef, eggs protein all available for shakes).

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

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on May 19, 2013
at 09:47 PM

@greymouser always seems to come up with the gracious, thoughtful, and appropriate answer to questions like this.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 19, 2013
at 06:11 PM

This is a great answer. Thanks for taking the time to explain your judgement, and also demonstrating the general way that paleo eaters assess foods -- a sliding scale of adherence to a set of principles, rather than a strict list of Allowed and Forbidden items.

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