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Is the Paleo Diet appropriate for 75 year old, overweight, wheelchair bound male?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 17, 2013 at 11:06 PM

My father has witnessed my progress over the past few years on the Paleo diet, and is looking for something to complement traditional western medicine. He has never tried to alter his diet from what he has been taught all these years. He is afraid of fats, of too much red meat. He still believes that grains / breads / beans are necessary.

At this point, because of his pain and weight (300 lbs) he wants to know more. I don't feel comfortable recommending this lifestyle without more information. I don't see much published regarding this issue.

Thoughts?

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

(1836)

on May 25, 2013
at 04:52 AM

@Matt - The daily toast, gluten in soy products, sugar added to everything that keeps her body so inflamed that she can't exercise and has to take all kinds of meds and deal with their nasty side effects.

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on May 20, 2013
at 10:25 PM

I appreciate the candor.

F9b585e2ffe82dde10e5534d7fb5ebf5

on May 20, 2013
at 10:25 PM

My question is more "Are there any arguments against this lifestyle for seniors?" Has anyone heard of or come across any warnings?

F9b585e2ffe82dde10e5534d7fb5ebf5

on May 20, 2013
at 10:23 PM

Thank you. I will try to start them slowly.

F9b585e2ffe82dde10e5534d7fb5ebf5

on May 20, 2013
at 10:22 PM

There is quite a bit of programming that generation must overcome before changing the lifestyle. My mom and dad both have an aversion to any fats.

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

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on May 18, 2013
at 08:16 PM

It probably is.

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

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on May 18, 2013
at 08:16 PM

The Paleo Diet is appropriate for everyone.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on May 18, 2013
at 08:15 PM

How was that callous?

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on May 18, 2013
at 08:06 AM

He can have fish and seafood instead. He also can have sprouted grains, white rice and sweet potatoes in moderation if he needs time to adjust (Weston Price/Perfect health). But since he is a bit overweight, I would cut out all fruit and anything sweet.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 18, 2013
at 02:25 AM

Really think her daily toast is holding her back?

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 17, 2013
at 11:18 PM

And one of the recent questions on here was regarding PHD author Paul Jaminet doing a paleohacks podcast. You could post your question on there.http://paleohacks.com/questions/196174/paleohacks-podcast-your-questions-wanted-paul-jaminet#axzz2TawjnbDP

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 17, 2013
at 11:17 PM

Perfect Health Diet would be a good fit for him. It would have fewer restrictions (he could eat rice, dairy, etc). Here is a good page from them detailing a weight loss diet for a sedentary 76 year old:

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2011/02/perfect-health-diet-weight-loss-version/

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on May 17, 2013
at 11:18 PM

And one of the recent questions on here was regarding PHD author Paul Jaminet doing a paleohacks podcast. You could post your question on there.http://paleohacks.com/questions/196174/paleohacks-podcast-your-questions-wanted-paul-jaminet#axzz2TawjnbDP

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197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

on May 17, 2013
at 11:21 PM

If he's considering it, I would encourage him. 30 day trial run couldnt hurt and. My mom is about the same age and in poor health but wont give up her daily toast to feel better. How crazy is that, right?

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on May 18, 2013
at 08:16 PM

It probably is.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 18, 2013
at 02:25 AM

Really think her daily toast is holding her back?

F9b585e2ffe82dde10e5534d7fb5ebf5

on May 20, 2013
at 10:22 PM

There is quite a bit of programming that generation must overcome before changing the lifestyle. My mom and dad both have an aversion to any fats.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

(1836)

on May 25, 2013
at 04:52 AM

@Matt - The daily toast, gluten in soy products, sugar added to everything that keeps her body so inflamed that she can't exercise and has to take all kinds of meds and deal with their nasty side effects.

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Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

on May 18, 2013
at 01:44 AM

If your question is whether the diet is actually better for him than his current diet, what's the alternative theory? That gluten and vegetable oils are better for a 76 year old than sweet potatoes and grass-fed butter? Seems far-fetched. You're safe recommending that he eat non-toxic, nutrient-dense foods.

If your question is how to convince him, that's been covered in a few dozen threads and a few hundred blog posts. The answer: you can't.

F9b585e2ffe82dde10e5534d7fb5ebf5

on May 20, 2013
at 10:25 PM

My question is more "Are there any arguments against this lifestyle for seniors?" Has anyone heard of or come across any warnings?

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on May 17, 2013
at 11:14 PM

I'd say, yes definitely. It's intimidating dealing with such excessive health issues with individuals at an older age, but I think if you take is slow (swich grains for safe starches) and make sure you're replacing nutrient-sources with healthier foods, his transition can be successful and relatively painless. Any calorie restriction should help him shed weight at a reasonable rate at 300lbs, I would think.

Good luck!

F9b585e2ffe82dde10e5534d7fb5ebf5

on May 20, 2013
at 10:23 PM

Thank you. I will try to start them slowly.

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on May 18, 2013
at 06:25 PM

Not to be callous, but I don't see any down side here. He has the world to gain and not much to lose.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on May 18, 2013
at 08:15 PM

How was that callous?

F9b585e2ffe82dde10e5534d7fb5ebf5

on May 20, 2013
at 10:25 PM

I appreciate the candor.

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