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Created June 04, 2012 at 7:20 PM

So i just recently decided that pizza and beer was not helping my body out and i am doing research for a new diet program. A friend of mine is paleo and recommended it. So my question is, is there anyone out there who stretches the rules a little bit because i am having trouble doing it legit. I cheat alot and with a 3 year old kid i find it hard to make meals that she will eat. Is there a middle ground? My biggest concern is dairy. What happened to milk does the body good? I am thinking that although paleo is a great way of life that its not for me if it is a strict diet. Any thoughts or anyone else just use it for a base line?

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This is really wonderful advice. Slowly mix in better foods, and soon it'll just be the new reality for you and your daughter.

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This diet is so much more satisfying that my vegetarianism ever was. I feel like I can eat the world now! Most people do 80/20. 80% paleo compliant, 20% cheats.

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on June 04, 2012
at 07:53 PM

We have six children ranging in age from 16 to 4 (and wife is pregnant with #7).

You don't have to go cold turkey.

Start supplementing with the good things. Start slowly changing things out. Use Omega-3 (farm-raised/free-range) eggs. Use coconut oil. Avoid vegetable oils. Find something fun and interesting to cook to replace bread a few times a week. Gradually move away from the "death foods" and slowly move toward the "life foods".

Make it a lifestyle, not a "diet" -- but avoid culture shock. Gradually integrate paleo into your "eating culture".

It's not as hard as you think it is.

026dde5c5ed48e30d006ac075410871e

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on June 06, 2012
at 04:48 AM

This is really wonderful advice. Slowly mix in better foods, and soon it'll just be the new reality for you and your daughter.

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on June 04, 2012
at 07:28 PM

Try not to think of it as a diet, but rather a lifestyle for optimal health. Dairy can be ok if you tolerate it. Otherwise, eat to nourish you body. I would read the primal blueprint by Mark Sisson to get an idea of this lifestyle.

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on June 05, 2012
at 01:51 AM

You don't have to go all the way, right away. There are two "baby steps" that would probably help you a lot right away:

  • Cut out PUFAs (as found in industrial seed oils, such as those derived from canola, safflower, soybean, and corn), and replacing them with healthy saturated fats (coconut oil, butter, animal fat).

  • Start taking steps to greatly reduce (and eventually eliminate) grains and refined sugars from your diet. Getting rid of wheat and sugar, in particular, seem to help a lot of people, even if they don't go much further into paleo territory.

Here's the killer, though: Cut out the things I've mentioned above, and there's not a whole lot on supermarket shelves that you'll be able to eat. Nearly all processed foods contain crappy oils, added sugars--or both. Just taking those two steps will mean having to shop mainly in the perimeter of the store (produce, meat, dairy), buy fresh ingredients, and cook a lot of foods yourself that you might have previously bought prepared. But you'll still have enough ingredient options to come up with food that will please your kid (as well as you).

And even if that seems like a lot at first, at least start cultivating awareness of what's in your food and what it does to you, and choosing a better option when you can. You don't have to get it "perfect," but if you can keep consciously making better and better choices over time, and integrating them into your life so they become habits, you'll look up one day and realize how all those little changes have added up.

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on June 04, 2012
at 07:49 PM

As you progress and learn to truly nourish your body, your body will want those junk things less and less frequently. At least, that's been my experience. I seem to tolerate some dairy reasonably well. I include plain greek yogurt on days when I need an extra, portable, already prepared protein source. Byond that though, I do not make a habit of drinking milk or eating cheese.

Enjoy your journey.

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on June 04, 2012
at 07:28 PM

To a beginner Paleo may seem rough but it alows you to eat so much food, the right kind of foods, hih fat lower carbs. I do some diary, usually cheeses and if I can get raw milk, include some once in a while and always when strength training- that is the mi9lk- not supermarket ultra- pasturized BS that is good for the body, though not pure paleo, it is a real honest old world food. I believe in the 80/20 principal 80 on 20 off. Jusat make sure your 20 off is not real cxrap junk food. We live in the 21 century and not in a cave so 80/20 is a good principal to follow. I doubt you will find a "diet" that will improve all the key markers in your life than a Paleo approach. Google Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson if thsoe names arent familiar to you and good luck.

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