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What - in your opinion - is the most underrated aspect of the Paleo diet/lifestyle?

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Created February 13, 2010 at 4:44 PM

We all know that you need to drop the grains from your plate, we know you need to eat healthy saturated fats. We have the basics down. But what might we be missing on our plate? In our lifestyle? What, in your opinion, is the most underrated aspect of the Paleo philosophy?

Sleep? Play? Nutrients that the diet might neglect? Please spill your beans... (on the floor! Where they belong!)

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on November 03, 2011
at 03:20 AM

This is a great, thought-provoking question. I'll answer by saying I think eating and living like everyone else (those on SAD) is OVER-rated. I don't mind if people ask about primal or tease me for giving up some of their favorite foods. I feel good about what I'm doing and using my freedom to eat as I choose reminds me that I have the freedom to make other changes, too, even if I have to elbow my way out of the herd first.

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on December 29, 2010
at 06:18 PM

Just to contradict you, the dentists DO know.

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on November 09, 2010
at 10:00 PM

Yup, several hundred allergy pills lying around here. I don't want to throw them out, don't need to use them, so they sit.

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on November 09, 2010
at 08:04 PM

Best answer of the day.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on November 09, 2010
at 02:03 PM

Hi Nico--perhaps you'd like to upvote my post since it was about 9 months ahead of its time :)

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on November 09, 2010
at 06:36 AM

Hi Ed- I just posted a question related to this- perhaps you'd like to comment?

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on July 14, 2010
at 05:58 PM

wow, really? I'm on week 5 of eating paleo and will have to look for this.. I have taken acyclovir daily for years because of terrible cold sores.

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on February 23, 2010
at 12:11 AM

I could double both of those statements . . . particularly the mood improvement, which was an unanticipated benefit.

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on February 13, 2010
at 08:03 PM

I think the question is not meant as a 'what kind of great benefits are you experiencing' but more 'what else could I be doing that doesn't get focused on so much'.

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on February 13, 2010
at 06:44 PM

You got it, speno. paleo frees us all.

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Af12951fdf48cf67d71605c1a7f9a492

on February 14, 2010
at 05:38 PM

One of the most greatest psychological benefits has been the lack of guilt associated with eating. You don't have to count calories or worry that you ate twice as much today as yesterday. Every meal is nourishing. I never try to pretend I'm not hungry to keep pounds off or eat just because it's meal time. The second is the simplicity. It's so easy once the dietary guidelines become second nature. Homemade meals can be as simple or complex as you desire and taste great either way.

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on February 13, 2010
at 05:52 PM

I love how eating paleo eliminates the hunger cravings. I can easily fast for 6-18 hours without any hunger pains or drops in performance/attention.

I'm amazed when I hang out with friends who go crazy after only 3-4 hours of not eating, they become distracted by their hunger and can only focus on the next meal.

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on February 13, 2010
at 06:21 PM

Better sleep and less inflammation.

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on February 21, 2010
at 01:40 PM

there are 2 questions people are answering, since the original question was a little ambiguous.

  1. the original post asked what is missing from your paleo lifestyle
  2. the original post asked what is underrated about the paleo lifestyle

i think the original poster didn't mean underrated, but perhaps under-emphasized. but since people gave answers addressing the literal meaning of underrated, i'll answer both questions based on my experience.

  1. what's missing for my paleo lifestlyle at the moment is good stress-reduction habits. i'm still a procrastinator, and this is an on-going struggle, which i'm making some progress on.

  2. what is underrated, or not recognized enough, is that (for me) paleo has greatly improved my mood. i don't get down as much, i have a longer fuse, i get out of a bad mood faster, and i just have a greater sense of well-being and less anxiety.

Fc42f9b240d07564160e233d7f75762e

(50)

on February 23, 2010
at 12:11 AM

I could double both of those statements . . . particularly the mood improvement, which was an unanticipated benefit.

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on February 14, 2010
at 01:03 AM

My whole life I have had at least 6 or 7 cavities per check up. Since I have been on the diet, I haven't had a single one. That means, not a single cavity in a year and a half. I was always diligent about brushing and flossing, but no matter what I had cavities until I was on the Paleo diet. How annoying is it that a simple diet change could save me from dentures, and the dentists had no idea!

Thank you, Paleo Diet.

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on December 29, 2010
at 06:18 PM

Just to contradict you, the dentists DO know.

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on November 09, 2010
at 08:02 PM

SLEEP! SLEEP! SLEEP!

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on November 09, 2010
at 08:04 PM

Best answer of the day.

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on February 14, 2010
at 06:53 PM

Sunlight, VitD3, and sleep.

Pre-Paleo, I would stay up for days at a time, eventually becoming delusional, and incurring tons of psychosomatic stress and hormonal imbalances. Sugar rushes through unhealthy snack consumption and energy drinks were a few of the tools involved. Sometimes this was insomnia, at others, it would be voluntary.

After about a year of Paleo, I've recently noticed that my body has arrived at some sort of equilibrium, where sleep becomes absolutely necessary after a certain point. I attribute this to regulation from VitD3 consumption and dietary habit changes. Good healthy rest has really allowed my days to become priority focused, as productivity has greatly increased.

As an add in, I'd say "playing" more is pretty underrated. Really helps mitigate the stress from the day to day life.

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on February 13, 2010
at 06:19 PM

To me it's the liberation from all the misguided and harmful dietary common wisdom. I especially feel it when I eat the drippings from cooked meat instead of discarding it. Something about that act really brings it all home. It feels amazing.

6de6b9ba99d7ee8055b4aa3207c724b0

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on February 13, 2010
at 06:44 PM

You got it, speno. paleo frees us all.

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on February 22, 2010
at 12:07 PM

For me, the biggest thing was the way my energy levels went way up almost immediately. But so many good things happened so quickly that it's hard for me to do anything but stare in puzzlement at anyone who tries to tell me that I'm doing something 'unhealthy'. It's like they're not even in my universe anymore, y'know?

And all this on a "diet" where I can have bacon for breakfast every day if I want. What's not to like?

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on February 14, 2010
at 06:03 PM

Clean, low volume stools.

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on February 14, 2010
at 03:32 PM

By far, one of the most mundane yet beneficial aspects of my dietary change has been that I no longer get headaches. I use to have a ready supply of Excedrin and acetaminophen to handle the daily headaches I would get. Now? None. I don't know what to do with all of the excess pills.

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on November 09, 2010
at 10:00 PM

Yup, several hundred allergy pills lying around here. I don't want to throw them out, don't need to use them, so they sit.

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on February 13, 2010
at 07:52 PM

Intermittent Fasting. This does the same thing that Zero-Carb does for 19 hours a day. And you can still eat pretty normal.

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on November 09, 2010
at 06:14 PM

Faster growing and healthier feeling/looking hair (from diet), in addition to dropping harsh detergent shampoo and products. As someone with thick, curly formerly unmanageable hair, this is a lifesaver.

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on February 22, 2010
at 08:41 AM

rightsizing + sunlight -> look good naked -> improved libido -> little cave-babies

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on February 14, 2010
at 11:53 AM

More time with nature, less time staring (and typing) at glowing rectangles. Like I'm doing right now.

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on February 14, 2010
at 08:41 AM

Having energy levels be entirely uncorrelated with food intake. I eat twice a day, but feel like I could go on a 24+ hour fast with no ill effects. It's great not having to take a break from studying, work, etc. to eat.

Also, looking great naked!

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on February 14, 2010
at 06:50 AM

I think it depend on whose guidelines you're following! I like Mark's (from Mark's Daily Apple) and Kurt's.

From those lists, here are the four things I'm still working on:

  1. Intermittent Fasting - I'm not good at this one at all...
  2. Dairy - I eat way too much dairy (mostly raw dairy tho)
  3. Getting More Sleep - I average about 7.25 hours/night
  4. Getting More Sunshine - I average about 30 minutes/day

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on February 14, 2010
at 04:58 AM

I agree that there are some smaller, less talked about benefits to the paleo-lifestyle but it may very well have saved my life so that's what I'm concerned with.

I've lost 30 lbs and my blood pressures dropped from 170/110 to 148/78 in little more than a month. I also anticipate that my triglyceride and HDL levels have improved significantly since my last check-up.

If anything, for me at least, the little things (e.g., aesthetics) are merely window dressing compared to paleo's life-altering (potentially extending!) benefits!

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on February 14, 2010
at 04:35 AM

I have a tendency to get into a routine--similar diet, workouts, length of fasting--and this is limiting my results. The most underrated aspect of paleo for me is spontaneity and randomness.

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on November 09, 2010
at 06:36 AM

Hi Ed- I just posted a question related to this- perhaps you'd like to comment?

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on November 09, 2010
at 02:03 PM

Hi Nico--perhaps you'd like to upvote my post since it was about 9 months ahead of its time :)

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on February 13, 2010
at 06:47 PM

Sounds trivial, but embarassing cold sores are a thing of the past.

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on July 14, 2010
at 05:58 PM

wow, really? I'm on week 5 of eating paleo and will have to look for this.. I have taken acyclovir daily for years because of terrible cold sores.

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on February 13, 2010
at 06:41 PM

Simplicity! As a batchelor, spending more than 15 minuits per meal seems a waste - and with paleo it's unnecessary. All the benefits and no need to play with my food.

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on December 29, 2010
at 04:41 PM

I feel calm and centered and 'saner'. I sleep much more deeply and enjoy it.


I think that unstructured play is the thing that most modern adults have lost. I think going out into nature and mucking about, even if your Nature Area is just a City Park, is wonderful.

Yes, it is wonderful - even if it is covered in snow.

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on November 09, 2010
at 06:29 PM

I've taken all my Weight Watcher and low calorie cookbooks to the Salvation Army store. (probably should have put them in the recycle bin) I love being able to lighten my load of stuff as well as getting lighter in body and mind. For some reason I worry less in general than I have my whole life. If I can lose weight eating yoghurt made with full cream and eat all the butter I can slather, bacon regularly and breeze through the supermarket without getting trapped by carbs, then who knows what other wonders are out there that I don't know about. . . yet. Thanks for updating this thread.

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on February 13, 2010
at 10:19 PM

The most underrated is the fact that paleo plus Vit D3 either in the form of UVB sunlight 20 min a day front and back or 10,000IU a day results in very little or no cavities and no diseases of the mouth.

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on November 03, 2011
at 01:52 AM

Rest, relax and play.

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on November 10, 2010
at 03:27 AM

I don't sweat the small stuff - if I cant change it or if it does not directly affect me - I send it through to the keeper! Paleo and helped me find calm in my life - and I am loving it!

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on November 10, 2010
at 01:45 AM

No more munchies after smoking bud.

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on November 10, 2010
at 01:34 AM

being tough enough to miss a meal or two

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on November 09, 2010
at 07:53 PM

It's the time I get to spend with friends and family in the kitchen instead of stuck in front of an idiot box. Also I love having a good reason to exercise my academic muscles and utilize the wealth of medical information that is available to me through my university. Honestly, those reasons right there are more than enough for me. The high quality food, health benefits, weight loss, and strength gain are all just perks compared to what I'm mentally getting out of paleo.

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