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What should one keep in mind to avoid faileo?

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Created February 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM

No matter what version of Paleo you follow, what do you think are guidelines that make Paleo nutritionally sufficient and especially balanced?

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I'm sure you're right on all accounts. I'll pass looking at the ADA guidelines and such. Scary though that people actually trust government nutrition guidelines. Did people never hear the phrase "good enough for government work" before? LOL.

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healthy fats because, seriously, the research is overwhelming on the value of omega-3s etc. They are still too scared though to examine the poorly researched garbage they've been spouting since Ancel Keys turned the CW nutrition world to fat fearers. Too tied to what they've been saying for 40 years. Too afraid to deal with the advice being a big part of the rampaging obesity/diabetes problem world wide. For an excellent (horrifying) example of CW in action, go check out the American Diabetes Association guidelines. According to CW, everything you read here is crazy talk that will kill you!

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foreveryoung, Maybe you are young enough to have avoided much of the anti-fat advice. It really got started in the '70s, with a strong up swing in the '80s. However it still goes on today - mainstream dieticians are typically far more concerned about fat intake than too many carbs. The USDA still pushes low or no fat dairy, keeping fats below 30% of calories (this is quite low when you consider the alternates), avoiding cholesterol above 300 mg. You've clearly been reading/hearing more current information, but the CW (mainstream/govt supported etc) is still anti-fat, with some lip service to

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I have no idea what "Conventional Wisdom" you read, but I started learning about nutrition when I was 13 and was always under the impression that fats, "healthy fats" are beneficial and necessary. These healthy fats I learned about were in foods like eggs, nuts, and fish, olive oil, and avocado. The only real difference is that "paleo" prefers a heavy dose of saturated fats.

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Keep up the extra salt for as long as you eat less than 50 gms of carbs a day.

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If you cut carbs to below 50 grams a day, you will need to add some salt to your diet, because in ketosis you will excrete a lot of water. This is completely normal. Drink some salty bone broth twice a day, or just add some extra salt. Drink lots of water. This will deal with any headaches etc while you body adjusts to mostly fat burning metabolism.

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Eat enough calories to sustain life!

When going paleo, you will naturally cut out some carbs (probably quite a lot). You need to replace those calories from something. Your choices for calories other than carbs are proteins and fat.

Too much protein - probably more than 30% of calories - will make you very sick in a short time. Google "rabbit starvation" for the ugly details.

That leaves fat. Learn to ignore the conventional wisdom that says fat is bad. Fat is GOOD. Fat is necessary (see first sentence) (assuming you eat healthy fats - NOT transfats, not excess omega-6 oils)

"Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good."


Addendum to address the nutrition part of the question.

Eat real food. Avoid foods with labels. Real food is in the outer edges of the grocery, at the farmers market, from your local farmer, in your back yard.

Eat variety - this helps make sure that you get the nutrients/phytochemicals we don't know about yet. It also reduces the risks from any one food having anti-nutrients, pesticide or toxin contamination.

Eat nose to tail with animal products.

Eat lots of bright colors with plant foods.

There are no magic foods. You DO NOT need the latest exotic berry or mushroom shipped in from the Himalayas to achieve ultimate health. Real food never comes in a powder.

Humans evolved to be able to eat a pretty wide variety of foods in extremely varied environments. Suit your proportions of carbs/fats/proteins to your own particular needs. - There is no one right ratio for all.

"Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good."

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on February 28, 2013
at 02:46 PM

Keep up the extra salt for as long as you eat less than 50 gms of carbs a day.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on February 28, 2013
at 02:49 PM

I have no idea what "Conventional Wisdom" you read, but I started learning about nutrition when I was 13 and was always under the impression that fats, "healthy fats" are beneficial and necessary. These healthy fats I learned about were in foods like eggs, nuts, and fish, olive oil, and avocado. The only real difference is that "paleo" prefers a heavy dose of saturated fats.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on February 28, 2013
at 02:45 PM

If you cut carbs to below 50 grams a day, you will need to add some salt to your diet, because in ketosis you will excrete a lot of water. This is completely normal. Drink some salty bone broth twice a day, or just add some extra salt. Drink lots of water. This will deal with any headaches etc while you body adjusts to mostly fat burning metabolism.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on February 28, 2013
at 03:21 PM

I'm sure you're right on all accounts. I'll pass looking at the ADA guidelines and such. Scary though that people actually trust government nutrition guidelines. Did people never hear the phrase "good enough for government work" before? LOL.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on February 28, 2013
at 03:11 PM

healthy fats because, seriously, the research is overwhelming on the value of omega-3s etc. They are still too scared though to examine the poorly researched garbage they've been spouting since Ancel Keys turned the CW nutrition world to fat fearers. Too tied to what they've been saying for 40 years. Too afraid to deal with the advice being a big part of the rampaging obesity/diabetes problem world wide. For an excellent (horrifying) example of CW in action, go check out the American Diabetes Association guidelines. According to CW, everything you read here is crazy talk that will kill you!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on February 28, 2013
at 03:07 PM

foreveryoung, Maybe you are young enough to have avoided much of the anti-fat advice. It really got started in the '70s, with a strong up swing in the '80s. However it still goes on today - mainstream dieticians are typically far more concerned about fat intake than too many carbs. The USDA still pushes low or no fat dairy, keeping fats below 30% of calories (this is quite low when you consider the alternates), avoiding cholesterol above 300 mg. You've clearly been reading/hearing more current information, but the CW (mainstream/govt supported etc) is still anti-fat, with some lip service to

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on February 28, 2013
at 06:45 PM

I have a simple philosophy to keep me from Paleo fail-io nutritionally & mentally.

Eating/Cooking Ruts = Boredom -> Healthy Eating FAIL!

So I always suggest you keep things varied. If you are into CrossFit, that functions the same way.

Sweet & Simple, but you need the resources. I've written about this on my blog if you are interested in reading more...

Purpose In Every Step

Thanks!

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