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Paleo and "Nourishing Traditions" Newbie Question

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 12, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I have embraced the guidance in Nourishing Traditions a book on healthy eating and stumbled onto this sight and it seems there are tons of similarities. I feel better than ever and have lost significant weight following the book Nourishing Traditions. Is anyone familiar with Nouorishing Traditions and does it compliment PALEO? Thanks so much.

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Agreed, the major differences are that Paleo eschews most grains (but some allow rice and non-cereal grains like quinoa), legumes, and dairy (but most will have grassfed butter and/or ghee and some do full fat dairy). Paleo doesn't necessarily advocate soaking nuts (nothing against it) and does generally advocate limiting nuts because of Omega 6. But there is considerable overlap on issues like organic, grass fed and pastured meats, wild caught fish, fermented foods, eating offal and animal fats, avoiding industrial seed and nut oils and processed foods.

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Paleo is just stricter. Nourishing Traditions addresses the problems with grains, legumes, and dairy by peparing these things in traditional ways. The paleo way is to just not eat them. But even here on Paleohacks you will get a lot of folks having some sort of dairy and eating rice, or whatever.

I think most of us are on the same page in terms of fats, salt, etc..., though sometimes I read about some paleo guy talking up lean meats, low salt, and green leafy vegetables. Whenever I hear that I chalk it up to marketing, because that isn't really paleo- it is just mainstream diet advice, but with a little more meat instead of the whole grains.

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on June 13, 2013
at 12:07 AM

Agreed, the major differences are that Paleo eschews most grains (but some allow rice and non-cereal grains like quinoa), legumes, and dairy (but most will have grassfed butter and/or ghee and some do full fat dairy). Paleo doesn't necessarily advocate soaking nuts (nothing against it) and does generally advocate limiting nuts because of Omega 6. But there is considerable overlap on issues like organic, grass fed and pastured meats, wild caught fish, fermented foods, eating offal and animal fats, avoiding industrial seed and nut oils and processed foods.

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Paleo and WAPF (Weston A Price Foundation - you are calling "Nourishing Traditions") complement each other well for me. I have autoimmune disease (celiac) so using potatoes as a constant carb source is out, I don't eat much dairy ever, white rice is too hard on my guts for daily use, tropical starch sources are very high priced where I live so I don't do much of those but if I sour pseudocereals (buckwheat, teff) they don't bother me so I do some fermentation of them mixed with arrowroot and a bit of almond flour to make a few things for myself. I don't binge on it but it works well for me in tandem with a mostly paleo diet...

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