@TheGastronomer made an excellent point earlier--I should not call myself "paleo" anymore.
So I guess this is my coming-out-of-paleo post.
I've begun eating freely in order to heal my adrenals and get my temperature up. I'm tired of being tired and cold and unable to do much of anything. I'm tired of orthorexia.
I'm ready to live and eat and be healthy. And have a sex drive.
I will be avoiding PUFAs/AA (arichodonic acid), and excess anything. I'll back off the sugar excess once my body is convinced I've stopped starving it.
I hope to always stay open-minded about this and everything else. I've already lived through a religious cult and I am not going to be a food cultist.
(a week of Matt Stone's advice and I am a new person, FWIW. Eat For Heat, Eat Better Than a Caveman, etc.)
If I need to delete myself from this group I will, but I've always loved the interactions here. So much more civility and intelligence than the norm. :-)
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on February 19, 2014
at 12:01 PM
Sounds good. I think I can dunerstand a bit where you are coming from, having reintroduced dairy recently and cultivating a different mentality than had in the past... Experimenting is still fun though, it just won't be so much like try play soccer without realy any carbs (done that already...! (I must say that warmed, spiced milk post workout is great...)
I don't see why you 'need to delete youself'... There might be some dogmatism promoted on this site sometimes, people stridently giving their opinion on the way™ to do things, but for me this is not need to spur you to not continue being in community with the people you enjoy intereacting with... To delete/withdraw due to some dietary liberalisation is absurd to me... Who says eating pizza can't be 'healthy'...? Health is many things to many people... I glad you have willingness to consider different points of view, and make up your mind...
Maybe if you 'can't call youself paleo' (who is arbitting...?), this might invite some critical thinking about the meaning of definiing. Was 'paleo' man, woman etc very stringent in theri approach, never being willing to be flexible, enjoy the honey pot...? Maybe the honey pot is always around in soem settings these days, but this is no reason not to enjoy some well made pizza occasionally, if you can and are willing, no...? If paleo is about wrapping up in cotton wool, and trying to live the longest/with least problems manifesting from food consumption, count me out... Hell, I don't need or want any label anyway...Most here I can think have braodly similar aspiration in pursuing 'health', and in many respects that relates to mental and bodily wellbeing... I suspect sometimes mental wellbeing is subrodiante and physcial can then follow, with isolation of food molecules and nutrition as being influential factors (rather than being part of a big picture) happening here sometimes...
Good luck with 'refeeding' Beth :)I hope things go well for you. In my book call yourself what you want. I will not say you aren't 'paleo' for seeking your health... While even 'paleo' people probably didn't care so much about health as many do today, I still think that caring and consdieration is what makes a lot of people on this board and other 'non'paleo' borads similar... What is more primitive/primal/paleo than self preservation and caring for those around you...? :)
on February 18, 2014
at 08:51 PM
Beth, I had the same problem when I went Paleo-ketogenic. I had the exact symptoms as you did. Cold and shivering in the middle of a hot summer. However, this was not the case anymore when I simply started eating more carbs, up to 120-130 gr of net carbs per day. You don't have to bid adieu to paleo to have a version of the diet that works for you. Chris Kresser has said many times that some people need more carbs, or they go into hibernation (due to their Reverse T3 going berserk -- there's no way to fix this, getting more T3 is not the right solution). The only thing you can do, is add more carbs AND go out in the sun more. However, that does NOT mean that you should start eating gluten again! Or seed oils. Or processed foods.
Simply add some more tubers, maybe some white rice or quinoa, maybe some dairy if you can tolerate it, and properly prepared legumes. But, still, don't go for gluten, or seed oils, or too much sugar. These are the big-3 in terms of bad health. Everything else, is a "yes, but" kind of a deal, under the right circumstances.
on February 18, 2014
at 08:45 PM
did Paleo cause your adrenals harm? I'd love to hear more of your story, i suffer from some of the things you've listed
on February 18, 2014
at 08:46 PM
I applaud you for your sincerity and honesty. I wish you well and hope you enjoy the freedom of being able to eat the foods that you love. Eating delicious food is quite a pleasure and I completely understand and applaud your choice. Although some of us choose differently (mostly for health reasons), it doesn't make your stance any less valid.