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Have you become a paleo junkie?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 04, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Have you learned all you possibly can about paleo, but cannot help yourself from checking every blog on a daily basis? Do you get annoyed or anxious when your favorite blog hasn???t been updated for a while? Does it bother you when you hear or read the same concepts being repeated over and over again.

Paleo is supposed to be quite a simple concept to grasp. Eat whole foods; avoid grains???blah blah blah. We all know these things now. (newbies excluded). There are certain things within paleo/primal/ancestral that can be fine-tuned for the individual, but the general concepts are the same.

Of course there are new concepts and new research that comes along once in a while, but these typically confirms or conforms to our already held beliefs. Is it just the satisfaction of these new studies confirming what we already know the ???juice??? that keeps us coming back for more? I don???t propose that I know everything and neither does anyone else for that matter, (though some seem to think they have all the answers), I just wonder how much more I can possibly glean from the paleosphere to live optimally.

I might even say that all this ???studying??? has in fact hindered my ability to live optimally since I spend too much time on it and not enough time practicing what is ???preached???. Or, am I the only one?

PS: I will continue to look daily, I???m addicted after all!

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on April 05, 2012
at 06:31 PM

And Stephan Guyenet at Whole Health Source: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:58 PM

And Dr Emily Deans: http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:56 PM

I also like That Paleo Guy: http://thatpaleoguy.com/

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:52 PM

The very popular Robb Wolf: http://robbwolf.com/

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:51 PM

And of course Paul Jaminet, Perfect Health Diet: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:49 PM

Darya Pino: http://summertomato.com/

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:48 PM

And Melissa Hunt.Gather.Love: http://huntgatherlove.com/content/start-here-post

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:47 PM

And Chris Kresser: http://chriskresser.com/

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:46 PM

And Dr Kurt Harris: http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:45 PM

Hi, Susan! I'll post a few starting with J Stanton: http://www.gnolls.org/1141/eat-like-a-predator-not-like-prey-paleo-in-six-easy-steps-a-motivational-guide/

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on April 05, 2012
at 04:05 PM

I'm a mainframe programmer. Work comes in fits and starts. I'm kinda like the Maytag repairman.

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on April 05, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Great point on the recognizing the danger in "I was done and I had the answer" e.istre! You are absolutely right that evolution and growth are the constants, not a set perspective.

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on April 05, 2012
at 02:41 PM

+1 for the "tunneling honey badger"!!!

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at 02:12 PM

hahaha I feel I spend more time devouring research than smashing out workouts! I suppose it's better than snacking or doing something like that, though I suppose the hours I do re-reading confirmations of what I already know would probably be better spent walking or doing something at least moderately active...oh well...I love to geek out

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on April 05, 2012
at 01:22 PM

+1 Me too. Beware the tunneling honey badger.

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at 04:47 AM

Wow, what do u do for a living. Maybe I should find another gig, as I don't have enough time to pee.

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on April 05, 2012
at 02:32 AM

Love this comment. I don't think Paleo is necessarily the end of nutrition. We will keep evolving the concepts, the ideas, and the tools. Nutrition should grow with us. I think my fatal mistake as a vegetarian was believing "I was done and I had the answer". Never again!

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at 02:31 AM

Love this answer! I don't think Paleo should be the end of nutrition.

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at 09:17 PM

Me too. I have nearly 7 of my 8 hours as total free time. All while at work, I did an online degree and wrote two books, so PH and blogs is an important and interesting and fun filler.

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at 08:24 PM

Feel better to have that off your chest? :-))

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at 07:23 PM

Marks site is my favorite. One of the things I like most about his site is that it is daily and I can go there once. On this site there is always new posts to check in on, which can become an obsessive habbit. Other sites like Free the Animal or Fat Head are sporatic and I find myself checking in way too often looking for an update. I agree that I check all these site excessively to keep me motivated too.

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at 07:11 PM

Reading this and keeping up with marksdailyapple.com keeps me motivated!

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This is my situation also, that is what prompted me to ask. I just got into the habbit of checking my favorite blogs incessantly waiting for the next update and that got me to thinking about it being an addiction.

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on April 05, 2012
at 12:34 AM

While I've read quite the standard Paleo lineup of books (Primal Blueprint, Primal Body Primal Mind, Good Calories Bad Calories, The Paleo Diet & The Paleo Diet for Athletes, The Paleo Solution, etc.) I tend to avoid paleo websites, blogs, etc. (I do get MDA updates in my email, so I like to peruse the daily topic.) and a lot of people I met at last months Paleo FX were surprised that I don't listen to "the podcasts" and follow the comings and goings of the "paleo elite".

I do like to check in on Paleohacks to see what questions are being raised, and regardless of the criticism levied at this site by many in the paleosphere, I think it is one of the only places where honest expression of ideas, concerns, questions, etc. can be had. Yes, some of those ideas, concerns, etc. are ridiculous, but many are deeply insightful, and, for the most part, having anonymous profiles allow people to say what they really think without fear of reprisal or backlash.

Nassim Taleb discussed the dangers of "tunneling" in his book "The Black Swan - The Impact of the Highly Improbable". Essentially, "tunneling" is what occurs when one narrows their focus to a particular field of study (or a particular aspect of a particular field) and therefore sees an increasingly detailed but increasingly isolated slice of knowledge.

With this in mind, the primary focus of my study is to not have a singular focus. I enjoy reading Jarred Diamond's books (Collapse, Guns Germs & Steel), Evolutionary Biology courses (available at my local library), and economics and business books (Malcolm Gladwell, Nassim Taleb, Brian Anderson, etc.)

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on April 05, 2012
at 02:32 AM

Love this comment. I don't think Paleo is necessarily the end of nutrition. We will keep evolving the concepts, the ideas, and the tools. Nutrition should grow with us. I think my fatal mistake as a vegetarian was believing "I was done and I had the answer". Never again!

E1c41fc9d29cec2c3066e000c9562d92

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on April 05, 2012
at 02:31 AM

Love this answer! I don't think Paleo should be the end of nutrition.

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on April 05, 2012
at 01:22 PM

+1 Me too. Beware the tunneling honey badger.

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on April 05, 2012
at 02:41 PM

+1 for the "tunneling honey badger"!!!

Medium avatar

(19479)

on April 05, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Great point on the recognizing the danger in "I was done and I had the answer" e.istre! You are absolutely right that evolution and growth are the constants, not a set perspective.

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:26 PM

I'm on this site everyday. Someone is always talking about pooping or "Raw Egg Farts". It's funny, informative, and liberating.

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:17 PM

Well, my job really sucks. Mostly because there isn't much work. So I have to do SOMETHING while sitting in front of a PC for 8 hours a day.

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on April 05, 2012
at 04:47 AM

Wow, what do u do for a living. Maybe I should find another gig, as I don't have enough time to pee.

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on April 05, 2012
at 04:05 PM

I'm a mainframe programmer. Work comes in fits and starts. I'm kinda like the Maytag repairman.

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on April 04, 2012
at 09:17 PM

Me too. I have nearly 7 of my 8 hours as total free time. All while at work, I did an online degree and wrote two books, so PH and blogs is an important and interesting and fun filler.

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:51 PM

This is my situation also, that is what prompted me to ask. I just got into the habbit of checking my favorite blogs incessantly waiting for the next update and that got me to thinking about it being an addiction.

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on April 04, 2012
at 05:55 PM

I will admit, it is a part of my daily routine to check every primal/paleo blog that I like and find most informative each day. I guess it's mostly as a reminder to keep doing what I'm doing since I feel great, and look better, etc.

I like it. It's not the only things I read up on, and we are in modern society, but don't let it take up your time out in the real world doing things like... well, like playing.

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on April 04, 2012
at 05:53 PM

I personally don't think one can know everything. I go through waves of checking my favorite blogs; sometimes I check them often, other times I check out for a while. I think the main thing I have taken from this whole experience is self-awareness with respect to my nutrition. I certainly fall under/align with the overarching paleo framework, but after much trial and error, figured out that there is really no uniform diet that works for everyone. I eat based on what I have decided works best for me and my goals, but am also constantly checking it against new information and ideas.

Stay agile...

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on April 05, 2012
at 01:28 PM

I'm starting to think PH is too high reward for me. Whenever I get the courage to post an answer, I keep checking to see if my rep is changing. People are nice so usually it goes up, and then I feel all important and come back for more.

It's like electronic sugar. AAAAAck. "STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER!"

That said, I have learned a lot here. I also visit Mark's Daily Apple because he talks at least half the time about stuff other than food.

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on April 05, 2012
at 02:26 AM

I'm a newbie (what are those blogs you're talking about) and PH keeps me connected/informed/amused, connected/informed/amused. Which is VERY helpful after 2 weeks of feeling sick and now better. Should I start a Paleo meetup in Atlanta?

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:46 PM

And Dr Kurt Harris: http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:52 PM

The very popular Robb Wolf: http://robbwolf.com/

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:48 PM

And Melissa Hunt.Gather.Love: http://huntgatherlove.com/content/start-here-post

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:45 PM

Hi, Susan! I'll post a few starting with J Stanton: http://www.gnolls.org/1141/eat-like-a-predator-not-like-prey-paleo-in-six-easy-steps-a-motivational-guide/

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:47 PM

And Chris Kresser: http://chriskresser.com/

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on April 05, 2012
at 05:58 PM

And Dr Emily Deans: http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on April 05, 2012
at 05:56 PM

I also like That Paleo Guy: http://thatpaleoguy.com/

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on April 05, 2012
at 06:31 PM

And Stephan Guyenet at Whole Health Source: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:49 PM

Darya Pino: http://summertomato.com/

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 05, 2012
at 05:51 PM

And of course Paul Jaminet, Perfect Health Diet: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/

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on April 04, 2012
at 10:51 PM

When I first started out I was definitely a Paleo junkie. My world was flipped upside down and I felt like I was behind the curve so I began reading every article/blog/book I could get my hands on. I would check my favorite blogs daily and I became the king of hitting "refresh" on Paleo Hacks.

Nowadays, my overall approach is much more relaxed. Though I still hit "refresh" on PH quite often, I might go a week or two between checking out my favorite blogs. With that said, just when I really start to kick my feet up someone like Kurt Harris will pop back into the picture with a captivating post and suck me right back in...

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on April 04, 2012
at 08:22 PM

After 12 months now of being MOSTLY Paleo (wheat free for sure)....I find I go in spurts with "tooling up." There isn't a day that goes by however that someone brings up the topic of food and it ultimately comes back to GF or Paleo. Once we realize we've all been "fed" a load of crap all these years and we break the addictions to wheat/flour, it all makes sense (more sense). I've been accused of preaching Paleo (or simply just GF for starters) is a "cure-all"...my answer, "HELL YES IT IS!!" Seek the evolution and science at all times folks! AND know who's backing the studies, who's benefiting, and why. ...sorry for the rant/tangent.

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on April 04, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Feel better to have that off your chest? :-))

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on April 04, 2012
at 08:17 PM

It's definitely a hobby, but my obsession level varies from not to definitely based on the "hot" questions and what's going on in my life.

At first, this was a learning process but now it's more of a place for social interaction and mutual support. It's actually a little less interesting but more rewarding.

There have been times I chose to come here, or visit some blogs, as a way to distract myself from junk food cravings. I don't get those any more, but if I am stressed I tend to come here and that may be why I recently complained about a negative tone on some conversations--I came here "needy" and wound up worse. I learned from that because I found my way to serenity despite the fact that I didn't find it here. I found it watching sports and bird-watching and gabbing with friends.

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on April 04, 2012
at 08:05 PM

I don't check any blogs. I'll follow a link to a blog post and then I might read a few other entries while I'm there but that's it.
I prefer to check out message boards.

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