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How confident are you that this is the right lifestyle?

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Created June 20, 2011 at 1:35 AM

I was discussing this diet with my in-laws when my mother in law made s statement that i changed so drastically from my precious diet of low fat, high protein, high carbs. I told her that I was wrong. She then asked me "are you confident you are right this time?"

It definitely got me thinking, but the fact of the matter is my results speak for themselves. Am I exactly where I want to be? No, but I still have a lot of n=1 to go through and I am much better off then before. I also trust the science even though there has not been to many long term (8+ years) studies. I guess I am also confident enough to put my children on this diet

So I ask all of you, how confident are you that you have made the right decision?

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on June 24, 2011
at 10:21 PM

oops, you are right, See! Eating wrong even effected my brain! :-)

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on June 21, 2011
at 07:45 AM

^^What he said.

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on June 20, 2011
at 08:44 PM

2.5 million years of evolution might be right but what it means can easily be misinterpreted and poorly understood and usually is.

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on June 20, 2011
at 04:47 PM

Yea its time that I will be a regular contributor to paleo hacks. I have been in MDA forum for a while and will still be in there but this forum is so unique compared to MDA :)

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:47 PM

Monopoly reference

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on June 20, 2011
at 11:51 AM

Years and years ago I worked in a Health Food Store in Bowling Green, Ohio. I more or less tried one of everything that came into the store. Vitamins, oat bran, sugary yoghurt. I felt half sick all of the time plus I drank a lot of wine. I don't know how I survived that era. Now "gluten free, reduced carbs" works for me too. I also like eating fat unfettered and I feel great at 68. Opps 69!

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on June 20, 2011
at 04:29 AM

Good job dmoffett!

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on June 20, 2011
at 04:04 AM

Congrats! Very impressive.

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on June 20, 2011
at 03:31 AM

Yes. I agree it is not a fad. I just had to be sure. As for Archevore, I eat lots of potatoes.

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Hey toad good to see you on here. I'm a fan on fb :)

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:44 AM

Yes, this. Macros, portion sizes, non-toxic neolithic foods, exercise, sleep needs etc are all being tweaked and experimented with as I progress towards being healthy - but the heart of this lifestyle for me is to eat real food.

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:41 AM

I think so much of the experimentation and tweaking stems from a lifetime of poor nutrition. Healing on this level takes time. I wager a good amount of the problems people face when they ditch grains, legumes, etc. are healing reactions. Today I am sort of exhausted and depressed...but I don't have the food/gas baby that I carried around since as long as I can remember, my skin is glowing, I am lean AND strong and my sensitivity to what works and what doesn't is becoming more and more precise. It's a process that I trust.

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at 01:54 AM

What are the differences between the primal/paleo way of eating and archevore?

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on June 20, 2011
at 01:54 AM

The thing about primal/paleo is that its the furthest from a fab. How can eating the foods we were designed to eat and avoiding the foods most of us have a lot of problems with be a fad? And, again, its more about food. We will always queston what is the best diet. A lot of different primal/paleo diets - all eat differently. But, we all agree about sleep, sunlight, play, less work, being social, using our noggin, rest, fitness, etc. Right?

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Ab0369a70755bd07f44292b4ca8b2260

on June 20, 2011
at 01:59 AM

I am 100% sure that eating food that has no packaging and no ingredient list makes an ideal diet. Call it whatever you want, but it is the most natural and the most healthy.

792634a784ec6a636c3137d0903e11b4

(1196)

on June 20, 2011
at 02:44 AM

Yes, this. Macros, portion sizes, non-toxic neolithic foods, exercise, sleep needs etc are all being tweaked and experimented with as I progress towards being healthy - but the heart of this lifestyle for me is to eat real food.

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627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

on June 20, 2011
at 01:44 AM

I have been living a primal lifestyle for 14 months. The more strict I am with my eating, the better I feel. I was in "great" health pre primal... I am in extraordinary health today.

I know someone who has lost 220 lbs. from eating primal/paleo/low carb. I have a good friend who has lost about 120 lbs. from eating primal/paleo/low carb.

I see people everyday going from vegan to primal eating. Its never the other way around with Castle Grok being the only exception. The community is simply unbelievable which speaks for the lifestyle itself.

I've read countless books and articles on the subject.

There is too much that points in the right direction that this lifesyle is ideal.

So how convinced am I? 200%. People also need to understand that there is no wrong or right way.

Ditch the grains, legumes and dairy. Eat butter or raw cheese if you want. Have a piece of bread once a week if you wnat! The choice is YOURS.

And its more than just food. Go barefoot, get outside more for fresh air and sunlight, PLAY, work less, chill, rest, go on hikes, grow your own food, be as social as possible, sleep a lot, use your noggin!

This lifestyle is for every single human being on this Earth. Almost 7 billion of us. I am certain. More certain than the fact that I will wake up alive tomorrow. Seriously.

4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

(1138)

on June 20, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Hey toad good to see you on here. I'm a fan on fb :)

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on June 20, 2011
at 04:47 PM

Yea its time that I will be a regular contributor to paleo hacks. I have been in MDA forum for a while and will still be in there but this forum is so unique compared to MDA :)

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C33e8c236e72d67c4b6c028401d23cce

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:18 AM

I am 99% certain that there are errors somewhere in the current body of "paleo" lore. That's a big part of why sites like Paleohacks exist: to accumulate knowledge, compare results and allow us to modify our positions as new information becomes available.

Every single one of us is here because we weren't certain about where we were before. That lack of certainty will continue to serve us, and assure that we are, if not always on the right path, at least zig-zagging across it in an ever-narrowing wave pattern of verifiable results.

Sometimes I think that this kind of close scrutiny and experimentation is the most primal, and most human, part of living paleo. It's certainly one of the most awesome.

8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

(891)

on June 20, 2011
at 02:41 AM

I think so much of the experimentation and tweaking stems from a lifetime of poor nutrition. Healing on this level takes time. I wager a good amount of the problems people face when they ditch grains, legumes, etc. are healing reactions. Today I am sort of exhausted and depressed...but I don't have the food/gas baby that I carried around since as long as I can remember, my skin is glowing, I am lean AND strong and my sensitivity to what works and what doesn't is becoming more and more precise. It's a process that I trust.

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:04 AM

Sometimes I wonder the same thing. When I was doing low-fat, high carb and counting calories, I thought I was right. When I was doing the vegan thing, I thought I was right. Now that I am on Paleo, I know that I'm right because I am getting results. I have lost 22 pounds, I feel good and look good and everyone around me notices the difference. I didn't convert anyone to low-fat and I certainly did not convert anyone to being vegan. Afterall, I was 20 pounds overweight as a vegan, how crazy is that? Now that my results speak for themselves, others want to know what I am doing. That tells me I'm on to something.

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1b248f2c055023d69ce89479b467e5f8

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on June 20, 2011
at 03:23 AM

This weekend I have become VERY confident that I am making the right decision. I ave been following this way of eating since February. I have only lapsed a little here and there but when I did it was usually something that was too sugary but still gluten free, until this weekend. Everyday since Friday I have had at least one thing on the forbidden list, i.e. croissant, pop tart cake...I FEEL LIKE SH*#!!!!!!! And I am positive it is because I have eaten horribly wrong this weekend. I don't care if I never lose another pound or my numbers never improve on blood tests. I never want to FEEL like this ever again. I am back to the paleo/primal eating lifestyle IMMEDIATELY, do not pass go, do not collect $100 (Life board game reference). So, yes, I am very confident this is the lifestyle for me.

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:47 PM

Monopoly reference

1b248f2c055023d69ce89479b467e5f8

(190)

on June 24, 2011
at 10:21 PM

oops, you are right, See! Eating wrong even effected my brain! :-)

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on June 20, 2011
at 03:33 AM

A weight loss of 133 pounds in a year and a half have convinced me that this is the right lifestyle. I feel better and have more energy. No doubt this is the way to go. It's a learning process. No matter what you believed before or how long it took you to get here, you've found it. Stick with it.

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on June 20, 2011
at 04:29 AM

Good job dmoffett!

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on June 20, 2011
at 04:04 AM

Congrats! Very impressive.

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on June 20, 2011
at 05:03 AM

I never really chose paleo eating as a lifestyle, I have always done my own research and formed my own opinions and will continue to do so. I just happened to believe that grains and legumes are bad foods, conventional dairy is junk, fat is itself an important functional food, however we are not adapted to a certain amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids, we should include some meat and other animal foods since they contain some biochemicals that can't be found and plants and are readily incorporated into our physiology (carnitine, carnosine, CLA, creatine, cartilage...stuff that starts with C). The various ratios and types of foods are amendable but the principles about what I believe to be healthier than other options are pretty set in stone at this point. That doesn't mean that I might one day decide that grains are an amazing indispensable food, but I doubt it. I'll consider raw, pasture-raised butter and possibly whey once I find them, that is certainly a lot more primal (I probably relate more to Sisson's approach) than the stuff I could buy in the supermarket.

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on June 20, 2011
at 01:48 AM

(Note - I am mostly Primal with some Archevore)

I'm about 99% sure. At 68, I have seen lots of fad diets come and go. I worked at a natural food co-op for 10 years a ways back. So I've seen and tried many diets and "life styles." To a certain extent, I was already doing this lifestyle. E.g., gluten free and reduced carbs. I still approached Paleo/Primal/Archevore kicking and screaming. But everything I've read and tried backs it up.

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on June 20, 2011
at 11:51 AM

Years and years ago I worked in a Health Food Store in Bowling Green, Ohio. I more or less tried one of everything that came into the store. Vitamins, oat bran, sugary yoghurt. I felt half sick all of the time plus I drank a lot of wine. I don't know how I survived that era. Now "gluten free, reduced carbs" works for me too. I also like eating fat unfettered and I feel great at 68. Opps 69!

Ffc7e0ecad8e8831b528c5d4921377cc

(942)

on June 20, 2011
at 03:31 AM

Yes. I agree it is not a fad. I just had to be sure. As for Archevore, I eat lots of potatoes.

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on June 20, 2011
at 01:54 AM

The thing about primal/paleo is that its the furthest from a fab. How can eating the foods we were designed to eat and avoiding the foods most of us have a lot of problems with be a fad? And, again, its more about food. We will always queston what is the best diet. A lot of different primal/paleo diets - all eat differently. But, we all agree about sleep, sunlight, play, less work, being social, using our noggin, rest, fitness, etc. Right?

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on June 20, 2011
at 01:54 AM

What are the differences between the primal/paleo way of eating and archevore?

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on June 20, 2011
at 04:59 AM

I am certain and confident enough that I stake my health and my son's health (and he has has some health issues) on this lifestyle, basically eat natural food, don't eat crap. When we go up north to visit relatives I know what we are doing is right as we have family members in their 80's that are, slim, fit and still hunt with the young people, their eyesight is keen and their wit is sharp as ever.

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:25 AM

I am absolutely sure that avoiding grains, legumes, and dairy will result in a better life for anyone who undertakes it.

As for the OP'S ideas of high protein, high carb, low fat I'm not too sure. I don't think this thing called paleo goes into detail regarding macros.

I myself eat exactly what the OP says she used to eat: high protein high carbohydrate, with fat being the lowest of the three. But I'm paleo.

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on June 20, 2011
at 07:06 AM

I am convinced. Over the years (I am 58 now) I have tried all sorts of approaches diet wise to sort out asthma, IBS etc. Hay diet, heading towards veg (never cut out meat, just increased all veg by mega amounts), fish instead of meat, "Diamond" diet, Atkins etc.

This one works. It is easy - it is not a diet, it is a sensible life style - it makes sense - and the results speak for themselves. Over the two years I have been eating this way, I am always being told how well I look, asked what I've done - even been asked if I've had a face lift! And over the past six months I've had several people ask how old I am and respond with positive SHOCK when I tell them! Now, anything that creates such flattering comments just has to be for real!

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on June 20, 2011
at 04:10 AM

I had so many positive results (total reversal of major and minor health issues) that there is no way of eating that could improve on things. And when I slip up, I get sick. Easily observed, for me.

I agree with ben6128 that f/p/c ratios are not anywhere near as important as whole foods, high nutrient intake, and limiting toxic compounds/Neolithic agents of disease.

However I've found I thrive on high-fat and moderate (not high - I get blood sugar, energy and sleep issues) carbs.

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on June 20, 2011
at 08:33 PM

For me, the results of paleo speak for themselves--better mood, better sleep, better skin, better body composition. I don't care if anyone else agrees.

BUT...I also agree with the commenter who said that we don't know everything there is to know yet. The body is a complex system, and we shouldn't get caught up in paleo ideology or triumphalism, but instead keep up with the personal characteristics that got us here--specifically, open minds and willingness to try something and honestly evaluate the results.

Just because one aspect of paleo works (eating like our ancestors lowers our insulin and leads to weight loss, strength, and health) doesn't mean it's the complete or only answer. It's one answer. For me, probiotics/fermented food and paying attention to my acid/alkaline balance have had big benefits for my skin. Lately, I've also gotten really interested in the lymphatic system, and in various ways of keeping it moving--skin brushing, acupuncture, oil cleansing, etc., and I'm seeing some early results that suggest improving lympathic circulation can improve health, aside from diet and exercise.

As someone said, don't believe something and keep believing it in spite of the results. Try something and pay careful attention to the results. Then, if something else makes sense, try that too.

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on June 20, 2011
at 02:12 PM

100%. I've done the research, and seen and felt the results.

How can 2.5 million years of evolution be wrong? :-)

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on June 20, 2011
at 08:44 PM

2.5 million years of evolution might be right but what it means can easily be misinterpreted and poorly understood and usually is.

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on June 21, 2011
at 07:45 AM

^^What he said.

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