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How paleo is your paleo? :)

Answered on September 05, 2013
Created August 07, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Hello :)

I know there are a lot of variations of the paleo lifestyle : with rice/potatos or without, VLC or High Carb, Some dark chocolate or never ever ''cheating'' on not perfectly safe foods. Calorie counting or not?

Thats why I would like to know :

a. You are paleo since....

b. A description of your version of paleo ...

c. Why you do it this way? What are the benefits that motivate you?

d. How active are you?

Thank you very much! :)

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on September 05, 2013
at 05:14 PM

6'2 and 145lbs is really light, how come butter is labeled as a cheat?

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on August 08, 2013
at 04:39 PM

my arms and abs look so much more toned after I started doing them. I like that the movements are always different, too.

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on August 08, 2013
at 02:05 PM

CD, in German you are a lil bit ''zickig'' :) Linds, respect for the 3,5 years! I totally liked your version :)

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on August 08, 2013
at 12:34 PM

I can totally pronounce "chocolate espresso brownies".

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on August 08, 2013
at 08:57 AM

Nice! :) I like Tracy Anderson too, do her workouts on my rest days :) They are easy and shaping - perfect combination ! :)

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on August 07, 2013
at 07:38 PM

Hehehe nice said, but would like to hear some more answers ;)

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at 07:36 PM

calculating how paleo your paleo is is not paleo

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Eb3c83c339e81d0bd6e1b6b97148af65

on September 05, 2013
at 06:54 PM

a. Been paleo for one month

b. Pretty close to the Cordain version. Lots of vegetables, fresh fruit, as high quality meats and eggs as I can purchase, and nuts/seeds. The occasional cheat ( I shoot for 95%) might be if something I eat out has some breading, or if I occasionally have a small shot of liquor. I try to avoid dairy, beans, grains, and potatoes.

c. This way is working well for my digestion. Pre paleo I had acidic diarrhea about twice a week. I had chalked it up to dairy but noticed even avoiding dairy did not have much of an improvement. Little did I realize that grains/legumes were punching small holes in my gut. I also did not understand how much non paleo foods damage the acid balance in your body. I have also lost fat and gained muscle, which will continue over the next few months I am sure. My energy level is more constant now too and I avoid headaches between meals.

d. Moderately active. Work out daily if I have time, and try to do physical activities on other days. But definitely not a triathlete by any means.

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on September 05, 2013
at 06:39 PM

I've been doing paleo strictly for about a year. I do VLC paleo because of candida issues. If I eat potatoes or other high carb thing, I get horrible muscle cramps, and if I keep it up, I get rashes, brain fog, and other awesome symptoms. Its a magnesium/insulin thing. Anyway, I don't eat chocolate due to carbs. I don't eat carby things very often and then its less than 20 grams a day. I don't count low carb veggies into my carb count though, so I probably eat 20 grams a day, and then once in a great while, 20 grams from something like Wasa light crackers. I don't count calories, but I intermittently fast from time to time. I have been doing low carb for years, off and on, but fibromyalgia convinced me to go strict low carb. Reading about the nastiness of prepared foods (polyunsaturated oils, additives, MSG, aspartame, etc) convinced me to go paleo. Oh, and I don't eat dairy, other than butter because of intolerance. I eat blue berries or melon on RARE occasion. I only use stevia. I dont eat beans, grains food (other than the rare WASA cracker), and I only eat nuts occasionally because they really dont appeal to me. I cant eat coconut oil because it greatly disturbs my blood sugar. I don't eat potatoes, corn, or other starchy veg...very often. Like I said, it causes cramps badly. So, a typical daily selection of food goes like this: breakfast--eggs with sausage and bacon, onions, tomatoes, avacado. Lunch--ground turkey or tuna salad, egg salad, or meat and veg. Dinner--meat, veg, salad.

I am fairly active. I ride a bike a few times a week for cardio. I don't go crazy with cardio, probably 140-150 in the heart rate for about 30 minutes. I also lift weights 2-3 times a week and try to raise my weight as often as I can. Muscle burns fat and I am trying to lose weight.( I am 5'6, so I am close to my goal range).

I like VLC paleo. I've never felt better, but its hard to live this way outside my house. Restaurants are a challenge and people think you are a tin hat wearing kook to shun the perfectly "healthy" food that the govt offers up. And worst of all, people judge you harshly for feeding your kids this "drastic" diet plan. 0_o lol

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on September 05, 2013
at 06:20 PM

How long: Primal really, but that's my version of Paleo ala Mark Sisson... since April of 2012.

My version: I do eat some dairy (Greek yogurt, cheese -- I try to make it raw/grass fed cheese --) I avoid all gluten containing grains, don't eat legumes (including nearly all soy products) anymore. I eat: fresh seafood & fish, grass fed beef, organic, pastured chicken. Lots of green veggies, especially organic spinach and swiss chard. About 1/2 an avocado daily. Berries, and other fruits (but mostly the less starchy/sugary ones -- I don't eat a lot of bananas, for example). Still don't do much in the way of organ meats (yet), but I do make my own bone broth. Depending on my level of activity/length of my workouts, I do eat some starchy foods, particularly sweet potatoes and butternut squash, but also some non-paleo things, e.g. the occasional white potato, sometimes (very rarely) brown rice pasta, or rice in a sushi roll. (Think less than 1x/month) My "cheats" are the occasional "popcorn" chip (ingredients non-GMO corn, pressed sunflower seed oil, salt), dark chocolate and ice cream (but making sure that it does not contain HFCS while I'm at it). Looking to start making my own frozen "desserts" with honey and/or dates and coconut cream -- instead of the ice cream. I am not so religious that I exclude things like tamari (wheat free) or (plain) rice wine vinegar -- but these are occasional seasonings, not staples. I do a lot of cooking, which I enjoy, get a lot of my ingredients from a local farmer's market, and use lots of fresh herbs. I cook with grass fed butter and olive oil.

Why, and the benefits: I've lost 30 lbs, mostly excess body fat WITHOUT counting calories, measuring, "dieting" etc., and put on MUSCLE -- at the age of 50-plus and peri-menopausal to boot. My high blood pressure is GONE. My bowels are regular, my skin looks so much better/smoother/softer (and I've always had "good" skin) that someone recently made a weird comment about my having had "work" done (i.e. cosmetic surgery or procedures!). Hah! (and, never!) And, last but by no means least, I now have the stamina to do multi-sport endurance events, my first triathlon a few weeks ago. My moods are much more even (prone to seasonal depression -- mostly gone). My bloodwork is FABULOUS -- super low triglycerides, high "good" cholesterol, etc. Also, I am now sleeping more & better than ever before in my life (and I've been a poor sleeper since childhood!).

d. I am very active, but limit the really hard/high intensity workouts to twice a week (with a personal trainer, a crossfit style workout focusing on mostly bodyweight exercises/high reps, to build strength and endurance). The rest of the time: swimming, cycling, and running at a mostly easy-ish pace, outdoors as much as possible (including trail runs!), with intervals/hills thrown in there every 7-10 days, for all 3 disciplines. Yoga 2 or 3 times a week. It's a pleasure to have as much energy and feel so motivated for, and recharged by, all this activity. (the only difficulty being finding all the time for as much as I want to do!)

edited to add: I should mention that I do drink a fermented coconut milk kefir a few times a week, and also eat nuts and seeds, as well as plain dried coconut -- about 1 oz daily on average. I mix it up between almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and cashews -- I usually soak the raw/organic version, then dehydrate them just using my oven on a low setting. Delicious & (I find) a little easier to digest nuts and seeds this way, than eating them either raw or roasted in the conventional way. I'm also a big fan of what Mark Sisson calls the "Big A** Salad" which is a pile of raw greens with all kinds of non-starchy, multi-colored vegetables (raw and/or cooked) on top plus some protein such as salmon or any other healthy animal protein, on top. I prefer dressing this simply with olive oil & lemon juice, and a little bit of sea salt and cracked black pepper. I never feel deprived when I eat like this. As far as restaurants, I keep it low key, and try to just order things I know won't contain the things I don't eat. (Grilled meats, salads, etc.) I tend not to eat out casually; I plan nearly all of my meals and bring my own snacks when I know I won't have the opportunity to eat my regular meal/at the more or less regular time. (example of snack = small organic apple + handful of nuts & seeds) And, occasionally (rarely) when I REALLY want to eat something as a treat (e.g., a super tasty pastry-chef-prepared chocolate cake at a community picnic), I just do. It's rare enough (and usually a small enough portion) that it doesn't derail me or make me feel sick.

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606f2967e2ada25eb0bc2ed677ec2845

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on September 05, 2013
at 05:02 PM

a. You are paleo since....

Hmmm say about exactly 1 year now (thank you Mr,Sisson), but im gonna celebrate my official 1 year paleo anniversary on christmas with the biggest turkey money can buy, yes a whole turkey

b. A description of your version of paleo ...

I include potatoes/sweet potatoes/white rice/greek yogurt/whey protein/goat milk/cottage cheese/bananas , i think most of this is debatable wether or not it is paleo but its my version ;)

c. Why you do it this way? What are the benefits that motivate you?

I am trying to pack on some lean muscle mass, hence my additions alot of dairy/carbs/extra protein sources. Personally dairy doesnt seem to have a negative effect on me, I always get organic/grass fed of course, no acne or fat gain like some complain about

d. How active are you?

3x a week heavy lifting, the usual compound lifts. 1x a week hiit sprint session, and my usual day to day liss which doesnt really go in the excercise/activity box for me personally but I do get around alot by walking or cycling since I dont drive (no license yet)

I will just add I also smash about 6-10 eggs daily and usually fast 16 hours a day but thats just me

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on August 08, 2013
at 03:20 PM

26 year old male, 6'2 145lb and rising!

a) paleo 3 months

b) Strict: No dairy, alcohol, veggie oil, gluten, white sugar. Ethically and sustainable meats always

Cheats: corn, beans, rice, butter, and the sub-par oils i am sure restaurants use.

Daily Essentials: 3-4 eggs, sweet potatoes, 3/4 meat, gobs of veggies, green drinks (greens dates, avo, cocowater), bone broth, home ferments

c) It allows me to participate in a food culture i enjoy, local farmers and ranchers, curious probiotics, butchery, and charcuterie, elegant dark chocolate. I see myself making lean gains and getting stronger. I also have more food options than i did as a gluten free vegan. Digestive issues have also improved some (i poop every morning and it is not diarrhoea). The down side is my cholesterol is way up but my LDL/HDL ratio is very good

d) Crossfit (of course) 3-4 days a week, lots of bike commuting (3-7 miles a day) yoga in the mornings on non crossfit days. Job on my feet

606f2967e2ada25eb0bc2ed677ec2845

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on September 05, 2013
at 05:14 PM

6'2 and 145lbs is really light, how come butter is labeled as a cheat?

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on August 08, 2013
at 12:22 PM

a. Paleo for 3.5 years

b. My Paleo means not eating anything that I can't pronounce, avoiding most things with 'labels', avoiding anything processed or refined and eating a wide variety of fresh local foods. I do not count calories, I don't worry about fat content and I eat when I'm hungry and don't if I'm not.

c. I eat to fuel my body. I eat this way because it has freed me from my previous obsession with food. I am no longer restrained by having to eat every 3 hours without getting sick/shaky/lightheaded. I can go all day without eating if I need to and that is incredibly freeing. I used to have to plan ahead every time we went anywhere, being sure to bring some quick carbs along just in case, but not anymore.

d. I'm active every day. I love to walk and I run sprints/intervlals 2 days a week, with strength training 3-4 days a week. I play sports for fun (vball and basketball) and get outside and enjoy the sun as often as I can.

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on August 08, 2013
at 02:05 PM

CD, in German you are a lil bit ''zickig'' :) Linds, respect for the 3,5 years! I totally liked your version :)

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on August 08, 2013
at 12:34 PM

I can totally pronounce "chocolate espresso brownies".

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on August 07, 2013
at 11:56 PM

a. October 2012, stopped being gluten free vegan (after 8 years of it)

b. No dairy, sugar, grains, processed food. Mainly fish (salmon, sole, etc), eggs, other meat, veggies, fruit, nuts, coconut anything, honey.

c. I enjoy the way I eat. I worry less. I eat over 5000 cals a day, and don't worry about how I look. Freeing. I enjoy my food.

d. Bike every day

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on August 07, 2013
at 11:29 PM

i stick to meat, veggies, fruits and a little nuts/seeds for all of my meals. I love fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut, and pickles. I do still use things like mustard and coconut amino acids because I like the flavor. I just started using cocoa powder in my smoothies after over a year of not eating it. just got a sudden craving for it.

I do take a lot of supplements due to absorption issues.

my main motivation is my health. I've been paleo almost one year but this past week have been in the hospital on high dose iv steroids, pain killers, and azathioprine. I cant believe how bad my ulcerative colitis still is after this long following the diet. I guess I was hoping to see remission sometime in my future, but now I know this diet won't cut it. I am thinking I will have to get an ileostomy pretty soon.

for exercise, I love tracy Anderson workouts and usually do those every day. I've been riding my recumbent bike a lot since i'm on prednisone and it makes my joints hurt. I don't do anything high intensity just because i'm pretty weak right now. I like taking walks when I feel up to it.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on August 08, 2013
at 04:39 PM

my arms and abs look so much more toned after I started doing them. I like that the movements are always different, too.

Fc21adc6731e324c0354b97505988e1f

(45)

on August 08, 2013
at 08:57 AM

Nice! :) I like Tracy Anderson too, do her workouts on my rest days :) They are easy and shaping - perfect combination ! :)

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on August 07, 2013
at 08:23 PM

I've been eating paleo for a year. I am pretty relaxed with my diet compared to others here,.. I eat yogurt, cheese occasionally, rice, and a couple times a week I eat other non paleo but not horrible foods like black beans, corn, and humus. I always focus on avoiding gluten. I workout 6 days a week. Half of my workouts are running and the other half are bikram yoga. Within running, I alternate between 4-5 mile runs and track workouts such as half mile repeats etc. I keep this lifestyle to maintain a healthy weight and avoid disease as I age.

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on August 07, 2013
at 07:51 PM

lol at CD...I agree...being paleo should be something you just do, not measure, constantly learning, tweaking, and evolving, but I'll still answer because you asked and I'm in a great mood after a HIT workout and a plate of Kale w/ Grassfed beef & eggs to follow ;)

A) I've been paleo since Oct-Nov 2012 (can't remember exactly when Primal Body Primal Mind brought me back to the good side)

B) My current version lies pretty close to Perfect Health Diet and BulletproofExecutive Diet. I avoid carbs like the plague...until the evening :) letting myself burn more fat in the morning with BulletProof Coffee which almost always holds me over from 7AM - 3-4 PM...no joke...but a workout is thrown in there too, usually. Then I come home and eat almost always grassfed beef (just got some PolyFace beef...mouth sex) and/or eggs cooked in coconut oil/lard. Then I have dinner at 7-8 with more meat, leafy veggies, and a starch depending on workout load

C) This works because it helps me to keep caloric intake manageable. I'm still deciding how much they matter compared to the hormonal effects of certain foods. I love carbs too much to fully eliminate them and recover/perform better in my High Intensity Workouts (90 lb add onto deadlift in a month!) Carb backloading also doesn't seem to be putting fat on. Sleep is an iffy one though. Gotta nail that down somehow.

D) Activity. Barely any lol. I do the HIT (emphasizing eccentric training with this) every 9-10 days and am finally making gains. I hit the martial arts room to slap the bags around a bit for fun and speed work. I like foam rolling and TRX/stability stuff, but I'm starting a paleo club at UMD, so I'll be upping my moving for the sake of getting others to move too and I have the energy. Most of my energy now is just put into my blog/researching online (wisorhealth.weebly.com if you have time :) ). I wish my genetics allowed for more frequent lifting because I absolutely love it, but I'd rather make gains, so I'm giving myself needed recovery. As part of the club I'm going to be doing more bodyweight CrossFit stuff (our gym forbids olympic lifts). Oh, and I also sprint every 7-10 days. Sometimes rowing, sometimes biking, sometimes running, sometimes a combination of them. Whatever I feel like. But I feel GREAT

THat was a little long, but I'm just chillin after eating so nothing better to do.

PS If you read the blog, I will love you.

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