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How strict paleo are you on a daily basis?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 08, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I ask this question because my friend who is paleo thinks I'm too restrictive since I choose not to eat grains, dairy, veggie oils, legumes, soy, and corn. He eats peanut butter, butter/cream, white rice, and adheres from grains only like 80% of the time. Usually when I go out, I make the most paleo choices possible. If there's butter in it I don't care, but I abstain from grains 100% of the time as much as I can help it. What about you guys? How extremely strict or not is your diet? How often or not do you cheat? And if you do what is it on? Is there something the original paleo diet opted out of (white rice, dairy) that you consume?

Thanks!

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on December 12, 2012
at 06:51 AM

100% I'm a human. Would a primal person eat a jelly donut? He would if she could. The advantage of being a modern paleo is I know what the consequences are if I do.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on December 12, 2012
at 02:05 AM

So then how often do you feel you are "paleo"?

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on December 12, 2012
at 02:04 AM

I completely agree. I just feel the effects of gluten so much when someone sticks it in my food that I don't want to cheat.

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on December 11, 2012
at 04:02 AM

+1. I tried following paleo in a more relaxed way (based on pressure from family and friends) and found it to be too slippery a slope where eventually it felt like I was cheating more often than I wasn't cheating. Much easier for me to just stay on all the time as long as there are paleo choices.

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(355)

on December 10, 2012
at 09:06 AM

Thanks Matt. I thought that might be the case

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on December 09, 2012
at 02:14 PM

I would imagine that beers made specifically with wheat would be more problematic. I actually tend to seek out wheat beers, as I prefer their flavor.

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on December 09, 2012
at 02:13 PM

Most beer aren't made with wheat and the fermentation process destroys gluten and gluten-like proteins. Budweiser for example is tested below 20 ppm gluten, which is technically good enough to be called "gluten-free". It all depends on the individual, mostly if you are a particularly sensitive celiac. If you're otherwise fine with wheat (as most folks are), a beer or two should not cause issue.

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(355)

on December 09, 2012
at 05:23 AM

Most beers are gluten free? Could you speak more to this. Please

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on December 09, 2012
at 12:13 AM

I totally agree with you :)!

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on December 08, 2012
at 03:25 PM

I drink a few pints of beer/ale about once a week.

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on December 08, 2012
at 09:05 PM

I'm pretty strictly paleo too. Never corn, legumes, sweets, or grains, and only minimal amounts of dairy. A little cream in my eggies, bit a' buttah, some super dark chocolate (85-90%), but that's it. Oy. A glass or two of wine on holidays. If you feel good, you look good, and are happy with your diet, then you're doing fine. I don't have any paleo friends (except my boyfriend who doesn't know I cook him paleo-only foods) and even when I go out with people, I stick to my guns. Eating healthy makes me happy, and makes me feel like I'm taking care of myself. That's all that matters.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on December 09, 2012
at 12:13 AM

I totally agree with you :)!

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on December 11, 2012
at 04:02 AM

+1. I tried following paleo in a more relaxed way (based on pressure from family and friends) and found it to be too slippery a slope where eventually it felt like I was cheating more often than I wasn't cheating. Much easier for me to just stay on all the time as long as there are paleo choices.

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on December 08, 2012
at 05:04 PM

For me the most important thing is to stay away from wheat and dairy. A little bit of honey, sugar, alcohol, chocolate, dried fruit does not hurt.

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on December 08, 2012
at 04:55 PM

Paleo for five years, and I don't cheat. That said, only you can decide how important are your health and the way you feel, compared to someone else's opinion of you.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on December 12, 2012
at 02:04 AM

I completely agree. I just feel the effects of gluten so much when someone sticks it in my food that I don't want to cheat.

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on December 08, 2012
at 04:11 PM

Paleo for nearly 2 years now. My kitchen remains 100% gluten free, I do dairy and some sugars though, and the occasional beer, but most beers are gluten-free even if not specifically labeled as such. I do rice and corn too.

Eating outside my own kitchen, paleo gets tossed out the window. Anything is fair game. That's maybe 5% of the time though.

So 5% eating out, 5% from dairy, 5% from sugar, 5% from beer, corn and rice... probably 80/20 paleo.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on December 09, 2012
at 02:14 PM

I would imagine that beers made specifically with wheat would be more problematic. I actually tend to seek out wheat beers, as I prefer their flavor.

9c4ba98a3b480408bcf207f558fe659b

(355)

on December 10, 2012
at 09:06 AM

Thanks Matt. I thought that might be the case

9c4ba98a3b480408bcf207f558fe659b

(355)

on December 09, 2012
at 05:23 AM

Most beers are gluten free? Could you speak more to this. Please

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on December 09, 2012
at 02:13 PM

Most beer aren't made with wheat and the fermentation process destroys gluten and gluten-like proteins. Budweiser for example is tested below 20 ppm gluten, which is technically good enough to be called "gluten-free". It all depends on the individual, mostly if you are a particularly sensitive celiac. If you're otherwise fine with wheat (as most folks are), a beer or two should not cause issue.

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on December 08, 2012
at 04:05 PM

i started paleo about 115 days ago and haven't cheated once. i go all out when it comes to trying new diets because any room i give myself just doesn't work. i want to be fair in assessing my progress so i wouldn't be able to do that if i cheat.

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on December 08, 2012
at 03:25 PM

I eat Kerrygold butter daily and peanut butter once-twice a week. I eat a few servings of grains a week, usually white rice or for something sweet I will make cookies with oats(flour free). I recently tried gluten again with absolutely terrible consequences so that is one that I can NEVER cheat with.

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47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on December 11, 2012
at 03:20 AM

I don't "cheat" I "treat!" and sometimes I full on binge. I suffer the consequences, I think I'll be fine with a bag of chips and the next thing you know I am going 100% Pizza Lolo, so finding out what my triggers are (and who's holding that gun) and knowing what the consequences are, dealing with that and moving on without going into a gut-guilt downward spiral are key things for me to remember. Most of this can be avoided by shopping and cooking ahead.

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on December 12, 2012
at 06:51 AM

100% I'm a human. Would a primal person eat a jelly donut? He would if she could. The advantage of being a modern paleo is I know what the consequences are if I do.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on December 12, 2012
at 02:05 AM

So then how often do you feel you are "paleo"?

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