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I'm confused about the Paleo diet

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Created January 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

I've been on a 100% paleo diet for about a week. Strictly meat and tuna. No vegetables,dairy, or fruits. Only water. I have lost about 9 pounds.

I keep researching this site and come across many posts who suggest 100%, 85/20, or 75/25. Is what I'm doing ok? If so how long do I stick to it before adding in fruits, vegetables or dairy? Some posts show that a 100% paleo will actually make you gain weight, others say it helps loose weight. Which one is it? What can I take for constipation?

I do plan to start jogging again in a week (3.5 miles three times a week). I want to start lifting when I get down to my ideal weight which is 180. I currently weigh 210.

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on January 15, 2013
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so if you want maybe stick with fat and meat for a few days and see what happens before you start adding vegetables, tubers, and fruits...warning: you might feel very sluggish and weak before you hit ketosis.

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I think youre confused with getting into ketosis (your bodies fat burning mode) vs. Paleo diet. eating mostly fat and some protein will get you into ketosis within a matter of days but It's not an optimal long term diet.

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at 11:27 PM

Some people eat all meat, but they are very careful to get enough micronutrients. The majority of us eat a lot of veggies to get vitamins etc.

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Thanks for the info. I think I just need to narrow it down. What I didnt expect to happen actually did happen. I was diagnosed with GERD and have been on Nexium for years. Some foods on my regular diet irritated my esophogus and gall bladder. Since starting the paleo diet I havent had any issues at all with my GERD.

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Thanks for the info.

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So the 100% protein/zero carb doesnt exist in a paleo diet?

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I think snow peas might be ok, you dont cook them. Eat the whole pod and peas. That are actually sweet.

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at 11:00 PM

No. But I love barbacoa.

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Are peas really on the list? I read legumes are, but peas are fine. could you please link the info, I'm very curious now.

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on January 14, 2013
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So the paleo diet does or does not have the full primal 100% in it?

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Pick up a copy of the Perfect Health Diet to gain a very, very good understanding of the evolutionary science and the research that supports an optimal human diet.

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That's not a paleo diet but a strictly carnivorous one. Paleo, to many (most?) of us, simply means a biologically appropriate diet. A biologically appropriate diet for humans includes meat (whole animal - fat, offal, bones, tendons, skin, muscle), vegetables, starch (for most), dairy (for most) and fruit. And some nuts if desired.

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on January 15, 2013
at 12:17 AM

Meat=paleo..veg=paleo...fish=paleo...animal fat= paleo...fruit=paleo..nuts=paleo...eggs=paleo...dairy(if tolerated)=paleo...potatoes(for some)=paleo.....just eat real foods, whole foods. Everyone is different, some tolerate dairy, others don't, intolerance & allergies can make huge differences in what one person calls paleo & another calls paleo, it also depends what you are after, if it's better health just eat whole foods that agree with your body, if it's weight loss then cut out fruits & potatoes until your weight is under control, a diet of just tuna & meat is a lot of protein which when consumed in large amounts converts to glucose anyway so it will negate carb restriction. There's info all over but it can overload you, read a few books, the primal blueprint by mark sisson is a good place for a beginner, or the paleo solution by robb wolf. Best of luck Derek.

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100% Paleo doesn't mean no veg. Eat ample veg - if anything, just limit the starchier ones if you're trying to lose weight, or the high-FODMAP ones if they give you digestive issues like gas. Veg and fat will help with constipation.

Also watch your tuna intake in terms of mercury.

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at 10:34 PM

Sounds like you are eating someting closer to Atkins than the paleo diet. The paleo diet (often referred to as "Caveman Diet") it encourages eating what our hunter-gather ???Paleolithic??? ancestors ate. The belief is our bodies evolved to eat the food that they evolved around. Hence the saying "eat like a caveman." That includes the entire spectrum of animal food including their eggs, vegetables and limited amounts of fruits and nuts. However, it does not include grains, dairy, peas and beans, processed oils, added sugars ect???.. i.e. food that we started eating after the agricultural revolution. While they seem familiar these foods make us fat, mess with our metabolisms, wreak havoc in our bodies, and can lead to many diseases. The paleo diet replaces these calories with real foods???fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood. I got the above from The Primal Plan paleo meal delivery.

I would start lifting now

As for how often you are eating paleo "if you???re eating fully Primal 80% of the time, the other 20% offers room for well-intentioned but practical choices when we can???t be Primal or choose not to be for a variety of personal reasons. Maybe it???s the limited options for an impromptu business lunch. Maybe it???s a family get-together. Whatever the context, our Primal lenses learn to seek out the most Primal option. Nonetheless, we hardly live in a hunter-gatherer world anymore. Sometimes we do the best we can. Once in a while, we deliberately make concessions for a special occasion. Compromise, a serviceable centerpiece of life" -Mark Sisson

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on January 14, 2013
at 10:45 PM

So the paleo diet does or does not have the full primal 100% in it?

7bad26013da6e4ecc4038d8bbf1078d2

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on January 14, 2013
at 11:03 PM

I think snow peas might be ok, you dont cook them. Eat the whole pod and peas. That are actually sweet.

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on January 14, 2013
at 10:49 PM

Are peas really on the list? I read legumes are, but peas are fine. could you please link the info, I'm very curious now.

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on January 14, 2013
at 10:54 PM

Paleo doesn't mean no vegetables, in fact you should eat a wide variety of them. You won't get enough of many nutrients otherwise. If you want to limit your carbs as most people do, just stick with crunchy vegetables. Fruits are ok in moderation.

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on January 14, 2013
at 11:07 PM

So the 100% protein/zero carb doesnt exist in a paleo diet?

32be195157f00ad15a933b8bb333dcc4

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on January 14, 2013
at 11:27 PM

Some people eat all meat, but they are very careful to get enough micronutrients. The majority of us eat a lot of veggies to get vitamins etc.

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on January 14, 2013
at 10:03 PM

Start lifting now, don't wait. Resistance training will help you with body recomposition more than jogging will.

Eating a paleo diet doesn't mean you can't have vegetables. If eating only meat is hard and boring, you won't want to stick with it long term. Consider adding some more variety to your diet. And, if you are not eating any vegetables, you need to be eating offal. Do you eat liver?

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on January 14, 2013
at 11:00 PM

No. But I love barbacoa.

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on January 14, 2013
at 11:17 PM

You need much more variety. Just tuna, meat, and water will not come close to covering all your nutritional needs. There are SO many Paleo variations out there that it becomes hard to pick which is the right one. Do you like to read? If so, there are many good low carb, Paleo books out there. The one with the most variety is Tim Ferris, the 4 hour body. Tim's approach is slow carb. One of the best Paleo books if you ask me.

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on January 14, 2013
at 11:26 PM

Thanks for the info. I think I just need to narrow it down. What I didnt expect to happen actually did happen. I was diagnosed with GERD and have been on Nexium for years. Some foods on my regular diet irritated my esophogus and gall bladder. Since starting the paleo diet I havent had any issues at all with my GERD.

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on January 15, 2013
at 06:35 AM

lots of fatty pastured meat and veggies. No grains, beans and dairy. avoid all vegetable,seed oils. only use real butter, olive oil and coconut oil.

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