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In all honesty, not counting weight loss, who wishes they hadn't heard of Paleo?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 09, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Its great for weight loss. Its great for not getting sick. I am glad I'm on it and will stay on it. I'm doing this for a sort of poll - because darn it, there are many days where food planning and not eating what the rest of the world is eating starts to drive me nuts. I can't ever go back because of the science and logic of what I know now....so that gets me thinking, who wishes, deep down, at least sometimes, that they just hadn't ever started the whole paleo lifestyle to begin with?

(exceptions are people who did it for weight loss, although after maintaining weight for a while they would count for this as well)

Cutting processed food, sodas, candy, and lots of veggie oil is one thing. But all grains and a stricter lifestyle (as the science and logic leads you to want to do) can start to infringe on your lifestyle at times. This is a question about that sort of compliance with paleo.

There was a "paleo disillusionment" question recently, but let's set this up as a sort of poll.

First answer - either "Yes, honestly I do feel that way at least sometimes" or "Love it still, never would wish I hadn't heard of it." Second answer - whichever wasn't posted first.

Up-vote and down-vote each - it's that simple. Lets see how people feel and be honest.

EDIT - I also just can never get over how the only mainstream people that share our lifestyle are a collection of 8-10 doctors and non-doctors who wrote books for us(famous to us, not so much to the rest of the world). Very few celebrities, almost no pro athletes, and the rest of the nutritional and medical communities either barely know about it, or flat out reject it.

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on October 18, 2013
at 09:58 PM

If that were the case you'd be paying ~30 per pound for a cheap cut of grass fed beef. Sorry - just came out of a sustainability/mainstream discussion.

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on October 18, 2013
at 09:46 PM

Once a week a rep. from one of our suppliers comes into the office with a box of doughnuts. I used to gladly take a small one, knowing that just a little bit of doughnut wouldn't make me fat or anything (never been fat) but now I always turn it down. EVERY SINGLE WEEK three or four people come around and ask if I picked my doughnut and I have to beat around the bush or say I can't have gluten, which they'll forget the next week. I feel ya is all I'm saying.

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on October 18, 2013
at 08:32 PM

Ohh this sounds great, hope I get into balance so that I can have a cheat day in the future without messing my intire body up

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on January 16, 2013
at 05:16 PM

"I went my entire life (now 39yo, paleo for ~8mo) thinking you're supposed to feel bloated and gross and tired after you eat." That is the thing I tend to mention the most when people ask me about paleo. What an amazing thing to discover! I'm so glad I found it at 24, but wish it'd been birth. :P

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on January 16, 2013
at 05:10 PM

"Why, oh why didn't I take the blue pill..."

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:07 PM

This is pretty much me. I don't really mind trading one plate of food for another; I do mind the constant stress, the inevitable classification of foods as "good" or "bad" and the attendant guilt, the constant restriction, the social isolation...I remember I used to just eat whatever I was given and enjoy it and be grateful for it, and I miss that. The actual physical food itself is secondary.

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on September 14, 2011
at 03:12 PM

There's also a thread that was just added to PH yesterday about Novak Djokovic, #1 tennis player in the world, having gone gluten-free. Whether he's full paleo or is eatng other NADs is less clear.

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on September 11, 2011
at 01:37 AM

So basically, you're asking people if they're feeling whiny that they have to think about food differently? I don't let anything "infringe" on my life--I'll eat a bit of bread at Carrabba's, or eat some black beans & rice at a Cuban restaurant, but that's maybe once or twice a month and I don't beat myself up over it. Don't sweat the small stuff.

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on September 11, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Unfortunately science is irrelevant in the "mainstream".

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on September 10, 2011
at 06:43 PM

Patrik - I was totally going to use the Matrix movie reference/Cave allegory. This is revision to mainstream health consensus. Paleo folk are early to the party, but hopefully the science will eventually validate this for the mainstream.

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on September 10, 2011
at 06:10 PM

I feel the same way Natasha. I don't expect to see a day when I don't feel conflict.

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on September 10, 2011
at 02:51 PM

Quite a few places serve gluten-free pizza now ... I've had it as a splurge a couple of times, found it delicious, and while it's not perfectly paleo I like knowing I can enjoy pizza once in a while without eating wheat, which I'd never do now. So it's hardly an either/or choice.

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on September 10, 2011
at 01:56 AM

I am diabetic, so have to low carb. And, inconvenient as it is, I would never go back to being unhealthy.

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on September 09, 2011
at 10:52 PM

I do this too, but for much longer periods of time. Instead I opt to try and eat as paleo as possible whenever I can, and if I really want a cheat food, eat it, know it was bad for me, and move on with my life. It hasn't worked well for weight loss, but you should see what happens if I fall all the way off the wagon...

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on September 09, 2011
at 09:07 PM

You "took the red pill" and are now seeing "how far the rabbit hole goes".

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on September 09, 2011
at 09:06 PM

I couldn't agree more with the kid thing. It's so sad watching kids eat SAD. I only wish I had known about paleo years ago so I could have started my kids off on the right foot.

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

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on September 09, 2011
at 08:11 PM

n=1, but witness: http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/05/27/off-yearlong-vegan-diet-experiment-frank-mir-feels-stronger-for/

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on September 09, 2011
at 07:45 PM

you'd have to have some evidence or backup then to that claim about the athletes/celebs. In my opinion with the society's obsession with weight loss, muscle building, and athletic performance, we would know and have documented them at the first change or sign that they are doing it.

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on September 09, 2011
at 07:34 PM

Same here! I'm almost 40 and wish I had begun eating this way when I was younger. I spent most of my teens and 20's in a sugar fog. To me, it's easy to adapt when eating out. Sure, you prob won't get grass-fed beef, etc. but as long as I stay away from grains, all is well.

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on September 09, 2011
at 07:22 PM

Yes...this happens to me. I'll eat something paleo but sugary and it will set me off on a SAD binge. I agree though...you recover and go back to it. When you're sick feeling the next day it reminds you why you eat paleo.

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:57 PM

Yes I have read it.

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:52 PM

Not really - my original stance that I wouldn't trade feeling this good for **anything** still stands, but I wanted to clarify that I've just had a realistion; in my fleeting moments of "meh" RE Paleo lifestyle, what I miss most from my SAD days is not the food but the relaxed attitude.

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:48 PM

This post is sort a relief. After a year of Paleo, with very little cheating (no scheduled), no wheat whatsoever. I am in the best shape ever, thanks to paleo. Sometimes I end up discussing restaurants with my friends, and I still remember what place has the best pizza and what's my favorite flavor of B&J. I did so good progress back when I was trying to cut a few pounds, i never wanted to get off the wagon. Now when I feel that my insulin sensitivity is significantly better, I've started to think about whether a giant pizza one of these days would hurt me too bad.

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:43 PM

Have you read The Vegetarian Myth, Natasha?

33907fee54e98865a1988e5eef59147e

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:41 PM

WOW - big edit, this means this answer now could be classified in the missing or thinking about the old lifestyle category

33907fee54e98865a1988e5eef59147e

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:37 PM

smc - lifestyle meaning working with other people, dining with friends who don't eat what you do (e.g. they all want pizza), going to bars with co-workers, group dinners, snacks at work, etc. Simibee- thanks, it is boggling when you think about such drastic (and potentially critical in terms of your own body and health) dietary changes based on such a small set of promoters and approvers

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:35 PM

Yeah they've got a lot of sugar, but it all comes from dates.. so still a primal source. Plus I stayed away from any of the ones with chocolate in them... only the coconut, apple and peanut butter ones.

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:14 PM

Regarding your edit - it is a little mind-boggling that we all live our lives by these rules when you put it like that. I suppose it just shows how distorted your perspective can become when you essentially spend all your free time hanging out in an online Paleo echo chamber. Must remember to broaden my horizons!

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:14 PM

Don't mean to be dense, but how does "all grains and a stricter lifestyle" infringe on lifestyle? Paleo *is* a lifestyle.

33907fee54e98865a1988e5eef59147e

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:12 PM

they do, and that was my first reaction when I saw he said he ate them (assuming a bunch of them). Maybe in a big hike like that with lots of activity they are a good choice

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:08 PM

Don't Lara bars contain tons of sugar?

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:05 PM

I like this answer. I should really cheat more, I always think though about when I cheat how my immune system would get temp weakened

33907fee54e98865a1988e5eef59147e

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on September 09, 2011
at 05:56 PM

so to clarify, this is a vote that you don't ever think about what I asked?

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on September 09, 2011
at 07:09 PM

I'm honestly pretty happy to have taken that red pill. Going primal has opened up a brand new passion for me that encompasses health, (food) politics, and tons of new possibilities cooking-wise. Lacto ferments? Bone broths? hello!!

The only time I wish I didn't know is when I watch friends and family feed their babies and children horrific, glutenized, sugar-fied, trans-fatified garbage. There's something about watching someone unwittingly poison their offspring that just gives you the shivers. Especially when you can see the effects immediately.. hyperactivity, dark eye circles, rashes, etc.

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

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on September 09, 2011
at 09:06 PM

I couldn't agree more with the kid thing. It's so sad watching kids eat SAD. I only wish I had known about paleo years ago so I could have started my kids off on the right foot.

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Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:03 PM

Whenever I see other people my age just thoughtlessly stuffing whatever is easy/cheap/quick/convenient/delicious into their mouths, I envy their carefree attitude as I go back to considering the ethical and health implications of my choices and mentally planning how to fit being Paleo around having a social life.

Sometimes I feel like I'm missing out on the "eat anything no consequences" phase of being young, and I wonder if I'll regret not having indulged once my metabolism has slowed down.

So do I sometimes feel that I should have taken the blue pill? Yes, but it passes quickly, and frankly I wouldn't trade feeling this good for anything!

EDIT: In short, I realise now that I miss my SAD attitude to food more than any actual SAD food.

33907fee54e98865a1988e5eef59147e

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:41 PM

WOW - big edit, this means this answer now could be classified in the missing or thinking about the old lifestyle category

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:52 PM

Not really - my original stance that I wouldn't trade feeling this good for **anything** still stands, but I wanted to clarify that I've just had a realistion; in my fleeting moments of "meh" RE Paleo lifestyle, what I miss most from my SAD days is not the food but the relaxed attitude.

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on January 16, 2013
at 01:07 PM

This is pretty much me. I don't really mind trading one plate of food for another; I do mind the constant stress, the inevitable classification of foods as "good" or "bad" and the attendant guilt, the constant restriction, the social isolation...I remember I used to just eat whatever I was given and enjoy it and be grateful for it, and I miss that. The actual physical food itself is secondary.

Medium avatar

(624)

on October 18, 2013
at 09:46 PM

Once a week a rep. from one of our suppliers comes into the office with a box of doughnuts. I used to gladly take a small one, knowing that just a little bit of doughnut wouldn't make me fat or anything (never been fat) but now I always turn it down. EVERY SINGLE WEEK three or four people come around and ask if I picked my doughnut and I have to beat around the bush or say I can't have gluten, which they'll forget the next week. I feel ya is all I'm saying.

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De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

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on September 09, 2011
at 05:58 PM

I was thinking something like that last week, but I've since changed my mind. I went backpacking in Colorado over the weekend and hiked probably something close to 18 miles and 10,000 feet in elevation. Ate paleo the entire time thanks to Lara Bars and Primal Pacs.

Once I got back in Denver I when to Old Chicago and ordered a steak. Ended up eating a piece of my friends pizza and it all went "downhill" from there. I ordered some cheap ass cookie ice cream thing for dessert. Went to "taste of Denver" festival the next day and ate all sorts of crap (beer, margaritas, churros, nachos) went and played mini golf and ate two candy bars. Went to the movies and got ice cream afterwards. On the drive home I ate a burrito, two candy bars, ice cream and burgers.

And you know what, it was totally worth it. Besides being completely unhealthy it allowed me to understand that a slip up, hell two whole days of slip ups, aren't the end of the world.

The first day of being back home I ate a huge salad, worked out and then made some primal chili.

Everything is back to normal.

33907fee54e98865a1988e5eef59147e

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:05 PM

I like this answer. I should really cheat more, I always think though about when I cheat how my immune system would get temp weakened

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on September 09, 2011
at 07:22 PM

Yes...this happens to me. I'll eat something paleo but sugary and it will set me off on a SAD binge. I agree though...you recover and go back to it. When you're sick feeling the next day it reminds you why you eat paleo.

33907fee54e98865a1988e5eef59147e

(480)

on September 09, 2011
at 06:12 PM

they do, and that was my first reaction when I saw he said he ate them (assuming a bunch of them). Maybe in a big hike like that with lots of activity they are a good choice

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on September 09, 2011
at 10:52 PM

I do this too, but for much longer periods of time. Instead I opt to try and eat as paleo as possible whenever I can, and if I really want a cheat food, eat it, know it was bad for me, and move on with my life. It hasn't worked well for weight loss, but you should see what happens if I fall all the way off the wagon...

8d1ce78fe7071f2f60fd59365bf21cfc

(580)

on September 09, 2011
at 06:48 PM

This post is sort a relief. After a year of Paleo, with very little cheating (no scheduled), no wheat whatsoever. I am in the best shape ever, thanks to paleo. Sometimes I end up discussing restaurants with my friends, and I still remember what place has the best pizza and what's my favorite flavor of B&J. I did so good progress back when I was trying to cut a few pounds, i never wanted to get off the wagon. Now when I feel that my insulin sensitivity is significantly better, I've started to think about whether a giant pizza one of these days would hurt me too bad.

Fff58a1fd1e29d93fd6a25d3fdebbade

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:08 PM

Don't Lara bars contain tons of sugar?

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

(2227)

on September 09, 2011
at 06:35 PM

Yeah they've got a lot of sugar, but it all comes from dates.. so still a primal source. Plus I stayed away from any of the ones with chocolate in them... only the coconut, apple and peanut butter ones.

D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

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on September 10, 2011
at 02:51 PM

Quite a few places serve gluten-free pizza now ... I've had it as a splurge a couple of times, found it delicious, and while it's not perfectly paleo I like knowing I can enjoy pizza once in a while without eating wheat, which I'd never do now. So it's hardly an either/or choice.

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on October 18, 2013
at 08:32 PM

Ohh this sounds great, hope I get into balance so that I can have a cheat day in the future without messing my intire body up

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:49 PM

Not me. I wish I had heard of this sooner. I went my entire life (now 39yo, paleo for ~8mo) thinking you're supposed to feel bloated and gross and tired after you eat.

Of course, I am also not militant about this. Most of the time I have no problem making my lunch and dinner and adhering to the concepts. I am also social, and will have a beer or two, and a bun with my burger at the tailgate. I'm standing up and a bunless burger gets messy. If I'm out at a restaurant I can get a bunless burger or a salad, or figure something out.

I guess what I am saying is that I am fitter, more confident, and a better person to be around since finding this lifestyle, and I'm not going to let the lifestyle itself get in the way of enjoying my new found life.

F2eb9c945a9afb8dfe06e6ea99fcb34b

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on September 09, 2011
at 07:34 PM

Same here! I'm almost 40 and wish I had begun eating this way when I was younger. I spent most of my teens and 20's in a sugar fog. To me, it's easy to adapt when eating out. Sure, you prob won't get grass-fed beef, etc. but as long as I stay away from grains, all is well.

7efe820ea2b10a1d2a78977ce7a4f215

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on January 16, 2013
at 05:16 PM

"I went my entire life (now 39yo, paleo for ~8mo) thinking you're supposed to feel bloated and gross and tired after you eat." That is the thing I tend to mention the most when people ask me about paleo. What an amazing thing to discover! I'm so glad I found it at 24, but wish it'd been birth. :P

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on September 10, 2011
at 07:29 AM

Absolutely no regrets. The opposite, in fact. And last Sunday, I was positively gloating! I am 59, my partner 63. We had lunch with 4 slightly older friends who we have known 20 plus years.

And they were all discussing their ailments, their medications; one even said how boring not to be able to drink because of the pills! And there were my partner and I, the only two on no medication at all, the only two who were slim and feeling really vibrantly well - the only two well enough to have TOO MUCH champagne!

The best moment was during a "blood pressure discussion" - 3 of the 4 have BP pills - and I was asked if I happen to know what my BP was. When I said that it was usually around 110 / 75 they were amazed - just couldn't believe that simply not eating grains, or seed oils (I abbreviated things slightly!) could have such a profound effect on health.

But I am so glad to have found it. Thanks to all who have been posting and enabled me to find this amazing way of life.

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Medium avatar

on September 09, 2011
at 06:42 PM

Paleo becomes increasingly convenient over time as you find little things you can do to tweak it. For example, every day I eat a large steak for lunch which is impossible to cook in the morning and would be annoying to have to cook one by one the night before, so I just grill 3-4 of them and refrigerate them and take one in a pyrex container with me to work. It's even easier than if I went to a fast food place.

Regarding its lack of mainstream popularity, keep in mind that 10,000 years is still a long time, even though we dismiss it from our evolutionary vantage point. We're telling people that most of what they eat isn't really food, so don't expect it to catch on immediately.

Additionally, I think we're going to need to iron out a lot more of the details and increase the signal:noise ratio so we can give people clearer advice on things like weight loss.

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on September 09, 2011
at 07:33 PM

No regrets, I don't believe in them anyway. Living the paleo lifestyle has never crated issues for me nor will it ever. How/what I eat are no one else's business, my lifestyle is not either. I do not care if everyone around me is eating pizza and swilling beer I will eat & drink what I want to, I do not life my life based on other people's thoughts. I am a free, carnivorous animal. If people around me object they can kiss my tight, muscular, low body fat, normal blood sugar, low blood pressure, high energy, high stamina butt.

I do not miss any SAD food, never have cravings. Life for me is simple and so is my food, low stress. Food shopping is easy, cooking is straight forward.

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on September 10, 2011
at 08:31 AM

I'm glad I stumbled upon paleo. I wish the current American dietary guidelines (CW) didn't exist and that paleo was the norm.

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(624)

on October 18, 2013
at 09:58 PM

If that were the case you'd be paying ~30 per pound for a cheap cut of grass fed beef. Sorry - just came out of a sustainability/mainstream discussion.

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on September 09, 2011
at 07:10 PM

It is frustrating sometimes, to be hungry and open the fridge and look in the cabinets and not have anything there I want to eat. Or to be in an airport and walk past 10 "restaurants" and not see a thing that I want to put in my mouth. Totally hear you there.

But the simple Paleo diet plan has transformed my health, so what can you do. Maybe I need to find a place where I can buy 10 pounds of grass-fed beef jerky and keep stashes of it all over.

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:28 PM

Is eating Paleo more inconvenient & PITA than eating SAD? Without a doubt.

But it is like having taken the red pill, you are now "in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes."

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on September 10, 2011
at 06:43 PM

Patrik - I was totally going to use the Matrix movie reference/Cave allegory. This is revision to mainstream health consensus. Paleo folk are early to the party, but hopefully the science will eventually validate this for the mainstream.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on September 11, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Unfortunately science is irrelevant in the "mainstream".

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on September 09, 2011
at 05:46 PM

Its pretty inconvenient to eat paleo sometimes and I can only imagine how much harder it is if your low carb, so yes to an extent I do.

At the same time I would never give up the health benefits.

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on September 10, 2011
at 01:56 AM

I am diabetic, so have to low carb. And, inconvenient as it is, I would never go back to being unhealthy.

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:56 PM

Not me. I felt like crap every single day when I ate 'whatever I wanted' (while working in an Italian restaurant no less).

That said I am hardly strict "paleo". I eat dairy, white rice, corn tortillas, potatoes, hummus, smallish servings of other beans when the mood strikes, and am not afraid of sugar - milk chocolate, cheesecake, creme brulee, and other grain-free or mostly-so desserts are a regular treat. I drink coffee or tea every day, and alcohol (not beer tho, not worth it) on a fairly regular basis.

What is it that I'm missing out on again? I feel like I eat much tastier food, as well as more nutrients and less anti-nutrients, than anyone else I know.

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C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

No, because this is a case where ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is pain. I haven't had an eat-anything/no-consequences phase, maybe ever. I was a small child and went to bed with a queasy feeling in my gut every single night, and it just got worse from there. Can't say I'm fixed yet after six months of Paleo, but I now have hope that I can be.

And Chase, there are pro athletes and celebs in the Paleo way, but you don't hear about them because the journalist/editor/censor/fact-checker chain isn't on board to serve this news to you.

33907fee54e98865a1988e5eef59147e

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on September 09, 2011
at 07:45 PM

you'd have to have some evidence or backup then to that claim about the athletes/celebs. In my opinion with the society's obsession with weight loss, muscle building, and athletic performance, we would know and have documented them at the first change or sign that they are doing it.

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

(3499)

on September 09, 2011
at 08:11 PM

n=1, but witness: http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/05/27/off-yearlong-vegan-diet-experiment-frank-mir-feels-stronger-for/

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

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on September 14, 2011
at 03:12 PM

There's also a thread that was just added to PH yesterday about Novak Djokovic, #1 tennis player in the world, having gone gluten-free. Whether he's full paleo or is eatng other NADs is less clear.

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on September 10, 2011
at 07:56 AM

Meat is so delicious that I don't care about this at all. When I feel like cheating, I just think about the meat I can eat and I'm happy again.

Paleo made me feel better about myself : I always felt fat and stupid while eating potato chips, and I felt like I was wasting my life. Now I found "the way", and I'm not looking back.

It may be a bit weird, but paleo is a religion for me, and you don't see many christians "cheating", do you (eg. by turning into a muslim for one day)?

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Bad3a78e228c67a7513c28f17c36b3cf

(1387)

on September 09, 2011
at 09:21 PM

I am so glad I found Paleo. No regrets whatsoever. I suspect a lot of us no so young Paleos (I'm 52) feel this way, because chronic annoying health problems start getting more insistent the older one gets. I wasn't over weight, but gerd, insomnia, borderline high blood pressure and chronic headaches are no longer making my life miserable. Sure, I have to socialize a lot, but I don't make any apologies for not eating everything on offer. If someone wants to know why, I tell them, but I don't make a fuss about it.

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072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on September 09, 2011
at 09:17 PM

Thanks for throwing this question out here. I think it's an important one. Ignorance is certainly bliss and sometimes a big bowl of beans and cornbread sound awesome in the winter. I will probably actually indulge here and there in such things. Those are the foods I personally miss, not candy bars and other sweets. However, I am far healthier after having been Paleo for the last two years than I was when I was eating oatmeal and peanut butter every morning for breakfast and snacking on whole grain, high protein cereal and not being able to recall the last time I had eaten a steak.

Every decision in life has its pros and cons. In the case of choosing Paleo, the pros have far outweighed the cons for me.

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(1187)

on September 09, 2011
at 07:23 PM

I was a vegetarian for 10 years! Ha! I've been back on meat steady since 2003 or longer. I do eat cheese, but try a pizza full of toppings with a fork. Scrape it off the crust and throw the crust away. You can do it if the socializing is worth it. I've ready some of the other posts above. Cheat sometimes.

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7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

(2861)

on September 09, 2011
at 07:02 PM

I would say no, never even considered it. I don???t get all stressed out by occasionally cheating (mainly only at restaurants), and I prepare most of my food for the week ahead of time so I don???t really feel inconvenienced. But my idea of ???paleo??? has always evolved and is constantly evolving. I eat rice now, so technically I am not even ???paleo???.

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(10299)

on September 09, 2011
at 06:57 PM

Although I know what you mean, because I had similar thoughts (but not that heavy). Now I'm over it, and don't really think about it.

My thoughts were more: 'why isn't everybody else paleo, that would be much easier?'

Because, let's be honest, for me, somebody with no particular health problems, following a paleo diet is easy.

Except for the social difficulties.

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on September 09, 2011
at 06:37 PM

Yes, because I've always had an ethical issue with eating animals. Because of that, I was vegetarian/vegan for 20 years. Tho I was happy I wasn't contributing to the killing animals, this way of eating made me pudgy, gave me skin rashes and in general was not working. I've been eating paleo/primal for a while now and at age 61 my skin, hair and body are very happy. This way of eating agrees with me. I will always be ethically conflicted tho.

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(32556)

on September 09, 2011
at 06:43 PM

Have you read The Vegetarian Myth, Natasha?

3414f91a77f564517f30c391d36c85b4

(508)

on September 09, 2011
at 06:57 PM

Yes I have read it.

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(24286)

on September 10, 2011
at 06:10 PM

I feel the same way Natasha. I don't expect to see a day when I don't feel conflict.

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99a6e964584f20f3f69ad3a70a335353

(1334)

on September 09, 2011
at 05:53 PM

Tough question. I reckon gluten free would have helped with the inflammation to some extent anyway, and other than that it's mostly the weight loss and associated factors that keep me paleo. But really, much less inflammation, serious reduction in acne, an excuse to eat lots of red meat and butter, and significant reduction in flatulence all make it pretty worthwhile.

Of course it'd be nice to eat ice cream and chips and candy with impunity, but nobody can do that. You always pay the piper.

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(480)

on September 09, 2011
at 05:56 PM

so to clarify, this is a vote that you don't ever think about what I asked?

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on January 16, 2013
at 05:07 PM

Paleo is more difficult, but it definitely is better in a lot of ways vs. my living with the SAD

  1. Meal planning/cooking means I have to think ahead and shop in advance, which is not really a bad thing (less trips to the grocery store)
  2. Cooking my own food is really a lot cheaper than eating out or buying fast food (which I might be tempted to otherwise) Despite the somewhat higher price of some paleo food, it really does equal out (or come out actually a lot cheaper in my case)
  3. When eating out, eliminating a lot of the choices on the menu helps in terms of alleviating decision fatigue.
  4. By eating Paleo, I'm getting a lot of nutrient dense foods. In essence, it's the best bang for your buck - no grain or soy fillers, and the best absorption of nutrients.
  5. By eating Paleo, I don't get as sick as often as I used to due to cold and flu viruses. Great for when taking a sick day means rescheduling a dozen patients.
  6. By eating Paleo, I have more control over my eating schedule. Due to my line of work, that's a great thing. If I need to skip lunch, I can. If I need to eat dinner later, I can. I'm not dying of hunger or snapping at people because I didn't get my sugar fix.
  7. I find when eating Paleo that I am much more enthusiastic and able to focus on my professional life without having that awful insulin crash after eating.
  8. Last, and most importantly, discovering the Paleo diet/lifestyle has opened me up towards taking a different/alternative approach towards my own personal health, diet, and the way I view science and evidence based research in general. Reading up on diet has really helped me sharpen my analytical skils and make reading journals FUN and interesting. Going paleo has been one of the most inspiring and powerful decisions that I have made in my life, and I am applying the same principle (Research, ask questions, do more research, experiment with n=1, do more research and record results) to everything from healing cavities to enhancing my social interactions with others to figuring out what is science and what is bullshit regarding growing tomatoes. Most of the things I've done in life that were meaningful required quite a bit of effort and time and falling off the bandwagon multiple times. I would encourage you to see the effort as something productive, something helping you to be a better version of yourself, and less as a chore or a handicap. After all, the person you are doing Paleo for mainly is yourself!!

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on September 10, 2011
at 02:00 AM

I am 21 and understand where the OP is coming from. I would not give up this lifestyle and am absolutely happy I found it. What I have learned from reading your answers is that in many ways cheating a little to go out with friend or be more social has more benefits than staying strict 24/7. When I say cheating I usually mean eating meat at a restaurant cooked in veggie oil or eating a salad with subpar dressing but even if it means eating a sandwich once in a while I can see why it would be worthwhile. The advantages of not cheating even once in a whole month are outweighed by the advantages of not stressing about it and enjoying your time out with family and friends. Nice reading your answers and nice to know that this is a lifestyle that condones chilling out. : ).

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48b2a8e6d223d996957e1adaf8877eff

on September 09, 2011
at 06:30 PM

I never had a sweet tooth and think bread and potatoes are overrated. I have always loved meat, cheese, and salads so I love that I found Paleo/Primal. I am not going to say that I have always been glad though. Sometimes when it comes to eating out and drinking alcohol I tend to think that "...ignorance is bliss..." but hey, it isn't a religion and I am just practicing (for 15 years because I always come back to it) anyway.

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7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

(641)

on January 16, 2013
at 02:28 PM

Nope- I was SUPER sick. I found out I have celiac and I've felt AWESOME ever since.

Problem is, when I cheat on paleo, I go on a carb binge with the family over the holidays and because of the celiac, I sometimes feel it for a week or two. There's no small cheat. Even if I eat rice!

-Kara 21 y/o female

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:07 PM

I love it. I started Paleo for weight-loss and found something more important - control. Not to say I don't have my cheats, I do. But before Paleo I was like a junkie with carbs, never satisfied and always scrambling for my next fix.

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(149)

on January 16, 2013
at 12:39 PM

My 14 year old once wished that we hadn't gone paleo, because before we did he could eat grains and not get a bellyache.

The longer we eat paleo the more bothered we are when we do eat grains and veggie oil.

BUT he stopped saying that, now he feels sorry for those other people who do not eat paleo because our food is so much more tasty and flavorful and filling than theirs.

we will never go back to SAD.

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on September 10, 2011
at 01:09 PM

Not me. I've spent my entire life with stomach aches and weight issues and heartburn and headaches... I don't miss that at all!

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(1402)

on September 09, 2011
at 06:45 PM

The idea of eating food that our body is better able to utilize doesn't have much of a downside to me. I was always on the path toward "paleo", I just didn't have the knowledge necessary to eat healthy. The only downside I have noticed is that I'm a bit more of a food snob (this is a social problem, not a personal problem). And I'd consider myself rather liberal on food choices for myself and others, but others perceive your knowledge of food to be snobbish regardless.

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on October 19, 2013
at 03:31 PM

I wouldn't take back discovering paleo. I always thought that it was "normal" to feel sluggish and bloated and tired until I started giving my body what it really wants. The way it's changed my lifestyle has also been amazing! I'm in a better mood all the time, so I go out and enjoy life more, and I've also started really loving working out!

The downside that I've found is that I have trouble accepting my friends' and boyfriend's crappy eating. I know that I shouldn't push paleo on people, but it's so hard to watch loved ones eat horribly! Also, being young it's a bit harder to be spontaneous since I have to plan meals more than my friends. And I miss beer and bourbon!

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on October 18, 2013
at 08:15 PM

As a 16 year old girl, yes. It gets incredibly frustrating when I am the only one in my family and circle of friends who follow paleo. I have been doing it for over a year and still going strong, but I always envy the carefree and unrestrained way my friends handle meals and eating . And because my family isn't paleo, and quite frankly frowns upon my eating habits and lifestyle, I do all my own grocery shopping and cooking. Which, while balancing school, takes time. So when people ask me to hang out or study, I sometimes make up an excuse because "I have to go to the store and go home and cook" isn't exactly a relatable answer for them. But having said that, I can never go back, because I know too much ;) and in the long run I know it will pay off.

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(2918)

on January 16, 2013
at 07:31 PM

For me it's really a love-hate relationship.

I love the fact that I know how to eat to feel good, have tons of energy and maintain a good weight while eating a ton of food and never being hungry.

I hate the fact that I'm no longer oblivious to things like where my meat comes from, how many pesticides are in my apples, how many carbs are in what foods. As they say, ignorance is bliss, and I'm no longer in that blissful state of mind. I also hate seeing people eat sandwiches because they're SO EASY. I hate having to plan ahead and never just saying "oh I forgot lunch, I'll run out and grab something".

So yeah, I get what you're saying.

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(943)

on January 16, 2013
at 02:54 PM

I've often wondered what it would be like waking up one day and not caring the least about what I eat and just live happily with that.

I've always been lean despite eating to my heart's content and only having very minor symptoms of autoimmune diseases so in that sense I didn't have the big incentive to change my eating habits other than I wanted to try it out.

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