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Is Paleo right for everyone?

Answered on November 11, 2013
Created November 04, 2013 at 7:51 AM

I've been trying to follow the Paleo diet for a while now, but I'm starting to wonder if it's really how I function best. By "Paleo", I mean:

eliminating gluten and most dairy (no fat-free or "flavored", as in conventional yogurt)

cutting out processed foods

focusing on fat and protein, rather than carbs

My skin has improved on this diet, but I'm struggling with my weight and am wondering if this is really working for my body. I love the ideas behind the diet, and the science makes sense to me, but I can't help but question whether this way of life is really going to help me achieve my personal goals for my health and fitness. I feel more satisfied I suppose after meals, but every few days, I'm hit with pretty intense cravings. I can often ward them off by drinking a lot (water, not alcohol), munching some raw veggies and indulging in a little high fat snack (like a few slices of bacon), but I can't shake the idea that something isn't right. Thoughts?

(ps I'm not planning on going raw vegan or anything. I'm considering adding back conventional carb sources (like grains), not buying Jell-O and other super processed crap like that)

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on November 05, 2013
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I think that "are you right for paleo?" is the wrong question to ask - those who struggle with it have addictions to the additives (MSG, exorphins in wheat, etc.) in food-like-products that they've been eating for years, in some cases, dozens of years. There's a lot of damage to undo in some cases, a lot of it is literally psychological warfare from advertising and the idea of what's healthy (but actually isn't) being pushed on the public by cereal and other product pushers.

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on November 04, 2013
at 06:18 PM

Mexi-Paleo was much catchier than whole-food-are-you-sure-you-can-call-yourself-paleo paleo

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on November 04, 2013
at 05:57 PM

Why the hostility max? I'd say you wrote quite something else anyway... and it was a comment, not an answer. If you wanted to answer, you should have answered.

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on November 04, 2013
at 02:08 PM

If consumed frequently or as a staple, you're not paleo.

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on November 04, 2013
at 09:43 AM

Wrote nearly the same thing.

Learned to read tge comments before replying.

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on November 04, 2013
at 08:07 AM

what ever works for you, adding back grains would prob be last resort imo, there are lots of 'versions' of paleo to play with.

"I'm struggling with my weight"...are you trying to gain or lose weight.

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on November 11, 2013
at 03:42 AM

To put it very simply, nothing is right for everyone, everbody's body reacts differently to different diets-the diet that makes one person feel energetic and vibrant could make another person feel weak and tired, and paleo might not be right for some people.

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on November 04, 2013
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Paleo is simply removing toxic neolithic foods and food like substances. It's good for all humans, and even pets (with obvious modifications).

Weight gain/loss, performance, muscle-gain/loss are simply variables you can control through others means.

Fat loss can be achieved by tweaking things like carbs, limiting/removing nuts, limiting protein intake to actual need, ensuring good quality sleep, lowering stress, addressing any underlying hormone issues (insulin resistance, lack of estrogen/testosterone, melatonin, etc) and any possible remaining leaky-gut or gut flora issues.

Switching to grassfed sources of beef/bison can help here as CAFO fare is usually swimming in growth hormones and antibacterials.

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on November 04, 2013
at 06:05 PM

I'm convinced that certain aspects of Paleo are good for everyone.

These include:

-Cutting out processed foods

-Cutting out industrial seed/veggie oils

-Minimizing grain consumption

-Eating more varied, whole, JERF-style foods.

-Eating healthy meat, even if in moderation

-Watching your PUFA's (both n6:n3 ratio and total PUFA)

-Watching your sodium:potassium ratios

and probably a few others....

And if you do those things, you are basically paleo in one sense or another. So yeah, maybe it's good for everyone. Just experiment on the details since everyone is different. VLC doesn't do right by most people for long periods. IMO it's no better than becoming a fruitarian.

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on November 04, 2013
at 03:04 PM

The question might be "are you right for Paleo" - every diet or lifestyle change requires you to want the change. How hard of an effort do you put into it to tweak it so that you don't crave foods. It might be that being older makes it easier to adapt to change because you have experienced so many different attempts at new diets. It fits perfect for me, I have zero issues sticking with Paleo but I can see it is a struggle for my 17 year old son as he is pulled in different directions at school or with friends and just being 17 he has doubts about its usefulness.

Even if you don't stick with it, don't feel that it failed you, come back when ready to try again.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on November 05, 2013
at 12:47 PM

I think that "are you right for paleo?" is the wrong question to ask - those who struggle with it have addictions to the additives (MSG, exorphins in wheat, etc.) in food-like-products that they've been eating for years, in some cases, dozens of years. There's a lot of damage to undo in some cases, a lot of it is literally psychological warfare from advertising and the idea of what's healthy (but actually isn't) being pushed on the public by cereal and other product pushers.

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on November 04, 2013
at 12:54 PM

There's no one-true paleo diet, the principle behind it all is to figure out what works for you, it's an individualized diet. There are core principles to adhere to though. All the way from auto-immune protocol paleo (uberstrict, necessary for a tiny few), to run-of-the-mill lower-carb paleo, to Perfect Health Diet… or my version, whole-food-are-you-sure-you-can-call-yourself-paleo paleo (anything verboten is consumed very infrequently).

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on November 04, 2013
at 06:18 PM

Mexi-Paleo was much catchier than whole-food-are-you-sure-you-can-call-yourself-paleo paleo

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on November 04, 2013
at 09:41 AM

before trying to add back grain try adding other carb sources like potatoes and sweet potatoes.

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on November 04, 2013
at 08:08 AM

Low carb doesn't agree with me so i do a Perfect health diet approach. You might want to check it out. It's more encouraging about safe starch intake like white rice and white potatoes and helped me with cravings, low energy and i just never cheat on it. I don't think there's a right or wrong way, just what works for you. If raw vegan works for some people then who am i to disagree with their experience :)

Fa14fbe0ac345e586fb407dbed9eda04

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on November 04, 2013
at 09:43 AM

Wrote nearly the same thing.

Learned to read tge comments before replying.

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