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paleo newbie questions

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Created April 17, 2011 at 8:09 PM

  1. can you ever loose too much weight and be too skinny? i'm a 34 year old woman, but am really tall (6'0) so i don't want to look like all skin and bones.
  2. any favorite recipes or fav websites with recipes?
  3. is alcohol okay? i saw a "wolff" margarita recipe but i also thought just red wine was permitted.
  4. i read lean meats, but then i read more animal fat. so confused.

guess that's all for now

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on April 18, 2011
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thanks guys!! i have my homework cut out for me, but i'm looking forward to it :)

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@Sarah, I think this is a pretty darn good answer from Neil. On your #4 I would also suggest a quick look at this: http://huntgatherlove.com/content/are-you-faileo-diet One of my favorite things from Melissa'a website. Go with the fat!

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1) Yes, you can lose too much weight. However, many of the Paleo people also have great fitness recommendations that are quite low-maintenance and can easily be geared to someone who just wants to be healthy and not spend a ton of time on "fitness" per se. As far as "can you have too low of a body fat %"... yeah, but probably not going to happen if you're just looking to eat healthy and do a little bit of exercise.

2) There are so many great recipe sites! Everyday Paleo. Mark's Daily Apple. Robb Wolf's site. Paleo Plan. Google "paleo recipes" and you'll be set. I also chose not to link to these sites because I'd rather have you go explore the resources. Like a treasure hunt :) You'll learn more that way. In general, throw some coconut oil in a pan, soften a veggie or two, and then add some meat and cook it. Throw on some spices somewhere in there and you've got a tasty meal.

3)Excess (more than one or two drinks, say) alcohol raises triglycerides, from what I've heard/read. Also fairly taxing on your liver and a big stressor on your body. Generally speaking, it's more helpful to think of things in terms of what their goods and bads are and not if they are "permitted" on a "diet." We recognize that grains have chemicals that are harmful to the human body so we choose to avoid them. Sugar is pretty bad stuff, too, so avoiding alcoholic beverages that contain lots of sugar is probably wise. Robb Wolf's "Nor Cal Margarita" is just lime juice, tequila, and a splash of soda water. Fairly harmless ingredients. Getting wasted has its harmful effects no matter what you drink.

4) Yeah... it takes a bit to hack through some of the disagreement here. Generally, I think people shy away from animal fat if it isn't as "clean" of an animal. That is, the animal isn't properly fed. Chicken fat tends to be high in Omega-6. Grass-fed beef fat is awesome. Pork fat is supremely tasty. Fat also tends to be where many toxins are stored -- if the animal has the toxins in the first place. I'm not a fat expert, but this seems to be what I've picked up along the way. Also, fats tend to be a large source of the caloric intake on the Paleo diet, so if you're aiming to lose weight you may be more conscious of how much fat you're consuming.

I got hooked on nutrition through Mark's Daily Apple, Robb Wolf's site, and The Eades' site Protein Power. Completely fantastic resources that can get your life pointed in the right direction.

Good Luck!

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on April 17, 2011
at 10:22 PM

@Sarah, I think this is a pretty darn good answer from Neil. On your #4 I would also suggest a quick look at this: http://huntgatherlove.com/content/are-you-faileo-diet One of my favorite things from Melissa'a website. Go with the fat!

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on April 18, 2011
at 12:56 AM

thanks guys!! i have my homework cut out for me, but i'm looking forward to it :)

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