What, in your opinion, is the basic standard paleo way of eating? It used to mean: no grains, no dairy, no sugar, no soy, no white potatoes, no GMOs, no beans, responsibly-raised and humanely as possible culled meat. The basis was vegetables and meat, limited fruit. I try to stick to this as ideal. Is this still your ideal of paleo? Why or why not?
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on July 22, 2012
at 08:00 PM
My idea of paleo is high food quality (organic produce, grass fed/wild/free range meat and fish).
A Food List (80+% of calories):
- meat, fish, eggs
- green, leafy vegetables
- herbs/spices are okay, as are nightshades, if tolerated.
B + C Food List (<20% of calories):
- B: traditional fats: coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil, butter/ghee, I guess you could include whole nuts/seeds here too
- C: fermented dairy products: yogurt, kefir, etc.
Exceptions I personally (make up way less than 20% of calories)
- coffee, tea, beer, wine, alcohol, dark chocolate
on July 22, 2012
at 07:57 PM
Yes. Because it works for me. I sometimes wonder how many of the people who favor piles of exceptions have tried straight paleo. I think everyone would benefit from doing a W30 or Robb Wolfs 30 day challenge to find out.
I'm concerned that many people new to paleo see all the "it's ok to eat xxx" and never realize they should try out a true paleo diet.
on July 23, 2012
at 05:14 AM
When it comes to eating Primal (paleo+dairy) I think I am pretty compliant in what I eat on a regular or semi-weekly basis, with the exception of a little dark chocolate, coffee, and depending on your opinion, potatoes. My cheats are still generally quality foods, just not Primal. I recognize that not everyone can tolerate dairy and that I'm lucky to be able to, and I would encourage anyone to take it out of their diet for at least 30 days to see how it works for them.
What I eat regularly:
All manner of animals; ruminants, poultry, pork, all seafood that I like.
Animal fats such as bacon grease, butter, schmaltz and lard when I can get them. Also olive oil. I don't generally add fat to vegetables except to raw leafy salads which I dress with olive oil, S&P, and red wine or balsamic vinegar.
Eggs. I have loved them ever since I was a kid. Usually fried in bacon dripping, sometimes poached or hard-boiled, occasionally scrambled.
All sorts of vegetables, lots of broccoli, tomatoes, avocado, kale, collards, cucumbers, black olives, every lettuce I can think of at the grocery store (except iceberg) and when in season heirlooms from my garden.
Full-fat dairy products including homemade greek yogurt.
Lots of hot peppers, garlic, basil and other herbs/spices.
Hibiscus iced tea. Love the stuff and it is much better Primal-wise than sweet tea.
Lacto-fermented veggies. Sauerkraut, spicy green tomatoes and cauliflower, garlic dill pickles.
A few times a week:
Fruits. Any kind I like. I don't stress about it, as I am not trying to lose weight and I don't find myself having crazy sugar cravings.
Potatoes. Always without peel. I wish I liked sweet potatoes, but I just don't. I realize that some consider this a big ole cheat and I respect that.
A few cashews.
A square or two of dark chocolate. Recognized as a cheat.
Coffee. Recognized as a cheat but doesn't seem to be one that most people have a problem with.
A few times a month, recognized as cheats:
White rice. Usually with sushi or other seafood.
Rice noodles. Love me some pho and basil spring rolls.
Beans. This is my main non-Paleo craving. Usually bacon-enhanced pintos, a chorizo black bean soup, or cannellini beans in my chicken and kale soup.
Sweet tea. Less often than the above cheats, but more often than the below cheats. I am a Southerner and this is non-negotiable.
A few times a year, cheats for sure:
Gourmet breads, usually rye-pumpernickel swirl as a vehicle for grilled cheese or Reubens. I have no desire for white bread. I know how bad this is and it always gives me trouble but a few times a year I can deal with the rash and the digestive upset.
Hot wings. No idea what kind of nasty oil they're cooked in, but once in a while I try and forget about the oil and just focus on the spicy crispy chicken bits.
Never ever ever:
Junk food that is bad even by SAD ideals like Cheetos, Bugles, Big Macs, Snickers, Oreos, etc.
Vegetable oils (at home, and out to eat except for above exception).
High fructose corn syrup.
on July 22, 2012
at 08:06 PM
The majority of my food consists of organic happy animals and fish, and a wide variety of vegetables, with as much as possible being organic and/or local. I also cook with butter and coconut oil. I do sweet potatoes, but almost never white potatoes. I do heavy cream in my coffee, and occasional use heavy cream in cooking or whipping for a dessert. I probably average about 5 servings of fruit per week.
on July 22, 2012
at 09:09 PM
I think the idea that agricultural products like edible lettuces and low carb vegetables are "paleo", while starchy roots and tubers and high fruit consumption isn't, is a bit strange. I don't really imagine our ancestors sitting down to a "big ass salad" drowned in processed fat. Why would they eat such low calorie food anyway? (Not that they even had access to edible raw vegetables like that, that took generations of selective breeding)
I think meat, organs, fish, bugs, eggs, roots/tubers, fruits and the odd nuts and honey is probably as close as it gets. Not that I have anything against salads, or any other "neolithic" wholesome foodstuff. I love goat cheese after all. I try to make most of my diet meat, eggs, fish, broth, roots/tubers and fruit and it feels great! (I have issues with organs and bugs. Maybe someday...)