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What am I allowed to eat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 15, 2013 at 9:59 PM

I posted a question up here earlier and its confused me a bit. Many people have suggested eating stuff that I thought was totally off limits. I read the original paleo diet book and I following the guidelines which say no dairy, no grains, no wheat, no legumes, no potatoes (including sweet potatoes) and also no saturated fats / processed meats. I have been really careful about this but its been a bit of a nightmare the last couple of days. Where do you guys get your information from?

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on March 16, 2013
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+1 for poly forum! There's nothing that's more of a personal decision than that, yet people still try to tell other people the best way or judge them if they try a different way. Yay for flexibility and seeing what works for you (in all areas of your life).

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on March 16, 2013
at 09:44 AM

+1 for the knitting comment - early morning giggles for me, thanks!

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on March 15, 2013
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I'm a Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint gal, myself. Probably the "least strict" of all the Paleo/Primal types, but I find it easier to be 100% on board with that than nitpicking and considering healthy foods "cheats" when there is no evidence that they are not good for me and I have no adverse reaction. Like full-fat yogurt, for example.

It sounds like you are reading Loren Cordain's original book. He has since changed his mind on saturated fats.

Personally, I would recommend sticking with meat (not necessarily lean) veggies, fruits and healthy fats for thirty days to clear your system a bit and wean yourself off your high-carb dependency. Use that thirty days to read here, read marksdailyapple.com, robbwolf.com, and other sites to learn more. Make a game plan for what you think is going to work for you after that thirty days, whether you think you want to go back higher carb, stay low carb, add back dairy, etc. That way you can start at the baseline and go forward with more knowledge.

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on March 16, 2013
at 05:30 AM

I read different blogs, Sisson regularly, others infrequently. I have a bunch on my FB feed. Everybody has different ideas about what is or isn't allowed. IMO, you try different things and go with what works for you. Some people are great with carbs, but I find myself slowly spiralling with them, so I keep tight control. Some here count calories, others are adamant that you shouldn't. It's that way with lots of lifestyle stuff. If you're confused here, try wandering into a poly forum, or hell, a knitting forum. I'm sure there's all kinds of crazy in the knitters' world.

I can't walk my dog down the street without twenty people offering unsolicited, assumptive, and contradictory advice on dog walking. Sometimes I think the only thing keeping everyone going is spiting everyone else's choices.

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on March 16, 2013
at 09:44 AM

+1 for the knitting comment - early morning giggles for me, thanks!

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on March 16, 2013
at 12:54 PM

+1 for poly forum! There's nothing that's more of a personal decision than that, yet people still try to tell other people the best way or judge them if they try a different way. Yay for flexibility and seeing what works for you (in all areas of your life).

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on March 16, 2013
at 03:29 AM

I get my information from NUMEROUS sources and take and leave the information as it comes. I used myself as my own "lab rat" and what works for me, stays - obviously. I have also been studying nutrition for a very long time, so I can tell the difference between a scam and the truth. Paleo/Primal lifestyles are completely legit... But everyone is different so you may need to eat sweet potatoes and saturated fats while someone else might not. Just test what works on you. As long as you're not eating processed foods, added sugars, trans fats, you're doing well!

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on March 15, 2013
at 11:05 PM

Science changes, both in terms of what we have thought our ancestors eat, and in terms of what impacts various foods have on our health. Also, different authors have (modestly) different recommendations, because the science isn't all settled, even within the paleo community. All this is what makes paleo so cool: where else do authorities actually change their minds in the face of new evidence? Anyway, most of us feel that potatoes of various sorts are fine (if you're not 300 lbs), and fatty meats are fine if they're pastured.

I like Luckie's suggestion of learning more while you're doing something sensible, and then later on you can tweak what you're doing. Her plan is good. I might suggest Whole30 as a good starting place -- look over that and see if it resonates with you. Or Sisson's Primal Blueprint, for something with more flexibility. It doesn't matter what version of primal/paleo you choose to start with, as long as it's something you can stick with for a while. Then you can tweak it later as you learn what tweaks help with your specific goals and issues.

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on March 15, 2013
at 11:13 PM

Not sure what info you are reading but sweet potatoes and saturated fats are both most definitely allowed, in fact are staples.

The Paleo premise behind these is that our Paleo ancestors ate plenty of both, in fact some cultures subsisted on little else. Wild animals and tubers are very nutritious.

So what are you allowed to eat? Meat, eggs, sweet potatoes, any vegetable, any fruit. No grains, no refined sugars. That is about it.

Dairy is debatable, most who have dairy have it in the form of cheese or yogurt, but you can skip it too.

Some foods like white potatoes and white rice are kind of in limbo, not good but not bad, so you can have that in moderation.

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on March 15, 2013
at 10:59 PM

i follow robb wolf's diet. he allows sweet potatoes on it (but i don't eat starches anyways). he is also into saturated fats and not lean cuts of meat.

what book did you read?

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