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What you know now vs then

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 07, 2013 at 5:56 AM

hello everyone,

I have been following the paleo lifestyle for a few years now. I say following because I read all of the arguments yet follow only a few. I personally have shifted from low carb to moderate everything (real food but zero wheat and veg oil) diet. I am curious to hear what others have adopted a few years into this diet. what have you learned? Decided on? Trial/error and failure/success... Share?

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on March 08, 2013
at 04:04 PM

b vitamins are mad available, phytates are removed - it's good stuff!

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on March 07, 2013
at 10:01 PM

Nixtamalized corn is my favorite thing I've discovered my body handles really well. Glad to see other paleo-ers don't completely shun it either!

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on March 07, 2013
at 05:37 PM

+1 for the $100 bill comment.

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on March 07, 2013
at 05:23 PM

I think most people over time end up where you are. Cut out the obvious crap, eat nutritious and satiating whole foods and avoid the early grave. So many people use paleo to focus on perceived faults with food rather than focusing on what it has to offer. You shouldn't think of eating the way you'd think of traversing a minefield. Foods aren't IEDs you have to avoid or defuse. Food is the currency we use to buy health. Having oxalates in your spinach is like having a small tear in your $100 bill. It still has the same buying power so why focus on the tiny imperfection?

Modern food culture can best be described as a disaster that breeds various types of unhealthy relationships with food. It takes a lot of time and effort to retrain yourself to view food as one ought to. You can't be in a restricted state. You can't be obsessed with food. You can't use it as a drug. You can't hate it. You can't fear it. Spend it wisely. Buy great health.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on March 07, 2013
at 05:37 PM

+1 for the $100 bill comment.

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on March 07, 2013
at 09:32 AM

This is going to be utterly cheesy and corny but I can't help it, it's true. I learnt how to Grok. I learnt to finally listen to what my body says by how it reacts to things, be it stress or food, and to take action accordingly but also how my actions impact further choices and decisions etc. I no longer ignore it's screams and force myself to do things 'because it's best' or 'because I have been told this is good'. I make more informed decisions now. I feel I understand the impact of everything I do, a little more. Ultimately I feel I am making my body become a more well-oiled machine. Of course there's a few hiccups along the way, I am still human but overall, I feel paleo has put me in a more empowered position regarding nutritional and health choices.

Oh and it gave me the go-ahead on limitless bacon eating. It's a win-win!

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Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

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on March 07, 2013
at 09:46 PM

hi, i'm right with you. i make it a point to avoid wheat and industrial oils, but i eat plents of starchy tubers, white rice and fruit. i also eat dairy and masa products (nixtamalized corn, like in tortillas or tamales). you give up the orthodoxy after a while, and just keep the good points.

Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

(2668)

on March 08, 2013
at 04:04 PM

b vitamins are mad available, phytates are removed - it's good stuff!

34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

(996)

on March 07, 2013
at 10:01 PM

Nixtamalized corn is my favorite thing I've discovered my body handles really well. Glad to see other paleo-ers don't completely shun it either!

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on March 07, 2013
at 02:02 PM

The first lesson learned was that whole grains are not good for you. This totally negated my nutritional foundation for the last 17 years. But the second, more recent lesson was that I can't function long term on very low carb. My weight loss stalls and I get weird skin conditions. I do best on some safe starches. However, I'm still fine tuning how much. If I eat the 1 lb. Of safe starches as suggested by the Perfect Health Diet, I start burping and get a little bloated. If I don't eat any starches, I have really bad cravings for junk foods. Maybe somewhere between 0-1 lbs. Of starches lies my perfect balance, I just haven't found it yet.

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on March 07, 2013
at 12:32 PM

I have learnt so much more about the nutrition in food and most importantly focusing on eating real food. I see food in a completely different way, I don't eat it to satisfy a craving, I eat it to nourish myself and provide myself with proper nutrition.

Something else I have learnt is how important it is to listen to your body, like really listen, because your body knows what it wants, I don't do things because I've been told I should, I do things because my body tells me what it knows is right and how it reacts, if that makes sense. I have realized I have an intolerance to gluten and most dairy products and I also do better on a more higher carb diet, although I don't know why.

I have learnt not to feel guilty if there is a mistake here and there, I'm human and I know I will have something that isn't quite paleo but I'll move on and continue. I have seriously learnt how so much of the conventional wisdom out today is wrong. I somehow feel that paleo has made me feel more in control and more empowered of my health choices.

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on March 08, 2013
at 01:40 AM

I've been paleo for 8 months now, and there is SO MUCH that has changed:

I've learned that when I eat sugar or any sort of processed food it doesn't take long for me to go off the wagon. It seems when I get a taste of sugar, I just want more.

I've learned to eat more, but eat better. When I looked up my calorie recommendations one http://www.1percentedge.com/ifcalc/ I was shocked. Yes, I'm very active, but I've been that way for years. So I've learned to eat MORE but with the right macronutrients and real food. And I haven't gained any weight!

Also, I've learned to stop beating myself into the ground. About food AND exercise. If there's something I want I'll eat it, but usually I try to make it paleo before fully giving into my cravings. And if I need a rest day, I take one. I don't want injuries so I'm redefining what fitness means to me.

All of this is trial and error, but leading towards a sustainable lifestyle change. And isn't that the point?

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on March 08, 2013
at 12:29 AM

That fat is not evil and a nice rich juicy fatty hunk of pot roast and a side of scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil make the best breakfast ever, don't be afraid to let soy products go, that I don't like phytoestrogens and that phytoestrogens don't like me

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on March 07, 2013
at 09:54 PM

pretty much nothing

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on March 07, 2013
at 09:38 PM

I feel like a lazyass if I am too low carb honestly. I prefer to be a potato a day kinda guy. I just feel better about life when I've got at least one solid helping of carbs a day.

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