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questioning paleo logic?

Answered on December 07, 2013
Created December 06, 2013 at 11:54 PM

paleo logic confuses me.

My issue is this. Paleo advocates admit paleolithic man had access to roots and tubers like sweet potatoes or yams, as well as wild nuts.

Given that they had access to these food sources, why would/should carbs or nut intake be limited whatsoever? A paleo man or woman would obviously not care about eating too many nuts/carbs and given the availability would have gourged themselves on these foods. Meat intake would have been less important if nuts/potatoes were plentiful and I can't imagine much effort being put toward chasing down massive animals if they had a source of nus seeds. Same thing goes for fruits. Maybe they only had access three months out of the year or wahtever, but they would have switched a massive % of their diet to fruit when it was available. Any thoughts ?

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on December 07, 2013
at 03:06 AM

I would agree with this except that most people arguing in favor of the Paleo diet act like we're all gonna die if we don't follow their recommendations. When you're just starting, I think questions to calm the fear-mongering is legit.

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at 01:02 AM

There were probably also most likely fat lazy paleo people. Lol. Its a guideline for how to eat well. If one chooses to gorge on one food or abstain from another who knows what will happen. Give me a break.

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yes...you are correct

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on December 07, 2013
at 06:21 AM

People take the Paleo idea as gospel to be followed exactly as someone thinks those people lived. I take it to be a guideline to eat a basic unrefined diet free of as many foods containing anti nutrients/poisons as possible. Many of your statements listed are as made up as the things you are questioning. For example "Meat intake would have been less important if nuts/potatoes were plentiful and I can't imagine much effort being put toward chasing down massive animals if they had a source of nus seeds." Maybe they were a heck of a lot smarter than you think and the chance for some quality protein was always first and foremost on their collective minds.

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at 03:46 AM

You're probably right that paleolithic people would have gorged, and like you said, the higher carb foods would be available for only a portion of the year. We don't live in that environment anymore and we can and do gorge year round without the long winter fast (or lower carb or whatever seasonal eating changes). We also amp up our vegetables and tubers with other foods and better cooking techniques to kick up the calories and carbs as to have a greater impact on your bottom (line).

So, it's not that the food itself is to be avoided or non-paleo, it's the quantity and quality and frequency of the food that needs to be monitored. If you want to gorge for three months on tubers added to stews, great! Just don't eat endless sweet potatoes covered in brown sugar all year long.

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on December 07, 2013
at 03:05 AM

I think the basic idea is that yes, they would have gorged on those plants, but vegetation is so varied that nature naturally inhibits too much carb consumption just because you run out. So, yeah, you gorged on a small cherry orchard, and then you ran out and took down some small game or something else. Also, seasons for temperate climates should be taken into consideration; more carbs in warm weather, less carbs in cold as the vegetation dies out. The issue now is that we can buy apples all damn winter long and nobody cares what nature dictates.

That's my understanding, anyway. Do with it what you may.

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on December 06, 2013
at 11:59 PM

Looks like I had an error while trying to post the question. (fixed it)

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on December 07, 2013
at 01:02 AM

There were probably also most likely fat lazy paleo people. Lol. Its a guideline for how to eat well. If one chooses to gorge on one food or abstain from another who knows what will happen. Give me a break.

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