Where is the middle way?
I am getting so darn frustrated. I have researched this diet till I am blue in the face and the reality is I have read some very compelling arguments for all sides.
For example why do we crave fat and salt so much? Because it used to be very scarce and it is something we do need. (Fat isn't an enemy the argument was just against the amount of it being so high). Supposedly many of us lived off of starchy tubers and the occasional game.
And before you bring up the kitivans or the inuit those are *outliers!! Not the norm! Most of us are not descended or related to those folks and therefore do not share as much in genetic history as we may with other groups. Humans are really quite adaptable and over a LONG time a group of people can do some pretty amazing things. But joe blow American is not part of a group that has had generations to get used to our current food stuffs. Heck most of what we eat didnt even exist before my lifetime and Im not that old!
I have seen that when people bring up health concerns on here folks just kind of twiddle their thumbs. (I mean stuff that pops up on paleo not pre existing) The responses are unsure and often just kind of general advice. "drink more water" or cut out yet another food. Even for scary stuff that could potentially spell trouble for a high fat diet.
I know that this is a very n=1 way to live. I still very much believe in paleo. I just really wish I could figure out what ratio would be best (and wont kill us in the long run). I have seen many many many success stories.. but I do believe we have all kind of agreed that no one knows what the best diet for longevity is. I also agree that I would rather be healthy then live forever.. but I also don't want to drop dead in 5 years from a heart attack (Im only in my 20s!)
Do any of you follow a more moderate approach? Have any of you found a logical medium ground? *sighs
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on April 11, 2012
at 05:45 PM
I don't believe that there is an ideal macronutrient ratio. What I do believe is that it is useful to avoid toxic things. As far as I can tell, that would be excessive amounts of fructose and omega-6 PUFA and probably gluten proteins. Maybe minimize all PUFA. Oh, and transfats, MSG, yellow #5, and (maybe) carrageenan are bad.
Really, you can't go wrong with "eat real food and avoid the obvious processed crap". For peeps that have more serious issues, some fine tuning may be in order. For example, diabetics should probably cut back on carbs. Ketogenic diets could be useful for epileptics.
Being stressed out is not healthy. If we are driving you crazy, take a break and start enjoying your life. Forget about paleo for a while. Just eat what seems healthy (or not). Worst case you die. We all are going to die eventually. Don't sweat it too much.