I tried the Plant-Based diet about 1.5 years ago and I felt it was a "success," although because I'd never tried any other clean eating plan before I had no frame of reference. I did notice that there seemed to be a need for supplementing, heavy supplementing if people were on it a long time. To me this was a red flag. If a diet is truly "primal" (as the plant based people would say theirs is) then why the need for supplementing? Something like iron hasn't been depleted from the soil, I'd argue. The need for heavy supplementing was probably the main reason I quit "vegan-ing." It just didn't make sense.
By the same token I am looking at the supplementing for Paleo. within 6 days I had to supplement Magnesium because I was going down fast. It worked and I'm moving along smoothly. But I am wondering about some of the supplements recommended. How many of these are recommended for all Western diet followers (SAD eaters) and what is Paleo-specific?
Bottom line for me is that if anything is Paleo specific then--uh oh...
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on March 28, 2014
at 02:10 PM
Almost none of us are eating a true paleo diet of wild plants, wild animals and unfiltered water. Plus all the dirt, micro-organisms and insects we go out of our way to avoid.
A supermarket paleo diet -- which is what most of us are eating -- is designed to offer the best nutrition with modern, often inferior, resources.
Most paleo authors I've read recognize the shortcomings of this approach. Thus, the recommendation to supplement.
on March 25, 2014
at 01:22 PM
in addition to the comments above, the nutritional quality of a lot of food has reduced with mass, cheap farming growing the same veg with less nutrition. I think spinach has something like 10% of the iron it would have had a hundred years ago.
The main thing is to experiment and ensure you're getting enough micronutrients, vitamins etc for you.
on March 25, 2014
at 12:39 PM
I would like to recommend a diet plan that every type of user can follow:
Paleo Diet Meats:
4) Chicken Thigh
5) Chicken Legs
7) Lamb Rack
Paleo Diet Nuts:
1) Pine Nuts
2) Pumpkin Seeds
3) Sunflowers seeds
Paleo Diet Fruits:
on March 24, 2014
at 10:23 AM
Eat lots of dark chocolate, leafy greens for magnesium. Egg yolks and liver for K2. And get plenty of sun for D3. Cucumbers and a few bananas for potassium. Broccoli, Kale, or kiwi for C. Problem solved.
on March 23, 2014
at 04:51 PM
The 'paleo-diet' isn't a day by day diet, there are many different ways of practicing. Someone eating fish 3x a week paleo may not need to supplement, someone who eats fish once a month may need to. So saying 'paleo people should supplement X' is to me a bad idea. Best to figure out what you don't get in your diet, either via some internet calculator or by blood tests, or both then go from there.
That being said there are a few things a large majority of people may not get 'enough' of, I say 'enough' because you surely won't die if you don't supplement magnesium...but it may provide benefits to do so. To me the 'essentials' paleo or not seem to be, D, A, Magnesium, K2, C and maybe potassium? But then again if you eat a lot of fermented food you may not need k2...or if you live far south you may not need D...or i f you eat liver frequently you may not need A...ect.
In theory if you are surgical enough with your eating you won't need to supplement...sadly most people don't like eating fish,nato,beef liver and tons of greens - to make up for the depleted soil - and getting in the sun a lot on a regular basis. (Some of those things may not even be an option for many.)