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Writing a paper for school about Paleo lifestyle. A few quick questions if you don't mind :)

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Hi everyone, I'm new here and new to the Paleo lifestyle. I have a few quick questions for my paper if you don't mind answering them please.

I'll keep everyone anonymous, but when you respond can I have your age and gender please.

  1. Do you take any supplements? And if so what do you look for (particularly in protein powders and multivitamins)?

  2. What are your frustrations about nutrition? (Example: Finding it hard to eat Paleo in this day and age)

  3. Do you workout? How do you classify your style of workout? Bodybuilding, crossfit, endurance, sports, etc...

  4. What are your ultimate goals when it comes to health and fitness?

  5. What are your fears when it comes to health and fitness?

Thank you so much. I look forward to your responses.

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on June 16, 2013
at 07:31 AM

@greymouser - thank you thank you!! Perfect

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on June 09, 2013
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You inadvertently formatted it that way, mainly though use of tabs. Double *'s make it bold too, but I think you meant to do that? I removed the tabs and reformatted it a bit for you.

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on June 09, 2013
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why did my post come out so jacked????

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on June 08, 2013
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Hey mike, I'm comparing and contrasting different popular ways of eating (ie: Paleo, Mediterranean, low carb, Japanese, etc) In each analysis I give the pros and cons of each, while citing real life examples and the motivation of the people in each group, thus the questions I asked. But thanks again for everyone answering. I greatly appreciate it

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on June 08, 2013
at 01:32 PM

Hi Zues, what sort of paper? How will you use what people say in their answers? cheers

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A6e2b231f69366ce825476c5a6dcfff6

(1967)

on June 09, 2013
at 06:01 AM

  1. Do you take any supplements? ==> Vit D, when I need it. (A week of overcast and I feel sluggish)
  2. What are your frustrations about nutrition? ==> The price of grassfed beef.
  3. Do you workout? ==> Daily body weight workout. Many mountain and lake activities but nothing set.
  4. What are your ultimate goals when it comes to health and fitness? ==> Being physically able to do what I want when i want.
  5. What are your fears when it comes to health and fitness? ==> ?? No more mountains to conquer?

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on June 08, 2013
at 08:29 PM

Female, 24.

Do you take any supplements? And if so what do you look for (particularly in protein powders and multivitamins)?

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I take the following supplements daily:

Magnesium, Fish Oil, Vit D and B6.

I take the following supplements the week before my period to help with PMS:

Magnesium, Zinc, Vit D, B6, and 5-HTP.

I only use protein powder when I want pancakes, and the PP doesn't have an additives, flavor, and its GF. I only eat this because it makes delicious pancakes!

I look for supplements that I think my diet is lacking in, or things that I have read have helped other people with various problems. I don't buy homeopathic supplements (like gingko or cranberry extract or anything), but ones that I feel are vitamins/minerals in their most natural forms.

What are your frustrations about nutrition? (Example: Finding it hard to eat Paleo in this day and age)

I think it's getting more acceptable to eat paleo, however, dealing with other people and how they perceive your lifestyle choices can be tricky. Because I am paleo, I don't really feel the need to eat often...and people don't seem to get that. People are always trying to push me to eat more and more (and they always wants me to eat things that make me sick!), and it's always a balancing act between trying to be kind and gentle, and feeling OK at the end of the day. I try to be a pretty accommodating person, but sometimes you've just got to say no and look like the bad guy. People take food pretty personally.

Do you workout? How do you classify your style of workout? Bodybuilding, crossfit, endurance, sports, etc...

Yes, I work out. I used to work out more, but since my new job, I don't have as much time. I do more weightlifting than cardio (probably 3x a week), but I go for long hikes every day to get some fresh air. I never kill myself over cardio any more, and prefer just to do my exercise for fun.

What are your ultimate goals when it comes to health and fitness?

I want to fix my body and mind. I suffered from a severe ED, and paleo has helped me almost completely recover from it. I finally feel like there is some sort of balance in my life with food, and I want to stay like this forever.

Fitness wise, I just want to be able to lift heavier...and perhaps, learn some sort of martial arts. We'll see.

What are your fears when it comes to health and fitness?

No fears, just excitement! I love this lifestyle! :)

Hope that helped!

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on June 08, 2013
at 03:49 PM

Female, 24, 2.5 years paleo

  • Do you take any supplements? And if so what do you look for (particularly in protein powders and multivitamins)?

food-based multivitamin/mineral, antioxidant (A, C, E, Selenium), fish oil

  • What are your frustrations about nutrition? (Example: Finding it hard to eat Paleo in this day and age)

Getting quality, free-range/organic hormone-free meat and fish, which is very hard to find where I live (Dubai). Not being able to eat out because of bad meats

  • Do you workout? How do you classify your style of workout? Bodybuilding, crossfit, endurance, sports, etc...

sometimes. Compound weights, conditioning/circuits, MMA

  • What are your ultimate goals when it comes to health and fitness?

lose 10lbs. Eliminate eczema. Not be so lazy.

  • What are your fears when it comes to health and fitness? That I will never get rid of the eczema and dry skin

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on June 07, 2013
at 02:59 PM

Male Age 49

  1. Do you take any supplements? And if so what do you look for (particularly in protein powders and multivitamins)? Yes, a natural multivitamin (because commercial ones have binders that can block absorption), Omega 3, baby aspirin, Ubiquinol, and on strength training days zinc and DHEA. In winter I'll take 5,000 IUs of Vitamin D because the sun doesn't go above 45 degrees where I am at that time.

  2. What are your frustrations about nutrition? (Example: Finding it hard to eat Paleo in this day and age) Other people's refusal to listen objectively to what you're doing. It goes against everything we've learned for decades, and this offends a lot of people. I used to get people yelling at me when I say that natural animal fat isn't bad for you. I now keep quiet. It also make me feel a bit like an outsider. You want to be a "Jehova's Witness" and tell everyone what you've found out, but no one wants to hear it.

Also, the name "Paleo" itself doesn't accurately portray what we're doing. We're using the concept of where we came from as a basis on where we are now. It's not a bunch of dumb cavemen eating as much meat as possible. It's analyzing how our inner programming works and giving our bodies the optimal inputs to receive the best possible outcomes. People think that paleos are stuck in the past, but we're going deeper in analyzing our bio-chemistry than so-called nutrionalists do.

  1. Do you workout? How do you classify your style of workout? Bodybuilding, crossfit, endurance, sports, etc... I do 30 min of intense strength training once a week, HIIT for 30-45 minutes once a week and try to walk 30 minutes a day, but slow and leisurely (lowers cortisol!)

  2. What are your ultimate goals when it comes to health and fitness? To increase my healthspan. I may not live longer, but I want to maximize the time I have. I want to be in my 80s, running on the beach and making love, and not on oxygen in a hoverround.

  3. What are your fears when it comes to health and fitness? I was so blindsided by how wrong current health and nutrition "knowledge" is that I have a fear of getting suckered in again, even though all of the results and medical tests seem to indicate that I'm on the right path. I'm literally betting my life that this is the right lifestyle.

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651b74dfbf378ac90ff3eb183f54944e

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on June 07, 2013
at 01:56 PM

  1. No
  2. No matter what you're doing (diet, exercise, clothes, etc.), going against the accepted view of health/ normality is hard.

  3. I horseback ride every day and stay active all the time but don't do any set routine or time.

  4. To feel great!
  5. That we're wrong. No-one can know for sure... I just know that on Paleo I feel great!

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on June 07, 2013
at 01:52 PM

Do you take any supplements? And if so what do you look for (particularly in protein powders and multivitamins)?

I pretty much take the the suggested supplements from Jaminet/Jaminet's "The Perfect Health Diet". I look for simple, singular items that are very likely lacking from food that I can readily eat these days. I also keep an eye out for supplements that would add something extra (strength, longevity, etc), but the only thing that falls into this the "extra" category is creatine, which I do take.

I do not take supplemental protein, as a) protein shakes are disgusting and b) they are a highly processed food product, and I'd rather eat real food where I can.

What are your frustrations about nutrition? (Example: Finding it hard to eat Paleo in this day and age)

People complaining that eating paleo / natural / whatever is "hard". I suppose that's more of a peeve, than a frustration.

Do you workout? How do you classify your style of workout? Bodybuilding, crossfit, endurance, sports, etc...

Bodybuilding 6 days a week + HIIT 1-3 days a week.

What are your ultimate goals when it comes to health and fitness?

  • Look good naked.
  • Live a long life.
  • Enjoy myself at 100% of my current faculties (as close as possible) my entire life.

What are your fears when it comes to health and fitness?

Mostly none. My family has no history of disease, so I'm not really on the lookout for anything specific.

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on June 09, 2013
at 05:28 PM

Female, Age 32, paleo for 14 months (awww, I'm a toddler...)

Supplements: I take vitamin D because I live in a northern latitude and don't get much sun most of the year. I also take magnesium to help with foot cramps and occasional probiotics to help combat digestive difficulties that stem from some time living in the developing world a few years ago. Pro tip: If/when you study abroad during college, be prepared to be permanently changed in ways you don't necessarily expect... ;-)

Frustrations: None, really. I like to cook and I'm too cheap to eat out at lunchtime every day, so even with the limited paleo-friendly lunch options near me, it doesn't bother me much. Eating out at other times is not problematic either, because I just ask for modified dishes. I'm always accommodated. Honestly, if I had to choose a frustration it would be watching the people around me put garbage into their bodies and suffer health problems because of it. And even though they've noticed the positive changes in my health, energy levels, and body composition, they won't even consider changing what they eat. It's really, really sad because my closest friends are obese and I know I won't get to keep them around as long as I want.

Workouts: I do an intense weekly yoga-based isometric workout. It lasts an hour including stretches, which I believe are really important (I'm a former dancer). If you can't imagine what this is, check out the website for the studio: http://www.barre3.com/what-is-barre3 I combine this weekly workout with walking and occasional fun stuff like hiking or skiing. Unlike lots of people in the Paleo community, I'm not what people would consider a fitness buff.

Goals: My goals since my late twenties have been to eliminate nagging health problems by going outside the mainstream medical system. I spent a decade getting TERRIBLE advice from doctors, the supposed experts. As a result I suffered for years with acne, joint pain, low energy, brain fog, poor digestion and severe seasonal allergies. I tried other special diets, too, namely veganism, but that didn't work for me. Paleo has completely fixed or nearly fixed all of the above problems. Finally, at age 32 I can say I feel healthy and full of life. My goal moving forward is to maintain my diet as well as I can and see if I can feel even better with further dietary and fitness tweaks.

Fears: That paleo will stop working for me like all the other health solutions did. My body tends to become intolerant to foods I consume often, and I worry that things like eggs and coconut products that I consume almost every day will eventually cause me to react.

Thanks for the interesting question, OP. Now I'm off to read everyone else's responses!

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on June 09, 2013
at 12:41 AM

28 year old male - 5'11" 165-170 lbs bf% ~ 11%

Do you take any supplements? And if so what do you look for (particularly in protein powders and multivitamins)?

I don't take any "supplements" in the traditional sense, and I never take protein powders or multivitamins. I have some zinc tablets I take with emergen-C type stuff if I'm feeling sick but that's about it.

What are your frustrations about nutrition? (Example: Finding it hard to eat Paleo in this day and age)

Worst part is the amount of cap everywhere, almost everything easy to eat is processed grain or corn. I prepare food a lot at home and dine out a lot for good food which isn't easy on the wallet when you eat wild fish or grass fed ribeye in a restaurant.

Do you workout? How do you classify your style of workout? Bodybuilding, crossfit, endurance, sports, etc...

I'm all over the board, I play hockey, ride road and mountain bikes and do tabata style kettlebell exercises. I don't do these as much as I would like to but I'm working on it

What are your ultimate goals when it comes to health and fitness?

1st = Longevity, I'm shooting for 125+ 2nd = Power for cycling and hockey 3rd = Vanity, sorry but it's true

What are your fears when it comes to health and fitness?

That I am not strong enough to not give into temptation, or one of these days I'm going to say 'ef it and enjoy eating pizza and deep fried everything haha.

7f04edadc4cd82e04dd74c5eaf6e2d0b

on June 09, 2013
at 12:43 AM

why did my post come out so jacked????

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on June 09, 2013
at 10:00 PM

You inadvertently formatted it that way, mainly though use of tabs. Double *'s make it bold too, but I think you meant to do that? I removed the tabs and reformatted it a bit for you.

7f04edadc4cd82e04dd74c5eaf6e2d0b

on June 16, 2013
at 07:31 AM

@greymouser - thank you thank you!! Perfect

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on June 08, 2013
at 01:35 AM

Female, 37

Supplements - vit D, selenium, multivitamin, Prescript Assist probiotic, fish oil, Natural calm if I'm constipated

Frustrations - that even though I am so strict with my diet, I'm still suffering. Also hate how much I'm spending on food lately .

Do you workout? How do you classify your style of workout? - commute to work/errands by bike - just rejoined a new Equinox gym in my city, will mostly do classes - yoga, dance-insipred and strength-training workouts. - after-dinner walks to destress and digest - need to do these more this summer

What are your ultimate goals when it comes to health and fitness? - manage IBS and stress - keep active and agile - maintain bone density and muscle mass - maintain weight

What are your fears when it comes to health and fitness? That despite eating paleo... - I will never manage my IBS, which is the single biggest killer to my quality of life - I wont be able to have a normal relationship because of my digestive illness and all the issues it creates for me, ways it holds me back from socializing, travelling, eating out, being happy. That every day will be a sick day for me.

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on June 07, 2013
at 10:08 PM

  1. Centrum Women's Multivitamin, Fish Oil & Biotin

  2. It's very hard to stay 100% Paleo outside of my own house- I can't know what oils foods are cooked in or if there are added sugars in sauces. Sometimes it's rough since so few teens eat this way- I went to a party where all they served was pizza, and I was absolutely starving and gave in. Lastly, sometimes nonpaleo foods are tempting- beans and dairy are delicious!

  3. Yes I work out. I do everything- bike, run, walk, weightlift, yoga, endurance classes, TRX, etc. usually 5 days/week

  4. I want to feel good and look good.

  5. I'm scared that I will never become "lean" and will always have to watch my weight. I hope it is a teenage hormonal issue that will straighten out over time.

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on June 07, 2013
at 08:40 PM

I'm a male, aged 27.

  • Do you take any supplements? And if so what do you look for (particularly in protein powders and multivitamins)?

Fish oil, for vitamin d and omega 3 fatty acids.

  • What are your frustrations about nutrition? (Example: Finding it hard to eat Paleo in this day and age)

Problems with assessing how strict my diet has to be. Eating a bit too much rice or mashed potatoes, e.g., seem to mess up my digestion, as will the extra desert item.

  • Do you workout? How do you classify your style of workout? Bodybuilding, crossfit, endurance, sports, etc...

Some weeks I run app. 4 km runs in which I sprint and walk some. Now, I walk a couple of times a week and do some (maybe 50) pushups a couple times a week.

  • What are your ultimate goals when it comes to health and fitness?

Mental health. Combating ocd and depression.

  • What are your fears when it comes to health and fitness?

I'm not sure I understand the question, but I guess, on a day-to-day basis I worry about my digestion. On a longer term, I can worry that paleo may not be an adequate tool for the above mentioned goal.

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on June 07, 2013
at 08:26 PM

Hi there,

I take supplements. I take a multi vitamin, an omega 3 fish oil, a flax-seed oil and a calcium magnesium and vitamin d3. I also use protein powder shakes after a work-out. I look for the highest protein content when selecting a protein powder.

The only frustration i have with nutrition is that there is so much "crap processed foods" available which are literally force fed to children these days and then they wonder why they turn out obese and lazy! Not all, just some!

I work out with weight training 3/4 days a week and also a little cardio!

My ultimate goal is to become the strongest version of myself!

I fear becoming obese again. I think that is all.

Ryan

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on June 07, 2013
at 07:01 PM

female, age 24

• Do you take any supplements? And if so what do you look for (particularly in protein powders and multivitamins)?

I take an Omega 3 fish oil supplement as well as a general multivitamin daily. I look for a multivitamin that contains many vitamins and minerals, and one that doesn't contain more than 100% of the RDA.

• What are your frustrations about nutrition? (Example: Finding it hard to eat Paleo in this day and age)

I find it frustrating that more people don't demand cleaner foods! I'm disgusted every time I go to the grocery store and start reading packages - even of supposedly pure meat cuts! It makes me sad that so few people take the time to really think about what they are ingesting.

I would also like restaurants to be more honest. I always have to feign allergies in order to get them to be honest about wether or not something is truly what they claim it to be!

• Do you workout? How do you classify your style of workout? Bodybuilding, crossfit, endurance, sports, etc...

i usually work out every day (I'd say between 5 and 7 days a week, more often 7). I lift weights, do yoga and a bit of HIIT, usually rotating the three throughout the week. Every so often I'll trow in a long walk or two.

• What are your ultimate goals when it comes to health and fitness?

Health-wise, I'd like to rid myself completely of my chronic joint pain (a million times better already, since eating clean!) and also find the solution to my digestion woes (I'm nearly there, I think, thanks to the Paleo lifestyle).

Fitness-wise, I'd like to be lean for once in my life. I'm what they call "skinny-fat" and I'd like to be fit, period.

• What are your fears when it comes to health and fitness?

Personally, I have none for myself. I would like my husband to start eating Paleo all the time though (he's currently at about 60% Paleo, 40% SAD most days) and I'm afraid he'll lead our future children down the SAD path. I'd like his health and the health of our children to be optimal.

Good luck on your paper!

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