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How much of Paleo is for specific diseases and/or weight loss?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 11, 2013 at 2:02 AM

I have enjoyed reading many of the do's/don'ts of the Paleo lifestyle, and plan to begin with a type of 30-day test run. I don't mind eating the same thing every day, so I plan to just find 3-5 meals which work for me and just use them repeatedly.

However, I am having trouble sorting out the Why's behind all the Dont's. It seems to me like the Paleo lifestyle aims to solve a huge variety of potential diseases, while also targeting weight loss. I am already borderline underweight so I do not want to lose much, and the only health concerns I have are digestive troubles (IBS symptoms).

Does the standard Paleo suggestions still make sense for me, or is some of the advice targeted only at certain diseases (e.g. auto-immune)?

I'm open to book suggestions, especially ones which specifically deal with digestive issues.

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Thanks! This is exactly what I wanted to know.

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The original research by Cordain and Wolf was about health and lifestyle, the weight loss was simply a natural outcome from it, after people were fixing their metabolic syndrome on it and started telling everybody about all the weight they lost. Because diet = weight-loss in many people's minds, Paleo started becoming more and more a weight loss diet -- unfortunately. But in its heart, it's a lifestyle and health diet, not necessarily a weight loss diet.

For people who want to lose weight, raw honey, fruit, starches are largely removed from the diet. But for those who don't want to lose weight, they can eat these things without a problem. Fermented dairy too, if they can tolerate it.

Personally, I came to Paleo for the health benefits, not weight loss. I eat all the things I mentioned above, and all of my health problems (over 20 issues) have cleared up -- except high triglycerides and adrenal fatigue.

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on March 12, 2013
at 01:26 AM

Thanks! This is exactly what I wanted to know.

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on March 12, 2013
at 05:49 AM

Eat as many and as much fresh or frozen vegetables as you want. Go organic and live it up. And don’t be shy, these can be eaten raw or cooked, any way you like! you will surely like this http://www.paleoeffect.com/paleo-quick-guide/

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For IBS, look into low-FODMAPS Paleo.

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on March 11, 2013
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A couple of good friends of mine were underweight. One put on 20 lbs the other put on 10 lbs. If you are underweight due to insufficient nutrition, eating properly will help.

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