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Dr recommended paleo, but drowning in info Help

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 21, 2012 at 3:42 AM

Hey everyone, switching our family to paleo, goals are health and for my DH and I weightloss. I'm Breastfeeding our 1 year old and have insulin resistant PCOS, DH is healthy, but will not stay that way if we do not lose weight. Can any one recommend a family eating plan for transition?? Really struggling with information overload, both DH and need to lose significant weight, both about 30kg. Any advice, tips on keeping kids happy and weight loss needed and welcome

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Don't worry about the raw vs pasteurized dairy for now. Again, bigger fish to fry :-)

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on January 21, 2012
at 02:18 PM

I want to know more about how you found that Dr! ...an encouraging sign in the health landscape either way when any Dr's start recommending paleo.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on January 21, 2012
at 12:35 PM

People are conflicted on dairy. I personally am in the pro-dairy camp. Again, in keeping it simple, unless you are lactose intolerant or have some hard evidence already that dairy isn't working, I would say keep the dairy in the diet and focus on the other toxin avoidance first. You can always remove it down the road once you get the rest of your foundation set.

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on January 21, 2012
at 11:44 AM

Yeap a Dr ;o) I just found a awesome Holistic Dr who is also a qualified GP/and OB believe it or not although she doesn't practise as a OB. She recommended without hesitation and follows it herself.

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on January 21, 2012
at 11:42 AM

thank you have some of those links but not all, adding them now ;o)

8db4eb3c7dfff5f163ab1a7e9dc9b0fa

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on January 21, 2012
at 11:41 AM

Thank you so much, this is basically what out Dr told us, she told us to replace the vegtable oils with Coconut oil, pref Virgin Coconut oil which I have. We are confused with Dairy, some say still have it others say only raw and then others say No non at all......any comments on that??

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on January 21, 2012
at 09:10 AM

Just remember that olives aren't vegetables - so olive oil is okay. I think this might be confusing for some people.

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on January 21, 2012
at 06:04 AM

Awesome! Welcome to Paleo!

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on January 21, 2012
at 06:03 AM

Nice Answer Aravind!

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on January 21, 2012
at 04:27 AM

That bullet point list is nearly precisely how I define the basics; -avoid grain (especially gluten), -avoid vegetable oils (especially seed oils), -avoid sweetened foods (especially with fructose), -avoid legumes (especially soy and peanuts), -get more sunlight, -get better sleep. Everything else are tweaks, but depending on illnesses you may need to eliminate others like dairy or nightshades. Helping the kids though? I'm fighting my son's desire for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for every meal. :(

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on January 21, 2012
at 04:01 AM

Poi-fect! No need for me to answer.

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D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on January 21, 2012
at 03:57 AM

Congratulations on taking your family's health in a positive direction. Welcome to the community!

To me the most pragmatic, no nonsense approach to Paleo is Archevore and its 12 steps - http://www.archevore.com/get-started/ . Just work your way down the steps as far as you can go.

I am also a very big fan of Perfect Health Diet ( http://perfecthealthdiet.com/ ), which for all intents and purposes arrives at the same place as Archevore on the core tenets of implementation (though some additional focus on supplementation)

One of the most accessible intros to Paleo on the web is the 9 part series by Chris Kresser - http://chriskresser.com/perfecthealth

But you are already on information overload. If I had to cut this down to the essence, the key area of focus initially should be toxin avoidance

  • Avoiding gluten grains
  • Avoiding vegetable oils
  • Avoiding sugar excluding possibly some fruit
  • Avoiding soy and peanuts (legumes)

By avoiding the above, you will naturally favor healthy animal proteins and fat, and vegetables including some safe starches such as potatoes/sweet potatoes assuming you are not starch intolerant.

Take it slow and don't worry about all the minutia you will read here and elsewhere. If you focus on avoiding toxins (as listed above) initially, the rest will fall into place. Good luck!


EDIT - I forgot to comment re: kids. For most kids, I think cutting down/out the sugar is probably the most significant change. Replacing the vegetable oils with good fats such as butter is probably relatively easy. The avoidance of grains for kids is pretty tough given the ubiquity of bread, pasta, etc in the diet of most kids and what is served at school.

This leads to another point as a newbie - don't worry about perfection right now (or possibly ever), particularly with the kids or it will drive you insane (it did for me at least). Progress, not perfection!

8db4eb3c7dfff5f163ab1a7e9dc9b0fa

(50)

on January 21, 2012
at 11:41 AM

Thank you so much, this is basically what out Dr told us, she told us to replace the vegtable oils with Coconut oil, pref Virgin Coconut oil which I have. We are confused with Dairy, some say still have it others say only raw and then others say No non at all......any comments on that??

D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

(4029)

on January 21, 2012
at 04:27 AM

That bullet point list is nearly precisely how I define the basics; -avoid grain (especially gluten), -avoid vegetable oils (especially seed oils), -avoid sweetened foods (especially with fructose), -avoid legumes (especially soy and peanuts), -get more sunlight, -get better sleep. Everything else are tweaks, but depending on illnesses you may need to eliminate others like dairy or nightshades. Helping the kids though? I'm fighting my son's desire for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for every meal. :(

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 21, 2012
at 04:01 AM

Poi-fect! No need for me to answer.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on January 21, 2012
at 09:10 AM

Just remember that olives aren't vegetables - so olive oil is okay. I think this might be confusing for some people.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on January 21, 2012
at 06:03 AM

Nice Answer Aravind!

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Don't worry about the raw vs pasteurized dairy for now. Again, bigger fish to fry :-)

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on January 21, 2012
at 12:35 PM

People are conflicted on dairy. I personally am in the pro-dairy camp. Again, in keeping it simple, unless you are lactose intolerant or have some hard evidence already that dairy isn't working, I would say keep the dairy in the diet and focus on the other toxin avoidance first. You can always remove it down the road once you get the rest of your foundation set.

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on January 21, 2012
at 04:18 AM

Wow! A doctor that recommended paleo! Cool! When I started paleo I used paleo plan. They send you a menu and shopping list for the week, every week. It was a lifesaver! I think it's paleoplan.com

A1081af52b61372dbb3ed572d88968f4

(425)

on January 21, 2012
at 02:18 PM

I want to know more about how you found that Dr! ...an encouraging sign in the health landscape either way when any Dr's start recommending paleo.

8db4eb3c7dfff5f163ab1a7e9dc9b0fa

(50)

on January 21, 2012
at 11:44 AM

Yeap a Dr ;o) I just found a awesome Holistic Dr who is also a qualified GP/and OB believe it or not although she doesn't practise as a OB. She recommended without hesitation and follows it herself.

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on January 21, 2012
at 01:54 PM

I saw that someone recommended everydaypaleo.com, and I totally agree with that. But, if you feel like dropping the money for a book, I'd recommend you buy Sarah's actual book of the same name. It's a good overview of paleo, but with a focus on moms and families. Another mom who writes a paleo blog is Michelle at www.nomnompaleo.com.

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on January 21, 2012
at 04:59 AM

Be sure to check out paleoparents.com, theprimalparent.com, primalkitchen.blogspot.com, and everydaypaleo.com for family-specific tips.

And seriously, take it one step at a time. Do it in a way that makes sense to you and your family. If everyone's on board, it can be a real bonding experience. Find things everyone loves and make it as fun as possible. Consider visiting local farms/ranches to show your kids where their food comes from. Get them involved as much as you can.

Also, don't go overboard with this stuff, but elanaspantry.com is a great resource for baked treats that keep you in the realm of real food and your kids don't have to feel like a pariah without cupcakes in their lives. Since your goal is health and weight loss, this stuff can be an impediment, so tread carefully and don't make them staples.

Good luck on your Paleo adventure!

8db4eb3c7dfff5f163ab1a7e9dc9b0fa

(50)

on January 21, 2012
at 11:42 AM

thank you have some of those links but not all, adding them now ;o)

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on January 21, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Aravind hits the nail on the head I think. The only thing I would add is that minimization to those unhealthy things in our Standard American Diet (wheat, refined seed oils, refined sugar, processed soy, etc) gets you 90% of the benefits of totally cutting them out. With newness of paleo, and the children factor, I can see flexible paleo as working quite well for your family. Control what you can control and don't sweat the other stuff too much. Keep your kitchen as strict as possible, but when outside your home, just eat like a normal person, not necessarily a caveman/woman. Good luck!

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