(Closed) PALEO diet?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We do all non processed, no gluten, dairy, yeast, ferment, mould,etc. But we do cook our meat. We allow some lightly processed food,.. like pre cut potatoes that are frozen, or organic broth. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have! I’ve been following the paleo diet since August 2011. I still eat grains and some of my fav foods like nachos and cookies every once in a while (seriously MAYBE once a month), but for the about 80-90% of the time I follow it stricly. I’ve had amazing results. I lost 20 pounds from August 25, 2011-January 1st, 2012 and have maintained that weight loss without a problem since then. 

It’s so easy. No need to calorie count/measure anything. Just cut out every single processed foods/drinks and eat meats, fish, veggies, some fruit and nuts. Your body will be weird for about a week or two as it makes the switch from being on so much sugar and carbs, but then you’ll start to feel amazing, not bloated and will be totally sold on how great clean eating is. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I do a modified Paleo (meaning I have bread/sweets from time to time), and it’s made a difference for me. I don’t feel so heavy. I felt better almost immediately, considering you don’t have to count calories, just eat whole foods. I recommend the book/cookbook “Practical Paleo” by Diane Sanfillipo. Half the book is about the Paleo diet and about how your body reacts to certain foods, what food additives are in common foods, etc. It’s a great source of information. Be prepared for extreme views, though. “NEVER eat bread again…never eat beans again…” I adjusted according to my lifestyle and to how I know my body behaves.

The other half of the book is recipes, which are OUT OF THIS WORLD. Gluten-free recipes. They are delicious. Meat and vegetables, and the desserts are spectacular, too.

It has meal plans for individuals suffering from different illnesses, and also for high-performance athletes. It’s a good starter book.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have a question about Paleo. I just started trying out a Paleo/Wheat Belly diet.

Is cheese okay? Wheat belly says to eat cheese in unlimited quantities, but Paleo says to restrict cheese?

Is it really okay to consume more saturated fat? I’m not sure whether I should continue to cook with olive oil or with coconut oil.Is it really okay if I start cooking more steak?

If anybody has any insight that would be great.=)

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

The Paleo diet often works for people because the extreme restrictions make you pay a lot of attention to what you eat and it involves cutting all processed foods, which would make just about anyone lose weight. However, it also cuts food groups that are important to the human diet for the modern homo sapiens sapiens. You lose all dairy and legumes for example, and the reasons cited why you should cut these are scientifically unfounded. The result is that you have to take a vitamin D supplement at the least… any diet that results in the loss fo a key nutrient while claiming to be perfectly adapted to the human digestive system clearly got something wrong. Here’s a good summary article about the pros and cons: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/paleo-diet-healthy_n_1898529.html. USNews Health and webmd have good unbiased reviews as well.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@HollyCJ:  I never read that cheese is bad. Highly processed cheese is to be avoided, but not cheese altogether.

@mrsSonthebeach:  I agree, that’s why I do a “modified” version. To completely cut out whole grains and all legumes to me seems a bit much, although I have read that excessive legume consumption can wreak havoc on your digestive system (but who eats a ton of beans everyday anyway?) But I’m all for limiting processed foods. People know their body better than a book does.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Humans don’t need cow dairy to survive or wheat to survive. There are many other dietary sources of the macronutrients found in those types of foods. These diets have a lot of hype right now, I know. Personally I know how I felt before, how I feel now, and I know I’ll never go back to garbage food. 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@Torrid:  excessive anything consumption can wreak havoc on the human body… even water

I think modified is best. OP, there are clear benefits to a diet like this, but mostly they come from preparing your own food and not consuming processed foods. You can do that through a structured diet (like a whole foods vegan or vegetarian diet or the paleo diet) or you can just do it based on the general guidelines that make these diets successful for lots of people.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@HappySky7:  Humans also don’t need animal protein. That doesn’t mean ipso facto that we don;t benefit from eating it. The key is cutting all the processed foods, not cutting whole grain, legumes, or dairy (or in the case of a vegan diet, meat and dairy). You hit on the key element of your success and happiness with this diet when you said you’re never going back to garbage food.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@mrsSonthebeach:  Cheese is by definition a processed food, though, especially the stuff on the grocer’s cooler.

From what I’ve read at reddit.com/r/paleo and the like, most paleo dieticians and experts recommend eating only aged cheeses, because the aging process eliminates some enzyme that’s harmful to the digestive tract. Personally I think it’s a load of bollocks.

In my mind, paleo should really just be a whole-food, low glycemic index- focused way of eating that encourages people to avoid processed sugar and grain. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@mrsSonthebeach:  The paleo diet focuses on removing “un natural” things from a human diet. The idea is that you eat what a caveman would eat. A caveman would eat animal protien, but he wouldn’t cook it. Of course he would likely die of salmonella… but that’s not the point. The paleo diet looks to exclude foods that were introduced relatively “recently” to the human diet from an evolutionary standpoint. Wheat for example, has not been part of the human diet for an extensively long amount of time. Certainly not the hybrids of wheat currently part of our food systems. The argument is that while the human body can tolerate these newer introductions, they are overall not good for it. Dairy for example causes your gut to excrete large amounts of mucus. Yes, your body is dealing with it, but is it a good thing for your body to have to deal with? We’re raised to believe that whole wheat grain and milk are so good for us becuase of their nutrient properties, but no thought is given to the other possible effects of these “foods”. 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@Peacockfeather:  Well, there’s processed food, like salted meat and natural cheeses, and then there’s processed food like twinkies… when people speak of processed food, they mean the latter. Cooking, aging, and spicing are ways of processing food, but you can still do those things on the paleo diet.

(in general, I am agreeing with you… just clarifying on “processed”)

 

@HappySky7:  a caveman would eat animal protein a few times a week, sometimes a few times a month. I bet your average paleo dieter is eating it almost daily. I completely understand the idea behing the paleo diet. I just think it goes way too far in an unnecessary extreme. There have been changes to our digestive system since the days of the caveman. Human lactose tolerance, for example, is a HUGE one… a very, very recent mutation that makes dairy consumption not at all unnatural for a large portion of mankind.  Evolutionarily, you could argue that meat eating or fish eating are new introductions as well. It depends on what you want to take as your evolutionary ideal starting point for the hominid diet.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@mrsSonthebeach:  Well yes, I think we’re both saying mostly the same thing. I think in general getting rid of things like these are a good goal as far as human diet goes. 

 

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