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Would probably get boring after a while.



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I am not a nutrition expert but I like the concept of "a diet that's gluten-free and includes lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, vegetables, fruit and nuts." But I do eat beans with most of my meals in lieu of other starches. My issue are the processed carbs and refined sugars, and salt.
WebMD gave a review of Paleo

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There are a lot of replies here and honestly, I've only read about 1/3 of them.

I'm currently following a modified Paleo/Primal way of eating. I have switched all of the dairy that I consume to the full fat varieties, and honestly, the difference in calories has been negligible. I don't think that I necessarily eat a lot more more, but I am enjoying eating whole eggs every morning as opposed to boring, plain egg whites. I don't miss my GERD and IBS symptoms. In just 4 weeks they have all but disappeared. I am very rarely hungry, and never famished. I don't snack or eat between meals because I am legitimately full. I do still track my calories/nutrition on here, but I wait until the end of the day to enter everything because I don't want to live and die by calories/carbs/fat/protein, but also want to make sure that I'm eating everything I need to to get the appropriate amount of vitamins and minerals in my diet. And for the most part, the only thing I'm ever lacking is Calcium and Vitamin D, but I've always been that way, I don't drink milk other than in my morning coffee, so I've always taken a supplement.

I don't think that it is restrictive unless you think that eliminating boxed, man-made foods is restricting. I eat quite well doing the majority of my grocery shopping around the outside of the grocery store. Whole grains are so over-processed there is hardly anything left of them by the time they hit the shelves, and it's not like you can eat it by itself, it's always in bread-form, or breakfast-bar form, or tortilla-form, or cereal-form, I'd much rather get the vitamins and minerals and fiber from an apple than from a box of cereal, but hey, to each his own. As for carbs? I get plenty, maybe not what Spark recommends, but I'm routinely in the area of 100g per day from the fruits and vegetables as well as tuburous vegetables that are integral parts of my diet.

And for the record, I've rather effortlessly lost nearly 10lbs in a month, by skin is fabulous, the finger nails are long and strong, and like I said above, both my IBS and my Gerd symptoms are essentially gone.

I realize that eating this way is not for everyone, my husband refuses to give up his cookies and candy, and that's fine, everything in moderation for him, but I just feel that overall my health has improved eating this way and I just can't get on board with all of the negative nellies criticizing a way of eating that encourages eating as close to nature as possible.

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3/25/14 10:24 A

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Yay. If you're trying to lose weight on paleo - limit fruit and sugars. I've been trying the paleo diet for the past several months though and am seeing steady weight loss, and muscle gains from my workouts. I don't eat much fruit except for workout days. It's been good for me. I feel full and keep losing weight. A good site for reading up on this is nerdfitness.com. That site and this site give me my direction for both diet and exercise.

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Lost 210 pounds on Atkins. Paleo involves lots of fruit, honey and NO dairy. Not sustainable for me. I could never live without cheese and I'd never eat much fruit or honey as that's the stuff that turned me diabetic (sugar) and that's all gone. My sugar went from 300 after a meal to about 80. My blood pressure from 180/110 to 93/68 at last check.



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YAH!!!!!?

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There are tons of great articles in the SP library on this type of eating. Not for me due to the fact that as a Triathlete, carbs are an absolute necessity along with protein.



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never heard of it


How can you know that you can't unless you have tried and failed.

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No, I couldn't eat with the restrictions. Plus I eat very little meat so it counts me out of it~

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Nay, and I promise you, any diet will bore you at some point, you have to figure out just how much deprivation you can take, and learn to enjoy and live with that feeling for the rest of your life.

Plan for tomorrow, but enjoy the heck out of today.


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Can't say, haven't tried it.

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Nay.

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Naw, I don't like to try any diets. Just eat healthy and with moderation.



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Primal yea! Real whole foods is where it's at!

It really helps me with my endurance sports. I raced a 50 km mountain bike race this summer without eating a bite of food during the race and I came in 1st for the ladies and 6th overall. I felt great during and amazing afterward, no cramping or bonking.

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Nay. Although the basic idea of eating whole foods is a good one, the list of foods that are not allowed is enormous. That does not foster a healthy relationship with food.

I've tried it twice. I didn't have any kind of good results either time.



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I've been hearing about it and need to read more.

It sounds like a whole foods diet with real organic produce, grass fed beef and free range organic chicken, no-gmo's.





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nay, unless you plan to live alone for the rest of your life, and not go out much. And, how many cavemen do you see still around?

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yay



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nay



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I tried the Paleo diet for a week just to see what it was all about. As a nutritionist myself, I personally feel it does more harm than good. You really need to make sure that you are NOT cutting carbohydrate intake too low because your body needs those carbs to function properly. It needs them specifically for metabolism cycles!



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Nay.

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Nay for me as I need the carbs for endurance sports.



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I say Yay!
I just stated on a 30 day paleo challenge. I have never ate such beautiful food. Dinner the other night was roast pork loin, sweet potato, home grown tomatoes & broccoli.

Not as hard as I thought. It's amazing how much of the grocery store I no longer visit.

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I've researched Paleo and I'm a nay for myself because I need proteins, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and some canola & olive oil in my diet. I think most plans that are very restrictive won't work for me because my body needs all the food groups just about. I don't eat very much meat or dairy but there are a few items within those groups that I need to be able to function well~

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I vote, "YAY"

My doctor doesn't really care what diet I'm on, as long as I manage my blood sugars very well.

I chose to augment my sports nutrition diet, which helped me get into this mess in the first place; with mainly using South Beach principles. I don't count carbs at all, but I know that all breadstuffs, most legumes, and nightshade fruits and vegetables are my enemies. I am now, in effect, on a reducing diet of about 1,475 calories, give or take - in order to MAINTAIN my weight ... which had finally stabilized about 19 pounds under my original goal weight.

The twice daily glucometer tests matter a lot to me.

I started back eating all sorts of meat, including red meat... Not gunning for the lowest blood sugar numbers around, though...


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nay. i agree with fiatvoluntastua............and will add balance.......balance is important too...........

it doesnt matter if you run slowly.........you are still running faster than someone on the couch!!!


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Nay, I don't believe in eliminating entire food groups--you need all to stay healthy


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i am curious

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I'm just now looking at the Paleo/Primal eating guidelines. I have always had a desire to limit processed foods and this seems to be very much in line with my natural tendencies. I like that you have a modified version of it and that it works. It sounds like the route for me too.

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I say yay. My dad has been on a modified Paleo way of eating for quite awhile and feels better than he has in years. The inflammation in his joints has gone away, he no longer needs a lot of the meds he was taking before when he was eating the SAD, he's energetic and he's lost over forty pounds.

I have been struggling with losing those last ten pounds - decreased calories, increased exercise, nothing has been working. After seeing the success my dad has had I thought trying his eating plan may be a good idea because I definitely was eating far too many carbs in the form of grains, bread, rice, etc. I had followed WW for my initial weight loss but I was always hungry and always felt it was a little carb heavy for me, I always do better with more protein.

I am currently on my fourth day of a modified Paleo way of eating. I guess it's probably more Primal as I am having a small amount of dairy in the form of heavy cream in my coffee in the morning and I am still using stevia sweetener because I'm not ready to switch to coffee without it. I'm eating as clean as possible with protein, fats (coconut oil), veggies and a bit of fruit. I drink plenty of water and even though today I'm feeling a bit tired I think it's probably carb withdrawal and it will pass.

In the end people need to do what's best for them, everyone is different and what works for one person may not be great for another. What I like about a Paleo/Primal plan is that it encourages eating healthy, whole, natural foods. Some people don't like that it eliminates entire food groups, but from my experience when dieting there is always something being eliminated or at least strongly curtailed. WW for instance, in my opinion, is way too restrictive when it comes to fat, no matter what kind it is, even healthy fats and I have always taken issue with it. I'm pretty sure that a spoonful of organic, raw virgin coconut oil is going to be much better for you than an overly processed diet snack bar that is no doubt full of things you shouldn't be eating.

Just my two cents, to each their own and I wish everyone success no matter what plan they follow!

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a little of both

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Nay¿????.



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YEA.

We have a food allergic family - so I am more tolerant I guess of eliminating entire food groups (including wheat and dairy), and unsafe food alternatives (sugars). My boys have Celiacs and are lactose intolerant, my middle son is also Type 1 Diabetic, so was not a hard switch to Paleo.

The most surprising results for us was the improvement in skin quality (zero acne for three teenage boys!) and blood sugar levels are a lot better controlled; we had the assistance of the diabetic team at the children's hospital to help us make the switch safely and with a focus on nutrition density.

I find that people who eat Paleo often eat the widest variety of healthy foods, have the biggest focus on veggies, and take a healthy lifestyle approach vs a diet outlook.

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Good info EXOTEC!

As always, the eating plan you follow consistently tends to work!

My daughter's pediatrician recommends Paleo. -- I personally think some of the presentation of "history" is without real documentation (ie. "were you there!?!"), BUT the idea of avoiding all things processed AND eating real food from its source without chemical add-ins, seems to be far more of a healthy choice than not.

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I'm always struck by folks who hear a word they're not familiar with and reject it simply because it seems a "scary" concept. Research it a bit. It's not restrictive or fad-ish. And it's pretty evident it DID work for our paleolithic ancestors...or else how would we be here now to discuss it? They ate something! and you can pretty well count on the fact that it wasn't Fruit Loops and McD's!

Paleo/primal/ancestral diets are simply whole, "real" foods. Unprocessed foods like our even more recent "ancestors" lived on. Farm-raised animals and their products, naturally grown veggies, fruits in season and in moderation...some will also eat some dairy, in moderation. It's dense on meats (and ditch that no-skin super lean stuff!) and veggies, and anything processed is just anathema. That's not a "paleo" thing -- that's just good healthy eating!

On the prescription of our endocrinologist, we follow a restricted-carb diet, which I try to dovetail with paleo. It works very well for us. I've lost a huge amount of weight (so far), my health issues are resolving, and my husband's type 2 diabetes is getting under better control. We're told he may soon be able to eliminate meds for that condition completely. We're not ridiculously strict about any of it, other than to keep the carbs down. I don't lose when that creeps up, and I start in with cravings and malaise. So I have my own internal checks to help me stay with it. I don't find it restrictive in the least, beyond the fact that I'm simply a carb addict. That has nothing to do with our nutritional plan - it's just a fact of my nature.

Any plan has to be one you understand and agree with. If those things aren't present, you won't be able to make it work for you because you won't stick with it. You mustn't consider it a temporary "fix." It is truly a change in the way you will eat from onset forward.

Good luck in finding a plan you are comfortable with. Do some good research. There's plenty of reliable data out there now. Mark's Daily Apple website is a great starting point.

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I feel I need to add ........ My husband who is diabetic tried it and his meds conflicted w/ the pills you take on the cleanse and so he had to stop! ....... (I think if a person is diabetic, they should most definitely check with their Dr. first) ............

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YES I did it ....... Just finished and I think it was the BEST thing I ever did!!
My Dr. (Acupuncture) also thought it was fantastic and said it would AID in the healing of inflammatory processes in my body! ............... I never felt more satisfied and followed it all the way! .............. (If you have more Q.s come visit me on my page) .......... emoticon

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I havent heard of this..but I will check it out.. if its to restrictive I wont be interested. I have enough trouble losing weight.

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4/21/13 8:45 A

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nay

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4/21/13 8:29 A

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YES, YES, YES it is not for everyone but if you are struggling with metabolic syndrome, pre diabetes or diabetes it is for YOU!
Studies showing gluten is not that great for you, causes inflammation in body, inflammtion leads to disease.



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4/21/13 3:21 A

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Nay

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Ixne



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4/20/13 8:03 P

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I have a friend trying it, but may for me.

"We are all here to bring out the God colors in the world."
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MASE72's Photo MASE72 SparkPoints: (190,902)
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nay

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nay - for me.. I have a friend on it and she's doing great. ME? I need variety. Tell me I can't have something and I'll crave it.



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Nay. I have no interest in cutting out my dairy, grains and legumes. It sounds like a healthy diet but I have no ill effects from eating these foods and prefer to have diet I enjoy and won't feel deprived on. I also don't mind a bit of sugar here and there. I enjoy eating far too much and I hate to say it but Paleo sounds... way too boring for my tastes. I just couldn't see myself sticking to it, it cuts out far too many of my favourite foods. I like take a clean approach to eating just not willing to take it that far. I prefer moderation.


Take your focus off the Marshmallow.

www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
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"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.


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4/20/13 6:12 P

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Nay

Come near to God and He will come near to you- James 4:8


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I LOVE it. This is the first "diet" I have ever been able to stick to. I fell great and look even better. I also have clear skin for the first time since before puberty.



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nay for right now



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