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HOUNDLOVER1's Photo HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 8,086
12/31/12 11:13 A

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I just wanted to weigh in on the fruits and vegetable limiting idea. If all fruits and vegetables were natural, meaning like their wild cousins, we would not have to limit them ever. Nature's bounty is good for us. Unfortunately humans having excessively messed with our food supply in the lab as well as in the field means that not all fruits and veggies are natural any more, no more than grains possibly. Some are genetically engineered, many are have been bred for excessive sweetness or starch levels, all of which can lead to weight gain if consumed in excess because they spike insulin levels. The tolerance depends on insulin sensitivity so if you are overweight and/or want to lose weight it may be helpful to stay with the not very sweet fruits and veggies but have those in larger amounts to benefit from the phytonutrients. Checking the glycemic load may be helpful.

Birgit

Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 12/31/2012 (11:13)
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12/31/12 11:04 A

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ASIANA - from looking at your ticker you have made good decisions along the way so I am sure that you will continue to do so as you make the transition to Paleo. I am just reading "The Paleo Diet" by Loren Cordain and have read that no diet that limits fruits and vegetables is a good diet. Other books will tell you to limit fruit. I don't know which is correct and I think, as with all things, continue to find what works for you. On a diet that you don't have to worry about calories and portions, I think it is kind of counter-productive if you then have to worry about percentages. I like simplicity
Currently I am looking at what I could be doing differently too as I lost 8 - 10 lbs quickly and now have plateaued whereas my daughter just continues to drop amazingly quick and is not as strict as I am about what she eats. The good thing is we all feel better! Good luck to you!

Janet

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ASIANA's Photo ASIANA Posts: 120
12/31/12 9:57 A

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I find myself having to come back to simplicity a lot. I am practicing mindfulness, awareness of each moment. I am readjusting my mind along with my body. I have literally cleaned out 8 to 10 garbage bags full of excess clutter, clothing, etc.. from my house in the past two weeks. It feels good to have less things around me messing up my mind and my life. It allows me to breathe.





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UNIQDRGNFLY's Photo UNIQDRGNFLY Posts: 1,194
12/31/12 4:31 A

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I just try to keep it simple, but then I don't have a lot of the challenges of various health issues that others do and we all know that there is not a one-size fits all past the basics.

When I get to deep with it all, I feel overwhelmed and must come back to simplicity...but this is my personality...lol.








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HOUNDLOVER1's Photo HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 8,086
12/30/12 9:25 P

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That's a great article as an overview. As the author says, there are some variations necessary dependent on existing health conditions for many people but it is a good starting point from which adjustments can be made as needed. The only thing I would add is that it's not all about macronutrient ratios but also where they come from. Many people have food sensitivities that need to be taken into account.
Birgit

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ALLISON145's Photo ALLISON145 Posts: 639
12/30/12 9:09 P

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Here's an interesting article on the subject - you have to get about 2/3 the way down to get to the recommendation. :)

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/question-o
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As you'll probably see in this thread when folks reply, the answer varies greatly based on who you talk to.

Hope this helps!
-Allison

Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. - Mark Twain

It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up. - Vince Lombardi


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ASIANA's Photo ASIANA Posts: 120
12/30/12 7:33 P

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Hello everyone,
I'm just starting Paleo. Haven't done a super great job but have drastically cut down on carbs and grains. Didn't realize I wasn't supposed to eat as much fruit as I've been doing so I will have to look at that too. Does anyone have a ratio or percentage of fat, protein, carbs, that would be a good ratio or amount to start for a daily goal?





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