Hi, Ellen! Coincidentally, I'm 53 years old, and I've been following an 'Ancestral' nutrition plan for 23 months. I've lost 60 pounds (pretty much all of it off my belly... I started at 250), and I've gone from literally planning my funeral, to living life to the FULL and medication free (I even just bought a bathing suit last week... first one in 6 years... in a size 12... down from a size 20!). My whole family eats this way (husband and 9-year-old), we love it and don't have any problem sticking to it, and everyone has experienced health benefits.
If simple weight loss is your goal and primary measurement of success, you might find this discouraging because obviously my elimination of fat has been SLOW, and continues to be, but my health continues to improve daily, and while I've eliminated fat (not lean tissue) I've continued to gain strength. Because the inclination to accumulate fat is hormone driven, women 'of a certain age' don't usually get the dramatic results some do, especially when there are exacerbating health issues.
Addtionally, I would personally say that strict 'Paleo' will make things worse for you (much the same way as did 'Eat to Live')... too little fat. Here's an explanation, and the links to some blog posts releveant to your query:
Oversimplified, and solely as a 'diet':
'Paleo' is rigid in attitude and would be considered low-fat, ultra low-carb (less than 50 grams/day), LEAN protein, no processed food - the majority of your daily calories would come from protein.
'Primal' is individualized and would be considered high-fat, moderate carb (50-150 grams/day), moderate RICH protein, and allows for processed food if it only includes health supporting ingredients - the majority of your daily calories come from fat.
...we chose to begin our journey within a 'Primal' framework because of the above considerations, and because the science supported 'Primal' while raising concerns about 'Paleo'... my approach is and always will be health driven, and science-based.
Regarding the comparison chart (which, I've realized, curiously excludes any mention of legumes - they would come under the same scrutiny as grains) - it does a reasonable job of delineating the common and differentiating characteristics... though the chart is based on the initial books written, is over-simplified, and a tad misleading. It really seems to be all just splitting hairs when you compare Primal/Paleo/Ancestral. If you approach it solely as a 'diet' it comes down to what/who you choose to believe specifically about:
carbs (Paleo less, Primal more)
fat (Paleo less, Primal more)
dairy (Paleo none, Primal as tolerated)
processed food (Paleo none, Primal as it respects sound nutritional science)
and preference (Paleo more restrictive/absolute, Primal is individualized as supported by the science and tolerance)
...and how your body responds. If your focus is health related, the distinctions become much more important, and are nuanced, individual and complex.
Comparison Chart: Primal/Paleo/Ancestral, etc.www.eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com/suppo
If you read everything there is to read on the subject (and I may well have, LOL), it all seems to distil down to this:
'Paleo' was coined by Loren Cordain, who is the mainstream guru of a 40 year old idea - it's been around since the late 60s in a much less defined way - is based on a single focus (genetically we haven't evolved so neither should our food source - never mind that we are meant to evolve), is intellectual in its focus (idea driven), is ultra low-carb (less than 50 grams per day), and believes all nutrition should come from food alone. Paleo is the most restrictive, and doesn't take into account the newest research findings. Hard-core Paleo adherents tend to be elitist/rigid/purists, and a pain in the tookus, because they treat it like a religion... their reasons for eating Paleo come from a place of superiority, and daddy Cordain doesn't play nice with the other kids in the nutritional sandbox. He's also changed a number of his positions as he is increasingly challenged by the rest of the Ancestral community (it's based on incomplete science - eating strict Paleo could, in fact, cause health problems over time... for example Paleo ignores most of the ancestral tribes around the world that consume non-paleo food but are still as healthy as anyone eating 'paleo' (carb levels become the central issue), it's too low on fat, and ignores the obvious benefits of finding a good, clean source of raw dairy and cultured/fermented foods). Cordain is a self-absorbed, sanctimonious, pill. Robb Wolf is a much better advocate for 'Paleo' (plays nice with the other little cavemen), and he and Mark Sisson have more in common than they differ... he also applies the science to 'Paleo' and is evolving as does the science.
'Primal' was coined by Mark Sisson (and I think he may actually own copyright to the term), he's the one who made 'Paleo' attractive and mainstream, it is health driven and science-focussed, and carb load is determined individually according to tolerance within a certain healthy range (50 - 150 grams per day). Primal is the most forgiving and least restrictive "once an individual's unique needs/sensitivities have been allowed for" - which is really 'Ancestral' in the final analysis. The chart is using Mark Sisson's book as it's source, which makes Primal appear as though everyone eats exactly the same way, yet Mark is probably the person who is the most open and supports/acknowledges/allows for a wide range of individuality... as the evidence/science evolves, so does his position... his corporation is usually the front-runner in chasing the science... he is a LIFESTYLE guru (he looks at everything... nutrition, movement, sleep, and supplementation that supports optimal health). His position is that grains/legumes are bad for everyone, but if you don't seem to be experiencing any ill effects from what you're consuming, have at it. Mark is also really sensitive to modern sensibilities... he believes that progress/evolution is GOOD as long as the foundation for change respects sound Ancestral principals, and is supported by the science. This is why 'Mark's Daily Apple' is such a great resource... if it's important to consider, Mark will know about it first, and will tell it to you in a science-based, non-alarmist, easy to understand, balanced way... and not charge you money for it. Mark Sisson is smart, funny and charming... very human and humble.
'Ancestral' is an evolving perspective drawing on the best of Paleo, Primal, and Weston A. Price (which I am carefully exploring... makes sense, Mark acknowledges that there is truth to it applied cautiously, but it is labour intensive to include legumes, dairy and grains under these principles). It emphasizes the health and healing aspects of nutrition. I'm pretty sure that if Mark had thought of it, he'd have coined 'Ancestral' rather than 'Primal', LOL... but then that would have made him the 'Monsanto' of the nutritional world... trying to own and profit from something that belongs to everyone. Unfortunately, Weston A. Price is dead, and can't speak for himself, and his approach is more intuitive and observational... which unfortunately discounts his perspective in the eyes of some. Price was a dentist who became curious about the skeletal/dental malformations that resulted in tribal peoples who adopted European/Western dietary practices, and was the first person to suggest that grains/legumes (and certain dairy) were somehow 'poisonous' to the human body, and then spent a considerable portion of his life figuring out how to make these foods safe to eat based on what he observed in healthy tribal cultures who remained true to their ancestral diets... because there are cultures who do consume grains and legumes to no ill effect. It is his observations, 'experimentation' and methods that sparked the basis for 'Paleo' when it was first applied 40 years ago, and the continued investigational science that has now exploded into a discipline all its own. Weston Price was a humble and curious adventurer, who chased wellness.
So, there you have it... Paleo/Primal/Ancestral in a nutshell, LOL!
PALEO... Do you REALLY know what you're talking about? www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
LIVIN' Mi Vida Loca! (Snowshoeing!) www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
True Story www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
Tigers & Strawberries... A New Perspective www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
'BEFORE' Pictures (May 31, 2009 - September, 2011) & Continuing PROGRESS (February 2012)! Next pictures September, 2013! www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
Paleo? Why? www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
Body Fat Set Point: Why Its So Hard To Lose Weight And Keep It Off www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
Is it your fault you are fat? www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
There are really important links in this one... especially for anyone with your health concerns... Chris Kresser is a really good place to start.
The links go in reverse chronological order (more or less). After reading, if you think this makes sense for you (personally, I don't think anyone can go wrong eating this way), and you have more questions, just holler!
You CAN make this work miracles in your own life!
Edited by: _RAMONA at: 7/21/2013 (16:15)
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