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I agree with other comments - think of Paleo as a framework and know that no one is policing you on what you eat. I drink coffee in the a.m. only and I also have cream in it. Years ago (about 38) my husband was on Atkins and the heavier the cream the better so, I use either whipping cream or 1/2 and 1/2 in mine. Do what works for you. If you feel you can give up coffee then great - do it - I go for weeks at a time where I don't have it but then I start back on it and I don't worry about it. If coffee/cream is your only cheat then you are doing well!
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I see Paleo as a framework that is useful for many people. I don't think it is a hard and fast prescription. Everyone comes to the party with a different metabolism, physiology, medical history, etc. etc.
I have been using the framework to determine what works best for me. Our bodies are complex systems and it can be challenging to figure out what set of factors produced what results.
I would recommend considering going strict (whatever that is for you) and then adding one thing back in at a time (just remember to get exactly the same quantity and quality of activity at the same time every day, along with the same quality and quantity of sleep, adjusting for seasonal differences in temperature and sunlight. If you can do this along with exactly the same quantity and quality of stress at the same time everyday, it should be quite easy to determine what foods do what).
That sounds cynical - just being a little extreme to prove my point - we each have to figure out what works best for us and diet is only one factor - I have been tracking my physical activity, stress and sleep over the last few months and have found they have as much impact on my energy and weight gain/loss as diet.
Yes, diet is important, but undo stress about our diet or weight loss, we can actually be counter-productive.
Just my thoughts.
Edited by: EGALITAIRE at: 2/19/2013 (16:55)
I'm a big fan of doing what works for YOU. I'm not strict 100% paleo - my choice and it works for me. (and I put *gasp* regular cream in my coffee. It's one of my few vices.) I say keep the caffeine! :)
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coffee is a seed......I'd say why not....go black! I drink every day!
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Thanks for the comments from everyone. This paleo thing seems to be working for me (no dairy, sugar, refined carbs, no bread, limited rice pasta and potatoes, lots of meat, baked veggies some fruits and nuts. I feel better and have more energy. But I am a hard core coffee drinker, used to be a pot a day in the old days, now just two cups a day, black no sugar or cream. I thought I would ask because I think I have read coffee impacts insulin. Thanks
Personally, I'm not giving it up.
I went from using whole milk in coffee, to almond milk and now drink it black. You could use coconut milk or cream in it too.
Edited by: SHADOW38 at: 2/18/2013 (13:49)
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COffe is where i allow a little deviation. I have coffee with So delicious coconut creamer- French Vanilla Flavor. Its non dairy, made with coconut cream, and sweet enough that i dont have to add sweetner ( normally i would add tons of cream and sugar/splenda to coffee but with this i just add a spash and its awesome!)
Edited by: MRSCURTIS12 at: 2/18/2013 (12:48)
I agree with no Paleo police lol :) Many people following a Paleo lifestyle permanently practice and 85/15 split: so 85% of the time they are super strict, and 15% they allow a little of the modern world to creep in ;)
That said, coffee itself is fine: it's the cream/sugar that is generally the issue. I can NOT do coffee black so I've been drinking Spark in the morning. Actually love it more because of the slow, consistent energy and focus but I DO miss my espresso drinks (lattes and such).
One coffee from time to time is fine. I used to drink lots of home made latte. After cold turkey cutting, I enjoy one black with cinnamon every few days. I won with addiction !
Coffee doesn't bother me anymore
I think I like the comment that there is no Paleo police, LOL. Eat whatever you believe is good for your body and don't eat what you think might harm you. For me decaf is better than regular, Xylitol is better than sugar and dairy needs to be raw and from A2 cows, goat or sheep for me to do well on it. (
Also, paleo is a lifestyle diet and that means to change your way of eating in a way that you are comfortable with it and can maintain it for the rest of your life (after the initial adjustment that may take a few weeks).
Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 2/17/2013 (12:20)
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Coffee is fine, you just cant add sugar or dairy to it.
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Not sure. I don't think there are any Paleo Police. lol
I drink an occasional cup. What's wrong with coffee? No sugar or milk added.
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I have been reading some of the posts and some of the comments are negative about coffee, is coffee not allowed?