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Diane,
feel free to start one and we'll see how many people like to use it. emoticon
I'm personally on too many teams to check in on those types of threads too often, but if there is even a few people who'd like to see it that's great.
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Good morning all! Do you think it would be a good idea to have a "check in and Chat " thread?? Some of my other teams do and it works out great and really encourages people to jump on and say HEY even if it's not for a particular theme. Anyway feeling awesome and didn't WI but my scrub pants are definitely looser!! I also picked up the book Paleoista and am really enjoying it,it's paleo with a womans perspective!! I'm at work till midnight,have a great day all! BBL. Diane

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I (so far) still include beans. I don't eat rice and rarely potato. I eat half of a sweet potato on occasion. I eat oatmeal sometimes
I have yogurt and cheese but not milk, I drink almond milk. .
I have stevia for sweetness but rarely. Small amount of dark chocolate.
I am trying to lose a few pounds so I keep nuts to a minimum for now.

-In two sentences, what is the most important thing to you about paleo?
Eating ethically, humanely raised animal protein
eating fresh, non subsidized produce (monsanto! Damn you!)

One more question: Are you the only paleo-eater or is everyone in your household eating paleo?
Yes but I do the cooking so husband eats paleo except for his junk snacks.


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I'm Primal, I think, since I eat dairy (raw milk and yoghurt made from the same). Otherwise my diet centers on meat, veggies, nuts, eggs ... no grains except an occasional serving of rice when we eat out. My whole family eats this way although my wife and daughter are also purposefully low-carb. It's been great for all of us!

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For me, since going Paleo, I cannot tolerate dairy (even cheese!) at ALL!! Last time hubby and I went grocery shopping I bought what I thought was goat cheese... ended up it was only half goat, the other half was dairy. I didn't know until after I put it on my Paleo pizza... and it made me sick. So I guess I need to be a bigger stickler about my labels! It was with the goat cheese! That was some mean trickery!!! Grrrrrrrrr!! I had Daiya in my taco salad last night and it was awesome. Happy tummy!

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Even though I do fluctuate a lot, I just had to come back and say, I feel my best strict Paleo. I have been all week and I feel better than I have in a while. I am trying to like Daiya, it is a work in progress!

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I don't personally like the Daiya at all, but found that I do much better with goat cheese and also with raw cheeses, both worth trying. Goat cheese has only A2 milk in it, not A1, the result of a genetic mutation in cows which is the most common type. If you want to learn more take a look at this article or the book about the topic:
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To allow us to continue this survey without too many side trails, if you would like to go more into detail about dairy alternatives, or any other discussions on the topics, let's please start new topics about them if possible, so we can continue this thread as a survey. emoticon

I'll start one about dairy alternatives right now.
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Oh man, that sucks! My chiro highly recommended it, that was why I tried it. I also had it after going for nearly a month without dairy. I had actual cheese last night and I like the Daiya better! Who would've thunk it? LOL I'm sorry it doesn't work for you. :(

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I had no idea my psoriasis flare ups and constant stuffiness etc were due to dairy until I got rid of it while nursing my son (he has a dairy protein allergy). I never did well with it but still loved hard cheeses, etc so I MISS those lol. I can't stand Daiya :/ I wish I could but man....there's a chemically taste to me in all of the sub cheeses :( I wish I could find one I liked. My son does fine with them (but then, he has nothing to compare it to haha ;) )

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I found a great cheese substitute called Daiya. I actually like it better than regular cheese. My chiro recommended it and it's OMG tasty! I live in Wisconsin and I thought I would never be able to give up dairy, but here I am! It's a great feeling! it can be done, but it's hard. It was really tough for me in the beginning, now I'm just fine not having it. I don't crave it anymore. It just takes time to break it is all! Since cutting all that stuff out, I feel so much better!!

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I have always had dairy, in some form. Either occasion glass of milk, or sometimes cheese, and most daily greek yogurt.

And I have always been stuffy - I just figured plant allergies or something. I noticed I am a little extra stuffy after I have some dairy, especially some store bought yogurt. If I have homemade greek, it is not nearly as bad.

I have cut out dairy the last 30 days or so. Not nearly as stuffy, though I do miss greek yogurt and cottage cheese, so it should be easy to see how those affect me once I have them again.

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Diane: I grew up in Wisconsin, with dairy as a staple! I'm too addicted to it to successfully give it up. Feeling deprived doesn't work. I've never tried Atkins. I'd have to have some physically negative effect to even attempt giving up dairy. So far, that's not happened.

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Hi Karena!! Beth my Chiro also is a BIG Paleo fan,he promotes it in his monthly news letter and web site! But in practice he does more of an Atkins diet as he LOVES cheese! Of course he's 6' something and thin!!! LOL Diane

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Hi, everyone,
Interesting discussion. I eat what Chris Kresser calls a Paleo template diet. I haven't been willing to do the Whole 30. It's hard enough to be as restrictive as I am, given how the rest of my family eats.

I do eat dairy, but my milk is not homogenized. Farmer Tom, who owns the local dairy (Happy Cow), has found that many people who thought they were lactose-intolerant, can drink his milk. When milk is homogenized, it breaks down the fat into something the body can't use very well. So we have to shake, shake, shake our milk before drinking. emoticon

I do my best to eat grass-fed meat from local farms. I recently joined a food exchange that is working well for me.

My husband sort-of follows Paleo. He's a truck driver so it's hard to follow it and eat on the road, but when he's home he eats what I eat.

I don't eat any legumes, no grains, but I do use Stevia.

Even though I haven't done the Whole 30, food sensitivities seem to reveal themselves pretty quickly. I've found out I'm allergic to coconut, of all things! I'm also allergic to chocolate. Now it looks like tomatoes might be a problem.

Other than that, it's meat and veggies for me!

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Well for me I'm just going by what my chiropractor/trainer has told me and what I read in "The Paleo Solution." They both say for at least the first 30 days you shouldn't have any dairy and my chiro says you shouldn't have any ever. So that's the information I'm going by. I am already mildly lactose intolerant so no dairy is a good choice for me anyway. Although after my 30 days are complete I may have a little cheese now and then. I really can't tolerate more than that. But I did find a cheese substitute that's rather tasty! I wouldn't judge someone who decides to have dairy though. Different things work for different people!

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Good evening all! Very interesting thoughts here! I am trying to stay away from cheese and dairy as it does seem to raise my blood sugar a bit. And I was also doing Atkins but the amount of fat was too much for me,made me nauseous so Paleo seems to work for me. Diane

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I wouldn't worry about what another person considers "hard core". It's definitely an imprecise term, anyhow. For some people dairy is not just ok, but great because their body handles it well, for other people it makes them very sick and they'd be stupid to insist on eating it.
And as far as "less than perfect", I guess we all fit that description, don't we?
I guess I was using the term "hardcore" more in the sense of "strict", not as a value judgement at all. Sorry if it came across wrong. Just enjoy what your body does well on. emoticon

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Having dairy does not mean that you are not "hard core" to me that equals "less than perfect" in someone's eyes. emoticon
Plenty of people include dairy, that's OK!!

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I'm definitely hard core but I'm also in my first 30 days. After that I may occasionally have a little dairy and the occasional high percentage chocolate or sweetener, but I'm still going to be pretty strict with myself overall. I feel a lot better when I am!

I very much look for organic, grass-fed and humanly raised food. I'm really picky about that. Pricy, but my body feels so much better for it!

My hubby and I are doing this together. That's good because otherwise I'd go crazy. LOL

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Laura, have you had them test your A1C instead of a fasting sugar test?

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I'm hard core with and occasional piece of cheese. I started with wheat belly the first of the year and had such good results I went full on Palleo about two months ago. It's very easy for me but my wife can't do it, she loves sugar and starch.

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I agree with Laura: I'm technically Atkins, but sort of doing a cross-over to Paleo in order to learn about it, because they are so close. Even now when I could have things like soy sauce, for instance, I do coconut aminos instead, because of the cross-over. I do, however, still have the Atkins-approved Splenda (only with morning coffee, though), and also cheese and heavy cream, of course. So from the choices, I am:

- hard-core but occasionally add something (like chocolate, dairy, sweetener)

I couldn't say yet what I like best about Paleo, since I'm not officially doing it, but I do like that it seems to be the healthiest possible way you could eat, and I am sort of working my way around to it over time. For the version I do now, I explain it to people, mostly family who make inquiries, like this: you don't HAVE to eat the foods raw, but the foods you eat have to be foods you COULD eat raw. So that is why you can't have wheat or beans, even though they're natural products, and why I also exclude potatoes (not sure if official Paleo does this, but they are among foods that are unfavorable to human systems when raw). That seems to help them understand a bit better, and seems to make sense.

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Atkins is very similar. Especially the new Atkins program that focuses protein, veggies and healthy fats. I just read the new Atkins book.
I am sort of following the same thing Russell.... I suspect I am insulin resistant. I can't shed a pound unless my carbs are below 30 net carbs per day.
I've had my blood sugars tested; they come back "spot on", however, my Doc agrees that the fasting blood glucose test doesn't tell you anything until you are already in real trouble.


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I eat meat, eggs, butter, and veggies. I have 1 apple a day, and 2/3 times a month, I will have a few ounces of cheese, but no beans, other dairy, or sugar.

Most important thing for me with Paleo/Atkins OWL that I follow: Health. Low blood sugars. I am diabetic but have been of all meds for 3 years this month, and my blood sugars are low, as are my cholesterol, and BP.

I am the only one who eats this way in my house. The reason I say Paleo/Atkins OWL, is because they are identical diets. I can have fruit on Atkins, and eventually potatoes and rice if I can handle them. I don't understand why people think there is a difference. I think it is because people think of Atkins Induction, and from that point of view, Paleo seems very lax in the amount of carbs allowed, but I have many friends who eat 120 g of carbs on Atkins, including beans, potatoes, and rice. I just prefer to stick to one fruit, and mostly vegetables.

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ELECTRALYTE - superb post!! Thank you!

Got rid of the ticker cuz my scale decided to flatter me unduly. I haven't re-gained, just got a better, honest, scale.

Just because you steam it, doesn't mean you can't add herbs and spices. (A gripe at those insipid restaurant "healthy choice" menu selections.)



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In early Feb through early March I did a Whole 30 (with the proviso I could eat locavore yogurt, and the additional proviso that ALL meat had to be humanely raised). I've learned that drinking milk (or putting it in my coffee which is its normal destination) makes me not feel so optimal. Yogurt, butter, and ghee are fine. So now I am just doing coffee at home -- for some reason the brands I am buying are less bitter than what I get out, or at work.

I haven't had legumes for ages, but I decided to take a page out of Weston A. Price, and have just soaked a batch of lentils and a few black beans. I'll try a limited amount, and see what happens. Basically, I am looking for a supplemental protein source that doesn't cost as much as humanely raised meats, and so thus this experiment.

Got rid of the ticker cuz my scale decided to flatter me unduly. I haven't re-gained, just got a better, honest, scale.

Just because you steam it, doesn't mean you can't add herbs and spices. (A gripe at those insipid restaurant "healthy choice" menu selections.)



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I am an all of the above! I fluctuate in between all the answers depending on what is going on in my life and how I feel. I strive for hardcore as a goal, but don't seem to stay there long. I do try to keep to safe starches (potato and occasionally rice). I used to eat some corn as well, but I think I am allergic or intolerant to that as well as gluten. It is in EVERYTHING! I found it was even in a boullion paste I was using! More reason to strive for hardcore and make everything myself! I slide off the all homemade with condiments mostly and some gluten free bread or crackers on occasion. I would say overall, in the course of a week I am 80/20 Primal. I usually have about 3 things that are not quite Paleo. Sometimes more or less. I am not big on sugar anyway, I usually use raw honey or coconut sugar in things like salad dressings but don't sweeten much else.

To me, the thing is to eliminate stuff that makes us sick and eat the things each of us can tolerate and be healthy with. If that is soaked beans, fine. Rice, fine. Dairy, fine. Everyone is different and will be better with different things.

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This i n my Paleo Diet Lifestyle email this morning
Myths and Truths about Paleo-
With a diet as popular as Paleo, there's a lot of misinformation floating around the internet. Take a look at our top five myths and truths before you fall prey to scare tactics:

Myth #1: Paleo is low-carb
Truth: Paleo is about avoiding modern food toxins, not about restricting carbs. The earliest incarnations of Paleo were low-carb, based on incomplete information about what hunter-gatherers actually ate. Now we know that humans can be perfectly healthy on a wide range of carb intakes - non-toxic carbs like potatoes and white rice are perfectly acceptable on Paleo. (read the full article about safe starches here)

Myth #2: Paleo is expensive
Truth: Modern processed food is expensive. Say you're buying breakfast for the week. You could either buy a box of granola ($5) or two dozen eggs ($1.50 per dozen, so $3 total). You could buy a gallon of milk ($3.50) to go with your granola, or a bag of spinach ($2.50) to cook into your omelet. Some strawberries for your granola ($3.50) or some onions for your eggs ($1.50). Paleo actually saves you money! (read all the money saving tips here)

Myth #3: Paleo is about imitating cavemen
Truth: Paleo is about choosing and eating the best food for your health, regardless of what was or wasn't available in the actual Paleolithic. Evolutionary science is just a starting point for research. Nobody is actually trying to imitate a caveman. (read all about the dangers of Paleo imitation here)

Myth #4: There is only one "Paleo diet"
Truth: Paleo is individual. Some people feel fine with dairy; others prefer to avoid it. Some people eat low-carb; other people eat high-carb. There is no one "correct" way to do Paleo; the right way is the way that works for you.

Myth #5: Paleo is about weight loss
Truth: Paleo is about health. For some people, health means losing some extra fat. For others, health might mean gaining muscle to improve their athletic performance, or maintaining their weight during a serious illness. The weight loss stories are impressive, but Paleo is much more than that. (read all about Paleo weight loss here)

Worried about something else? Don't let other myths about Paleo scare you off - do some research before you believe everything you read or hear!

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I eat pretty hard-core primal, but occasionally add something (like dark chocolate or dairy). I consume kerrygold butter daily.

The most important thing about eating this way is eating real, natural food.

I am the only primal/paleo eater in my household.

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Great responses, everyone!
My internet router is broke and will only get replaced next week, so here is only my very short answer:
no grains except rare small amounts of white rice, almost no sugar, dairy only raw yogurt, cream, butter cheese from pastured animals
lots of nuts, low-carb fruit, because of carbohydrate intolerance (pre-diabetes history) no more than 40-50 grams of carbs
I eat mostly organic

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Great topic!

I am fairly strict, but this is a lifestyle not a diet for me so occasionally I will allow (in the context of a treat when eating out or such) some corn or rice, but nothing else as far as grains and never wheat/oats. I do use xylitol very, very occasionally. I try to limit sugars but I don't go too nuts over naturally occurring ones/fruit/etc. Caffeine is a requirement for me (f/t work, school 3/4 time and single parent to an awesome toddler...yes, I need my coffee and Spark haha) but only one a day. No dairy, but my mainly because my son and I are both allergic.

We are strictly dye free, most preservatives etc but since my son has a number of allergies (dairy, mangoes, kiwi, cashews, pistachios) I don't keep him from grains at this point (he's 3). So he gets an occasional Lara Bar and Cliff bar, and oatmeal when he wants it, as well as toast sometimes. However,when I make meals they are protein/veg/fruit and I generally only allow one snack that isn't a fruit/veg a day (He gets all the "green light" foods he wants, and "yellow lights", like Cliff bars, less often. Allergens and dyes are "red lights" for example). So he's mostly Paleo at home, with pretzels and crackers etc offered at daycare and preschool.

I read every label, and am picky. I can't afford the best options for meats, but I do my best to buy organic whenever I can, and we participate in a CSA for veggies and eggs (YUM).



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I follow a more primal lifestyle. I don't drink milk. But occasionally have plain Greek yogurt and I love my hard cheese and also have heavy cream. I never eat added sugar at all, and if I weren't going really low carb right now, I would add the occasional brown rice. I don't really like beans all that much so I don't eat them.

Most important thing about paleo is that it makes me feel better and keeps things simple.

My 9 year old is 80-20 paleo. She has agreed to give up grain (especially wheat) but she does still have dairy.




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Great topic ... At this moment (just completed WHOLE30), still hard-core.
After completing the Whole30, I tried grains and felt like crap. Waited a few days and introduced dairy (cheese), and again felt like crap. So my body is giving me a clear message. I think over the longer term, grains are definitely not happening, but I may have dairy on rare occasions. I'd like to try some Paleo baking, which will involve some natural sugars, but I dont see having these regularly. I lost 11 pounds throughout the Whole30, and haven't been on a scale since April 30. I'll get back on the scale at the end of May. I'm looking at a more sustainable lifestyle rather than quick returns. Its just my hubby and I at home now, and its so easy to adopt this way of eating with the kids grown and gone. We are enjoying exploring new foods and new recipes and we both feel so much better. He's diabetic, so this diet is perfect for him.

The most important thing to me about Paleo.. I feel great, and the cravings and feelings of being out of control are gone.

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Hard-core but occasionally add what I call paleo treats--like dark chocolate.

Wheat is always off the table, but I can be flexible on things like rice and corn if I am eating out with friends or at someone's house. This happens rarely.

I also think well-fermented, properly prepared legumes (except soy) are completely acceptable, but I do not personally eat them because I am eating a very low-carb diet right now.



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About 85/15 primal (I do eat certain forms of dairy: butter, ghee, quality yogurts, some cheese, but a lot less dairy than I used to eat).

I have added some rice back into my diet (after reading and considering the Perfect Health Diet, but no where near the levels of starch that they suggest).

Very occasional legumes and very occasional fermented soy. Peanuts ONLY in the context of Thai cuisine, which I don't eat all that often. Very few regular nuts -- don't like most of them anyway, and I have severe digestive issues with some. Very occasional dark chocolate, but otherwise no added sugars or sweeteners in my food -- a rare dollop of real maple syrup or honey.

Other considerations: humanely raised animals. Very minimal pre-packaged foods, and I read labels when I do buy them.

I am the only human in my house, but the cats get a grain free brand of kibble.

Got rid of the ticker cuz my scale decided to flatter me unduly. I haven't re-gained, just got a better, honest, scale.

Just because you steam it, doesn't mean you can't add herbs and spices. (A gripe at those insipid restaurant "healthy choice" menu selections.)



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I would say that I am hard core, but aoccasionally add something not Paleo; maybe 95-5.

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This is a very interesting topic. We just assume everyone is very stricked Paleo and sometimes beat ourselves up about not being stricked enough. Well I do. LOL

I am the only one in our household who eats this way. My hd eats whatever he feel like but is eating much better than when working.

I do not eat grains, dairy, most nuts. (hd has a nut allergy, I cannot eat dairy and since going Paleo realize I am much better off without the grains).

I do eat some suger ( honey, natural sugars,) but not very often.

My worst downfall, and I need to get rid of it, I am a Diet Coke fan. I find it hard to find things I like to drink and water just doesnt cut it.

My daughter comes to visit and their household is mainly gluten free so I have a few of those things in the house and when I feel like I really need something different I choose one of those that are also dairy free.

I find it interesting, I went Paleo quite some time ago and my stomach just couldn't seem to handle it. This time around I just cannot see going back. I feel so much better why would I change that. I hope the feeling lasts forever.

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When I'm "on" I'm usually -eat dairy but eat some non-paleo foods (like grain or beans or sugar) regularly, along the lines of 80-20 or 90-10%. I eat some dairy, and use sugar in my coffee.

When I'm "off"? Well, anything goes and I feel like crap. lol

I'm the only one in the house doing it.

For me the most important thing is how I feel. If I'm healthy and strong, I'm happy.

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hmmm yes very interesting.

I was never really paleo, I don't guess. I am more primal because I would have dairy. (I use to call myself Primeo) ha

Then I started following more along the lines of Perfect Health Diet, which has been called "Paleo Perfected"

Weight loss has stalled for many months, MANY MANY months - just enough up & down to make me think I was really getting somewhere - really since I went Primal back in March of 2012, things have slowed to a crawl. I have lost maybe 10-15lbs total since then. Though I feel great and all that jazz, just not much happening in the weight loss department.

And since I am relatively healthy except for overweight - all my numbers are pretty good - weight loss is my renewed goal at the moment, and I was afraid that I was too low calorie for too long. But I was NOT hungry, and IF was the norm, even fasting for a day or two. So I felt better with PHD, adding back some carbs, but still weight loss was eluding me. So for now I am trying something else which got it going again - something to heal thyroid, adrenals, pituitary, and liver - and while it is neither Primal nor Paleo, it has a wide variety of food options, so I am trying to make it Primeo & PHD by making sure I eat the things I knew I should each week, like 1/4lb liver, etc.

And this new protocol is against wheat, but does allow for certain grains like quinoa and steel cut oats and sprouted things, but no dairy or caffeine. Beans are allowed though there are enough other options I haven't had any. But I would though, as I would soak my own.

So I guess while I am doing the Fast Metabolism Diet, I am more along the lines of 80/20 which is what Sisson suggests anyways.

But still, that means NO sugar, veggie oils, wheats, processed, fast food, etc. Very very rarely any of those type of things regardless what else I might be doing.

DH eats what I eat for breakfast and supper. DS19 looks for leftovers or fixes his own. He eats pretty clean most of the time. He can't eat things like cake (hurts his stomach) but can eat buns and tortillas. He still has his share of fast food but NOTHING like before, same with soda pop. He has always been a bean pole, though now he is starting to focus on ST and also his nutrition. When DD is home for dinner with her son, she might fix another side dish - something ooey gooey, or add things like cheese to their broccoli, etc.



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I kinda go back and forth with...

-eat dairy but eat some non-paleo foods (like grain or beans or sugar) regularly, along the lines of 80-20 or 90-10%

-pick and choose what I like from paleo and add what I want to where many people would not consider my eating style paleo

I do try to stay within the first one more often...I feel so much better, have more energy, etc. when eating that way.

I am the only one in my house that eats this way.

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I was curious about how strictly paleo different people on here eat.
So I created some categories (although if you don't fit those add new ones).

- hard-core: eat only meat, fish, eggs, veggies, nuts, fruit but no grains, beans, sugar or sugar substitutes,

-hard-core but occasionally add something (like chocolate, dairy, sweetener)

-also eat dairy, but selectively (only grass-fed or organic or raw or A2 or just butter or yogurt)

- eat any kind of dairy but no other non-paleo foods

-eat dairy but eat some non-paleo foods (like grain or beans or sugar) regularly, along the lines of 80-20 or 90-10%

-pick and choose what I like from paleo and add what I want to where many people would not consider my eating style paleo

- also have other important criteria in addition to paleo when I choose food (like vegetarian, organic, humanely raised,

-In two sentences, what is the most important thing to you about paleo?

One more question: Are you the only paleo-eater or is everyone in your household eating paleo?

Feel free to answer what you like and add what you like. This should be fun. emoticon

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