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5/6/13 10:47 A

I went on the Paleo diet for 2 weeks, after I saw something on Dr.Oz about it being really good for PCOS, which I have. I didn't lose a pound, and it did not make me feel like I had more energy or anything. I do think eating processed foods is not good for your health, I don't think cutting out legumes, dairy, and grains are a good idea. A healthy balance of everything is what I'm striving for.

5/6/13 10:41 A

Like a PP, I think the key lesson of paleo/primal is the elimination of processed foods. I really don't see how there can be a downside to not eating things that come out of boxes, bags, or cartons.

I've tried to mostly stop eating processed foods, which in turn has resulted in no bread/wheat or white rice for me. Just about everything else is fair game. This is essentially the primal diet.

I don't think I've turned into a grouch (maybe my friends think otherwise, though :-)). And I'm not preaching about ancestral foods or whatnot. I think it's a sensible plan and it's working pretty well for me.

Keep in mind that most of those "healthy whole grains" are made in a factory. Crunching up wheat to look like clusters and flakes is accomplished in huge processing plants by companies whose motivation is profit - not the health of their consumers. I'm going to stick to trying to eat my food in as close to its natural state as possible.

5/4/13 7:38 P

CMCOLE, I understand not wanting to eliminate entire food groups, but some of us need to. Nuts, for example, in my case. I can live quite fine without nuts, and live quite badly if I consume them. (Fragments in my food is fine, still, so I don't care if the facility that makes my other food also produces nuts.) Nuts are indeed an entire FOOD GROUP.

GRAMCRACKER46: Our ancestors prior to grain cultivation did tend to live longer than our ancestors after grain cultivation started taking place. Other health parameters have been measured (dental, height, etc.) that collaborates this.

(I do eat some grain. Rice, for instance.) My quibble with the original post was with the "logic" used in the referred article.

Edited by: ARTEMISTHEGREEK at: 5/4/2013 (19:39)
GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,802
5/4/13 2:12 P

Interesting article no matter where you stand on the subject. Thanks for posting.

Our ancestors did not have the large incidence of diabetes heart disease etc partly or largely because they had a short life span.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
5/4/13 6:03 A

I agree with a lot of the proponents of paleo/primal way of eating.

However, the biggest 'take away' I have with it is the elimination of unhealthy processing and additives.

I'm not going to cut out entire categories of foods; except if you refer to all the boxes, processed and otherwise altered 'imitation' stuff as food.

I'm striving to fill my menu with wholesome choices. If you want to call it something; go ahead. My hubby continues to eat and enjoy potatoes; I rarely do. That doesn't make me jump on some soap box and preach at him; we just have different tastes.

ANARIE Posts: 13,205
5/3/13 1:19 P

It's preaching to the choir, unfortunately. If you're really trying to inform people, you don't put "B.S." in your title. I agree with what the author is saying and I have said it myself-- but if I *didn't* already agree, I wouldn't have read past that headline.


5/3/13 12:22 P

Haha love it!

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5/3/13 12:03 P


You know, this is really one of those other things I shouldn't be wasting my time arguing about. I wrote three long paragraphs and if you saw it, it's cool, nothing bad there, but I think I'm going on the wagon in terms of responding to these threads. It does nothing good for me!

If you love paleo, great, it's not a bad way to eat all things considered. If you don't, don't be intimidated or scared to change because about 90% of everything is wrong, probably higher than that for trendy stuff like this.

That's all my original comment boiled down to, in about 1/5the words.

Edited by: RENATARUNS at: 5/3/2013 (12:13)
5/3/13 11:28 A

AMEN Dragonchilde! People tend to overlook those factors when they're looking for an easy fix. I myself know a lot of people who have done Paleo, had great results... however have ended up crabby, moody, and feeling all around awful because of the restrictions. Not worth it to me if I have to feel horrid to lose weight.

5/3/13 9:16 A

I've not been previously interested in paleo, but not because I thought there was a problem with it; I just haven't yet done enough research to form an opinion.

Thanks for sharing a thought-provoking topic.

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5/3/13 8:50 A

One doesn't have to follow a restrictive diet plan to avoid additives, though. If paleo were *really* just about "no additives", legumes wouldn't be a problem.

I personally have nothing against the paleo way of eating, since it's fairly healthy, even though I don't like plans that eliminate entire food groups, and I think the basic premise is flawed. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors were slim and not diabetic because they were on the move, not eating constantly, and had no access to McDonald's within driving range. The composition of their diet wasn't perfectly balanced by any stretch. They ate what they had available.

5/3/13 8:28 A

I think just about anyone who has gotten involved in the Paleo or Primal way of eating doesn't see paleolithic life as having been the idlylic "straw man" that the author proceeds to shoot down. She's gunning for a target that doesn't exist, a viewpoint that only the most simple-minded would espouse. Of course we humans continue to adapt -- many of us are not lactose intolerant -- a genetic modification of fairly recent development. What I doubt is that few of us have adapted to the tons of additives that have appeared in our food supply over the last century, so I just prefer to eat "real" stuff...

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5/3/13 7:51 A

I mean no offense, I just think that this was a great read on "paleofantasy" and wanted to share with you:

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