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Research / Re: "What Will Become of Homo Sapiens" article
« on: January 23, 2010, 12:24:56 PM »
Harpending and Hawks tend to present their findings in a way that exaggerates their importance.

For example, that "7 percent of human genes underwent evolution" sounds like a lot - until you realize that "underwent evolution" just means that the percentage of humans with them changed, not that the genes themselves actually changed.

For example, the adult lactase gene is maybe a couple of percent more common now than 5,000 years ago, though most of the world's population still doesn't have it.  That counts as a gene that "underwent evolution" from their perspective.

Food Journals / Re: DTSMA68's Food Journal
« on: January 23, 2010, 12:13:30 PM »
So how can I balance out my Omega-6s? Omega-3 eggs? sardines? wild salmon once a week?

All of those are good.

Or is there a person on here who follows it to a T and writes it down?

Well, Tarlach eats about 2 lb of beef each day and not much else.

I used to have tendinitis in one arm; gelatin seemed to help.

Diet and nutrition / Re: What are your thoughts on Cold Cuts?
« on: January 23, 2010, 12:05:13 PM »
I make a roast every saturday and eat leftovers all week.  Sirloin roast today, it was on sale!

Introductions / Re: Hi, I am new to this a few questions too.
« on: January 23, 2010, 11:04:40 AM »
oh good i am also confused regarding 'fats' i thought fats should be cut out completely. Any advice or info on fats will be useful thanks

Fatty meat is fine.  In fact, fats are better than carbohydrates for losing weight, as carbohydrates stimulate insulin production and tend to make you hungry again.

For cooking, fully paleo animal fats, such as grass fed tallow and unhydrogenated lard, are best, but difficult to find.  Most of us also consider coconut oil paleo.  After that are probably grass fed butter or extra virgin olive oil; they aren't paleo but they still have a reasonable fatty acid composition.

Avoid vegetable oils other than olive oil, and avoid hydrogenated lard as it contains trans fats that are bad for you.

Introductions / Re: Hi, I am new to this a few questions too.
« on: January 23, 2010, 10:57:46 AM »
Eggs are quite Paleo. I don't know why they got lumped in with dairy, poultry eggs have nothing to do with cow milk production.
Eggs used to be produced on dairy farms, so they got lumped in with dairy, even though it never made sense from a dietary standpoint.  They certainly don't count as dairy from a paleo standpoint.

Amy, I would recommend getting organic omega 3 or free range eggs if you eat a lot of them.  Eggs from chickens fed commercial feed tend to have bad omega 3:6 ratios.  If you cannot find those eggs, regular commercial eggs are okay, even if not the best.

Or if it's too complicated, just include eggs for now, and worry about the details in a few weeks once you've got the basics down.

Introductions / Re: I'm back
« on: January 23, 2010, 10:24:19 AM »
Welcome back!  Yay!

Diet and nutrition / Re: Tea
« on: January 23, 2010, 10:23:07 AM »
I think there's some question as to whether coffee is strictly paleo, but for weight loss purposes, black coffee is unlikely to hurt.  Tea is probably paleo, though non-green teas do require some processing.  I tend to think of the whole caffeine thing as orthogonal to the rest of the paleo diet.

It is best to have coffee and tea without dairy or sugar, as you say.  I've found that while western teas tend not to taste so great without sugar, Chinese teas are actually better without sugar.  I personally prefer Oolong.

Progress Reports & Photos / Re: One year
« on: January 22, 2010, 10:51:37 PM »
What a difference!  You look great now!

Put those in the sticky progress photos thread!

Introductions / Re: Hi, I am new to this a few questions too.
« on: January 22, 2010, 10:46:50 PM »
Welcome!  My wife had fertility issues too, though with her it was endometriosis rather than PCOS.  After we finally started IVF, it took us about a year to have our daughter.  My wife was a decade older than you, though.

In answer to your questions:

1.  The diet is difficult to adjust to initially, but after a couple months it's easy to stick with.  That makes it one of the better bets for reaching your goal.

2.  The diet is ridiculously simple.  Eat and drink unlimited amounts of fresh meat (including eggs), fruit, nonstarchy vegetables, and water.  Ideally, eat and drink nothing else.  Small amounts of unsalted unroasted tree nuts - not peanuts - are okay; of those, walnuts are your best bet as most other nuts are roasted in nonpaleo oils.

Again, meat, fruit, vegetables, water.  Pretty simple.

I would recommend you keep a food journal for the first week or two.  Ask if you have questions or want to check whether something you are eating is paleo.

Good luck!

Diet and nutrition / Re: Confused about coffee
« on: January 22, 2010, 01:56:09 PM »
Wouldn't that be the creation of the brew? Since coffee beans/seeds come from coffee berries, wouldn't man have eaten the berries (and therefore the seeds)?
I think it's more likely we would have eaten the berries and spit out the seeds.

Progress Reports & Photos / Re: One year
« on: January 22, 2010, 08:00:43 AM »

Miscellaneous / Re: Neanderthin
« on: January 21, 2010, 01:29:09 PM »
It is out of print.

Miscellaneous / Re: Is Free The Animal wrong?
« on: January 21, 2010, 10:04:31 AM »
Cream and butter are dairy, and thus clearly nonpaleo.  However, some feel that small amounts are less bad than other forms of dairy because they are still animal fats and don't include the sugars and potentially allergenic proteins that milk does.  I don't think anyone would claim they are strictly paleo, but some consider them among the less harmful cheats.

Potatoes are questionable in a couple of respects.  First, they are a tuber - an underground plant reproductive organ - and there's an argument that unlike fruit, plants have evolutionary reasons to make such organs strongly deleterious to animals when eaten.  The evidence that humans ate any tubers during the paleolithic is also limited and equivocal.  Second, they are a new world plant, and thus from a group of plants that would not have been available to paleolithic humans; some feel they are not sufficiently closely related to plants we did eat during the paleolithic to be considered paleo.  However, some people do consider potatoes to be paleo, since neither of these arguments is black and white.

Miscellaneous / Re: Time to move on
« on: January 19, 2010, 09:13:03 AM »
We're going to miss you!  Come back when you can!

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