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Here's an article indicating that protein causes an insulin response, but does not seem to affect glucose levels much. That's in type II diabetics rather than nondiabetics, so take it for what it's worth:
Part of my ancestry is Native American so does that change my eating at all, if so how does it affect what I can include?
From the standpoint of the paleo diet it doesn't really change things, because Native Americans didn't come to America until basically the paleolithic/neolithic transition.
So paleo only ever means meat and water?
Paleo basically means only fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables (and water). It technically includes limited amounts of some other paleolithic foods like tree nuts and honey, but your best bet to begin with is to stick with fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables, and nothing else.
If can you do that, you don't have to worry about counting carbs.
Eggland's best are "natural" eggs, right? That doesn't really mean much - "natural" just means "less than 5% artificial ingredients", which pretty much all eggs ought to meet. That's not a problem, but organic omega 3, free range, or pastured eggs would probably be better.
Definitely get rid of the pancakes. No wheat is paleo. If you need the carbs, have some whole fruit instead. The problem with wheat is not so much bloating, but long term issues from blood sugar and the inflammatory properties of wheat.
I'm not sure if the yerba mate is paleo. Someone else may be able to clarify on that.
Edit: you mentioned elsewhere that you were having difficulty losing weight. Starting the day with a carby breakfast like that is almost certainly the problem. The carbs get your hunger into high gear for the rest of the day. You'll need to cut down on the sugar and starch until you no longer consider them a 'treat'.
What would be best as a substitute for vegetable oil? I'm not very knowledgeable about the omega ratio you mentioned.
Fish oils have the most omega 3s, but are not suitable as cooking oil because of the strong smell and limited heat resistance. Some people take them as supplements.
The cooking fats I've seen mentioned here the most are pastured lard and grass fed beef tallow. Beware of lard in grocery stores, as it's generally hydrogenated, which adds unnatural levels of trans fats - the label should say. I think most of us also consider coconut oil paleo.
Of nonpaleo oils, olive oil seems to be considerably less bad than soybean oil, peanut oil, or corn oil.
If you have limited control over the cooking oils your parents use, it might be easier to try to get extra omega 3s from foods such as fish.
It happens as you get older.
I started saying that to myself in my late 40s, but at 17? Anyway, it turns out the paleo diet fixed most of the ills I'd attributed to aging, so it will probably work for you too.
I felt (and still currently feel!) extraordinarily tired and drained.... Are the potatoes the culprit? Perhaps I need to focus on eating more fats and proteins?
I had potatoes almost every day for dinner before I went paleo. I also woke up feeling very tired, and continued to feel tired throughout the day. This was one of the things I attributed to "aging"; it went away when I cut the potatoes. I think it was specifically potatoes, since I cut out various nonpaleo foods somewhat gradually over a month or so, and this particular symptom disappeared with the potatoes.
The "brain fog" might be at least partially due to a bad omega 3/6 fatty acid ratio; modern diets tend to have insufficient omega 3s. Grass fed beef and wild caught fish are good sources; English walnuts are good too. Most vegetable oils tend to contain an excess of omega 6, and thus make the ratio worse.
« on: January 03, 2010, 02:52:15 PM »
Here's a couple of sites that can save you 600+ pages of Taubes:
Well, unless you're like me, and you want all the references and his discussions of them.
The really confusing stuff about shrimp and other seafood (at least to me) is that they are low fat, but high cholesterol.
Most of the cholesterol in food is in the lean, not in the fat. That's because cholesterol is an integral component of cell walls.
Of course, with paleo foods, there's little reason to worry about either fat or cholesterol.
Currently I am going through post holiday withdrawal and so I haven't a clue what calorie level I am eating. But I am listening to my body right now and eating when i am hungry and making it a paleo meal when I do.
That is fine. You do not need to count calories on the paleo diet.
So-called "starvation" mode - catabolism - is actually supposed to be good for you, if you're not trying to rapidly build muscle. If you drop so low you're in actual danger of starving, your body will let you know, don't worry about that.