Okay great, thanks you guys!
Okay great, thanks you guys!
I just wanted to say 'Hello' to everyone. My name is J. Mahoney and I am new here. I have taken a real
interest in the paleo diet and I hope to learn as much as I can here and succeed in improving my physical
I really like Warren's answer, and I have kids as well so some experience on that front. Best of luck to you, and please ask more questions if needed.
As far as diabetes is concerned, the most important thing is to limit carbohydrates, especially high glycemic carbohydrates. In addition to removing grains, this includes removing starchy tubers such as potatoes and sweet potatoes, in addition to food with high concentrations of sugar. Most people find fresh whole fruit to be okay, as it's mostly water and fiber rather than sugar, but you might want to check your blood sugar if you binge on fruit.
Butter and ghee are technically nonpaleo as they are dairy, but many people find they tolerate clarified butter - of which ghee is one form - well, especially if it is pastured or grass fed. Legumes are not okay, though some people use snow peas or string beans as they are mostly shell, rather than the seeds that are the harmful part of legumes. Refined sugar is definitely not paleo; the only arguably paleo sweetener is honey.
A lot of recipes labeled "paleo" are not, and some are egregiously far from paleo. One rule of thumb is, if the recipe has "paleo" in the name, it's not. Real paleo recipes will have titles like "roast beef" or "suckling pig".
Note that some people here are the less strict "primal" rather than "paleo", and most of us have occasional cheats, intentionally or not. Me, I use clarified butter on my asparagus, for example.
I began the Paleo way of eating because I have Type 2 diabetes and couldn't control the highs and lows. Every time I ate any kind of grain even in small amounts my blood glucose shot up to dangerous highs and the meds made it bottom out to scary lows. I had gained a lot of weight in a short period of time as my body tried to tell me that it no longer could handle grains.
This has been a long journey for me but Paleo keeps my blood glucose in the normal range 100% of the time since I began eating this way 3 months ago. I have lost weight and am on my way to being a healthy person. Now I realize that my body was reacting to grains for many years while I fought to keep my weight down. I watched other people eat more than I did and never gain and was so frustrated. Horay for Paleo!!!
I found this forum because there is a lot of conflicting information out there. i.e.: grass fed butter vs none, Ghee vs none. Some of the recipes call for legumes and I thought they were not ok and then there is the whole sugar thing.
I am hoping to find answers from the people here who are just living the Paleo life and not selling it.
Thanks for adding me.
First off, it doesn't matter whether the protein is animal or vegetable; excess protein still gets processed through the kidney.
I would recommend getting your son meat with plenty of fat, so he can get adequate calories from the fat without having to eat too much lean. 70% lean hamburger if you can get it would be good, and see if you can get the butcher to leave a quarter inch of fat on steaks and roasts. Stay away from lean meats like chicken and turkey.
Also keep a lot of fruit on hand. Usually even picky kids will be happy with fruit of some sort.
Hi! My names Amber, and I'm going to try the paleo diet starting next month. I just had a question and I'm not sure exactly who I should ask, so I was hoping you could help! So, my son (2) was born with only one kidney, and his nephrologist has told us that it is very important that we limit the amount of animal protein that he eats to one serving per day. So, being a two year old, he's quite picky and up until now it has been a struggle to get him to eat anything but processed, starchy junk foods, also he loves meat. Anyways, since our whole household is about to go through a big lifestyle change (switching to paleo) I'm just not sure on what I should be feeding my son! Hope you guys can help, thanks a bunch!
Welcome. Good job on kicking the grains and dairy - legumes and tubers to go!
I am also just one month in and totally struggling on snacks as well. I think I've overdoing the nuts since I want to lost weight. So other suggestions - hard boiled eggs and bacon. Also bacon. Did I mention bacon?