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Diet and nutrition / Re: Corn, It's What's Bad for You
« on: January 20, 2009, 04:34:25 PM »

 I maintain that enough exercise is absolutely essential
for proper health. Whether it is more important than diet
seems to be a matter of opinion, but I would advice people
to move rather than to switch to grass-fed/organic meats
from corn-fed sources. I think that research is pretty
clear on it.


Diet and nutrition / Re: Corn, It's What's Bad for You
« on: January 17, 2009, 01:30:21 PM »

 My take is that grass fed meats are
probably more healthy than "normal" corn fed ones. However,
the difference is not that big. One can't achieve
optimum health by diet alone.

 You want to reach further, then start moving your
body more. That is so much more important than
these adjustments of organic vs. non-organic et.c.. Even Dr
Atkins points out that need.

 Realise that lack of exercise is the number 1 reason
for modern diseases.


Diet and nutrition / Re: old world vs new world foods
« on: December 31, 2008, 08:00:38 PM »

 It's wrong to use the world silly in a forum like this.
If someone believes that old world foods are more suitable
for our bodies, you should respect that while you are here.
You don't know what empirical experiences they made.

Nightshades have been associated with things like arthritis,
which seems to indicate that our bodies not really have
evolved to eat them. I personally have a long history of
problem with eating citrus fruits and their juices, most
likely because of their high glycemic load. There are more
of these examples to go with.

 You mention yourself that uor ancestors ate what was available
LOCALLY. Even researchers are not agreeing on how much our
characteristics have changed a a result of living in
different regions and interbreeding with species like the
Neandertal, so it may well be that you thrive on different
foods depending on where you come from. Then old world foods
seems better for people of European descent.


Diet and nutrition / Re: leanest cuts of meat???
« on: December 27, 2008, 03:35:03 AM »

 Why is that such an important issue? Exercise enough
and you really don't have to worry too much about the
fat content of the meat that you eat. You need fat.


Diet and nutrition / Re: Paleo sushi?
« on: December 18, 2008, 12:30:10 PM »
I love sushi. My boyfriend is raw paleo and has a handful of failed attempts substituting sushi rice. Does anyone have any raw/cooked suggestions of a substitute for sushi rice?

 There must be something from the world of vegetables. Try things like asparagus, zucchini or even spinach. Please let us know how it goes.


Diet and nutrition / Re: Did you tell everyone when you "went Paleo?"
« on: December 16, 2008, 07:51:31 AM »

 I told them fairly soon after testing it out. It does take
a while mostly because people are so used to believing
what the mainstream tells them. The Neanderthin book
in their hands seem to help.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Will these things prevent me from losing weight?
« on: December 14, 2008, 09:20:30 PM »
I am mainly on the Paleo diet to shed extra pounds, and I am wondering if these small cheats might prevent me from success? I think most of my extra weight comes from breads, alcohol, sugars, and starches. I've never been one to douse my foods in salt, although I know I could use a significant reduction in my intake. Would these things be alright in moderation? I really like a bit of zest, and I've always loved tanginess in my food.

White Vinegar
Pickled Banana Peppers
Pickled Jalapenos

Pork Rinds

I'm guessing that the salt in some of these foods would cause me to retain water, which would cause bloating, and this is why they are forbidden?

Also, when it comes to alcohol, do you really think it makes much of a difference whether I have a glass of wine, a shot of liquor, or a beer?

Thanks for any suggestions!

 I have three points to answer your post with:

 1. Your weight loss depends on how much you exercise. You move your ass and work out
    enough (which is far more than the average American does), none
    of thoise foods should make you fat. Just don't drink too much beer.

 2. The Paleo diet is a philosophy of wanting to eat and live
    more like our ancestors rather than just a weight loss diet.
 3. Some of those foods bring other types of risks. More than one
    of them are smoked and this carcinogenic for example.
    I don't even have to mention the bad effects of too
    much alcohol.

 My way of "cheating" to get enough "spice" and variation is
 to have plain dairy. I coinsider it to be much better than
 those foods on your list and closer to what the Stone Age
 people ate. Thank you for your post.

Introductions / Re: Michelle's Intro
« on: November 13, 2008, 10:14:12 PM »

 Welcome!! Good luck and please do keep us updated on your
health. It is interesting to see how people do on this diet.


Diet and nutrition / Re: Raw foodies
« on: November 02, 2008, 11:48:23 AM »

 Chocolate can't be a paleo food. Please check
It was not used by Europeans before they ex÷plored
the Americas.


Diet and nutrition / Re: Newbie not feeling well on diet
« on: October 29, 2008, 04:33:01 AM »

 Do you take enough fat? I don't know exactly, but there
might be a problem if you have cut your calorie intake a
lot because of cutting all those other foods where you
used to get your energy from. Make sure that you don't
eat too little and especially of fat.


Miscellaneous / Re: My Problem with the Paleo Diet
« on: October 25, 2008, 09:24:01 AM »

 Might be too much veggies and fruit. Try switching to a more low carbohydrate version of paleo for a while and see if it helps you. I have made that adjustment.


Diet and nutrition / Re: Fat
« on: October 19, 2008, 04:49:28 PM »

 This is true. This is a matter of discussion between paleo
diet shcolars, where some state the "lean meat" approach
that you refer to and others prefer a diet more high in
fats. It is an interesting fact that Eskimos were known to
discard a killed caribou if it was not fatty enough!!

 One should still take into consideration a few things:
 - Stone age man had to move their bodies so much more than
the average Western person does today.

 - Game was raised on grass food and much more trimmed from
freely moving around than today's factory farmed animals.

 - They did have certain periods where fatty animals
could not be caught for various reasons.

 One does not have to be scared of animal fat on a paleo
man diet. However, it would be naive not to exercise and just
blindly eat fat all the time for the above stated reasons.
Even  Dr. Atkins pointed that out in his books.

 Thank you for your post.

Introductions / Re: New Diabetic
« on: October 03, 2008, 11:59:56 AM »

 That's a great start!! Switching to a lower carbohydrate regime such as paleo should get you well on the way towards battling your diabetes. You won't even miss the sweeteners after the initial abstinence.


Diet and nutrition / Re: Are tomatos paleo?
« on: September 26, 2008, 11:52:46 AM »

However, I don't think it's a certainty.  One of the nuclear DNA studies, for example, concluded that there had been significant crossbreeding between cro magnons - the ones who came out of Africa in that time frame - and neanderthals, who were from a stock that came out of Africa much earlier, more than 500,000 years ago.  That study indicated that we were no more separated from neanderthals than other than two modern west Africans from each other.

 I know how extreme heat tends to give me big problems. I couldn't stand much time in Africa, so this theory does seem really plausible to me. It is hard to imagine that men and women from two populations living in Europe at the same time did not "jump the fence".


Diet and nutrition / Re: Are tomatos paleo?
« on: September 23, 2008, 06:27:04 AM »
I just don't get the point of nightshades being dangerous. The deadly nightshade is poisonous but is a very different plant from the tomato plant. About if it was consume by our ancestors, well all the fruit and vegetables from the new world  of course weren't consume by them but that's not the issue, there are plenty of fruits and vegetables that we consume now that come from other regions of the world and that weren't consume by them either, but they were consume by the native people and were safe to them.

 We have had a dicussion about this in another thread here.
My belief, as supported by for example Walter Voegtlin, is
that you need to take into account what the ancestors ate
in your part of the world. We evolved differently depending
on what was available to eat. This means that people of
Northern European descent most likely should stay off for
example tropical fruits. This argument applies to nightshades
as well.

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