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by 373 · November 13, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Do you feel it is our responsibility to confront the conventional wisdom that we so often come across in articles like this one on --gasp-- Huffington Post, that advise us to steer clear of bacon and saturated fats, or suffer the... (more)

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Methodician 0 · November 13, 2013 at 3:51 AM

If I'm ever quoted in some famous phrase book, I hope they pick up on my favorite saying: with ability comes responsibility. (yeah I came up with it, though I doubt I'm the first) Since you know the truth, you should tell people. You have the... (more)

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by 0 · October 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I want to know what keeps you pushing forward with your lifestyle. Is it that you used to be overweight and never want to go back? You used to be sad and this makes you happy? Why do you keep on rubbing against the grain (no pun intended) with... (more)

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Michael_17 0 · October 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I'm not pushing forward, just doing it, taking shit as it comes day by day, trying to be well. Won't always do the best, will make mistakes etc, but remember that it is opportunity to learn... 'Such is life.' Eating whole foods, moving might... (more)

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by 394 · September 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Does anyone else like the simplicity of taking a whole chicken, skinnning it, quatering it, smothering it will a paleo bbq sauce and eating it throughout the day? I really get bored trying to think of meals that are based on just earth grown... (more)

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Wakaanai 0 · August 20, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Sounds OK if you're really lazy, but otherwise you'll be depriving yourself of all the nutrients that can be acquired only through proper variety etc.

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by 1005 · September 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Could it be that the federal government pushes whole grains, vegetable oil, low-fat milk, low fat diets, 25 grams of soy protein a day, etc as some part of a great conspiracy theory to get us all sick, even though they secretly know it's bad for us? (more)

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SUSTAINEDfitness 0 · July 15, 2013 at 4:56 PM

The problem lies in the almighty dollar. There is no money in eating a whole foods based diet that prevents most chronic diseases. The Ag industry, processed food industry and the pharmaceutical industry contribute billions to make sure that... (more)

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by 1005 · September 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Lately I've been limiting my fruit intake due to carbs, and my mom's persuaded that it's unhealthy. Not saying that I'm cutting ALL fruit, just consuming much less of it. I eat veggies and organ meat, so I don't think I'm missing out on anything.... (more)

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Myth 0 · April 30, 2013 at 1:49 PM

I definitely agree with CB but, if Mom can't agree to that then try a different approach. Find out why she doesn't want you to go without fruit and then show her that you get everything you need from what you eat. Is she worried about fiber? A... (more)

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by 1005 · September 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

How come Conventional Wisdom is always preaching to us that our diets should be low in fat, but then tells us to increase the amount of MUFAS in our diet. Isn't this kinda contradicting itself? The other day I saw on a bag of pistachios how... (more)

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AxialGentleman 0 · May 28, 2013 at 6:17 AM

Conventional wisdom is that: Problem 1) Fat makes you fat because your body judges food intake solely based on volume, and so energy-dense fat makes you likely to consume more calories. Problem 2) Completely separately from that, saturated fat... (more)

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by 3014 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Fooducate is mostly a very good blog. Their byline is "eat a bit better" and that's exactly what it'll help you do. They try to push for food that is closer to natural and call our attention to food marketing lies. But... they are still attached... (more)

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Mscott 0 · March 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Not feeling like this a very high quality article. One quote was one I took issue with: "Saturated fat has been demonstrated to be a cause of insulin resistance, one of the key symptoms of diabetes and prediabetes". Here's a study on... (more)

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by 450 · September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

OK, so at first glance the answer is "yes, of course it is", but since learning more about paleo I've started questioning EVERYTHING that common medical wisdom offers. This has led me to a couple of questions about being overweight, and fatness in... (more)

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Mscott 0 · December 21, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I left a comment over at the perfect health diet website at one point and Paul's had an interesting response that seems pretty applicable to this question: I think many of the same factors cause obesity and poor health. To fix your health you... (more)

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by 1920 · September 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Perfect example of mainstream media spewing out @#$!: http://public.stage3.bullseye.com.au/videos/index.files/MED0530SWIT30_WEB_converted.ogv this kind of demonising of saturated fats and misleading of information is what twisted me up so much... (more)

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by 307 · September 16, 2014 at 7:54 PM

With a psycho parent? Like... "OMFG YOU ARE KILLING YOURSELF WITH ALL THAT FAT!" And after gaining weight the past 3 weeks and have abdominal pain --> from binge eating on fruit and dried fruit, she's like "omg I bet you have gallstones and wow if... (more)

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Diane_4 0 · September 19, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Best way to sneak fat is to use a lot of olive oil. Since I take it you live with your parents, if you are still in school, bring a small bottle of olive oil with you (if you can) and add it to your lunch. Or, after school, when everybody is going... (more)

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by 165 · September 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Something that has given me a lot of pause with going 100% paleo and lowering my carbs has been the losing weight too fast thing. Conventional wisdom says not to lose more than 2 lbs a week. I have about 60 lbs to lose (I think, I'll revisit... (more)

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greymouser 0 · August 31, 2012 at 3:11 PM

I can address two things: Is losing weight so fast "healthy"? Many people who are extremely overweight (more than 20% over BMI [even though BMI is BS, it's still an OK metric in general cases]), will lose weight much more quickly ... at first,... (more)

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by 256 · September 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

One of my clients today was complaining about his stalled weight loss. This guy is a serious mountain biker and wants to shed a few pounds of fat to help increase his performance. He is also a mechanical engineer and is quite anal about collecting... (more)

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JasonAC556 0 · September 16, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Update on this issue: My client maintained his daily calorie intake and riding/training schedule, yet reduced his carb intake to around 100g per day while increasing his protein/fat ratios. Guess what? He has started to shed body fat, lose weight,... (more)

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by 483 · September 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

So, just found out I'm pregnant... While I am alternately generally freaking out and in denial, I'm also thinking about what I should eat. Is there anyone who can reassure my desire to continue to eat the conventional pregnancy no-nos, such as... (more)

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miked_2 0 · July 31, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Well, my wife did a 100% paleo diet pretty much ignoring any conventional wisdom stuff. Though, she did avoid raw foods like the raw eggs and sushi. For her is was a cost-benefit thing. It's easy to give up on the raw foods even though she... (more)

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by 15966 · September 16, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Colpo's blog had a link to this article today: http://www.coreconceptswellness.com/blog/the-sensible-middle-part-1-in-defence-of-calories I find the article well written and sensible. It doesn't bash low carb or high carb or paleo but merely... (more)

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Michael_1 0 · July 26, 2012 at 7:01 AM

"My thesis then is that calories matter the MOST when it comes to fat loss and fat gain." I have to get all Taubesian here and recall his statement that blaming obesity on overeating is like blaming alcoholism on overdrinking. Yes, of course. ... (more)

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by 753 · September 16, 2014 at 7:48 PM

The other day, I was sitting around the corner from a cafe area in a hospital, waiting for my grandmother. I heard two children walk up, and their mother(I presume) trailing behind them. She asked what her first child what she would like to eat,... (more)

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Ralph_Furley 0 · June 22, 2012 at 2:02 AM

I pitched a couple of hundred pounds of organic produce from my farm yesterday afternoon because nobody wanted it and it finally started to turn. I suppose that the crows will eat well. I'm not exactly bullish on the future health of our... (more)

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by 4176 · September 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Curious what the Paleohacks crowd has to say about this article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/30/can-exercise-be-bad-for-you/?hp I am guessing the result hinges on whether the risk factors identified in the study really are indicative... (more)

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Tyler_F 0 · May 31, 2012 at 1:21 AM

If it's in the New York Times, ball it up and use it to start your next grill.

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by 396 · September 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

I was talking to a friend the other day about breakfast. When I told him I usually eat 4 eggs, his reaction was "what about all that cholesterol?!?!?" (Never mind that in this same conversation, he told me how much he loved his new job because... (more)

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Steve_32 0 · March 23, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Here are a couple to start with. Below the abstract, you will also see links to related articles and those that cite these articles. You should be able to find several more by looking at the references or following some of the links below the... (more)

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by 405 · September 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

When introducing people to the concept of paleo, I find some are far more open to the idea than others. From what I've observed, it seems to depend on a number of things which include culture, age and educational background. Back when my diet was... (more)

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Eugenia 0 · March 15, 2012 at 8:32 PM

It's a 10. I spent 10 years being sick as a dog, so when I read about so many people getting better on their health, I just started the diet right here, right there (I didn't wait "for Monday").

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by 4873 · September 16, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Just a quick question... I think the years I spent suffering every Gluten related issue helped "sink the Paleo hook deeper" than if I'd never been ignored, humiliated, and chastised by those MDs practicing CW. However, I am also fascinated by the... (more)

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Anondson 0 · February 24, 2012 at 9:47 PM

It was the results. Things that went away that never in my life I expected to improve. Nearly every health malady typically written off as "getting old" that just disappeared. That's what won me. But I totally geek out on the science and have... (more)

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by 565 · September 16, 2014 at 7:39 PM

You know those diet ads you see all over the web? On a whim, I decided to actually click on one (specifically this one) figuring that I'd get a good laugh out of CW's typical nutritional debauchery. To my surprise, though, the folks in the video... (more)

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Talldog 0 · February 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Conventional wisdom isn't catching on, it's conventional people that are catching on. "Experts" are still pushing the semi-starvation diet model as the best way to lose weight. Regular people who have tried the conventional wisdom time and time... (more)

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by 1683 · September 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

I have bronchitis and was prescribed antibiotics, steroids, and an inhaler! What do I do?! I really dont want to take the antibiotics....I know they do more harm than good (destroying gut flora/causing resistant bacterias) What about the... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · February 04, 2012 at 4:13 AM

If I were you, I would use the steroids & inhaler short-term, skip the antibiotics and get your Vitamin D levels up instead. (I have a long-time past history of asthma--totally gone now with high D levels.) I would take 40,000 IUs of Vitamin... (more)

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by 1683 · September 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

...seriously, where does this crap come from?! Has anyone seen this "study' anywhere?! How did they conduct this experiment? Anyone see the... (more)

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Evelyn_aka_CarbSane 0 · January 29, 2012 at 2:30 AM

More info here: http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/articles/53-diabetes-news/11829-drinking-alcohol-tied-to-lower-diabetes-risk-by-30-percent Alcohol mitigates increased risk of consuming a diet high in refined carb. (more)

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by 3217 · September 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Wondering about the 1-2 lbs a week safe weight loss that I've heard echoed everywhere since I started trying to lose weight on WW 25 years ago (at the ripe old age of 14). I went on a very paleo-ish yeast diet for 21 days about a year and a half... (more)

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Nance 0 · January 20, 2012 at 11:50 PM

You should do what works for you and what you like to do. I really believe that. Whatever makes your health a fun project for you is okay in my book. That said, I tend to label changes on the scale as meaningless info. But, if your measurements... (more)

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by 1683 · September 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

I have been assigned "Undernutrition" as my topic for my Dietetics class...perfect for a Paleo person trying to bring light to a class of CV-junkies Dietetics major (Im Nutrition Science, Pre-Med...so they will get their R.D. and go work in a gym... (more)

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · January 19, 2012 at 1:30 AM

The way I am reading this question, it could be "undernourishment" in the context of a high-calorie food environment. If I am correct in my assumption about the basic question, a case example of an undernourished (yet overfed) individual would be... (more)

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by 2178 · September 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

I clicked on the link to this article leery of what foods it would tell me I should "never eat," expecting red meat or eggs. Turns out, it advises against grain-fed beef, non-organic apples & potatoes, microwaved popcorn (due to chemicals in... (more)

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Paleo2_0 0 · December 06, 2011 at 12:06 AM

To me this just seemed pro-organic/anti-chemical rather than really getting into CW about which types of foods are best for you. It doesn???t really discuss whether or not you should eat a particular food per se; it mainly just says to pick the... (more)