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by 1772 · about 9 hours ago

They say that we should strive to be 90% paleo/primal, which foods most frequently make up your 90%? Please make a note if you exercise regularly (besides walking).

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Lily_4 0 · May 24, 2013 at 8:31 PM

lean beef chicken (all, use bones for stock) pork: use bones for stock; prefer smoked ham bone-in steak; pork chops (mmm, fried blood!); occasionally bacon but not too much since I do smoked ham and... smoked trout (also fresh trout) Alaskan wild... (more)

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by 476 · about 9 hours ago

to me the best way to achieve this is to incorporate idea's from all the different sides of low-fat, paleo, and WAPF. Let's first look at fat. I feel the evidence strongly supports the notion that a high intake of palmitic acid leads to a bunch... (more)

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AmandaLP 0 · October 15, 2012 at 5:54 PM

The whole premise of Dr. Price's research is that indigenous and Anscesteral cultures ate a whole lot more fat soluble vitamins, in the form of animal fats. You CANNOT do the WAPF diet as low fat. That said, there are a wide range of cultures,... (more)

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by 6087 · about 10 hours ago

It's pretty hard to navigate the heaps of information online. Every argument for a specific facet to health is opposed by a seemingly viable counter-argument. Ultimately, experience is the only way we can learn, and so I ask: What is the single... (more)

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Aravindan_Balasubramanian 0 · November 12, 2011 at 3:21 AM

"You don't need fixing so much as to just stop injuring yourself" - Dr Kurt Harris http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2011/2/8/therapy-versus-life.html Focus on neolithic toxin avoidance. The rest is in the weeds. There are diminishing returns... (more)

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by 20353 · about 10 hours ago

I am currently eating butter, cheese and cream as supplemental fat sources. I have issues with coconut. I have been getting KerryGold Dubliner. Costco carries it and I like... (more)

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cliff_1 0 · August 28, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Dubliner is about as good as it gets from the grocery store imo and pretty damn cheap too. Trader joes havarti and raw pecorino are classics as well.

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by 5838 · about 10 hours ago

A few of the recent answers regarding the Calorie in vs. Calorie out debate have touched on the role of properly functioning hormones being a crucial piece to the weight-gain/loss/maintenance puzzle. Based on the responses mentioned above, it... (more)

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dsohei 0 · April 27, 2011 at 9:50 PM

personally i think hormone control is the cutting edge. it's difficult because its so complex and specific, not just a matter of "taking a multivitamin". its all about finding exactly what you need and when you need it to get where you want to be.... (more)

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by 24523 · about 10 hours ago

Please excuse the overly broad and lengthy question. What if how we are eating is good for health and makes you a happy Crossfitter or Movnatter, but is not optimal for lifespan? Not that there is any one "paleo diet", but most of us eat lots of... (more)

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Ron_Rosedale_M_D_ 0 · April 15, 2011 at 9:59 AM

In answer to the question, "Is a Paleolithic diet the best diet for longevity?".. As a doctor that has been promoting a high-fat, low carbohydrate, and restricted protein diet for almost 2 decades, I have long been saying that one cannot use... (more)

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by 78417 · about 10 hours ago

I have heard from someone on this site that the optimal ratio is 1:1, saturated fat to Monounsaturated fat. Is this true? Could someone please explain why?

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Paul_1 0 · March 14, 2011 at 6:08 AM

The reason you might have the 1:1 figure in your head is that in ruminants, very generally and approximately speaking, there is around the same amount of saturated and monounsaturated. And those two compose the great majority of the fat --... (more)

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by 768 · about 10 hours ago

Or, alternatively, how much sat fat does everyone here eat per day?

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David_Moss 0 · November 13, 2010 at 8:26 AM

I don't think there's an "optimal" amount, since intake of SFA isn't essential. You need to eat omega 3 and omega 6 (of the right forms!) but you don't need to eat saturated fat at all. Articles like this one might give the impression otherwise... (more)

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by 24523 · about 10 hours ago

For now, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool paleo/primal dude. In my very very brief days as a veggie, this was my only reason, even knowing that it wasn't the healthiest diet: We don't need to kill animals to live Meaning that you can be vegetarian and be... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · September 09, 2010 at 5:01 AM

It depends on what you base your morals on. I totally understand my vegan friends who don't like the idea of an animal suffering for them. But does that make eating meat immoral? We then have to ask: are morals dependent on the avoidance of pain... (more)

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by 0 · October 19, 2014 at 4:31 AM

I'm 39, male, and when I've had access to weight machines I've usually been able to lift the stack. Now, under slightly different circumstances, I have a pair of 25lb dumbells available to me during the day (one hand could hold both at once to... (more)

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CD 0 · September 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/63_07_Tabata_Dumbbell.pdf   If all you have is light weights, HIIT style crossfit focusing on getting in as many reps in a period of time is the best you can do (more)

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by 971 · October 19, 2014 at 3:47 AM

I have had some very recent epiphanies! Success! I feel that early on in my paleo experimentation I was working more on metabolic issues...I've lost 30 lbs and no longer suffer the very wide-range of food cravings, sugar crashes, need to... (more)

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Crowlover_ 0 · July 17, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Good for you Heather! Remember too that the "building blocks" of neurotransmitters are (mostly) amino acids (protein) so make sure you are eating a lot of protein. I personally would shoot for 1gram a day per pound of desired body weight and I... (more)

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by 2427 · October 19, 2014 at 3:29 AM

Optimal, I guess in terms of weight loss. But steady energy throughout the day would be important, too. I eat VLC, so please answer keeping that in mind. From a evolutionary perspective, my guess is that most hunting would be done during the day... (more)

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Eric_12 0 · November 29, 2011 at 5:45 AM

If I went to one meal a day it would be dinner.

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by 78417 · October 19, 2014 at 3:11 AM

Hi everyone. I am going to pass off my daily calcium supplementation program: 1 eggshell(with meal #1) 1 eggshell/1 500 mg. calcium carbonate tablet with 150iuVitD3(with meal #2) repeat same dose for meals #3 and #4. Total calcium 'per... (more)

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Heidi_1 0 · March 14, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Do you eat a lot of food with high oxalate content (most nuts, spinach, rhubarb and chocolate are some of the really big offenders.) Oxalic acid is an anti-nutrient that binds with the calcium in your food to form calcium oxalate. This keeps the... (more)

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by 1772 · October 18, 2014 at 4:02 AM

They say that we should strive to be 90% paleo... Which foods most frequently make up your 10%? *Please make a note if you exercise regularly (besides walking).

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O_Siodhachain 0 · May 24, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Popcorn, sugar, rice, chocolate, the occasional latte from my favorite cafe. Oh my goodness.... the chocolate :D

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by 18635 · October 18, 2014 at 3:48 AM

So I have assumed that the food pyramid and by association RDA's were reverse engineered from the made up assumptions of 9-11 whole grains ...blah blah blah. We now have the Kraken index for food that makes bacon the most nutritious. We know... (more)

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Mscott 0 · October 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Having done exhaustive reading on calcium for a research assignment, I can at least voice my opinion on that particular nutrient. This answer will be long, so skip to the conclusion if you want the gist. The RDA for calcium is currently 1000 mg... (more)

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by 2854 · October 18, 2014 at 3:21 AM

Hello dears. After so many years of experimentation, I've found that a low-Lectin no-sugar diet makes me feel optimal. This is the exclusion of... -dairy -tubers -corn -minimal eggs -nuts -pork -fruit -honey/agave/all sugars By optimal I mean... (more)

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Kamal 0 · October 03, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Tough one. There's no shame in feeling shamed, but it's lame to be out of the game (not eating food you like). A few more rewarding foods that may be considered: Sushi: The core ingredients don't seem to have lectins or fructose. Some people love... (more)

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by 12174 · October 18, 2014 at 3:07 AM

This is a bit for fun but also there is a serious bent, too, as I'm picking folks' brains for simplified menu planning and optimally nutritious food sources. If you knew that you were to be stranded for the rest of your life with only three... (more)

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Stephen_Aegis 0 · February 04, 2011 at 2:53 AM

Grass-Fed Steak(Chateau-briand), Grass-Fed Butter(Raw), Okinowan Sweet Potato. But the potato is optional. Steak and butter I could live on. Happily.

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by 18635 · October 16, 2014 at 3:30 AM

Do you believe there is an optimal range to be achieved or are these markers only good as indicators of disease? Some practitioners would have you believe that the standard values are too wide due to including unhealthy individuals in the... (more)

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by 3756 · October 16, 2014 at 3:05 AM

Obviously (IMO) there are some differences between "Primal" and "Paleo". Which one is optimal? Why? (Personal opinions welcome!)

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Angelo___Latest_in_Paleo 0 · September 17, 2010 at 1:12 PM

You have to define 'optimal' before that can be answered. Or at least specify 'optimal for whom.' Typically, Paleo is considered more orthodox, closely approximating foods that were available to Paleolithic man. Primal is less averse to Neolithic... (more)

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