I'm very interested in switching to a modified Paleo Diet. I pretty much eat very similar to Paleo right now, though I do allow some sugars occasionally (I love my mojitos on a hot summer day).
I realized a year ago that I have a wheat intolerance, so I have cut out all wheat and lost about 20 pounds. I'd like to lose another 20 pounds, but I have stabilized. I recently switched to a soy-based shake meal replacement, and GAINED 4 pounds in 3 weeks. Ugh! I stopped drinking that thinking I must have issues with soy, especially since my stomach was "gurgly" everytime I drank a shake.
My only concern with Paleo is that it restricts dairy. I have low estrogen (due to a prolactinoma) so it is very important for me to eat dairy (I stick to whole, local milk and greek full fat yogurt). Osteoporosis is a very real risk to me, and I don't want to do hormone replacement therapy but prefer to eat a healthy diet instead.
Can anyone give me some advice? Thanks!
There is no "one true paleo diet". Paleo is more about experimenting and finding what works for you. Under that rubric, of course "paleo" is right for you!
And I agree with gydle that going primal may be a good choice for you, if you want to keep the dairy. Although, more important than calciumn intake is getting it into the bones (and not the kidneys). Vitamins A/D/K and saturated fat all play a role there. You might want to get yopur vitamin D tested if you haven't already.
And kudos to you for figuring out that soy is problematic.
As long as you are not lactose intolerant (and it sounds like you are not) you can do a modified lacto-paleo diet. I recommend raw milk/locally sourced. I get cheese made from raw cow and goat's milk. In addition the cows are grass fed. A local supermarket sells blue cheese made from raw milk. Look around, you can find it.
You can eat primal and include dairy. If you do that I recommend grass-fed raw pastured dairy - cream, whole milk, yogurt, kefir, butter etc..
As for osteoporosis - Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, bone broth (collagen), and magnesium are important too!
Raw dairy has Vitamin K which is destroyed by pasteurization.
Cod liver oil followed by pastured lard have the highest Vitamin D.
Some supplement ideas: Green Pastures FCLO (Fermented Cod Liver Oil) 1-2 tsp (when not eating sardines/salmon) and 1-2 tsp FBO (Fermented Butter Oil)
I started with 500 mg/day of Vitamin C supplementation (with Bioflavonoids) and worked up to 4000-6000 mg/day (depending on the day) before I saw GI distress like abdominal pain and/or diarrhea! The hubby went to 6000-8000 mg/day before seeing Vitamin C excess symptoms! We were both seriously too low! US RDA be damned! You need to test by increasing by 500 to 1000 mg/day to find your threshold.
Magnesium citrate is a laxative unless you want it to help with constipation. Try the other magnesium chelates, e.g. (NOT OXIDE - any chelate ends with -ate) ending!
Most Paleo people supplement with a magnesium chelate from 200-800mg/day like magnesium citrate, orotate, maleate, aspartate, threonate, (but oxide is a waste of money and hard to absorb)! You start with 200 mg/day and work your way up in 100-200 mg increments until you get the runs so you know your threshold. Don't try this at the same time as Vitamin C threshold because excess Vitamin C gives the runs too and you need to figure out which one is causing it!
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