Steps 7 and 12 seem difficult for many.
2 meals a day is best. Don't graze like a herbivore.
Eliminate all remaining dairy including cheese- (now you are "Orthodox paleolithic")
Step 6 is difficult for myself (living in New England, being a dark-skinned office worker who forgets to take his D sometimes)
See here for all 12 steps, courtesy of the wise Dr. Harris: http://www.paleonu.com/get-started/
In order of my non-compliance:
(12) Dr. Harris also doesn't follow step 12. (He lives in Wisconsin, duh!) I really eat way more dairy than I probably should.
(7) I'd like to IF, but I have to eat when I take meds. - I do sometimes skip meals and try to only eat when hungry.
(9) I do excersize properly, just not very frequently (working on it!)
(11) I probably have some beans once or twice a month. Oops! Peanuts are a bean! Crap!! I love my peanutty peanuts. Okay make that twice a week - lol. He also says by step 10 "you are at 99% for most people." So, I take it as sorta optional. I mostly don't do beans casue of the carbs (I'm diabetic) and for the other reason.
(5) I do favor the beef, but also eat a fair amount of chicken - as that is what my wife tends to cook. I don't eat very much fish. But I do take fish oil and some cod liver oil.
The rest, I'm almost 100%
I eat peanut butter (from the jar -- it's my favouritest food in the whole world, but I stick to low sugar/salt), hard cheese (usually from raw milk), heavy cream, and butter.
I also sometimes make "franken-paleo" foods, like almond meal muffins or erythritol-sweetened chocolate fudge.
I don't like fish/seafood so I take fish oil. I eat a lot of beef and most of it is grass-fed. We do still eat out a couple times a week though, and that is usually not grass fed and most likely contains vegetable oils and other bad things, but I try to minimize it.
Two meals a day/IF was difficult at first but after a couple of months of paleo it started coming naturally.
I'm trying to focus more on resistance training, replacing one or two of my weekly dance classes with pilates/weights.
So I guess I'm doing pretty good but always room for improvement :) I feel great and have lost almost 20 lbs in a little over three months.
I am pretty close, but after a short experiment I got back to eating dairy. I try to have as much grass-fed meat as possible, but I also get regular. I eat fish mostly from cans... I add krill oil or fish oil to supplement.
There are a few steps I do 100% and some in a pretty high percentage. It's only recently that I starter to push for even more fat.
Apparently I'm an orthodox paleo :) And that's also true when I go meat-only.
My only weak point would be #9 - proper exercise. But today's the last day of term before a two-week break, so I'll have some time to get in more walking, and maybe some resistance training too. I'm loving my belly dancing and yoga, but that's twice a week together...
8) Adjust your 6s and 3s. Pastured (grass fed) dairy and grass fed beef or bison has a more optimal 6:3 ratio, more vitamins and CLA. A teaspoon or two of Carlson's fish oil (1-2 g DHA/EPA) daily is good compensatory supplementation if you eat grain-fed beef or no fish.
It is much harder to get grass-fed beef in Montreal. I just ordered half a cow, but I won't get it till mid-November. I am also having a hard time finding high-quality fish oil.
I usually eat 3 meals. I don't call that grazing. I almost never snack. SOmetimes I will skip meals if I am busy and/or there is not healthy food around.
And I still eat diary, although not milk, just cheese or cream.
The rest I am rather good about, but not 100 percent. Once in a while, I will eat out or have one bite of pie or somesuch. I am not obsessive about compliance but overall, my compliance is high.
I think a few cheats every now and then is fine.
For me the real breakthrough to sticking with the diet was learning to cook interesting and tasty meals that filled me up. After that the rest was easy.
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