From the answers that I read I have got the feeling that a large part of this paleo community is low-carb paleo, having large intakes of meat, fish and eggs plus few vegetables and almost no fruit, while the rest, like me are omnivores, eating meat, fish, eggs but also large amounts of vegetables and fruits. Am I right to think this way and how many of you belong to the low-carb or the omnivorous group?
I'm totally omnivorous. I love meat, but I also eat the dreaded starch and enjoy fruit as much as I want. I guess I got into this early enough that my body can still tolerate starch and I don't gain weight. I think it's a different game if you start this when you are 19 vs. when you start it when you at 50 and prediabetic.
I eat lamb, eggs, spinach, mushrooms, clarified butter, russet potatoes, 3 brazil nuts/d, 2 grams kelp/d, 50 g natto/d and no fruit currently. My diet is VLF(ructose) but not really low carb since I generally eat 2-3 potatoes a day. I'm of the opinion that the elimination of fructose is far more important than the reduction or elimination of carbs and the real reason that VLC and ZC work so well for fat loss is that they also happen to be VLF and ZF.
It depends what you call low carb? I try to get around 75 grams per day, so some days that is starches and some days that is fruits, once in awhile it's both. I just kind of go with I bought at the store and what I'm in the mood for. I have strawberries and blueberries on the menu tomorrow, but I probably haven't had them in a month. I would say I am a moderate carb omnivore.
I don't think Paleo necessarily means low-carb. I partake in carbs frequently, and compared to the rest of the Paleo community, I'm probably very high-carb; however, in relation to the rest of the world, I'm also very low-carb.
I average around 150g-ish a day. I eat fruit 2-3 times a day, eat vegetables with lunch (my favorite meal of the day, with a serving each of something like broccoli, zucchini, and cauliflower) and snack on dark chocolate and nut butters for dessert. Once or twice a week or so, I crave a sweet potato or acorn squash, and enjoy it thoroughly. :)
Oh, and I also average around 100-115+ g of protein a day, and the same for fat.
I eat lots of vegetables, especially of the starchy variety, almost every day. I love root vegetables, potatoes both sweet and white, plantains, all types of squash, salad-type veggies and sea vegetables and don't monitor my intake of them consciously, although I do go through periods where I just don't want certain ones very much. I am also pretty liberal with fruit when it is around, although more so in the summertime since I seem to have little desire for it, with the exception of an apple or a handful of berries every few weeks, when it is cold out. I feel better when I include these things in my diet than when I don't.
It depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Some people are trying to lose weight, some are trying to gain, some need to tweek to improve exercise recovery or energy levels, etc. There is no one size fits all in paleo. It depends on your situation, your lifestyle and your epigenetics.
I actually consider myself high-carb, in the sense that fruits and veges make up a huge percentage of my daily intake. Along with lots of meat, eggs, and other protein! But say high-carb today, and everyone thinks donuts and pasta. I am very low-Processed-carbs.
I've been experimenting with zero-carb for the last 3 weeks (total carnivore... no plant-based carbs at all).
I'm shooting for a month of zero-carb, then I might return to eating a few veggies with dinner. I believe I have a pathogenic gut bacteria that florish in a fiber or carb rich evironment. The lower I keep my fiber and carbs, the better I seem to feel.
Here's a good link for zero-carb if you are interested... link text
I vary from day to day, I have no weight to lose so just go with circumstance and what's in my fridge really, or what's in the reduced section at tescos :) Although I do tend to lean on the low fruit intake side of things, not for weight gain, it's just my sweet tooth seems to have vanished for things as sweet as most fruits, 85% cocoa and upwards dark chocolate however I have no problem consuming daily :D
so what exactly is paleo? (rhetorically asked...) i know all the theories, strict definitions, deviations etc etc - in my view, omnivorous IS paleo/primal provided the carbs are low, you don't avoid the sat-fats (cordain-discrepancy noted), you don't eat grains and you adjust your hand-to-mouth habits with the extra step: hand - is this an evolutionarily positive-neutral or negative food? - mouth.
our ancestors survived. to survive they were forced to eat anything and everything when meat was not available - which must have been a survival-threatening part of the time, yes? i also think that for a much longer part of the time, goat dairy was a nutritional adjunct to many HG nomadic groups as the incidence of lactose-intolerance is in reality, pretty low (another big discussion i know).
so IMHO, the paleo diet thing is a framework that is forever being tweaked as we adopt or discard different viewpoints, analyze information and change personal preferences. Our ancestors were omnivorous within the world of available foodstuffs that they lived. we just gotta make more complicated judgments given the preponderance of food-like substance food rather than (or hopefully along with) the real, natural thing.
Atkins and (low carb) Paleo 9 Answers