I guess that my refined question is: When is it the right time to stop DAILY paleohacking. I'm literally listening to The Healthy Skeptic podcast as I type this. I typically read all of the big paleo blogs every day while I'm at work.
But I'm very happy, very active, lean, etc. Am I really going to gain anything else by this daily monitoring?
If I had to get really picky, I would point out that I'm mostly concerned that something could potentially be going on inside me that won't be detectable until it's late in the game. Specifically, I have a high total cholesterol and LDL, with high HDL and low triglycderides. You guys know that story! It's the paleo blood panel. Anyway, I am not totally convinced I'm 100% ok there, despite what the blogs all say. Is it time to get away from all this daily online paleo activity?
Thanks for your answers and perspectives in advance.
Hi Bob, and welcome.
Paleohacking is about giving as well as receiving. If you've reached your diet and lifestyle goals, then you probably have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with others on sites such as this.
Teaching is sometimes the best learning experience. I've learned as much on PaleoHacks by researching and formulating answers to others' questions as I have by asking my own questions.
If the same things that cause you to be lean, active and happy also cause your blood lipids to take on a particular form, then changing them to another form to make doctors happy will likely result in you being less lean, active and/or happy.
I discussed the "Paleo blood panel" on my blog, http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=2536 and http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=2547. I'll do some more discussions of this topic later. I agree with you that it's not OK, but it's also easily remediable.
Don't do it!
When paleo topics get too boring, I bet you'll naturally stop, no?
Plus, there are side benefits. Reading more and more about paleo is fun so that you can impress (annoy) your friends and family.
I feel you about getting away. The info diet needs to be fasted. After some drama with a wannabe paleo profiteer I'm taking a break from social media sites as a direct result. The anti vegan hatred and how paleo are you dogma is a bit too much.
Many of the friendly faces of paleo have become totally unapproachable and even just down right demeaning in their blogs. They have one side that they post and another that live behind those posts. I know this is a bit off from your question but I felt it was related in spirit.
This is turning out to be a nice thread!
Bob, I hear you. The key is that you're healthy and enjoying life. You probably don't need the day-to-day, but you already know that. If you enjoy it, keep it up. If not, don't.
Are you asking whether it's OK to spend more time living enjoyably and less time reading about problems that do not apply to you? If the latter is interesting and enlivening to you, by all means continue. Otherwise...
i would say that beyond the regular blood panel to also test salivary hormones, get a full GI function test, blood serum hormone panel, urine toxic metals and possibly a gene test like 23andme. maybe do some of these tests once a year with consultation and interpretation from a respected functional doc. cross reference your test results with a good pulse diagnosis from a TCM doctor. maybe find a way to measure your oxidative and methylation pathways as well. and replace all amalgam fillings you may have with biologically safe composites.
Perhaps weekly Paleohacking could be more efficient to keep up to date with new ideas, debates, questions discussions.
Contributing your knowledge to PH is always a nice approach.
I have the major Paleo blogs on RSS Google homepage and read the ones that look interesting to me - so about 2-3 times a week.
It just depends on how much detail you are interested in.