I will be sharing my thoughts with you about this but I'd like to hear your beliefs
I brought up the inherent, albeit dormant qualities of fortitude and will and was chastised for it. I just cannot relate to someone "worrying" or "sweating" about the "temptations" of all the "wonderful" SAD foods. IMO, this is the dif between a diet and a lifestyle. A diet implies deprivation. A lifestyle on the other hand, is all encompassing. I do not in any way feel deprived abstaining from poisons because it is not my "life-way". Maybe, this is more a cultural problem.
I think Paleo CAN work for everyone, you just have to find the right version.
Not to get all philosophical about it but u would first have to define what paleo means for the person. For me it is simply no gluten containing grains, no industrial seed oils and limited fructose consumption. The dairy, legumes, sprouted vs unsprouted, grassfed vs grainfed, etc are all differing shades of gray for me personally and each individual should judge them based on their own individual health, tolerances and goals.
For the hard parameters(excluding gluten, industrial seed oils, and limiting fructose) I really don't see how anyone does worse over the long-term taking these out of their diet.
People tell me my diet is sooooooo boring. I can't find anything boring about it. But, these are people who are used to exciting - or excitatory foods. If one is reliant on getting amusement park like experiences from their foods, then they are probably less likely to even try a Paleo approach. The shame is I think anyone is capable of pulling it off, but they have to get off the roller coaster first.
Avoiding grain is a win for eveyone as far as I can tell, having a strategy for dairy that works for you is essential. Avoiding all sugar/refined foods is good for everyone. Eliminating vegetabe oils is good for everyone.
I think that some people need a lot of red meats and other meats and very low carbs / veggies. Others need high carbs and veggies and perhaps only salmon or eggs or chicken.
Everyone is diffrent and the macro breakdown that is optimal for each individual is diffrent.
to me, once you understand food and hunger, youve found your paleo. its not deciding what you can and cant have. i came to paleo from anorexia. when i started recovery following 'meal plans' nothing about the concept relayed 'food' or 'nourishment' to my brain- nothing. until i delved into biology and anatomy i never saw the light with food and never realized how down right retarded it was for me to starve myself.
i see what food is now i understand what hunger is its a mental relationship...it has nothing to do with the food or guidelines of paleo(avoding the deadly 3..) but everything to do with your outward relation with food.
it can work for everyone. i was once a ZCer...then a VLCer and then a dairy fiend...but i was never listening to my own self... that is HARD to do, but when you find out how to do it, you feed yourself 'your paleo' and IMO, it will vary greatly, seasonally, emotionally and hormonally
Like any diet it is individual. It also depends on life circumstances such as stress. Gender and environment are also factors. I like this question but feel it may be too general unless you are trying to solicit broad definitions. I think without a long term study on paleo no one can provide a definitive answer.
Paleo: avoid grains legumes and dairy.
I'd say that every human being will be fine doing that so yes.
Like we've all discussed many times: macro ratios are up for grabs, we've finally beat down the low carb=paleo nonsense.
Are we talking about mentally adapted or physically adapted? It seems to me in my experience including with myself, the hardest part of following paleo was to give up certain foods that I loved. Which was a psychological barrier for me for some time.
Dr. K. I find it so interesting that while your answers on here are among the most technical/ esoteric, your questions tend to be the most exoteric.
It would have to depend on a person's interpretation of what paleo is... For me it means avoiding irritating foods (or other environmental irritants). In that case everyone is best adapted to remove toxins from their lives. For example I can't do boxed coconut water, but stuff I pour myself is fine. I can eat tons of raw butter but not pastuerized (even if it's grass fed), and raw cream doesn't do well with me.
Finding what works for the individual is paramount, and I think generally following paleo protocol gets most of the people most of the way there.
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