It's not that it's more easy to become deficient in certain vitamins and minerals on the Paleo diets than on other diets.
It's that generally, people who get serious about paleo, therefore their health, usually will want to do the best possible for themselves. So they will do a lot of research. Weston A Price, Sally Fallon, etc. They might or might not have those deficiencies otherwise, in any other diet.
One thing I can definitely say has
changed since I switched paleo is how
much I have to know about the vitamins
That's a good thing, good for you :-)
For example K2, but not just any ol K2
it has to be mf-4 instead of mf-7 or
Remember, we don't know everything there is to know about food, and honestly, I don't believe we ever will, or that we have to. Other animals don't put on their nerd glasses and do food research at labs.
If you are so willing, eat foods in the way they would be found before industrialization. Food you just picked from your garden. The beef you butchered last fall. The cow/goat milk which you fed your best grass to.
I'm working towards this, because I really want the best for myself, my offspring, and my legacy.
Not everyone will be able to do this, not everyone will want to. That's fine too, do the best you can, if you care.
Regarding K2 in particular, I'm pretty damn sure you're better off with the best milk and milk products, fish eggs, liver, fermented foods.
It's simple. Eat a good variety of food as close to the way they were meant to be as possible. Some will want to be perfectionists, some will be OK eating the commercial butter. Only take supplements if that truly is your only choice.
This and other vitamins/minerals you
can only get from a few food sources
etc. I have struggled with getting the
nutrition I need and will get muscle
cramps if Im not careful. It feels
like I am balancing precariously and
every day I am learning about
something I am not getting.
That's true, you shouldn't do paleo eating iceberg lettuce and cheap chicken breast, that's not fair to anyone. Remember, when most people who grew up on wonderbread and hamburger helper think of the paleo diet, they don't KNOW what it means, exactly, because they didn't grow up with offal, bone stock, great fresh milk, fish eggs, lard, etc. So naturally they will eat just the icky stuff like chicken breast and broccoli, and such. Naturally, they will have deficiencies.
So here is my question. If this diet
is so much healthier than the SAD diet
(which I believe it is but bear with
me for the question) than why did I
not have this problem on the SAD diet.
I cant imagine I was getting all of
these things on SAD. I certainly wasnt
eating pastured butter, grass fed meat
and organ meat. Or nearly the amount
of eggs for that matter- and they
weren't omega eggs. How was I getting
my proper A/D/k2 (or a million other
things) eating toast every morning and
avoiding fat for the most part?
Do you know if you truly were getting everything you need on SAD?
SAD food is depleted of their original vitamins and minerals, THEN, they are fortified with vitamins and minerals that may or may not be appropriate. For example, you may get too much calcium. That's the thing with fortified processed foods and supplements. You might get too little, you might get too much, maybe it will interfere with absorption of other goodies. So, stick with natural foods, so your body can decide what to take from your meal.
Either way, I'm pretty damn sure you didn't get K2 through SAD. The Vit A you were getting likely wasn't the best one for your health either.
What you are saying, is that you were fine on SAD. You might say that, but were you as well off as someone who was raised on completely natural foods, with offal, fresh pastured milk, fish eggs, etc etc?
I could tell you more, or you could read Weston A Price, and Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. I don't feel like plagiarizing their books here. But they do answer your questions, so try and borrow the books from the library, perhaps.
You can reply to me, but I'm not going to answer, because you can refer to the two books I referred you too. I promise, it will enlighten you :-)