One of the benefits of age is that you develop the looooooong view...
Another great benefit of aging is often the growing impatience with that which is easily and rapidly identified as "drama."
You've reentered the paleosphere at a time of great drama.
We are a bunch of humans and lord oh lordy, are humans ever drama-kings and queens!
We stimulate and excite ourselves this way. ;)
Folks around these parts have been talking lots about food reward and self over-stimulation in general. Perhaps we should be looking at drama-reward just as we look at high-stim reward and what it does to our brains...
Anyhow, here's something handy to assist you in taking a longer view. It is a post from 2008 - 3 years ago - maybe a little less, in which the first commenter is our well loved (with good reason!)Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Let me quote it for you:
Nice post. I think the connection between insulin, hunger and obesity is not really appreciated in mainstream medicine.
Gary Taubes has a nice discussion of it in "Good Calories, Bad Calories".
I'm working on a post about obesity that touches on this; I'll probably post it within a week or so."
I hold Dr. Guyenet in very high regard. I have spent hours poring over his site, and have read every post he has written. It is an extraordinary blog and gift he has given freely to anyone who will but read it.
The point here is that all things change. Sometimes they don't seem to change in quite the best way.
We now have a situation where not only Dr. Guyenet and Gary Taubes are thrown into "camps" but other relationships in the blogsphere have also become quite disrupted. Lines have been drawn. Strong alliances which were quite clear to readers exist no more, and new and sometimes very interesting alliances have been formed.. And around all of this is pressure, pressure, pressure on these bloggers by the flame fanning drama stimmers.
When you walk into the paleosphre right now, what you are walking into is actually a sort of artifically created situation which really isn't helpful to anyone. It's about hurt feelings, pride, and self defense and the ongoing fanning flames, all, regretably, played out in a very public way. In reality, imho, all of this has little to do with the content of Stephan Guyenet's work or Gary Taubes or anyone elses. On the surface it's played out that way....
We like here to do the: We are very rational and logical people routine...but the fact is, is this is all about E_M_O_T_I_O_N...F_E_E_L_I_N_G_S.
And to boot, it's decidedly un-paleo behavior that no hunter-gatherer tribe would have engaged in. Survival was paramount and therefore the guiding light of INTERDEPENDENCE reigned and still reigns in very old indigenous cultures I've spent time with.
Old hunter-gatherer cultures had gatherings and rituals with which to "flex" their emotions. One of these I am very familiar with is the Inupiaq's "Kivgiq" or "The Messenger Feast." This entails basically non-top drumming, dancing,laughing, hugging, eating and small gift-giving for about 5 days straight and traditionally, men who ran village to village as messengers ferrying gifts.
Personally, what I see we have to offer is alot of PART-truths. We have some information and we lack alot of other information. It sounds like you are making your way. What PART-truth works for you is likely to be dependent on what you come to ancestral health needing or wanting to change. Your PART-truth, imho, will be very different if you arrive here signficantly overweight or obese. If your goal is a small to moderate weight loss, and perhaps other health issues (or not) I would point you in the direction of Paul Jaminet, whereas, with really significant weight to be lost, I'd point you to Taubes and perhaps Cate Shanahan's site as well as Mark Sisson's, which forever manages to take a long and broad view and offers ALOT of info.
And I'd tell you no matter what, to read Stephan Guyenet's site, not just all the current food reward theory stuff, but so much that is invaluable that long preceeded FRT.
And there are many, many variations on the themes above. Not everyone comes to paleo for weight loss!!!!!
There are more than a few figurative "potholes" to be fallen in, in paleo land these days. You look to be a smart guy. Read, take what works for you and leave the rest.
It'll all shake out in time. There are alot of part-truths to be greatly expanded upon.In a mere five years we are likely to laugh heartily about some of today's dearly held PART-truths and have greatly expanded on others, with a whole new picture to see.