When I first came across this site (a few times here and there a while back) the whole "paleo" label seemed to be equated with a pretty extreme adherence to the particular VLC variant of paleo. As I've been reading more here I've seen many concessions to decidedly non-paleo foods (dairy probably most prominent). I've also been surprised by the number of decidedly non-VLC paleos here.
So I'm curious what percent you might put on your Paleo-ness, and how you might describe your version of Paleo.
Mods feel free to close/delete if there's some sort of similar poll post in this regard.
To answer my own question, I definitely exceed the Sisson 80% rule for his primal adherence (FWIW I agree with Dr. Dansinger of The Biggest Loser fame that 80% adherence to a diet is not sufficient for compliance-based results) rule. I'm rather surprised that I'm more true paleo than a lot of hackers on here! Ain't that a kicker? :D (Yes I'm well aware that a lot is still a minority so I'm not claiming some sort of paleo cred here peeps).
LMFAO - Lacto Meat Free Archevore Ovo diet. Alternatively, a Lacto-Ovo Archevore Low Reward vegetarian diet - say that three times fast!!!
I'm the white (actually brown) sheep of the Paleo family as the vegetarian that has come out as being Paleo and lovin' it. Here was my "coming out" - http://paleohacks.com/questions/51442/compassionate-paleo/51508#51508
High carb (i.e. safe starches) by most people's standards (50-60%). I started eating this way on 1/1/2011. Down 29 lbs this year.
Regarding compliance, the mis-application of the 80-20 rule, especially with respect to diet, really deserves attention. The Pareto principle states that 20% of the inputs drive 80% of the outputs (the numbers can be different, but this is the traditional Pareto rule).
To wit, what if 20% of your diet (i.e. cheats) drives 80% of your metabolic derangement??? I think the Sisson 80-20 rule certainly has its place in terms of people dealing with the emotional aspects of strict compliance. And of course it depends upon your specific situation. YMMV. But people should at least consider this when talking 80-20, especially when they are wondering why they are stalling or not seeing the results the hoped for/expected.
My cheats mostly come in the form of alcohol, with the occasional dessert. When doing the Low Reward experiment that was posted on Whole Health Source, there were essentially no cheats and shocker, I saw big results!
I consider myself Primal Herder -- One of my teachers when I was a midwife told me how her own ancestors (up in Northern Canada) followed the reindeer herds, and actually would capture reindeer cows and calves and keep them for milk, long before there were established herds. My dad's family has been keeping goats for a long time, in the mountains of northern Italy, and later in both Sicily and Greece. So I don't mind a bit of raw milk dairy in my life.
I'm pretty low-carb, though it's seasonal. During the winter, I eat more squashes and root vegetables, but I don't eat fruit or drink juices, with the exception of some small, dark berries in summer and avocados. (Up around 20-25% of daily calories) The rest of the year, carbs make up around 15% of my daily diet. OTOH, I'm definitely in the 'high animal fats' camp, with a minimum daily fat consumption in the 50% range or better -- lard, tallow, drippings, chicken fat... the only veggie fats are avocado, macadamia oil and coconut (and other than coconut, macadamias, and cashews, I don't eat nuts -- they're apparently too close to grains for my body to tolerate).
I do IF most days, with 1 meal at 10am, one meal at 4pm, and then nothing till the next morning.
I don't really 'cheat' or do "cheat days" or anything like that. I do what makes my body feel right, and make no apologies for it... and stuff that makes me feel like crap, well, I pretty much just choose not to eat it because I don't want to feel horrible. I don't feel like I deprive myself at all -- I feel like I'm genuinely doing what I need to to be healthy. Still thinking about hacking my body with 3-4 months of no nightshades and seeing what happens. shrugs It's all a big experiment, to me... if I feel better, I keep that piece... if I don't, "bye bye"... Try all new stuff for at least 3 months and see what changes it brings, and wait another 3 before adding something -else- to track, so that the new habit gets well established before I try adding another one. That's about it.
Oh, one more thing to clarify, just from my perspective... I don't consider this a contest of "Who's More Paleo" for me -- Other folk are welcome to take more or less extreme approachs, and I'll listen to them and consider what they're doing and see whether or not I think it's sustainable for me -- if it is, I may add it to my "hack list" -- if not, and it works for them, Yaay Them! I don't think its healthy to base my well being on a contest for who can be more HooAH! because in general, I'm obsessive and super-competitive and start ripping myself apart when I see myself as 'failing' -- so I just don't put myself in that trap any more. I am what I am, and that's good enough -- and if it isn't, I hack it until it is... not because someone else is judging me, but because I want to feel my best and be happiest in my own life. Just sayin'.
Im Robb Wolf's autoimmune protocol. Even though Ive never been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. Went from primal to regular Robb Wolf...felt better but still not great. Then took out nightshades/felt better, took out eggs/felt better, finally took out nuts and seeds and then my stiff back, depression, anxiety, etc finally "fully" lifted.
Ive been Robb Wolf autoimmune for 1.5 yrs. I recently went on vacation and was exposed to gluten, eggs, dairy etc and had NO REACTION! I also started a new job recently and have been getting exposure and once again no reactions. It's crazy. I still try to eat autoimmune paleo most of the time but my body seems to be MUCH stronger then before.
I freestyle eat. Mostly protein cooked in fat with veggies and Ill eat sweet potatoes or now even rice a few days a week. But I dont sweat ratios.
I'm high-carbohydrate. I eat a good amount of dairy and dairy products and a relatively small amount of meat besides the liver and bones. I also eat about 2-3 eggs a day, down from the 8-12 I was eating and the steak I was eating every day. I eat a lot of fruit and potato. On occasion I'll eat rice and green beans with soy sauce on top or sometimes spinach or somtimes with beans or peas. I almost always eat roast when I make meat. I'm not really a big fish, pork, or chicken eater, but I do eat it on occasion. I like carrot and cucumber and celery and will usually have that with some vinegar every day. I used to eat a ton of butter, but now I think I eat about maybe 4 tablespoons a day max. I don't know, these changes from VLC/LC weren't for any specific health reasons I just found that I felt better overall on a high-carbohydrate pattern and it is more compatible with my endurance training. I also drink a lot of orange juice that I make myself. I like shrimps too. And white fish when I do eat fish. I don't believe in omegas and I don't eat oil, not even olive oil. A little refined coconut oil on occasion. No wheat or other similar weeds. Oats on occasion, haha they are legumes not weeds :). I was never into vitamins but I have recently started using B6, C, magnesium, Chromium, and Q10, and I use NutriSorb A when the liver looks a little dry through the window and I use Great Lakes beef gelatin when I don't have bones or don't want to fetch them. I don't really cook anything on high heat. Everything is in the crock pot, or baked, or boiled. I like honey in milk too.
I don't want to sound like I have the will of a super human, but for me it never occurs to me to cheat, I just really enjoy making my own stuff and being in the kitchen fiddling with stuff. That's really all that it is.
I have Centenarians on both sides of my family and they've never given me any reason to believe that high carbohydrate is detrimental in any way. Really that evidence is all I need. I do fast naturally, not on purpose, some days I'm just not hungry and won't eat but 1 meal. Some days I'm extra hungry and will eat a lot. I think I eat at a different time every day. I just go with my instincts on that one. And eat when I'm hungry and don't eat when I'm not, can't go wrong there especially if everything you're eating is healthy.
0% oil (good or bad)
0% fruits or vegetables
sucrose is IN ( Lusting you bitter fatso)
100% rib eye
100% egg yolk
48% processed foods ( cheeses, milk,butter, 60%chocolate every single day also good ice-cream)
basically, super high fat, high protein, moderate / low carb. oh and i eat 30 minutes to an hour every day. (dif) so im not paleo, but i don't really need to be.
Here goes (this is kinda long!):
I avoid all the NADS on a daily basis, such as seed oils, excess PUFAs, sugar, gluten and all grains. I also avoid nightshades and fruit for the most part.
I eat predominantly beef, 100% grassfed only (or I won't eat it). I try and make as much bone broth as I can, and have recently started adding an extra 4-5g of gelatin to these. I try to eat liver (beef or chicken) at least 1x/wk. I eat eggs (raw and cooked, now that I've mostly healed my gut and alleviated my egg allergy/intolerance). I eat bacon occasionally if I eat breakfast, which is rare. Alot of my meat I eat raw. I eat quite a bit of sashimi, but avoid farmed fish such as salmon and tilapia. I flip my s***t for oysters and clams. I would eat oysetrs everyday if I could. I used to eat alot of sardines from the tin, but haven't been doing so recently, not sure why.
I also eat high fat and fermented raw dairy, especially grass fed heavy cream, butter, ghee and cheese (I'm Irish/Scandinavian/French so I never had a problem with it). Sometimes on a workout day I will allow myself a reward of high quality ice cream. I sually have 1 or 2 cups of black tea with heavy cream and cinnamon every day.
I really only eat spinach, kale and dark leafy greens in the vegetable category. Most others I am not really interested in. Occasionally I eat carrots or parsnips, sometimes celery root, and sweet potatoes PWO. I do eat some fermented vegetables such as lacto-fermented pickles, kimchi etc... I don't eat a whole lot of nuts, some walnuts and pecans once in awhile. I occasionally eat dulse or kelp as a salty snack. Occasionally I'll have a banana PWO. In summer I will eat blueberries and other types of dark berries.
I supplement, but have recently cut out fish oil.
I'm on an RF schedule (Regular Fasting) Leangains style, from 3pm-11pm or 4pm-12am everyday depending on my schedule, and I work out 3x a week, sometimes less, lifting heavy at max effort, with a week or two off every 6-8 weeks. Occasionally I run to and from the gym, but that's about it for cardio.
I allow myself to indulge in alcohol (I'm a bartender, gotta make sure I'm not poisoning you!), but avoid beer and wheat distilled liquors. Occasionally I'll cheat on pizza, but this is becoming a very rare occurrence, as the last time really reminded why I got into Paleo in the first place...I was sniffling and sneezing like I'd just climbed through a hay loft.
I've always been skinny, but never very muscular. I've been eating this way to maximize my results in the gym, gain lean muscle mass and lose the skinny fat, slouchy, knock-kneed me that I accepted as unavoidable for the last 30 years. I also got into this as a way to try to cure my (admittedly self-diagnosed and well-hidden) depression and manic-depressive personality disorder --- it worked. A complete disappearance of seasonal allergies was a wonderful bonus. Paleo has really served as a springboard for all manner of life-hacking. I'm in better shape, and able to gain more muscle, at 30 than I was 18!
Sorry for the book! Not sure what style you'd call it, but I'm 100% all the time.
I'm pretty solid PHD most of the time. In the summer I lean towards Ray Peat style (lots of fruit), in the winter I'm a bit lower carb (very low fructose) primal. As my carbs drop, my dairy goes up.
I pretty much avoid vegetable oil, wheat, and added sugar.
I don't really react to wheat as far as I can tell, but it is a pretty convenient approach to avoiding processed foods. I will have a cheat meal about once every week or two but eat fairly strict otherwise so I don't have to worry about the cheats when they do come along (almost always at restaurants.)
Addendum: I mainly eat eggs, ground beef, rice, spinach, and broccoli as my staples. I have a tablespoon or two of coconut oil most days, and I have black beans a few times a week (because right now I am leaning towards soluble fiber being a good thing.)
I tried VLC for 4-5 months but it did not really agree with me.
I'm pretty 80:20 paleo, but I think that the 20% does matter. I don't just eat whatever in my 20%, I eat only high-quality whole foods like dark chocolate, grass-fed milk, chicken fried in lard, rice, buckwheat, and really really good ice cream.