It's pretty hard to navigate the heaps of information online. Every argument for a specific facet to health is opposed by a seemingly viable counter-argument. Ultimately, experience is the only way we can learn, and so I ask:
What is the single most valuable lesson you learned in your pursuit of optimal health?
"You don't need fixing so much as to just stop injuring yourself" - Dr Kurt Harris http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2011/2/8/therapy-versus-life.html
Focus on neolithic toxin avoidance. The rest is in the weeds. There are diminishing returns to nutritional inquiry (intellectual curiosity notwithstanding). Sometimes good enough is good enough.
You can't eat it if it's not in your house. Stay strong at the grocery store.
Two words: dominus saccharide
*master the sugars.
The one thing you must do before you choose to be optimal is to change they manner in which you think. That is optimal paleo in action and is a cornerstone principle.
Keep it simple. Dont eat things that come in boxes or sealed plastic bags. Keep in mind that the giant food barons aren't there to make you good foods, they're there to make a profit by selling you garbage for as much money as they can squeeze out of you. Try as hard as you can at whatever you're doing, then do as little as you can the rest of the time, take a que from any reasonable dog, run hard, sleep hard, eat old fashion things.
For many people, diet extremes don't work. Buy fresh, whole meats, vegetables and fruits. Use the Sisson pyramid or some other moderate approach.
Stick with the moderate path until/unless you have a specific goal and then consider all your options before going to extremes!
I am insulin resistant...So eating Paleo saves my life...My advice is to myself..."Don't wake the Monster!!!" I eat so my body will not release excess insulin into my blood stream . Insulin left over in my blood stream will not allow me to burn my own fat. Since I learned that..I have lost 35 pounds and still losing... I have gotten off of all my blood pressure meds and allergy meds....just ...Don't wake the MOnster!
listen to YOUR body!
VLC is promoted a lot but it doesn't have to be the ideal diet for you. If you're not metabolically deranged, there is no reason for you to go zero/very low carb.
Just try everything out! Go with tubers, then go without. Go moderate fat, then high fat etc. Nobody here can tell you what works best for you. It's your own hunting and gathering now...and it takes a while till you have your routine and the result you desire.
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