I have humbly looked over my diet over the last year and came to the conclusion that much of that time I was not really eating 'Paleo'.
I was drinking 'heavy cream' with coffee every day, sometime 2x a day, and I didn't go light on it. It was regular LandOLakes Heavy Whipping Cream. Its one nutrient 'fat' was 0% Paleo. I have learned that dairy fat from 'grain' fed cows contains the complete opposite fatty acid profile as that from 'grass' fed cows. Our Paleo ancestors would have NEVER consumed this, ever, because it simply did not exist. Heavy Cream (from grain fed cows) - is gone.
Beef. I have been consuming any and all version of beef. Rib Eye 3.0oz, Top Sirloin 9.0oz, Porter House 23.5oz. Most of the time, I was eating beef 50% Paleo. The protein content in beef is the same from grass fed to grain fed cows. The FAT content, again, is completely backwards from what it should be. <--my beef was NOT Paleo because our ancestors did not consume many animals that eat grain, whom were suppose to eat other things, therefore Grain fed cows did not exist, and therefore grain fed beef is not really Paleo(to me).
Chicken. Ive always eaten whats on sale. Same thing here, the chicken fat has backwards amounts of fatty acids is was not PALEO at all. Again, 50%. <--MY chicken was never Paleo, and nothing like foul Grok could have acquired.
Bacon. Same thing with bacon. Pigs are fed all kinds of garbage that creates a messed up fatty acid profile. My bacon at best was 50% Paleo, so not really Paleo at all.
Veggies - I ate a lot of veggies. Many contained pesticides, anti fungals, and other chemicals like anti-budding chemicals. I have a supposed 'organic' sweet potato that I have been trying to get to sprout for a month. Its not happening. It was sprayed with some kind of bud stopper, of which I checked the chemical formula page, and its listed as hazardous to human health. Isn't that lovely?. < Veggies are def. Paleo, but the chemicals are not. <10% Paleo, if that, due to the chemicals.
Fruits - Out of fear of fructose, I have limited my fruit intake although I have indulged in many, many berries. See Veggies. Again, I'm certain, they weren't really Paleo due to their chemical concoctions.
Results: Extremely High Cholesterol, Elevated Liver Enzymes, Lowered Testosterone, Low sex drive, fatigue in an otherwise perfectly healthy and strong 35 year old male, 5'9, 180lbs around 11-12% bodyfat.
Changes I am making.
Beef, either ultra-lean CAFO or grass fed only from here on out.
Chicken, either Organic chicken or breast, no skin from here on out.
Bacon, organic or none, and its off the list for now.
Veggies, Im looking into better sourced veggies, but cutting back on many of them for now.
Fruit, increasing my consumption.
I read (literally) everything by Dr Ray Peat and Danny Roddy over the last 2 days and it struck a nerve, or 6 Million. So, for the next 30 days I am going to be eating Paleo protein from sources above, Saturated fat that comes along with the animals and coconut oil and coconut milk, and carbs from 'safe' starches, fruits, and... .So basically a restricted Paleo diet(no gluten, grains, legumes, nuts, high O6 foods), plus sugar. I'll post my results.
EDIT: This was in no way meant to be a 'Paleo Snob' type post, but rather a realization that myself, and many of US have spent a lot of time, energy, and money, going from eating grains/legumes/HFCS/oats/wheat TO chicken/beef/bacon/cream often times increasing our consumption many times over. To say that eating ultra high O6 beef or cream isnt THAT much different than grass fed is an absolute failure in critical thinking. Something I have been guilty of right until this realization.
Grass VS Grain fed beef:http://texasgrassfedbeef.com/grass_fed_beef_in_a_nutshell.htm
So, are you really eating Paleo? Have you gone from where I am right now, to a better state?