Your answer may change in the future but.....REDO!...So what type Paleo are you?
I find this site "Paleohacks" is not necessarily about "Paleo™" and that's cool. It's a variation of Paleo/Primal/PHD/Science/Evolution/CW whatever. The predominant protocol here is "do what works for you". I'm not against that, but it's lean via contributors is "Do what works for you in the realm of real food."....not bad at all.
So we have a variety here....that I don't consider just Paleo. So if Paleo is no dairy/no legumes/no grains....eat meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds......then what variation are you?
You see, I don't agree with the preferred stance that "Paleo" is anything that works for you. I feel you have to take the strict route before adding in the possibilities to really determine personal difference. And even at that point there, at least in my mind, is a very real debate as to whether those items are just tolerable or actually beneficial.
Vegetarianism, SAD, and a variety of things "work" for people....Paleo is suppose to be more than that. We are talking about systems and pathological situations that take decades to develop. How in the world could you determine...."Well you ate it and didn't feel bad the next 24-72 hrs" means it is an item that is safe?
My answer: Primal.....cause I see meat and veggies and some fruit/nuts/seeds good bases for health both evolutionary and new science...I do consider carbohydrates or safe starches in and of themselves to be optional and therefore not worth my time or effort...I don't know if they are detrimental BUT I do deny that they are required....dairy is gray zone that I take advantage of on occasion......
And your answer is?
I think your definition of paleo may be too rigid. Paleo is an idea. A philosophy. It's an umbrella that can and does encompass many different foods and combinations of foods as well as some other lifestyle choices.
Paleo is also about personal responsibility. Making your own decisions based on your own thoughts and your own body and then dealing with the consequences both good and maybe not-so-good.
I think that's exactly what we discuss here. Oh and I'm one of those kind of paleos.
I love your emphasis on "Today" with this question. It points to the fluid nature of these things: what works today may not work tomorrow.
To answer your question: I started off primal, but due to an autoimmune diagnosis, I'm currently paleo (Robb's autoimmune protocol).
I started Primal, considering going Archevore but now consider myself ancestral.
I figure ancestral can include recipes used by traditional societies, including very slow-rise (water kefir) sourdough bread (only as a holiday treat) and fermented foods such as water kefir, full-fat yogurt and veggies including sauerkraut.
Basically, I don't think we were meant to eat just a few foods. I also think natural processes using the sun and microbes are fine.
I'm determined to permanently avoid manufactured food-like products.
Well, first of all, I'm very curious as to why you think the term paleo has a very specific definition, and what you think that definition is (and who defined it)? I guess I think that my paleolithic ancestors surely must have experimented plenty with food, and that people in different places had very different diets from each other due to availability. I personally eat a diet that has evolved from years of self experimentation, and I don't know what the label is for it...its just perfect for me, for the most part, for now. I eat grassfed beef, organs, pastured poultry, grassfed lamb, pastured pork, eggs from my pastured hens, wild salmon, wild trout, shellfish, sardines, low sugar vegetables in season, some nuts, stevia, tea, coconut, some tubers, some winter squash, a little fruit, fermented fruit, veggies and beverages mostly homemade, fats such as ghee, butter, coconut oil, chicken fat, duck fat, bacon fat, lard and tallow...
I'm Primal with a side of Ray Peat
...and low FODMAPS...and occasional rice crackers/corn chips!
For me this means:
Meal 1(when I eat it--I often IF): 3 free-range eggs scrambled in butter with lactose-free sour cream & salsa, black tea with cream & 2 tsp sugar.
Meal 2: Grassfed Meat with greens, kombucha, dark chocolate, home-made low-sugar "jello"
Meal 3: Chicken Liver Paté or Salmon Paté on Rice Crackers, black tea with cream & 2 tsp sugar. Ice Cream and/or Dark Chocolate
I'm meat n' tubers low food reward paleo. No nuts, seeds, fruit, or vegetables in my ancestral diet, just pastured animals and plant storage organs. I quite enjoy my safe starches; while not physiologically required, they give me tons of energy that I for all intents and purposes need as a trail-running, carless, insulin sensitive, hard-studying student. That's the beauty of the paleo framework: my paleo isn't the paleo of a recovering type 2 diabetic, and that's ok!
I eat things that once had faces, came out of something with a face or grew from the ground and started off as being green. I stay away from fructose and regularly put little stickers on fructose containing foods at the grocery that say "FRUCTOSE = POISON"
Uh-oh... I knew there were slight differences or variations, but I thought Paleo and Primal and Ancestral basically meant the same thing!
I'm "Archevore" myself (where does this variation fit in with the other labels?), since that was my introduction to the diet aspects of this lifestyle, and so far it's working very well for me. I'm not a fan of labels in general, but I know everyone recognizes it as Dr. Harris' outline.
So I eat pastured chicken/eggs and butter, some heavy cream (no half&half or milk), occasional aged cheese, beef (about 75% grassfed), a mix of wild caught and farmed fish, fresh shrimp from the market, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, bananas, plantains, occasional white rice, mustard/collard greens, carrots, asparagus, etc. I had also been eating some 85% chocolate occasionally, but I'm now working on removing all pre-packaged foods of any kind and just eating whole, fresh, real everything.
I'm focusing on simple, basic, "essentials" for the first few months (I just started all this on 11/1) to give my body a chance to adjust/detox/whatever, while at the same time learning to prepare and cook food properly for once. I'm 32 and up until now I've mostly only ever made typical SAD box food at home. For me, this = shame.
I'm looking forward to branching out a bit in the coming months once I learn to cook more, but for now I'm cautious/curious about each food or ingredient I select.
I feel like I'm starting with a blank slate with respect to eating, so simple seems to work best for now.
It would have been a bit more thoughtful of our ancestors to have taken the time to put their daily numbers into Fitday! This black box is so frustrating! Custom food: roast honey badger.
I'm Euro-paleo. Since my genetics allow me to digest milk efficiently i have a limited quantity in my diet to increase my protein and allow me a good carb source after hard workouts. Other than that i keep it to lean meats, veggies and occasional nuts and fiberous tubers.