Thomas Seay, I agree with many of the things youve expressed on this board, we both rep the Bay Area, both recognize the benefits of medical marijuana, both love Chinese culture and attempting to learn Mandarin, and I believe you mentioned either that youre Buddhist or at lest practice Zen Meditation. I agree with you that science has it's myths and that is why Carl Sagan said that a true scientist challenges all truths and will drop any truth once better evidence has arisen. I felt the same way as you when I first began my Paleo journey but then realized I was allergic to eggs, the realized I had a nightshade allergy, then realized that even small amounts of soy in dark chocolate were bothering me. I am now on full autoimmune Paleo and I feel great. Perhaps this may be a route to explore? I also think that we are all unique in our macro nutrient ratios and Ive found that I need to focus mostly on protein and to make sure that a ton of vegetables are in my diet. This might be counter to some high fat/everything we need is in meat statements that we hear from some of the bloggers.
My question on this board about Paleo athletes made me realize that perhaps "Paleo" is not the right phrasing. It seems that the key to health is to recognize and cut out any food allergies, to balance blood sugar levels and to combat inflammation. Paleo framework is a good starting place as it focuses on foods that in theory we should not have allergies to, balances blood sugar and through omega3/6 ratio and more focuses on inflammation. However, I do agree that this can be tackled many ways and that humans are a adaptable species.
Edit: I just saw some of your issues youve had. I also lost a ton of strength initially but gained it back once I stopped IF. I dont think that IF is for everyone and especially not for those with other stressors in the their life. I also was reactive to stress in my life but now am better then ever now that I upped my protein to around 1.5 grams a day. Also bringing back copious amounts of vegetables helped with overall vitality (although I added liver powder at the same time so it could be either or/synergy).