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by 0 · December 25, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Are there any studies on the body's transition to saturated fat? Someone on here mentioned that the body replaces PUFA, and possibly trans fats, with saturated fat where saturated fat should ideally be.

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by 529 · September 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM

A very close friend eats grains/carbs at the moment and is on a very tight budget (~$85-110 a month for food), sometimes with limited access to cooking. While they've expressed wishes to transition to Paleo/primal/ancient-type diet, right now,... (more)

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glib 0 · July 25, 2013 at 2:49 AM

This is based on my personal experience, and I assume you mean from "less inflammatory" to "more inflammatory". Note also that I eat my wife's bread, if the dough is fermented for more than 24 hours. Very safe: turnips, yams and sweet potatoes,... (more)

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by 5 · September 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Hi! I've had Type 1 Diabetes for almost 4 years now. I've really struggled with this disease and so I've researched anything I've come across that could be beneficial to me regarding Diabetes. Last year I found the paleo/primal approach. It just... (more)

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sarah_79 0 · April 18, 2013 at 2:40 AM

I have type 1 diabetes too :) No, the kidney failure is only going to happen if you have bad blood sugars, which should improve a-lot if you eat low carb. But another thing to be wary of is that if you are eating low carb and adding in more... (more)

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by 50 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

The book "Practical Paleo" pushes getting away from eating lots of little meals/snacks towards eating larger meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner. I used to eat that way (3 square meals, never snacks) years ago until I got IBS. Then (based on... (more)

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Pecan 0 · February 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Keep busy. Adjust your lifestyle such that you are too distracted to snack. Make time for your meals and enjoy them. Once you get into a routine, it'll come naturally. Be mindful. Think about the health benefits of avoiding snacking. It's better... (more)

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by 15 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

A few of my friends and I are working out in the oilfields of North Dakota. We work fifteen hour days, get around eight hours of sleep a night, and spend most of our time awake moving and lifting decently heavy things. At the beginning of February... (more)

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Stephen_4 0 · February 09, 2013 at 12:32 PM

I guess I don't understand what the problem is? If everyone feels great then you're fine, for now at least. Ultimately you might want to change up the veggies/greens that you eat, since 3 of y'all need to gain weight, you might include some carbs,... (more)

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by 5 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Hello! I am 33 y/o married female, about 135 lbs (no kids). I would like to lose 10-15 lb, but mostly get my energy back. I have a heart condition (replaced pulmonary valve) so I wear out pretty easily, since I am not getting 100% oxygen to start... (more)

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CoconutFan 0 · January 20, 2013 at 12:39 AM

It definitely helps having your spouse on board. My husband and I (in our 30's) just started two weeks ago. And there was a point that he wanted to start eating wheat again. But I insisted that we stick with it for at least a month. He found... (more)

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by 18 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

I've been reading a lot about people's extreme (for lack of a better word) experiences within their first week of the paleo diet and how it included a lot of cravings, headaches, fatigue, etc. I'm about 5 days into it, and I haven't had any... (more)

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hackadoodle82 0 · January 15, 2013 at 2:00 AM

I didn't experience headaches either when I transitioned. I think the hardest thing for me was getting rid of grains, but that quickly became easy because I felt so much better so quickly. My skin started to clear up, the awful stomach cramps... (more)

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by 100 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Hey guys- I just started paleo 4 days ago. I've been eating a lot of meat, eggs, fruit, and nuts, and still trying to find ways to integrate vegetables into my diet every day. Up until I started, I was eating pretty badly but trying to wean... (more)

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Robin_10 0 · January 09, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Didn't bother me at all in the first week. Stay tuned. You might have no withdrawal symptoms, or you might have them later.

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by 496 · September 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Hi. Can white rice give you acne if consumed and eaten with fiber, good fats, and protein? This apparently can lower the insulin spike greatly? Secondly, I have been paleo for three weeks coming from a vegetarian diet of mostly legumes and brown... (more)

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PrairieProf 0 · May 31, 2012 at 3:04 PM

You have just changed a zillion factors in your diet. The likelihood that white rice is giving you acne (especially as you were eating brown rice before) is vanishingly small. And given that you've probably vastly lowered your carb intake from... (more)

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by 95 · September 16, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Hello, I have been Paleo/Primal since Nov'11 and am transitioning my family over. My children are young (6 1/2, 5 and 3 1/2) and are addicted to cereal. (I don't buy the sugar-bomb cereal - but it's still grains) Anyway.... am looking for ideas... (more)

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Jess_1 0 · April 17, 2012 at 2:26 PM

You can take a gradual approach, or do it all at once. Some people do better one way, some do better the other. Start introducing meals where you either don't have cereal, or start serving cereal (preferably a gluten-free type, such as most of... (more)

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by 1804 · September 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Hi fellow PHers. I have been paleo for ~1 year now and have never completed a Whole 30. I typically eat about 90% Paleo, 9% Primal and 1% SAD. I have seen great results on my paleo journey to self-discovery but I have a new challenge ahead of... (more)

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Beth_WeightMaven 0 · March 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I think the choice of when to do a whole 30 (or similar plan) is personal ... I like the metaphor of getting into a cold pool. Some like to tiptoe in, others like to jump in and get the pain over with! I am half-way thru what I'm calling my Mat... (more)

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by 152 · September 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

I'm doing pretty good with eliminating soy and dairy, and am on the fence about legumes since Archevore is looking pretty appealing as a starting place for me. Wheat and grains are right now the most difficult transition for me. I've severely cut... (more)

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JitzGrrl 0 · January 23, 2012 at 1:38 AM

My #1 change is that gluten makes me crazy in the social-anxiety sense; glutened I am paranoid about and paralyzed by other's reactions and intentions, which is miserable for me and everyone close to me. It was a huge and surprising finding, and... (more)

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by 152 · September 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

My question is - what resources/model of paleo/primal, etc. might be best for me to start with? I have been to a number of paleo/primal websites (Robb Wolf, PaleoParents, Cordain, Whole 9, Mark Sisson, No Meat Athlete, Tim Ferriss and others) and... (more)

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Ashley_9 0 · January 20, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I too am a recovering vegetarian. I can't do cheese or butter yet... Here is what my diet looks like... HEAVY on the fish. I eat loads of salmon, tuna, trout, scallops, sardines, etc. I eat eggs everyday. It was hard to learn to eat the... (more)

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by 600 · September 16, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Hi hackers. Having recently discovered Paleo/Primal, I'm working to transition my family away from our SAD ways towards a healthier way of eating. We're not too far off actually, just have to get rid of some crackers, bagels and cereal. One of... (more)

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Jenny_9 0 · December 16, 2011 at 1:27 AM

I used to live with my friend who had a 3-year-old, and she was also very attached to a morning ritual she picked up at her Dad's over christmas, which was, unfortunately, Raison Bran cereal. She wouldn't eat breakfast if she couldn't have it.... (more)

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by 10 · September 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

About three months ago my 72lb lab was diagnosed with diabetes. We tried the cheaper Science diet but his blood glucose didn't do well on it. Then switched permanently to Royal Canin HF which is their dry diabetic food. We feed him 2.5 cups twice... (more)

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syrahna 0 · November 27, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Sweetpotatoes, I suspect this is totally doable - but since I've never dealt with a diabetic dog, I can't speak to that. You may want to track down a holistic vet so you can have support for the diabetic issues while you transition. Here's how I... (more)

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by 123 · September 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Hi everyone, I've been eating a paleo diet (plus heavy cream) for about 6 days now. I am very much in the "low-carb flu" stage at the moment - my previous diet consisting of mainly vegetarian food with lots of grains. I go rock climbing and... (more)

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Mike_Gruber 0 · November 24, 2011 at 6:10 PM

I remember how wasted I was when I went through that. Your body is adapting to a new fuel source right now ... give it a break and take a week or two off the other work you usually give it.

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by 5531 · September 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

I looked around the site and couldn't find the specifics of what's actually going on when someone feels crappy transitioning from SAD to a real food diet. Is it sugar withdrawal symptoms, burning more fat and less carbs for energy, microorganism... (more)

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Atkins_witha_loincloth 0 · September 24, 2011 at 6:26 AM

The cause of the low carb flu =impaired fat oxidation. My sense is you are looking for an explanation in people-ese that would be good for sharing with others. So, here's a good... (more)

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by 1186 · September 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

My sis's ulcer has acted up severely since transitioning to strict paleo from a diet of mostly sugar and french fries. She's at the point now where any food is causing stomach pain/nausea, and feels she must try some starchy foods again to get... (more)

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wmertens 0 · September 16, 2011 at 9:46 PM

I don't think you want to stress her body extra by switching to a relatively extreme (low carb) diet from what it was. Stress in any form is not good. Just removing sugar/excessive fructose and wheat from her diet and otherwise not changing... (more)

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by 165 · September 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

My husband is a very picky eater and our daughter takes after him. He says it's a texture thing more than it is a taste thing. Up until now I've been able to get away with making foods from his country (Spain) using rice and lentils so I can get... (more)

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animalcule 0 · September 16, 2011 at 1:28 AM

Yeah, he sounds like he's doing great to me. Try making the dishes you usually do, but cutting down on the legume or grain content or replacing them with proteins. Look up some traditional Spanish recipes involving seafood or meat yourself, and... (more)

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by 85 · September 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Bottom line, I'm doing paleo and I'm losing weight rapidly but feel terrible and I'm extremely irritable with friends and family. By terrible I mean: constant hunger and distracting cravings, inability to concentrate, sleepiness, shakiness and... (more)

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peter_5 0 · August 19, 2011 at 12:42 PM

You CAN NOT do endurance exercise and weights on a calorie deficit. End of story. You need to eat fat and you need to eat starches. Sorry Masochist, but your plan is bad and you are going to feel shit. 1) eat enough carbs for you running -... (more)

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by 2949 · September 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM

As the title says, I got a live-in nanny job for a 7 year old girl, single mom situation (saving up to move to california, finish school, and start my own paleo practice yeahhh!) The mom was happy I'm studying nutrition and love to cook, I... (more)

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Jess_1 0 · August 19, 2011 at 11:40 PM

First of all, you need to get on the same page. The mother values the idea of nutrition, feels you have valuable information, and is willing to learn. You don't have to be sneaky about it, leave books lying around, or anything like that. Doing... (more)

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by 341 · September 16, 2014 at 7:26 PM

I have questions relating to feeding my family. I have been Paleo since the end of May. I continue to educate myself and fine tune and find it impacting the way I want to feed my family-- Which is a great thing, but a hard sell :-) I'm married... (more)

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PMH 0 · July 26, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Good question about your husband, I am interested to see the answers! I know for mine, he just ate what I gave him and when he started to lose weight he got excited and became a "believer". He is pretty easy though. As far as your kids - I have... (more)

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by 380 · September 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Long story short, I sprained my MCL in a freak jello wrestling accident this weekend. (Don't worry, it was unsweetened and I didn't eat any of the jello.) I've been considering purchasing a pair of VFFs (or a similar minimal shoe), and I was a... (more)

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jared_2 0 · June 30, 2011 at 7:08 PM

I'd say go for it. An integral part of any rehab strategy nowadays is improving proprioception, your body's ability to determine the relative position of joints in space and in relation to each other. Thick soled shoes inhibit proprioception,... (more)

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by 5 · September 16, 2014 at 7:24 PM

I have been eating paleo about 60% of the time for about three weeks, but I'd really like to up that percentage in order to over-haul my diet for the long run. A little background: I'm a 23 y/o female. 5'5'' and about 115-120 lbs. (I don't weigh... (more)

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Shari_Bambino 0 · June 18, 2011 at 4:46 AM

"...allowing carbs like sweet potatoes and fruits if need be." Ohhhh need be! Why would you even consider not eating these foods? They are allowed on a paleo plan. Since weight loss is not a goal of yours you don't need to restrict these... (more)

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by 1299 · September 16, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Clearly, there are many societies, including most Western developed nations, that have suffered poorer health due to wheat, added fructose, and vegetable oil. But what specific examples do we have about the actual transitions? Taubes cites the... (more)

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Andrew___Evolvify 0 · June 16, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Stature and robusticity during the agricultural transition: Evidence from the bioarchaeological record. Economics & Human Biology (2011) You need access to the full-text to get the specific examples, but this study is recent and fairly... (more)