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by 5 · September 12, 2014 at 6:32 AM

People criticize paleo for a lot of reasons. What tenets do people bash the most, or most frustratingly, in your experience?

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TruthinessInc 0 · August 22, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Anything related to replacing a modern doctor. If you do XYZ, you'll never have to see a doctor again! If I break a bone, I don't care how much coconot oil I eat, or how much bacon grease I rub on it, things wont get better until I go to a... (more)

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by 4181 · July 16, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Simple question, would there be a benefit to eating only vegetables and a little fruit once or twice a week and then the other days eating a paleo style diet? Intermittent fasting allows 500 calories during the day (without protein) and that would... (more)

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Chronic 0 · July 15, 2014 at 4:45 PM

I usually do a full fast (36 hours with no food at all) once every couple weeks but if I didn't then i'd make sure to have days where I go very low on protein. I generally restrict protein to around 75g per day aswell.If you eat lots of protein... (more)

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by 3280 · January 12, 2014 at 3:48 PM

I was surprised when I read this in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/25/6/555.full.pdf The conclusion is that vegetarians have a LOWER risk of osteoporosis than do omnivores. I thought all the phytic... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · January 08, 2014 at 6:40 PM

How the heck did you find some ancient study like that that gives essentially the opposite of nearly every other study out there? Googling 'bone density vegetarianism' comes up with this: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/90/4/943.full first... (more)

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by 219 · September 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

I live with my fiance, who is a vegetarian-leaning pescetarian. I'm a safe starch friendly paleo eater. Any tips for where to find grain-free vegetarian recipes? Obviously vegetables and fish are points of agreement for us.

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Tcraig 0 · November 05, 2012 at 8:38 PM

There is a whole list of vegan paleo friendly recipes here http://www.vegiehead.com/vegan-paleo-recipes.html. I have that entire page bookmarked, especially for the paleo friendly desserts (I can't help my sweeth tooth!). It also adds a nice... (more)

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by 215 · September 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

I've been thinking for a while, about how much contraversy there is in nutrition, and how maybe everyone is wrong for the same reason. Maybe an unrestricted diet of whole foods is best. You here the vegetarian say,"ever since I stopped eating... (more)

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SUSTAINEDfitness 0 · August 11, 2013 at 3:50 AM

I would say it is not just about avoiding harm, but about actually doing good for your body. If someone is only going to eat so much food in a day, they should maximize the stuff that is actually healthy. Just because grains don't bother you,... (more)

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by 5 · September 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM

I too am a Vegetarian, for the most part, I do not like red meat, I can taste the minerals in it. I do occasionally eat turkey, and will eat eggs on occasion as well. I also do not eat pork or shellfish for religious reasons, I am Jewish. I need... (more)

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AxialGentleman 0 · July 24, 2013 at 12:24 AM

You can be paleo without eating a lot of animal flesh. Focus on vegetables, fruit, safe starches, eggs, and lots and lots of fat. If you're okay with low-lactose dairy, you can get lots of fat and protein and some animal-type micronutrients from... (more)

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by 396 · September 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Goths, like myself (an older Goth, not vegetarian), tend to mostly be vegetarian/vegan. We despise hippies, and love bloodsuckers, so why do you think Paleo isn't attractive to Goths?

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tmj_1 0 · July 14, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Hipster and goth are opposites folks!! No idea about the vegetarianism-goth connection though. I thought that was only hippies?

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM

So, I'm going to lightning in a bottle tomorrow and I just realized most of the vendors will be vegetarian. For those of you who are not familiar with LiB, it's basically like a smaller Burning Man... I'll be camping. I'm going to have limited... (more)

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BGottfried 0 · July 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM

I'd definitely count on the jerky and tuna/sardines. Don't worry about salt intake for that short of a period; do be sure to get jerky without soy sauce in it though (if you don't tolerate gluten well). On the vegetarian note, quinoa is a pretty... (more)

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by 1876 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

What is everyone's opinion on this study stating that vegetarians live longer? http://healthland.time.com/2013/06/04/vegetarians-may-live-longer/?hpt=hp_t3 (more)

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Renee_2 0 · June 05, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Here's what Chris Kresser had to say on his Facebook page: "You may have seen the WSJ piece today on a study claiming vegetarians live longer than meat-eaters. Those studies are notoriously confounded by the 'healthy user effect' (i.e. since... (more)

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by 1005 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I've heard that people who are longtime vegetarians/veg*ns/vegetarians/veg*ns from birth that the first time they have meat/first time they have meat in a while it can make them sick. Was this the case with you? Or did you handle it just fine? (more)

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harnessedinslums 0 · June 05, 2013 at 6:10 AM

I broke 6 years of veganism and 7 years of vegetarianism with tuna sashimi, which was delicious and easy to digest. The next thing I introduced was turkey breast and that took some getting used to... it sat pretty heavy and the texture was... (more)

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by 5 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Hey guys, so I'm very new to Paleo and Cross fit. Actually I've only really been doing it for a week now. However, I've noticed that my calves are feeling very weak. I can't run as far as I used to because my legs get too tired. I know that I am... (more)

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RK 0 · May 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM

It could be the food. But it could just be crossfit. It is an excellent tool for ferreting out your weak spots! Crossfit can be pretty calf intensive, with all the jumping and lifting. You could try those crazy compression socks. A lot of... (more)

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by 633 · September 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

By average SAD-er, I don't mean someone eating McDonalds everyday and drinking soda, I mean someone eating oatmeal and OJ for breakfast and maybe turkey sandwich on wholegrain bread with low fat cheese/margarine for lunch(in other words,... (more)

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Roth 0 · May 02, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Yes, but not because they're vegans. They're healthier because they remove all the shitty food that SAD people eat, not because they removed animal products. Veganism is the one of the most restrictive diet on the planet and when you restrict... (more)

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by 614 · September 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

If one designs a diet based solely on fruits, nuts and veggies (no soy, dairy, etc) that meets ALL of the daily requirements for vitamins and minerals with the notable exception of Vitamin D which can be supplemented very easily and contains... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · April 25, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Still incomplete: retinol, K2, B12, taurine, carnitine, etc... Also probably hard to get enough calories, many vegans have that issues (which is why generally folks lose weight until they're sticks, unless they're gorging on processed crap.) (more)

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by 229 · September 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

I have a friend you recently turned vegan. Besides the facts about how dirty factory farming can be one of her main reasons was that she felt lethargic eating meat. Is there any other explanations that would cause lethargy? Without asking her... (more)

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Mash 0 · April 15, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Is she feeling lethargic right after eating meat or throughout the day after eating meat?I'm thinking digestion, fuller meat stomach versus a lighter vegetable stomach. Is she eating the same amount and type of vegetables as before along with... (more)

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by 281 · September 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Today I happened upon this link via Mark Sission: http://kristensraw.com/blog/2013/03/17/my-vegan-diet-caused-health-problems-would-primal-paleo-or-real-food-be-better/ While it's purely anecdotal evidence, it's surely compelling anecdotal... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · April 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM

I think the folks who self-destruct on paleo (or veganism) share some common traits. They practice an extremely limited and inflexible version of the diet and when that isn't optimal for them, they crash and give up. They also tend to make it a... (more)

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by 229 · September 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Does anyone have a good reply to this comment? I'm probably not going to reply to it because I don't think that an intelligent debate is possible based on her other comments. However I would like to know some solid reasons against veganism. "... (more)

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Nance 0 · April 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM

I like your decision not to try to "win" this conversation. This person appears to have some deeply-held beliefs and her emotions are too engaged for rational analysis of all existing data. I've seen that in some paleos as well and they aren't the... (more)

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by 55 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Hi! I've been away from paleohacks and also the paleo diet for over a year, as I have been working as a vegetarian chef at a yoga resort in India, and have been eating mostly vegan during this time. I can't help but notice that no matter how... (more)

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Michael_17 0 · April 02, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Sounds like you'll make youself malnourished with that sort of diet. You're cutting out all the goodness in teh egg. Why not have the whole egg, it seems boiled eggs are pretty satiating for many folks. I think the sort of diet you propose... (more)

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by 614 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2989112/ Low-carbohydrate diets and all-cause and cause-specific mortality: Two cohort Studies "Abstract Background Data on the long-term association between low-carbohydrate diets and mortality are... (more)

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Ted_Hutchinson 0 · March 28, 2013 at 11:56 AM

This paper was discussed here at PaleoHacks soon after it was published I'd also recommend you study Denise Minger's analysis of that study If you still have concerns it's not that difficult to count your daily Potassium intake and then ensure... (more)

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

I'm interested in trying the paleo diet/lifestyle since I've started getting interested in fitness, and alot of people seem to have been very successful with their fitness routines while following a paleo type diet. My trouble is, perhaps due to... (more)

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jessica_11 0 · March 26, 2013 at 3:03 AM

what does your dialy diet consist of? you may be combinding foods inappropriately, not getting enough fiber from green leafy veggies, celery, or cucumbers, may not be getting enough water, and also fat. you need more fat than protein, to grease... (more)

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by 26002 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

We have had several vegetarian/vegans on the site recently. And I think there is value to engaging in intellectual debate. So, What I am asking for is scientific/ intellectual arguments for the value of the Vegetarian diet with respect to... (more)

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Mash 0 · March 21, 2013 at 3:21 PM

The problem I see though is that in general people are coming from the same place. That being a low variety low nutrition high toxin modern diet. Hence you find people moving from a poor diet to a high variety high nutrition low toxic fresh... (more)

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by 5 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

I have been a vegetarian athlete since the age of 8, but am very interested in the paleo lifestyle, is there a way to incorporate a paleo lifesyle, while staying strict vegetarian?

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blueballoon 0 · March 15, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I think you could do modified paleo. If you're thinking of going grain-free and keeping legumes, make sure you prepare the legumes carefully (that is, soaking/fermenting/sprouting/etc.). I disagree with others here that legumes are going to hurt... (more)

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by 1005 · September 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

When a vegetarian/vegan is telling you about how vegetarianism is compassionate and how animals have souls and consiousnesses, and you're a paleo, is there any right way to respond to that? I do agree that animals have souls and consiousnesses,... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · March 08, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Avoid it the same way you'd avoid talking about any other divisive issue with someone you don't know particularly well: cut them off and start talking about something interesting instead. Their diets are basically religious beliefs (happens around... (more)

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by 482 · September 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Before starting paleo a few months ago I was a strict vegetarian for about 5 years. However I developed severe anemia (which was partly genetic) and other health problems most likely caused by eating such a high carbohydrate diet with lots of... (more)

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CD 0 · February 25, 2013 at 3:05 AM

My opinion -- to each their own. I don't like vegans telling me how I should eat, I am not going to do the same. I have a couple of vegan friends who are very well educated. I enjoy talking nutrition with them. The truth is, for every... (more)

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by 579 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

I think the article was circulating in the Paleosphere of one of the top bloggers or even WAPF. Can't remember! If I remember correctly, the article showed that although we have 98.5% similar genetic material, our digestive systems are really... (more)

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raydawg 0 · June 09, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Well, not so recent anymore, but this points squarely to the work of Barry Groves, which did the following presentation for the Weston A Price Foundation - I believe this is what you're referring to. I wish his work were better known in the... (more)

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by 511 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

I was at the gym this morning and while getting ready I over heard a woman explaining to 3 other women that she has lost 15-20 pounds going vegetarian. The 3 other women were listening intently amazed at her weight loss while she explained how... (more)

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Mash 0 · February 12, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Whenever you feel the urge... the question to gently ponder is... Have you ever witnessed anyone welcoming unsolicited advice on any subject matter whatsoever?