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by 23 · August 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM

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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Yuki 0 · August 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM

@mismiddlemarch, I also here the "bread is in the bible" line a lot. People don't realize they're not eating the same kind of bread. I feel like the most frustrating thing is when people KNOW they're eating too much starch, but they just say,... (more)

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by 4176 · 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 3277 · 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 · November 06, 2012 at 7:21 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 228 · August 12, 2013 at 5:09 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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cavemanjoe 0 · August 12, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Yes, restriction diets like the "paleo" diet that remove entire food groups without evidence of a disease present in an individual (such as an allergy) can lead to various deficiencies and add un-do stress to an individual's lifestyle. It is known... (more)

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by 5 · July 24, 2013 at 12:25 AM

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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glib 0 · July 23, 2013 at 10:07 PM

During my vegetarian days I disliked meat, but it was simply supermarket meat that was bad. I took to grass fed meat instantly, whether it be pork, chicken, lamb or beef. You can minimize meat consumption by eating the super-rich liver, spleen and... (more)

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by 396 · July 15, 2013 at 11:15 AM

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 · July 11, 2013 at 12:57 AM

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 1883 · June 05, 2013 at 1:10 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 993 · June 05, 2013 at 4:34 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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Laura_50 0 · June 05, 2013 at 4:34 PM

I ate hardly any meat for 15 years and recently started eating beef and bison again. My system has taken a while to adjust (I did jump into eating about 6 ounces at a time so I'm not surprised). I had gas/bloating in the beginning and still deal... (more)

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by 5 · October 01, 2013 at 9:27 AM

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 598 · May 02, 2013 at 9:26 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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thhq 0 · May 02, 2013 at 9:26 PM

That sounds like my parent's daily diet. They're healthy in their late 80's. They don't overeat and they're still actively traveling, farming, and gardening. The big question is whether a meat-free, malnourished, feeble vegan could stand up to... (more)

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by 614 · April 27, 2013 at 11:30 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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Colin_1 0 · April 27, 2013 at 11:30 PM

The main knock on Vegan diets I think is brain health: http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2011/jan2011_Feed-Your-Brain_01.htm Also the zinc to copper ratio is two low unless one supplements with zinc. Unfortunately bio available zinc is more... (more)

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by 229 · April 15, 2013 at 3:18 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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Rob_20 0 · April 15, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Cheap beef makes me sluggish. Grass fed beef doesn't. I have no idea why.

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by 281 · April 17, 2013 at 3:46 AM

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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ivymcivy 0 · April 17, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Intense restriction in a diet would tend to breed recidivism, because disordered eating of the kind that strict veganism requires isn't sustainable over the long term. I imagine that the stricter members of the paleo world will move into a more... (more)

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by 229 · April 15, 2013 at 1:32 AM

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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Lesley_1 0 · April 15, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Attempting to use logic with an entrenched vegan is similar to attempting to use logic to convert a Christian to atheism. It will never work. I know this because I was a vegan and had to come to paleo of my own volition (after several months of... (more)

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by 55 · April 02, 2013 at 4:52 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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UncleLongHair 0 · April 02, 2013 at 4:52 PM

A crash diet won't have any benefits for you, you might lose a few pounds but you'll just gain it back when you go back to India, if you really can't control your diet there. The best thing would be for you to improve your diet while in India.... (more)

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by 614 · March 28, 2013 at 12:13 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 · April 01, 2013 at 11:10 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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Pecan 0 · April 01, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Your post implies that you eat meat three times a day. I suggest that this much animal protein is perhaps unnecessary, according to your unique physiological make-up (though I could of course be wrong). Experiment eating more raw/high-fibre foods... (more)

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by 26354 · August 21, 2014 at 1:35 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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Robert_13 0 · March 21, 2013 at 4:23 PM

I've heard a raw vegan diet can treat cancer due to alkalinity & an animal based ketogenic diet also can even though it would probably be acidic, i believe both because both have reports of working in humans I'd love to be a vegetarian as i... (more)

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by 5 · March 15, 2013 at 5:55 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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thhq 0 · March 15, 2013 at 4:24 PM

If your lifestyle emulates hunt-and-gather behavior (and if you're an athlete you're doing the job better than most Paleos who think it's all diet) I award you the grade of C. You can do better! Start by eating seafood.

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by 993 · April 30, 2013 at 7:58 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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ecks 0 · April 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Read the below article- it's from a vegetarian/vegan celebrity that was forced to go paleo/eat animals because of the lack of nutrients that were available to her children. Great read- and keep in mind she has 12 vegan/vegetarian books that she's... (more)

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by 481 · February 25, 2013 at 7:33 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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Michael_1 0 · February 25, 2013 at 7:26 PM

I was a vegetarian for a while. My heart was in the right place -- I thought it was healthful and compassionate. I get it, I understand it, I certainly don't have any scorn as some (IMHO misguided) Paleos do. I try to educate them, they try to... (more)

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by 590 · June 30, 2013 at 7:22 AM

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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andrew 0 · May 03, 2013 at 8:41 AM

According to Richard Wrangham, meat is part of the answer to our smaller GI tract - cooking is the other. Here is a digest (sorry - no pun intended) of his... (more)

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by 499 · February 22, 2013 at 2:04 AM

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?