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    Anyone tried this? Is it even a good idea? I mean I can get the idea of a more natural diet and less processed foods but the substitutions of some sorts of almond flour for regular flour or coconut oil for butter make me wonder if it is only a matter of complicating eating and making it a chore

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    I did it for a while. Healthy food. Fruits, vegetables. Cave man diet. Can't be bad for you. It worked really well but I couldn't keep it up though. Like Pizza and stuff like that to much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
    I did it for a while. Healthy food. Fruits, vegetables. Cave man diet. Can't be bad for you. It worked really well but I couldn't keep it up though. Like Pizza and stuff like that to much.
    Which has been my experience too pretty much, plus a lot of health professionals insisting that I should eat carbs and that paleo is bad for you.

    I've been looking into something called a bullet proof coffee as a morning kick.

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    Paleo is not bad for you. It just has a bad reputation because of the name and the false belief that it's a good diet because it's how our ancestors ate and so we should too.

    Paleo is all about eating high quality meats (grown without hormones and antibiotics, and grass-fed), high quality fish, a plethora of vegetables and fruits, eggs, seeds/nuts, and healthy fats. It's about cutting crap out and focusing on nutrient dense foods. Some people cling to their relationship with grains, but it's not a necessary part of our diet and many of the proteins in grains are problematic because it takes longer for our bodies to break them down comparatively, and this can lead to immune responses in the gut because the body wants simple amino acids and can get a bit dysfunctional and "angry" when exposed to too many proteins which haven't had time to break down. Because the gut is the entrance to our body and comprises approximately 70% of our immune system, as well as hosting a complex microbiota which basically commands us via the gut-brain axis, it is imperative to keep our guts healthy and inflammation free.

    This is why so many people with autoimmune disorders attempt Paleo or similar diets. It's important to note that restricting too many foods in an effort to reduce autoimmune response in the gut can lead to reduced food tolerance. This happens because the disease process still exists in the body despite limiting diet, and this hyperactivity of the gut can result in attack on more simple amino acids in other foods, such as vegetables. For this reason, extremely restricted diets, such as the AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) diet which restricts much more than the Paleo diet should not be continued for more than 6-weeks and should be used more as a quick fix for severe gut inflammation/autoimmune disorders. Furthermore, diets such as these should be looked at as lifestyles rather than restrictions and should be paired with exercise and mindfulness, thereby treating the body as the complex interconnected entity it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post

    I've been looking into something called a bullet proof coffee as a morning kick.
    Man, that's what the Tibetans have been doing for probably hundreds of years with yak butter. But the paleo diet or low carbing, in general, isn't bad for you at all. Especially since you already have a metabolic issue with diabetes - restricting carbs and processed food is necessary.
    I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceecee View Post
    Man, that's what the Tibetans have been doing for probably hundreds of years with yak butter. But the paleo diet or low carbing, in general, isn't bad for you at all. Especially since you already have a metabolic issue with diabetes - restricting carbs and processed food is necessary.
    Yeah, I know right? I definitely know from the way I physically feel that paleo is good, that no carbs is good, but the medical professionals always come back to this lousey balanced diet wheel which has a piece of everything in it and the recommendation that I eat carbs.

    Just dont get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    Yeah, I know right? I definitely know from the way I physically feel that paleo is good, that no carbs is good, but the medical professionals always come back to this lousey balanced diet wheel which has a piece of everything in it and the recommendation that I eat carbs.

    Just dont get it.
    Really? You don't see a nutritionist to help you with a diabetic or pre-diabetic diet? I can only go by what they do with my dad who has been pre-diabetic for years and is just needing meds now. It's not no carbs but right carbs. Whole wheats, legumes (chickpea and lentil), sweet potato, Greek yogurt, bulgur, oatmeal, berries and vegetables like squash. You can get low carb pasta online and low glycemic white rice.

    Something like this wheel is more in line for a diabetic.

    I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.

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    Like most diets, it's fine as long as long as you really do it.

    Most don't. You get a bunch of hipster/foodies who pretend to do it but don't have the will power to actually give up food they like so they make " paleo cakes" and " gluten free-bread." Doesn't count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yuu View Post
    Like most diets, it's fine as long as long as you really do it.

    Most don't. You get a bunch of hipster/foodies who pretend to do it but don't have the will power to actually give up food they like so they make " paleo cakes" and " gluten free-bread." Doesn't count.
    I don't understanding people doing gluten-free if they haven't tested gluten intolerant, sensitive or have Celiac disease. That diet sucks balls, unless you need it to be pain and inflammation free to keep the gut healed. I've had several paleo frozen entries though - they're quite good when you need something fast.
    I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.

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