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The Paleo diet

Andy and I went up to Denton, TX, to shoot my last wedding of the year, and we stayed in his friend's place, Ian. Ian looked really good, he showed us his six-pack and he tells us his been doing paleo and crossfit.

I do believe from Good Calories, Bad Calories that ultimately what is bad for you is grains and sugar. That protein, and fat is great for your body. The Paleo diet is a form of that diet, except it's hunter/gatherer. So you're encouraged to eats lots of veggies, meat, berries and nuts and in moderation: fruit, and tubers. I think really strict paleo cuts dairy.

Anyways, so he inspired me to try this, and right now I'm flirting with it on and off, but after the holidays I would like to do it more strictly. I tried it just for one day, and had so much energy, physically and mentally. I started doing a lot of stuff for work that I've been putting off. And today, I had rice and sugar (in the form of hazelnut chocolate) and now I feel bloated and sluggish and lazy and unmotivated. I'm definitely going to play with it more.



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Dec. 22nd, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
This is a nitpicky thing, but the paleo diet is faux-hunter/gatherer (and almost certainly faux-paleo) rather than actually based on what hunter/gatherer societies really eat. Real hunter/gatherer societies get the majority of their calories and meals from the gatherer side. Meat is relatively rare and binged on when obtained (which sets up a some interesting gender dynamics as well with the woman's contribution being the food that sustains but the men's contribution being the food that's celebrated... that's a tangent, though).

The recommendations and food science of the diet may be solid (I'm skeptical, but I also don't know), but the anthropology used to sell it is horrendous.
Dec. 22nd, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
i think it depends on which people group. some like the eskimos ate a lot of whale blubber, and some ate a lot of tubers.

That said, completely cutting out processed food can't be anything but good for you.

I don't think they use anthropology to sell it, but evolution. In that we used to mostly kill things and eat it, ate a lot of fish and seaweed and ate in season and starve in winter for most of human's existence and that agriculture is a tiny blip.
Dec. 22nd, 2011 09:27 am (UTC)
Indeed it is, *actual* paleo-people didn't enjoy a steady high-fat high-meat diet.

Then there's this: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2011/08/carbohydrate-hypothesis-of-obesity.html

The hypothesis:

a) Does not fit our understanding of the role of insulin.

b) Does not fit our experimental data

c) Does not fit observed reality (our diet has a higher fat-percentage and lower carb-percentage now than a century ago)

d) Doesn't make sense from an evolutionary standpoint.

That said, the one thing that *is* true is that cutting any major source of calories, will tend to make you lose weight. Given that carbs is typically 30-50% of peoples calories, it's not surprising that restricting them helps in losing weight. (but the same is true for a low-fat diet, low-protein would also work but isn't recommended because there's several amino-acids the body cannot synthesize)

Your tangent is interesting to me, it's an excellent point. I've thought the same thing about (typical) contributions at home these days. The woman tends to do more "maintenance" -- childcare, clothes-washing, tidying-up, dinner-cooking while the man tends to do more "large-projects"; build-garage, bathroom-renovation, roof-renewal etc. This leads to the same dynamic: the contributions of the woman keeps daily life running, while the contributions of the man are large, visible, celebrated and a constant reminder for years to come. (you'll see that garage every day for the next few decades, which ain't true for the clothes-washing)

The same tendency exists in work:

Men construct and build bridges, software, buildings and roads. Women tend to children, are teachers and nurses. The *bridge* will stand as a testamen to the builders for a century, the nursing-job well-done very likely will not.
Dec. 22nd, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
there are so many studies that show that grains and sugar cause weight gain and disrupt your blood sugar. So many articles and books I've read. If you really want to research it for real, good calories and bad calories that i link above has loads of science research.

also there's studies that followed low fat, low, protein, low carb diets, and low carb diets tend to always lose the most weight.

i've pretty much followed nutritional studies since 2001, and of all the books i've read and studies i've read, the low carb ones are the ones that win me over.
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
Have you watched Fat Head? It's a wonderfully sarcastic promotion for low-carb. There were points when Jody and I were watching it that we had to stop the movie because we were laughing so hard.
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
Paleo is the closest to what I do.

I avoid grains almost all together (brown/wild rice on occasion), limit sugars (in my coffee, and don't avoid fruit), and try and limit cow dairy.

I eat a lot of bacon, veggies, chicken, egg yolks, fruit, yogurt, and fish.

Eating this way will cause me to lose weight if I'm not mindful to eat a lot, but it keeps my brain on an even keel, my sleep at 8-9 hours (and restful), and makes me want to get out and do things.

It did take 2-3 weeks of strict adherence to get rid of the severe cravings (read: addiction) to "salty crunchy" or "I don't feel full without a grain" brain stuff going on. Now, completely honestly, most classic desserts don't taste as good as a handful of raspberries, and I don't really want salt crunchy anymore (this from the girl who used to feel weird not eating a box of crackers a day.)

Let me know if you do try it how you like it.

Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
P.S. to this - I honestly think people need to eat more "good" fats in their diets (and I characterize bacon grease as good fat, along with almond oil, grapeseed oil, etc.)

Really, if people just ate things that were just a few steps removed from the living component, they'd do fine.
Pick + eat
Pick + cook + eat
Kill + eat
Kill + cook + eat

Anything more complicated than that is a "limit" or "avoid" on my list.

My brother has a "five ingredients, I could grow it or kill it, and it doesn't gum up my teeth" rule. Rice gets stuck in his teeth, so it's out. Any flour is out. He follows more of a monkey eating system than a paleo (regardless of grouping of human) system. I don't know that I recommend his choices, but he has a lot of research and science to back it up.
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