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  • Is this a fad diet?

    Just an honest question. Since this is so new and unconventional I find my confidence in the diet wavering as much as my confidence in myself if not more.

    Every now and then I seem to worry if I'm using the bathroom enough since I have none of the usual sources of fiber: cereal/grains. Is it normal to have a loss of regularity when first starting the diet? Should I take some metamucil or something for a while?

    Also, how do I know I'm getting the proper balance of meat and vegetables? I'm really worried that I'm going to eat too much meat.

  • #2
    Did you read the book?

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    • #3
      Think of it less as a diet than as a way of life-- eat real foods, trust your gut (if you don't want to eat so much meat, don't... if you miss things like rice, add them back in--I cut grains for awhile but I didn't feel "stable" without them, so I eat rice, millet, and the occasional slice of Ezekiel bread now, but I avoid anything made with flour)...IMO the goal here is to get more in tune with your body so you can give it what it wants. That's what a true caveman would do--he wouldn't go against his instincts because of what someone on the internet said. Try to cleanse your diet of processed foods, buy meat/eggs from humanely raised and properly fed animals, my motto is "do what feels good" and if you're worried about not pooping enough maybe that's your body trying to tell you something. The more you cut out processed foods, fast foods, seed oils, etc. the more you will be able to trust what your body is telling you. In the end it's all about eating real foods, which foods you choose is up to you.

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      • #4
        I'm sure some people approach it as a fad diet. Perhaps they lose the weight and go back to their SAD, or maybe they find giving up junk food "too hard" and end up leaving to look for a diet that doesn't deprive them of sugar and processed foods. Others have been with this WOE for many years. What are your goals?

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        • #5
          As soon as you realise that you are a human animal that has been designed to eat, and designed to know how to eat, the better.
          There is nothing secret or formulaic, nor do you need a degree to do it. So many people get into this rut of research and over thinking something that's supposed to be a natural process.

          This is about eating as nature intended us to eat (or rather how we evolved to eat).

          Cut out added sugars and processed food, stay away from grains.
          Figure out whether or not you're suited to dairy.

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          • #6
            If avoiding toxic oils and gut-irritating grains is a fad, count me in.
            The Champagne of Beards

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Allenete View Post
              As soon as you realise that you are a human animal that has been designed to eat, and designed to know how to eat, the better.
              There is nothing secret or formulaic, nor do you need a degree to do it. So many people get into this rut of research and over thinking something that's supposed to be a natural process.

              This is about eating as nature intended us to eat (or rather how we evolved to eat).

              Cut out added sugars and processed food, stay away from grains.
              Figure out whether or not you're suited to dairy.
              Great post.
              The Champagne of Beards

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              • #8
                I skimmed the book a while back. It has been a while.

                My goals are weight loss and physical fitness. I would like to get my weight down, and once its down I'm interested in building some muscle.

                I'm not worried about the diet being hard so much as believable. I love meat so I'm worried I may eat too much of it so I want to know how to measure the amount that I eat so that I eat a reasonable amount for my goals.

                As for returning to the SAD diet: I couldn't really see myself eating normal food more than once in a blue moon. Maybe a cheeseburger (yes on bread) would be nice one day. And Mexican food on tortillas would be nice. I could see myself eating those again, but sparingly.

                After years on the SAD it is hard to psychologically accept that I can eat meat and 'get away with it'. My roomate says I eat more meat than anyone he has ever seen. I'm new to Primal so I'm not seeing immediate results, because results aren't immediate, so its hard to accept.

                Do you understand where I'm coming from?

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                • #9
                  I see where you are coming from... try to eat a variety of food with your meat, you should only be able to eat how much you need.

                  This is normal food... a cheeseburger is not normal food, or food at all really.

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                  • #10
                    Well it is a fad diet. A million year old fad diet. Don,t worry, though. It will pass soon.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Allenete View Post
                      I see where you are coming from... try to eat a variety of food with your meat, you should only be able to eat how much you need.

                      This is normal food... a cheeseburger is not normal food, or food at all really.
                      You never eat a cheeseburger? What about a taco, burrito, or something else with a corn tortilla?

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                      • #12
                        I used to eat cheeseburgers and corn things. They make me sick so I don't anymore.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Zackmoses View Post
                          You never eat a cheeseburger? What about a taco, burrito, or something else with a corn tortilla?
                          I have eaten cheesburgers (very general concept), but generally no, they are not what I consider food (unless someone made it with real ingredients). Have you SEEN the ingredients in a McDonald's cheeseburger? Even the pickle has an ingredients list as long as my pinkie.

                          I don't see the need to eat them anymore... I just never exactly want one. I don't eat any grain product at all, so if I'm at a Mexican place, I ask for a "burrito bowl" which is the filling, in a bowl.

                          So I stopped viewing the conventional way of eating as "normal".

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                          • #14
                            I eat burrito bowls. All the insides of the burrito with none of the unnecessary outsides. I eat my burgers as a salad if I must have one. Otherwise I prefer steak and chops.

                            Think of it this way. Even if you had the means to grow all your food, what would you realistically do? Would you plow acres of land, plant corn and wheat with seeds you either purchased or saved, irrigate the land, harvest the crops, dry the crops, separate the grain from the chaff, store the grain so that vermin and mold can't get to it, grind the grain and now eat it? Or would you keep some chickens, pigs and cows and grow a small vegetable garden and some fruit trees?

                            Basing your diet on "whole grains" is really basing your diet on cheap fossil fuels, unless you have access to slave labor.
                            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Allenete View Post
                              I don't see the need to eat them anymore... I just never exactly want one. I don't eat any grain product at all, so if I'm at a Mexican place, I ask for a "burrito bowl" which is the filling, in a bowl.

                              So I stopped viewing the conventional way of eating as "normal".
                              I've heard about that happening, but I'm not there yet ofcourse. Maybe I can get there one day.

                              Its hard to view bread and grain as this sort of evil that it seems primal enthusiasts seem to consider it. I suppose that if I could stick with the diet long enough to notice the differences in how my body does with grains I might be able to see it that way, but its hard if you haven't had that experience.

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