Overconsumption of nutrient-lacking, calorically dense foods is not healthy. Moderation is the point. Coconut oil is a healthy oil to use in your pan to fry up some meat and veggies. However, taking it orally by tablespoonfuls 2-3 times per day is probably not that healthy and a waste when those same calories could be filled with 4-6 ounces of meat, some veggies and a piece of fruit.
I see recipes for "paleo brownies" popping up everywhere. They're almost universally made out of nut meals or nut butters. Technically, "brownies" made out of ground nuts, eggs, butter and cocoa powder are "paleo." But the original iteration of paleo completely blacklisted white potatoes. Personally, if I ever make brownies I make them out of cocoa powder and tapioca starch, but I digress.
I consider legumes, dairy and potatoes healthier than nuts in general. There are gray areas - obviously I'd much rather eat macadamias than soy, and I would agree that almond butter is a little healthier than peanut butter, but I would rather eat a side dish of rice and properly prepared beans than nuts for health.
Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.
I've taken several modules in functional medicine. Bioenergetics, hormones, neuromechanical structural integrity, digestion and absorption, immune reactions, co-enzymes and nutritional status, fatty acid analysis..... They are certainly all at play and interconnected. You can not expect to change any one of those without subsequently effecting the rest. Thats what makes so many standard medical treatments less than ideal and in some cases down right dangerous. The "side effects" are usually a dysregulation of other aspects associated with the target....statins are a well known one so using that for example and how they block CoQ10 in addition to doing the useless thing they are prescribed for (lowering your cholesterol). Of course they also act in an anti-inflammatory fashion so they probably work for people who have already had a heart attack for that reason primarily. Anyhow, yup much more to it than meets the eye.
Oh, and adrenal fatigue....guess we will just be likely to disagree. I think its a significant issue in and of itself. Sure there are associated nutritional deficiencies and lifestyle modification that need to be addressed to get to the "route" cause of the issue, but as a diagnosis its stands.
Paleo brownies are not really Paleo, they trying to fake SAD comfort food. It's in the same class as the fake meat the vegans eat. "Gluten free" anything is "Paleo" only because somebody pretending to be Paleo makes money off of it. And, again, gluten free is still carbs that would be better spent on veggies.
Does Mark approve whey powder solely because he sells one particular version? I suspect not. If Mark was out to be a money grubber, he wouldn't bother with a website, certainly not a website which is free of outside ads.
5'0" female, 44 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently keeping food tracker.
I (try to) follow by-the-book primal as advocated by Mark Sisson, except for whey powder and a bit of cream. I advocate a two-month strict adjustment for newbies. But everybody is different and should tweak Primal to their own needs.
This is a great discussion. I changed to primal, loss 80 lbs in 9 months, did the different hacks and wavered for 10 more, then did vlc with steak and eggs and lost the last 15 for a total of 105 in just over a year. In the last 2 weeks, started to reintroduce sweet potatoes and squash due to weird symptoms from vlc.