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    Re-finding answers and a few other questions for a newbie

    Hello! I'm 33 and have been researching, learning and putting into action primal living for a while now. I'm impressed how just the small changes I've made have changed how I'm looking and feeling. As my body changes, people have begun asking questions about what I'm doing and I'm trying to give the correct answers, but there are a few that I know I read that I can't find now. I was hoping you guys might be able to point me in the right direction. ^_^ This forum is great and so active, I love it! Thank you in advance for your help & support, I sincerely appreciate it!

    This is one I hate getting:
    If eating this way is so great, why did our ancestors die so young???
    When I first began researching here, I remember reading a post about this but can't find it now!

    My mom and aunt are also asking lots of questions specific to their needs. My aunt is only 53 and has had a bypass once already. Her doctor told her she would be in there again or would die before having the opportunity if she did not go on a strict vegan diet.
    My mom inevitably is going to do it with her and told all of us kids that we out to eat that way too b/c of our families medical history. Being fairly new at this, I dont have the knowledge to talk with her about this and even find myself doubting what I previously had determined as truth (i.e. primal living/eating is the only way of eating/living that has made sense to me and felt completely natural & *right* in my gut.) I have sat here reading Marks posts for days on end but, it's a lot to take in and I overwhelm myself a bit.

    Here's the other main one I get from them and I need to know how to answer simply:

    ALL meat, but especially red meat is really bad for our hearts & cholesterol, right?

    And here are a few of my questions... and I know that these are elementary but I've read & researched so much over the last few months that I keep getting my facts confused. Please know that I'm just getting started on this journey, so I am trying not to beat myself up and I'm taking these changes slow, for example, on a normal 'pre-primal' day, I would def, have sugar, processed food, maybe some taco bell etc. so for me, instead of that, when I want taco bell (I know it's sick to want such poor quality food, I have no defense) I could cook up some ground beef and put (as a treat) some sour cream and cheese on top... and instead of a candy bar afterwards, I dip my finger in some pure maple syrup or have some granola..it's not primal by any means, but it's better than taco bell & candy. I've continued making changes and now have not had sugar or fast food/processed food for just under one month. I should also note that I have PCOS (a fertility disease, poly cystic ovarian syndrome) and am insulin resistant, so it's very important for me to get this figured out.

    Is ALL dairy bad? Even my favorite, butter?
    Do maple syrup, agave nectar & honey raise your blood sugar?
    And pardon the way this sounds, but ...
    Do you guys soak your nuts?

    I'm sure I have more questions, but these are the ones that came to mind right now. Thank you so much again for your help!

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    Wow, faced with a vegan family, that can be challenging.

    Here's a post on some misconceptions, among them a paragraph about the dying young thing: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/prima...isconceptions/

    Dietary cholesterol doesn't raise blood cholesterol. And interestingly enough, people with low cholesterol have just as many heart attacks as those with high cholesterol. But some reading:

    The definitive guide to cholesterol: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cholesterol/

    Big Pharma: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/big-pharma-big-pfarce/

    The definitive guide to dairy: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dairy-intolerance/

    Is all butter created equal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/grass-fed-butter/

    The vegetarian myth book review: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/vegetarian-myth-review/

    On soaking nuts: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/soaking-seeds-and-nuts/

    Regarding insulin & insulin resistance: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/diabetes/

    Those are just a few.

    Hope this helps a little!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by burlapen View Post
    This is one I hate getting:
    If eating this way is so great, why did our ancestors die so young???
    When I first began researching here, I remember reading a post about this but can't find it now!
    I've read the answer to this in the last week or so, but for the life of me, I can't remember where, so I can't give you a link. But, the gist of it was that although our ancestors died younger, it almost always came down to early death from predators (that's for our hunter-gatherer ancestors). There's a big difference between dying because you ate the wrong things, and dying because you just became a lion's breakfast...

    ALL meat, but especially red meat is really bad for our hearts & cholesterol, right?
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    Is ALL dairy bad? Even my favorite, butter?
    Do maple syrup, agave nectar & honey raise your blood sugar?
    And pardon the way this sounds, but ...
    Do you guys soak your nuts?

    I'm sure I have more questions, but these are the ones that came to mind right now. Thank you so much again for your help!
    I can only echo Minxxa here, and point you to the Primal Blueprint 101. In particular, the "Definitive Guides" are a wealth of information, and should help answer your questions. Good luck with changing to a primal lifestyle.
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    Thank you both so much! I will read through all of that and will be able to talk the talk a bit better as I continue to learn to walk the walk! My journey here has been a long one, so I just had a million links/articles etc. from all over the internet that I read through and things were getting a little muddled in my head, so this is great! I'm glad I finally joined the forum, you guys are great! Thank you!

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    No problem, and good luck! I know that I took a few months of reading a bit at a time, digesting it and then moving on before I jumped in! And I lurked around before chiming in too much.

    Even now, I still don't have the memor to be able to wing out facts off of the top of my head, which is tough when people out in the real world are asking me questions!

    I've just started organizing Google Docs to hold links to the articles I need to remember by topic (i.e. grains, cholesterol, etc.) It's helping me because now I can refer to the page if I'm trying to recall the facts!
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    About cholesterol, you might want to point them at my cholesterol primer (in my signature).
    Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

    Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


    Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

    My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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