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    Question Strict primal??? Is there any such thing?

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    Surely grok would have eaten whatever he/she could get their hands on? So, if I eat a jar of honey one day but then maybe don't have any for a couple of months is that strictly primal? just trying to get my head round the concept and figure out where exactly I am cheating. Would truly primal be say eating a whole sheep one week and then maybe just a whole load of berries for a few weeks? Wouldn't grok have eaten lots of one or two things all at once?
    Sorry for my rather un-intellectual enquiry!

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    If we're talking about Grok and relative food scarcity here, then sure, eat whatever is available to you. Of course it would have been hard, painstaking work and luck to get a bunch of honey for him then, whereas you can walk into a grocery store and buy a jar. You can theoretically eat like Grok is gorging during a period of food abundance. You can also get very fat. Be sensible.
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    I think "strict primal" would be Whole30 with grass fed/raw dairy in moderation. JMO.
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    I think you're taking the term "primal" too literally. Truly primal human diets varied immensely depending on the climate and season and location of herds, so yeah, everything you described would technically be imitating a primal diet. We don't do that. Primal and Paleo use paleolithic diets as a basic premise around which we build our eating habits. It's not the same thing as reconstructing ancient diets.

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    You have no choice but to be strict Primal/Paleo if you have food intolerances.
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    I found 'strict primal' happened on it's own. After several years of derailing gains by letting the 20% turn into 50% I just found myself gravitating toward 'strict primal'. My Version of strict primal means absolutely NO veg oils, flour of any kind, and added sugar. If I stay away from those things, my life is much easier.

    When I say "absolutely no", I mean I don't use these in cooking and avoid them in the foods I buy already prepared. Sometimes you get tricked, but that's just life!

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    To the OP grok would have eating what he could when he could no question.

    We however are not grok this is about Primal Living in the Modern World. Take the healthiest foods and eat in moderation, fish, meat, veg, fruit and healthy fats.
    Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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    I'm positive you are right but remember 3 things
    1. All Groks food had to be found, kill and carried home, which takes a lot of energy so if he found a tree full of apples he could only take what he cold eat then or carry himself.
    2. Food in the Paleolothic era was probably not as nutritious as it is today. Cows would be more like a wild game animal, fruit would be smaller, less sweet, vegetables had no fertilizers or insect repellents to help them along.
    3. Depending on where he lived Grok probably did gain and lose weight quite dramatically from season to season.

    Apply the principles of buying your food locally, seasonally and only what you can carry (even if its only a couple of miles walk or bike ride). It makes you much more cautious about buying luxury food when you have to carry it home and do it every day or two

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    I'm positive you are right but remember 3 things
    1. All Groks food had to be found, kill and carried home, which takes a lot of energy so if he found a tree full of apples he could only take what he cold eat then or carry himself.
    2. Food in the Paleolothic era was probably not as nutritious as it is today. Cows would be more like a wild game animal, fruit would be smaller, less sweet, vegetables had no fertilizers or insect repellents to help them along.
    3. Depending on where he lived Grok probably did gain and lose weight quite dramatically from season to season.

    Apply the principles of buying your food locally, seasonally and only what you can carry (even if its only a couple of miles walk or bike ride). It makes you much more cautious about buying luxury food when you have to carry it home and do it every day or two

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirlot View Post
    To the OP grok would have eating what he could when he could no question.

    We however are not grok this is about Primal Living in the Modern World. Take the healthiest foods and eat in moderation, fish, meat, veg, fruit and healthy fats.
    I'll bet if ol' Grok found himself in a banana grove with honey bees and a bunch of fat little piglets year round and all he had to do was eat, he'd look like your average Wal-Mart shopper in no time. Maybe not, cause of good genes, but I'll bet he'd put on a few pounds!

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