You're vastly overthinking. Eat. Real. Food. It doesn't matter what it is.
Originally Posted by Neckhammer
Paleo, Primal and all these stupid dogmas totally take away with what this is supposed to be - a whole foods diet. Eliminating 1/3 of the food on Earth is NOT paleo or Primal. It is stupid. This is what you need to do:
1.) Eat real food. It doesn't matter what it is as long as you can eat it without processing it. If you can kill it, dig it up, pick it, or to a lesser extent milk it, it's food.
2.) If you want to build lots of muscle and lift heavy weight or compete in athletics, keep an eye to make sure you're eating enough protein, fruit and starch. You'll want to eat more starchy roots and tubers and fruits in lieu of fats due to your goals.
And that's it. If you do any more than this, you are overthinking and defeating the purpose of this lifestyle, which is supposed to be natural and effortless. Carbohydrate restriction is not natural and effortless - it is unnatural, inhuman and unnecessarily difficult and stressful. If you're craving an apple in the middle of November and you're shoving bacon down your throat until the sugar used to cure it slowly removes your craving and you feel ill from all the grease, you're not doing this right. Just eat the apple.
Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.