So one at a time since you ask...
Originally Posted by Mikee5
"What makes you assume the OP was unhealthy or "dysfunctional" prior to Primal or low-carb? "
Cause anyone who is healthy should have the capacity to function well on low carb Primal and/or PHD, and the OP states they can not on either of these. In addition the OP states they are "overweight" which BTW does not equate to unhealthy, but is correlated with certain morbidities.
"Should they waste "months to years" striving for optimal health or should they be open to the idea of experimentation?"
Months is a minimum before re-assessing for progress....years is more in terms of seeing long term result and continued progress.
Actually if this is a struggle where the OP can't seem to reach a satisfactory health status with "primal foods" as their only source of sustenance then it is likely time for some in depth functional medicine type of testing. Basically I would recommend 3-6 months of eating primal with journaling, BF% by calipers, and weight as the very least of measurements.... blood glucose, lipids, CMP, and some others might be nice as well though. If after those 3 to 6 months you're not seeing sufficient result then you need get several special labs run cause you just might be that special snow flake that requires some extra attention. Very small percentage in that special snowflake category though.
"It does not sound like Primal will help the OP progress (evidently it has not contributed to a sense of clarity or even good overall mental and physical health), probably just promote a health decline over time."
You have little to no info about the OP (same as all of us), so you have no basis for this assertion except that they didn't feel well for some period on a HFLC or the more moderate carb via starch PHD diet. There are several avenues they can explore from here that still falls in the Primal paradigm. Basically I think your FOS.
Last edited by Neckhammer; 10-25-2013 at 07:12 PM.
3 years "low carb" Primal.
Dietary hierarchy is: Fatty and gelatinous meat/eggs/seafood/offal > raw and fermented dairy > nuts and seeds > fruit > starch > veggies > everything else.
Backyard permaculture, gardening, and fermentation as healthy hobbies. Lift heavy stuff and move a lot.