So, opening myself up to some potential abuse, what do people think about paleo style diets? Kelly mentioned it to me ages ago and I scoffed, but I've been thinking a lot recently about the way I feel and how sub optimal I reckon it is. There's no doubt that at least part of it is stress, but that is slowly going back to normal levels. But I also have bad skin, a funky tummy, some definite fat retention in specific areas, and am becoming more reliant on coffee.
I'm not sure I believe much in the whole evolutionary standpoint of the diet, but their theories about insulin and glycemic index feel like they could have some basis in reality. Cutting out processed carbs and getting most of that stuff from fruit and veg would seem like a good plan. Their recommendations for athletes include some simpler sugary/processed carbs when refuelling, but that's all. I've done some pub med searching and there's not much evidence out there, one well designed but small trial that has good outcomes in heart disease risk cases, and a few more underpowered studies that are less convincing. One good study does not an argument make!
Seeing the positive improvements that people like SGB have made with cutting dairy, and CJ with reducing processed grains, I'm wondering if it could do anything for me. I'm worried about calcium, but other than that nutritional stuff seems to pan out pretty well. SGB, do you eat green leafy stuff for calcium? Nuts too?
So yes - any thoughts/opinions/advice? Very interested to hear what people think.
Oh, and for the Brits: http://www.paleoplan.com/resources/paleo-plan-food...
There is definite bunk on there, so try to avoid those bits. I'm not thinking all out crazy paleo, but maybe trying to cut down processed grainy stuff and dairy. Maybe.