Has anybody else read this book and ACTUALLY UNDERSTOOD some of the biophysical/biochemical processes being described? Are they actually accurate?
One big question that I have is how can you possibly get enough calcium from this kind of diet?
I have read the book.
No wait. I read The Paleo Diet. Not the same book.
Here's what I think about the foods you mentioned though -
When you eat them, how do you feel?
If you feel fine, if you're in good health, if you exercise moderately, if you get adequate sleep... then how bad can it possibly be to eat brown rice and greek yogurt even if human digestion hasn't evolved to eat them according to paleo people?
Oh, and the nightshade thing - there's a portion of the population who shouldn't eat them. If such people do eat them, they will experience progressive and eventually debilitating arthritis. So if you have arthritis, you might want to try eliminating nightshade plants and see if you experience relief from arthritis. Otherwise, enjoy them in moderation.
Sorry, I thought I was going to have something more useful to say.
I did read it and quite enjoyed it...and took everything with a grain of salt :)
I don't claim to understand everything, but I think the book says dairy and grains are pretty much undigestible to us and thus should be avoided. There was a lot about avoiding insulin surges too.
As for your question about calcium, you can get some from veggies but I'd probably add in a supplement. That's just my two cents.
I eat a paleo-based diet, and I just started logging my food about a week ago... and I am in shock about how much calcium I DO GET!! I always way over the daily requirments --and all from green veggies, seeds, and fish canned with bones.
- 1 serving of spinach has 15% DV of calcium
- 100 grams of kale has 15% DV of calcium
- 1 can of salmon w. bones has 30% DV of calcium
- 1oz of sesame seeds has 10% DV of calcium
- 1oz of raw almonds has 8% DV of calcium
- 2 tbsp of chia seeds has 10% DV of calcium
It adds up quick! Have some fruit with chia seeds for breakfast, a nice salad with spinach, salmon, and sesame seeds for lunch... have some kale chips and almonds as a snack... eat some broccoli with dinner... you're all set!!
You'd be surprised how much calcium is in foods-- and how much BETTER the calcium absorbed compared to dairy sources.
I do crossfit and don't eat paleo. I am a pescitarian - so I eat fish, eggs, veg, greek yogurt, non fat cheeses, nuts, fruits... and a litmited amount of whole grains. I think you just have to find what works for you.
Keep in mind also that crossfit also supports the "Zone" diet - which is a little more complicated and involves measuring your foods, but allows for whole grain carbs. You might check that out to see if it fits better for you.
I have been on this for 12 days and my energy level is through the roof. I have not had this kind of energy since my twenties, and I am 53. Dropped 6 pounds so far and I feel fantastic