My Paleo diet cheat list

As I wrote in the previous blog post, I’m currently following the SCD diet, in order to kill overgrown bacteria & yeast. After I get even better in 2-3 months, I will move towards a Paleo/Primal combo diet. I plan to follow these diets for life with fanatical adherence (I don’t have a choice), but as time goes I will allow a few more foods in, foods that I believe are not as damaging (time will tell). These are:

1. Olive oil
Some Paleo dieters don’t use olive oil at all, some only use it raw in salads, and some even cook with it. I’m Greek, and I believe in the benefits of olive oil. Before the Paleo diet gained popularity, the best diet in the world was that of Cretans’ in the ’60s. Lots of olive oil, raw artichokes etc. There are too many studies about how good olive oil is, so I don’t think it’s fair to put olive oil in the same bag as the rest of the “vegetable oils” that are forbidden in these diets.

2. Yoghurt and possibly some cheese
I plan to try this lactose-free yoghurt, and see how it goes. I wish they had the same lactose-free product from goat instead, but they don’t. As for cheese, most hard cheeses don’t have lactose in them, so they might be safe. I don’t plan to try dairy until one month in the diet, to make sure I give my gut a chance to have its gut flora rebooted. If I notice that dairy still bloats me, I will cut it down completely and live off of calcium-enriched orange juice, almond milk and vitamin pills.

3. Green beans (pods) & peas
I’ve read that lectins on the young green pods are almost non-existent, so there’s no reason not to eat them. I mean, sure, I do get the bloating from dried beans and lentils, but I’ve been eating green pods all my life and never had problems. Peas seem to be better in that respect than actual dried beans and lentils too. Despite this, I don’t plan to use peas very much, just in case I’m wrong…

4. Sweet potatoes and Parsnips
While these tubers are allowed in the Paleo diet, they are loaded with starch, and since my stomach is fragile atm, I can’t risk eating them. Maybe I will be having them once a month, after 3 months on the diet.

5. Almond/coconut milk/flour
These are allowed in the Paleo diet, and unfortunately I see people using them a lot, to feed off their carb cravings. These should be used sparingly in my opinion, because, let’s face it: would you eat a whole bag of almonds in one sit? Not likely. So why make an almond flour bread then? Makes no sense to me. It’s too much. Nuts can create problems in big quantities, even to people who don’t have nut allergies.

Finally, I don’t plan to eat okras at all. No scientific reason, I just hate their sliminess. :P

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Omniscient Eyes wrote on September 14th, 2011 at 10:00 AM PST:

I’m not going to comment on whether this diet is good or not, as we all have our own opinion on food, however, restricting Spirulina, IMO, makes ZERO sense. Blue-green algae (like Spriulina) has SO MANY benefits and is probably one of the best, healthy and most nutrient-dense foods on the entire plantet. It doesnt taste very good and does look a little odd in powder form, but knowing what it does for you, inside and out, it’s worth it!


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Eugenia wrote on September 14th, 2011 at 10:06 AM PST:

>restricting Spirulina, IMO, makes ZERO sense

Where did I mention that I restrict Spirulina? First of all, I don’t even know what that is, so how could I allow it or restrict it? It’s not like I was getting it before anyway. Not to my knowledge at least.

Besides, the SCD/Paleo diet is supposed to be nutritious from the get-go (plenty of B12, which seems to be the main thing about the Spirulina supplement). No need for many supplements on these diets, definitely not ones with weird names.


Omniscient Eyes wrote on September 14th, 2011 at 11:41 AM PST:

You said you were “currently following the SCD diet”… well, that diet list’s Spirulina as “illegal”.

All I’m saying is… do some research on it… or maybe it’s not worth it because it has such a “weird” name…? :/


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Eugenia wrote on September 14th, 2011 at 12:27 PM PST:

The SCD diet researched which items irritate the gut. If Spirulina is on the illegal list, then there’s a reason as to why. And besides, the SCD/Paleo diets are fully nutritious.


Class_Action wrote on September 14th, 2011 at 1:18 PM PST:

Spirulina has a number of well known side effects. Clearly not something you would want to eat if you have IBS.

I’m not listing all of the side effects of Spirulina here but the ones that are the biggest red flag in regards to IBS are specifically:
Stomach ache
Skin itch or slight body rash

As Eugenia said “If Spirulina is on the illegal list, then there‚Äôs a reason as to why”.


zima wrote on September 14th, 2011 at 6:09 PM PST:

Chocolate?… :(

(glad you’re better)


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Eugenia wrote on September 14th, 2011 at 6:27 PM PST:

85% to 99% or 100% dark chocolate is fine with the Paleo diet (not with SCD as far as I know). After I’m better I will gun for 93%, or darker.

I personally dislike all dark chocolates (I only like milk chocolates), but the word on the street is that with these diets your taste buds grow back (sugar/starch all these years have nearly destroyed them), so sweet will then taste extra-sweet, and bitter will taste just sweet. Paleo dieters who never liked things like zucchini or dark chocolates or grapefruit before, they now find them tasty/sweet.


zima wrote on September 15th, 2011 at 12:56 PM PST:

Hm, so one of the two greatest joys in life is mostly OK on “we evolved on it” diets, that’s encouraging (what good would healthy died be, if one takes out two greatest joys in life?). So, on to the second – what about…

…beer and wine? :|

But (more) seriously (the above is largely serious of course!!!), somebody already got me used also to dark chocolate ~7 years ago. Still, getting rid of milk chocolate or… chocolate / cocoa powder milk is unacceptable as of now. I’ve found several ~25 year old cans of the stuff, I will drink it no matter how “bad” it might be ;p

Overall, I’m aware for some time of, well, even plentiful intuitive* sensibility of such diets (*who knows to what degree that makes them also a placebo; which would be of course a real and useful effect here) …just didn’t yet feel a real need to implement them (that’s just how stupid and non-foreseeing we humans are, I guess).
Though my diet is already a bit atypical, even if still mostly of “post agrarian revolution” kind. BTW distorted tastes, the change is remarkable when getting used to drinking pure water (tip: gradually over few months, ever more diluted syrups), which I mostly drink now …well, apart from beer and wine.


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Eugenia wrote on September 15th, 2011 at 1:26 PM PST:

Dry wine is fine on the SCD diet, since it has little to no sugar. I don’t personally drink alcohol, so it’s not an issue for me. The only thing I’ll have to part with is sushi rice. I don’t feel bad for leaving behind anything else.

It’s not a placebo effect btw, it reportedly works for many “modern diseases”. Check Paleohacks.com for testimonials.

The only thing that some people might find negative in these Paleo-style diets, is that their sex drive goes down. But as someone explained, this is normal. When eating lots of sugars/starches, our sex drive goes through the roof, unnaturally (maybe a reason for people getting more perverted and more porn-addicted as time goes by). See, we evolved to only eat sugar with fruits, which are available in late Spring & Summer. That was when people (and animals) were having the most sex: when the belly was full, and the weather was good for it. Just like animals, we’re supposed to have a specific time in the year to devote to sex.

But now, people eat sugars all the time, CONFUSING their libido that it’s summer all year long! And this makes people overly active sexually, and some of them, perverted.


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