Why Isn’t This Working??

*Note from Sarah.  Here’s another great post by Jason Seib, helping all of us to reflect, and stay on track!  Thank you Jason!

I hope by now most of you have come to understand that I write these posts because I want to help you, and when my tone sometimes sounds a little harsh it’s because I truly believe a clear and concise point that needs to be made.  This might be one of those posts.

Occasionally people pull me aside, call me, and email me to ask why this paleo and exercise thing isn’t working.  Please understand that I don’t always have all the answers, but there a few common problems that create these situations.  Let’s go over them and see if we can save you some frustration.

The first of these common problems is denial.  If you cheat every couple of days, you can not expect amazing results.  You are also remiss if you are in denial over one thing, as if it isn’t cheating if you only overlook one specific cheat.  If your diet is perfect except for that Starbucks Carmel Macchiato that you absolutely must suck down in order to make it to work in the morning, then you already know why you aren’t getting results.  No matter how loud you cry, “I don’t like black coffee!”, you will never get your fat cells to feel sorry for you, and insulin will not take the morning off.  Yes, I understand some things are REALLY hard to give up, but I can’t change biochemistry for you.  If this is you, you just need to come to terms with the cold hard fact and stop trying to pretend that you will get the results you want as long as your intentions are good.  I don’t mean to sound cold hearted – I definitely have my own temptations – but cheating is cheating.

The second common problem is a lack of information.  You may be assuming you’re doing everything correctly when you haven’t really looked close enough at all the inputs.  For example, when I get emails from people who swear they are in complete compliance with perfect paleo and not getting anywhere, the first thing I always do is ask for a 3 day food log, a list of all liquids consumed other than water, sleep patterns, workout schedule and type of exercise performed, perceived stress level, all medications including birth control, all supplements, and anything else they put in their mouth, even gum and mints.  Most people never respond.  If I do hear from them again, they usually explain that they weren’t quite as compliant as they thought they were.  There’s always a chance that this could be you.  Sit down and write out all the information I listed here and take a long hard look to see if there is something you have been missing.  And remember, for all of human history except the last few hundred years exercise has been inextricably linked to eating, and therefore surviving.  In my opinion, if you aren’t exercising in a manner befitting your species, you aren’t compliant.

The third problem is just simply a lack of knowledge and/or misinformation.  One common example is eating out too often and not factoring in all the vegetable oils you are consuming.  Or making the assumption that diet soda is fine because it doesn’t contain sugar.  Or drinking fruit juice because it’s “all natural”.  These situations imply that you still have some learning to do and you just need to find a little help or do a little research.  A mistake is only made when you assume you are compliant without asking all the questions.

Now for some good news.  There are solutions to all of these problems.  If you are currently in denial, get your head right and face your demons head on. You absolutely have the power to overcome these flavor-related obstacles.  Be aggressive and it won’t even take you very long to break these bad habits.  If you think maybe you need more data about your situation, write everything down for a few days and see if there is anything you missed.  I would venture to guess that most people would be surprised with what they find when they can see all the facts at once.  If you just lack knowledge you simply need to not jump to anymore conclusions and get educated.  My own book, The Paleo Coach, or The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf will answer all your “why” questions.

Even more good news – this blog has evolved into a community of people who all have goals similar to yours and many of them may have already traversed the precarious stages in which you might now find yourself.  Post your questions in the comments, just don’t ask anyone to recite Robb’s book for you from cover to cover.

Now go forth and succeed!  (okay, that was a little cheesy. :P)


  1. K in Ca says

    Love this post!! Thanks for the hard truth! I think most people (myself included) fall victim to these situations/excuses from time to time. At least for me these are the reasons why diets don’t work. I eventually learn to manipulate them to my own demise. Paleo is such a different way of thinking. Coffee creamer (the flavored kind) is my vice. But now it isn’t a matter of “giving it up” but now I see it as “I’m not putting that crap in my body.” Thank you for your blog, recipes and input Sarah!

    • says

      So delicious makes a coconut milk creamer. It’s probably still not entirely Paleo given the ingredients but it’s better than most out there if you have to have it!

  2. says

    Great post, and spot on! I’ve been through all those stages. Right now, I’m struggling with denial. I’ll do great for a few days, and then I’ll give in when there are no groceries left in the kitchen. Now I’m having to go through the whole first week of LCHF again and I’m getting those horrible sugar cravings. I just need to own up to my mistakes and trim the crap!

  3. Carrie says

    Can we discuss the implications of birth control? Kind of a non-negotiable in my situation. Is that cheating?

      • JasonS says

        Birth control is a tough subject for me to talk about because unfortunately I know it usually falls on deaf ears. My advice is always that you try to find something that works mechanically instead of chemically. Copper IUDs are probably best. I’m not a pro, but to my knowledge all chemical forms of birth control in some way interfere with the peaking and ebbing of progesterone and estrogen through the follicular and luteal phases of your cycle. The bottom line – if you think you can chemically alter these hormones without consequence you are sorely mistaken. It is my guess that breast and ovarian cancer, as well as cysts and PCOS, would probably greatly diminish if women were never led to believe that dramatically altering their hormonal profiles EVERY MONTH was somehow okay. I wish I had a better answer, but it’s too late to go back and entirely fix this problem.

        Edit: If our definition of Paleo is to treat our bodies the way nature intended, rather than defining Paleo as a diet, then birth control MUST BE DEFINED AS INTERVENTION. Please stop believing that Paleo is about nutrition alone! This view WILL leave you frustrated! If you live a life completely at odds with your 2.6 million year old genome, changing your diet will not fix all your health and fitness related problems!

        • JasonW says

          I feel that defining Paleo as treating out bodies the way nature intended makes quite a few too many things cheating to be practical.

          For instance, under that definition, these are now cheating:

          Riding a bike
          Air conditioning
          Brushing your teeth
          Glasses/reading glasses
          Office work (Standing desk or not)
          Reading (we are story tellers by nature)

          The point is that defining something that broadly makes it useless (I’m a scientist). You generally need to narrowly define your subject. Paleo is no different. That is why most call it the Paleo DIET. If you want a Paleo Lifestyle or Paleo Genome defintion, sure, go ahead, but don’t take general ‘PALEO’ and make it something that 99% of the people are going to confuse.

          • JasonS says

            And now we have gone waaaaaay off track. Frankly, there are literally hundreds of these “if you’re so paleo why are you using a computer” debates on the internet, and I have yet to engage in a single one.

        • Traci says

          This is an awesome post! I am still working on my faults where I can get better. Working out more consistant and sleep at least 8 hours instead of 7. I do notice a difference when I get 8 hours.

          I have a similar question as the birth control which was one of my questions. Medication period. What are your thoughts?? I was diagnosed with MS in 1998 – never have had many symptoms at all but just recentley stopped taking my medication (Avonex) as well as birth control a month ago my husband and I are trying to have kids.

          What are your thoughts on medication for things such as MS? I have often over the years asked myself what is the medication doing to my body. It may be helping the MS but who know but it causes other side effects.

          Thanks Jason for awesome post!!

          • JasonS says

            You are getting outside my wheel house here, but Loren Cordain has done some excellent research regarding MS and paleo nutrition. I’m not familiar with MS medications, but if your situation can be improved with better natural inputs, the drug may not be necessary and any side affects may be avoided.

    • Michelle says

      I’m also curious about the BC issue. I’m 11 days into my new Paleo lifestyle and half way through Robb’s book. I’ve read some things about hormones, but not specifically BC. I’m also still fuzzy on almond milk and my post-workout protein shakes…whey protein, so I’m guessing they’re on the no-fly list, but not sure what to replace them with, if anything.

      • JasonS says

        Liquid food (liquids other than water and maybe coffee/tea) are a bad idea. And if you are solid on your paleo diet you should never need extra protein. There exceptions, but I will not name them here for fear of giving license to those that should just be shoring up there nutrition rather than looking for an easy way around certain foods.

        • James Orr says

          I think the dismissal of protein shakes is an area where paleo falls short of what’s ideal. Whey isolates are biologically available faster (sometimes by hours) than solid food, seemingly making them superior for post-workout recovery. If you have a drink with a bit of an insulin hit that gets those nutrients where they need to be ASAP, it seems reasonable to drink it.

      • Katie says

        Thank you! I have been practicing natural family planning for 6 years now. No harder than taking my temp in the morning and marking it down. I use LadyComp as back up. No thinking there. It gives you a red (you’ll have a baby), yellow, or green light. Expensive but cheaper than BC in the long run.

      • Kylie says

        I don’t think birth control is “fine.” But there are real reasons women take it other than to prevent pregnancy. Actually, I can’t really name a single woman I know that takes birth control for pregnancy prevention. There are a host of other medical issues, and if you are a woman lucky enough to not suffer from one of them then count your blessings and by all means stop using birth control. Trust me, there is nothing I’d rather do than stop paying astronomical amounts to take a stupid pill every month that causes a fake period. Unfortunately, for me and for any number of other women, birth control is the lesser evil compared to a myriad of other drugs with far worse and potentially unknown consequences.

        • Brooke says

          I take it only to prevent pregnancy. I’m not sure what type of pill you’re taking, but with insurance my cost is $6. Without insurance it’s about $27 or so. Would switching to a generic help you save money?

        • JasonS says

          Well, we can be assured that the other problems you may be experiencing are not due to a malfunctioning birth control gland. It sounds like the BC is a down stream answer that addresses symptoms, not the source of the problem. No human has ever contracted a disease or disorder that was caused by not taking enough of a drug. Research, research, research! Do not be satisfied with drugs as the answer to anything unless you are badly broken, and even then I would do more research. Start with Robb Wolf’s podcasts (http://robbwolf.com/). Use the search function and find out if he has already addressed your particular issue. If not, write in a question. Again, your problem IS NOT that your body doesn’t manufacture enough birth control.

          • Kylie says

            I’m not saying my (or any other individual’s) problem is caused by the body not producing enough birth control. And quite frankly, I find your statements to be more than a little condescending. As if I have never, in the numerous years I’ve taken birth control to address my issues, sought other information, researched causes and potential solutions, or attempted to resolve the issues in other ways. I read this blog, so chances are I’ve also listened to and reviewed Robb Wolf’s webpage and podcasts. Logic should tell you that a reasonably intelligent person, someone who came to explore Paleo in the first place, wouldn’t find the idea of researching alternatives a foreign concept. At present, I have found no solution other than drug intervention. And I am sure I’m not alone. That doesn’t mean I (or those similarly situated) should or would stop exploring alternatives and attempting to determine the main underlying cause. You wouldn’t advise someone to go off a medication that keeps them alive until they can get their medical situation in check. Likewise, you should not treat those who remain on birth control as a treatment for debilitating problems (ones that would, without treatment, interfere to an extreme degree with their day to day existence) as merely cheaters or aren’t ready to come to terms with the fact that they are cheating. Unlike people on diabetes medication or similar, those using birth control for treatment of medical issues are often using it to control a myriad of different issues that often have complex causes. There is no simple answer, and even through decades of research and doctor consultations you still might be left empty handed. Its unfair, its unpleasant, and I wish I wasn’t in the situation I am. But its not a new situation for me, I had to self-diagnose my celiacs disease nearly a decade ago and have used every connection I know recently to get an appointment with one of the top neurologists in the country. Its ignorant to assume that someone who is on any medication, is relying on that medication because they just haven’t done the research. Medication is a bandaid, but sometimes you need a bandaid until you heal – or until you can figure out how to heal.

          • JasonS says

            I certainly didn’t mean to offend you, but your original comment could easily have been taken as an excuse to not do research by others in similar situations because you were not clear that you have, and are still, looking for answers. I’m sure you understand that the initiative you are taking is not the norm. Therefore, my advice, since it was not in a private discussion between the two of us, must address everyone reading this blog and the typical need to not take your troubles with a grain of salt and begin sucking down drugs, which is the American way. In reality, though, no part of my post pertains to you. Necessary medications are obviously not cheating, although they have consequences, and you aren’t technically taking BC for BC, you are taking it to not suffer from your disorder. You related your situation to diabetics and their medications which of course is not a choice designed to make your life more convenient as is birth control.

            “Medication is a bandaid, but sometimes you need a bandaid until you heal – or until you can figure out how to heal.” I think this statement places you in agreement with my whole comment. Except maybe the part where I tried to tell you what I would do to find answers and get some relief. Again, I’m sorry I told you to do the research you are already doing, but most people would not be so proactive.

            And I absolutely never told anyone to stop taking anything. I’m just asking everyone to acknowledge the consequences of taking things when they have a CHOICE.

          • CS says

            I agree with Kylie that this is an extremely condescending answer. Jason, you are not a woman, and I doubt you have any intimate experience with gynacology. Birth control does treat a variety of imbalances and I hate that it’s the only answer right now. I agree that the possibility of years of SAD could have thrown off my cycles to the point that I was acutely depressed every month with horrible crippling pains. The pill was half the battle (as far as the pains), and now years later, paleo has brought the stabilization of moods I was after. Simply stopping birth control right now could let me in for more trouble than I’m after at the moment. It’s been since paleo that I’ve felt like a normal person again. Paleo, for me, is currently working WITH the pills. For the record, I’m currently NOT taking the pills to control birth.

            I’m sorry but I find your answers really rude and I’m a bit turned off to this blog as a result. You basically have called women who use birth control cheaters. I never expected to be made to feel so foolish by reading Sarah’s blog.

          • Jason says

            Birth control IS an intervention. This is inarguable. Whether or not it has more value as an intervention, with consequences, in your life than the inconvenience of getting pregnant is up to you. If you are taking birth control for any reason other than preventing pregnancy, as Kris said below, you are taking hormones and no part of this post OR comments was written to you. That said, I certainly can see your perspective, especially because I have 3 daughters that will have to face these facts one day. But if you are taking BC to remedy another problem other than avoiding pregnancy, you have no reason to feel bad. And like I said, even if you are taking BC only to avoid pregnancy, just understand that there are risk involved, do your research, and make the best decision for you. I’m sorry for any hurt feelers out there. I have changed the word “cheating” in my edit above to “intervention”, which is how I intended it to be taken in the first place. I’m just trying to help.

        • Nicole says

          Check out “The Hormone Cure” by Dr. Sara Gottfried. She talks about all this and how diet, specifically a diet free of flour, sugar, processed foods, legumes, and dairy can fix your hormone issues (the reason to take BC other than to prevent pregnancy). Check it out.

      • Jennifer says

        Yep, the Fertility Awareness Method is how I got pregnant with both of my children–one intentionally, and one accidentally! I showed my doctor my chart (charting body temp, etc) and she confirmed that it was in fact a miracle baby. Based on the chart, I should have never gotten pregnant.

        Complications from the IUD do not allow for that.

        Unless my husband get snipped, which is entirely possible in the near future, BC is how it must be in our house.

        • JasonS says

          Then you will be out of compliance for a while, but you at least know where any problems are likely stemming from. Don’t be too hard on yourself until you can remedy the problem entirely.

          Tell your husband that getting snipped is the admiral thing to do. It doesn’t come with the side effects that all of your options do. I have a snipping in my own near future.

          • says

            Wait a minute, isn’t snipping altering your natural state? Where does all of the little sperm go when you’ve been snipped? Don’t you think that will alter your body when it has to reabsorb that???

          • JasonS says

            I’m assuming you mean a change in hormone levels, and that is not what we see with vasectomies. Side effects are limited to things like infection, swelling, and botched surgery issues.

    • Todd says

      Birth control isn’t “cheating,” but if weight loss or leanness is the goal, birth control can cause problems.

    • Brooke says

      It’s a non-negotiable for me as well. My Dr. recommended against an IUD because I haven’t had children and they can be painful in someone who hasn’t.
      If I could get my tubes tied I would be all over it! But since I’m 28, I assume my Dr. wouldn’t do it and that insurance probably wouldn’t cover it. :\

      • Kimberly says

        Brooke: I haven’t had children but I elected to have the Copper IUD anyways and the insertion was painful. If I had to do it again, I would request a pain pill and take the rest of the afternoon off work (you have cramps for a while after insertion). However, I feel so much better that I am not putting hormones into my body every month. It’s just a matter of knowing what you are getting into and being ok with a few hours of discomfort.

      • cTo says

        Yes, I have heard that IUDs do not work well in women who have never given birth, and many doctors don’t know how to insert them properly in the first place. I’ve heard horror stories from some women who say that the doctor or nurse-practitioner just tried to “jab it in there,” causing all sorts of pain and bleeding.

        On top of this, my mom got pregnant while on an IUD when she was in her mid 20s. She didn’t keep it, but it was still a stressful, painful experience that has led me to be skeptical of the things for my entire reproductively-mature life.

    • Leigh says

      I’m pretty sure birth control is the reason I haven’t been able to lean out (on strict paleo since Jan 1st, crossfit now 3x week). What’s worse is that I stopped it 2 months ago but my hormones are still screwy (I haven’t had a normal period yet). Apparently this is common and it could take several more months for my body to normalize. So here I am, no change in body fat and no idea when I’ll be able to make a change. If you want to lean out, it seems like a huge waste of effort to clean up your diet and exercise routine but continue subjecting yourself to artificial hormones constantly.

      • JasonS says

        Don’t let leaning out be your only motivation, though. If you know you will not stop taking BC, any other breaks you can give your body would be a great idea.

        • Leigh says

          Sorry, I meant I stopped taking birth control 2 months ago. I think the lingering hormones are still preventing me from leaning out though. It’s not my only motivation, but it sure is a compelling one. :) I really believe that eating paleo is the best I can do for myself nutritionally regardless of my body composition, so I am sticking with it for the long haul.

  4. says

    Brilliant article. Writing down everything you consume over a few days can be a real eye opener (only if your honest about it) . Especially if you think you’re not cheating. It wasn’t until I got religious about documenting my intake that I began to actually pay attention to what I was consuming.

  5. says

    I sure could have used this last night when I completely fell off the wagon and ate peanut butter cookies. Oy vey…sugar is my SUPER DEMON. It’s horrible how I can make a complete dinner of tilapia, veggies and then ruin it all with peanut butter cookies. It’s a very bad addiction that I am trying to beat…every. single. day. I don’t crave fried food, bread, pasta or anything like that…just desserts. Ugh. Just taking it one day at a time and jumping back on the wagon this morning. =)

    • Claire says

      Tilapia is the worst fish out there, they are farm raised & fed pellets, mostly omega 6. You are better off eating red meat. Look it up.

        • Sarah says

          Yep, I am so psyched to get my grass-fed side of beef this fall! What are some of the best fish for a girl in the Midwest to get from her local grocery? Unfortunately, most offerings are farm-raised and not anywhere close to local. I’ve been sticking with fresh US cod and Boston Blue as these are the only domestic, fresh-water offerings. I am so envious of those of you who live on the coasts and have better seafood access. Any suggestions? Thanks!

      • says

        Thanks everyone. Very good to know about the tilapia issue. Apparently, in my effort to be healthy I am still not completely ‘in the know’. I am working on it one day at a time. I appreciate all of your feedback. It doesn’t fall on deaf ears.

  6. Stacey M. says

    Great post! I have had some great successes with a paleo diet, however I’ve also had some failures. This is a reminder that when I’m not succeeding it is my own doing. I have learned to manipulate things to work for me at times when I don’t want to be 100% compliant and that is when I don’t see the results that I want. That’s how things are going for me right now, so thanks for this!

  7. says

    I have definitely hit my plateau. My body weight and fat % hasn’t changed in the last month. I’m still doing well on the diet. I’m not inclined to cheat because all the stuff I would want to cheat with contains gluten, and the physiological effects are not worth it for me to consume it.
    I’m pretty sure if I wanted to lose more fat at this point it would have to be through exercise, which I admit I’m not doing anything overly strenuous. A lot of walking and some weight lifting and no real regular schedule.

    • JasonS says

      You should not be stuck, Pam. A little more strenuous exercise might solve it, but you might have other issues, like elevated cortisol or estrogen for example. If exercise doesn’t fix it, please don’t assume that more and more exercise will be the answer. Find someone who can get you some answers.

  8. says

    Carrie, I’m not sure what kind of BC you’re on but most will make you gain a few pounds, pounds that are almost impossible to work off. It’s just the nature of the hormones. I don’t think BC is cheating I think he was trying to emphasize that one ought to write EVERYTHING down. Because people will nibble on a cookie in the break room, or drink creamer in their coffee, suck on mints, and that is where the cheating comes in even in small doses it can add up.

  9. Katherine says

    Or in some cases we are being strictly compliant but there is something else going on, like low thyroid for example. Or in my case, a mystery lol

  10. says

    Great article. One comment though…

    What if someone is actually complying and it is not working? You give the impression that if they behave and follow the rules, it will always work. There are some things that are out of our control (health issues, hormonal imbalances, etc.) and to tell someone to just try harder to comply will not solve those problems or make the program work.

    • Claire says

      Fruit really slows down my weight loss, coffee, even black has an effect on your blood sugar, studies show it affects how we process our meals. I gave up coffee and now have yerba mate tea for caffeine. Also, if I skip exercise it wont matter what my diet is. I think women just have a hard time jump starting our metabolism & it reacts easier to negative influences.

    • mishele says

      I’m with Rebecca, I have been eating paleo since may 10. For the first 2 months I was probably 90% strict, my only cheats being heavy cream in my coffee in the morning (pre paleo I made mochas with protein powder for breakfast), a glass of red wine a few times a week and a piece of dark chocolate (85%) after dinner. I lost about 4 pounds the 2nd week and from then on i bounced up and down 3 pounds. At this point, the frustration of not losing any weight but cutting out EVERYTHING I love, ie bread, cookies, etc, is winning. The last week I have had potatoes chips and a Heath bar. I still havent given in to the bread, and don’t plan to, but it is so frustrating. I was so hoping paleo would be the answer for me, since nothing else worked. Some of us do have hormonal issues that make it difficult to lose weight no matter what we do. And being told to hang in there and stick with it and it will happen just pisses me off. There, rant over :-/

    • JasonS says

      I’m not sure what health issues you might be referring to, Rebecca, but aside from some diseases, the answers are there, they just need to be found. Hormonal imbalances are almost always reparable to some degree, and if they aren’t then you will absolutely know that you are badly damaged prior to applying diet and exercise, and before you assumed I was writing this post to you. If you are someone who truly cannot get fit AND I truly could not make a substantial difference for you, you would be the first in my career. This post is about excuses and your doctor will be happy to supply you with many. I personally have had enough of “thyroid issues”, for example. They are never as serious as everyone wants to believe they are.

      Mishele , you are talking a lot about diet and nothing about exercise, sleep, stress, and the type of hormonal imbalances you have. No, diet alone will never be the answer. I would never tell you to hang on with diet alone.

      • says

        I have been low carbing it for over two years. I have been paleo for over one year. I have severe hormonal balances that are being treated – no testosterone, no progesterone, too much estrogen, no thyroid, too much cortisol, adrenal fatigue. I cannot lose weight. I bounce back and forth within a 15 pound range and the lowest body fat I have been able to get to is 31%. Being 55 years old and pero-menopausal is no picnic. This is obviously a problem that you are choosing to believe does not exist.

        “I personally have had enough of “thyroid issues”, for example. They are never as serious as everyone wants to believe they are.”

        You probably also don’t believe that women’s muscles waste and that they gain fat when they have no testosterone. You probably also believe that adrenal fatigue does not exist.

        Spoken like a true young, healthy, hormonally balanced person who has never been hypothyroid. Give me a break! I’ve had enough of thyroid issues, too.

        I know you did not write this post to me – you wrote it to people who make excuses. My issue is that you did not leave any room in your article – and in your response to me – for legitimate reasons why paleo is not “working” for some people. You basically said that if paleo is not working for you it is because you are cheating. There are other things to consider, if you are speaking to more than young, vital people.

        I’m all for paleo, and I’m not giving up. I know it is the healthiest way to eat and live. But please do not tell me that you would be able to “fix” me if you had the chance. I know you don’t know me, but if you did, you would know that there is no one more dedicated and who tries harder to get fit.

        When I was young and fit, I used to look with judgment against older, heavier women, too, but now that I am one, my eyes have been opened. I hope someday that yours are, too, and that you don’t have to get old and fat in order for that blessing to happen.

        I know – you’re never going to have failing hormones and you will always be in total control of your body. Talk to my generation again when you are part of it.

        You want to write an article about people who make excuses? That’s great! Really! Lots of people make excuses. Just don’t so condescendingly “dismiss” the people who are not cheating and still cannot get fit.

        • JasonS says

          Nobody is “condescendingly dismissing” you. You just aren’t part of this post if you aren’t cheating. Your whole last paragraph summed that up.

          I repeat from my comment, “Hormonal imbalances are almost always reparable to some degree, and if they aren’t then you will absolutely know that you are badly damaged prior to applying diet and exercise, and before you assumed I was writing this post to you.”

          And honestly, I have posted more articles on this blog, including before and after pics, featuring women who are in or beyond menopause than women who are not. They are large part of my clientele, and probably my favorite part. But you are correct, I have no personal experience with menopause.

          • JasonS says

            It’s interesting that we don’t see these hormone imbalances in indigenous hunter/gatherers. This would indicate that it is a mistake to assume that such things are brought on by aging. It is not common to see a consistent and predictable weight gain with age in these people either. Also, at least some of their languages have no word for menopause. It would certainly appear that anthropology doesn’t support all the awful things we go through as we age in the western world. That is in no way to detract from the fact that these things are awful, just that blaming them on aging is probably inaccurate.

  11. Kim says

    After reading Robb’s book, I have come to take another look at healthy eating that really helped me to be disciplined. From my experience most people are “diet thinking” where you know that you won’t eat like this forever, hence the cheating. It is really clear now with Robbs’s guidance that certains food don’t just make you fat… they are BAD for your body. So everytime a thought come through my mind of eating sweet treats or have a beer (and believe me, I love a nice cold beer on a terrasse), I remind myself of what I have learned and how my action is going to compromise all my efforts in becoming “healthier”. It’s only been two weeks since I have started to eat “Paleo Style” (recommended by my doctor OMG!!) and I feel GREAT. Yes I have one or two NorCal Margaritas on festive occasions but again, keeping in mind the impact of alcohol on my digestion. For those of you who are struggling I say “you are stronger than you think” and the health benefits are grander that the quick satisfaction of having a chocolate bar or a cold beer.

    Cheers everyone ! Keep it up!

    • Karen says

      I’ve been eating paleo for 2 1/2 weeks, have not cheated at all, and feel FANTASTIC! I’m doing this as part of a 60-day challenge at my CrossFit gym, but once the 60 days is over, I can’t see myself going back to eating the way I was. I always felt ill, with a headache and aches and pains, and I have not had that since I started. The first week with no sugar and no caffeine (I don’t like coffee, but pounded the Diet Pepsi) was HARD, but I made it through and now the cravings are gone. Woo hoo! Keep it up everyone. It’s so worth it.

  12. Christina says

    This is one of the BEST posts I have read along with Rob Wolf, who I just love! Thanks so much for the “kick in the butt”, we all need it no matter how good we think we are!

  13. says

    Thank you for this.. my cheat meals may be killing me. I allowed two a week in the beginning and lost 2lbs a weight effortlessly… and I feel I am doing the same still now, but in reality I am probably cheating more like 4-5 times a week. *sigh*

    Another question, I am a Beachbody Coach and I swear by Shakeology.. it has done wonders for many areas and is the cleanest, most unprocessed protein (+ a million other things) shake out there. They do use fructose to sweeten (same with their recovery drink), and I know Paleo for Athletes is cool for this (I work out 6x a week and do hard strength/interval workouts similar to Crossfit).. plus the Shakeology is certified low glycemic at only 26 because of all the veggies in it…. thoughts on this stuff? Even if you say it’s horrible, I know I won’t give it up, because like I said I’ve noticed very good things since starting to drink it and I know I don’t eat nearly as many veggies as I should.. so just thought I’d throw that out there and see what people thought.

      • says

        Not an advertisement.. I’m not getting rich off this stuff at all. Some of my biggest supporters and fans of it don’t even sell it. I understand I would be better off to eat all the veggies that are in it… but there is no way I could possibly even get close. Not a fan of liquid meals either.. but again, I couldn’t eat all the veggies in it over the course of a week even. And calories? A mere 150 when mixed with water.. I think people can spare that.

        Please don’t be hurtful or bash me.. I was just honestly asking. I kind of figured the answer I’d get, but instead of hating, people should actually research the company and the effort and thought that goes into this product before talking trash. We’re all grown ups here (I think). Just as I didn’t bash Paleo when people were hyping up eating high fat meat and cutting out beans and whole grains (against what ANY ONE of us has been taught)… I researched before I said anything.

        I promote Paleo all the way to people I am helping to lose weight and between Paleo, Shakeology and fitness programs I am helping people who otherwise would not have been able to do it on their own. Give me some credit.. I didn’t just roll out of high school. And I certainly wouldn’t even pay my discounted rate each month on a product that I felt did nothing. Don’t knock it until you try it.

        And don’t try it from me.. I don’t want your money – because this isn’t an advertisement.. find another coach online and I am sure they’d be happy to help you.

        Reference: https://images.beachbody.com/tbb/store/shakeology/pdf/ShakeologyCocoa.pdf

        http://darinsnaturals.com/ (website of co-creator of Shakeology)

        http://www.raincatcher.org (Darin’s charity org that Shakeology supports)

      • N says

        Can you elaborate?

        Not because I want to drink it – I think the price tag alone is RIDICULOUS – but just for the sake of understanding.

        • Jason says

          Liquid food is usually not a good idea for anyone, and it shouldn’t serve a purpose. A good diet leaves no need for shakes. Also, I can think of no reason why adding fructose to the diet would ever be beneficial, especially in a situation where most of the fiber has been removed. My advice – eat the veggies instead of drink them.

    • Cameron says

      I am glad that it works for you or that you are seeing results. As I read in a book once, there are a lot of fit people in the world but not a lot of healthy people. Paleo diet keeps you healthy. A raw food diet keeps your cells healthy by eating the veggies. Nutrients are only good for so long. I have a hard time believe a shake made from veggies can be all that good, if over half of the nutrients of a veggie are gone in 5 days.

      • says

        Thanks for at least being nice in your reply :) It is hard to believe.. but only because people are skeptical off the bat when it comes from a direct sales/MLM company. Mary Kay and Scentsy are the same type.. but no one freaks when I say I love my Lash Love mascara that I got from a friend. :)

  14. Stephanie says

    I have tried the paleo lifestyle a couple times and always find myself caving into the mac n cheese or french fries. But recently a friend wanted to start a paleo journal that we could share with each other (on Evernotes – great app) and from then on, I found that I didn’t want to cheat because someone else would be watching.

    Since the beginning of June, I have been pretty much completely paleo (there was a week that was BAD) and have noticed a complete change in my body and sleep patterns. I also dropped from a 28 to a 25 in my jeans, which is the leanest I have been since 6th grade.

    We are doing a 30 day challenge again to cut out the remaining non-paleo foods (ahem dairy) and I expect to feel even better by the end! I love your recipes and they definitely make it easier to be paleo – who wouldn’t want to eat those delicious things? Even my boyfriend started to like mashed cauliflower. Thanks for all your posts, inspiration, and your cookbook!

  15. Andy H says

    In dieting in general, but in Paleo especially, it all has to do with the quality and quantity of input to get the desired output. The demons I see are people who diet when they are in front of people, but it is that secret bag of chips or cookies late at night that does them in. There is no denying the scales — the proof is in the pudding. After 35 pounds of weight loss and now 8% bodyfat, my struggle is now to keep weight on so I keep my strength. But, I don’t want to eat crap to do it. It is truly a lifestyle that requires diligence.

  16. Christa says

    Carrie- Robb does talk about this in one of his podcasts. Basically it will cause you to store a couple extra pounds, so if you’re goal is to lean out, it’s just not going to happen on the Pill. If you have to be on it, then you have to be on it, just don’t expect to lean out.

  17. Kristin says

    Hi Jason,
    I have been really loving all of your posts. You do a great job of really spelling things out and normally I nod while I’m reading. This one, not so much. Honestly, I am one of those that analyze everything to death. I still don’t know why my stubborn body fat will not let go! No sugar, dairy, or gluten, great sleep, very active, low stress, no birth control. I refuse to believe that my age is the culprit (40). I have been keeping a food journal for 5 weeks. I get at least 100g protein daily, drink about 56 oz water daily, have been doing kettlebell swings 3x/week for 5 weeks, bike & walk with my kids occassionally. I take magnesium, a probiotic & FCLO daily as my only supplements. I have 2 brazil nuts in the evening from time to time, not daily. BF (25%) is not budging one little bit! I would sure like to know what I’m missing.

    • Jason says

      Any chance you live in the Portland, OR area? I would LOVE to train you. Nothing boring about clients like you, and I’m sure I could figure this out. Unfortunately, if everyone’s problems were solvable over the internet I would be unemployed. But they are solvable.

      • Kristin says

        Unfortunately not. All the way across the country in Georgia. I’m big on exercise research and nutrition research. I’ve really tried to find the answer. I followed an intermittent fasting protocol for 2 months last year and I did lose weight, but that is not really sustainable long term. I followed the Body By Science protocol with HIIT on off days for 6 months and did gain some strength but did not lose body fat. (I loved that workout btw!). I’m taking a break from the gym over the summer and doing the kettlebells at home. I’ve had personal trainers before, but they were not quality trainers. So, I’m still looking for what will do it for me. I’m still the healthiest I have ever been and that will not change.

        • JasonS says

          Sounds like you are basically doing okay, but I would keep looking for that quality trainer to take a look at all the moving parts.

    • Jeb says

      Hi Kristin,
      I used to track everything. As soon as I stopped over analyzing every calorie and every workout, the weight just fell off! Over analyzing can lead to increased cortisol levels.
      Hang in there!

      • says

        I agree with Jeb here so much! I know of people that are so obsess with their weight that they either weigh themselves once a day (or even more) or measure themselves everyday to track every single change in their measurements. This cannot be good! And ironically may be actually doing more harm than good!

  18. says

    Love it! I used to be so compliant (on the SAD diet) and go to the gym 3 times a week with no results. It wasn’t until going primal and walking daily that I got real results. Now, when I get no results, I know exactly what I have to do differently. No denial for me!

  19. Sarah says

    I am one of those that cannot drink my coffee black. I have two young girls who don’t allow me to get all the sleep I probably need, so coffee is my savior in the morning. I drink it with some coconut milk, but I haven’t kicked the habit of flavored syrups. Anyone have any paleo-friendly suggestions for doctoring up the joe?

    • Primal Bunny says

      I hear a lot of people mention how they use coconut oil in their coffee. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it sounds pretty good. Also, I wonder how it would taste if you just added a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg to your coffee.

      • Leslie says

        I do use a dash of cinnamon with coconut milk, and it is good. It took me a while to get used to coconut milk instead of 1/2 & 1/2 though.

    • says

      I use a little raw honey and coconut milk in my coffee. I used to think I would only like my honey in tea but I’ve learned to love it in coffee and am even working on using less and less of the honey. I use about a teaspoon and it does not set off my cravings like sugar or agave used to.

    • Jason says

      I don’t have an answer for you. I drink my coffee black and I HATE EVERY SIP, but not more than I hate being squishy.

      • Karen says

        Why do you drink coffee, then? Just for the caffeine? Maybe you need to wean yourself from it. I’ve thought of drinking caffeinated tea, but I’ve finally gotten past the caffeine cravings and exhaustion and I don’t want to go through that again!

        • Jason says

          I can find no major negative effects to moderate caffeine consumption. I will admit that I have been addicted at times, but I am more careful now. I think caffeine addiction can be brought on by by consuming it for a specific need each day, like getting up and moving. I am sure to skip days of caffeine use, sometimes several days in a row, so I can enjoy it when I choose to instead of use it when I have to.

    • Claire says

      Coffee affects your metabolism black or not, I switched to yerba mate tea. But when I was drinking coffee I craved the flavored syrups, so instead I used vanilla or almond extract, it does the trick exactly. If you NEED it sweetened use stevia, they even have a variety of flavored liquid stevia.

      • Leigh says

        I use to buy flavored coffees and “need” sweetener in my coffee, but now I use coconut milk too. One thing I’ve found is that the flavor/quality of the coffee makes a huge difference. Some of the flavored coffees I used to like with cream and sweetener taste awful or just bland without it. I go for darker roasts now with more of their own natural flavor. Also, you could try adding ground cinnamon or a cinnamon stick for some added flavor and a hint of sweetness. I did this for a while, but honestly now I love the taste of the unsweetened coffee.

      • Maria says

        “If you NEED it sweetened use stevia…”
        Good grief! It’s no wonder there are people out there that wonder why it “isn’t working”. How about this instead:
        If you NEED your coffee sweetened, it’s a clear cut sign that you NEED to get off the sugar (in ANY form).
        I think you’re 100% spot on with your comments.

        • julie says

          It’s comments like these (Maria) that turn me off of Paleo. The strident, militant, often downright hostile attitude. (this is not the first forum I’ve seen it.) People are trying, we’re imperfect, we fall down, we get back up, but we’re improving, every day. Everyone is in a different place on this continuum, and each step forward should be respected, not demeaned. We write in for help, not criticism.

          • Sarah says

            Thank you Julia! I totally agree with your comments here. Mostly I have found overwhelming support in the Paleo community, but every once and awhile you get the attitude from someone that if you don’t have the will power of a saint, you are a failure. Most of what I have encountered from proponents of Paleo encourages a balanced lifestyle. If you can’t enjoy your life, including what you fuel it with, then what is the point? I was asking for Paleo-approved coffee flavoring suggestions, not more ways to cheat, so I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and comments. I may not agree with everyone’s ideas, but I’m certainly not going to tear them down for them. I really enjoy the discourse on this site, so thanks everyone for your ideas and opinions!

          • JasonS says

            If a super diligent diet and lifestyle aren’t your thing, I will never fault you. I just want everyone to know why they may not be getting the results they want. Once you have the knowledge you need, how you choose to use it is up to you. There is no point in hating your life. Make a decision you can live with and call it good.

      • JasonS says

        Stevia, like all artificial sweeteners, will help you stay insulin resistant. Avoid them.

        As far as coffee affecting your metabolism, you should not be drinking it by the gallon, or at all if your stress and cortisol levels are high or if your sleep patterns are bad. Otherwise, enjoy your coffee responsibly. Friends don’t let friends drink coffee until they twitch. :)

    • Charron says

      Try almond milk. I switched to using that and I really like it in my coffee.
      A friend had some for her daughter who is lactose intolerant and I even like it just as a straight beverage on its own. Just be sure to get the unsweetened kind.
      I have tried the coconut “milk” offerings and I don’t like them very much although I love canned coconut milk or cream for curries and cooking.

      • says

        I second the almond milk. Granted I have only tried it so far in iced coffee but it cuts the bitterness of coffee nicely. I make my own almond milk as well.

  20. Tom says

    I just started on this a few weeks ago. The first couple of weeks were hell, I felt like I was dying. But I am now 7 pounds down and starting to feel really good. I still struggle with some foods and have a crazy sweet tooth. Though it’s not totally paleo, for now I have been buying things like low carb ice cream to get me through. These at least don’t spike my blood sugar. They also make sugar free coffee syrups, creamers, etc. I’m not looking at these as ideal or permanent, just a temporary stop gap measure. I’m still struggling with giving in to having a sandwich or quesadilla once or twice a week, so my next stop is eating 100 percent grain free.

  21. Candi Sharpe says

    Thank you for posting!! I have dabbled in Paleo but my Crossfit gym is dping a Whole Life challenge starting August 1. I needed to be reminded of the little that can get big quickly and thwart my efforts. Thanks again for your words!!

  22. Emily says

    Of course once again Jason you have made an amazing point. I can’t have cheats, although I call them splurges, all the time and expect to slim down. Sometimes we just need to rip the bandaid off now matter how much we know it will hurt it will be better in the long run than pulling slowly. Dive right in and don’t look back! Thanks for the kick in the rear to get myself back on track!!

  23. Elisabeth says

    Any recommendations on trainers in Corvallis? Clackamas is a bit of a drive.

    I’m slowly adding more and more paleo to my life, and while I walk and bike lots (and am pretty happy with my results so far with diet & sleep), I’d like to work with someone to get more ideas and fine tune stuff I’m already doing and push on to new stuff. I don’t think I could currently do a pull-up, for example. And I don’t know how to work up to that.


  24. says

    Great post Jason! And thank you Sarah for having Jason as a guest poster!

    Cataloging everything is a great way of finding out what may be affecting someone. Sometimes we think a product may be good for us because it says “low carb” or “good for you”. Even if we may think that it is natural (as in the OJ example) it may not be a good thing for our bodies.

    Thank you Jason!

  25. says

    To bad I am not in Portland (anymore, 2 years since moved), or that I haven’t discovered you when I was.
    Gluten-sensitive and out of eating it for a year, close-to-Paleo since February, strict since June. Do I cheat? Yes. And I don’t blame “unknown causes” when results slow down. I always know I need to buckle down and get it real. There was a post at Get Rich Slowly yesterday, and while it had a question of a different nature, lots of responses were in terms of “Oh, but I can’t…cook by myself, exercise, have metabolism, parents’ genes, no time…”We all can, we choose to or not to. We all can get better, if not in greatest shape of ’em all. Depends what our own goals/values are.
    I agree that only honest writing down is what really shows you where you stand.

    • JasonS says

      And if you are looking for an excuse, and it’s accompanying drug, most docs are more than willing to help with that.

  26. cTo says

    Crazy timing, man, I was just moping today about how im not making as much progress as I was. I’ve been on the lifestyle now for almost two months and have lost about 18 pounds, but its really tapered off in the last few weeks. On top of that, I’ve been coming off of antidepressant medication (my depression and anxiety levels have PLUMMETED since switching my diet. My psychiatrist even asked me for more info on paleo) which has thrown my appetite for a loop. I’ve been crazy hungry all the time, craving high-carb foods. A friend of mine has been paleo for two years and I was talking to him about it just this morning. He thinks I need more fats in my diet cause im not getting enough calories on a few cuts of meat and veggies alone. He also points out that its good that im eating fruit and not processed sugars but that I need to eat less fruit now to really break the sugar habit.

    Anyway, this post on top of all that was a nice way to round out the @$$-kicking :) Thanks!

  27. Shannon says

    Please tell me how awful diet soda is so I can finally stop drinking it!!!

    I have anywhere from 1-3/day. Yet ironically try to cut all other processed foods out.

    • Debbie Seward says

      Please google the side effects of Phenalanylyne (sp?) It is most diet products. It is a drug!!! That is why it is so addictive. Here is a start http://www.sweetpoison.com/phenylalanine.html
      I have been soda free for 3 1/2 years and still struggle with the addiction. I have not consumed any because I know I drink and I would be back on it….good luck to you…

    • Jason says

      Aspartame is an excitotoxin. Bad news. I have also trained quite a few people who suffered from migraines after years of diet soda drinking.

  28. N says

    Argh, don’t know if I should thank you for the ass-kick or be mad (okay, I do know I should thank you). I have been putting off keeping a food/sleep/etc. log forever now bc frankly aside from keeping an eye on the contents of my grocery shopping I didn’t want to know the rest :/…

    Ignorance is not bliss. Time to write all the other stuff down. <>

  29. Debbie Seward says

    I am one of those who emailed Jason and he did recommend writing everything down. So I did just that and found I was doing too many “paleo” cheats. This is a great write-up, and I see the common sense in eating just plain old food. It is encouraging to me to have Jason challenge me to keep it clean and super discouraging to see so many ‘paleo eating people’ with so many cheat excuses. Clean eating will clean up any issues (or at least improve them) that you may be having with your health. Pills prescribed by doctors are not going to make things better, they will create new problems. Our bodies are designed to heal themselves when they are respected with the foods that come from the ground, not from the ground, turned into something else and presented to us as a possible health food. Doctors prescribe long term medications to make money, not to make you better. Excuse me, I need to go write down what I ate for lunch :)

  30. KimberlyL says

    Excellent post. My husband and I started paleo on July 3. The biggest struggle for me has been giving up a 6 pack a day diet soda habit, which I did cold turkey. We have been about 90% compliant – questionable salad dressings when we eat out, a small piece of dark chocolate when I was premenstral, etc. (I would love some tips about how folks get through the premenstral cravings!)

    Yesterday, I thought I would “treat” myself to a iced chai tea latte – with milk and honey. It tasted so sweet to me that I tossed it after the first sip. I am feeling good and have more energy and have lost 12 pounds to boot. I am meeting with a personal trainer who is also paleo next week to kick in the exercise. It’s tough – but doable and the results are woth it.

  31. says

    Guess my original comment was deleted. I’m curious if you came to a new conclusion. Honestly, I was not trying to stir up trouble. I was sincere in my comment.

  32. Stacy W. says

    Is using essential oils cheating? They are natural and processed, kind of. I use them topically and some, like grapefruit oil or cinammon oil, internally. I am brand new to the Paleo diet. My D.O. told me a few months ago that I needed to have a “caveman diet” and I got really discouraged because there weren’t a lot of options out there for me, until now. My friend introduced me to the Paleo diet about two weeks ago and I bought Sarah’s cookbook and am well on my way to great and wonderful variety in this realm of diet/eating. I have been eating gluten-free for a while because of my autistic son, but I am going to work on getting rid of all grain and dairy (I love cheese). Anyway, I was introduced to essential oils at a natural healing therapy camp for my son and am wondering if using these is considered cheating? Thanks for info!

    • Jason says

      I don’t have any experience with essential oils. They are not a natural part of the human diet so you would need to find the omega 6/omega 3 ratios. My guess is that they will probably be omega 6 heavy and therefore bad, but I could be wrong.

      • Sarah says

        Essential oils are typically used as perfume or in aromatherapy. Unless you are slathering yourself with an essential oil that contains a ton of grapeseed oil (for example) I wouldn’t think twice about using essential oils. Much better in my opinion then the fancy fragrances that has God knows what in them that we absorb into our skin when we spray it on. A touch of lavender oil makes me happy personally… : )

  33. Erin says

    Thank you for this! I try to follow paleo and love how I feel while I’m on it: not as tired and not bloated after eating are my two favorite effects from paleo. I found that as soon as I quit writing down my meals I started cheating more often. I no longer held my self accountable. It is way to easy to “forget” that cheat when I don’t have to look at it on that paper.

    I do take birth BC (the pill) because neither I or my boyfriend are ready for kids at this point. My mood is improved and I have a more regular cycle.

    I personally CHOOSE to take it because I CHOOSE not to have kids.

    I was not offended by this blog and took it as the way I believe it was meant to be. I hold myself accountable for what I am doing to my body and whether I take it necessarily or un-necessarily there is a consequence for me taking something my body was not originally designed to take. It has given me a perspective other than my own that made me think twice about my other options so I can choose if there is something else out there I can do instead.
    Thank you!

  34. christy says

    Great post Jason (as always)!! As i read each stage ….i can clearly remember myself being in each one on more then one occasion and wondering WHY IS THIS NOT WORKING?!…. FINALLY I have it dialed and am so grateful to you!!! it took awhile but its all just a matter of getting your head in the right place and having a great trainer I’m so lucky to workout with you! thank you thank you thank you!!!

  35. says

    So…how come the responsibility of BC needs to fall on the woman’s shoulders? I’ve been with my girl (42 year old girl) for 13 years and I still use condoms. Why do women think THEY need to be the one to take a pill?

    BTW, if you’re taking “birth control” for a reason other than preventing pregnancy, then you’re just taking hormones. Acetaminophen is commonly used for headaches but people don’t call it headache control. The “birth control” thing is a lovely example of how the pharmaceutical industry can convince the world they need their products by getting the world to refer to their drug by the action of one of its side effects.

    And for Shannon and her diet sodas, excitotoxin = kills brain cells by basically firing your synapses until they burn out. Fun, eh?

  36. Liz says

    What are your thoughts on coconut water as it contains ‘natural sugar?’ Would this liquid be seen as cheating?
    Great post by the way!!

    • JasonS says

      I’m on the fence about coconut water. It’s probably a bad idea for weight loss goals, but try it out for a while and see how you look/feel/perform.

  37. HMW84 says

    I love this post! I think we all need to hear the cold hard truth every once in a while to keep us on track. Or atleast I know I do. So thank you. Also as far as BC goes, as soon as I stared this journey I just felt like I needed to rid myself of anything artificial so I stopped on my own but I always had the question as to if that was the right choice or not. So I am glad this was discussed. I feel confident that I made the right choice in stopping. I had problems going off the pill in times past with heavy bleeding and cramps but not this time and I fully believe that its the way I eat and exercise now that controls that. Am I right? If we just feed our bodies the way they were meant to be fed then my monthly visitor might just normalize itself too? I am no where near a doctor so I am just speculating.

  38. Rachael says

    This post and comments following has made me very sad. I’ve tried every lifestyle change/diet out there and have had yo-yo success. I know I am physically capable of leaning out, its the sustaining the result that has always been the problem.

    I read Robb’s book and really felt like this might be the final solution for me. I’ve been eating paleo for going on 3 weeks now. I bought Sarah’s book and she also made it seem like it was easy, just follow common sense and use her recipes and your life will change. I do not allow myself nuts or fruit. I’ve kept my protein to grass fed/pastured sources and purchased all recommended supplements. I’ve been using the coconut oil. I’ve listened to Robb’s podcasts and bought Sarah’s book and have been enjoying her recipes.

    I have yet to lose any weight. As I’m finally not hungry and am not gaining, I’ve been trying to be patient with my body and continue to try this, but then I read this post and the comments. I can see if you are a crossfit trainer that it is likely very easy to be 100% compliant to the paleo lifestyle because your surrounded by those who understand. That’s great and I’m not knocking it. In my everyday life I have to be able to eat at company dinners where I have no choice as to menu, go out with friends, and find food on business trips. Occasionally, your going to need a breath mint/gum to not offend clients. I’ve made friends irritated for being picky about restaurants and have felt guilty at meals that I felt weren’t optimal but what was available. This lifestyle is socially isolating, especially if you’re single and dating. I realize some situations I have more control than others but some I simply have no control. In my reading of these blogs, forums, etc, I’ve seen very little in the way of suggestion for dealing with the realities most face day to day. I fear you will jump on this paragraph and dismiss me as “making excuses.” I would say its just reality.

    This post has made me feel like there is no hope.

    I understand that there are health benefits to be had other than leaning out but that’s my goal: sustained weight loss.

    The idea that unless I’m anything less than 100% compliant that I won’t be successful is too much to bear. It makes it sound as unsustainable as any other diet I’ve tried. I’m not one to make excuses for myself and really no one is harder on me than me. I just don’t know if I can continue now.

    • Sarah says

      Hi Rachael, I am not Jason but I’m sure he would feel the same in that this post was NOT in ANYWAY intended to discourage people from eating paleo or to make people feel like if they are not 100% compliant all of the time that they are failing, it’s simply a suggestion to some folks who feel like they are not getting the results that they want to take a step back and see what they are eating on a day to day basis and maybe make some tweaks in order to get the results they are looking for. The reality is that grains, dairy, legumes, and sugar is really making people sick and unhealthy, and if you are doing your darn best to avoid those foods as often as possible, you are doing so much better than just giving up! You do have to make this work for you life and as you continue to eat paleo, it really does get easier, I promise! Jason’s post was simply a reminder that often folks let a lot of non paleo foods slip in without even being aware of it and if you start writing down your food it might help people realize what they need to dial in more, especially for folks who might be not feeling as great or performing like they want to after making a change to how they are living. I don’t think you are making excuses, I know how hard it can be, and if you are feeling better, please stick with it, I would so much rather have folks make this work then throw in the towel because they are not perfect. Hell, no one’s perfect but with some encouragement we can all do the best we can to live as healthy as possible in the real world we live in.

    • JasonS says

      I agree whole-heartedly with Sarah. I would also like to add that I don’t think most people find this way of eating all that difficult once they get past the hard stages in the first couple of weeks. If, over time, you inch yourself toward full compliance with little baby steps, I think you will see that you don’t have to resign yourself to being miserable like on most diets. Most diets require you to test yourself to find out how long you can be miserable. If you can get used to starving yourself long enough you might just get smaller, but certainly not healthier. With paleo you will feel substantially better. This makes it really easy for most people to stay motivated. But to restate Sarah’s point, if you never make it that far, just keep making healthy decisions and be proud of yourself for each one. We’re rooting for you!

      Also, don’t get hung up on the number on the scale. This post will help: http://everydaypaleo.com/2011/06/22/attention-scale-addicts-part-2/

    • Leslie says

      I know what you mean when you say that Paleo can feel socially isolating. In some situations, I just tell people that I’m gluten and lactose intolerant. That usually shuts them up, or they then give me a laundry list of places I can find gluten free breads, cookies… And I tell them thanks, I’ll look into it. But I mostly tell people that I don’t eat that “stuff” (all things non-paleo) because it just isn’t good for me, and that I feel so much better because of it.

      Bottom line, if you like the lifestyle, and it works for you, stick with it, you’ll find people to be in the paleo corner with you and it will get easier.

  39. Liesel says

    As far a “not sugar” goes- I was under the impression that stevia was a natural choice and far better than Splenda or other artifical sweeteners???

    • JasonS says

      Stevia could be better, but as Dr. Kurt Harris says, it’s all like smoking candy cigarettes. In my opinion, it’s just easier to divorce yourself from these kinds of things instead of trying to find replacements for them. I know that sounds harsh, and I’m not suggesting that this approach is right for everyone, but I know that if I’m regularly eating paleo muffins it is really only a matter of time before I’ll be staring at the empty paper where a Costco muffin used to be.

  40. Marcheline says

    My advice to men who advise women to use IUDs is this: When you’re ready to walk around with a wire stuck inside YOUR genitalia, then you’re ready to tell women to use an IUD.

    Next: Gum? Is sugar-free gum a no-go? I must know, because I chew sugar-free gum A LOT. I’ve been seeing good results since going paleo, but if stopping the gum will help, then I’ll quit.

    • JasonS says

      Sugar free gum is a no-go. Even sugar free gum will inhibit insulin sensitivity. I had a client give up sugar free gum as the final step in an otherwise clean paleo diet and and she lost 4 lbs of fat in the following week. She didn’t even have that much to lose.

  41. Jen says

    For the first time in years I gave up my Diet Coke this morning and had coffee with coconut milk a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Do you think vanilla is fine to add? I appreciate this post ad it motivated me to become more Paleo compliant.

  42. Kayleen says

    Thanks Jason for the great post! I have a question. I went to the Whole9 seminar back in I believe it was October (I think you were actually there) in Vancouver Washington. My husband and I had been doing paleo with cheats for about a year. So I had hit a plato in my weight loss and it was very frustrating. After the whole9 seminar my husband and I did the whole30 program. ALL THE WAY. Like… to a teeee. I even cut out gum. I felt great by the end… but did not have any weight loss. I am 5’7 and couldn’t get under 160. Everyone looked at me and said you look great, you don’t need to lose any.. but I wanted to lean out. And at 160 I definitely had body fat to lose. My big question here is… How long do you think it takes to lose that extra 10 pounds when when you are following paleo very strictly? I was getting so crazy about food consumption and not losing weight that I was worried my one piece of fruit a day was keeping me from going down. I have a hard time believing that it was my worrying that kept the pounds from going down. Was I just not doing it long enough? After the 30 days the holidays hit and then I got pregnant, so I wasn’t as strict. I would love some feedback on this for after my baby is born! Thanks so much

    • JasonS says

      Are you just monitoring your weight? What happened to your circumference measurements? See this post for how deceptive weight can be – http://everydaypaleo.com/2011/06/22/attention-scale-addicts-part-2/

      You also make no mention of exercise. How often and what type of exercise are you doing? If your diet and exercise were right you should have seen some fat loss, but of course, as demonstrated in the above post, the scale can’t tell you much about fat loss.

      • Kayleen says

        After I wrote that post I actually went to your site and read that last night! Very very good post and honestly the first time I’ve felt like I really should throw the scale away. Exercise, I worked out at Crossfit X-factor about 4 times a week, and on other days I either rested or went on runs. I’ve been doing crossfit for a couple years now, and at the time I was actually aiming towards competeing. I looked fit, but there was definitely fat still there… I didn’t know exactly how much fat loss there was or if I had any at all. I was logging my food every day and measuring weekly… the measurements went down slightly during that month. (The reason why I keep talking about it like it’s in the past is because shortly after that 30 day challenge I got pregnant and am now due in 3 weeks :) so things have changed a bit in terms of goals). But I am really hoping to get down to where I want to be after I have this baby.

        • JasonS says

          It kinda sounds like you might have been over doing the training a bit. CrossFit 4 days per week is already pretty serious, but adding runs to that was probably keeping your cortisol high, which will keep fat on you. Since you said you were aiming at competing, I would definitely remove anything that looked like cardio since your workouts were probably pretty intense. But remember, you will always have to trade some health for peak performance. CrossFit competition, like pro football and running marathons, is not something you do because your goal is to live a long time and be the picture of health. It is a sport. I’m not passing judgment on anyone who want to compete in anything, but understand the risk/reward.

  43. Kate says

    On a positive note regarding medications, since I’ve been eating Paleo (January 2011), I’m completely off my stomach medications for Crohn’s Disease, taking only 1/3 of my Celexa dosage (for Crohn’s as well) and I haven’t gotten sick in months. I’ve never felt so strong and happy in my whole life. I’ve also lost 20 lbs and look smokin hot *fans self*

    Big time congrats to everybody who is feeling better, healthier, stronger. Jason, I LOVE your attitude.

    A fellow badass,

  44. Anna says

    I want so much to succeed… but I’m losing steam. I gained a lot of weight during a long illness that turned out to be celiac’s disease. After a month of regular GF eating boyfriend and I went paleo (I read Cordain’s book, but still drink raw milk sometimes as recommended by my doctor, I need it to replace the calcium celiac’s pulled out of my bones)… four months in I crossfit 3-5 days a week and run when I can but haven’t dropped a millimeter from any part of my body. I getting horribly depressed about it. Is it possible some people are just doomed to be heavy?

    • JasonS says

      I don’t think so. You just haven’t found the answer yet.

      If it was me, I’d get rid of the milk. If your doc is positive that you need calcium, take a supplement, but the calcium in milk isn’t all that bio available, especially if you have celiac and damaged microvilli. When your gut is healed you should be able to uptake more calcium, but I doubt the casein in the milk is helping. I’m not offering medical advise, just that you might want to look into milk and gut irritation/celiac.

    • mmccourt says


      I’m not a professional but I’d recommend cutting out the milk as well. If you check out Robb Wolf’s podcasts and forum, as well as other celiac forums, a lot of celiacs have issues with milk proteins. Keep in mind whenever you have inflammation in the body (and you do), it’s going to take more time to drop the pounds. I have Hashimoto’s and it took me 3 years before my body healed enough to let me drop any weight and even then, it was only a pound or two. It takes a lot of patience but stay the course. If what you were doing before wasn’t working, then why go back to it?

      I’d also recommend reading Chris Kresser’s blog – The Healthy Skeptic (he sees patients via phone/skype) and the Jaminets over at The Perfect Health Diet. Both are wonderful sources of information. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s GAPS diet is also supposed to work wonders for healing the gut. I don’t have experience with it but I’ve read and heard many success stories.

      But whatever you do, never stop asking questions to your practitioners. Research and research and research some more!

    • Rachel H says

      Calcium citrate is much more bioavailable than the calcium in milk, and has no hormone, sugar or protein issues.

      And magnesium citrate to go with it – calcium isn’t the only mineral you’re short on.

      I’m also using iodine supps (Lugol’s Solution) – anyone who has absorption issues is likely to be low on iodine.

      More info here – http://theiodineproject.webs.com/ and Google is your friend!

      Good luck! Good health! :o)

      I am not a doc. This is not medical advice – it’s my opinion and experience.

    • Veronica says

      Anna- you may also want to look into the GAPS diet to really focus on fully healing your gut before going to a full paleo diet. For example, at this stage even nuts may be too difficult for you to digest. You should probably be consuming bone broths daily – it is very healing for your gut and the best source of calcium. Best of luck to you!

  45. says

    Hey, I just wanted to say that I recently stumbled upon your site, and that I love the info you’ve been posting, especially all the recipes. I’m making the meatball one for dinner tomorrow night.

    Last january I started a paleo type diet, did really well on it, dropped 50 pounds, no longer had insulin resistance symptoms, allergies were a lot better, etc. I started my site to talk about my journey into getting healthy again. Although the past couple months I haven’t been doing so well with it, including not updating my site. Reading what you have to offer, and the recipes you’ve got are giving me some drive to get back into changing my lifestyle.

    so, thanks and keep it up!

  46. Erin says

    I just started Paleo on Monday, the 25th. I’m kind of surprised that I lost 4lbs because, while I have not cheated once and have had no temptation to do so, I’m eating way more fruit than the 1 serving that is recommended. In fact, I did not expect to lose any because of that but I’m happy to be wrong:) I’m sure I won’t keep up at this pace given that I’m chugging fruit at the rate I breathe air. I plan to gorge on fruit for the few remaining weeks of summer then it will naturally taper back to the 1-2 servings that are recommended for someone attempting weight loss.

    My biggest reason for going Paleo wasn’t for weight loss, though I do have 15 lbs that I wouldn’t mind shedding, but to regulate my hormones. I have terrible acne, migraines, difficult menstrual cycles – the whole works. Already my skin has cleared and so far no migrains. Woo hoo! I’m very hopeful at this point but I think the true test will be in a month or two.

    Love your book, love your site – Thanks so much!

    • B says

      I have to say that I totally agree with you about the acne, migraines, etc…since changing my lifestyle to paleo two months ago, my skin is clear and my headaches have subsided. Cramps have been lessened, period is regular…
      Also, just a bit of friendly advice. As tempting as it is, cheating will hurt more than you think. I had a sandwich. A SANDWICH. It was all veggies, and wheat bread. It was the bread that did me in, and I’m sure the sauce that was on the veggies. Worst headache ever. Don’t even bother!

  47. Grace says

    So, I’m certain I haven’t read enough, but I have a question. This is about the original post (by Sara), when she talks about eating being linked to exercise. I have a rare genetic disorder that makes my collagen (all of it) not work properly. The first time I had a joint dislocation was in the crib. (I swear my first memory is standing in front of the xray machine in my lemon sherbet yellow footed jammies) Exercise is dangerous for me ~ and it’s also all I’ve ever wanted to do. Run and jump and play. I do have benefit from properly eating paleo (4 weeks, 12 pounds, 3 inches, no exercise! ~ I love telling people that!).
    Are there specific recommendations for those unable to exercise in ‘normal’ ways?

    • JasonS says

      Wow, Grace, I’m not sure what to tell you. Without knowing more about you condition and having some face-to-face time with you, I don’t really know what you are capable of. I can tell you with confidence that some movement is better than none. If there are things you know you can do without hurting yourself (maybe walking, body weight movements?) then do them, but I would hate to recommend anything that might hurt you.

      • Grace says

        Thanks, Jason! Nice to just be heard. One knee (the ‘good’ one) has about 70% of its cartilage; and the other was destroyed in a car accident. So walking, even though I very much love it, is not my sport. I do have a rebounder, and as long as my back is not out of joint, I do that. I like the pool, but you couldn’t really call it swimming. Warm water pool is very good (and hard to get to), and they have an assistant and exercises to do with pool weights or noodles. [I learned swimming wasn’t so great for me the first time I was in the warm water pool, and kicked, and promptly dislocated a knee.] Cardio is what I crave. Probably stationary bike would do that, and I’m approved for it, as it’s no impact.
        Even if I never do find one that’s good for me, I’m so happy to find clean eating and a community to support it!

  48. Javier says

    Hi there, rad site. I just started paleo two days ago and so far I’m totally in love with it! My wife (on a vegan diet) thinks it’s funny that I’m into it as much as I am. One of my questions is, would you consider tennis as a paleo-worthy exercise? I love playing 2 – 3 hours of tennis a few times per week – extremely rigorous play, lots of sprinting, side stepping, etc.
    My next question is, how much is too much? For example, the other night I made a lamb shank stew and practically ate the entire thing! I used, carrots, onions, ghee, 2 fresh 100% organic lamb shanks, and chicken broth (and spices for taste) – it was delicious, so I ate it all. Is that bad?
    Looking forward to your response!

    • JasonS says

      Tennis is great exercise, play often, but I would also recommend that you pick up some heavy stuff (lift weights).

      Your stew sounds legit. Eat all you want. When we eat right, our body works right, and we can trust all those biochemical signals that tell us when we are hungry and when we have had enough.

      • Javier says

        Thanks JasonS, I have a 3 year old daughter who’s heavy enough for daily pick ups :). I’ll be sure to add some weight to my daily routine. And the stew was legit!

  49. Kayla says

    Hey guys!
    This is not related (necessarily) to this post, but I figured this was as good as any to ask. Do you have any recommended daily Vitamins to take (brand, for women, etc.)? Or do you recommend not taking them daily at all? I would also love if they didn’t break my bank. So many Vitamins these days are super expensive.

    • JasonS says

      You shouldn’t really need a daily vitamin if your diet is right. That said, if your diet is still a little rough around the edges you may be misusing the vitamins you eat and a multi wouldn’t hurt. I recommend that all my clients take vit D, magnesium, and a couple grams of fish oil.

  50. Steph says

    I’m having trouble. I work at a grocery store (Trader Joe’s) and people think it’s a great and healthy grocery store (we do have some healthy things) but most of the things we open for people to try aren’t healthy or paleo! I just can’t seem to help myself to try these tasty treats. I also need to find a way to keep my energy up while I’m on the floor, I can’t just walk away from what I’m doing to grab something especially if I’m on a register for hours at a time. If I’m at home or any where else I’m ok. Any suggestions or help? I just started trying to keep a food journal. HELP!

    • Tanya says

      Hi Steph,
      Trader Joes has some great paleo options. As I live in a home with 5 other people who are not paleo , I have 3 suggestions for you:

      The first and most important is to make a commitment to stay paleo for a length of time, either 30 days like Robb Wolf says, or even just for one day (in the morning when I wake up I make a commitment to myself to be paleo for that one day). Once I make a commitment to myself for my health, it is easier to say no to those treats at the checkout stand.

      Suggestion number 2 is to have plenty of paleo snacks around to eat when you can. If I have emergency protein available like grilled, chicken breast strips, tuna salad, hard boiled eggs, or raw almonds, I am less likely to cheat.

      Finally, #3 is to make sure you eat enough protein before you start your shift and on your break. And once you have been paleo for a few days, you tend to not crave the sweet stuff as much and it will be easier to say no.
      Good luck, and maybe I will see you in line at TJs!

    • Holly says

      Trader Joe’s carries buffalo jerky! Why not tear into that when you feel like you’ll go insane without eating those darn veggie chips? It’s got a bit too much salt, but it’s really not too bad when you consider what else it’s made of. I feel your pain; Joe’s has some yummy crap!

  51. Ellana says

    We’ve been on paleo for about 8 weeks and my dear husband has lost 20 or more pounds and feels goooood! He looks so much better in his face too. We walk our dogs for 30-40 minutes a day and lift heavy things at the gym three times a week plus the usual home and garden maintenance. He is fine. I didn’t need to lose weight and I’ve lost about 4 pounds. I am so full after eating. Any ideas? I cannot afford to lose another pound. I have lovely muscles – all that protein really paid off and my energy level is good. I have gotten very strong of late – so cool.

    • JasonS says

      If your muscle mass is good, losing more fat probably isn’t a problem. If you feel like you are getting too lean you can always increase your intake of starchier carbs like sweet potatoes, yams, and butternut squash. And of course, keep your fat intake up, but make sure your fat sources are good quality, like grass fed beef, avocado, and coconut oil.

  52. Beth Birdsell says

    Sarah I just love your posts I started living a Paleo lifestyle two months ago and have lost 20 pounds. Now I am going to kick into gear some exercise – I bought your book – love the receipts… My 21 year old just got a job at a Mongollin grill and I get to pick what foods I want in dish – I told him he needs to creat a Paleo combo for the customers that come in … reminds me of your old son …

  53. Tabs says

    Thanks so much for the website. My boyfriend and I are a month into the diet and I am down 9 lbs and a full pants size. I have combined workouts with the diet and have found this the easiest way to lose weight in years – due the fact that we CAN eat. We truly appreciate the website for offering recipes that can add flavor to our meals. The lack of salt has been the hardest part thusfar and we are looking forward to adding variety to our meals.

  54. Brandon Douglas says

    I’m a shift worker ( paramedic ) and I’m having trouble with finding the beat meals while on shift. 99% of the time I am unable to get to a microwave to heat a meal.

    Any suggestions on some meals I can eat that don’t require a microwave. I need enough meals to last almost 12 hour shifts.


    • Sarah says

      If you have an ice chest you can pack chicken salads, avocados, hard boiled eggs, lettuce wraps, deli meat, veggies, fruit, trail mix, tuna salad, strips of leftover steak, pork, or chicken.

  55. Christa says

    When is it cheating vs. choosing to, as Robb would say, “kick your heels up once in awhile.”? I’m new to paleo and used to think of my diet as pretty good- no stranger to grass fed meats, organic local produce and other nutrient dense foods. However, I did (& do) have a huge sweet tooth that was becoming more of a thorn in my side. Also, I am the daughter of a Celiac, and though I wasn’t showing any obvious signs of a gluten intolerance, I had decided months ago to begin going gluten-free prophylatically. So when I read Robb’s book, I went paleo the next day. I knew my sugar cravings were an early sign of metabolic derangement, as was the little bit of fat I was beginning to store at my waist. With paleo, I was hoping to nip both in the bud. I did well initially, losing almost 6 pounds in two weeks. Then I had a cheat. Weight started going back up despite getting back to paleo. Two weeks later, I feel like I’m still recovering from that cheat. Obviously, my metabolism is not healed sufficiently to be able to handle even minor deviations, so in my case, everything is a cheat. But will there come a time when I can “kick my heels up” and not have to start over from square 1 the next day? How will I know when that day comes? Also, I started Crossfit 3 weeks ago. I only workout this way 3 times a week, but I do have a stressful job. How do I know when exercise is being counterproductive and is itself the reason “why isn’t this working?”

  56. Lynn says

    Does the Paleo diet work for people who take a large fose of anti-depressants? I seem to have trouble losing weight on many diets because of the anti-depressant medication that I take. What is your take on this matter?

  57. Danielle says

    Great article. I do so well for a few days then I cheat. I am happy to see I am not the only one battling this delima.

  58. says

    This is an awesome site. I’ve been on it for two days and already feel better. My question is this: I train for Ironmans. I don’t think that’s in the recommended exercise but I’m not sure. Is it possible to get enough calories in on paleo when some days I burn in excess of 5000. Also, do you know of any paleo drink substitutes for Gatorade? I know it’s all sugar but that’s what I’m fueled on during long workouts and races. Otherwise, outside of working out, I’m trying to follow the rules. Any suggestions?
    Thanks, Claire

    • Lauren says

      Whole Foods has a great product that I drink after workouts…Coconut Water and Lime. It has lots of potassium and electrolytes from the coconut, and the lime makes it super refreshing.

  59. Anna says

    Great post. I was one of those “in denial” people. I went paleo a year ago, but I cheated all the time – sugar in coffee, lots of takeout, store-bought condiments, rice, potatoes, alcohol, not exercising or sleeping enough… I was at a healthy weight, but I felt I still had lots of bodyfat to lose. So at the end of June this year I was honest with myself and got back on the right track. Since then I’ve had no sugars, starches, grains, dairy, or alcohol, none at all. I haven’t eaten out. I’m eating nothing except organic veggies, pastured meat and eggs, wild fish, and some organic fruit. I’ve had a dozen macadamias maybe twice, no other nuts or seeds. Plenty of good fats: coconut oil for cooking, olive or walnut oil for salads. Coconut milk in coffee sometimes, though most times I drink it black, and I’ve cut down my intake from approximately 4-5 cups a day to 2, sometimes 1. Apart from that, I only drink water. I don’t have mints or gum or diet soda or other stuff like that, EVER. I’ve been taking a multivitamin and cod liver oil every day. I’ve been exercising like clockwork three times a week doing HIITs and getting at least 8-9 hrs of sleep a night.

    Well, you probably saw this coming but… Yep, it’s still not working. I read your other posts that said many people have too high expectations for their bodies, but I don’t feel it’s the case with me… I know my body’s limits, I know I’ll never be a supermodel, and I’m not too hard on myself – I wear a size 12, have granny arms despite constant weight lifting, and I’m only 35. It’s embarrassing and depressing… Not to mention, a great reason for anti-paleo people to say things like, “no wonder you can’t lose weight, look at all that fat and meat you’re eating!”

    I know paleo is the way to go because physically I feel amazing on it. I just want to feel amazing emotionally, too. I want to get into a bikini without feeling the burning need to cover my 40″, cellulite-ridden hips… What’s your take on my situation? Am I still doing something wrong?

    • sheila says

      Anna, I am dealing with this same dilemma. Look at the previous post called “you cant fix a body you hate” and my reply to it. Good Luck!

  60. Kris says

    This post is exactly what I needed to read! I have been lackadaisically following Paleo for about a month now, and while I don’t regularly weigh myself, I know that I haven’t lost any significant weight and now I can’t lie to myself anymore as to why. Sometimes you just need a good, swift kick in the behind to get you going and this post is just what the doctor ordered. Thank you!!

  61. Noah says


    Love the site!

    I’ve been doing a modified Paleo diet (very strict during the week and bad on the weekends) for over a year. I mainly eat to fuel so many of my meals were simple, but very healthy. Lots of lean, lean meats and veggies with a little bit of fat here and there (until the weekend).
    Now, I am on strict Paleo (have one cheat day a week), but started using your site because my meals were getting super boring.
    Since making your recipes, my pants have become a little tighter. My question for you is, am I going to gain some weight at first due to the increase in animal fats and oils that you call for in your recipes? For example, I made the Sun Dried Tomato Chicken and Brussel Sprouts with Bacon last night for dinner and the “Fun Burger” the night before. I NEVER eat bacon, and the first recipe called for all the olive oil that was in the jar of tomatoes. I would typically never use that much oil. The meals just seemed heavier than I am use to.
    However, it was much tastier, but I just want to make sure that I am doing this right because again, I am use to the same old Chicken and Veggies for dinner and Eggwhites and Spinach for breakfast…
    Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!

  62. Stacie says

    I’ve been trying paleo for 9 days now, seeing no difference. I’m watching my portions for protein and fruits but not vegetables. I was told eat as much vegetables as you can. I was a huge carb/candy person and I do like lattes (woops) but since I don’t have one everyday and only have had 2 in the past 9 days along with only clean eating I would think that wouldn’t make such a huge impact. I am less bloated but haven’t lost any weight at all. Can someone give me some input or help me please? It would be greatly appreciated! If I’m doing this I want to do this 100 percent!

  63. alyssa says

    I have the worst alternating IBS, predominately ibs-c though, with horrible bloating and stomach problems…I tried the low FODMAPS diet VERY strictly for a long time, months….It made everything much worse and added problems…Is the Paleo diet much different than the low FODMAPS?….(PS I do not have another underlying health issue- I was tested thoroughly)

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