Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Paleo Fallback Diet

I was thinking: If I could go back, and start all over with regards to nutrition, what would I do (with what I have learned)? I think I would do (what I would call) a "Paleo Fallback Diet", basically a Paleo based "elimination diet". I think the minimal diet would look something like that:
  • Fish (but not shellfish)
  • White rice (but not brown rice, nor wild rice)
  • Potatoes
  • Plantains
  • Coconut Fat
  • Greens (like green-leaf salad)
  • Maybe some tubers or carrots (maybe)
  • Salt
  • Water
Of course, if someone has known problems with any of that, they should not eat it (and try to find something safe to replace it). But as far as I know, these foods should be "safe" for the majority of people in the world – it should be safe to fall-back to these (and only these) foods for an indefinite time. The only exception might be potatoes (darn, if I knew).

I would try to eat only from the above list, for at least a month. Prepare the foods freshly if possible, and best not to use anything that comes with a ingredient list.

And I would especially remove the following foods from my diet, for at least a month:
  • Remove all dairy, beef, veal and lamb
  • Remove all cereal grains
  • Remove all seed oils (with the sole exception of coconut fat) and remove margarine!
  • Remove eggs and chicken
  • Remove all other meats and shellfish (except fish)
  • Remove all sugar ("sucrose") and fructose (and remove honey, and even go so far and remove all fruits except plantains)
  • Remove soy
  • Remove beans/lentils/pulse and so on
After I have eaten this diet for a month, I would then go and reintroduce certain foods for a few days at a time. Eat some bread, see what it does, and then remove it again from nutrition, see what that does. Wait a few days, then reintroduce dairy for a few days, see what it does, and then remove it again. And so on. Try pork, then remove again. Then maybe try shellfish, then remove again.

This would still be not a perfect way to find out what health problem is caused by what food, but it would enormously help compared to the blind stumbling that I had to do.

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