FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Paleo diet is a major deviation from the Standard American Diet (SAD) and naturally stirs up many questions.
The following information should enlighten some of your thoughts and concerns. If you're still not sure if Paleo is for you, our best advice is to try it for a month and assess your health at that point.
I've never heard of "Paleo." Is this another fad diet?
Paleo is a lifestyle and has been around for a long time. Recently, "Paleo" has moved to the forefront of the dietary news as increasingly more people find relief of life-long ailments just by changing what they eat. This is not a new fad diet but a fundamental understanding of the link between our human health and the health of soil, plants and animals around us. Try our detox to introduce your body to the Paleo lifestyle - just one month will give real answers to your questions about how Paleo will improve your health. At that point you can make the personal decision whether to incorporate these changes on a long term basis.
I've done lots of yo-yo dieting. I'm worried that this will be the same.
You are not alone. Many people yo-yo diet because when the "diet" portion is done, they go right back to their old habits -- the ones that obviously weren't working. Our class series will help you reach a healthy baseline and then show you how to test yourself for sensitivities. You will leave with new habits and the tools to continually optimize your personal food intake based on those sensitivities. Regardless of age or current health status, Paleo can effect remarkable change in quality of life – you just have to want a better life more than perceived comforts of junk food
Isn't Paleo just low-carb?
We like to think that Paleo is low-crap, not simply low-carb. This is a bit of a tricky question... When the guidelines are followed well, macro-nutrients are supplied mostly by healthy fats and moderate protein (read more details here) with carbs added in the form of plentiful colorful, nutrient-dense veggies and occasional fruits. Paleo is naturally much lower carb than the standard western diet, but there is no carb-counting involved per se (or calorie or fat-gram counting either). Paleo meals are built based primarily on needed nutrients and personal hunger levels.
So, no pizza for a month, huh?
Right, but it's only a month. We'll cut out all inflammatory foods to establish a baseline of health, then at the end of the detox, systematically add select items back in so participants can evaluate their personal inflammation triggers. Depending on the food, sometimes there's a reaction, sometimes not (pizza will surely trigger symptoms - heck, sometimes it's even worth the pain to satisfy a temporary craving), but eventually those yearnings subside as you discover how uncomfortable those foods make you feel. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide which foods can be comfortably digested by your system. By the way, there are many recipes for 'paleo pizza'!
What about coffee?
If you like coffee, we encourage you to enjoy it with your breakfast rather than a meal replacement. You may drink it black or with coconut or almond milk during the 28 days. If you are a regular coffee drinker and would like to withdraw, going through a sugar withdrawal concomitantly with caffeine withdrawal can create very uncomfortable symptoms. Therefore, we recommend waiting 1-2 weeks into the Paleo detox, then cut your caffeine consumption by half for a week (some accomplish this by combining with half decaf) followed by complete withdrawal the following week. For those with autoimmune conditions, coffee can be a symptom trigger.
What about stevia?
Stevia is a calorie-free sugar alternative refined from the root of a South American plant. It's significantly sweeter than table sugar. The good news is that for those who need a sweet crutch, stevia does not raise blood glucose levels and is a natural sugar alternative; The bad news is that your body still expects glucose when the sweet taste hits your tongue and will release insulin in response, reacting the same as if you ate real sugar (although at a much lower intensity). If you can completely immerse yourself in the Paleo detox, we recommend eliminating stevia too. If you need to delay stevia withdrawal for a later date, it's an acceptable sugar alternative until you're ready.
Can't I just do this on my own?
Sure! You can do this on your own - there is a lot of information out there on paleo-style elimination diets. We've seen them; we've studied them; we've done them! However, we've also found that the key to success is being prepared - being accountable and having a support group (for success and commiseration). Whether you need to take this class is up to you. We invite you to join us so you don't have to do all the legwork on your own.
Do I need to take nutritional supplements?
Most vital nutrition can be reaped from the abundance of healthful foods eating the Paleo way. However, because neither our food choices nor our foods are perfect, some nutrients are either hard to attain or of insufficient quantities from diet alone, including detoxification nutrients, antioxidants, vital trace minerals and nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties. Read more about nutritional supplements here.
I'm not necessarily trying to lose weight, is this course appropriate for me?
Yes - the most important part of the program is relieving symptoms of inflammation. Participants will find that when their body begins to function as designed, their systems will easily regulate weight whether it means gaining, maintaining, or shedding pounds. Unless you're already eating an anti-inflammatory diet, this program is appropriate for you.