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Hello,

I'm a former athlete. After my ankle injury I was forced to quit with exercising and then my weight struggle began. I could manage in the beginning, but after I got office work, my weight rocketed to the 210 lbs (I'm 6'1'').
Am I suitable for Paleo?
And if I am, are there any side effects of Paleo I need to be aware of?
How long it last?Can I drink alcohol while on Paleo? What about bread?
Thank you in advance.
Cheers!

Billy

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I should first add that I am an expert for the RAW, palaeolithic diet involving raw meats , raw fruits, raw vegetables, raw honey and raw nuts.

The only side-effects of a raw, palaeolithic diet are detox effects that occur within the first 2-3 years of healing. These are of short duration(2-3 days max,imo) and very infrequent, appearing more frequently after the first switch to a raw, palaeolithic diet. These detoxes are ultimately beneficial since they get rid of nasty toxins from the body, left over from cooked food-eating times.

Avoiding bread is essential. As regards alcohol, it is technically forbidden on this diet but I think it can be consumed after the first few months or so if in small quantities. The key is to always drink alcohol that is relatively transparent. So, for example, vodka, gin, grappa and white wine are fine but red wine, whiskey, brandy, dark rum and cointreau are not. Coloured alcoholic drinks contain far higher levels of "congeners" which are what make hangovers so much worse.

Look at the 1st posts on the purple threads on this page for more info:-

http://www.rawpaleodietforum.com/important-info-for-newbies/


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RPG.

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I can answer most questions on Raw Animal and Vegetable Food Diets such as the Primal Diet, an organic, raw-meat-based diet and a number of similiar all-raw or partially raw Paleolithic diets, such as the Instincto, Weston-Price, Neanderthin, Paleo and Stefansson Diets. Can also offer advice on how to resist social pressure to eat cooked foods etc. For further info on Raw-Animal-Food diets, it's a good idea to browse through GoodSamaritan's website, http://www.rawpaleodiet.com/ , and also to join the following two forums and read their message-archives :- rawpaleoforum.com and http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawpaleodiet/

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I have been 10 years on a 99%+ raw version of the Palaeolithic Diet and experienced numerous health benefits as a result, being fully recovered from my previous symptoms from my cooked-food days. My own individualised raw, paleolithic diet routine is mostly based on Aajonus Vonderplanitz's Primal Diet(ie 99% raw, usage of "high-meat",no processed supplements, using primarily naturally-reared, organic or wild sources of raw foods) but, for personal reasons, I have also been, to some extent, influenced by ideas from:- Instincto(ie:- taste/instinct,no raw dairy/no raw veggie juice), Weston-Price(eg: preferring grassfed meat to grainfed meat, incorporating a wide variety of raw organ-meats into my diet along with the usual muscle-meats, and Vilhjalmur Stefansson(high-fat diet, pretty high proportion of (raw) animal food), but also eating some raw carbohydrates such as raw organic/wild fruit/veg/honeycomb etc.). I'm also a firm believer in the feast-and-famine idea (ie Intermittent Fasting) as regards boosting one's energy levels, and giving my body a rest from constant digestion.

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No nutritional qualification(I don't believe in standard(misguided) nutritionist doctrine, so I don't feel the need). I simply rely on mine and many others' long-term experiences of raw, palaeolithic diets and I've read most of the books that are vaguely relevant to a raw-meat diet.

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