We were just talking about bacon, weren't we?
I have, like many people, my own version of Paleo. It includes oats, bacon (duh) and the occasional store-bought protein powder mixed with fruit and almond milk- none of which are traditional Paleo. I also eat variety of meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruit and veggies without worrying too much about quantity.
I figured, since I was eating relatively healthy, I’d let my body adjust, and my hunger signal would regulate itself. And, over the past approximately two years of increasingly Paleo living, it has. Since I cut sugar out of my diet six months ago, I have lost 21 pounds. I lift weights. My weight is in the healthy range. I thought I was doing pretty good.
Until I got my check-up results. High cholesterol- the bad kind- LDL. I was in the orange range. Solidly in the orange range. Every other test was good – in the green- so I’m not actually worried. But still, the news is causing me to re-think my carnivore lifestyle. Could I have been all green if I had more balance (i.e., less red meat)?
But, before I say “Peace Out, Paleo,” I need to research the true link between cholesterol and meat. I mean, it can’t be that bad if our ancestors did it, right? The thing is, I’m not really convinced our ancestors did! It’s likely they were more vegetarian than we think. After all, their meat wasn’t purchased at the local grocery store. They had to hunt and butcher it themselves. Grains, legumes, fruits and veggies were probably more readily available. And easier. I've never hunted a wild buffalo with a bow and arrow or a large rock, but I imagine it's quite a task.
Anyway... on a happy note, I will be able to try some new recipes. If you have any delicious ones, send them my way, please!
Happy living, friends. Stay healthy in every way,
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