There's sure a lot of new readers, visitors, and a number of people have let me know via comments, email, Twitter and Facebook that they've just started out on a Paleo diet. Some have questions and others just want to shout, like idumych on Twitter.
@rnikoley is my guru! I've been eating (and showering) #paleo all week and my appetite has crashed, energy level soared.
Well I really do blush when people haul out the guru thing, but I get it, I guess. I have some knowledge and experience, I pass it along, it works for almost everybody -- because it's based on principles and patterned after our natures as evolved wild animals -- and makes me look like a "guru." But nothing could be further from the truth. The way of the guru, such as a Dr. Mehmet Oz, is to make you increasingly dependent on his advice. My aim, rather, is to make people independent. Animals don't need gurus. As I wrote in that post:
"But then there's that Guru factor, and I just hate that. I loath Gurus, and you should too. You know what I think a Guru is? It's someone who sells you tantalizing, feel good, sound good lies or incomplete information that rarely if ever works for anyone as advertised. When it doesn't work for most (i.e., it works for some, just like stopped clocks are right twice per day) there's always the subtle implication that you're just not applying the info right. But don't worry. The next product speaks exactly to those problems. Repeat. Over and over."
Since I've gone on the paleo diet (1 week), I'm ALWAYS incredibly hungry. What can I do about that? Even though I ate carbs before, I wasn't into junk food or bingeing, so I'm a little confused by these hunger pangs.
Also want to ask your opinion on a few things:
1. Mediterranean diet (French/Italians) with cheeses, wines, pastas, breads.
2. Is dairy as bad as grains or sugars?
3. Are fruits bad? (pineapples, mangoes, etc).
4. How strict are you on artificial preservatives?
5. How do you add variety to your diet? One big fear I have is that I'll get sick of chewing leafs.
6. Can one drink anything other than water, and are there any primal/paleo deserts?
And what I'd like to do this time is to ask my readers to answer these questions; which, of course, fits right in with the introduction. If everyone's a guru, then there must not be much too it, is there? So join right in folks and give William a helping hand, like you always do with the questions. Pick a number, or all six. And it would be really great to have as many who can field the hunger question. The more personal experience on that one, the best.