The experiment was a success sort of. I am sure the paleo purists would discount the whole experience because of the dearth of grass-fed beef, but hey, that is the reality for many and the reality for my location. I thought that my strategy of switching to low-fat feed-lot meats paired with coconut oil and fattier seafood could work. I think it did. I did no testing, but I seem to be intact from the whole process. I didn't take careful weight and tape measurements either, but I did lose some weight. I m down 15 pounds from the combination of the leptin reset earlier this year and this $100 challenge.
What did I learn? It can be done, but I had to do more scouting around for deals than I usually do. I did learn more about which store run the best clearance items in my area, and I started to get luckier and luckier with it as time went on. It was weird at the beginning, having to plot and plan so carefully. Once I built up a food stash, I quit tracking so carefully because I was in no danger of having any type of deficiency. At a few days in, I was up to around 90 grams protein a day, which I felt was sufficient and satisfying. I also think my strategy of running towards a spoonful of cheap saturated fat instead of other food contributed to my success as a fat burner, contributed to my weight loss, but also contributed to the boredom. I can't wait to get back to my expensive fancy cinnamon, my good coffee, butter, all the avocados and olives I want.
So, what is next? Right now, I am pretty disappointed in "paleo" or anything else dubbed ancestral. This weekend, the true colors really came out for some people in the paleosphere, despite recent pleas for better behavior by some luminaries. I have been cleaning out my reading list considerably, and by the end, was somewhat surprised that I had cleared out many of the "luminaries". There is just too much bad behavior, too much bitchiness, too many fine Harvard reputations to protect, too many books and DVD's to sell. I am done with it. I still have a few blogposts up my sleeve, but then I am done with Paleo. And, I don't even really wish them all the best. These people aren't nice, they aren't promoting anything worthwhile anymore. We aren't one big happy family under one tent working towards the same end. I think the whole thing needs to be reset and maybe someone can start over.
It will take me some time to unravel some projects. I had been quite an advocate for ancestral health, especially on [redacted]people. I'll work towards passing those endeavors off to some other interested people, but I am no longer in the business of redirecting friends to places of such nastiness. I still have Jack Kruse's link on my blog, and that will continue. Jack may be a stark raving lunatic, but at least he's not a bitch. People like that paleo guy seem to believe that people like Jack lessen credibility for paleo, but I contend that the paleo movement has become rotten from the inside out, and people like that paleo guy need to really take a look and see if they are contributing to that rot or not. (I am picking on him a bit more than he deserves, but it is just an example. He has not made the worst of the comments lately by any means.)
I'll be adding more links to my front page, not necessarily because I agree or disagree with them, but because I think that if I went to dinner and had a discussion with them, I wouldn't leave with indigestion.