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Kris10

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Hi Dee!

I love your book and have made many changes to my diet because of it -- I mistakenly thought I was eating healthy!  I'm not overweight and already ate a lot of vegetables, but my biggest downfall was artificial sweeteners which I've now given up.  Thank you so much for the valuable information written in a way that was easy to digest (no pun intended) 

I've heard so much about the paleo diet and have read up on it, and their views on grains and legumes are very different from what I read in your book.  I was curious as to what you think of their stance?  They cite lectins as being the evil in those foods.  Giving up artificial sweeteners was rough, but I honestly don't think I could give up 100% whole wheat pasta, quinoa, and brown rice.  I'm hoping you can set my mind at ease so I can continue to enjoy them.

Thanks in advance,
Kristen
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Hi Kristen,
I realize it's been some weeks since you posted, and I apologize for the delay in answering but I did want to reply.

I think the reason that my book resonated with you is because it is based on the well-documented fact that maintaining a diet as close to natural as possible is crucial for maintaining our optimum health. 
 
I think that the processed-free lifestyle is the most important factor for everyone and the Paleo lifestyle certainly fits under that umbrella. Living processed-free means that you eat as close to the natural form as possible, less meat and other animal foods, more vegetables and fruits, moderate amounts of nuts and seeds, and small amounts of grains and legumes.  Grains and legumes need to be properly prepared, which is why I highly recommend sprouted grains.  Soaking and sprouting grains and legumes helps to neutralize and deactivate the antinutrients and lectins, which is why I am such a proponent of sprouted grains for those who do choose to consume grains.

A person can certainly be healthy not eating grains and legumes, but whether that is absolutely necessary is individual and I don't believe it can be applied to everyone.  I do have some concerns about the Paleo diet in that people may be over-consuming meat which would upset their pH balance making them more acidic. I would recommend a person to monitor their pH.
 
In the end, the truth is that there is no ONE diet that works for everyone. But we all do well by eating foods in their closest to natural form as possible.

~Best,
Dee

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deemccaffrey

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Also, you may find this video quite interesting.  I know I did. It's a talk given by Christina Warriner, an archeological scientist who studies the health and dietary history of ancient peoples.  It's a 22 minute video worth taking the time to watch if you're interested.



~Best,
Dee

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