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In a moment of synchronicity, both Mark Sisson and Melissa McEwen have posts which (though you might not guess it from the titles) end up discussing the idea of using paleo principles as a basis for ongoing self-experimentation:

Hunt. Gather. Love: Why Paleo Didn't Fix My IBS

But people are always asking me to do an IBS post or series. And I kind of can't because it's been just all one weird experiment of me trying to figure out what I can tolerate and at what level. That's why I'm such a huge proponent of self-experimentation and not such a huge fan of dietary dogma.

Mark's Daily Apple: How Much Have Human Dietary Requirements Evolved in the Last 10,000 Years?

What we do know is that people seem to do really well eating this way, and if they don’t, if they move beyond strict Primal to include some rice or some properly prepared grains or legumes, the point is that they used evolutionary reasoning as a jump off point. And really, that’s the point: it’s a foundation upon which we can build a pretty diverse, fairly all-inclusive diet that appeals to just about everyone. In fact, when I look at a lot of people’s Primal journeys, it kind of resembles human dietary evolution. They begin with the basics – meat, poultry, vegetables, nuts, some fruit, the traditional Primal Blueprint eating plan – and it goes very well. {...} As time goes on, they might experiment with different additions or subtractions. They add some tubers. It works out, their workouts improve. They try some dairy. Fermented dairy agrees with them, but regular does not. They switch out some chicken for more seafood and red meat. They lean out and blood lipids improve. They remove all chicken and replace with shellfish. They improve even more. They – gasp! – add a bit of wild rice after big workouts. Strength gains continue, leanness persists. So on and so forth. And, of course, every person’s path is unique.
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Anyone else reading doing partial paleo eating?  I simply can't do it all the time, due to ridiculously extensive food allergies, a strained relationship with meat & fish (I used to be vegetarian and still am not over having to go back to meat-eating), and mental/physical disabilities that make it hard to do anything other than comfort-food basics sometimes.

I am interested in starting with several paleo meals a week (I am hoping to build up to a couple paleo days a week) to drill paleo basics into my "stand-by" memory (you know, how you can cook what you learned to do when you were 12 in your sleep).  I figure if I just prepare a few things often enough, I'll start to default to better cooking.  Part of this is my "replace willpower with habit" campaign for the year, too. 

If anyone else is up for a half-assed-by-necessity run at paleo, let me know. I'd love to hear from you.

A second question for y'all: Is maca flour paleo-friendly?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maca  
Maca is a Peruvian root vegetable used by humans and livestock. It's got all kinds of weird and wonderful medicinal properties and the flour is equivalent to cereal grain flours in nutritional value. I just picked up a scoop of it and want to give it a go.

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