74 responses

  1. Dr. Dan Egan
    September 25, 2012

    Reminding folks that there’s quite a bit of flexibility within the confines of the paleo/primal/wild diet template is a good idea. You don’t have to eat a pound of meat every day if you’re body doesn’t roll with that. Lots of different “versions” of a “real food” diet can be healthy, of course. I appreciate the approach you’ve outlined here.

    P.S. I’ve been enjoying your podcasts.

    • Abel James
      September 25, 2012

      Thanks Doc! Flexibility is essential for making this work as a lifestyle. Glad you dig the show!

    • PSL
      November 7, 2013

      I was considering a paleo type diet – really love the emphasis on unprocessed food. I am concerned. Reading a lot on the connection between raised levels of IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor) when eating meat and poultry and long-term health problems – prostate cancer, reduced fertility, etc. Will switching to grass-fed meat prevent the elevation of IGF-1 in the bloodstream?
      Thanks

  2. dogtravelpro
    September 25, 2012

    Agreed, there is flexibility in the caveman/paleo way of eating. Just wish I could convince my family to give up those white carbs.

    • Abel James
      September 25, 2012

      Ha, convincing family is the hardest! Just ask mine. :)

  3. James Bascom
    September 25, 2012

    Who’s the beautiful lady next to you? She looks like she’s been eating real food for 90 years! By the way, I’ve heard from reliable sources you are making great progress with your family. There are a few holdouts but they’re paying attention and asking good questions. Keep doing what you’re doing! Banjo Jim

    • Abel James
      September 25, 2012

      Real food is medicine! Haha, I’m very happy to hear about the “rest” of the family. :)

  4. Fi
    September 26, 2012

    I’ve lost count of the number of times people have said, as I pour cream into my coffee “but that’s not paleo!” I’m with you – dairy fiend here too. Cheese for lunch – can’t wait ;)

    And you’re also right about the PR problem. I think one other problem is that we’re all so into eating this way, and so passionate about it, that we probably come across like a bunch of preach-y obsessive nutters! Add that to the fact that some of the paleo ideas (eg. high fat, no grains) go against conventional wisdom, I think some people find it hard to swallow.

    • Abel James
      September 26, 2012

      Hi Fi,
      Thanks for stopping by. “But that’s not Paleo!!!” is one of the more annoying phrases I’ve ever heard, I agree. Can you imagine life without double-cream Brie? I can’t.

      You’re right – it’s difficult enough for people to accept the style of eating, let alone the more cultish (and optional) aspects of Paleo. The truth is that almost everyone can benefit, so we need to do our best not to scare people off!

      Cheers,
      Abel

      • Lish W
        September 26, 2012

        I have just ordered your info..very excited and feel great eating according to your lifestyle. Thank you and keep the good info coming!

      • Abel James
        September 27, 2012

        Awesome! Thanks for your support, Lish, and keep us updated!

      • Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo)
        October 16, 2012

        Or 5-year-aged gouda! Life would not be worth living ;-)

      • Kathy
        June 12, 2013

        Can I imagine a world without double-cream brie? Yes, but only if it’s TRIPLE-cream brie!!!

      • Corby
        April 11, 2014

        I am a recent convert, after being in Spain for nine months this year, eating Hi Fat/Hi Protein, and going from 240 lbs to 190 lbs.
        I cook with a mixture of butter and oil, cream My coffee, and eat at least 8 ounces of cheese a day as a snack. I shut the mouths of these judgmental, holier-than-Thou, Orthodox-Paleos with this:
        “Do You think that all of Our paleolithic ancestors lived in the same cave village? No, as archaeology has proven, They were spread out around the world. Just as one group of people, in today’s world, eat a specific diet style that differs from another group, the “cave people” were the same way. In other words, does this entire world eat an Asian diet? No. We all have Our way of eating. If I am not eating grain, legumes, processed food, beaver butt-enhanced food, margarine, etc… then I am doing the right thing. You are dismissed.”
        Yes, I get on a high-horse when “attacked”. hahahaha

  5. Marcus Manno
    October 1, 2012

    Abel…
    Thank you so much for all your hard work! You are an inspiration to me. I am just beginning my journey towards a healthier lifestyle (I’m a 40-year-old, 5′-9″, 261 lb [was 270 lbs last week] father or two little girls), and your podcasts, blogs, and writings are drastically improving my level of dietary education. After only 1 week of just removing obvious sources of wheat and beginning to curb my addiction to sugar, I’ve lost 9 lbs and have had a 180 degree (or at least it feels that way) turn-around in my digestive health. I’m not even using Organics or strict Paleo yet! My mental fog is lifting, I’m resting better with the same amount of sleep (4-7 hours/night), and my energy levels are through the roof (and everyone around me is noticing the change BTW). Did I mention I’ve only been doing this for a week? =) Best of all, I am eating like a King and I am NEVER hungry! Why the heck did it take us so long to come full circle?

    Keep up the Great work man!

    • Abel James
      October 1, 2012

      Wow, 9 pounds in a week! That’s not too shabby, Marcus. I’m so glad you’re getting value out of the show. Eating real food just works. And being full instead of hungry all the time? That’s the cat’s pajamas. Let me know if there’s anything else I can do to help you along the way.

      Cheers,
      Abel

  6. Luke Timms
    October 24, 2012

    I’m more of a fan of ‘Real Food diet’ but I don’t think it matters what its called, there will always be some bitching from someone who thinks its a fad or has flaws. You know what, the Robb Wolf mentality is one I use, try it for 30 days, if you don’t see any improvements then tell me I’m wrong.

    I also worry that with too many names the point of it all gets lost between the cracks; oh its like the ‘Paleo Diet’ except we can eat dairy, oh its like the ‘Real Food Diet’ except we allow treat meals. Perhaps it doesn’t need a name, perhaps that’s half of the problem, I now say to people ‘I don’t eat that, I eat meat, fish, veg and fruit as a treat’ they ask ‘what diet is that?’ and rather than saying ‘oh its a modified Paleo diet’ I just say ‘well it’s not a diet, diets are labelled temporary, I’ve been eating this way for ages now and its more just how I eat, try it, you might like it’ then if they’re keen for more info I point them to Robb Wolf, you, Mark Sissons etc.

    Keep up the good work and I really appreciate your podcast, don’t tell Robb Wolf but I find it far more approachable as he sometimes goes into WAAAAY too much detail and my mind wanders, I’m not a simple minded person but on my commute into work I need something more approachable.

    Cheers,
    Luke

  7. Lynn
    January 14, 2013

    The funny thing is, when I read this, I thought, “isn’t this obvious? Duh, minimize sugar, processed foods, and carbs and add more fruit and veggies.” But I guess its not obvious for some. Many people are trained to think that what is offered to them as meals by stores and restaurants are actually nutritious. Especially if they use the word “healthy” or “natural” or whatever the current buzz word is. I guess Im lucky that my parents were raised on farms with chickens, eggs and gardens in the backyards (untainted by food manufacturing) and that we grew up gardening and going to the butcher for our meat. My grandmother worked out to Jack Lalane and swam in her pool til she was in her 90′s.

    I had exposure at an early age to vegetarianism, juicing and other healthy (or nowadays, “alternative”) practices. I feel sad for the children growing up with parents who did not have this nutritional foundation and are confused manipulated by confusing and mixed messages about food, fitness, meds and health.

  8. Ralph
    February 14, 2013

    Entertained and educated. Downloaded all available episodes of your podcast recently and listened to them all one-by-one in the car. I made a contribution to the upkeep of the show because I see real value in what you and your guests have to say. Great show and great informed guests providing fantastic information. Love it. Waiting for the next episode now. waiting…waiting ..waiting..

    • Abel James
      February 14, 2013

      Thanks so much for your support, Ralph! New episode tomorrow. :)

  9. Spar
    February 15, 2013

    Hi James,

    What format is your book in? Is that a PDF only?

    • Abel James
      February 15, 2013

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, it’s available in .pdf right now but we’re working on a hard copy as well!

  10. dan wenzel
    February 24, 2013

    Mr James!

    First off, thanks for the podcast you put out, “the Fat Burning Man” keeps my car rides, cardio, and weight lifting sessions full of awesome information, research, and banter.
    Second, I would like to give a quick background of myself. I am 23 years old living in northern Michigan (Boyne city). I work as a personal trainer and manage at a gym and am avidly researching more about nutrition and fitness, as well as sharing ideas in classes and hope to be in med school at U of M in the near future.

    Third, in April of 2011 I was 305 lb, had smoked cigarettes for 6 years, and was in catastrophic health. At 21 years old, my risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer was high to say the least. I decided to follow a high carb low fat diet rich in fruit, vegetables, lean protein, and no processed food or liquids. No candy, no soda, only raw natural foods.. just low fat. In 8 months I was down 80 lbs, and lost 40 more in the following year. I seemed to be stuck at my new weight, and am very interested in cutting more in preperation for a natural fitness show. I believe my body fat % to be upwards of 12-14%. My weight before trying ketosis was 179 and am 5’10″.

    Two months ago I decided to try nutritional ketosis. I found out about it while stumbling upon Dr. Peter Attia’s eatingacademy.com . Shortly after I heard “The Fat Burning Man”. After 5 solid weeks of approximently 75/25 fat/protein ratio, and under 25g of carbs a day, I have gained approximently 13 pounds. I feel like I have grown slightly in muscle and strength, and have tested numerous times and AM in ketosis according to test strips. My food consists of egg yolks/grass fed beef and cheese in the morning, “bulletproof” coffee, chicken wings and legs, steak, green veggies, nuts, avacados, cheese, and copious amounts of coconut oil, olive oil, and grass fed butter. I seem to be storing a bit of weight in the stomach and butt. Vascularity in arms and shoulders remains the same, but am wondering if you can offer any advice or tips. I follow your himalayan sea salt, egg yolks and grass fed beef, veggies cooked in fat/butter/coconut oil, and eat about 2-5 times per day, only when hungry. I do 30-45 mins of cardio 5-7 times per week, high intensity moderate – heavy interval weight training 5 days a week. I fear the big “200″ and am at 191 right now. I am probably over-thinking it and haven’t given it as much time as I need to become “keto adapted”. If you wanted to talk about me in your podcast I would be absolutely ecstatic about it, and even happier to answer more questions if your busy self had any. But if possible I would appreciate any tips you may have, and am aware of my selfishness of this post. Truly appreciate all you do for the paleo movement, and am starting to feel as good as you . Lifts are getting better, endless energy, yet storing weight.
    From one caveman to another, thanks.

    • Abel James
      March 6, 2013

      Hi Dan,
      Wow, what a journey! If you want to stick with nutritional ketosis, I’d reach out to Jimmy Moore directly. I’m sure he’d be happy to hear from you!

      But if you got down to 179, why did you go for ketosis? It sounds like you were in a pretty good spot. Cycling carbs might be something that’ll help you slim down – I’m training a bodybuilder for a contest right now and he’s killing it – down to 6% body fat with 5 weeks left.

      So many approaches – it’s all about what works best for your body, your goals, and your circumstance.

      Give a shout and let me know how I can help!

  11. Jeff
    March 12, 2013

    Abel,
    Love the podcast; reading the book. It’s great that you have so many people/experts on who have somewhat varying opinions. But in trying to eat well (I still don’t know whether to call it Paleo or Wild or Clean…) my head is spinning. Every time I feel like I’m on a solid track, something I hear on your podcast throws me for a loop. I’m still really confused on starches, and if some grains are necessary. I’m 33 – 6’1″ 195. In good shape, but I’d like to add muscle and tone up more. Primarily, I just want to be healthy and that’s such a moving target when I try to listen to each expert you have on. A Clarity podcast would be amazing. Just taking a second to say, ok, you’ve heard so many things, here’s what I think today. – Again, awesome show. Thanks for all the info, even if it can be overload!!

    • Abel James
      March 15, 2013

      Hey Jeff, I hear you. That’s a great idea for a podcast! Maybe I’ll put out a “clarity” show soon. But to answer at least one of your questions, grains are never “necessary.” Wild plants and animals are. :)

  12. Mer P
    March 20, 2013

    I’m right about to click “buy” on this book (ben greenfield directed me here BTW), but if you even spend part of a chapter telling me I can’t have organic fine wine every so often or that i can drink my hubsters home brew on holidays I will have to quit you :) I agree with all the principles, but I know this is going to be ROUGH (I have a deep and passionate love affair with sugar and I know the white beast will be coming calling at several junctures). Glad there is a podcast to help with the other aspects of daily living. Okay, Let’s go!

    • Abel James
      March 20, 2013

      Ha, I love this comment. Don’t worry, you have my permission to enjoy your wine. I certainly enjoy mine. :)

  13. Suzanne Shear
    March 26, 2013

    This looks healthy and a diet I can live with. But what do you suggest for when you are not at home and faced with a lot of food temptations like at someone’s home for dinner? Thanks Suzanne

  14. Richard Walls
    April 11, 2013

    Hey Abel,

    I was actually referred to you and your site by Antonio Centeno. Had a conversation with him about what I’m doing with my website and your name came up as he was thinking of people in the Austin area that I could get in touch with.

    I’ve looked over your website and everything looks good man! I’ll have to catch up on the podcasts one of these days, but I’ll get there. I have to disclose up front that I’m not a fan of paleo (at least in the pure sense of the word), as it seems to unnecessarily place quite of bit of restrictions on food choice and it leads people to label food as “good” and “bad”, or view foods as black and white with no grey area. It’s more about context. The one line I’m referring to specifically is “Our grandmothers knew that processed foods, namely carbohydrates like grains, starch, and sugar, make us fat.” It’s a broad statement and doesn’t account other factors that can contribute to fat gain. Is it possible that grains, starches, and sugar can cause fat gain? Absolutely, but only in the context of excess consumption. When consumed in moderation, there’s typically no issues and can be a part of a fat loss regiment. I know I’m picking on just that one quote, as I’m sure there is more to the story, but it’s statements like those that make me raise my eyebrow. :)

    However, I’m glad to see that in your approach there’s a bit of flexibility, and I think that’s the idea that gets lost when someone goes to one extreme with a diet philosophy, as I’ve seen with some paleo enthusiasts. Without the flexibility, it’s simply not realistic and sustainable for the majority of people, which is why it turns many away.

    Though I might have my disagreements, I always have my ears/eyes open and enjoy learning more. Would like to get your feedback particularly on the quote above and any other insight you might have as far as how sustainable this would be for a business professional whose lifestyle is fast paced and involves restaurant outings.

    Thanks Abel, keep up the good work!

    RW

    • Mer P
      April 19, 2013

      So I’m 20 days clean…ha, i mean 20 days into this diet and I wanted to post an update. Aside from not giving up wine (thanks Abel! now I really can’t quit you), I started this with going a little more severe towards paleo the first week and then worked back in dairy (which I ADORE, my homemade organic greek yogurt makes me feel like aphrodite) and because I also love legumes, I plan on bringing them in occasionally after my first 30 days are up to see how my body deals with them. I’m AMAZED that fruit now tastes like the sweetest candy I’ve ever eated, and most cravings have abated 90% of the time.

      What I’m still struggling with is 1) my extreme dislike of the flavors of coconut and bacon (I know, what carnivore dislikes bacon?!) and its frequent usage in a primal type of cooking and 2) how to fuel my workouts since I’m working towards running a faster 3-6k and no longer focusing on endurance. I’ll apologize also, as I’m still trying to catch up on podcasts and hoping some of the answers lie there! Overall I’m pretty happy that I’ve headed down this path, it has been an increase in grocery costs for sure, but I feel…fresher and an adrenaline rush each time I take on a recipe that I know will not involve opening a package that has more than 2 ingredients on it!! Thank you.

      • Abel James
        April 23, 2013

        Hi Richard,
        Thanks so much for the update. Dislike for BACON?!? My goodness. Well, things like bacon and coconut oil are easy to swap out for other fats (grassfed butter, macadamia, avocado, olive oil, other animal fats, etc.)

        Yes, please listen to the shows. I just posted show number 65 – tons of info that will clear up ever question above. :)

  15. Catherine
    June 13, 2013

    Hi! So, in a month, im turning 18. I know for sure im going to be drinking nothing but water, but since youve made a great point about all the GMO’s in our foods, what would you consider to be real food (othere then things in an organic super market)?

    • Emily Dewey
      June 18, 2013

      The term “real food” generally means anything that doesn’t come in a box, bag, or package! The more ingredients on the labe, the less “real” it is! :)
      - Emily, FBM Team Coach

  16. agenba
    June 23, 2013

    Hi,
    What is the format of the Wild Diet ebook ? Is it just a pdf (not really interesting for me) or something more convenient for reading on a ereader (epub, for example interesting for me) ? IThanks a lot

    • Emily Dewey
      June 25, 2013

      Right now the Wild Diet is just in pdf format at this time. We are looking to publish it in more ways coming soon though!
      - Emily, FBM Team Coach

  17. Rambo
    July 27, 2013

    Buenos Dias Abelino!
    You are a Fountain Of Information!
    Your Podcast are an excellent source of good credible information
    I have 3 weeks of Sobriety from the chains of industrialized, processed,
    Contaminated,multi- ingredient foodstuffs!!!,!!,
    Let me first say that after years of chronic acid reflux and heart burn,
    And all kinds of meds and snake oils…. I have ZERO HEART BURN!!!!!!!
    And i credit that to you and my new lifestyle…. I fired my Doctor !!!! hahahahahha!!
    Again Thanks your doing an Awesome job , helping people undestand the conventional wisdom is not wise, amen!

  18. Ella
    August 29, 2013

    Is unrefined sugar also not allowed in your Wild diet?

    • Emily Dewey
      September 2, 2013

      Generally sweeteners/sugars are kept on the minimal side of things, yes. :) – Emily, FBM Team

  19. Mitchell
    January 16, 2014

    I know you personally eat a diet high in good fats but I was wondering what you thought about the fact that DR Loren Cordain says lots of lean meats which are high in protein are best. And then you have people like Colin Campbell says too much animal protein is problematic and linked to degenerative diseases. Have you ever covered that topic and similarly the research of Dean Ornish and Mcdougall?

    • Emily Dewey
      January 20, 2014

      Awesome question Mitchell. I think Cordain’s stance on lean meats was from his 1st version of his book – and it’s a good rule to go by though if you don’t know where your meat is sourced from. Stay tuned for a show that will dig into Campbell’s research like WOAH… In the mean time, check this out: http://rawfoodsos.com/the-china-study/ – Emily, FBM Team

  20. Bobby
    January 26, 2014

    It appears as this is not a diet for a vegetarian. Is this correct? If a vegetarian can do this diet how would they?

    • Emily Dewey
      February 5, 2014

      It can certainly be adapted for vegetarians. The main tenet of a Wild Diet is just eating real, whole, unprocessed foods. Sounds good for anyone and everyone right?! ;) – Emily, FBM Team

  21. Janet
    January 28, 2014

    Hi Able,
    Just recently found your site, very interesting and will try. Have you heard/read Food over Medicine? Would be interested in hearing your thoughts. No dairy, coconut is Bad???? This all gets sooo confusing.

    • Emily Dewey
      February 5, 2014

      Haven’t read that one yet, but it certainly looks good! Conventional dairy is a good idea to avoid. If you can tolerate it without any digestive issues, raw organic/grass-fed dairy can be quite delicious :) – Emily, FBM Team

  22. Stan Slowcoach
    February 19, 2014

    I’m so confused – don’t eat fat/eat fat. Eat carbs/don’t eat carbs. Don’t eat meat/eat meat. Cholesterol is bad/cholesterol is good/no – there’s good and bad cholesterol. Eat six pieces of friut a day/no fructose makes you fat. Saturated fats are the devil/no they aren’t, polyunsaturates are the devil. Eat breakfast/don’t eat breakfast. Carb-backload/No put yourself in Ketosis. This study/that study. This expert/that expert. Read this new book, follow this new program, diet or food plan, take this pill or supplement and swallow these good bacteria. Exercise more/exerise less. Do cardio till you pass out/no rock hard abs in just 6o seconds a day with doctor sixpack’s ab-blaster VXii. Make a raw egg and liver in a smoothie (yikes! NOooo) and drink it right out of the blender. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. And then someones says – “just eat real food. We’ve been eating it for 2 million years and we are still here”. Holy smokes it can’t be that simple…. can it?

    • Emily Dewey
      February 25, 2014

      I know it’s confusing Stan! The most important factor is to adjust according to what works best for your body. The idea of all of these podcast, books etc., are to give you ideas and options to test out and see what your body responds best to. No one else can be the “guru” of your body, don’t forget that! – Emily, FBM Team

  23. Kristina
    February 28, 2014

    Hi, there.

    I’m have been addicted to the paleo life for about two months now. I just bought the Fat-Burning Chef and the recipes are just gorgeous (I’m a pro chef). I’ll be trying each and every one of them in the next few weeks. My personal success has been about 20 pounds off me in two months. Thankfully your delicious recipes will keep me on the right track.

    Thanks for being here!

    • Emily Dewey
      March 4, 2014

      Awesome Kristina! Feel free to post some photos of your creations to the Facebook page, we would love to see them! :) – Emily, FBM Team

  24. Andrew
    April 21, 2014

    Hi Abel
    I just thought I would let you know that the Anchor brand of butter in the UK is now not from New Zealand, so can no longer be relied on to be from grass fed cows all year round. It looks like we are left with Kerrigold from Ireland to guarantee year round grass fed dairy. Do you know if butter from Normandy is grass fed all year round? Unsalted Normandy butter tastes good, so I think it might be solely from grass fed cows, but you can never be sure.
    Keep up the good work.
    Best

  25. Nancy Jane
    March 31, 2014

    Just have a quick question is there a quick link I can save to my favorites for the Quick start coaching video, I like to listen to it on Mondays to keep me motivated, and I always hear something new when I listen.

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