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Greetings!

I'm a 5'10, 270 lbs, 27 year old dude. I've had some recent and not so recent health issues that I finally want to deal with.

Recently ticked over one year sober, and decided it is time to start dealing with my weight and fitness. As a result of bad choices I have high (like sky high) uric acid, and have had a single gout flare (in January). Which means I need to avoid meat as much as possible, and eat a low to moderate protien diet, along with other restrictions. So I assume paleo (which seems really popular) is entirely out for me. Seriously, no red meat at all, chicken or turkey limit to 6 oz a few times a week.

I'm an eater. Love food. Kinda rolling on a semi vegetarian diet. Decided I could use some help and support and not really sure what to do, so here I am. My goals are simple, to lose weight and build muscle. To lower my bloodpressure. To lower my blood sugar. To feel better about myself and feel attractive.

Unfortunately I don't have any ACTUAL plans. So.....where do I start?

I'd prefer to avoid buying anything or getting a gym membership until I do 'good' for a little while, as I don't want to waste money until I feel confident I'll use it and not, er, waste money.

Thanks.

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Welcome to the board!

Here's a link based on a google search for "gout and paleo"

http://www.paleoplan.com/2011/04-01/qa-gout-and-paleo/

http://paleohacks.com/questions/988/the-connection-between-paleo-and-gout#axzz1TkQe6T4H

As far as exercises go, you might try some of Steve's bodyweight stuff.

Also, it's going to be hard to lower blood sugar or blood pressure with a high carb diet. Just an FYI.

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Huh. Never thought about the carbs aspect. I just assumed swapping simple carbs and sugar/HFCS for complex carbs like vegetables and grains would have a beneficial effect.

May have to be a gradual thing then. Get a little handle on some stuff and move towards mo-betta stuff as I go.

Thanks for the links. Feel kinda dumb I didn't think to google paleo and gout. I just assumed it was out. I'll read them when I get home.

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Welcome! I give two thumbs up to a bodyweight regiment. I know even when I've been eating crappy for a day, if I get down and do some pushups/squats/plank/whatever I IMMEDIATELY start feeling better. It flushes some of the excess blood sugar out of my system and gets me thinking healthier. I have crazy hormones, wacky blood sugar, and a grab-bag of other problems, but low carb (no grain, no sugar, no white floury potatoes) has been the only thing to lower my body fat. I started out years ago, unintentionally doing a paleoesque diet, and it helped me drop about 40lbs in fat. That said, with gout problems it may be harder (but not impossible, I seem to remember reading something about it not being as big a problem as people used to think).

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Holy crap, if those links are right, I'm kinda excited to start the paleo diet!

And I checked out Steves bodyweight (for noobs) instructions, they look like exactly what I was looking for! Simple, no equipment, strength training I can do in my home (or apt. lawn if I want people going wtf is he doing).

So...I'm kind of psyched up, what should I be doing now? Is there a section of the forums I should read, or something else somewhere? Any important guides?

I feel half guilty asking if there were some basic guidelines I should read, but I tend to try to read everything first instead of jumping in headfirst, so I thought I'd try something different.

I'm a total diet/exercise noob aside from some light gym work when I was in high school (like 10+ years ago).

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I'd recommend "the paleo solution" by Robb Wolf before you start paleo. Or at least follow the whole 30 while you read through that.

http://whole9life.com/2011/06/whole-30-v4/

Beyond that, I don't have any specific recommendations. I know a 30 day "trial" sounds hard...but after about day 10, it's a piece of cake.

I wouldn't say cake, since we paleos no longer eat grains, but it does get way easier once you are in the groove. Welcome to the Rebellion.

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