Reader Andrew sends a question in email.
After discovering I was Celiac, I found Celiac.com, then the paleo diet, then Art De Vany's Blog, then yours. Thanks for the blog. I've got a quick question that I couldn't figure out where to post. I'm still pretty new to the paleo diet. It's been working great, but I want to make sure I'm not [edited] myself up. So I know that we probably can't get more than 35% of our calories from protein (I guess the kidneys fry?), but even if I eat 20% of my calories as plants, this leaves 80% of my calories coming from meat. If I eat 20% complex carbs, 30% protein, then 50% of my carbs to come from fat, right? Where do I get the fat from? Should I simply eat a lot of avacados and olive oil? Or does most meat have enough fat that it's not a problem?
Andrew: You're exactly right.
Now, your kidneys won't fry at all; you will simply find yourself incapable of overdosing on meat (i.e., you'll eventually get sick and puke).
Yes, explicitly: fat is the secret to success. This is why I eat both fatty and lean meat, even ground beef and uncured sausages sometimes, like Polish. I also make a lot of fat based sauces for meats (you can develop ways to thicken without wheat or starch — see my Food Porn category). I cook in various fats liberally, and I also use lots of coconut milk and coconut oil (which is like peanut butter, and I sometimes lick it right off the spoon).
Give it a shot. Fat is king. And BTW, you might monitor Mark Sisson's site as well. He often makes this point about fat.