The Paleo Solution – Episode 73
1. [4:13] Gluten intolerance study
2. [15:44] Veggie Sensitivities
3. [21:01] Gall Bladder Removal & Fat
4. [27:18] A1C Test
5. [31:41] Paleo, CrossFit & Weight Loss
6. [41:04] Phytic Acid in Nuts
7. [42:55] Adrenal Fatigue / Depression
8. [51:38] Bloody Noses
1. Gluten intolerance study
Read the article in the WSJ
2. Veggie Sensitivities
Jason Says: Thanks for making my commute so much more interesting, at least for one day of the week. Love the podcasts, love your humour, hate that you get way more sun than we do here in the Great White North.
My question for you guys is this: Have either of you worked with or know of folks that have sensitivities to certain vegetables, and can these sensitivities resolve as your system resets itself after diligently following the Paleo diet?
My wife has always had issues with digesting various veggies – spinach and broccoli being some of the major culprits. It doesn’t seem to us that they’re allergies in the traditional sense – she doesn’t break out or swell up or anything, but instead she’ll get stomach cramping, gas pains, etc; often lasting all day, sometimes even a couple days. It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s cooked or not but she definitely reacts harder if they’re eaten raw. Some background – until reading the Paleo Solution she was a stalwart lover of breads and all things Carb-y. We haven’t made the switch yet, but as of writing this question we’ve cleaned out our pantry and are going grocery shopping tonight or tomorrow to get started.
She’d be willing to try the problematic veggies again after going Paleo for a while but to be fair she’s leery of trying after having too many bad experiences. I thought a good interim option would be to pick the brains of the experts (and you guys too) to get your thoughts. Could ‘resetting the system’ with Paleo help with veggie sensitivity?
From your One Canadian listener, thanks so much! Keep up the great work.
3. Gall Bladder Removal & Fat
Paul Says: My wife’s gall bladder has been removed and she has some form of autoimmunity problem. Doctors don’t want to call it lupus, but don’t know what to call it. I know the gall bladder plays a crucial role in the digestion of fat, so my question is this- What should we do with her diet? Are there any specific steps that we should take or things we should or should not do?
4. A1C Test
Nicole Says: Hi Robb, I’m a newbie, just 2 months on the paleo diet. Had bloodwork done after 6 weeks and just got the results. All my numbers were better than my previous good numbers. The one problem is the A1C. Mine is 5.3. All my other #’s: cholesterol=130; tri=28; ldl=65; hdl=59; c-reactive=0.1; glucose=82. As far as i can tell, I’m doing great except in the glucose and A1C areas. What am i doing wrong and what do i need to eat/not eat to fix it? thank you!!
5. Paleo, CrossFit & Weight Loss
Belinda Says: Hi Robb, i’ve only just discovered your podcasts and I am very glad I did, you have a wealth of knowledge and it’s great that you are so willing to share.
I have been eating Paleo (pretty strictly most of the time) for the past 4 and a half months. I have also been doing a Cross-fit style workout with my trainer 3 times a week with other, cardio exercise in between.
I’ve been battling with weight problems my whole life and am hoping that this new regime will get me to where I want to be. In the past 4 months I have only managed to lose 10kg (I need to lose 20 more to be at my goal). However the weight loss has been extremely slow and I am starting to get very frustrated. I know that I am getting fit and healthy and building muscle etc but when you see TV programs like the biggest loser (which I know isn’t realistic) it makes me wonder if I am doing anything wrong?
I am also having CRAZY mood swings and of light headed episodes rather frequently. I am prone to high stress… Could this be a Cortisol issue? If so, how do I deal with it and lower my cortisol levels?
Thanks for your help.
6. Phytic Acid in Nuts
Greg Asks: If phytic acid is such a problem in grains why aren’t they a problem in nuts? From what I’ve read the concentrations are higher.
7. Adrenal Fatigue / Depression
Hate to do the “anonymous” thing but am skipping a couple of details because I don’t want to make it obvious who this is. In her sport she’s well known, and would like to make a comeback, and I wouldn’t want this part of her personal life in the public.
History: My wife is a 36 year old female “ex” pro athlete. Has struggled with depression all her life. Sports/physical culture has been a major coping mechanism. In my opinion she was dealing with massive overtraining/adrenal burnout towards the end of her career. The last couple of years her S&C was predominately long mega beat down CrossFit met cons. This is in addition to a VERY intense sport specific training/competition schedule. In addition to this she was a vegetarian and had been for 15 or so years. A few years ago she was dealt several serious injuries and several personal tragedies at the same time. This resulted a in a spiral down into a deep depression. This was a serious crippling depression, not a “down in the dumps” thing. Therapy, and several medications didn’t touch it.
Then her doctor tried cymbalta. Within a week she had the first glimpse of hope in the possibility of pulling herself out of this. It went away after a few days, but gave us hope for the first time in a couple of years. I read up on the stuff. It’s a norepinepherine reuptake inhibitor (it also works on serotonin, but she’s been on other serotonin based meds wit no effect) . Seems like they are essentially describing adrenal fatigue, but from chronic emotional stress as opposed to the typical “met con” physical overload.
I feel like the puzzle pieces fall like this.
-Born with a lower norepinepherine level.
-Mitigates this by doing more and more intense competitive sports, which helps but will catch her eventually.
-Gets into “beat down met cons” and Brutally Intense sports.
-Suffers adrenal burnout (or whatever its correctly called).
-Gets injured and can’t use sports to help manage her already failing norepinepherine levels.
-Suffers personal tragedies that compound these issues.
So, if I’m right and low norepinepherine levels are the main problem (as suggested by a cymbalta temporarily alleviating symptoms), what would you prescribe?
I am suggesting that she do your typical strict Paleo, D and Magnesium, and a focus on sleep quality (hasn’t made the jump yet, although she will now have local pastured animal products), and follow the Adrenal fatigue recovery protocols you suggest (NO met cons, focus on strength, and lots of walking). But is there anything else that you would add, or do differently? Supplements, activities? Am I WAY off, and desperately grasping? Help! All the doctors want to do is give her scrips. There has to be a better way.
Thank you so much for any help with this. And, for all you’ve already done. Even if you don’t answer this one, you’ve already helped so many people including me. So,thank you either way.
8. Bloody Noses
Spencer Says: Hello Robb, I have been having seemingly random bloody noses since high school (23 now). Every 6 months or so it will start up, and I will get at least 1 a day sometimes more. I tried nasal sprays for dry air before. Could It be a vit K2 deficiency? I eat plenty of butter(not grassfed), meat, eggs and a but of liver, Could I still be deficient? would any malabsorbtion issues be suspect?