The Paleo Solution – Episode 84
1. [2:46] Microwaving
2. [8:41] Beard Growth
3. [11:29] Frequent Urination
4. [14:46] Skinny Bitch
5. [21:37] Purines & Uric Acid
6. [24:56] Weird Leg Cramps
7. [27:04] Loose Skin After Weight Loss
8. [30:14] Decaf Black Tea & Cortisol
Tommy Says: Hey Robb, I am now a ‘Paleolithic’. If that’s even a word. Since the idea of the whole paleo diet is old school, I was wondering, what exactly are the health effects of consuming (regularly, say 3-4 times a week) microwaved foods? Are these microwaved foods secretly killing my and my health? Whatever the answer, I can’t bear the thought of radiation and what not going through my food, so I threw away my household microwave. Keep up the phenomenal work bro.
2. Beard Growth
Julius Says: Hey, Robb and Greg. I’m a 24 year old guy who’s always had embarrassingly poor beard growth. I guess it mostly comes down to genetics, but do you know of some dietary/lifestyle aspects that can affect beard growth. Thanks, guys
3. Frequent Urination
Sal Says: Hello Rob- I have recently experienced an increase in urinating, especially at night. This has become frustrating because my sleep cycle is interrupted. And after your chapter on how important sleep is I am becoming very concerned. I can recall as a child having to go once a night and that has been consistent throughout my life. However, it has now progressed to at least 2 to 3 times a night. I am 33 5’9 185lbs and fairly active. I don’t drink a great deal of water – about 40oz a day, I’ve eat about 80% paleo for the last 2 months, and don’t drink a lot of alcohol. I have entertained the idea that it might be due to my environment in which it happens the most; that is, a new probationary firefighter, a bit on edge due to the new job and expectations…..the job might be scaring the piss out of me?:)
I am curious to know what could be causing this frequent need to go, what medical tests I can take to diagnose this problem and what I can do the halt the frequency. Thanks for your time.
4. Skinny Bitch
Tabitha says: Dear Robb & Greg, I’m a 25 year old female, 5’6″ and 107 lbs. The only adjective ever used to describe my physique is “skinny,” and I’m sick of it!
I’ve been following the paleo diet for 6 weeks, eliminating grains, legumes, dairy (except pastured butter), and limiting fruit and nut intake. My protein consumption is at or above 1 gram per lb of body weight every day, with plenty of healthy fats and 50-100g carbohydrate per day. I eat sweet potatoes on workout days to bump the carbs up closer to 100. Calorie intake averages 1800/day.
I work out for 30 minutes twice per week, using kettlebells, sandbags, etc with a personal trainer. I walk a couple miles each day, and work as a nurse (9-5). Sleep is good, life is fine, stress is minimal.
I’m just not seeing any results from eating a paleo diet. I feel better, and will never eat grains or processed crap foods again. I just don’t understand why I have no muscle definition and fat stores on my mid-abs and upper thighs. What gives? Do I have to give up all fruit, nuts, dark chocolate, and dip my daily carbs below 50g to lose some body fat? Will I also lose muscle?
How do you feel about the Zone diet for folks like me, who see no shift in body comp on paleo plus exercise?
Thanks for reading my questions, and helping us all out. If I hear one more person say “you NEED a sandwhich” I’m seriously going to choke them out. Help me get buff, Robb!
5. Purines & Uric Acid
Chris Says: Robb: I was wondering about uric acid. I read that purines are excreted as uric acid and that paleo foods like seafood and game meats (among others) are high in purines. Is this true? And if so, is there a problem consuming too much food known to be high in purines? Thanks!
6. Weird Leg Cramps
James Says: I have an odd and confusing leg cramps situation. Firstly – this only seems to occur when I am eating Paleo (as I have been for the last 5 months, and previous times of good health as well).
This usually happens at night, lying in bed – I start to get cramps in both my calf muscle and my shins at the same time. This is, if you’ll excuse me, f*cking excruciating and I can’t work out the problem.
I doubt very much I’m low on anything like salt or magnesium (magnesium is supplemented at night – this happens regardless).
Any ideas? As I said – I wouldn’t link it to diet if it didn’t only occur when Paleo. I checked previous podcasts but couldn’t find anything on the topic that answered my weird question.
Thanks for everything you do!
7. Loose Skin After Weight Loss
Chris Says: Hey Robb and Greg, My question is about loose skin following considerable weight loss. Here’s some quick background for you since I know how much you hate vague questions:
During my junior year of high school I gained about 50 pounds. I had quit playing baseball that year and started to eat like crap around the same time, and I skyrocketed from 180 up to a pretty chunky 230 over the course of a year.
When I went off to college, I decided to change my habits and eat right. Though I wasn’t Paleo then, I did completely eliminate processed foods and moved to a lot of raw veggies, fresh fruit, lean meat and some whole grains. Coupled with my weekly use of the university rec center, my new diet helped me drop about 70 pounds during my freshman year. At that point I was pretty lean (I’m about 6’1″), but I had a lot of excess flabby skin around my waist after losing weight so quickly.
Over the next two years I was able to keep the weight off, and this past summer I decided to challenge myself athletically again in an attempt to bulk up and tighten my core. I did a full round of P90X in the summer, and then tackled Insanity in the winter. When I discovered Paleo in January, I realized I was probably over-training, so I switched to doing some basic heavy lifting (squat, bench, dead lift, row and shoulder press) three times a week, as well as a lot of walking. I’m strictly Paleo with the exception of some full-fat Greek yogurt a few times a week, and I’ve started intermittent fasting as well. But…I still can’t seem to lose that excess skin in the gut area. I’d really like to see that six pack I know I have hiding under there. Any tips?
Thanks for all you guys do. Love the podcast.
8. Decaf Black Tea & Cortisol
Zach Says: Hey Guys,
Got turned onto the podcast last week and managed to burn through about 35 of them this week. I have been listening from both ends, so you may have hit on this but I haven’t heard anything yet. I will preface this by saying a bit of googling around didn’t bring me any enlightenment, but I have not have gotten the search terms just right. So, I want to add some black tea as another way to hit the cortisol issue, but my morning hours are already full of other stimulants that I don’t want to give up ie. Green Tea and Coffee. Do you have any insight into whether or not the decaffeination process is going to negate the positive cortisol effects of black tea?
Love the podcast and will probably be bombarding you with questions in the future.