The Paleo Solution – Episode 98
1. [3:36] Long Term Weight Gain
2. [14:27] Dairy/Gluten & Bed Wetting
3. [18:26] Mothball Breath
4. [21:16] Mouth Wired Shut for 6 Weeks… A Husband’s Dream but a Wife’s Nightmare
5. [29:18] Carbs Absorbing Water
6. [35:33] Gallstones
7. [39:57] Napping
8. [47:42] Applying Paleo to Chiropractic Practice
1. Long Term Weight Gain
Matt Says: Hi Rob and Greg,
I’m fairly new to the ancestral community and have been eating a primal diet for about three months, along with bodyweight exercise twice per week and sprinting once per week. My goals with the lifestyle are longevity and quality of life as I age — e.g., I want to run and play with my future grandchildren 30 years from now.
That being said, I’m a very skinny guy. I’ve heard Robb lament being skinny before but I’ve been 5’10″ and 128 pounds since I was a junior in high school. I’m now 31. It would be nice to add a few pounds of lean muscle and quite a bit of strength.
My question is how I might be able to do so if I’m in no hurry. The mass gain experiences I’ve come across often talk about overfeeding for a short period of time and the experience sounds truly awful. Can I slowly increase my size and strength over a longer period, say a couple of years, without gorging myself on coconut milk, yams, etc. I don’t mind adding calories to my diet, but I’d prefer not having to “trick” myself by slurping down liquid food or eating until it hurts.
Much thanks to you guys for the knowledge you share with everyone. It is very much appreciated.
P.S. – A few more pieces of background on me that may or may not be pertinent. Read if you feel necessary:
- I have polycystic kidney disease and would prefer that my kidneys function well for as long as possible, longevity being my priority. My kidneys function normally for now, but I have no illusions of avoiding a transplant down the road.
- The kidney disease has raised my blood pressure so I take an ACE inhibitor to lower it. 160/120 without medication. 115/72 with medication and a primal diet.
- My current exercise program follows closely to Mark Sisson’s Primal Fitness routine. So pushups, pullups, squats, overhead presses, and planks — all bodyweight-based for the time being.
- A typical day of eating consists of: coffee with heavy cream, four eggs, three strips of bacon, and two handfuls of berries for breakfast; a large salad of mixed greens, vegetables, a can of tuna or a chicken breast, and a few tablespoons of olive oil-based vinaigrette for lunch; a couple squares of dark chocolate and a handful of almonds for snacking; a half pound of grass-fed steak with two to three servings of vegetables and added fat in the form of pastured butter or olive oil for dinner; and water.
2. Dairy/Gluten & Bed Wetting
Tom Says: First I want to say thanks for the book. I started reading it in July (2011) and I am eating mostly Paleo. I sneak Dairy in now and then and have dropped 20 pounds. Now if I can only get my lazy ass to exercise more. I’ve downloaded all the podcasts and listen to them on my commute to/from work (40 minutes each way) and am on episode 19, so I know I can write Ass in the question.
Anyway, my wife heard something about a correlation between Lactose Intolerance and bedwetting (enuresis). My 11 year old son still wets the bed at night and I was wondering if you have heard of any thing about Lactose/Gluten/Insulin Intolerance’s in relation to bedwetting.
I’ve been talking about the Paleo Solution for now and all I get is rolled eyes from my kids when I talk about it. They even will eat a piece of bread and say “Ahhh… Delicious Poison”.
I’m hoping if there is a correlation that then this give me the Ammo to get my son on board with trying to eat Paleo.
3. Mothball Breath
Shannon Says: Rob,
My darling husband has firmly withstood months of me harping on at him about trying a 30-day Paleo challenge. But, my efforts have finally paid off and he’s been very strictly grain, legume, dairy, sugar and booze free for the last two weeks. I want to do absolutely nothing to deter him but Christ, does his breath reek of mothballs! What the hell’s going on?
He had a typically-rubbish diet (although manages to remain fit and lean) eating heaps of bread, pasta, rice, chugging skim milk, eating no fish, few fruits veg, getting little sleep and being very stressed.
I’d love to know what’s going on. After a little research, I’ve found causes ranging from toxins escaping to cancer (which he’s already had so that was a little alarming). What gives?
Your thoughts are, as always, sincerely appreciated. Thanks so very much
4. Mouth Wired Shut for 6 Weeks… A Husband’s Dream but a Wife’s Nightmare
Jenny Says: Hi Greg and Robb,
Hopefully my subject line caught your eye. It was either that or “Jenny Craig contacts Robb Wolf for diet advice”, as my married name is unfortunately Jenny Craig.
Anyway, I love your podcast and listen each week. I listened to all the past episodes once I stumbled on your website about 6 months into my paleo/primal journey. I don’t think anything related to my question has come up before, but if it has I apologize…I am one of those folks who thinks she is a unique snowflake
My question: The husband is having major surgery in about 3 weeks. Orthognathic surgery to be exact. He is having both his maxilla and mandible broken and reshaped and his palate widened to correct a severe open bite. His mouth will be rubberbanded shut for at least 6 weeks and he will be on a liquid only diet for as long as he is banded shut and a thin liquid diet for at least the first 2 weeks post-op. Now if the situation were reversed most husbands would probably love if their wife had to have their jaw wired shut for 6 weeks but I am worried about keeping my husband’s weight from plummeting.
A little background on my husband. He is 6’2″ and runs around 180-182 not matter what he eats. He isn’t paleo, but as I am and I cook the majority of the meals, at home he is mostly paleo. But out in the world, he eats fast food and junk food with very few consequences, at least that is how he sees it. He is very lean and I imagine probably a lot like John Fragosso…He can eat whatever he wants (Wendy’s Baconators and fries being a favorite) and feel fine and keep a healthy weight but would probably turn into Wolverine on a paleo diet. Alas, he hasn’t made the switch yet, but is fully supportive of my decision to eat paleo.
Back to my question, because he does lose weight very easily, I am worried that he will lose too much weight while on a liquid diet. Especially during the thin liquids phase. He surgeon and most others I have talked to want me to give him Ensure or a similar drink to keep his calories and nutrition up. I do not want to give him this crap in a bottle masquerading as nutrition. My plan is to get as much coconut milk and coconut water in him as I can. I have the Everydaypaleo book which has a few smoothie recipes. Plus several other paleo recipe sites that feature smoothies pretty frequently. Basically, I plan to use these sites for inspiration and pump him full of full fat coconut milk. Is this approach likely to be sufficient to keep him feed and watered and from withering away to a waif? So I consider a protein powder. Mark Sisson’s Primal Fuel perhaps?
Any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated and I would love to show the medical establishment that you don’t need Ensure. Plus having Robb and Greg read my question on a podcast would be Paleo Nirvana.
P.S.-To get an idea of my husband’s awesome genetics, his dad is 75 and has bigger guns than John Fragosso and only occasionally picks up his weights…I know it totally is not fair!
5. Carbs Absorbing Water
Saul Says: I was recently watching this video regarding GSP and his diet (http://sports.yahoo.com/elite-athlete-workouts/georges-st-pierre). He was saying that to cut 20 lbs of weight before his fights, he reduces carbs and sodium. OK, that sounds reasonable. Then he says for every 1 gram of carb you retain 3 grams of water. I know you had an old video about this on the CF site (i.e. how the first pounds you lose on the paleo diet are mostly water, not sure if it’s there anymore), but could you explain if this 1:3 ratio is true and, if so, can you explain the “soaking up” mechanism? Thanks to you and Greg for all your hard work!
Mark Says: Hi Robb,
I have been following a low carb diet for nearly a year and Paleo for several months and am having success with it. Before I started low carb I would get random violent attacks of stomach upset lasting half a day accompanied by a sulfur smell. These stopped when I later went low carb but would return during cheat days leading me to believe I had a food intolerance. I mentioned this at a recent Doctors appointment and she sent me to get a ultrasound. I apparently have gallstones and an enlarged liver and she is referring to a specialist for surgery. I don’t want to lose this organ unless absolutely necessary, what should I do? Thanks
Captain Caveman Says: I’ve made it through all 96 podcasts and am still awake so this question pertains to getting some sleep.
I’m a pilot and thus travel extensively, sleeping in different timezones and sometimes non-optimal conditions.
Occasionally, we also operate on the “back side” of the clock and are awake contrary to our normal circadian rhythm. I can’t help but think that our ancestors had sentries who stayed awake “whilst” the rest of the clan was crashed out. I imagine these guys would be able to get a short few winks before resuming their normal hunter-gather tasks and chores the following day.
So, I am curious about the use of naps as a supplement to sleep as well as their ability to recover from a more severe sleep deficit.
Is this possible? Is there an optimal duration for naps? Does 7:30 full sleep + 0:30 equal decent rest?
FWIW, I normally try to get my hotel room as dark and cool as possible and using Natural Calm, melatonin and occasionally 5-HTP can normally get 8 good hours as long as I remain in the domestic US. Once we cross an ocean though, all bets seem to be off and naps come in to play.
8. Applying Paleo to Chiropractic Practice
Dr. J Says: I’m a chiropractor that practices in a blue collar community in Minnesota. Along with my own quest to find a lifestyle that would address personal concerns of my own health I’ve had more and more patients asking me about nutritional concerns.
I see the awful effects of the epidemic that is the western lifestyle. But I also see the light at the end of the tunnel with the paleolithic lifestyle. Although I’m no research biochemist I have plenty of confidence in my abilities to understand the research, biology, biochemistry, physiology, etc… of how and why this makes sense, but am struggling with how I can begin to apply this type of consulting into my own practice.
Do you have any tips for where to start on beginning to integrate these concepts in a clinical setting? Thanks for all the great info! I look forward to working alongside you and others moving forward!