The Paleo Solution – Episode 99
1. [2:02] Sugar-Burner to Fat Burner
2. [8:18] Dietary Cholesterol
3. [17:15] Safely Quitting Ketogenic Diet
4. [23:42] Passing out during Press
5. [27:59] pH Balance
6. [33:23] Low Testosterone
7. [38:05] Osteopenia in High School XC Runner
8. [40:42] Genius and Insomnia
1. Sugar-Burner to Fat Burner
How long does it generally take crossing over from being a sugar-burner to fat-burner and how will I know when I’m there? Have listened since beginning. Thank you guys for all the great info!
2. Dietary Cholesterol
I’m fifty-nine years old and have been on the paleo diet for about two weeks. Although my cholesterol readings have always been fine, my doctor suggested that diet high in animal protein/fat may put me at risk for developing higher cholesterol. Please advise.
3. Safely Quitting Ketogenic Diet
Samantha Says: I’ve been on a very low carb diet for over a year, eating about 10 grams of carbs a day. This diet made me pack on 30 pounds (unwanted) and has left me very fatigued, among other problems. What’s the best way to leave deep ketosis without putting on more weight or further stressing my body? I’m 31. Thank you!
4. Passing out during Press
Alex Says: Hi Robb and Greg, I had a scary moment yesterday in the gym: During a 1RM Press I blacked out and came to a few seconds later sprawled on the floor. I remember deciding I couldn’t rack the bar, but was conscious enough to push it away in front – apparently it pulled me forward and I pitched forward, tripped over the bar, and went face-first into the ground.
Luckily I survived with a few scrapes and bruises from the fall, but no head injuries, and I didn’t drop the bar on myself or anyone else. I have seen this on the internets before, but never thought it could happen to me.
I have been practicing holding my breath during lifts for years, but this has never happened to me before. I sometimes get a little light-headed during presses, but never enough to distract me from lifting, and I usually just bear it for a few seconds and it goes away.
I eat a primal diet (absolutely no gluten, but occasional mexican food with corn, beans, and cheese). Lately (two weeks) I have completely cut out caffeine as I have an Andy Deas-like dependency with no level of moderation that I can stick to. Also, I have pretty low blood pressure normally (about 95/50), and I have had postural drops in BP resulting in near-fainting spells, staggering around, etc.
1. Have you guys ever seen this happen in person?
2. Would caffeine or some other stimulant (nicotine? ep. 96!) help prop up my BP during lifting?
3. Any other dietary recommendations?
4. Should I just buy a helmet?
Thanks a lot for two great years of podcasts and info.
5. pH Balance
Brad Says: Thank you for all the great work you guys are doing.
My question is about Pee…kinda.
I’ve heard Robb talk about how he doesn’t place a lot of credibility into the acid base balance.
As a chiropractor I educate people about changing lifestyle habits to create health. For several years I have been teaching about the pH balance. However, since going Paleo almost 2 years ago, my urine pH is balanced only when I supplement with Vit C, which I only do a couple of times a week. I do however regularly supplement with fish oil, vit D3, a whole food multi and pro-biotics.
Since I started eating paleo I have leaned out and I am more fit. I know that the research is clear that Paleo is the healthy way to eat but am wondering if I just throw the whole PEE on a stick thing out the window.
My question is that if the urine pH is low, does that really mean that the blood pH is low? Or does it matter?
Would greatly appreciate understanding the physiology from the perspective of biochemist, Robb the Great.
6. Low Testosterone
Jarod Says: Greg & Robb, A few months ago I was feeling weird symptoms of constant lethargy, hot flashes and anxiety. I went to the doctor, got checked out and had blood tests taken. The results were good with the exception of low testosterone and somewhat high LDL cholesterol. Total TEST was 448, FREE TEST 55, and SHBG 52. LDL cholesterol was 153. I’m not overly concerned about cholesterol since I eat a Paleo plus raw dairy diet. Since the blood results approximately 30 days ago I’ve been supplementing with Tribulus, Zinc, cod liver oil and nettle root.
I’m still getting symptoms of low TEST even with the supplementation. I feel very lethargic all day and have a constant “brain fog”. I follow Wendler 531 BBB template religiously, get good sleep and recover well. I’m going back to the doc for another blood test next week and have a follow up appointment 30 days after that. Should I recommend hormone replacement if the supplements don’t help? I’m only 31 years old
and am tired of feeling like shit all the time! Thanks in advance and am loving the podcast!
7. Osteopenia in High School XC Runner
David Says: Robb and Greg,
I coach a high school cross country and track team, and I have a young runner with osteopenia, which resulted in stress fractures his first xc and track seasons with me. He’s taking calcium supplements, and I want to approach the topic of changing his diet to something closer to paleo in order to prevent the loss of calcium, but it’s a tricky situation when a young coach is telling a parent how to feed their child.
So, I am left to do what I can when he’s under my care. We work on his mechanics to help him run softer, I have him train on grass a lot to minimize impact on his skeletal system. What would you think of adding some weight training in the hopes of causing natural osteogenesis? Would the running be doing enough of that as it is?
Thanks for the help guys. I love the podcast.
8. Genius and Insomnia
Katy Says: First of all, I love your podcast. I’ve been transitioning my family to Paleo for several months. Anything my husband eats from home is 100% Paleo. Unfortunately, he isn’t completely committed, so at work, he may get a burger with a bun or something. He is also a huge Ben & Jerry’s fan, and feels the seratonin spike he gets from a pint is TOTALLY worth it, given how stressed he is. :/
For a little background. My husband is a genius. 99.99% of all people-level-genius. He recently had his 3rd Neuropsychological profile done (first two were in childhood) right after his thirtieth birthday. Over the years he has had all kinds of borderline diagnosis with OCD & ADD, and this time was no exception. This neurospych was awesome though, because she was able to explain that someone with his genius brain just can’t “turn it off” like the rest of us (read: me). He doesn’t have OCD or ADD, but she DID diagnose him with insomnia.
So, we go to bed between 8 and 9 every night and wake up between 5 and 6am (depending when our three boys under the age of three wake up). He wears a sleep monitor (Zeo), and has for over a year, and has been taking Melatonin nightly for five years. Without the Melatonin, he can’t fall asleep, but even with it, if he wakes up (on his own or by our kids) in the middle of the night, getting back to sleep is really hard. I worry about the Melatonin for all of these years, but I’m unsure of an alternative. He has noticed that even after getting more than eight hours of sleep, he is STILL exhausted. According to his Zeo monitor, he gets his REM sleep in the early morning hours (starting around 4 or 5), so he feels like a train hit him when he wakes up during REM.
I should add- after years of football in highschool and college where he was forced into the gym, he refuses to lift weights. Every couple of weeks, he will do pull-ups on the bar we have at home. He also rides the stationary bike for a couple of hours a day 3-5 days a week at a VERY slow pace. He’s 6’2″ and 195-200lbs. He’s addicted to his electronic devices, as he works at a high level in ecommerce. I’m sure the glow of the screen isn’t doing him any favors, but he’s pretty pissed at life right now. He feels like he’s “being good” an going to bed early- instead of his preferred 2am- but he’s still tired, so he is frustrated!
So i guess, these are my questions:
1. Is it bad taking Melatonin nightly for 5 years? Is there something better?
2. Is there any way to make the REM sleep occur earlier in the night?
3. Would hitting the gym – hard- help?
Thanks a ton. Love you guys!