The Paleo Solution – Episode 105
1. [4:25] Living a long life by avoiding amino acids found in meat and eggs
2. [10:53] Bacon?
3. [16:29] 100m sprinter with cramps and twitches
4. [22:45] Sugar, Booze, and Caffeine Binges…
5. [32:57] Birth Control and Probiotics
6. [37:50] Is there a Paleo Baby Formula
7. [42:25] “Paleo” Term
1. Living a long life by avoiding amino acids found in meat and eggs
I want to live a long life, but don’t want to go down the road of calorie restriction. Eating small amounts of food and looking gaunt and skinny and being hungry all the time isn’t for me. I’ve reviewed some of the scientific literature regarding the amino acid composition of meat, eggs and dairy, and I see some evidence that eggs in particular are high in three amino acids that are associated with ill health, and shorter life spans (methionine, tryptophan and cysteine). Studies have shown that restricting these three amino acids found in meat and eggs is just as effective for extending life as restricting calories. Unfortunately, eggs (and to a lesser extent, meat) are a significant part of my diet. I would like to reduce my intake of these amino acids, or at least balance my overall amino acid intake, and have been including lots of gelatin in my diet (which is high in glycine and other amino acids, but almost completely free of methionine, cysteine and tryptophan). If I reduce meat intake, and keep eating gelatin and fish, I believe I can still maintain muscle development (I also supplement the amino acid leucine to build muscle). What are your thoughts regarding my desire to eat paleo, build muscle, and achieve my goal of longevity by avoiding tryptophan, cysteine, and methionine?
Hi Robb, love the podcasts and the Paleo Solution book. Can you clarify your opinion on the consumption of bacon? I see differing opinions from two respected experts those being Mat Lalonde for and Loren Cordain against it. Most other sites seems to be against bacon as a Paleo approved food so I wanted to get your opinion. Also is that not good if you have autoimmune like Celiac? BTW, I would love to see you and Mat Lalonde do an extended video (DVD) series as you are both extremely smart and great speakers.
3. 100m sprinter with cramps and twitches
Hi guys, sorry for the long question but I feel it best to provide the full story. I’m a 30 year old 100m track sprinter and former National and Pan Pacific Champion and have been sprinting since I was a young boy. I’m a relatively solid guy at 185lb / 83.8kg and have very developed calf muscles. I have been Paleo (95%) for about a year, although kinda started moving towards it more like 2.5 years ago. Over the past few years, I have been experiencing calf cramps. I started out getting cramps at the end of my track sessions which was annoying but not a huge problem. As the months went on, I would notice I was getting calf fasciculations at the end of my session – they would ripple and twitch with little spasms. I started getting cramps mid-session and about a year ago, the cramps would actually occur even if I was doing an upper body workout in the gym. My calves would cramp. The fasciculations now happen all the time. In bed at rest, and sitting at my desk. I have constant twitches. I feels like I have small creatures wriggling around in my calves. I have had my blood work done and all my levels are spot on. I have tried more magnesium, and hydrating. No change. Since going Paleo I’m eating far less volume of carbs where as in my earlier sprinting years I would eat oats, toast, fruit for breakfast, and more bread and carb snacks through the day. I’d be loaded with carbs. Could it be that my body is just in need of more glycogen stores? My typical breakfast is meat and three veg. Lunch is much the same. Ditto for dinner. I snack on nuts, berries, and dark chocolate and maybe a piece of fruit. I feel amazing in terms of general health thanks to Paleo but the cramping and twitching is really getting me down. I should note that the cramping isn’t completely restricted to my calves. Sometimes it can be in other muscles. But mostly my calves, and the fasciculations are almost completely only in my calves. The cramping is so bad now that it’s stopping me from competing and finishing my training sessions. What should I be eating as a sprinter to keep fuelled for my track running and weights sessions? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. If I can’t sort this out with diet, then I guess I should go see a Neurologist? Thanks so much, Scott
4. Sugar, Booze, and Caffeine Binges…
Hey guys, For basically as long as I can remember, I’ve binged on junk food, mainly sugary crap. One of my earliest memories is sitting under a coffee table in my mom’s office, eating what I thought were delightful candies, but which I later learned were simply sugar cubes for the coffee. I’ve quite literally eaten sheet cake until I’ve vomited. When I started drinking in college, I began drinking just like I tended to eat candy; that is to say, I drank a lot until I vomited (at this point, however, I get sick from candy far more often than from booze). When I have a drink, it seems to energize me; I end up staying up all night. And I usually put away ungodly amounts of junk food in the process. Now, judging by the amount I drink, I would definitely qualify as an alcoholic. But I’ve know alcoholics, and my drinking seems to be of a very different nature (I never get into trouble, there’s no discernible psychological cause, etc… I just like to drink a lot). My desire to drink alcohol feels almost exactly the same as my desire to eat candy. I recently gave up drinking for a year, to see if I could. It wasn’t that hard for me, but I think I just replaced the alcohol with candy. And, when I’ve gone cold turkey on the booze and candy for a while, I usually end up drinking stupid amounts of coffee instead, day and night. I was wondering if you could explain what mechanisms might be at play here. How might binge eating carbohydrates be related to binge drinking alcohol? And how are these related to binge drinking coffee as a substitute? And, most importantly, is it theoretically possible to eliminate the desire to binge on these substances with a very low carb paleo diet? How would that work? By the way, I’m a 30 year old male, roughly 40 pounds overweight. Finally, I want to thank Robb for all the great work he’s done. I’ve turned a number of people onto his book recently; my 68 year old father claims he feels better than he has in ages as a result of Robb’s advice. I, on the other hand, have been too busy binging on candy and alcohol to actually FOLLOW any of Robb’s advice (I just read a lot about it instead). I’m hoping a better understanding of why I binge might be the final push I need. Thanks again.
5. Birth Control and Probiotics
Hey Robb! First, love the use of the phrase “cock block” in the latest podcast. I was wondering if you could address the effect of probiotics on birth control pills. I know you have a ton of requests/tweets, here was our brief twitter exchange, would love a follow up. I currently am not taking probiotics out of concern over this, but would like to…loving the paleo life! Down 15 pounds and kicking ass physically and mentally… thanks so much!
6. Is there a Paleo Baby Formula
First, thanks so much for the Podcast. A priceless resource that’s free! Thank you, so much. I have been listening to the Podcast for several months now. Within that time, my wife and I had our first child – a baby boy. Based on everything that I could find on the internet (websites, forums, blogs, etc.) it’s obvious that breast milk is the best way to go. However, my wife is needing surgery which will be when our son is 3-4 months old, but it also means that she will not be able to breastfeed after the surgery because of some post surgery meds and procedures. So, we will have to provide some sort of formula, or nutrition, for our son. As I’ve looked into baby formulas, all of the formulas that I’ve looked at have sweeteners, soy products, and most are dairy based. So I feel like I just can’t trust a commercial baby formula. Is a Paleo baby formula possible? As for adults, we generally avoid grains, legumes, and dairy – with some exceptions – but is that the same dietary guideline for infants/babies? It seems like Paleo guidelines do not apply to infants/babies. Is that safe to say/assume since babies primarily eat breast milk? I’ve been searching the web for homemade baby formula. I thought I found something good on the Weston A Price website (http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/recipes-for-homemade-baby-formula). I thought the liver-based baby formula would be the way to go, but, after reading some of the comments, my wife and I are not 100% confident with the liver-based formula or the other suggested formulas on the Weston A Price website. Partly because of amounts of vitamins and minerals that are way above that found in breast milk. Is the Weston A Price website a good resource for baby formula? If so, is the cow’s milk, goat’s milk, or liver-based formula the best option. If the Weston A Price website is not the best resource for a homemade baby formula, then do you have a homemade baby formula recipe or know of a good resource to get one? Thank you so much for your time and any information you can offer.
7. Paleo” Term
Robb– Love the podcast, luke warm on your book. Maybe have Greg co-author next time. Straight to my question: To what extent is the “paleo” term holding back the paleo movement from taking off and changing even more lives? Found Paelo less than 6 months ago (through crossfit). Since I turned primal I lost a ton of weight (about 50 lbs) and have experienced all of the other “stereotypical” paleo benefits (more energy, stronger, faster, better skin, and even helped what could have been a mild case of depression (who knows on that last one)). Reading this recent Whole 9 post (http://whole9life.com/2011/09/nutrition-in-60-seconds/) about how we as paleo-ers describe our nutrition/lifestyle got me thinking about my own experience and how the whole paleo/primal concept just immediately turns people off or otherwise sends the message in an entirely different direction. As if my family couldn’t just look at the changes in my body composition and overall level of happiness and want to hear more? Instead I get the predictable “cave men only lived 35 years” response. So, while I fully get that evolutionary biology is central to this whole thing, is it time to ditch the “paleo” label in order to reach more people? (not to mention getting people away from the supid debates about what is or is not “paleo”). Your loyal follower, Paul