The Paleo Solution – Episode 106
- [2:47] Crazy cravings during period
- [6:57] Tap or Filtered Water
- [11:54] Training your tastebuds
- [18:07] Miracle Fruit/Berry
- [25:14] What to ask a potential trainer
- [36:14] Serious Sunbed Stress to Subvert SAD
- [44:35] Fat adaption, hunger, and time between meals
- [51:29] Paleo during TEOTWAWKI
1. Crazy cravings for non-paleo foods during my period, what the hell?
I eat a paleo diet with some non-guilty cheat meals when I’m out socializing. I workout regularly (I’m a triathlete who moderately trains in my sport and trains with free weights 50% of the time) and in terms of body comp I am 5’7″ female, 130 pounds, fairly lean (meaning jeans fit great but I have a 2 pack, not a 6 pack).
My problem is that two days before my period I have a burning desire to stuff my face with chocolate and carbs. I try to eat dark chocolate, but I am never satisfied. Last month, I even made homemade pudding with dark chocolate, maple syrup, pastured cinnamon butter, and pastured heavy cream. Damn, it was good, but at the end of my pudding binge I was still unsatisfied.
What is a female body actually craving before and during periods? I would like to find out what nutrients my body is craving, so that I can supplement it with correct foods rather than raiding my cupboards like golum, that creepy dude from Lord of the Rings.
2. Tap or Filtered Water
First, thanks for the podcast and book. It’s had a huge impact on my life.
My question is about reverse osmosis filtered water. A bit outside the usual question stream, I know.
The tap water in my are has fluoride, chlorine and who knows what else in it. To strip out all the crap I have a reverse osmosis filter on my tap. This however removes everything including the minerals in the water. Including magnesium and other such good stuff.
So the question: Can food sources replace the minerals being pulled out of my water or should I just drink the good with the bad?
Just asking for opinion, not clinical advice.
3. Any science behind “training your tastebuds?’”
I have a million questions I want to ask you, but this one is of personal and professional interest to me (I’m looking to write an article on the subject) so I was wondering if you had any smart/medical/professional advice on this one.
I’ve heard a lot of nonsense from strict paleo-followers about how they’ve retrained their tastebuds to the point where junk food “tastes gross” and something like a carrot can taste almost “too sweet” (see what I mean by ridiculous?). I have experienced this myself, to an extent – after eating very strict paleo for a few months, I discovered that my cravings for said sweet things largely went away, and I was craving other, healthier options. Still, I could go a year without eating a piece of cake and the first moment that sweet, sweet ambrosia hits my lips it’s like it never went away. It doesn’t taste gross at all; and just like an addict, the more I indulge the more I want, and the more I crave it. Anyway, while I feel I have become more attuned to the subtle flavors and sweetness of natural foods, unadorned with sugar, MSG or cream sauces, I’m still skeptical about the whole “retraining your tastebuds” thing.
Is there science behind this? Is there any research out there about the legitimacy of actually adjusting your sense of taste, or is this a reaction that depends utterly on the person and their disposition towards sweet/salty, healthy/unhealthy, etc?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
4. Miracle Fruit/Berry
I’ve been doing a gluten-free, low omega-6, low fructose diet for a 3 years now and I’ve followed your podcast since the first episode. Sometimes I do zone out while listening to it and I wasn’t sure if you mentioned anything about Miracle Frooties.
I stumbled upon a product called Miracle Frooties a week ago. When you dissolve the tablet in your mouth, it coats it and changes the receptors on the tongue to perceive sour as sweet. Have you heard of this product and would it be a good alternative to satisfying the munchies with a healthy snack enhanced with Miracle Frooties? You think it is just as bad as other artificial sweeteners?
Also, you don’t need to include this part in the podcast, but what is your point of view on marijuana and its effects on long term health and strength training. I am just curious…
5. What to ask a potential trainer
Hey Guys -
Thanks to you both for living the dream for all of the rest of us. It renders my humdrum, day-to-day existence much more meaningful and rewarding when I can live vicariously though your exploits.
Kidding aside, I’ve got some questions for Greg (Robb chime in too): What are the essential training-based questions you think a prospective trainee should ask a trainer or gym before signing on?
That is, assuming one can get clarity on the financial issues and the logistical issues, how can a trainee best determine that a prospective trainer knows their stuff, understands and doesn’t object to the trainee’s goals, will work with the trainee to achive his goals, and won’t kill, maim, or injure the trainee in the process?
If it’s relevant to your answer: I’m a middle-aged guy, married with kids, work a desk job, been paleo for about 18 months, have no known health issues or challenges, and my primary performance goal is to enjoy a long, high quality, physically active life free of chronic, degenerative disease.
6. Serious Sunbed Stress to Subvert SAD
Dear Robb & Greg,
Apologies for the pathetic attempt to draw attention to this with the dodgy subject line but I guess I have to try something to get my question answered.
Bio – 42 year old ex-soldier living in Northern Ireland. Been paleo / primal-ish for around 6 months, via SlimmingWorld, CutTheFatPodCast & my friend, a personal trainer. Lost 2 1/2 stone in that time (that’s about 35 of your American pounds) and am now sitting at around 196 pounds. At 6ft1 that is around as low as I want to go but have more work to do to get into 6 pack territory I suspect. I carry over some “injuries” that currently prevent me training to my full potential (nothing dramatic; sore back, shoulder etc.).
However, none of that has anything to do with my question. With paleo / primal, there are lots of references to Vitamin D and appropriate levels of sunlight. Therein lies the problem for me. So much of the paleo / primal vibe seems to be coming out of the parts of the world blessed with actual seasons, whereas I, living in Northern Ireland, have to put up with various degrees of rain and next to no sunlight, throughout the year. It is especially bad now the winter is on its way in but to be honest, if we get 2 weeks of decent weather here then we are lucky (but, as my Granny used to say, there is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes).
So, I have resorted to sunbeds….and get myself right royally burnt…
These sunbeds have moved on from when I last used them and I found myself burnt with 5 minutes exposure. I have gone back today, after 2 weeks away, for a mere 3 minutes exposure and have that niggling doubt in my mind as to whether I am doing the right thing….after all, Grok didn’t lock himself in a ring of UV tubes now did he? Conventional Wisdom is banging on how sunbeds are bad and how we should cover up….
I need to do something as I am sure I am impacted by SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), especially in the Winter months.
Sure, my lifestyle has changes with the modified diet and re-introduction of exercise but my mood isn’t exactly on the up as a result.
Curious for any guidance you can provide and thanks for the great podcast / website etc. and many thanks from “across the pond”.
7. I’ve got to go *how* long??” <–That’s what she said…no this is not a sex question
Dear Robb & Greg (I wasn’t going to put this part, but figured Greg would appreciate my following proper letter etiquette)
One thing that struck me that Robb said in podcast 104, we should be able to manage a 6, 10, even 18hr swing w/o food fairly well…in his words, “it shouldn’t wreck us.” I know that I’ve come a long way from testing positive for hypoglycemia to being able to survive a couple hours btwn meals, but I don’t know if I could go more than 6hrs w/o eating and not get wrecked. And 18hrs?!…WTF.no way!
It’s totally logical that we should be able to manage those things since there was definitely a point in time when our ancestors had to make do w/o food for a length of time, so we should still be able to do that. But I wonder if i’m not as fat-adapted as I need to be if I’m fairly certain I’d be in trouble if there was zero food around for a day or so.
To further improve fat-adaptation, I wonder if reducing carbs & upping the fat makes sense?…although Robb and others seem to be leaning to a moderate carb approach in non-metabolically deranged folks (I am not deranged). Or maybe work up to being able to eat larger well-balanced meals so there’s enough fuel to go longer? (my meals are likely around 400 cals of paleo love) So Robb…what’s the “long & short of it?”
Some background, not sure how much of this is needed for the question, but here you go anyways:
-5’6” 137lb fitness trainer. went paleo in May of this year.
-Tested positive for gluten intolerance 4 yrs ago & was doing gluten free w/ all the wonderful gluten free grains still jacking w/ my blood sugar levels (but all that’s out now that I’m paleo)
-Have been working on gut issues (likely)stemming back to not getting fed any breast milk as an infant(imagine the guilt trip I can use on my mother w/ that one!) that were helped by going GF, then going paleo, then cutting the nuts & eggs to almost zero. (am fully on board paleo…only doing corn tortillas maybe 2x/mth, if I had to pick a % as others are prone to do, let’s go w/ 96.3% paleo)
-Currently take probiotics/enzymes/etc, as well as fish oil. I also currently supplement for my adrenals w/ some Adrene-All & phosphotidal serine, per my naturopath’s guidance.
-Used to not be able to go any length of time w/o getting “hangry” (hungry+angry=hangry!) & now don’t get hangry until I hit the 4+hr mark of not eating…thus why I seriously doubt I could go longer w/o eating.
-Workouts: sprint workout 1x/wk; long, slow run 1x/wk; strength trng that combines big lifts w/ some stability-core work 3x/wk. No workout lasts longer than an hour. (it’s off season from endurance running where I run up to 1/2 marathon distances)
What can *a person* (gotta keep this somewhat impersonal so Robb doesn’t get fired up again about people asking for diagnoses’ over the internet)do in this instance to work at becoming more fat-adapted so I, I mean *a person like me*, could be more optimally fit, leaner, sexier & frankly, so I can boast about my insane fat-adapted body? THANKS!
8. Paleo during TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it)
Hello, Rob and Greg. My apologies if this question has already been submitted and answered. I’m pretty sure that it has not, because I just finished listening to all of the podcasts, starting with the first one. (The psychotherapist stated that my prognosis is “marginal at best.”
In planning for the coming financial meltdown / zombie Apocalypse, possibly the most affordable long-lasting foods to stock are rice and beans. Typically the recommended approach is to consume the older food stock, before it goes bad, and rotate in new bags of rice and beans. But in the opinion of several paleo authorities, those types of foods are problematic. What should the paleo survivor be stockpiling in his or her closet?