The Paleo Solution – Episode 107
1. [4:25] Hyperthyroidism
2. [6:07] Diabetic belly fat
3. [12:26] Careers in paleo
4. [23:29] Holiday meals
5. [28:02] Coconut intolerance
6. [33:42] Starting position for oly lifts
7. [41:09] Gynocomastia
8. [44:21] Sugar alcohols
9. [47:10] Gastroparesis
10. [51:31] Speeding Joint Injury Healing
Jessica Says: I’ve heard you talk about hypothyroidism a few times, but have not heard you talk about hyperthyroidism. Does this respond well to Paleo eating?
2. Tell the truth– is it actually possible for a diabetic to lose the belly fat??
Hey Robb and Greg,
I’m a type 1 diabetic who’s been eating paleo for most of the year. To clarify: no wheat/gluten/grains, very little dairy (occasional cheese on a salad), no legumes. Almost all grass-fed beef and good sources of chicken and fish. Occasional sweet potato, yam, or white rice for starch.
I’ve always been lean except for the bit of belly flab I picked up in my mid-twenties (I’m 30). I’m 6′, 170, at about 14% body fat. I work out a couple times a week, ride my bike, eat well, and for the past few months, I’ve had my blood sugars in the best control of my life– I’ve been within 65-110 mg/dL 80% of the time, with average blood sugar at 85 mg/dL, and I’ve aggressively worked to make sure I’m not over 100mg/dL for more than an hour. Hoping to be down to a 5.2 on my next A1c (down from 6.1 pre-paleo diet). Additionally, I’m sleeping the best I have in memory–thanks to you, I discovered my cortisol levels were totally wacky and I’ve since normalized them. Adrenals are good too.
OK, so give me the hard facts. If I stay on this path, keep eating right, getting sleep, with some weights and cardio here and there, will the insulin-resistent belly flab go away? I have little fat anywhere else. Or do I have to have it sucked out, god forbid? My endocrinologist seems to think it’s impossible to burn off naturally. Then again, she is totally confounded about my good health being almost entirely from diet alone.
Thanks man and keep atlatl’ing the haters,
3. Careers in Paleo
Dear Greg and Robb,
First of all, thank you guys for the tremendous amount information and advice you provide and the hours you put in helping people and answering questions. I have been paleo for about six months now and am loving it. My brother and parents are also paleo believers and we’re all excited about the benefits of eating this way. I have always been interested in nutrition and am considering becoming a dietician. I know you (Robb) have answered a couple questions for prospective dieticians, so I was wondering what other possible careers are available for people who want their professional goals to further the cause and bring this uncomplicated and healthy lifestyle to the masses. After listening to the podcast with Dr. Eaton, I’m sure other listeners were also inspired by the two of you talking about your individual roles in this movement and I was wondering what future careers there could be in the paleo movement.
P.S. One last question: would it be better to caramelize, or subject the fats of leaner, lower quality proteins like ground turkey to oxidation, while keeping higher quality fats (85/15 organic, grass-fed beef) intact by poaching or simmering? I know this is a really minute detail, but I have been working on a paleo chili recipe and want some browned meat flavor.
4. Holiday Meals
Thanksgiving is fast approaching and I was wondering about a menu based on the Paleo diet. Obviously, the turkey or ham is fairly straightforward, but how about all the other “traditional” dishes? Can you or your associates come up with some tasty alternatives that stay within the Paleo range of foods? We will have a number of guests and I don’t want them grumbling because their favorite side dish was left out. One of the guests will be under 2 years old. I need some appealing foods that even the younger set might enjoy. Help.
5. Intolerant to Coconut?
I found you and Paleo by happenstance and have been extremely pleased and an advocate since I’ve noticed significant results. I have lost over 20 lbs and my body fat has dropped significantly. My wife has lost weight (although she didn’t have very much to lose), my mother has lost lbs and shocked her nutritionist after dropping several % points of body fat. They were used to seeing 2-4% my mom lost 8% and they thought something was wrong… so the re-tested… And, my mother in law is seeing great results… All in all.. We’re converted believers.
All of that having been said, my doctor recommended an ALCAT food intolerance test… and so I took one. It said that I am intolerant to coconut! Is it possible that since, I have been “taking in” a good deal of coconut milk, raw coconut and coconut oil while eating Paleo… is it possible that my high intake of coconut and coconut bi-products might have skewed this test? Is it really possible to be “intolerant to coconut?” Am I the only person on the planet in this boat…? What are my options here.. Or is this test tomfoolery and should I be going with what’s working so far?
Is there something better than an ALCAT blood test?
If you were to respond, I would greatly appreciate it!
6. Start position for oly lifts
when i start with the arms straight down, i feel like that makes the bar drag across my shins during the first pull.
I always get cut around my tibial tuberosity area and i have to stop my session so i don’t leak a bunch of blood on the school platform
Do you think that i should just tape that area of the skin? or is there a technique change I can implement to prevent this “shin dragging”
Dear Robb, I am an 18 year old college student suffering from gyno. I have been following paleo for 5 or 6 months, lost around 30 pounds and my bf% is definitely sub 15%. I’m in very good shape and love paleo, but really down about the fact that I can’t get rid of this puffyness in my chest no matter what I do. I eat very clean and lift heavy things regularly. I think my testosterone levels may be low and that this fat has accumulated I’ve time and I just can’t seem to be able to get rid of it. I would really appreciate any advice or help you could provide. I have a six pack and a great physique but it all goes to waste when you see my chest. Please help.
8. Sugar alcohols
Thank you for your book. It was very enlightening and so logical that I jumped in with both feet. I have been following a Paleo Diet the past 10 months and have lost 97 pounds, going from a bodyweight of 280 pounds down to 183 and I am still losing. I exercise regularly now and feel much better. Going from a 44 inch waist to a 33 inch waist has definitely had its rewards. Thanks for all of your help!
I wanted to get your opinion on protein bars and sugar alcohols. I work a lot and travel frequently and sometimes can’t get to a decent meal. I often eat Detour or other whey protein bars that don’t have much sugar but instead have sugar alcohols and a lot of whey protein. They clearly havn’t been detrimental to my weight loss efforts, but I would love to get your view on these types of products and whether consuming sugar alcohols is at all better for you than other sugars. I realize chicken and veggies is better, but I feel like in a pinch these might not be bad but I wanted to get your professional opinion on whey protein and sugar alcohols.
Hello, I was finally diagnosed with idiopathic gastroparesis earlier this year, after abdominal distention, horrible nausea, acid reflux and out of whack blood sugar for 5+ years (sugars would sky rocket then drop in a short period of time, only after I ate, always “passed” glucose tolerance tests, and fasting sugar was always normal). I had a gastric emptying scan which revealed my stomach only emptied 30% in 2 hours. I am 25, 115 pounds and have been attempting paleo for the last 2-3 months (approx. 90% now) My husband started to eat paleo and got me on board shortly after. I really only exercise once a week at gymnastics class. I have lost a few pounds (I was 122), but now only get any symptoms of nausea or bloating after I eat grains. I am feeling much better. One symptom that I can’t shake is the lack of appetite. I typically can eat 2 meals and a small snack (any variation of beef jerky, organic apple sauce, handful of mixed raw nuts, etc) and feel satisfied for the day. My husband is deeply concerned with me getting enough to eat, I am concerned about “forcing” myself to eat more and getting any symptoms back. I take a multi-vitamin and a fish oil daily. Any info I find suggests low fiber/low fat diet/no nuts or seeds and drinking plenty of fluids with meals. Haven’t found any help in avoiding those foods. Only drink water and occasionally some organic vegetable juice. Any suggestions to make sure I am getting enough to eat? Any foods I should avoid? Thanks for your help!
Kia ora Robb and Greg
I have a question about tendon repair and thought that both of you would have some valuable suggestions. There isn’t much change from 60 in my age and recently came afoul of the evil peloton. I am told that a rider a few bikes ahead of me went down and I became rather a piece of the action. Can’t remember a thing, but an ultrasound inspection of my right shoulder shows a complete rupture and retraction of the supraspinatus, full depth tear in the infraspinatus and a wee rip in the subscapularis. A mouthful, sorry.
I guess I will have to keep my right arm in a sling for 6 weeks and my lovely physio will be excellent at the shoulder exercise end of things, but what can I eat to maximise healing, and Greg, what can I do to keep my upper body strength without compromising the repair? I’m just 65kg but can happily bench press sets of my body weight, dead lift half again that, do weighted chinups… the regular stuff and my VO2max hovers about my age… until last week.
We eat well here on the farm, every vegetable we can grow here gets grown organically and eaten with gusto. Grass fed beef is growing happily in our paddocks (and residing quietly in local freezers) as I write. We don’t (grow or) eat grains, seed oils or sugar so I think it’s pretty healthy here… but I want an edge. Can you help?