The Paleo Solution – Episode 109
1. [1:30] Crossfit early years
2. [10:35] Living and lifting on planet Hoth
3. [24:34] Teeth
4. [32:46] 5-hour energy shots
5. [39:48] Strength equals muscle?
6. [47:19] Whole food supplements vs. synthetic supplements
1. Crossfit workouts – the early years
Every once in awhile, I hear you refer to the Crossfit workouts of early years being more in tune with what you prefer to the current incarnations. Could you elaborate on what those general types of exercises are, or resources to look for to find them out, as I am someone not too fit with Crossfit. Currently, my general exercise routines are basic Push/Pull/Squat circuits in the gym, 3 times a week, 20-30 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of cardio, sometimes intervals, and I try to mix up the exercises in the circuits as much as possible.
Are those early days of Crossfit similar or is it something totally different?
2. Living and lifting on planet Hoth
Jonny Canuck says:
Robb and Greg,
Robb, loyal listener since day 1 and have enjoyed the addition of Greg since him hopping aboard.
I would love to get your guys take on paleo living and strength training through the winter months up north.
While I train at a well programmed strength and conditioning facility (shameless plug for Spark Sport Conditioning under Kim Layton) and do my best to stay paleo/primal and get plenty of sleep, I can’t help but get crazy carb cravings and almost feel lack luster efforts at the gym.
I understand that the photo periods probably have much to do this seeing how we get 15 hours of total darkness and 9 hours of sun if we’re lucky. We all can’t be as fortunate to live in Cali or Reno…but don’t worry guys, I’m not ready to pull a Kurt Cobain just yet.
What would you guys recommend (not to treat disease or sickness) Vitamin D levels to be?
Would going Ketogenic help during the winter months? Seasonal veggies…nothing grows in these conditions.
What would you guys focus on for strength gains? Seeing how most of mine come in the summer most likely due to the amount of sunlight we get.
Thanks again for all your efforts and hope you guys can help me navigate paleo living in these icy conditions comparable to Hoth, as I avoid wampas and keep warm while sleeping inside my tauntaun
Some background: my relationship to the Paleo Diet is more or less…guilty by association. I follow it because I live with my boyfriend who is religious by it and swears his life by it. I cook Paleo meals for myself because that’s all that’s in the pantry and/or refrigerator. I cook Paleo meals (dinner for two) because that’s all he eats. FOr the most part I let him cook because he likes to, and guess what we eat?As far as my exercise? I’m the literal meaning of nomad. I walk everyday about 4 miles.I go where work goes (kinda like how our ancestors followed their food) I don’t have a car, so in order to get around it’s either walking or biking. I can bike 7 miles with only needing a sip of water.I’m by no means extreme when it comes to exercise. Trust me, I would get eaten.lol
Now I’ve heard Paleo works wonders, and I know “if only try it for 30 days tra lalala” speel.Now I’m willing to be more strict with this diet if there is any consolation on one thing. one thing. The only health issue I can’t tolerate is my teeth. Apparently my family has awful teeth and the dentist solution is always to take Advil, ibuprofen, Tylenol, ect. None of that shit works.YOu know that and I know that. It just eases the pain. maybe. Depending on how well you trick yourself into believing it helps.I’m 21, I’ve had one tooth extraction, one due for a root canal, a total of 4 cavities in the past 2 years.I’ve spent nights crying because of tooth pain and all to often I’ve relied on Novocaine. I’ve already took a scary dose of Vicodin as result of these teeth, And my front tooth is turning a funny color. Top it off I grind my teeth at night, resulting in some mean jaw pain where hearty meats and steam vegetables are difficult to eat. Now I’ve stopped using floride products for the most part, so I typically brush my teeth with just water and then gargle mouth wash. My chomps are on a fast-rate deterring decline.I need to save them, And if giving up what ice-cream, wheat, green beans, or whatever is the way to do it, then so be it.
Luckily for me the only dairy product I really like is ice-cream and frozen yogurt, legumes were never a big deal for me, and it’s been approximately
a year and a half since I’ve cut out majority of wheat products. I can pull my reigns tighter on this diet if I know it’s worth it.The results I need, I have a feeling will take longer than 30 days. I’ve noticed there are hardly any podcast that address what this diet can do or could do for teeth. Everyone’s concerned with what exercise or breast milk substitute or turning loved ones to Paleo; however I was hoping there was insight on what foods I could eat to strengthen my teeth or what exercise even, could assist in the care of my teeth. Smarty pants boyfriend says I don’t get enough strengthen muscle work out which is a problem with most women, that also aids in the strengthen in bone mass.Has there ever been anyone else who came to you with the same problem? If so what worked for them? Maybe something else aside from giving up sugar which is a given.I’m tired of the tooth pain and I’m tired of dentist solution. What’s the paleo-solution? Your advice is very much appreciated. Thank you, Steph.
4. 5 Hour Energy Shots
So where are you guys on “5hr energy” drinks? I’m a professional fireman and trainer/coach on my days off. I’ve been strict paleo for the last 4 months or so after starting with the whole 30 challenge (great experience). I used to frequent these little delicious cocktails after a long night or during the day at the firehouse pre whole 30 challenge. Let me clarify when I say “frequent” I mean I may have had 4 a week and never more than one a day. Ever since going on the paleo route they have gone by the wayside and initially my energy levels were just fine. Now 4 months into this I’m starting to feel the need for a slight “kick” if you will every once in a while. I understand the healthiest option is more sleep, take a nap, I know, but on days we get lots of calls this is quite tough. I can’t stand coffee, and I’ve tried to throw down an espresso or 2 and those things are the single most vial liquid I’ve ever thrown down my gullet! So after trying to up my fat intake in the am and really throughout the day and getting very little boost I’ve found myself wandering towards the 5hr’s in the drugstore and rationalizing that they can’t really be that bad, I mean hell everyone else gets their coffee how come I can’t have one of these (although I’ve held off… for now). What is your(s) opinion on these things? They claim zero sugar, and some caffeine, and of course the TONS of vitamin B in there as well but are they truly “dirty water” and should be avoided at all costs. If this is indeed the case what is my best option for a perk every now and again?
5. Are strength equals muscle?
Hi there geeks!
I’m about to make a quick question, mostly because I am not fluent in english at all.
I’ve been struggling so much to connect the too many standpoints about tranning & physical regarding that I just gave up. One says that higher volume is better for offering muscle cells a kinda ‘nutrient bath’, bla bla bla. Other says that higher volume don’t do shit. Rep ranges for this, rep ranges for that. And stuff like: “Just do as many as u can, drop it and do it again, and again. Ain’t dead yet? So do it again MTF”.
Oh god, I just wanna get big!
And when I read that we should seek for lower volume in order to prevent the transformation of fast muscle fiber into slower ones… I was like: “That’s enough, I gonna ask Robb and Greg.”
Considering I am getting stronger… Am I actually getting bigger?
There is such thing as optimal rep ranges for muscle growth?
I know there is too many factors to consider, but at this time I just wanna a simplistic baseline to go for and fine tune from there. U can make your self comfortable and do the “bla bla bla” geek stuff, just let me know when you hit the “do this shit” part.
6. Whole food supplements vs. synthetic supplements
John says: Dear Robb, I’m a chiropractor, former bodybuilder and a huge Paleo promoter and have found it personally helpful, and extremely valuable clinically. I’m a big follower of everything nutrition and strength related and one theme keeps popping up. Whats the deal with whole food supplements vs. synthetic/high dose supplements?
For example, Poliquin products are all high doses and usually only a couple of vitamins/herbs per product (ex: magnesium), similar to the Metagenics product approach. Where as Chek promotes whole food “complexes” of vitamins similar to the Standard Process product approach. The whole food supplement approach claims that not as much of a nutrient is need because of complexes and the body uses it more effeciently. They further go on to state that any dose of a singular vitamin would throw biochemicals out of whack.
So my question is as follows:
1. If there is an established effective dose for a vitamin, say 5000iu for vitamin D, doesn’t that translate into taking 5000iu of D, no matter the source of the vitamins is?
2. I understand that some vitamins work synergistically with each other in a complex, but it can also go the same way and they can inhibit/compete with each other…does this negate the vitamin complexes claim?
3. If whole foods are the best source of “complex vitamins”, why the hell do they derive most of them from wheat and grain products?