The Paleo Solution – Episode 113
- [2:00] Paleo Poop
- [8:22] Becoming a Special Operations Soldier
- [14:49] Vitamin K and Newborns
- [19:32] Best Supplement Brands
- [23:58] Fragile Omega-3 Conundrum
- [27:47] Psychological Effects of Hunting vs. Killing Domesticated Animals
- [34:41] Melanoma and Autoimmunity
- [42:52] Ski Conditioning and the Bosu Ball
1. Paleo Poop
Hi Robb, love the podcast have been listening for a few weeks and have learnt a lot so far!
My question today is about my poop. yes you’ll probably laugh but I want to work something out. My problem is I don’t go regularly. And sometimes when I do go, it isn’t necessarily easy so to speak. I am wondering what nutrients/foods I will need to help my bowel movements etc.
Little bit of background I am 22yrs old 175cm tall and weight 55kgs or 56kgs of a night hahaha. I train 4-5 times a week in cross fit and general walking and bike riding for leisure.
I have been eating paleo (very strict, have had one huge cheat meal a few weeks ago and it made me feel horrible! and that yes did make me ‘go’) I have been eating paleo for over two months absolutely love the way I feel, skin improved energy levels amazing and my strength/fitness gains etc in the gym have been great also.
A typical day of food for me would be eggs or meat and some vegetables for breakfast maybe some pumpkin/sweet potato with that, lunch similar salmon or chicken/pork beef or a big salad with chicken breast, and dinner usually typical meat and three veg. for snacks i have almonds, macadamias, walnuts pecans some dark choc occasionally and on most days 1-2 pieces of fruit(apple,berries,banana) however I have been kinda restrictive on the fruit as confused with the ‘sugar’ deal associated with fruit consumption (please clear that up for me) I sprinkle coconut flakes onto salads and veggies and cook with coconut oil to pan fry meats/veggies.
I really hope you can help me out to improve it as I have been slightly worried ! haha I would love an email if this question can’t make it onto the fabulous podcast! cheers Emily
2. Becoming a Special Operations Soldier
I am trying to find the best way to implement a Paleo’ish diet/lifestyle in my upcoming endeavor of becoming an elite soldier (the danish Jaegerkorpset, similar to Delta/SEAL).
Right now i am training hard and enjoying a lot of benefits from Paleo but i got some upcoming challenges.
I wan’t to accelerate through out the 4 month course/selection (and afterwards – i don’t want to burn out) but as you can imagine i don’t have much to say about food, sleep etc. in all 5 weekdays (i won’t be eating or sleeping all that much ;)). Allmost every weekend i got and 48 hours window to do as much for my recovery and health as possible, i might have the possibility of bringing some snacks but it is very restricted and much of the time were staying in the field without the possibility of bringing anything.
My question is:
How should i tailor my weekend to get as much as possible out of my 48 hours?
What can i bring to help myself during the week (snacks, shakes etc.)?
Hope you can help, btw love the site and the podcasts
3. Vitamin K and Newborns
J. Dubb says:
What are your thoughts on administration of vitamin K to newborns to stimulate the production of clotting factors?
Would an infant of a paleo mother be less likely to require this injection? Is there an evolutionary advantage of being born with an immature cascade?
4. Supplement brands
Rob and Greg
Love the show. CrossFit Owner/Coach who has listened intently to your discussions about effective and safe programming and it has changed a lot of what we do at our box. I read your post recently about Low T in males, and you mention supplementation. Chris Kresser talks about Probiotic Supplementation for maintaining healthy gut. There are many potential supplement brands out there, any brands in particular that you view as heads over heals better than the competition.
5. The Fragile Omega-3 Conundrum
Hehheh…sounds like an episode of The Big Bang Theory, huh?
Hey Robb and Greg,
Quick question for you:
I know that n-3 fats are very fragile — susceptible to oxidation, rancidity, etc. That’s why we’re not supposed to heat them, and it’s best to keep things like walnuts in the fridge or freezer. So what’s the deal with cooking actual fish? Does cooking damage the n-3s, or is there something inherently protective in the fish as a whole package/whole food that is *not* in isolated fish oils?
Just curious, ‘cuz I eat a lot of canned salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel. They’re cheap, handy sources of good protein, but I’ve started to wonder if I’m actually getting as much n-3 as I think I am if they’ve been heated beyond recognition in the canning process.
Thanks guys! And Robb — feel free to “geek out” on the chemistry if necessary. I can take it!
6. Psychological effects of hunting vs. killing domesticated animals
Dear Robb and Greg,
I started eating paleo a few months ago, after being vegetarian and later vegan for a few years, and I have been contemplating the issue of killing/eating domesticated animals.
I grew up on a cattle ranch in Texas, and we raised most of our food ourselves, hunted regularly, and of course bought some things as well. Despite the romanticization of the whole family farm/ranch scenario among a lot of paleo eaters/slow foodies/greens etc., I found the experience of killing animals for food one of the most traumatic aspects of my childhood. I had the typical problem of viewing the animals more as pets than food sources, despite knowing better–I bottle fed the orphaned calves, cuddled the baby chicks, laughed as the goats turned backflips off of fallen trees–and then later cried my eyes out when I had to kill and eat them. That pain was a big part of what led me to become vegetarian in the first place.
However, I switched from vegan to paleo a few months ago. (You convinced me with science, but don’t feel too smug. My best friend, an evolutionary biologist, one said that, taking into account my scientific knowledge and skills, he could probably convince me the universe was made of bananas. What can I say, I’m just an English major.) Anyway, after beginning to eat meat again, I decided I wasn’t going to hide from that experience–if I didn’t have the guts to kill my food, I by god didn’t deserve to eat it, either.
The interesting part of the whole thing (to me, at least) occurred when I began to gravitate toward hunting more and more of my meat. While I never find killing an animal a comfortable experience (nor do I want to), there is a big difference for me between hunting a wild animal and killing one that has lived with and depended on me. This has led me to wonder about the psychological effects of getting our meat from domesticated animals. We talk all the time in the paleo crowd about the detrimental effects of the advent of agriculture with regard to grains etc., but I’ve never heard anyone address the emotional effects of killing domesticated animals versus hunting, despite the fact that this was also a big change from the way our ancestors lived for millions of years.
Coming out of the vegan camp, I am used to people arguing that violence toward animals and humans are connected and that killing animals is emotionally damaging. I was always very sympathetic to that stance, since I could not imagine that the desensitization and emotional hardening that I went through as a child in order to be able to slaughter our animals could be good for kids (or adults, for that matter). Now I am becoming increasingly convinced that the emotional damage stems more from the circumstances of domestication (killing a creature with whom you have lived in close quarters and formed a relationship of a sorts) rather than from the killing itself. Just wanted to get your thoughts on this and hoped it might be an interesting topic to throw out there on the podcast for the rest of the paleo community to consider and weigh in on. Feel free to ignore me if you disagree!
Thanks for all you do,
7. Melanoma and Autoimmunity could you explain more?
I have strived for the paleo life style for about a year. I love your podcasts and I love your politics and I am a female- talk about it all you want as far as I am concerned.
This weeks podcast and one a few weeks earlier mentioned that melanoma may be related to autoimmunity and Transglutaminase. I tried to research on my own and came across an article “Implications of tissue transglutaminase expression in malignant melanoma” Way over my head. I am wondering about it because of my personal history.
I have always had random and rare “attacks” which of course after having my appendix and gall bladder removed (had one huge stone that was incidently found by ultrasound in my mid 20′s)seem to be resolved. The same year the gall bladder was removed at age 31 I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma which fortunately was in its earliest stages and was excised completely. Thankfully I am very vain and didn’t think that black mole would look good with my strapless gown.
My mother died of complications of MS and my paternal grandfather had severe Rheumatiod arthritis so I have significant family hx of autoimmunity. My questions are this:
In your opinion how vital is it for someone with past history of melanoma to avoid the sun and/or gluten? I love the sun living Washington state I try to get it when I can, and I know everyone should avoid gluten however NO ONE in my family is on board with gluten free anything believing it to be a fad. I have found it easier to just avoid the big stuff like bread but not the “hidden sources” like seasonings etc.
Should someone with a hx of melanoma follow the autoimmune protocol? (I hope not – but obviously would do anything in my power to avoid my kids losing their mom like I did).
If nothing else could you just explain that article in english?? I have a medical background but nothing extensive enough to understand that.
Lastly – my husband and other family don’t understand the paleo movement nor the science behind it. Frankly they think it is just the next fad diet and could care less because they are not overweight and are healthy. My husband is supportive of me but I can’t get him to read your book. Are there any video resources
? I think I could trap him in a room for an hour or two…
Sorry for all the questions. If you could address any of them at all I would be so grateful.
Thanks for all that you do.
8. Ski conditioning and the bosu ball
Hi Robb and Greg,
Like many, I have listened to all of your pod casts and have gotten a great deal of information on paleo living and strength and conditioning. Now that I have gotten the sucking up out the way I will get to the nitty gritty-ski conditioning. I live in a Colorado ski town where every gym has a ski conditioning class. These classes typically run around an hour and consist of some strength, balance, and cardio work. Every time I watch these classes they ALWAYS use the greatest invention to strength and conditioning-(drum Roll)-The bosu ball!!!!! The strength portion is always body weight movements (lunges, push ups, sit ups and some variations of squatting-mind you not a full squat as that would hurt your knees!!). Balance-All of the balance exercises are done in a static position-Slow. For example, one foot balancing on the bosu ball while in a ¾ squat while other foot is one top of a swiss ball slowly moving it side to side and front to back (as the instructor says “engage your core”). Another exercise that seems to be a favorite is laterally jumping from one bosu ball to another as if this is to simulate skiing in a down hill fashion. At times I’ve seen a slack line being used to try to develop balance. I also forgot to mention that the majority of population trains for skiing in the summer time by going on long mountain bike rides. As they believe that this will build leg strength and give them the cardio base.
Correct me if I’m wrong but downhill skiing is power sport, period. Your typical run lasts under 3 minutes. Nothing about skiing is done in a slow controlled manner. It is super fast and explosive. Since the sport demands power and strength, wouldn’t it be prudent to train in the same fashion?
If you look at a basic ski turn you start off eccentrically loading your hips, knees and ankles then when ending the turn by concentrically unloading your ankles, hips and knees. This sounds like squatting to me. I will get to my question (s). Does this bosu ball deal really have any benefits? Doesn’t training balance is a super slow controlled motion tend to fuck up the pathways to explosive balance? Would it be more beneficial to develop athletic ability in the gym and work on the sport specific movements on the slopes? Maybe I’m a biased dick but I think for the demands of downhill skiing an Oly/strength program would be far more effective than riding your bike (not that it is a bad thing) and attending some ____ class 2 months prior to the season. Your thoughts would be appreciated…. Thx