- [3:42] Wheat In Shampoo, and Turtle Feed
- [8:01] Jack Kruse’s Cold Thermogenesis
- [21:45] Shoulder Position For Deadlifts
- [28:51] Aversion To Meat With Pregnancy and NowFoods Super Enzymes Effect On Stomach Acid Production
- [34:15] Grain Fed Beef and Cattle Injections
- [39:32] Agave Sweeteners
- [43:08] Acid Base Balance and Lean Meat
- [51:24] Solar Uticaria or Sunlight Allergy
- [54:23] Road Work, Running, and MMA Training
1. clean hair and turtles
Abi says: Ok, Robb and Greg: I have two distinctly seperate questions. However, both are related to gluten and its ubiquity.
1) I was washing my hair, and looked down on my shampoo. To my horror, it is enriched with wheat to keep locks looking lovely. Horror of horrors, I’m a gluten-free girl! Is this seeping into my brain and destroying my remaining brain cells? Should I throw out this fancy organic shampoo?
2) While feeding my tortugas, I looked down to read the ingredients on their turtle pellets (the most popular and mainstream brand for water turtles. Again, to my horror, I see that the primary ingredients include wheat starch and wheat gluten as well as a few artificial colorings to, I assume, give them that nice swampy green color. While I understand that humans have had a very short time to adapt to grains and respond to the agricultural trend, I am guessing that there aren’t too many farming water turtles. What is a Paleo alternative to this commericial feed?
As you can surmise, I can neither wash my hair nor feed my turtles until these questions are answered. I await your response.
2. Jack Kruse’s cold thermogenesis
Marty Says: Fellas,
I’m assuming you’ve been following Jack Kruse’s cold thermogenesis series lately. Either he’s gone off the deep end or found the next frontier in the ancestral health movement. Namely, he insists cold adaptation is not merely beneficial, but imperative… coupled with a circadian (daily and yearly) pattern of eating and a heavy emphasis on a ketogenic style of paleo almost all of the time. Care to weigh in? Thanks.
3. don’t mess with EliteFTS!/put your shoulders in your backpockets
Ben in Brooklyn says:
Hey guys, your podcast continues to be the single best source of nutrition and athletic information – light-hearted and educational. I have a basic question about the deadlift.
When we do pull-ups we are to keep our shoulders pinched together. I believe this is to keep the shoulders in something akin to external rotation, engaging all the musculature, and taking some of the pressure off of the joints. I understand and practice this.
My question is should we be doing the same when we set up to deadlift. On Robertson Training System’s site I have heard that you should be “putting your shoulders into your back pockets” which does indeed sound to me like what we do when we do our pull-ups: kind of locking the shoulders back, engaging more musculature. However, over at EliteFTS, I have heard Dave Tate say explicitly the opposite. He has said you should let the shoulders drape completely forward, letting all the musculature completely lose, then grab the bar and initiate the pull. The two seem quite different. Seeing as a large portion of your audience is either crossfitting or doing some kind of deadlifting I thought it’d be a good, short topic to broach. Thanks as always!
4. Two Entirely Unrelated Questions
PaleoGeek says: Hey Robb,
I have two questions for you that have nothing to do with each other, but which I’ve been wondering about for a while now.
First, my wife is pregnant. She, and many other pregnant women we know had an early aversion to meat. The first few months of pregnancy, they really just have no taste for meat. This is especially weird for my wife, who is normally a total carnivore. We have a friend who suggested that this might have been an adaptation to protect the fetus from the risks of meat-borne illness, but I’m not sure I buy that. Do you have any ideas? Have you heard of this before?
Second, I’ve been thinking about supplementing with NowFoods Super Enzymes. I’ve been curious, though, about how that would help my body learn to produce its own stomach acid. It seems like most of the time when you supplement with something your body should be making on its own, your body slacks off and stops producing even the insufficient amount it was before. What’s the difference here? Am I just totally wrong? How do you know when your body has started to take over for the pills, and you can start ramping down on them?
I really appreciate your help on this, and all the help you’ve already given me. The paleo lifestyle has revolutionized everything for me. I’ve lost 40 pounds, 5″ off my waist and all of my digestive problems in the 4 months I’ve been doing this. I’ve been spreading the word and have over a dozen friends and family members on board who are all experiencing great results! Thanks so much,
5. Cattle Injections (hot beef injection??)
meathawk says: Robb and Greg,
I love the show – I’ve listened to every episode twice (insert joke about me being a loser here). If I could marry the podcast, I would. If the democrats get their way, perhaps I’ll be able to . . . just kidding. I support the right of all people to get married.
Very interesting and relevant information about my political views aside, I have a question about standard grocery store grain fed cattle. We all know by now grass fed is way better but what if we’re poor or just too lazy to find it? More specifically, what’s the deal with injecting cattle with stuff? They get growth hormone and antibiotics, right? Anything else you know of? What, if any, effect might said cow meat have the lazy and/or poor and/or uninformed individual who consumes it?
In all seriousness, I believe what you do with this podcast is making the world a better place. I like being a smartass but I also want to genuinely thank you for what you do.
P.S. I’d be happy to pay for the podcast and I bet many others would too. You should at least have one of those “donate” buttons like Jimmy Moore has. If not that, I would definitely support paleo in a religious and/or cult format, even though you seem to think that’s a bad idea.
6. Agave Nectar – paleo or not?
Autumn says: Hi Robb,
Earlier today, a few people from my gym got into a discussion regarding agave. I’m sure this is not the first time you’ve discussed the topic of whether or not agave nectar is paleo, but I am really hoping to get to the bottom of this. I read that you referred to it as “liquid death”, but then I’ve also seen it as an ingredient in some of your recipes (Chilled Chocolate Torte). I really love your podcast and website. Thanks for being so encouraging.
Autumn (a fellow Chico State grad)
7. Acid/base balance, lean meat
I seem to remember you saying on your podcast that you think the acid/base balance stuff is bunk, and that hunter-gatherers probably didn’t measure all their food with a pH meter. However, in the FAQ section of your website, you have a link to http://thepaleodiet.com/nutritional-tools/acid-base-balance/. Did I remember this wrongly, or is the website out of date?
Similarly, the website has a bunch of mentions of “lean meat” but it seems that a lot of the paleo world was moving away from that, and learning not to fear saturated fats. Could you clarify your stance on lean meat? Thanks.
8. Solarium Urticaria, aka Sunlight allergy!
Tony says: Hi guys,
Any ideas on this issue? We all know by now how important vitamin D is, but if i go into direct sunlight, even at say 10am, for 1-2 minutes, my skin becomes red and a little puffy, and my heart rate goes up, and i begin to get a headache. I currently live not too far from the equator Ive had this for over 10 years, im 37.
I started supplementing with Vit D about 3 years ago, base levels were 31, and then 51 after 5k per day, not sure if thats a factor. I also started taking vitamin A and 1tsp cod liver oil (combined 10k vitamin A) about a month ago, to no real effect on the sun thing, but ive had less acne.
Ive been paleo for over 5 years, and am in good shape otherwise, not on any meds, though i was on accutane for acne, but like 17 years ago!
Thanks hugely, keep up the podcasts! Tony.
9. Road Work or Road Kill?
Hey Robb & Greg, love the podcast and never miss it. I am currently an amateur MMA fighter who has mostly been competing on the BJJ/Grappling circuit (Thank you Bob Reilly for keeping the NY MMA ban alive). I have never been a fan of long steady-state cardio such as running and have always gravitated towards sprint work, power lifts, and O-lifts. As such, I have always generally followed the Paleo mindset to training of lifting heavy things and sprinting from time to time. My question is in relation to a recent article by Joel Jamieson of 8 Weeks Out, (link at the bottom) where he argues that long cardio, commonly known as “road work” does have a place in MMA training. His general premise is that road work is a tried and true method from Ali all the way to guys like Nick Diaz competing in triathlons. His aim is to incorporate two or three days of 40-90 minutes of some combination of running, jumping rope, swimming, calisthenics, and more sport specific stuff such as shadow-boxing and pad work. Now, obviously my skill work includes the sport specific stuff already, but my question is given your work with guys like Dave and Glen, do you think there is a place for road work, or will it just lead to burn out and leave me as road kill? Thanks for everything!