1. [3:22] Paleo & Insect Attraction
2. [9:00] Always Hungry
3. [13:57] Osteoporosis
4. [24:27] Children & Gluten Intolerance
5. [32:37] Fibromyalgia & CrossFit
6. [50:49] Bodyweight Set Point
Paleo & Insect Attraction
Justin Says: Hi Robb & Greg!
Before going paleo, I was a bug magnet everytime I went outside during the summer. This year after going paleo, I regularly go hiking with my non-paleo friends, and while they complain about the bugs and are swatting constantly, I have gone without bug spray and not really been bothered. After trying some low carb paleo for the last month or so (and entering ketosis), I have been practically immune to the critters, and it got me wondering.
Google didn’t lead to much, but it did lead to this study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20727149 which showed that a handful of compounds produced by the body (including some ketones) could be more effective than DEET as a natural mosquito repellent. The problem is, I don’t know squat about biochemistry so I can’t tell whether this kind of thing could really be attributed to paleo. Is there anything to my experience, or is it pseudoscience? Thanks, guys!
Matt Says: Robb and Greg, I’m an ardent listener of the podcast and really enjoy and appreciate all the information you give out for free. I follow pretty strict Paleo + dairy after reintroducing it with no issues and usually directly post work out, and CrossFit 4-5 times a week – otherwise I’m working a typical office job – but I find that no matter how much I eat I rarely feel full. Have I just got my quantities wrong? When I look at it on a plate it looks like I’m eating about the right amount. Before I went paleo and was eating for mass/energy to play rugby I had the same problems of not being full despite 4-5 large meals that included a fair amount of carbs from grains, potatoes etc.
A typical days food will look something like this:
3 eggs cooked in grass-fed ghee
1 large banana
Handful of nuts
Large salad (Leaves, tomatoes, peppers etc)
about 5-7oz meat/fish
2-3 tablespoons EVOO
Large piece of meat/fish cooked in ghee
Veg (e.g. brocolli, cauliflower, carrots etc) with butter
Occassional squash/sweet potato (approx 3x per week)
During the day I’ll snack on nuts (about 200g+ per day), fruit, raw veg etc, and whenever I work out I drink 25 fluid oz of full-fat, unhomogenised milk (about 6% fat) immediately afterwards. If I’m at home I’ll also be eating spoonfuls of extra-thick cream straight out of the tub just to try and fill the gap!
I’m 23 years old, 6’2″, 85kg and about 8-9% body fat, my question is a) am I simply not eating enough? and b) what can I do to not feel so hungry between meals – there’s only so many nuts one man can face eating in a day!
Thanks in advance and keep up the good work.
Jennifer Says: Robb, I am a 51 year old female who has recently begun the Paleo journey. I am 5’1″ and on May 20th had a starting weight of 141 lbs and a number of health concerns. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in my early 40’s with an overalll dexa scan of -3. It was a suprise to me and the medical staff as well at such a young age. Early treatment began with calcium supplements and oral meds (fosamax, then boniva, etc) which made me so sick with severe stomach pain that I had to be taken off the meds immediately. For the next 2 years I took daily injections in my stomach of a medication called forteo (restricted to 2 years of use). My dexa scans were increasingly better, but over the last few years began to decline somewhat. Next treatment (and current treatment as well) is an annual infusion of RECLAST.
Additionally, I have suffered from migraine headaches since childhood and over the past year or so have undergone weeks of physical therapy for chronic joint pain, back pain and swelling of my hands and feet and oddly enough some neuropathy as well. Most recenly I’ve been tested for a number of autoimmune diseases to include MS, Lupus, RA and Lyme Disease (due to horrible skin rash on my left shin, joint pain and fatigue. After 3 months on steroids and 4 weeks on antibiotics the rash finally subsided. P.S. None of the testing revealed anything definative.
Today is July 19, 2011 and I am happy to report that my current weight is 126 lbs and I feel better than I have in years. No swelling or joint pain and no migraines since about week 2 of going Paleo.
My question and concern is about my continued osteoporosis treatment and your opinion about RECLAST or if you feel my bones can actually heal and become strong as a result of the paleo way. My last RECLAST infusion was in December 2010 and I started paleo in May 2011. Supplements inclde Carlson’s Fish Oil and I have ordered Natural Calm and will begin taking that on a regular basis. Do you have any recommendations for the treatment of osteoporosis?
Your advise is valued and much appreciated.
Children & Gluten Intolerance
Michael Says: Hi Robb and Greg, hello from England!
I’ve been paleo for about 18 months, totally get it and am grateful for your work. I’m slowly but surely convincing my wife that this is how we should both be eating. We are expecting our first child in October 2011 and are starting to discuss how we will feed him or her (after breastfeeding).
Whilst my wife agrees that our child will likely be better off eating meat and vegetables, she is concerned that cutting grains out completely will cause problems. Given that our child is unlikely to avoid grains for its whole life, we would not want it to experience a potentially dangerous over-reaction when he or she shares pizza with friends years from now.
What do you think? Could excluding grains lead to intolerance? Could it be a good idea to include some grains in a child’s diet, to build up resistance?
Fibromyalgia & CrossFit
Brissia Says: First I want to thank Robb, though it might sound like I am exaggerating; I want to thank him for giving me my life back!
Long story short, (or as short as I can make it without putting you and Andy asleep) I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia at age 19 (2001) but Doctors suspect Ive been suffering symptoms as early as 14. In a time pre Cymbalta, Lyrica, and all those other wonderful cocktail crap drugs, I was told there aside form stuffing myself with pills there was little I could do. This sent me into a depression downward spiral, I became a hermit, lost friendships, severed family ties and alienated myself from anyone who ‘didnt understand’ I was a 19 yr old trapped in the body of a crippled bitter 90 yr old.
Fast forward to 2011 almost a decade later and I find the Paleo Solution, I am 3 months in and I have never felt better….I am more energetic, bouncy and happy than I ever was at 19! (and everyone around me has noticed) I finally feel like myself, the inside matches the outside at last.
I Have tried re-introducing certain items into the diet (legumes, tubers) but found it that as soon as I do the joint pain comes back, weak but its there… I then found podcast 48 (love love love the podcasts BTW) and Heard you talk about Fibro, and seems to me that for Fibro peeps its better off to stay Paleo 100%?
so FINALLY the Crossfit question…. how to start? (Ive been doing some small stuff at home like air squats, burpees etc) but I want to join my local Crossfit Center. What should I tell the trainers? I just dont want to set myself back by taking up on exercises my body might flare up on..suggestions? ideas?
highest weight 163 YUCK!
lowest weight 110 (from starving)
current weight on Paleo: a slender and firm 123lbs 😀
and again Thank you thank you thank you!!!!
Bodyweight Set Point
Turridu Says: Hey Robb and Greg,
I would like to hear your thoughts regarding a weight “set point”.
I’m male, 44, 5’8″, 207lbs, and have been paleo for about two years. I’m dealing with some cortisol issues and adrenal fatigue, and have been having an impossible time losing weight. That said, I don’t ever seem to go above 207. Even after falling off the wagon (ie a week in Paris), the weight doesn’t seem to budge either way.
Someone was trying to explain to me that this is just the weight my body wants to be at, and that’s that. Please tell me that’s not true. How do I tell my body that it really wants to be 180 lbs?
I eat VERY clean, around 2000 cals/day, and have been very low carb, but am trying to up my carb intake to around 100-150 gms/day. I get two strength training sessions in a week, and the other 5 days try to walk for an hour, do yoga, or some such low-stress exercise.