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- [5:11] Green Beans and Autoimmunity
- [9:07] Jack Kruse’s Leptin Reset
- [15:54] Becoming Batman
- [34:01] Cortisol and Morning People
- [36:57] Vericose Veins
- [40:46] Phytic Acid and Iron Overload
- [47:16] Cravings vs. Nutrition
1. Green Beans
I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, after 5 years of no one being able to tell me what was wrong with me. I do take responsibility, however, for not finding the smart ones. I am also 99% confident that it was triggered by the other idiot I went to for IVF who over stimulated me and sent my estrogen levels through the roof for a very long time. Anyway, as it turns out I have lived my life almost Paelo without even knowing it (don’t like bread, pasta, beans or even ate processed foods). Since I learned I have HT I immediately began to follow a very strict Paleo Diet with Autoimmune Protocol, per your book and Dr. Cordain. Although I never eat beans I do enjoy green beans. For my situation, can I eat green beans if I remove the actual been and only eat the shells? I do cook them. Lastly, I do thank you and Dr. Cordain for this protocol as it has been the only way that I have been able to even begin to recover and I almost feel like my old self after 5 years.
2. Leptin Reset
I hope you guys are doing well!
I just wanted to get your thoughts on Dr. Jack Kruse’s leptin reset protocol. I’m intrigued and eager to try it as i have hashis and suspected adrenal issues and anything to help get my hormones back in line seems good to me! From browsing various boards, people seem to say it’s life changing although many tend to drop it as it can be difficult to take in that amount of protein first thing in the morning and resist snacking. However, those that can stick it out are true believers and say it’s changed their life and their relationship with food…helped to reset hunger signals, drop fat, sleep better etc. Dr Kruse advocates a primal/paleo diet in conjunction with this system. Apparently the reset lasts approx 6-8 weeks and you must adhere to it 100% or start all over again. He gives markers to know when you are truely leptin sensitive again (working out without being sore, better skin, better sleep, can skip lunch, etc) to know when to stop the protocol.
The main ideas:
1. Eat a big ass breakfast – min of 50 g protein with little to no carbs
2. No snacking – stick to 2-3 meals a day
3. Eat primal/paleo
4. Make sleep a huge prioty
5. No working out during the reset until you begin to show signs of being leptin sensitive again (only when you can work out and not get sore are you truly leptin sensitive. Apparently doing HIIT things before youre ready will just cause more harm than good.)
Thoughts? I assume it can’t hurt to try it, but am curious if I have a shot in hell in getting optimized hormone-wise this way. For the record, I am on Armour/Cytomel, eat paleo, have hashis and celiac, and walk/do yoga for the time being (until I get the adrenals sorted out). His blog is very science heavy – I can’t always follow it – but thought that someone with a big brain like yours will be able to analyze it.
Keep up the great work – I love your book and podcast! By the way, Instead of preaching to everyone about how they should go paleo, I find that my results speak for themselves. My husband and now even parents are starting to dip their toes in the water (cutting out gluten) after seeing symptons that kept me sick for about 2 years going away….now I just have to stay on top of my hashis and adrenals….
3. I Want to Be Batman: A Training Question
Hi Greg and Robb. The podcast is great. I wish there was a Catalyst or Norcal to train at where I live. 🙁 Sounds awesome.
Okay, I’m confused about this “Crossfit” thing. Don’t worry, I’m not trying to get you guys riled up about unsafe training methods doled out by under-qualified trainers. 🙂 What I’m confused about is how to approach “general fitness” as opposed to sport-specific fitness. So I’m curious about your approach general fitness.
I can’t quote it exactly, but in an earlier podcast I heard Greg say something like “if you train to be good at everything, you’ll just suck,” or something to that effect. The point being, it is better pick one thing to be awesome at, and focus specifically on that (be it weightlifting, running, gymnastics, or whatever).
That said, I know a little about y’all’s history with Crossfit, and I also know that the main attraction of Crossfit and the general physical preparedness-scene in the first place, is the promise of training to ultimately become an all-around general-purpose badass. And that’s why people train to be great across all these different “fitness modalities,” and all of that stuff. Which seems to contradict Greg’s “don’t overgeneralize lest ye suck” dictum (unless I misunderstood the context). What if a person doesn’t want to be a champion powerlifter, but does want to be damn strong; doesn’t want to be a champion sprinter, but does want to be damn fast, and so on? What to do?
So, my question is this: let’s take a hypothetical person: and let’s say that this hypothetical person’s goal is to train to become an all-around beast of an all-around super-fit ass-kicker. Strong, fast, powerful, flexible, coordinated, enduring, nimble, skilled; everything. Not the best at everything, but really damned good at everything (and at least respectable amongst the specialists, albeit not placing in any elite contests or anything of course). Basically, this guy wants to, before he gets too old for it, train to become Batman. So, if general wicked all-around baddassery is a person’s ultimate goal, and assuming that the way to general badassery is to train a bit of everything, and assuming that time-to-train is very limited, given the need to hold a job and whatnot, then which would be the better approach to attaining said GPP goal?
Approach 1: Train Crossfit-style consistently, forever, hitting at least two of the three major metabolic pathways hard each time: as much as sleep, eating, and recovery will allow. Repeat repeat repeat. Leave out the really stupid stuff so to avoid injury. This would be the simpler approach: hit the Crossfit website, or whatever cousin site looks good, and do the workout of the day. Every day. Track progress on “Helen,” brag about my “Fran” time, or whatever. Spend the rest of my time defending kipping pull-ups to passers-by. Wear toe shoes all the time. Done.
Approach 2: Break down fitness goals into 3-4 month “chunks” and, while maintaining a baseline ‘maintenance’ program in the background of general lifting, running, and what not, create a laser-like focus for the main body of work for each period of time on crushing out one specific short-term goal. I hope that makes sense.
So, for example, let’s say I broke down a year’s training into into four “focus blocks” by season, to make it simple:
Winter: strength focus (heavy compound lifts, eating, GOMAD, and beard growth)
Spring: metabolic conditioning focus (sprints, wallballs, jumping, throwing things, and yelling)
Summer: endurance focus (running, swimming, panting, sweating, VO2 max and wanting to die)
Fall: power/explosiveness focus (olympic lifts: because it makes me feel cool to waltz into a normal gym during bro-curl-in-the-squat-rack hour and pop out some snatches – it freaks their shit out)
This approach meaning: at least two or three sessions per week would be spent doing focus work, and the remaining two or three days would be spent doing the baseline maintenance stuff (bro curls, chin-ups, squats and cardio to keep things in check). Set a goal. Meet it. Switch goals. Repeat every few months.
Would my hypothetical Batman-in-training get better results doing the “focus blocks“ method this way, or just trying to do everything all at once each workout, as per Crossfit? Phrased another way, which approach would make one suck less?
Right now I’m doing a strength-focused routine (compound lifts), and I’m making good progress (I’ll do some cardio and metcon, but it’s kept to a minimum for now). I am getting stronger, so what I’m doing is working. However, would me switching over to metcon focus in the spring destroy all my awesome beardly winter progress?
I hope my question wasn’t too stupid! As far as training goes, I know some stuff, and now I’m getting just smart enough to be dangerous. Help!
4. Cortisol and Morning People
You may have heard that people are either a “morning person” or they are not. However, given the realities of cortisol – high in the morning and lowering throughout the day – does that mean if someone is not a “morning person” something is simply off, perhaps diet, exercise, sleep? Naturally speaking, are we all born to be morning persons?
5. Varicose veins and weightlifting
Hi Robb and Greg,
I’ve been really enjoying your podcasts and listen to them all the time. My question for you is concerning varicose veins in the back of my legs, something I’ve unfortunately inherited from both grandmothers. During my second pregnancy ten years ago the bulging started to appear and it has slowly been getting more prominent. The two disadvantages to having them are the ugly look and the dull pain I sometimes experience when I’ve been on my feet a lot.
I would really like to have the veins treated and not feel self-conscious at the gym or at the beach but I’m concerned that there may be long-lasting negative impact on my legs from a training perspective. I’m 5’3″, 41 years old, 130lbs and do Crossfit about 3x per week. I’ve been eating Paleo for about 4 months now and it’s had a positive impact in many areas of my health which is excellent.
Since the typical treatments for varicose veins entail shutting down veins to redirect circulation or stripping them out of my legs altogether (yes, really), I’m worried that the problem will either reoccur or there will be increased pain when I’m deadlifting or doing box jumps.
Do you have any advice on how to proceed?
Thanks for all your great work,
6. Phytic Acid (IP-6) and Iron Overload
I turned to a Paleo lifestyle back in February 2011 after reading a little blurb about it in Joe Friel’s Triathlon Training Bible and then reading your book subsequently. I haven’t looked back. I performed fantastically in my first triathlon and looked and felt great. About a month after the triathlon, however, I developed an array of strange symptoms– eye floaters and blurriness, chronic tension headaches, low frequency hearing loss, sleep fragmentation, no bowel regularity, tingling and numbness all over my body. I don’t blame the diet: I still adhere to it, and in an even stricter sense (cutting out a lot of fruits, etc., to lower insulin and promote immune response), since all this started afflicting me. It’s been a rough couple months of misdiagnoses. I recently had a spinal tap (already had the brain MRI and tons of blood work) to try to rule out MS (haven’t received the results yet). All of this to say: in my own research, people suffering from chronic neurological illnesses on paleo who are not seeing improvement, in my opinion, shouldn’t be barring phytic acid from their diet. Studies have linked cases in several chronic illnesses (like MS) to iron overload, and when phytic acid is taken in supplemental form (IP-6) on an empty stomach, it bypasses digestion and is able to chelate the excess iron, as well as other heavy metals, in the directly in the bloodstream of the suffering person. I’m pretty sure I’ve listened to all the podcasts and haven’t heard this specific positive property of supplemental (not dietary) phytic acid addressed, and paleo diet auto-immune/chronic disease sufferers should be aware of it. Have you read up on this, and what are your thoughts? Thanks.
7. Cravings vs. Nutrition
I have been doing Whole30’s program for about a week now. I usually have a sweet tooth but during this time I have sworn off sugar. I stopped eating dark chocolate and even fruit. Now, other than the typical cravings I have for pizza and crap like that I have also been getting cravings for sugary stuff. My question is, how do I know if this is my body telling me that it wants some carbs via fruit or this is just a wicked craving?
I crossfit 4 – 6 times a week. 29yrs old, 185 – 190lbs. After a WOD (at 6am) I usually have a Progenix shake. That is the most sweet thing I usually eat during the day. When my sweet hunger pangs were in full effect I had to drive to whole foods and pick up some pineapple chunks and mango slices just so I don’t go batty and order cinnamon sticks from the pizza joint below my apartment. Now that I ate some fruit my cravings aren’t as fierce. Is this just sugar withdrawal or is this my body’s way of telling me it wants fruit?