- [5:41] Absolute Optimal Human Diet
- [14:24] Reading Recommendations
- [21:15] Surviving a Month as a Vegan
- [24:54] Potentially Allergenic Food Introduction For Babies
- [34:14] Antiperspirant Deodorant and Carbonated Water
- [39:05] Post Activation Potentiation
- [48:45] Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- [59:14] Acute Pancreatitis and Paleo
I love it when you pound on paleo orthodoxy, and, believe me, I think paleo orthodox needs to be pounded on, because most of it is damn silly.
However, I’m wondering this: do you think it’s possible to create an absolute diet? Humans are, after all, the same species. Is it possible to say that there is an absolute, optimal human diet? Or, do environmental and genetic factors make this an impossibility? Do those things cause enough variance that we’re all sort of relegated to the land of n=1 to determine our own optimal diets?
Desert (island) reads
Rob and Greg:
Thank you for the podcast and the book. It’s part of my daily 2 hour commute and has saved my life at least as many times as the rumble strips beside the white line.
I am about to deploy to Afghanistan for some months and would like to pack a few books for the ample study and fitness time I’ll have there. Apart from The Paleo Solution (read it) and Greg’s lifting book & DVD (ordering them), what fitness and nutrition books would you recommend for an experienced CFer (level 1 indoctrinated) and novice Paleo-er (54 of 114 paleo solution podcasts and six months of good eating).
Many thanks for all the work and free education.
How to survive a month as a vegan?
Hey guys, I sure hope you can answer my question.
So, I will be doing a month-long yoga teacher’s training in March (in Spain). They are quite proud of their food, which is, not surprisingly for yoga people, vegetarian. I am allergic to dairy and soy and I told them I also could not eat any grains, though rice might be okay. They did say they could get me some eggs, but that might be my only animal protein.
However, I have been Paleo for 11 months now (after 35 years as a “vegan + fish”) and I’m worried. I am feeling healthier than ever before in my life and I really don’t want to go back to feeling like crap the way I did for decades. However, I feel it would be disrespectful to bring my own meat, so I’m hoping you can give me some ideas about what I can eat — what might be the least harmful? what sorts of food or symptoms should I keep an eye out for? What should I definitely not touch?
The good news is there will be lots of fruits & veg and they only use olive oil. Could I survive okay on 2 eggs a day and fruits & veg?
How’s that for a challenge?
Potentially allergenic foods being introduced to baby
Hi guys, LOVE your podcast. Am a new mom, and I listened to all the episodes within a one week period.
my baby is 7 months old, and we are starting to feed her some solids. She LOVES it so far, we are having a lot of fun. “Conventional wisdom” says that you should wait till at least a year to introduce potentially allergenic foods. This didn’t seem right to me, as if anything, I would suspect that this could create allergies. The American Academy of Pediatrics has their stance on this matter, recommending not delaying so long. Do you know of any research that would indicate delaying?
The Never Ending Rabbit Hole
Hi Rob & Greg,
I’m going to jump right in. As I unravel all of the never ending layers behind the human body and health, I begin to realize that this shit is pretty deep.
While I have a million and one questions, I’m only going to ask a few that are frequently on my mind.
#1) What is your take on antiperspirant deodorant? Do you think that there is a direct link between frequent use and breast cancer?
#2) I have developed quite a liking for carbonated water and find that I’m especially craving a glass right before bed. What is your take on this? Is this a harmless habit or is this another thing I need to cross off of my list?
Thanks for your intelligent thoughts.
Post Activation Potentiation – implementation? Also, I’m a bartender. Help!
Hey Robb and Greg,
Love the podcast. I have probably gone through half of them over the past couple of months during my walks to work (I live in Brooklyn) and I’m looking forward to getting through the rest soon.
I have two completely separate questions for you guys. First off, I was reading the PM piece on Clean Mass Gains. Now, I’m 6’2″, 193lbs, and have been CrossFitting for two years now. I’ve been doing a Starting Strength-type bias for a couple of months with the goal of bulking up a bit. I’ve been paleo for a year and a half, but only pretty strict for the past few months. I’ve been hovering at this bodyweight for a few months now, and can’t seem to get it up. My reasons for wanting to gain weight is primarily for strength, but also because I just look like a skinny CrossFit coach. I’d like to look the part a little more, even for purely aesthetic reasons.
Blah blah blah, I guess my question is, in the CMG article, he talks about Post Activation Potentiation as part of his strength program for gaining. How would I throw this in to my current training program? I lift heavy M-W-F, squatting each session, and alternating shoulder press and bench press, as well as deadlift and power clean. Each day I add 5lbs to my previous weight, and I go 5 sets of 3, in a linear progression kind of gig. Would I throw this PAP thing in on one of these days, or should I add a fourth day of training? Any help on this would be great, I’m having a hard time figuring out just how to implement this PAP thing.
On a completely unrelated note, I am a bartender and so my hours completely suck. I generally don’t get home until some time between 1am and 3am. I usually get 7-8 hours of sleep, but it makes it tough on other days where I don’t work the night before (go to bed around 11pm) and have to get up early to train (I’m a CF coach as well). WHAT I eat is ok, but when I eat it is all over the place. I take Chris Kresser’s recommended Butter Oil / Fermented Cod Liver Oil as my only supplement. Is there anything I can do to try and keep my levels as normal as possible during this horrible schedule? Or should I just start looking for a new job?
Sorry for the longest/most annoying question ever, and thanks again for putting your collective genius together on this. You guys have made me rethink my entire approach to training and coaching, and I (along with my athletes) have really noticed the positive influence.
BTW – both of your books are freaking amazing. I recommend them both as “mandatory” reading to my athletes. See you at the AHS!
Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma
I learned of Paleo only a few days ago. I have an autoimmune disease, Scleraderma which causes a few problems for me and after reading your book Paleo Solution I feel I have found the answer to many of my health problems. I have many questions for me but my first question is one concerning my sister who has been taking chemo on and off for 6 years for Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I told her to purchase the book in hopes that she will change her eating habits and it will lead to helping her health. What more can I tell her.
As for me, I must admit that I am a little overwhelmed with the diet but willing to give it a shot for 30 days in hopes of eliminating many of my aches and pains. I presently discover that I was lactose intollerant so have been off dairy for several weeks and no longer have stomach pains and now have regular bowel movements. After reading your book I now know that I must do away with the grains, a BIG part of my diet. I hoping that not only will I feel better but will loose 10-20 lbs.
Anxiously awaiting your reply.
Acute pancreatitus and paleo
Hey Robb, Recently introduced to your podcast in Ireland which I listen to on the train to work.(some great laugh out loud and get stared at moments). I went paleo 95% since July 2011. Benifits have been huge until 2 weeks ago when I was admitted to hospital with acute pancreatitis (for prior 2 weeks coming up to this i had worked crazy hours under stress eaten poorly and not trained properly). Alot of morphine and fasting in hospital later. I have been advised by my type 2 diabetic doctor to cut the paleo crap and eat properly as the fats in my diet are not helping?
I do not want to do this and go back to >10% bodyfat (currently 9% from last biosignature testing) was up at 26% before I went paleo.
Would you have any advice on modifying the paleo diet to reduce occurance of pancreatitus and or have any supplement recomendations. I have seen intermittent fasting is reported to help? (would it be ok to sip bcaas on a fast day?)
I currently take chia, extra greens in a drink, omega 3 fish oil and bcaa during training. I have used creatine recently to help increase training volume. (loaded with 20g for 4 days and cut back to 5 g per day therafter)Finish a tub now and have left it at that.
Would be great to have some/any advice as we are pretty much in the stoneage here with regards to nutritional education.