- [2:58] Body Fat vs. Dietary Fat For Fat Loss
- [11:34] Obesity In The Paleolithic Era
- [15:37] Behcets Disease
- [28:39] Healthy Cookware
- [33:42] Azomite Powder and Clay
- [43:29] Snatching, Shoulder Strength, and Rugby
- [50:43] Sodium Bicarbonate Loading
1. Low Fat Paleo
I heard someone once quote you as saying that until one reaches optimal body composition, the fat they have on their body is enough to keep them fueled and that this is optimal for fat loss. If that’s true, what’s the practical application? No additional fat in my diet – olive oil, avocado, nuts, etc.? Do I just eat paleo but keep everything lean and clean?
2. Obesity in the Paleolithic Era
I have been paleo since Dec 5, 2011. I ran across an article called “Obesity in the Paleolithic Era”. The article basically compares some skinny and fat artifacts, and concludes that obesity existed in the paleolithic era. What are your thoughts?
3. Behcets disease (BEY CHETs)
I have been on the Paleo lifestyle for a year now and it has been life changing. I work at a very active job as a heli ski guide – it is a great job but can be hard on the body (no complaints though) My joint pain has decreased as well more alert and I don’t get sick as frequently as before.
Writing you is not for me but is for my wife. I have slowly been converting my family to Paleo. This first step has been getting the family off gluten. I am wanting to get some information for my wife on Behcet’s disease which she has been diagnosed with. There is not a lot of information on it and her Dr. is sceptical on the Paleo diet which is quite frustrating at times. I know there is info on your site on auto immune disease but was wondering if you have any specifics for Behcets such as diet and supplement recommendations as well as lifestyle or exercise recommendations. She has a lot of questions and I am happy she is open to Paleo but want to give her as much info as possible to help with her health.
Thanks for everything and hopefully you or somebody can help us out.
4. Healthy Cookware?
Hey guys, <insert gratuitous praise and stroking here>. Seriously, though – toot, toot!
My wife and I were convinced to attend a “free dinner” at my mother-in-law’s house, courtesy of SaladMaster. After a couple hours of semi-misguided nutrition advice paired with an okay meal, the scare tactics made their appearance. They performed a “pot test”, spouted some unsupported rhetoric and showed us just how bad every pot and pan that wasn’t made from their titanium was for our health. This was followed by the sales pitch for their exorbitantly priced cookware.
So, now my question: How close to the truth are these salesmen? I’ve read plenty of bad things about Teflon, but what about stainless steel or cast iron? How about porcelain enamel? Have you done any research on the various cookware surfaces? I’m assuming that more inert is more better – so have you seen research that supports one surface over the others?
Thanks in advance for (hopefully) keeping $1000 pots and pans out of my kitchen.
5. Azomite powder
Hi Robb and Greg,
I am a family physician and want to thank you for all that you have done to spread the word about the paleo diet. I have been paleo for 2 months but have been recommending the diet to my patients with chronic disease for much longer. I finally took the plunge myself as a New Year’s resolution to “walk the walk” with my patients, and 2 weeks ago I started Crossfitting. During the prior 2 years I followed a gluten-free Weston A. Price Foundation diet including lots of good meats and vegetables but also soaked grains/legumes, accompanied by a lot of “chronic cardio.” I had a healthy baby 4 months ago after my second uneventful pregnancy. I feel better than ever since finally making the transition to paleo and cutting the cardio (acne and eczema are gone, nasal congestion is better, lots of energy despite still getting up a couple times a night to nurse the baby, etc.)
So to get to the point – I obviously no longer follow a WAPF diet, but have been adapting a lot of WAPF recipes to paleo versions. My question is about the WAPF recommendation to use montmorillonite clay (Azomite powder) as a mineral supplement and sports drink after exercise. I have always been intrigued by the sports drink recipe in Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions, but have never made it because, frankly, eating clay seems completely unnecessary and more than a little risky. I know geophagy is common in other cultures, particularly in pregnant women. “Dr. Google” says that clay taken internally is said to have potent detoxification properties given its “high cation exchange capacity” and also is rich in trace minerals, but I have yet to see an evidence-based source for this information. We are of course taught in medical school that pica in the form of clay or soil ingestion is to be strictly discouraged, particularly among pregnant women, given the risk of heavy metal poisoning. However the fact that the practice exists in so many traditional societies makes me wonder what the real benefit-to-risk ratio is, and if geophagy had a place in paleolithic times as well. I am aware of the research showing that dietary clay can bind to aflatoxin in animals and humans, as well as studies that have found heavy metal contamination in clays in certain geographic areas, but am unaware of any studies showing clear benefit from a detox or mineral supplementation standpoint, or on the flip-side, showing clear in vivo toxicity from ingesting clay. Are you aware of any additional research supporting or discouraging its internal use?
Since starting Crossfit, I have been looking for a good post-workout recovery drink, and was reminded of the WAPF “sports drink.” The recipe calls for 8 ounces of filtered water mixed with the juice of one lemon, ¼ tsp sea salt, 2-4 tbsp whey, and 1/2 tsp Azomite powder. Obviously the whey would not be paleo-friendly, but I am mainly interested in what you think of the Azomite. Do you think it is safe for daily or every-other-day consumption? Is there potentially any added benefit to post-workout supplementation of the trace minerals in the Azomite, in addition to electrolytes – particularly in the context of an already mineral-rich paleo diet? What would you recommend as a cheap, easy homemade recovery drink? Looking forward to hearing your two cents, and keep up the good work.
6. Shoulder mobility, snatching and rugby.
Hi, Just to be clear, we rugby players consider ourselves to be real men because we don’t use pads or helmets. But clearly if I can’t out-snatch the top 48kg women (or Gregs wife), I am not a man. I was wondering if working on my shoulder mobility so that I can snatch deep and heavy will be counterproductive towards my goal of not getting shoulder dislocations or injuries playing rugby. I just play at an amateur level and haven’t had any serious shoulder injuries in the past, but here in Australia there is a 110kg Samoan on every team.
Other Info: Last year I got a niggling rotator cuff/front of my shoulder injury, but it went away after resting it. Currently I can power snatch but I’m not very comfortable in the deep overhead squat position. I really want to get better at the oly lifts with my shiny new weightlifting shoes and hopefully compete sometime soon.
I have been doing mostly the power lifts for the past 18 months with lots of power cleans and snatches during rugby season last year. Stats: 171cm, 86kg, 75kg press, 105 bench, 170 squat, 185 DL, 90 power clean, 67.5 power snatch
7. Sodium Bicarbonate Loading? Explosive Diarrhea may Occur!!
Sam M. says:
Hey Robb and Greg. Love the podcast! I have a quick and urgent question! I was wondering what are both your thoughts on Sodium Bicarbonate loading leading up to a competition. I have heard that it helps to stop the production of lactic acid and “engages beastmode” for a short time. I’ve heard 300mg per kilogram of body weight split evenly over 3 hours leading up to the competition/workout. I have also heard that if you go about sodium bicarbonate loading incorrectly, Explosive Diarrhea may occur! I CrossFit 5 times per week and have been Paleo for a little over a year now with great results. While I’m comfortable around my fellow athletes, I’d really rather not have any problems with anything being “explosive” whilst in the gym, or at all for that matter. Your help is much appreciated guys!
PS I don’t know how long it may take for this question to be answered, so I may just go for it. If you see an awesome YouTube video of a guy shitting himself during clean and jerks, I did it wrong.