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Progress Reports & Photos / Women, ketosis, and weight loss
« on: November 02, 2014, 09:37:55 AM »
I've previously observed that while men can easily lose excess weight on paleo, women have a lot more difficulty.  More recently, I've noticed that of the two or three cases of successful substantial weight loss in women - by which I mean 30 lb or more - all seemed to be operating in ketosis.  So, I theorized that the reliable way to use paleo for weight loss for women was to use ketostix and stay in ketosis.

My wife, who had previously not been in ketosis and had been having trouble losing her most recent pregnancy weight, recently changed jobs, saw her weight increase due to the temptation of a candy bowl that was kept near her new cube, and got serious about losing weight.  This gave me an opportunity to confirm my theory.

I suggested she start using the ketostix at least daily to ensure she got into ketosis, and she did.  Within the first week, she lost the expected six or seven pounds of water weight.  Since then, she has been losing a pound or two per month, though of course it is as always somewhat obscured by changes due to the monthly cycle - during one part of the cycle she loses a pound a week, and during the rest of it she stays flat.

It looks like ketosis, measured through ketostix, may be the way to go for women who really want to lose substantial amounts of weight.

Recipes and meal photos / Primal honey butter frosting
« on: June 21, 2014, 11:39:51 PM »
This recipe is not paleo due to the use of butter.  Still, when one has a daughter who really wants a birthday cake at her sixth birthday party, it's hard to say no.  We're combining it with a hazelnut flour banana loaf recipe baked into cake rounds.


12 ounces - 3 sticks - butter, preferably grass fed and unsalted
10 ounces honey, preferably raw
1 teaspoon vitamin C powder (optional)


1.  Allow butter to warm to room temperature.

2.  In a medium mixing bowl, mix all ingredients until smooth, using a whisk, egg beater, or mixer

Yield:  enough for two layers of an 8 inch round cake.

Miscellaneous / Do plants feel pain?
« on: May 02, 2014, 09:00:32 PM »
Apparently yes.  Next time a vegetarian talks about all the cuddly animals your paleo diet is killing, refer him to this video:

Plants' physical reactions can be inhibited by anesthetization with ether, and burning a leaf results in the propagation of electrical signals in the plant.

Research / Yet another randomized controlled trial shows Paleo better
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:39:37 PM »
Epidemiological correlations are a dime a dozen and can be massaged any which way, but randomized controlled trials - experiments - are the only way to show causation.  A newly published (January) article documents a randomly controlled trial of the paleo diet and another, nonpaleo and higher carb diet, and demonstrates that the paleo diet results in more weight loss.

Research / Okinawan diet data
« on: January 19, 2014, 02:09:13 PM »
Vegetarians love to claim that the Okinawa diet proves the healthiness of a plant based diet.  Turns out, back when Okinawans were more healthy than other Japanese, they also ate 20% more meat:

They also ate more greens.  Granted they also ate more tofu, so it's not an example of a paleo diet, but it's certainly not an example of meat being bad for you either.

In my opinion the reasons Okinawans used to be long lived was because they simply ate less food, essentially being calorically restricted, but that argument is too subtle to open with against rabid vegetarians.

Diet and nutrition / Argh GMO strawberries
« on: January 07, 2014, 11:25:13 AM »
I've been eating a couple pounds of strawberries each week - they don't have a lot of sugar, and they're one of the few fruit that has vitamin C levels comparable to wild fruit.  I generally get organic strawberries, because they're so delicious.

When organic strawberries aren't available, I get regular strawberries.  I've been noticing over the last year or so that when I eat a lot of regular strawberries, I tend to get sniffles and feel like I'm coming down with something. I just chalked it up to the sugar, thinking that maybe the 20g of sugar in a pound of strawberries was enough to mess up my immune system a bit.

However, apples and pears don't have the same effect.  So what's going on?  Well, a few days ago after a I had these problems I finally checked into the possibility that the strawberries were genetically modified.

Turns out they are!  A lot of stawberries now are genetically modified with a gene that improves their cold resistance.  The source of the gene?  Peanut.  Seems likely that the peanut gene produces something that I'm mildly allergic to.

Ah well, looks like I'm going to have to start limiting myself to organic strawberries, which aren't allowed to be GMO.

Research / GERD, SIBO, and carbs
« on: December 02, 2013, 08:38:07 PM »
Just wanted to post a link to a good article by Dr. Eades on GERD - gastroesophogeal reflux disease, also known as acid reflux or heartburn.  Apparently excessive bacteria in the small intestine - small intestine bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO - produce gases while fermenting carbohydrates that push stomach acid back up into the esophagus, causing the problem.  Complex carbohydrate is worse than sugar in this respect, because it digests more slowly and is thus more likely to reach the lower small intestine where there are more bacteria.

Parenting / Is breast milk a ketogenic diet?
« on: November 14, 2013, 08:54:02 PM »
I've been noticing recently that (warning:  TMI) my poop has been kind of sweet smelling, which I think is attributable to being in ketosis just as sweet smelling breath is.  Then I got to thinking that breast fed babies have kind of sweet smelling poop as well.  So I googled "baby sweet breath" and got millions of hits.  The babies in question were breast fed when it was mentioned.  Usually there was lots of advice to take the baby to the doctor right away to check for type 1 diabetes, but the babies ended up being pronounced healthy.

So, sweet smelling breath and poop?  Does this mean that most or all breast fed babies are in ketosis?  That would be interesting.  And does that answer the question of why acetone, which isn't a sugar, smells sweet to us?  I'm thinking there could be an evolutionary advantage to babies' smelling sweet to their parents.

If we ever have another baby, I'm going to use some ketostix to find out whether this is the case.

Miscellaneous / Diabetes: Asia's "silent killer"
« on: November 14, 2013, 10:49:49 AM »
The number of people with diabetes in China and India are each several times the number in the U.S.  It looks to me like this is roughly proportional to population.  Looks like Asian diets with "healthy carbs" aren't so healthy after all.

Miscellaneous / Where are you on the Global BMI scale?
« on: November 08, 2013, 08:23:13 PM »
Just for fun (since we know BMI doesn't mean that much):

Research / Carb cravings and intestinal flora
« on: September 19, 2013, 08:02:59 AM »
Interesting column from hyperlipid about how intestinal flora interact with diet to help maintain carb cravings.  As usual, hyperlipid goes beyond the known to the realm of speculation, but there are links to two studies showing that in mice, at least, removal of intestinal flora results in loss of excess fat.

Miscellaneous / Diet advice you've refrained from giving
« on: September 14, 2013, 10:35:26 PM »
So on another forum, someone was posting about how they hadn't managed to make any progress in the first 7 weeks of their 12 week program towards their goal of losing 5 kg.  I was so tempted to post this:

Most people can lose 5 kg of water weight in the first week of a ketogenic low carb diet, so you have 4 weeks to go before you really have to do anything!

However, I knew it wouldn't be appreciated - it's a diet "support" thread, not a diet advice thread - so I held the impulse until I could come here to vent it instead.

Anyone else holding back the urge to post diet advice on nonpaleo forums?

Miscellaneous / Princess Kate and low carb
« on: July 25, 2013, 04:43:01 PM »
Princess Catherine of Cambridge always looks amazing in all her recent pictures - better than movie stars, whose entire job is to look good.  Granted Kate's excellent taste in clothing helps, but apparently part of it is that she follows a low carb diet:

Perhaps, like her mother Carole who kicked off a Dukan diet craze after her elegant appearance in a Catherine Walker outfit at the wedding Kate laid off the carbs to prepare for her first big royal tour.

Miscellaneous / Cheese can be dangerous to your health
« on: July 05, 2013, 03:16:54 PM »
Whole Foods cheese recall:

I'm kind of hoping this will mean the fruit section will be free of stinky cheeses for a few weeks.

Miscellaneous / Straining fat
« on: June 09, 2013, 01:11:37 PM »
I store my animal fat - mostly from uncured bacon and from roasts - for future use.  Supposedly it's best to strain the fat through a double layer of cheesecloth before storage, but I'm too lazy to do that.

I recently found that a tea strainer seems to work well for bacon grease, and reasonably well for roast drippings.

Do you store animal fat for later use, and do you strain it first?

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