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Messages - Warren Dew

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Introductions / Re: I'm back
« on: January 23, 2010, 10:24:19 AM »
Welcome back!  Yay!

Diet and nutrition / Re: Tea
« on: January 23, 2010, 10:23:07 AM »
I think there's some question as to whether coffee is strictly paleo, but for weight loss purposes, black coffee is unlikely to hurt.  Tea is probably paleo, though non-green teas do require some processing.  I tend to think of the whole caffeine thing as orthogonal to the rest of the paleo diet.

It is best to have coffee and tea without dairy or sugar, as you say.  I've found that while western teas tend not to taste so great without sugar, Chinese teas are actually better without sugar.  I personally prefer Oolong.

Progress Reports & Photos / Re: One year
« on: January 22, 2010, 10:51:37 PM »
What a difference!  You look great now!

Put those in the sticky progress photos thread!

Introductions / Re: Hi, I am new to this a few questions too.
« on: January 22, 2010, 10:46:50 PM »
Welcome!  My wife had fertility issues too, though with her it was endometriosis rather than PCOS.  After we finally started IVF, it took us about a year to have our daughter.  My wife was a decade older than you, though.

In answer to your questions:

1.  The diet is difficult to adjust to initially, but after a couple months it's easy to stick with.  That makes it one of the better bets for reaching your goal.

2.  The diet is ridiculously simple.  Eat and drink unlimited amounts of fresh meat (including eggs), fruit, nonstarchy vegetables, and water.  Ideally, eat and drink nothing else.  Small amounts of unsalted unroasted tree nuts - not peanuts - are okay; of those, walnuts are your best bet as most other nuts are roasted in nonpaleo oils.

Again, meat, fruit, vegetables, water.  Pretty simple.

I would recommend you keep a food journal for the first week or two.  Ask if you have questions or want to check whether something you are eating is paleo.

Good luck!

Diet and nutrition / Re: Confused about coffee
« on: January 22, 2010, 01:56:09 PM »
Wouldn't that be the creation of the brew? Since coffee beans/seeds come from coffee berries, wouldn't man have eaten the berries (and therefore the seeds)?
I think it's more likely we would have eaten the berries and spit out the seeds.

Progress Reports & Photos / Re: One year
« on: January 22, 2010, 08:00:43 AM »

Miscellaneous / Re: Neanderthin
« on: January 21, 2010, 01:29:09 PM »
It is out of print.

Miscellaneous / Re: Is Free The Animal wrong?
« on: January 21, 2010, 10:04:31 AM »
Cream and butter are dairy, and thus clearly nonpaleo.  However, some feel that small amounts are less bad than other forms of dairy because they are still animal fats and don't include the sugars and potentially allergenic proteins that milk does.  I don't think anyone would claim they are strictly paleo, but some consider them among the less harmful cheats.

Potatoes are questionable in a couple of respects.  First, they are a tuber - an underground plant reproductive organ - and there's an argument that unlike fruit, plants have evolutionary reasons to make such organs strongly deleterious to animals when eaten.  The evidence that humans ate any tubers during the paleolithic is also limited and equivocal.  Second, they are a new world plant, and thus from a group of plants that would not have been available to paleolithic humans; some feel they are not sufficiently closely related to plants we did eat during the paleolithic to be considered paleo.  However, some people do consider potatoes to be paleo, since neither of these arguments is black and white.

Miscellaneous / Re: Time to move on
« on: January 19, 2010, 09:13:03 AM »
We're going to miss you!  Come back when you can!

Introductions / Re: Life Time Carbs eater, until NOW!! (DAY 2)
« on: January 18, 2010, 10:10:50 PM »
Can one survive this eating only chicken, turkey, fish, etc?

Yes, you can.  I'd recommend eating pieces with the skin on as getting a little fat will help keep you from getting too hungry.

Food Journals / Re: Vananners' Food Journal :-D
« on: January 18, 2010, 11:45:17 AM »
 :'(  138 lbs :'(

How did I gain 2 pounds?!?!?

It could just be day to day variation.

It could also be the fruit making you hungry.  If 138 lb is overweight for you, you could try a day without fruit and see if that helps to avoid hunger.  You don't have to replace it with other food.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Fatty Meat Makes Me Sick?
« on: January 18, 2010, 11:35:41 AM »
extremely fatty meat nauseates me.

Define extremely?


I like some fat in each bite of my meat, but big chunks of pure fat turn me off.

Also, the kind of fat matters.  Fat on grass fed beef tastes far better than the fat on grain fed beef.

I would not replace it with other fats if you don't like it; just eat less fat and more protein or fruit.

Diet and nutrition / Re: So, nightshades...
« on: January 17, 2010, 09:41:48 PM »
That isn't really true evolution though is it? Instead of survival of the fittest you have survival of the most virile, regardless of how well adapted their genes are.

All evolution is "true" evolution; the resulting changes still happen, whatever the details of the selection process.

More specifically, both K-selected and r-selected species are evolved naturally.  "K-selected" is the term for species where competition is the primary driver of evolution.  "r-selected" is the term for species where reproductive rate is the primary driver of evolution.  Both situations do exist; lions are strongly K-selected, while most bacteria are strongly r-selected.

So another way of putting it is that humans have become more strongly r-selected in the last 10,000 years or so.

Miscellaneous / Re: Tea
« on: January 17, 2010, 02:20:15 PM »
I drink tea several times a week.  I use chinese tea, which isn't as bitter as the popular western blends - in my case, specifically oolong, which is a semi-green tea - and I tend to brew it very weak, with just a few leaves per cup.

I too would be interested in wlfdg's article.

Someone posted a link here once to the site of someone who did some paleolithic boiling experiments.  The "suspend a skin of water over a fire" method turns out not to work very well, but the "throw hot rocks from a fire into a rawhide bowl of water" method does work surprisingly well.  I don't imagine they would have bothered just for a daily cup of tea, but I certainly think paleo man would have been smart enough to use medicinal herbs, boiling if necessary.

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