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Messages - Warren Dew

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Unfortunately, my suggestion is patience.

What you are seeing is part of the normal pattern:  loss of a stone or so in the first couple of weeks, then a sustained loss at a much lower rate of a pound or two per week.  The loss at the sustained rate can easily be hidden by random day to day or hour to hour variation.

I'd say wait a month, preferably two, before worrying about it.

Food Journals / Re: babes 1st day so far
« on: January 31, 2010, 02:40:29 PM »
Definitely still the right direction.

Research / Re: Will Paleo Diet help overcome Infertility?
« on: January 31, 2010, 11:18:37 AM »
Interesting about the soy formula.

Another factor, though, is that there are a lot more women who put off having their first baby until after 35.

Exercises / Re: Persistence hunting
« on: January 30, 2010, 08:44:09 PM »
What are your thoughts on this?

I personally think paleolithic humans were smart and intellectually flexible, and probably hunted in whatever way worked in their areas.  They probably used a lot of different techniques depending on whether they were hunting in plains, forests, what they were hunting, etc.

Introductions / Re: My teeth say I am an omnivore.
« on: January 30, 2010, 08:25:05 PM »
Dogs and cats digest starches in the small intestine where they use amylase produced in the pancreas.

Interesting that even cats produce amylase.

There's a small amount of starch in muscle tissue - glycogen - but perhaps it's still worth extracting.

Progress Reports & Photos / Re: the paleo diet book
« on: January 30, 2010, 01:50:43 PM »
When you say in the 'absence' of carbs - does that mean none at all - or only the veggie and fruit ones?

Well, let's put it this way.  When I have very little fruit - maybe a couple pieces a day - my weight stabilizes at 138 pounds (5'11").  When I have a lot of fruit, it stabilizes around 145 pounds - which still isn't fat, but isn't quite as thin around the waist.  Within the limits of paleo, where one wants to be is pretty much a personal preference, in my opinion.

Progress Reports & Photos / Re: the paleo diet book
« on: January 30, 2010, 11:55:07 AM »
It is correct to have fatty meat for energy.  Eating fatty meat when hungry will not make you fat in the absence of carbohydrates.

Introductions / Re: Greetings from a recent convert!
« on: January 30, 2010, 11:53:49 AM »

Maybe 10% will look good enough to switch to maintenance mode (more carbs!).

One thing about paleo is that there isn't really a separate maintenance mode.  In fact, a maintenance mode with grains is probably why a lot of people regain weight on Atkins.  If you'd like some fruit in your diet, you can just eat them and see where your weight stabilizes.

Introductions / Re: hello fellow carnivores
« on: January 30, 2010, 11:45:44 AM »
Unless we evolved eating cooked meat ...  ;)

Valid point.  Our molars might actually be perfectly optimized for the minimal chewing cooked meat requires, and the anthropologists would have nothing to compare them to because no other animal eats cooked meat on a regular basis.

Research / Re: Will Paleo Diet help overcome Infertility?
« on: January 29, 2010, 11:19:17 PM »
My wife has endometriosis.  We had our first baby by IVF, before we were paleo.  However, we tried naturally for six months for the second baby without success, and ended up using IVF again.  I'd say that paleo doesn't cure endometriosis, or at least if it does, it takes more than a few months.

My wife's second pregnancy, while paleo, involved less kicking by the baby, though there's still quite a lot.  I'd guess that babies have sugar rushes even in the womb, which paleo helps moderate.

I'm pretty sure paleo improves the quality of breast milk, though we don't have any nonpaleo breast feeding examples to compare to.  In particular, I suspect it helps brain growth, looking at my daughter's charts from that period.

Introductions / Re: hello fellow carnivores
« on: January 29, 2010, 11:07:35 PM »
My teeth say I am an omnivore.

My teeth seem pretty well adapted for meat, actually.  The main reason I can eat steak and my toddler can't is because I have molars and she only has incisors.  Human molars have cusps that are better suited to tearing than grinding.

Granted if we were fully adapted to meat eating, we'd just rip off big chunks and swallow them whole.

Diet and nutrition / Re: KFC :(
« on: January 29, 2010, 03:53:22 PM »
Just the chicken meat plus water is fine; both are paleo.  So you didn't do anything wrong, and you can be happy!

Research / Re: Long term low carb studies
« on: January 29, 2010, 01:36:52 PM »
Well, the Inuit were low carb before meeting westerners.  Some more recent studies may not properly note that that has changed.

Introductions / Re: Hey There
« on: January 29, 2010, 12:35:24 PM »
Sounds like someone has read "In Defense of Food" :)

My source for that information was actually Taubes' Good Calories, Bad Calories.  I haven't read In Defense of Food, though I've heard some good things about it.

Introductions / Re: Hey There
« on: January 29, 2010, 11:00:11 AM »
We were born after the Reagan corn subsidies, and have always been told that fat is bad.

Agricultural subsidies have been around a lot longer than that!  The "fat is bad" idea really got its start in the 1950s, and became completely official government policy with the McGovern commission in the early 1970s.

It's good to start at 20 - the earlier the better.

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