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Exercises / Re: New to the Paleolithic Diet and have questions..
« on: July 26, 2008, 03:59:53 PM »
i am into muscle building, as well i do lots of cardio, mostly HIIT. is the paleolithic diet good for muscle building? every muscle building diet ive heard about require lots of carbs.

If what you want to do is just increase muscle mass, the most important thing in your diet is probably protein.  Paleo would be fine for that since it allows unlimited meat.  For cardio, some carbohydrates is good, and paleo permits that too.

If you're specifically looking for extreme muscle definition, though, I think you may need to limit fat while building muscle?  Paleo may not be the best diet for that, since animal protein generally comes with a certain amount of fat.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Where do you get your calories?
« on: July 22, 2008, 08:32:53 PM »
Thanks, everyone, for the information and suggestions!  I'd welcome any more.

Regarding the juice, I would prefer to replace the orange juice with whole fruit, but at present calcium enriched orange juice is my main source of calcium.  I'm trying to add more sardines as snacks, which would make the orange juice unnecessary.  I do want to keep some acidic fruit in my diet, as otherwise I get gallstones, and the home cure for that is painful.

Dairy is not an option, as I lack the neolithic adult lactase mutation needed to digest the stuff.

Nuts are a good idea.  Nuts do tend to cause me to chain feed just like refined carbohydrates do, but maybe unsalted nuts will help with that?

Snacks?  Not lunch?  Anyway, I would replace the breadsticks with a green salad topped with other raw veggies and an olive oil based dressing or something else fatty like nuts or avocado.

I generally prefer snacking thoughout the day to fixed meals - except in so far as meals are an opportunity to eat things that take more preparation than a snack justifies.  A salad is a good idea.  I'm not sure about the olive oil, though; why do we think olive oil is paleo?

Eat a larger portion of meat.  Replace the potato with a cooked vegetable prepared in a paleo-friendly fat.

More meat is a possibility, though organic meat is expensive.  Frying mushrooms and vegetables in the fat that melts off the meat during cooking is a good idea.  Yeah, I know, that fat isn't exactly the same as that from wild aurochs, but the internal belly fat that wild ungulates have a lot of doesn't seem to be sold anywhere; I wouldn't even know what to ask for.

Here's the thing, though:  after a meal devoid of carbohydrates, I'll feel full, but I'll still have an urge to find some non-sweet carbs to eat.  If I ignore that urge, I'll often get a headache; perhaps my brain doesn't deal with ketosis well.  I guess I'm not trying to reduce the carbs so much as trying to find paleolithic carbs.  Are there carbohydrate rich root vegetables that are acceptably paleo?

Diet and nutrition / Re: Grease
« on: July 20, 2008, 02:33:12 PM »
What are your thoughts on the health benefits/detriments of grease/lard?

I think that the currently popular stance against animal fat is based on dated information.  Here's how I see it:

Back in the '80s, there were studies that correlated heart disease with fat consumption.  Increased heart disease was correlated first with high fat consumption.  When people then tried to get a handle on whether certain kinds of fats were better or worse than others, it was found that in diets with equal amounts of fat, diets high in saturated fats were worse than diets that had more unsaturated fats.

Those studies, however, did not differentiate between animal fats and vegetable fats, and didn't differentiate between artificially hydrogenated fats and unhydrogenated fats.  It was simply assumed - without proof - that animal fats were worse than vegetable fats, simply because they have a higher saturated fat content.

Starting around 2000, some studies were done that made more detailed distinctions between different kinds of fats.  What these studies found was the following:

- worst were artificially hydrogenated vegetable oils like vegetable shortening (old style Crisco) and margarine
- unhydrogenated animal fats and vegetable oils were about the same
- fish oil was healthiest

Now, this was slightly puzzling from the point of view of saturated fat content, because animal fats had as much saturated fat as artificially hydrogenated fats.  Scientists then started looking for why the artificially hydrogenated fats seemed so much worse.

After a few more years of studies, they figured out why:  by far the worst fats are the "trans" fats, which are found only in trace amounts in nature, but which are created in large quantities in the hydrogenation process.  Since the purpose of hydrogenation is to increase the saturated fat content, significant amounts of trans fats are only found in conjunction with saturated fats. Animal fats got an undeserved bad name only by association with hydrogenated vegetable oils.

Note that these studies are based on modern animal fat composition and consumption patterns.  Fat from wild paleolithic animals was probably even healthier - perhaps comparable to modern fish oil, which mostly still comes from wild fish.  Farmed fish only became common recently, but there are already indications that it doesn't have the health benefits that wild fish does.

From a practical standpoint, there are still a couple of issues.  First, dioxins, which don't affect heart disease but do promote cancers, are ubiquitous in the modern environment and concentrate in animal fat.  There's actually slightly more of it in free range animals and eggs than in factory farmed animals and eggs, because it's picked up from dirt.  Of course, there was some dioxin in paleolithic times too - from forest fires and grass fires - but probably less than now.  Depending on just how bad the dioxin issue is, it might be a reason to avoid modern animal fats of all kinds.

The other practical issue is that it's practically impossible to find unhydrogenated lard, which would be the obvious choice for an animal based cooking oil.  It's for that reason that I still use soy oil for cooking - though I try to limit the amounts.  If I ever find organic lard, I'll switch.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Eggs:how many and what kind do you eat?
« on: July 20, 2008, 12:30:28 PM »
If you care about omega 6 : omega 3 fat ratio, there's a big difference between regular eggs on the one hand, and organic or omega 3 eggs on the other.  Regular eggs are around 20:1 based on what I can find on the web, while omega 3 eggs are much closer to 1:1.

I've switched to omega 3 eggs, and have 1-2 a day, but I'm not really on the paleo diet yet.

Diet and nutrition / Where do you get your calories?
« on: July 20, 2008, 12:24:54 PM »
I'm not on a paleo diet at the moment, primarily because I still eat bread and potatos.  I'm considering moving entirely to paleo for the possible long term health benefits.  I don't need to reduce my weight, so I don't need to reduce my calories.  I'm trying to figure out what I would replace the starch with.

Here's a typical day for me:

breakfast:  2 egg omelette with a little onion and 1/4 tomato, 6 oz orange juice

daytime snacks:  1/2 banana, sesame breadsticks with butter (maybe 300 kcal worth), 1/2 can sardines

dinner:  3 oz organic beef, 1/2 potato, small salad with no dressing (1/2 tomato is the only thing with much in the way of calories)

evening snacks:  1 oz popcorn or other grain based snack popped in soy oil, orange

It looks to me like about half my calories are from grain and potato starch.  What should I replace it with?  Where do you get your nonmeat calories?

Introductions / Introduction
« on: July 20, 2008, 12:04:43 PM »
The forum says to introduce ourselves, so here I am.

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