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Diet and nutrition / Re: Bloating and gas from fruit
« on: October 02, 2011, 09:22:15 AM »
I've gotten some slight lip itching and mouth tingling as well when I've eaten pomegranate seeds without blending them, and now that I'm thinking about it, Burt's Bees pomegranate lip balm makes my lips raw.

I would suspect an allergic reaction as well.

Miscellaneous / Re: Wake up
« on: September 30, 2011, 04:26:45 PM »
Cortisol is supposed to be higher in the morning to help you wake up and get going...that's not a bad thing.  During the winter, I use one of these alarms except the light isn't as bright, and follow it with one of the lamps used to treat SAD.

I have a gigantic street light right at the level of my bedroom window, so blackout curtains are a must.  During the summer, I just open my curtains as soon as the alarm goes off.  During the winter, it's still dark when that happens.

Is google bombing a possibility?

Ask Rick Santorum how effective it can be.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Difficult situation, need advice starting.
« on: September 20, 2011, 10:53:06 AM »
That does sound tough.  How do you feel with lean animal protein and high carb from starchier root veggies (e.g. rutabaga, parsnip, carrots, turnips) and squash?  While most people do better on high fat paleo, it's possible to have a low or moderate fat paleo diet as well, and it would let you avoid the bean issue.  Just don't try to do low fat and low carb at the same time - your body needs one or the other to balance the protein.

You might find that in time, your gut will heal enough that you can handle more fat in your diet.  I know that we've had people on here with gallbladder issues that couldn't do high fat paleo right away.

My good friend attended a seminar with Loren Cordain recently, and apparently he said that pressure cooked beans or canned beans don't have the anti-nutrients / leaky gut effect as normal prepared beans do. What do you think about this?

I think it's definitely possible, but you're still not going to be getting the quality of nutrition that you're getting from animal products and vegetables.  I would go Cordain-style lean meat paleo over having beans as my main source of protein. 

You may also want to try eliminating nightshades, eggs, and nuts if you think you're having leaky gut issues. It does restrict your diet, but once you're feeling better you can try adding foods back in.

Progress Reports & Photos / Re: JayJay's Cave Scribbles
« on: September 17, 2011, 06:45:11 AM »
No, I eat eggs. However, I do not eat nightshades. The only nuts I eat are macadamias. I don't know how one wound define a "substantial peel".

I think that refers to veggies like cucumbers or fruits like kiwis that people don't always peel.

Progress Reports & Photos / Re: JayJay's Cave Scribbles
« on: September 17, 2011, 06:04:10 AM »
Things seem to be moving along on the right trajectory for once in my life.

They certainly do!  Great work!

Out of curiosity, are you following an autoimmune version of paleo (eliminating eggs, nightshades, or nuts, peeling anything with a substantial peel on it, etc.)?

Diet and nutrition / Re: Side dishes?
« on: September 17, 2011, 05:44:47 AM »
peppers and tomatoes not paleo? Why?


Peppers and tomatoes are "new world" foods, meaning that they come from the Americas and so wouldn't have been available during the paleolithic.

In and of itself, this isn't necessarily a bad thing - squash and avocado are also new world foods that people seem to tolerate well.  The reason that many people avoid or limit peppers, tomatoes, and other members of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family is that they contain compounds that can permeate the gut and cause arthritis symptoms in some people, among other things.  So if you're eating paleo with nightshades and are still having health problems, they would be a good thing to try cutting out.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Breakfasts
« on: September 16, 2011, 01:31:30 PM »
Ideas outside of bacon&eggs for us?

You can cook some extra meat with dinner to have on hand in the morning.  We did lamb burgers last night, and I just made enough extra that we could heat them for breakfast.  I did a roast chicken the night before, and we've been using that for breakfast or lunch as the mood suits.  I'll sometimes have walnuts or veggies as well.

There are plenty of options other than eggs when you stop thinking of "breakfast" foods and just think of adding another meal to the day.

Introductions / Re: New Here
« on: September 16, 2011, 02:57:14 AM »
Quote from: DeusVult link=topic=6105.msg58671#msg58671

I have not accepted the idea that grains and dairy are bad, but I will start another thread with some questions and observations about what is considered "paleo".


As far as grains go, even if you can tolerate them, they're just not giving you the same bang for your buck nutritionally as meat, vegetables, and fruit.  That's enough reason for me to eschew them and go straight for the good stuff. :)

This probably won't be a great site to learn about traditional preparation of legumes and grain, since this way of eating doesn't include them, but if you have specific questions about paleo foods, this is the place to be.

Miscellaneous / Re: Family responses
« on: September 16, 2011, 02:47:23 AM »
I have been always thin so its hard for there to be this external witness to the goodness of the paleo diet.

Same here.  I wasn't overweight when I started this diet.  However, the dark circles under my eyes that I'd had since I was a child have almost disappeared, I have color in my cheeks without wearing a ton of blush, and I have so much more energy.  My focus and memory are also so much better that my grades have been perfect.

My family is really supportive, although they were skeptical at first.  I think most of it is just letting them get used to the idea, and seeing that you do well on it.

Exercises / Re: Bad gym days lately
« on: September 15, 2011, 01:53:12 PM »
I have been doing the same meals/routine 4 weeks.  Nothing changed.....except mountain biking and ditching greek yogurt again from my diet.

Sorry if I missed it, but what did you add in to replace the fat/calories when you ditched the yogurt?

Diet and nutrition / Re: Side dishes?
« on: September 14, 2011, 07:35:22 PM »
do you have a great recipe? I've never had a turnip or beet!

Sure thing.  Most root veggies are very good roasted, and can also make great additions to a pot roast, stew, or things of that nature.

Here are a few ways I like to do them:

I tweaked this one by eliminating the dairy, upping the mayo (I used homemade mayo) and adding a little more vinegar and mustard to get the sour flavor right.  Vinegar isn't really paleo, but you could probably use lemon juice if you wanted.  I personally don't have any problem using vinegar in small amounts.

I love them boiled and mashed with carrots.  Peel them, cut them up, and boil them (and the carrots) until tender, drain, then mash 'em up with the fat of your choice. I've done ghee, tallow, and coconut oil, and all gave good results with different flavors.  You can add whatever seasonings you want to them - my favorite is a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon.  Most recipes online call for milk or cream in this type of dish, but I've just added a small amount of warm water or increased the amount of fat until the consistency is right.  You could probably add coconut milk, but I haven't tried it.

They're also good fried or baked like you would french fries, although they don't taste exactly like potato.

I don't eat beets a whole lot, but this is my favorite way to do them:

Beets are on the carb-heavy side, so go easy with them if you're trying to lose weight.

Progress Reports & Photos / Re: Health Screening/Blood Work Results
« on: September 14, 2011, 07:13:33 PM »
Wow!!! Fantastic results! Congrats.

Thanks!  While I'm not of the opinion that cholesterol is the be all and end all of health screening, it is nice to have some decent numbers.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Side dishes?
« on: September 14, 2011, 04:26:17 PM »
How about root veggies?  Turnips, rutabagas, beets, etc. ?

I made "faux-tato" salad out of a rutabaga today and it turned out pretty well.

Diet and nutrition / Re: 2 months in - have a look at my #s?
« on: September 14, 2011, 04:24:16 PM »
I'm not a doctor, so I'm not sure.  My reasoning is that if inflammation increases during obesity (and maybe even more during low carb weight loss), then the omega 3 supplementation could help counteract that situation, since n3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory.  Might be worth talking over with your doctor to see what she thinks.

Robb Wolf and Whole9 used to recommend mega doses of fish oil for people that were getting started on paleo and obese, but when I went to the Whole9 site to look that up, it seems that they've changed their stance on omega 3 supplementation a bit.

Their general recommendation now is 2-4g of combined DHA and EPA per day, eat paleo, get enough sleep, etc..  So that would mean 2000-4000 mg of omega 3's per day.  Check the side of the bottle of fish oil to see how much your particular brand contains of DHA and EPA.

Here's the link to Whole9's site:

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