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Vitamins and Supplements / A good argument for supplementing
« on: March 27, 2011, 11:40:00 AM »
Here is my argument. Paleolithic man didn't have the pollution of the air, sea and land that we have today. He got more than sufficient sun (hence, plenty of Vitamin D) - something we don't and can't get enough of because of the depletion of the ozone layer. The land has been destroyed by chemicals and heavy minerals and depleted of it's nutrients so that the food that IS produced on it doesn't have the same nutrient density that it did then. Paleolithic man got Omega 3's from fish. You can't eat the fish any more. It's toxic. If you ate the amount of fish necessary to keep your omega 3 levels where they should be you would die from mercury poisoning. The assault on our bodies from pollutants of all types via air, water and food is such that we need EXTRA anti-oxidants to combat the damage caused to our cells by these external forces.

In short - we don't live in the paleolithic era. Our planet is less hospitable to our species than it was then thanks to our own stupidity and we have to deal with that. The meat they ate was more lean. The vegetables and fruits they ate were more nutrient dense and didn't contain chemicals. Even "organic" foods are "allowed" by the FDA to contain certain amounts of chemicals, which is plain ridiculous but it's probably a concession to the fact that there are no places left on this planet that haven't been affected by industrialized society.

So, my argument is, that we cannot receive the same level of nutrition from the same foods that were eaten millions of years ago because our species has polluted the planet to a point where that is impossible and the only way to make up for what was lost is to supplement to get what we can't eat.

Exercises / Any other endurance runners here?
« on: March 26, 2011, 01:24:24 PM »
If so, I'd like to hear how you've adapted the paleo diet to meet your caloric and carb requirements

Introductions / New to paleo and a marathoner. Have questions
« on: March 26, 2011, 01:09:56 PM »
So I was reading about the paleo diet in "the immortality edge" and did some more research and decided to go with it. I started yesterday and since I love all the foods that are in the diet I'm happy to go with it and don't mind at all giving up the CRAP in my diet. I do have one question though.

What is the best way to replace the carbs I need to run?
Bananas and other fruits are obviously one way but are there some types of vegetables that can approximate the carb return of pasta while remaining within the guidelines of the paleo diet or will I need to "cheat" every now and again? I ran 50 miles this week and that's a heavy duty calorie eater right there

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