AIR DATE: July 19, 2012 at 7PM ET
FEATURED EXPERTS: Robb Wolf
FEATURED TOPIC: "Transitioning To The Paleo Diet"
The Paleo diet has come on strong in recent years as people have become increasingly frustrated by the constant (and nauseating) promotion of high-carb, low-fat nutritional plans as the only way to get healthy. Unfortunately, these dietary approaches simply leave most dieters hungry, irritable and miserable. If only we could convince people to hearken back to the dietary dictates of our ancestors when obesity, diabetes and heart disease didn't exist, then perhaps we could salvage the weight and health of modern man. That's exactly the passion of bestselling author of The Paleo Solution (read Jimmy's review here) and Paleo lifestyle expert Robb Wolf. Robb joins us in Episode 20 of "Ask The Low-Carb Experts" to address all of your questions about changing your diet over from the SAD, vegetarian/vegan or even a low-carb diet to a Paleo lifestyle. If you've been considering making the switch over to a Paleo diet and have any questions about how to go about doing that, then Robb is the man to provide the answers.
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Here are some of the questions we addressed in this podcast:
How is butter different from cream when it comes to Paleo? I have a friend who shuns cream and cheese and other dairy but still uses butter. I am trying to transition to Paleo but am trying to figure out the differences. Is cheese better than cream as far as Primal versus Paleo?
Can you explain your statement about eating fat on a Paleo diet? It seems I've heard you say that if you want to lose fat then you need to eat less overall which includes less fat. Do you really believe that is true?
What are your thoughts on the proliferation of Paleo desserts, e.g. Paleo brownies, chocolate truffles, waffles, etc. Where does that fall in the fundamental Paleo concept of Just Eat Real Food? I know you like to use the caveat of do whatever improves how you "look, feel and perform" but I’m curious what your personal opinion is on these recreations and how eating them everyday impacts one’s health.
Is BPA consumption a concern for someone who eats canned fatty fish every other day on his Paleo diet? I eat this way because it's cheap, especially mackerel and sardines packed in brine which I enjoy.
I am a 47 year old female who has made the transition from triathlete to competitive bodybuilder. I was a vegetarian for nearly 20 years but added meat back into my diet about one year ago when I made the switch. Recently I tweaked my "clean" diet further to remove all grains and adhere to a more Paleo style of eating. As difficult as it was to give up my oatmeal, I am happy to say I am now bloat-free! I understand that a pre-contest bodybuilding diet is not necessarily going to be the same as a healthy diet. I have a competition coming up in 10 weeks and was wondering if you could comment on how to structure a pre-contest diet that would allow me to reach the single digit body-fat percentages on a Paleo diet. I know fat is good for the healthy diet but my mind still tells me to limit it pre-contest. I know there's Professor Cordain's "Paleo for Athletes" book out there but I'm not really looking at my situation from a performance standpoint - purely aesthetics. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Incidentally, I listen to Robb's podcast and really wish I could come up with some smart-allec comment for him.
What advice would you have for someone with a depressed Thyroid and Autoimmune conditions (likely linked to a leaky gut) incorporating more polyunsaturated fats into the diet? These are normally recommended and allowed on a Paleo Diet (in a good balance of Omega 3 and 6 of course), but it seems that there is some research often cited by Dr. Ray Peat about all PUFA's (not just the unfavorable Omega 6's) leading to anti-thyroid and gut permeability. Is this a possible reason for someone to not see great results from transitioning to Paleo, specifically that the consumption of PUFA's counteract the benefits of removing other problematic foods like grains and dairy? Would you still recommend attempting a Paleo template a la Chris Kresser even if it meant not consuming Omega 3's? Any thoughts you have on Ray Peat's claims would be awesome to hear!
How long does it take before weight lifting and sprinting activity will make a measurable impact on my body composition? I have been doing these type workouts twice a week for 8 weeks now but so far there is no change in body fat percentage or weight, and only a 1cm change to my upper body measurements. I am so disappointed with this result! I am 40 years old and I eat a Paleo template but do eat some cheese and heavy cream. I get 30-100g of carbohydrate a day, all from veggies, berries and salads. Could it be that I'm expecting too much? If not, then when can I expect the muscle to increase and the body fat to reduce?
CHIROPRACTOR DR. SMITH ASKS:
I am a 57-year-old chiropractor. About six years ago I had a mild heart attack for no particular reason. I've always taken pretty good care of myself. However, looking back over the years, I was big into 'healthy whole grains', lots of fruits, not too many vegetables and plenty of of protein and LOW FAT. An Angiogram showed my arteries were half clogged but I decided not to have the bypass surgery or the stents put in. My current theory is that decades of rises in blood sugar and the predictable insulin responses have contributed significantly towards my coronary artery disease. I have been 90% Paleo for nearly a year and I look, feel and perform much better. My questions are: do you think sugar and grains can cause heart disease? And how do I explain to my would-be naysayers that eating Paleo is good for my damaged heart?
I have been eating this way for a while now and it is hard to remember that time in my life when I chose to eat crap. I would love to hear what challenges Robb has faced introducing the Reno Police/Fire Fighters to the Paleo lifestyle.
We all know that factory-farmed meats and associated grain-fed animal foods are not so good for you and that grass-fed meats and organs are a far superior choice for your health on a Paleo diet. But what if you just can't get grass-fed meats? Do you still eat the factory stuff or avoid it altogether and get your nutrition from other sources?
Today I was banging my head against a wall with a vegan. The topic was phytic acid. I've seen great results for my psoriasis after ditching grains and legumes switching to a Paleo diet. Her point though is that the binding properties of phytic acid are the greatest benefit in this radiated environment while the legumes themselves provide plenty of minerals, even if phytic acid binds to some. Does she have an actual claim here?
This question is about dairy not being Paleo. I understand that man did not evolve consuming dairy. However, I would like to submit that in India they have been consuming dairy for possibly 6000 years. Until the introduction of Westernized foods, I'm thinking they did not have a problem with poor health due to food consumption. It is my belief that dairy in the US is only an "allergen" because it has been pasteurized. Have you ever considered the possibility that dairy would be a perfectly acceptable food for humans if it was consumed in its "raw" form? Given the perfect world scenario that milk if not contaminated and not requiring pasteurization, it is actually a perfect food. If you think about it, milk's sole purpose is to be a food and to nourish another individual unlike anything else we eat. Any thoughts?
I work at a senior center and will be discussing the Paleo Diet with them in-depth tomorrow. I normally talk about the benefits of such a style of eating or similar and many are coming around to the idea that beef and eggs are not bad for them. But the grains and dairy thing can be a difficult one to wrap one’s head around about giving them up (or at least restricting them). Can you share any case stories from your own experience of implementing and transitioning the senior citizen population to a Paleo diet?
I am allergic to eggs, so do you have any creative ideas for breakfast? (I know I can have lunch or dinner foods, but that gets old after a while.)