The Paleo Solution Podcast
Paleo diet, nutrition, fitness, and health
A free, weekly podcast where Robb Wolf answers your questions about the Paleo diet, intermittent fasting, training, fitness, and more.
We're at it with another Q&A podcast, Episode 423!
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1. [1:31] Aced the 7 day challenge like your wife! So why am I doing this???
I LOVED your book Wired to Eat. I'm a 31 year old female. 6ft, at my goal of 160ish lb, 20% body fat. Ive never been heavy, don’t have diabetes in my family. I do have a history of disordered eating - counting/restricting calories and then binge eating until a year ago when I found low carb. I’ve been on thyroid meds for a few months now, possibly because of the calorie restriction. I’ve had high cholesterol all my life and now it’s even higher since starting Keto 2 months ago (total from 274 to 336! HDL ratio went from 3.2 to 4.7! Triglycerides now 106 (non-fasting), havent had my A1C checked for awhile but it was 5.3 long before keto. going to have my LDLp and fructosamine checked soon.)
Low carb/intermittent fasting has reallly helped me maintain my weight while avoiding trigger foods. I went full Keto 2 months ago because the hunger control intrigued me. It’s gotten MUCH more tolerable, but I still get hunger pangs for breakfast and afternoon snacks daily. But for the first time in my life my very hormonal acne cleared up from keto!
Now, I took the test after 2 months keto and aced it! Every day of the challenge my glucose was similar to your wife's, even the day I ate a doughnut! So my question is... why am I doing this whole low carb thing? I guess no pimples and no trigger foods is a good enough reason; but my question is, are bad carbs even that bad in my case? Maybe my insulin response is a different picture, as my weight seems to come back easily with carbs? But it sure makes resisting cravings difficult now that I know my glucose response will be fine if I have that doughnut and I'll go back to my usual mild ketosis within a few hours if I can manage not to eat again soon after. Any tips? Has your wife changed how she eats now that she knows her blood glucose will be fine with most anything she eats? Thank you so much for your response!
2. [10:10] Beer and blood sugar
Robb and Nicki: Thank you both so much for the work you do to educate the Paleo/Keto community. I have been Paleo for nearly 6 years now and Keto for 2, due to a suggestion given me after having a colectomy and still not feeling good. The results I've experienced are nothing short of miraculous. That has led me to become a huge advocate for the lifestyle and to share it with anyone who will listen. I do heating and air conditioning service, which affords me the opportunity to share it with many people.
My question is this: You have mentioned many times that we should do as many N=1 experiments to see what works for us individually. I have been keeping tabs on my blood sugars, blood pressure, O2 and heart rate levels as well as several clinical blood tests (I don't visit the doctor very often, since all they want to do is shove drugs in me every time I go in). Over the years I've been able to hone in on the majority of foods or lifestyles that make me feel good and the ones that make me feel not-so-good. That said, I wanted to pose a question to you.
I have done this test over and over and am very shocked by the results.
It's that time again! We're back with Q&A #15.
1. [1:15] Thoughts on kids care?
I have 2 questions for you.
1. Is Palaeo a new term from your book Wired To Eat or did someone make a huge error?
2. What are your thought on kids care such as chiropractic treatment, massage, acupuncture etc when there are no obvious signs of issues but more for general maintenance as they're always throwing themselves around? My kids are 4 and 7.
Thanks in advance and genuinely love your work! Don't let spelling slow you down ;)
2. [5:56] NAD+, NR, NMN: Good or bad?
Got a question regarding NMN, Nicotinamide Riboside, NAD+, etc. I’ve read and listened to several peeps like Peter Attia and guests (e.g., David Sinclair from Harvard) tout the health benefits of NMN & NR, for those of us who want to stay young. This is all fine and dandy. (See https://peterattiamd.com/davidsinclair/) . I mean the number of people taking Tru Niagen is outstanding.... (me included).
Then Chris Masterjohn, who I love, indicated on one of his podcasts that we should be careful taking NR (and the like) as it effects methylation (a bad thing I think), with possible suggestion of having to take an exogenous form of glycine to balance the negative effect of taking large doses of NMN, NR products. https://chrismasterjohnphd.com/2018/07/26/careful-niacin-nicotinamide-riboside/
Been listening to you for years and always remember you getting a bit pissed off that your listeners wouldn’t do some research for themselves before submitting vocational questions. Well I’ve tried to read & Listen to everything there is and can’t clear the wheat from the chaff.
Maybe you can do a video or talk about this subject on your podcast?
3. [11:00] 22g Protein/Day MAX ??!
I am so curious what your thoughts are on this book in general and more Dr. Gundry's theory that we should eat around 22g of protein MAX per day, and essentially around 60% carbs. Seems like a brilliant book full of testimonies but his theories on animal product enzymes and heart health seem to be a little off to me but I am no expert!
BTW - I am a huge fan and your work has impacted my life immensely.
We're back again with Robb and Nicki for Q&A #14!
1. [1:36] Weights while fasting?
Hey Robb! First of all just wanna say thanks for all the hard work you do to get a healthy living message out to the world. I loved your book "Wired to Eat" and I just purchased the Keto Masterclass a few days ago. Excited to learn more!
I have a question about lifting weights while in a fasted state, especially for a non-athlete. I'm fortunate enough to have a really nice gym at my office and what seems the best for me is to use my lunch hour to exercise, usually around 11 AM. I am far from what anyone would consider an athlete, but I've always enjoyed incorporating lifting weights into my exercise routines, which have been very sporadic over the years. I probably average two times a week of lifting but when I do, I try to push myself and lift heavy. Do you recommend I do this in a fasted state? What about taking BCAA's beforehand? I see these marketed mainly towards athletes. Thing is, I do have a lot of fat to lose so should I even be concerned with lifting right now? Should I focus more on HIIT type of cardio?
Also I want to start incorporating alternate days of fasting. What type of exercise would you recommend on days that I fast all day?
Thanks so much for your insights!
2. [9:59] Keto "treats" causing mischief
Robb, I've been a fan for many, many years. I just purchased the KMC about a month ago. It's been phenomenal! I've totally stalled on the macros chapter, avoiding it at all costs. I know I have to get into it, but it brings me back to some dark, bodybuilding days of yore when I measured and weighed my food. It became obsessive and caused some issues that I'm scared to have come back.
BUT, that's not why I write (although if you want to address that, I'm down - sneaky way to get two questions in).
We're back with Robb and Nicki for Q&A #13. Listen in as we answer some of your submitted questions!
We'll be switching to doing mostly Q&A episodes from now on, so hope you guys like these!
1. [1:58] Electrolytes the whole time?
Question for you that I can’t seem to find an answer to anywhere else: do I need to continue to consume the high levels of electrolytes entire time I’m on keto? I am still doing it twice a day drink mix with about 2300mg Na, 350mg Mg, 1200mg K.
2. [4:14] Genetic Testing
Robb and Nikki
I was wondering which genetic testing brand you recommend.
3. [6:00] FTO Polymorphism
Hi Robb and Nicki!
My wife and I both did our 23andme years ago but just recently ran it through Dr. Rhonda Patrick's Genome Analysis Tool.
We both have FTO polymorphisms that put us at highest risk of obesity specifically from saturated fat consumption and it looks like high levels of saturated fat by itself even causes insulin dumps with this polymorphism.
I did not even realize this was possible I thought this could only happen with refined carbs. This is something that varies population wide but since we know we in particular have this polymorphism I have some questions about how to tackle this to feed my family of 4 with foods that are right for us.
At current just doing a paleo diet I have lost 40lbs, currently I'm down to 198. I run about 5 miles a week there isn't a particular goal weight or strength level but for my height (5'-10") it seems appropriate to be closer to the 160-175 range. Since we're trying to do this as a family and I have young kids I'm not trying to put anyone on a "diet" just make sure they're eating good foods when we're at home where we have the most control of what's around.
The Paleo template is working very well for us but with this new information I want to make sure we're optimizing our food choices.
This episode of the podcast we have guest Mikhaila Peterson.