Robb Wolf Answers Your Paleo Diet Questions
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Over the past
few years, leading paleo spokesperson Robb
Wolf and I have forged a great Internet friendship. Suffice
to say, we think a lot alike and exchange ideas often. Yet, we hadn't
actually met in person until two weeks ago when Robb and his beautiful
wife Nicki came out to Malibu to spend an evening with Carrie
and me. We had a fabulous time, great dinner and talked at length
about the future of Primal/paleo/ancestral health. One of the topics
was how to blend this information in a way that the various “brands”
can be mutually supportive in the interest of everyone winning (and,
of course, world peace). That's sort of what the Ancestral
Health Symposium was created to do. However, we still get a
lot of people on Mark's Daily Apple who wonder about the differences
between Primal and paleo eating styles, so I thought I'd put
together a list of paleo-specific questions from MDA readers and
have Robb do a guest post today on that topic.
if you don't yet have a copy Robb's great book The
Paleo Solution, you owe it to yourself to get an entertaining
dose of his detailed perspective on diet, exercise and life. Looks
great on the shelf right next to The
is your take on dairy? Why isn't it part of your Paleo Solution,
even in moderation? You've said that if you have any sort of metabolic
derangement or autoimmune disease, you must stay away from dairy.
Could you explain?
Tiger!! What exactly do I recommend in my
quick start guide?
Try this paleo
thing, strictly, for 30 days and see how you look, feel and perform.
Track biomarkers of health & disease (before and after). Now,
once you are healthy, non-inflamed and suffering from no autoimmune
diseases you get to tinker. Is dairy a problem for you? Well, you
will never know until you try eliminating it and reintroducing.
is a mixed bag on dairy. Some information indicates it is pro-inflammatory
and insulinogenic. Other work does not vilify dairy in the same
way. Pedro Bastos gave a remarkably detailed
accounting of dairy at the recent Ancestral
Health Symposium and the take away I had was:
- Grass fed
collection schedules were better (minimizing growth factors and
factors are important in determining individual tolerances.
I use a fair amount of grass fed butter, some cheeses, a little
whey protein (Mark’s Primal
Fuel to be exact). If I use something like a low quality cheddar
cheese I get acne, my joints ache and I get congested. If I use
a LOT of whey protein (2 large doses per day for many days) I might
get a little acne. So, I’m actually the “paleo” guy that in reality
eats “Primal.” Am I a sell out? Is my information inaccurate? No,
but different people have different needs, and I recommend a tight,
“Orthodox paleo” approach in the beginning. Mark takes a different
approach…we both seem to be reasonably successful with this stuff,
and I think that is because we have tight rules for the folks who
need it, provide plenty of latitude to the folks who can tinker
much fat should be in our diets?
Well, who are
you and what are you trying to do? Are you trying to lose body fat?
If so then we certainly want to attend to dropping insulin and reducing
inflammation, but if you do not know the difference between a mouth
and vacuum cleaner…you might have problems! An attendee at one of
my seminars was trying to lose weight but was consuming a WHOLE
can of coconut milk with every meal. She felt good, but thought
she should be losing fat faster…At some point calories DO count!
Are you a skinny,
high strung person with lots of activity? You could likely benefit
from a good amount of fat (I’d go mainly saturated and Mono’s with
a few grams per day of long chain N-3/N-6). I’ve seen some people
(mainly academic types…with NO clinical experience of actually working
with people) rip Art De Vany to shreds for his generally moderate
fat recommendations. Art’s position is based on the observation
that folks are generally not that active and therefore do not need
that much more fat than what they get from their meat, fish etc.
For the overweight and sedentary, I think this is spot on. Unfortunately
there is no “one size fits all” answer with nutrition. We actually
need to think and some of the best questions to ask are “Who and
often talk about how gluten wrecked you. Could you tell us more
about the symptoms you experienced?
I had ulcerative
colitis so bad I was facing a bowel resection at the ripe old age
of 26. When I had an abdominal exam the pain was so bad it would
make me break into a cold sweat in anticipation of just having the
doctor push in on my stomach. I had depression, high blood pressure
and broad systemic inflammation…I hurt everywhere. It sucked.
you touch on the health and fitness differences along gender lines?
Are there any special considerations (hormonal or otherwise) that
men and women need to take into account?
to worry less about “losing” weight. Men need to worry less about
“gaining” weight. If you are a coach dealing with a mixed population
you need to be aware that women can move a given % of their 1RM
for more reps than men (generally). Orthopedic issues that women
face (knees specifically) are easily addressed by smart training
(training the quads to fire properly when landing from a jump).
All in all, not that much of a difference.
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August 25, 2011
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