Robb Wolf - The Paleo Solution Podcast - Paleo diet, nutrition, fitness, and health

by Robb Wolf

A free, weekly podcast where Robb Wolf answers your questions about the Paleo diet, intermittent fasting, training, fitness, and more.

  

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Episode 402 - Robb and Nicki Q&A #8

We're back with Episode 402 of the Paleo Solution Podcsat - Q&A #8 with Robb and Nicki.

And don't forget to submit your own questions for the podcast here: https://robbwolf.com/contact/submit-a-question-for-the-podcast/

 

Show Notes:

 

1. [2:48] Diet after colectomy

Neil says:
Hi Rob, I have recently just had emergency colectomy surgery (unzipped the front of me)
so I have 2 questions I hope you can help me with, first; how should I structure my diet I.e food choices, I’m still having lots of loose stools and food still isn’t digesting properly, feel like I need to slow down the process.
Second one, I’ve lost a hell of a lot of weight nearly 20 lb in 2 weeks, so I’m keen to start some sort of exercise routine, how would you ease back into it and over what timescale

Many thanks, keep up the good work

Neil

2. [7:06] Blood sugar

Rodi says:
Hello, real simple question. I've listened to Robb talk about it being beneficial to not  exceed 6.4mmol/120mg/dl 2 hours after a meal but does it matter how high my blood sugar goes before that 2 hour period if it it's at an acceptable level come that 2hour threshold. I always find my blood sugar below 6.4mmol by 2 hours but I sometimes notice it is above that at around the 1 hour mark. Hope to hear back soon.

Regards

Rodi

Notes:

https://www.specialtyhealthwellness.com/offer/robb-wolf-wired-eat-panel/

3. [10:39] Question on PSMF vs. a low protein fast day

Andrew says:
Hi Robb (and/or trusted associate), I signed up for the Keto Masterclass last week but have been following you (figuratively) since April of 2013. My goal back then started with Health and Fat Loss as I had gained some weight when our 3 kids were born in 6 years. At that point I started Paleo, and after 3 months I felt so good, and was "the healthiest patient in the clinic" according to my doctor when I went in to get bloodwork, that my focus changed to improve body composition without sacrificing health. I'm okay with where I'm at now but hoping this keto approach will get me over that last hurdle. I had a dexa last year and was at about 22% body fat, would like to get under 15. I'm 6'0, about 200 lbs, and 39 years old.  I've tried all different things over these past 5 years (always keeping Paleo as a backbone) but haven't been able to get there. So that's my recent history in a nutshell. I'd love some advice on something new I wanted to try out along with this new keto approach. I've been all-in on with the restricted eating window for the past few years (about 16 hr fasts or more) and was thinking I'd mix in a low-protein day on Mondays. I liked hearing what you had to say about giving your body a break from processing proteins for one day a week. I heard Ben Greenfield advocating for that as well. But then I heard your most recent podcast on PSMF with Emmerich and that seems to make a lot of sense too. So, for someone who is doing keto and has a focus on getting from 20% body fat to sub-15% body fat, which approach would you suggest? A 1-day protein fast, or a 1-day PSMF? Or both? I think I could do both if you dont think that's too much. Thanks for your time!

4. [19:05] Help me understand Healthy Oils!

Trent says:
Hi Robb,
I love fat.  However, I find myself "afraid" of many oils and really limit myself as much as possible to your recommendations.

What is your take on a recent Men's Health article promoting the Nordic diet, and it's focus on rapeseed (canola) oil?  The article touts the benefits of this oil, but it has been on my naughty list!

In other news, one of my treats always has to be potato chips, and I often look for variations.  One such is the brand Boulder Canyon, which uses avocado oil in the frying process.  Do these chips offer me any solace, or does the high heat from the deep frying end up spoiling all the goodness that avocado oil has to offer?

I love your work, thanks for all you do!

5. [26:07] Keto and lifting

Nate says:
Hey Robb! I have heard you talk in the past about some activities not jiving with keto (crossfit, glycolytic) but what other activities does this encompass? For someone who wants to get into lifting (namely a bodybuilding type routine) are there any conflicts/considerations that should be taken into account: such as high reps and glycogen depletion, workout frequency/length, etc.?

6. [28:12] Overtraining question

Dustin says:
Hi Robb, my name is Dustin . I’ve recently started listening to your podcasts. I have a question that has been really troubling me and after listening to your podcasts ( on episode 14 now) I’m hoping you can give me some advice .

I’m a marathon runner , and just enjoy working out for personal health . I work a full time job as a machinist . For 12 hours 4 days a week I’m constantly on my feet, constantly lifting heavy metal parts 75+ pounds . Im worried that if I’m doing all of this heavy lifting and moving everyday that I may not be benefiting from any workouts because of the lack of rest my body gets due to work. I’ve recently adopted the paleo diet hoping that eating right will help. But I still worry it may not be good enough . I dropped my workouts down to only 2 days a week. Focusing primarily on core workouts and the big 3. Dead lifts, bench press, and squats. Then I also run 3 times a week.
Can you please give me some feedback on how I can optimize all the work I’m putting in if I’m working this hard labor job . I feel as tho this is a question that a lot of people in my line of work could relate to.

I hope to hear back , love your podcasts. It’s all I listen to while I’m at work !


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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 4:27 pm


Episode 401 - Robb and Nicki Q&A #7

For Episode 401 of the podcast we're here with Q&A #7 with Robb and Nicki.

And don't forget to submit your own questions for the podcast here: https://robbwolf.com/contact/submit-a-question-for-the-podcast/

Show Notes:

1. [3:41] Fasting and silent reflux

Kristin says:
I can't thank Robb enough for the impact he has had on my health!  I have been following him for years, i was paleo for 5 years before doing the carb tests in Wired to Eat.  Much to my surprise, i was sensitive to every single carb i tested.  I immediately went the keto route, and have been so thankful.  Not only have i lost 32 lbs and feel a lot better, this has greatly benefited my vision.  I have retinitis pigmentosa, and i was shocked by how much worse my vision was during the carb testing.  I feel that learning this will definitely help prevent my vision loss from progressing as rapidly as it would have with higher carbs.  My mom is almost totally blind, so i am doing everything i can to prevent the same fate.

After about 8 months of keto, i discovered i have silent reflux.  I was baffled, as i have never had any problems like this before.  I tried everything, the supplements, raising the bed, eliminating foods, and nothing helped.  Then, we went on an 8 day cruise, and my reflux wa gone!  It dawned on me that i was eating three meals a day, instead of my usual two within a six hour window.  I have continued to eat three meals a day, since returning home, and still no reflux!  My problem is that my fasting blood sugar is higher than it was while i was fasting.  It's not terrible, but i am noticing a bit worse vision while it is higher.  I am normally in the 70s or 80s, and now am regularly in the 90s.

What is your thought on a possible correlation between fasting and silent reflux?  I am a healthy weight, don't drink, don't smoke, and don't even drink coffee.  I started fasting about a year ago, so that wasn't anything new.  I likely had reflux for awhile before i realized it.  Another side note, like Robb, i was also on a form of tetracyclene for many years as a teenager.  Is SIBO something i should consider as a cause of the reflux after that much antibiotic use?

Sorry this is so long, i just felt some of the details were necessary!  I really appreciate everything you do, and i can honestly say you have tremendously impacted our entire family's health!

Notes:

Specialty Health blood work

link to Dr Ruscio's book Healthy Gut, Healthy You

2. [9:52] Keto protocol for lower belly fat / excess skin?

Peter says:
Hey Robb and Nicki,

I'm loving the return of the Q&A -- and especially the addition of Nicki (now I can get my girlfriend to listen without her feeling like I'm jamming my male-centric "unorthodox" health podcast down her throat -- no offense Robb, but now she can relate).

I've been Keto for a while, loved the tips from the MasterClass and recently finished the Ketogains bootcamp, with Luis -- both lead to a big transformation, 22 percent body fat down to 13 percent and still going.  Only lost about 4 lbs, but put on a bunch of lean muscle.

Here's my question -- most of my fat is held in my lower belly flab.  I've never been this lean, but I've also never been super fat.  Nor did I lose a bunch of weight really fast -- point being, I'm not sure if I'm dealing with excess fat or skin, but I don't care cause it's flabby.

Plainly put, how can I get rid of this?

I swear at one point, I heard you (Robb) talking about a ketogenic diet with limited protein and prolonged fasting for obese people that have lost a lot of weight and have excess skin -- even in place of skin surgery...

I am curious could this approach possibly be a good protocol for getting rid of last amounts of skin/flab/fat once one has achieved a desired body comp -- for example if I get to single digit body fat and still have the flab, could I bump up my fat macros and reduce protein?

If so, what might those macros and the protocol look like?

Basically, I want to look like the shredded, and tight, animal that is always timidly posting shirtless selfies to the dasrobbwolf instagram account... You know, the "Writer" that killed an Elk with a stick on I, Caveman... I'll have what he's having...

Anyways, love what you all do.  You've been the pioneers of a revolution and helped a lot of people.

Keep up the great work.

3. [21:45] Terrahydrite

Mike says:
You guys know anything about Terrahydrite? Good, bad, snake oil?

4. [23:28] Emu Oil

Dawn says:
I have listened to a couple podcasts about Walkabout Emu Oil and how great it is. I haven't been able to find where you've ever mentioned this supplement. What are your thoughts on it? If it is as great as it sounds, then would you still have to take fish or cod liver oil or could you just take the emu oil since it has omega 3's? My main goal to assist my paleo/keto diet in fighting inflammation from PCOS.

5. [26:25] Avoiding sunburn during excessive sun exposure at work

James says:
CONTEXT: 26yo Male, eating full paleo, lifting 3-4 times a week and working an outdoor labour intensive job. Moderate to high carb intake on training days (100-150g) sub 50g cards on non training days. Northern European descent brown hair brown eyes, medium pale complexion - tans well. Recent vitamin d status test 42ng/mL

GOALS: Avoid skin damage, gain as much benefit from outdoor working as possible.

Hi Robb and Nikki,

Really enjoying the q&a format, here's my input..

I travel a lot for work, in the coming months I'll be travelling to some fairly hot, sunny countries: Mexico, Chile, Pakistan.

My work involves me being outdoors at sports stadiums for full days on end with very little shelter and due to my Northern European genetics I don't do well with intense sun exposure in the short term. However having previously lived in Australia for a year I adapted well, being able to moderate my exposure, and within a few months was able to spend hours outside without burning.

I would like to avoid using sunscreen where possible and enjoy the full benefits of the sun on my skin during my working days, as such how can I pre-condition my body to tolerate these intense bursts of sun exposure when I live in a predominantly cloudy, cold country? I'm thinking vitamin d supplementation, possible intelligent use of UV tanning beds? Any dietary tweaks worth considering?

Thanks in advance, kind regards

James - hope there's no flies in here!

Notes:

1-https://sundots.com/
polypodium leucotomos

2-https://www.consumerlab.com/answers/do-any-supplements-help-prevent-sunburn-or-skin-damage-from-sun-exposure/supplements_for_sun_damage/

Zeaxanthin: https://amzn.to/2KOqLH3

I, Caveman episode where Robb takes down the elk: https://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/full-episodes/i-caveman-the-great-hunt


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Posted on 10 July 2018 | 4:00 am


Episode 400 - Dave Feldman - Cholesterol and Lipoproteins

We're back with the big 400! For this episode of the podcast we have guest Dave Feldman. Dave is a software engineer that began researching cholesterol and lipoproteins. If you want to learn some new info about cholesterol and lipoproteins, this is a super interesting one!

Show Notes:

1:47 – Summary/Pre-Intro
3:19 – Dave Feldman Intro and background
4:45 – Cholesterol/Lipoproteins change and keto
10:30 – Dave’s experience with drastically changing lipoprotein number
12:00 – Role of lipoproteins and cardiac events
20:24 – No good reason to have high energy in the blood
23:50 – Engineering view of the human operating system
25:42 – Fat storage, and why lean people can have higher LDL cholesterol
28:46 – How to distinguish between lean person’s and overweight person’s lipoprotein patterns, and lean mass hyper-responders
33:02 – Dairy (saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fat) and carbohydrate’s effects on lipoproteins
40:26 – Minnesota coronary experiment
41:50 – Don’t blame the mirror for how bad you look
44:25 – Dairy, hyperpalatability, and whole unrefined foods
46:12 – Dave recording cut out, send us questions for a part 2 followup with Dave

Website: http://cholesterolcode.com/
Twitter: @DaveKeto
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaveFeldmanLC/


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Posted on 3 July 2018 | 4:00 am


Episode 399 - Robb and Nicki Q&A #6

We're back with Q&A #6 with Robb and Nicki for Episode 399 of the podcast.

And don't forget to submit your own questions for the podcast here: https://robbwolf.com/contact/submit-a-question-for-the-podcast/

Show Notes:

1. [3:24] Book recommendations for us nutrition nerds.

Sarang says:
Hey Robb,
You have been successful in making me and thousands of guys like me to become total "nutrition nerds". We have all been listening to your podcasts from months/years and reading all kinds of books and blogs we can find to quench the thirst for more knowledge. For some reason, its a highly addictive subject and I'm thinking and reading about it most of the time.
It would be great if you could list out some books that are knees deep in the science and not just superficial advice. The whole paleo/nutrition community would be thankful for that.
Thanks in advance!

Notes

1-Kung San: Men Women and work in a foraging Society- https://www.amazon.com/Kung-San-Women-Foraging-Society/dp/0521295610

2-African Exodus: The origins of Modern Humanity-https://www.amazon.com/African-Exodus-Origins-Modern-Humanity/dp/0805058141

3-The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves- https://www.amazon.com/Rational-Optimist-Prosperity-Evolves-P-s/dp/0061452068/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1529600750&sr=1-1

4- The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World-

https://www.amazon.com/Ascent-Money-Financial-History-World/dp/0143116177

5-Lecture Notes on human metabolism- http://watcut.uwaterloo.ca/webnotes/Metabolism/

2. [13:03] Liver Stress

Maryann says:
First, thank you and Nikki for all you have done and sacrificed to spread the message of clean eating and sustainability.

Do you know of or have your read any research on possible liver stress associated with consuming the amounts of protein recommended in the keto gains calculator for a 57 year old female athlete? 

I will elaborate if you need more background information.

Sincerely,
Listener #7

3. [16:38] Protein needs Bodybuilding Keto - Muscle Gain

James says:
For an intermediate to advanced ketogenic bodybuilder/powerlifter looking to maintain muscle mass during a cut; what would be your initial recommendation on protein consumption?

Same question for building muscle.

Also: much research seems to have been done on fat loss. Are there any studies showing the performance of the ketogenic diet when t comes to muscle gain versus a higher carb approach? Maybe less muscle gain but fat free?

4. [21:33] Keto and true HIIT

Greg says:
Hi,
I eat a Targeted Ketogenic Diet (TKD) and do Crossfit.  I primarily consume more significant amounts of carbohydrates (max 20g for 195lb male) before doing classic CrossFit workouts where HIIT is part of the workout.  I do this because:

1.  I perform better than without the carbs.
2. I feel and recover better afterwards.
3.  I am afraid of my body going catabolic because it can't get energy fast enough during workouts.

A lot of what I've read about Keto and exercise deals with endurance workout and weightlifting.  What is the best approach specifically for Keto and HIIT for optimizing performance and/or safety (avoid going catabolic)?

Thank you!
Greg

5. [27:12] A question about having carb withdrawal symptoms despite very high blood ketones.

Rob says:
Hi there,

I was wondering if you could shed some light on my usual response to being in ketosis.

I've been on a very strict ketogenic diet for about 6 months now. I've tested my blood ketones hundreds of times using an Abbot Freestyle meter and I'm almost always in the 1mmol to 3mmol range. I have experienced some of the commonly talked about keto symptoms such as occasional feelings of euphoria, appetite suppression (sometimes to the point of nausea if I've consumed a lot of fat), trouble sleeping due to that buzzing ketosis feeling in the body some speak of.

The trouble is I don't seem to do well when my ketones are derived from my own body fat, or at least it appears that way. I say this because I still often feel classic "carb-starved" feelings if I haven't eaten (irritable, trouble concentrating, etc). Eating lunch solves that, but this seems strange given that my ketones could still be at 3 yet I experience those symptoms. Perhaps those very few carbs in the lunch are what my body wants or perhaps my body prefers ketones from other sources than my own body fat.

What has pushed me to a breaking point is a water fast I attempted this weekend. I began my fast after lunch on Friday (extremely low carb high fat) and during the fast felt exactly the same as I have on any fast I've ever done pre-keto. It was really difficult. I was irritable, had headaches, trouble concentrating the exact same feeling as a carb withdrawal. I was testing my ketones frequently in the days leading up to the fast so it should have been a breeze, in theory. And yes, I took plenty of sodium, potassium and magnesium - it doesn't change it at all.

To thicken the plot further, I tested my ketones regularly throughout the whole fast. On Friday night they were about 3mmol and by Saturday lunchtime they were up around 4. By Sunday lunchtime they were up at 5-6 mmol yet I still felt like I was in serious carb withdrawal! Is it possible that ketosis is just not for me? I've heard Dom D'agostino mention that a minority of people don't thrive in ketosis.

Any help would be appreciated!

Rob

6. [35:30] Keto and Picking a Primary Care Doctor

Kilson says:
Hey guys! Huge fan of the show! I just read through "Wired to Eat" and really enjoyed it. I think it is a really good "catalyst" for getting started in the right foot. I've been messing around with Keto for a while now. Almost 3 years ago I was walking around at 357lbs and found out about keto, started boxing and lifting and made it down to as low as 250lbs! After some injuries and some life struggles I flew back up too 300lbs. For the last few months I'm back on the grind and trying to make it back down to a weight I feel good at. Big part is thanks to podcast like yours! So thank you very much! Oh right!... The question...
I haven't gotten a physical or seen a doctor in a while now. Maybe close to two years. I'm having some trouble picking a Primary Care Provider. What are some things you look for in a Doc? Do you use some sort of platform to find a doctor who is in the know about stuff like Paleo and keto? I really want to get on top of this and find a doctor. Im from New York which is flooded with doctors but not sure who to go with. Any suggestions on how to narrow the choices? THANKS!

Notes:

SteadyMD.com

http://paleophysiciansnetwork.com/


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Posted on 26 June 2018 | 4:00 am


Episode 398 - Derrick Johnson - Olympic Weightlifting

For Episode 398 of The Paleo Solution Podcast we have guest Derrick Johnson. Derrick is a multi-time national championship winning Olympic weightlifter, all-time American record holder, and founder and president of the Kings of Weightlifting.

 

Show Notes

00:00 – Pre-intro and summary
3:17 – Derrick’s background and how he started olympic weightlifting
6:54 – Sports background
9:06 – Nutrition, painkillers, and knee surgery
11:57 – How low carb and keto got on Derrick’s radar
17:12 – Controlling inflammation
17:51 – Winning championships and breaking records
20:36 – Nutrition first and what Derrick is eating
31:30 – Food with Derrick’s family
32:56 – Derrick’s training
37:00 – Coaching and dealing with hard charging athletes
40:54 – Olympic weightlifting and kids specializing in sports
43:14 – Periodization and movement variability to prevent injury
45:00 – Where to find Derrick

Derrick Johnson:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/4derrick
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/4derrick/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/4derrick/

Kings of Weightlifting (Derrick’s Non-Profit, free after-school Olympic weightlifting program for underprivileged youth with the goal of strengthening the community one kid at a time.)
Website: https://www.kingsofweightlifting.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheKingsOfWeightlifting/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekingsofweightlifting/


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Posted on 19 June 2018 | 3:50 pm


Episode 397 - Robb and Nicki Q&A #5

It's time for Q&A #5 with Robb and Nicki for Episode 397 of the podcast.

And don't forget to submit your own questions for the podcast here: https://robbwolf.com/contact/submit-a-question-for-the-podcast/

Enjoy!

 

Show Notes

1. [3:30] Are vegetables out to kill us?

Robert says
Hi Robb,

I love the new format of the podcast, and really enjoy the episodes that leave the health sphere just a little. The episode about self-defense was a great listen!

This question is really aimed to help you get rid of your pesky listeners - especially those that you've convinced to eat a meat and veggie diet. After the zero-carb episode with Dr. Shawn Baker, I decided to give carnivorousness shot. Some greasy used car salesman keeps telling me to try it and see how I look, feel and perform, so I figured might as well.

To my surprise, I didn't develop horrendous constipation, gastrointestinal distress, or even scurvy. In fact, I felt pretty damn good.

After a couple of weeks I started looking at re-introducing some higher fat foods into my diet, like avocado. In seeing who else has been down this road, I found that others stay with a carnivore diet avoid avocados, coconut, and other fatty fruits and veggies because of the high salicylate count.

Holy smokes, now I've got another thing to worry about! I have no history, signs or symptoms or salicylate intolerance, so I'm wondering if salicylate intolerance is limited to only those who exhibit intolerance to salicylate, or can modern day marvels make others intolerant to salicylate as well? Yes, I'm trying to kid, but honestly I never knew how much gluten was dragging me down until I avoided it.

At the end of the episode with Dr. Shawn Baker, he talks about how eating fruits is likely better than eating vegetables. Ignoring the fact that avocado is a fruit, is this the strategy you would take?

I know I can introduce it and see how I feel. That strategy falls apart a little when the placebo effect is strong - getting objective measurements is pretty challenging at this point. And researching this feels like I'm hitting some dogmatic areas of the internet.

What are your thoughts?

Thanks much!
Robert

Side note: I signed up for the Keto Masterclass a while ago. I've been struggling with Keto for a couple of years - I seem to respond well to the ~70-100g carb range, getting down to 30g never worked. Well, going carnivore really helped with this! The meals I was eating lined up perfectly with the ketogains macro calculator. Not sure how many would buy into it, but this could be another tool in the keto toolkit.

2. [9:14] Storage kit in case of emergency

Karen says:
Hello,

Some (or many??) years ago there was an article/blogpost (or maybe a podcast) on the website about which (paleo/keto) foods, drinks and other stuff you need to have in storage in case of an emergency. I can't find it anymore.  Do you have this somewhere? (or maybe some idea for a podcast?? :-) )

Looking forward to hear from you.

Best regards,

Karen

Notes:
http://www.icanfixamerica.com/controversial-truth-episode-21/
http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/tag/robb-wolf

3. [11:00] Goal: Min effective dose for gaining several pounds of muscle--3-5

David says:
Hi Rob,
I'm 46, paleo for 8yrs, but not rigid, 165lbs, 10-12% body fat. In 2008 I was in great shape, but eating an unhealthy low carb diet and had food issues.
I also hurt my shoulder and rehabbed for several months to get back to health. Also had back issues, albeit minor. I have always been good at backing off before major problems arise, except with the shoulder.
I found Doug McGuff's book and a trainer who promoted that type of training as well and have been pain free ever since. I lift at a gym 2x/wk and do one-limb eccentric movements 7 reps with 10 sec negatives, then switch and resetting with help from other hand. Rest 1 min and do a regular set of 8-10 with 5 sec negatives. This is all machine for chest, legs, and a mix of the other parts of body. Wed workout is chest, back, shoulders 2 exercises each, and Fri is legs and arms-bi's and tri's.
I really have grown to like the high intensity nature of the work out and have come to terms with sacrificing my former size --180 and in good shape.
I'd like to be able to get bigger, without injury risk and extra time. I am guessing it takes much more sets and reps, and want to do it safely. Interested in new ideas. Thanks and I've really enjoyed following you since I found your article in '10 on Tim Ferriss's blog.
David

Notes:
https://www.t-nation.com/training/defrancos-training-rules-for-washed-up-meatheads

4. [18:19] Maintaining a healthy gut after antibiotics

Whitney says:
Hi Robb and Nicki.  I would like your thoughts on protecting the gut after large doses of antibiotics.  A quick back story to my question is that my son had a ruptured appendix at the age of 11.  It took the doctors 4 days to figure out what was wrong and kept telling us he had a viral infection and to wait it out.  Three surgeries, two pic lines, multiple weeks of high doses of antibiotics (at 1 time he was on 3 doses of 1000mg of vancomyacin a day) and finally a case of c diff, we finally got him healthy.  I made them give him probiotics in the hospital and gave him  prescript assist on my own with the ok from his I.D. doctor.  At 15 he's seems perfectly healthy but I still wonder what the after effects of those doses of antibiotics will be down the road and how that will affect his health later on.  Are there any ways to regain what he lost in an instance like this?

Also, I know this is long so feel free to shorten it however you need.

Thanks for everything you do and know that you are making a huge impact on peoples lives out here in the real world.  Peace.

Notes:
Healthy Gut Healthy You- https://www.amazon.com/Dr.-Michael-Ruscio/e/B07912JZ8C/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

5. [23:24] Pork, Shellfish and Organ meats

Amanda says:
Hi! I have been searching the internet to find some articles that address or refute this thinking but I haven't come up with much.  I grew up in a moderately health conscious family.  Probably about 15 years ago, my Dad heard a couple of bad things about pork/shellfish so that was cut out of our diets.  I since have started eating pork again as I got older and ate my own food and it's become a very regular thing since I haven't been living with them.  So I supposed what they heard was from Dr. Ted Broer and his reasoning is that pigs eat garbage and don't sweat, and shellfish are bottom feeders.  So the idea is that what you're eating is toxic.  I haven't read whatever book my dad read but heard about it a lot as a kid/teenager.  I'm hoping you can help explain to me the science - how pork & shellfish are safe as long as you are getting them from a good source.  Also, are there any nutrients that we can get from pork, but not other meats?
The second part to my question is organ meats.  I have heard a lot about organ meats being very nutritious and high in iron, etc., but my mom just brought up that things like liver are filtering out toxins, so why would we eat that? Could you help me understand if that is a concern or if it isn't, why?
Thank you so much, love listening to your show!

Notes:
King San- https://www.amazon.com/Kung-San-Women-Foraging-Society/dp/0521295610/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1528821550&sr=1-1&keywords=kung+san+men+women+and+work

Paleo Manifesto: https://www.amazon.com/John-Durant/e/B00BM8APVI/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1


6. [30:34] Keto/Paleo & Menopause

Laurie says:
Hey, Nicki and Robb!

Huge fan of your work and appreciate the science behind the 'what' when it comes to eating and training to optimize health. My question is this: what food choices, workout tweaks or other possible naturopathic supplements might I look into as I navigate the epic joy that is menopause?

Brief history for you: I stair-stepped into Paleo beginning about five years ago now (at around age 45), though I've been dairy free since my 30s. Since dipping into Keto about a year and a half ago and experimenting with macros, I think I've found my nutrition "sweet spot": around 50 grams of carbs (berries, chocolate, sweet potato), 90ish grams of protein (animal mostly, some plant proteins) and the rest from fats (coconut oils, animal fats, avocado, etc)...I'm 52,  5' 5 1/2" tall, 131 pounds and 17% body fat (per my last InBody reading)...I weight train 3-4 times a week (at least two of those super heavy), walk and garden a few days a week, run or do stair sprints every 7-10 days. Since I switched from a super low-fat, high carb, grain based diet, my HDL has risen, my triglycerides plummeted (from over 125 to 43!), my total cholesterol is improved and my fasted blood sugar is in the upper 70s, low 80s. My weight dropped from 150 and has been the same within a pound of two for five years running now...

And then: menopause. My sleeping has gone to hell with night sweats and I've had all sorts of weird food reactions since going off birth control for good four months ago. Doctor's suggestion of going off, then back on the pill a year ago seemed to do a number on my gut and I became a mess. So I went back off the pill four months ago and did my own AIP protocol and think I found the culprits (almonds and nightshades). My gut issues are much improved and I'm trying some Black Cohosh and using Clary Sage for the hot flashes with mixed results.

So, my question: I want to be back to feeling 110% all of the time (not a big ask, I don't think), but this menopause nonsense is getting on my last nerve. Anything I can do that doesn't include artificial HRT?  My insurance doesn't cover functional medicine, naturopathy or acupuncture, but I am hoping to change insurance.

Thanks for any help or insight!
Laurie


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Posted on 13 June 2018 | 4:00 am


The Paleo Solution - Episode 396 - Craig Emmerich - Keto Success and Protein Sparing Modified Fasts

This week we have guest Craig Emmerich on the podcast. Craig is the co-founder of Keto Adapted, and co-author of Keto, The Complete Guide to Success on The Ketogenic Diet.

Show Notes

1:50 – Summary/Pre-Intro
3:54 – Intro, Craig’s background
7:07 – Noticeable improvements from food
10:30 – Lyme disease and keto
13:17 – Balance between keto for weight loss and keto as therapy
16:57 – Process of working with people and using supplements
18:59 – Protein sparing modified fast
22:04 – Oxidative priority
26:05 – mTOR
34:26 – Satiety of a protein sparing modified fast
35:58 – Things to focus on, autophagy, and sleep, and sun/vitamin-D
41:35 – Keto the book
44:08 – Where to find Craig and Maria

Websites:
keto-adapted.com
mariamindbodyhealth.com

Book: Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on The Ketogenic Diet


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Posted on 29 May 2018 | 4:00 am


The Paleo Solution - Episode 395 - Robb and Nicki Q&A #4

We're back with Q&A #4 with Robb and Nicki for Episode 395 of the podcast. Enjoy!

And don't forget to submit your own questions for the podcast here: https://robbwolf.com/contact/submit-a-question-for-the-podcast/

 

Show Notes

1. (4:07) What do you eat?
Mads says:
Hey Robb (and Nicki)

You have written comprehensively about what types of food to eat and what to avoid. You have also written a fantastic post and guide about "feeding kids paleo". I was wondering (as i am sure many others do as well) what do YOU eat? What are some staple meals? What are you go to breakfast, lunch and snack? Can you give an example of what you eat on a typical week? I think it would be interesting for folks to hear.

Hope to hear from you either directly or even better on the podcast in Q&A!

Best regards
Mads from Denmark

2. (11:02) Keto counting

Kristie says:

Hey, Rob, 

I’ve been following your stuff for ages. I’ve got both of your books. I worked out with a personal trainer who turned me on to Paleo and you nearly 10 years ago. I lost 145 pounds and have mostly kept it off. Every now and then I get into the almond flour baked goods and fruit and put on a few pounds. Then I regain my sanity and desire to feel great and I make better choices and drop the weight. 

I’ve been considering Keto for a while just to see if I can drop a little more of the weight and feel even better. But here’s my hesitation, and it’s going to sound like an excuse, because it is. BUT I spent a whole lot of my life counting calories, counting fat grams, counting carbs....counting, counting, counting and being hungry. And I think the reason Paleo has worked so well for me is that I eat healthy, delicious food. When I am in the zone and not eating treats (which I always make myself) and I eat slowly and mindfully, I do really well. I have tons of energy and, although I could lose more weight for sure, I’m ok where I am weight-wise. I worry that Keto will put me back in that headspace of counting and worrying and making myself crazy over choices. 

If anybody is going to help me over that, it’s you, though! So maybe I should just take the plunge into your Masterclass? 

Thanks, 

3. (17:18) What is considered health on the low end of the glucose spectrum when in ketosis?
Rob says:
(Side note: Robb hinted at this a bit for a question on Episode 389.)

Of course there is variability and nuance, but what is considered to be the low end of a glucose level during ketosis; i.e., at what level do you start calling it a level of hypoglycemia to be possibly concerned about?

BACKGROUND:

I just completed Dr. Mark Hyman's 10 Day Detox. I lost 11 lbs. (after was 176 lbs., still about 6 lbs. or so over my ideal), lost 1.75/1.5/1" off waist/hips/thigh, blood pressure down 22/20 (and pulse 8 lower) to close to normal.

I wasn't aiming for ketosis by doing this diet, but I believe I got into ketosis periodically.

My question is if a fasted glucose level of 57 mg/dL (ketones: 2.4 at the same time) is not uncommon, or if that seems really low. I think I had heard of some people's glucose going *up* when in ketosis. I felt great through the entire diet, and have not had blood sugar problems (my fasted levels have been just fine, when testing before and after the diet).

I'm *not* asking for any kind of medical advise, just if that level of 57 seems a bit low *in general*, given a ketone level of 2.4 at the same time.

December 2017 at my annual checkup:

Fasted glucose: 86 mg/dL

Late March 2018

Self testing using a new Precision Xtra NFR blood glucose and ketone monitoring system (one recommended by Robb Wolf, I'm pretty sure).

Morning of day 1 of Mark Hyman's 10 Day Detox diet:

Fasted glucose: 71 mg/dL
Ketones: 0.9

Morning of day after (last) day 10 of Mark Hyman's 10 Day Detox diet, about 14 hours after last eating/drinking:

Fasted glucose: 57 mg/dL (day prior: 60)
Ketones: 2.4 (day prior: 2.1)

Two hours after a lunch with gluten and dairy:

Glucose: 92 mg/dL
Ketones: 0.7

Note that all the lab reports (I have them from my adult life; I'm 60 years old) have had normal/ healthy glucose levels.

The last time my Hemoglobin A1C was measured, was about 15 months ago: 5.3%

4. (21:41) electrolytes
Zsuzsi says:
Hello,

Thank you for your explanation about the importance of electrolytes. The 3 out of 9 rules really cemented the concept for me and I'm sipping away for the first time in my life.
I would be interested to know how this ties in with the ancestral health concept? It's not like anyone was weighing in magnesium salts or scooping up potash into their tea. Were they?

Thanks very much for your response in advance.

Zsuzsi

5. (24:51) BODYBUILDING FOR TEENS
Elizabeth says:
Hello Robb,

Your name was recently added to the "Take Back Your Health" seminar that takes place in Pasadena, CA in May, I will be there so this is how I came to know about you.  I'm hoping that due to your experience with power lifting you may help with my questions.
My seventeen year old son started bodybuilding about 10 months ago.  In a short time he has transformed his body  and gained about 35 lbs.  He is very muscular now, works out about 3 hours a day and is eating an enormous amount of food.  He looks healthy and sleeps well.   My husband and I don't know if this is healthy at this age.
Can you please comment on this?
With much appreciation,
Elizabeth

6. (28:38) does my genetics mean I can't buy a smoker???
Terrence says:
Robb and Nicki! Loving the Q&A pods as well as the interview ones. You guys have been nailing it lately.

So summer's around the corner and I'm looking at some beautiful electric smokers on the market. My dilemma is that I've got that pesky NAT2 polymorphism which says I'm a slow metaboliser of heterocycloamines and therefore I will die a slow torturous death if my meat is placed within spitting distance of a hot coal. I know that a lot of these smokers can be set to pretty low temperatures like 150-200F to do a "low and slow" but was wondering if the presence of smoke and/or heating for such a long period of time produces more or less HCA in the meat as opposed to when I'm oven cooking a roast or even gently reverse searing a juicy rib-eye.

Please tell me I can eat delicious things without my colon exploding through my anus and nostrils simultaneously! Thank you!


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Posted on 17 May 2018 | 4:00 am


The Paleo Solution - Episode 394 - Chris Masterjohn PhD - Nutritional Status, Evolution, and Keto and Epilepsy

This week on Episode 394 of The Paleo Solution Podcast we have our friend Chris Masterjohn PhD. Chris is a researcher with a PhD in Nutritional Sciences, and a brilliant guy in the nutrition and health field.

Show Notes:

00:00 – Pre-intro/Summary
03:21 – Intro
5:19 – Being a problem solver and synthesizing nutrition info.
10:49 – Evolution, Economics, and Thermodynamics for understanding the world
13:20 – Lab grown meat and energy inputs
18:49 – Which media format Chris prefers
25:47 – What Chris likes to do for fitness, and doing BJJ
32:35 – Chris’ coming speaking gigs and content goals
36:34 – Ketogenic diet and epilepsy
50:50 – Any evolutionary advantage of epilepsy?
58:50 – Nutritional Status Cheatsheet
1:18:22 – Where you can find Chris

Discounted offer for listeners, the Nutritional Status Cheatsheet: chrismasterjohnphd.com/robbwolf

Website: Chrismasterjohnphd.com
Facebook: Chris Masterjohn
Twitter: @ChrisMasterjohn
YouTube: Chris Masterjohn, PhD


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Posted on 8 May 2018 | 4:00 am