paleo

I had an opportunity to listen to this outstanding podcast, The Truth About Paleo yesterday courtesy of Boomers rock radio talk show with host Tom Matt. Dr. Loren Cordain, the man behind paleo, was the guest, and it was a very informative discussion.

I’ll wet your appetite with this morsel, but make sure and give it a listen. It’s worth your time.

70% of all calories consumed in a Western diet come from 4 food groups:
• Refined sugar
• Refined grains
• Refined oils
• Dairy

disturbing

A recent NY Times article, An inconvenient truth about our food by Mark Bittman, talks about the newly released movie, Fed Up.

• The problem at hand, of course, is the standard American diet, especially in its current iteration, which took shape in the early 1980s after the commencement of the official “eat food lower in fat” recommendations. Those recommendations led to a 25 percent increase in the per-capita supply (and indeed consumption) of calories.
• Many of those calories were from sugar, on which “Fed Up” focuses (oversimplifying matters a bit, as far as I can tell, but we can live with that), and the high consumption of which contributes or leads to obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and worse. The vested interests profiting from this situation are Big Food and its allies, who will, it seems, go to any lengths to maintain the status quo — even at the cost of our collective public and financial health. (It’s expensive to treat these chronic diseases, and we’re all footing that bill.) read more

even more on green tea

my afternoon meditation--sencha

my afternoon meditation–sencha

A recent article appropriately titled, Need another reason to drink green tea? How about preventing dementia? appeared recently. The 5-year study conducted by Professor of Neurology, Masahito Yamada of Kanazawa University, looked at the connection between green tea consumption and mental health. What they found was impressive:

• Out of the 157 subjects who said they drank green tea every day, only 18, or 11.5 percent, showed mental disorders. The numbers were similar for the subset that drank green tea one to six times a week, with 29 out of 195, or 14.9 percent, having developed problems.
• In contrast, 43 of the 138 people who said they never drank green tea – a whopping 31.2 percent – displayed signs of diminished mental functions. In other words, drinking green tea daily reduced a person’s risk of developing dementia or dementia-like symptoms to roughly one-third of those who never partook of Japan’s favorite non-alcoholic beverage.
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gluten-free?

Recently on CNN.com I couldn’t resist watching a video titled, Gluten-free not needed by some.

I was pleasantly surprised to see none-other-than Dr. Mark Hyman of the Ultra Wellness Center on to discuss the issue. Dr. Hyman was my very first introduction to functional medicine as mentioned in this post.

The reporter makes a valid point, the food industry is making big bucks playing off of misunderstanding and fear of gluten.

  • gluten-free products are a $10 billion industry
  • gluten-free purchases went from 5% of households in 2010 to 11% in 2013

Hyman is brilliant in his contribution to the topic. If food has a health claim on the label, it’s probably bad for you. Gluten free cake and cookies is still cake and cookies. It doesn’t mean it’s the best thing for you to be consuming. Eat real food! (author ‘s comment: GO PALEO!) 🙂 read more

more on green tea

We’re HUGE green tea drinkers. From the way I talk about it, you’d think I work for one of the Japanese green tea companies. Alas, I do not. 🙂

Here is yet another study linking green tea with health benefits. In this case, brain healing properties.

• Titled, Green tea catechins potentiate the neuritogenic action of brain-derived neurotrophic factor: role of 67-kDa laminin receptor and hydrogen peroxide, the paper set out to explore green tea’s potential for increasing the activity of a nerve growth factor known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), essential for the growth, maintenance and survival of neurons. read more

stress

It never fails. When I most need a kick in the behind or a reminder why I’m following the paleo path, a post from Robb Wolf’s blog appears which is terribly relevant to my current situation. Recently it was Is Stress Wrecking your gut? When I look at what has happened in my life just in the past two months, I wonder why I’m not in the hospital. In fact, I believe I would be in the hospital if it weren’t for eating as cleanly as I do, practicing guided meditation regularly, having a superb body worker, and a phenomenal functional medicine MD. read more

human reaction

When we first went paleo, it was a real struggle. It wasn’t just the cleaning out of the house and changing the way we ate. That was the easy part. It mostly, at least for me, was realizing that what I’d been taught my entire life was a lie. Not only had our government misled us, but so had science. If you read Cordain’s, The Paleo Answer, you’ll find all the references to why we should not be eating dairy, whole grains, legumes, etc. To top it off, it’s not just that it would be better for us not to, but there is evidence that illustrates why we shouldn’t and other evidence (fat argument) that shows how we’ve been purposely misled because of a personal agenda. The fat argument has come to light again recently in articles such as The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease. read more

leaky gut

Still ruminating on the last Wahls’s post, when I receive an email update from Robb Wolf. So eloquently stated, How to Keep Your Poop Where it Belongs by Jordan Reasoner, enumerates one of the problems I have with Wahls book when it attempts to make things easy and convenient for people who are struggling with autoimmune or other serious health issues.

Yes, paleo is great, and it’s a huge part of the solution, but it doesn’t necessarily address all of the important topics.

enter Jordan Reasoner:

Mistake 1: Eating Holes in Your Gut

If you have leaky gut and you’re still struggling with chronic illness, the 80/20 rule doesn’t fly. Eat gluten on the weekends? Stop it. Occasional beer with your friends? Stop it. The research is very clear that gluten contributes to leaky gut and when it comes to dealing with serious health problems, there’s no room for “Cheat Day.” read more

judgment

I’ve been having difficulty with the information (advertising) contained in the emails I automatically receive because I purchased the book, The Wahls Protocol. I seriously wonder at the wisdom of advising people to eat corn chips as a vehicle for kale as does one of her recipes. I wanted to read the book, but I was now having serious reservations. I thought it might be prudent to begin with the table of contents where I found that there are actually three levels to her diet. Reviewing levels of diet left me unimpressed. Again, in my opinion, she’s trying to make it easy or convenient for people (eg actually allowing food items to make it “easier to socialize”), but those caveats could cost them success caused by inflammation due to the foods she’s allowing. read more