(Highly) Recommended Read

For those who are new to the Paleo lifestyle or have a vague understanding, I strongly urge you to read Robb Wolf’s, The Paleo Solution. This book explains everything, top-to-bottom, in a thorough yet amusing way. In fact, whether you’ve heard of Paleo or not, I highly, highly recommend this book. It will be eye-opening and life-changing, if you allow it.

Something I specifically want to mention that is misunderstood by the majority of the population is that fat (good fat!) doesn’t make you fat and eating cholesterol doesn’t necessarily raise your cholesterol. As cited from Robb’s book, our body needs cholesterol — every single cell in fact! I hate to break it to you, but carbohydrates/sugars are actually the root of the problem. Carbohydrates increase insulin levels in the body and drive fat storage. Not only that, elevated insulin levels can cause a plethora of other problems, such as uterine fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fibrocystic breast disease, alopecia (hair loss), infertility (both male and female), etc. Heart healthy whole grains? Not so much my friend.

Speaking of carbohydrates, another reason eating grains is detrimental to your health is because it causes damage to the gut lining (whether you know it or not, it does!), leads to leaky gut and triggers an autoimmune response (it does other damage beyond these things too). Not only that, grains, especially gluten types are addictive and as Robb Wolf says, on par with smoking a pack-a-day. Here’s a short list of some of the problems associated with leaky gut and the autoimmune response:

  • Infertility
  • Type I diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Sjogren’s
  • Vitiligo
  • Narcolepsy
  • Autism
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Hypothyroidism

Anyway, that is where I stop, but hopefully it’s enough to make you want to read and learn more. After all, what do you have to lose?

While you’re waiting for your copy of The Paleo Solution to arrive, please check out Mark Sisson’s posts here about common reactions and responses to not eating grains, and here to eating a high fat diet (because I’m sure these are questions some of you may have already). Mark Sisson is the author of The Primal Blueprint and maintains a well known Paleo/Primal website called Mark’s Daily Apple.

Please know, I’m not trying to stir the waters here, but it is my goal to spread the word and increase awareness. My intentions are nothing but good.


6 thoughts on “(Highly) Recommended Read

  1. Ashley June 12, 2012 / 3:20 pm

    As a registered dietitian, I have to disagree with some of the things in your post. That is great that this diet is working for you and that you are so happy with it, but this is not an appropriate diet for everyone. There are some great things about this diet, but there are some not-so-great things about it as well. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics just did a recent review on it, if you’re interested in reading that. I’m not trying to offend you, but I just don’t agree with everything you and this book say.

    • paleoinportland June 12, 2012 / 4:19 pm

      I had a strong feeling you were going to respond in disagreement … haha! You’re entitled to your opinion and I grant you that, but I’d be more apt to hearing you out after you actually read the book. The things I mention are only two very small pieces of the puzzle. Thus, it’s not completely valid to say you disagree with the book until you actually read the book. It’s very thorough, detailed, includes testimonials and case studies, and addresses all the common questions and bashing people may have toward it (specifically those in the medical/health/nutrition field who often ignore or disregard it because it challenges the paradigm in which they garb themselves). There are 30 pages of references as well, so feel free to look there. Also, in addition to reading the book, I’d recommend trying it for 30 days, noting how you feel and look, and if you still disagree after doing such, then so be it. I’d at least be happy that you read the information and tried. Sorry, no hard feelings, but that’s just how I roll. If you want, I’ll even send you my copy and you can have it!

      Yes, this lifestyle works for me and has been for some time now, alas I am not alone. I’m not necessarily advocating a one-size fits all here, but I’m positive it can help a lot of people if they choose to actually do it. I’ve read about and met many people that it’s helped, and have yet to come across someone that it has not helped in some way or another. Also know that there are RDs and doctors out there that are more forward and progressive thinking, and do advocate a Paleo lifestyle, regardless of the conventional wisdom. Others just don’t think it can be that simple, but food is very healing and isn’t always given enough credit for the ailments and problems it can solve and reverse.

      Again, let me know if you want me to send you my copy of the book. I’d be happy to do so. Also, no hard feelings, sis … just love!

      • paleoinportland June 12, 2012 / 10:01 pm

        I also recommend checking out Loren Cordain’s research and work. He’s the world’s leading expert on Paleolithic diets. You can download some of his research and studies on his website thepaleodiet.com. He’s also written some well-known books including, The Paleo Answer and The Paleo Diet.

        Anyway, that’s all. I just thought I’d share this too. Take care!

      • Ashley June 13, 2012 / 5:47 am

        I would be more than happy to read the book, but you do not need to send me your copy. I can probably get it from the library. I am somewhat familiar with Loren Cordain. I do think there are some good things about the diet, but there are some things that really bother me about it too. I think that saying all whole grains are bad for everyone is wrong. As far as the cholesterol issue goes, yes, eating cholesterol doesn’t necessarily raise your body’s cholesterol levels, but eating too much saturated fats or trans fats can. Although, the paleo diet wouldn’t really have trans fats in it.
        Also, being overweight can make your body make and store more cholesterol too. This diet could also be too high in protein and too low in carbohydrate for some people. Alright, that’s enough for now. Have a good day.

  2. paleoinportland June 13, 2012 / 8:23 am

    Well, let me know what you think when you get into the book. It addresses all the concerns you just mentioned, and much, much more. If you have trouble finding it, seriously, I will send you mine. It’s no big deal and I’m happy to share it.

    No, there’s not trans fats in a Paleo diet, but saturated, yes. Something Loren Cordain (and Robb Wolf) mentions about saturated fat is that combined with a high carb diet, it is absolutely detrimental to your health. But with a low carb diet, saturated fats are not really a threat. Saturated fats get a bad wrap because of their effects seen with a high carb diet, like the USDA advocates for. The saturated fats in Paleo tend to be cardio-neutral fats, such as stearic and lauric acids. Grain-fed meat contains more palmitic acid, which can increase LDL cholesterol. This is one of the reasons why Paleo stresses grass-fed meats and wild caught fish.

    If people on Paleo need more carbs, yams and sweet potatoes are recommended, along with fruit. Again though, I’m not saying this is a one-size fits all.

    The issue with whole grains is that they’re gut-irritating (the lectins) and cause inflammation in the body, especially the gluten types (wheat has strayed so far from what it once was). Anything that damages the gut lining can predispose one to autoimmunity, multiple chemical sensitivities, and allergies to otherwise benign foods. People often don’t know much of this until eliminating grains from their diet, and noticing how much better they feel, look and perform (and then noting how they feel after reintroducing grains 30-60 days later). If people do choose to eat grains, rice (that’s been soaked) and corn are usually less problematic.

    Okay, enough science talk. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! I wish you a great day as well. Looks like you guys have been having a nice summer so far! It’s kind of been hit-or-miss for us, but hopefully that’ll change soon.

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