Everyone Asks

Before we get into these health, training and nutrition topics I want to be verrrrrrrrry clear about something; when it comes to meat, fish and poultry my first choice, and the choice I ask you to consider is organic, free range, grass fed, wild, ethically sourced.  For more on this see the ‘killing them slowly’ section on this page.

And, with any and all of the information on this page and site, and all other health sites the first answer to your question is almost ALWAYS it depends.

Should I be vegan? It depends…

Is paleo right for me? It depends…

Should I take a multivitamin supplement? It depends…

Is it healthy to eat fruit? It depends…

Should I cut bread out? It depends…

Your health, lifestyle and food choices depend on who you are, your current state of health, allergies, symptoms, sleep patterns, stress levels… there is no one answer.

What is Paleo ?

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That said… lets go!
I base my eating on a paleolithic way of eating adding in super-foods and white rice… without restriction.  I add in a bar of organic dark chocolate here and there, and once per month or so I may indulge in whatever the heck is going…  I, and everyone in my presence, expericened 23 years of horrible wind, gas, farting… whatever you want to call it.  I remember the day vividly when my very good friends said “oh, mate, you’ve got some serious allergies going on there, try cutting gluten, diary, wheat and beans for a few weeks and see how you get on…” Surely enough, after 2 weeks of cutting out the list about my farting cleared up! Dairy (specifically lactose) was the key criminal in my eating… I went ‘cold turkey’ paleo for many years then begin getting digestive issues so in the most recent 2 years I have been tweaking, learning from Chinese medicine to re-balance.

Broadly speaking the Paleo diet is based on eating things that swam, walked, flew or grew in the ground – get stuck in. Greens are key in this ‘diet’ because the meat is quite acidic. They eat some fruits too, mainly focused on lower sugar fruits like raspberries and blueberries.  That’s pretty simplistic.. nice right? Less head games, less questions, just get on with it.

Another great question if you’re leaning towards the Paleo way; Imagine standing on a tropical island with a club and sharp stick – what would you eat? Makes sense right? Man didn’t mess it up with chemicals, so get it in you!

Here’s my shopping list for more on a shopping list

Another key tip ‘going Paleo’

The meat you eat should actually be meat.  Processed meats are a nightmare for a millions reasons (tortured animals, chemical additives, intense amounts of sodium, unsustainable farming methods etc etc…)

What does the Paleo Diet eliminate?

Wheat, diary, grains (yes including brown rice and quinoa), legumes, diary..

Why do they eliminate those foods? they’re reported to be pretty tough on the digestive system.  Soaking or sprouting them can make them easier to digest if you’d like to eat them.

Want more science? Google ‘lectins’ or check this page by Marks Daily Apple, he’s a good’n.

Problems with Paleo?

People moan about the Paleo diet saying that humans have evolved since the time of the agricultural revolution (about 10,000 years ago) and that we are able to digest the lectins and allergens in wheat, gluten, beans, dairy… and though on the surface many people may find it very easy to digest those foods it still remains that the Paleolithic period was 2.6 million years ago so on the scale of things…………… Dr Loren Cordain concludes that the human genome has not had enough time to adapt to the ‘modern’ diet.

Another thing that pops up when it comes to ‘going Paleo’ is the question of lifespan.  The Paleolithic people had a much shorter lifespan than we do today… accidents (lion eats man / tribe gets attacked by pack of lions) and treacherous outdoor living conditions without modern medical care account for many of the early age deaths.

 

Killing Them Slowly (Factory Farming)

Because tortured (factory grown, steroid and hormone riddled) animals is perfectly wrong ethically (everyone knows that right?) though if you don’t (you probably should) then maybe the fact their toxic flesh becomes your flesh, blood and thinking(more on that in our forthcoming book) will help you think twice before sinking in your canines.

If money is an issue then I ask you to consider investing the money you would have spent on 3 alcoholic beverages, soda or reducing your ‘talk-time’ into your body and mind.  Sounds fair? And… and…. and… check this, high quality meat is higher in nutrients and so you don’t need to eat as much. A wild idea but very very real.

Other options? Well, if I’m traveling my go to saviour when it comes to food is….. wait for it… see if you can guess it…. FASTING.  Yep, just don’t eat.  10 hours, 24 hours, 36 hours… In almost all cultures around the world fasting is practiced as a means of cleansing the body and mind.  fast every now and again can be VERY good for you.  (Check this post on Intermittent Fasting for more details)

 

What’s a Vegan diet?

Going from a horrible western diet of processed meats and refined sugars to a vegan diet full of veg and fruit (not the vegan diet full of pasta, sugar and rice…) is inevitably going to give amazing health benefits to anyone undergoing that kind of switch.  Amazing! Do it…  Though whether veganism is sustainable for you is another question.  If you went vegan for ethical reasons then make sure you’re getting enough B12, Iron and Magnesium (cacao powder will give you some of the above)

Fat Burning

No mystery here… There are a few well known ways to burn fat.  Some of these fat burning methods will work for you, some wont.  I’m going to post more in this in the coming days though start with these titles:

HIIT

Squatting with weight

Intermittent Fasting

Meat and nuts Breakfast

Lift Weights

Avoid long cardio sessions (see HIIT above)

 

Soy

Please don’t eat this stuff unless you know it is properly fermented.  Anything that has soy on the label and comes in a vacuum pack is definitely best avoided too.  Check this article ‘Is soy dangerous? And, more  importantly is it killing your bird?’

 

What do I actually eat? (and how…)

It doesn’t matter – what matters is how you feel when you eat the food you want to eat and making choices based on your current life ‘situation’, listening to any symptoms if you have any then finding the cause.

People think it’s so hard and complicated trying to figure out what to eat and when.  Well, the first thing there is the word trying, stop trying and start doing it.  Trying to become enlightened will take  along time, because of the trying part.  Trying to burn fat, make money, have a beautiful relationship, fall in love… stop trying. Por favor.  Just do it.  Easy.  (Kind of).

Another thing to let go of when it comes to ‘what to eat?’ is other peoples’ stories.. You’ve heard them.  How they find it so hard to ‘diet’ and how they find it difficult to motivate themselves to make the change in the decisions they make when choosing what to shove in their mouths.  Should I be vegan? or Paleo?

Here is one very easy thing to do to begin – have the thought.  What!?  Have what thought? When you’re about to eat that thing you know is going to mess with your body and mind (yes it messes with your mind too) have the thought “oh yes, this food/beverage has X effect on my body and mind” now or in the future.  That’s it.  To begin with.  Once you’re able to consciously interrupt your ‘habit’ of eating, feeling, tasting and being with the food or beverage you are consuming you’ve done most of the psycho work.

Creating that conscious moment, a gap, between food in hand and food in body is HUGE.

That gap, that moment allows you to live more consciously.  And when you create that moment of greater consciousness (getting hippie again 😉 you give yourself the opportunity to change.  Beautiful.

So hang on, the question was ‘What do it eat?’

I’m not going to tell you what to eat.

No one should really tell you want to eat.

I will tell you this:

Wheat, gluten, lactose (dairy), legumes and grains are all potentially damaging your body.  If you get gassy (farts or pedo en Espanol) after eating then you’re very probably eating a food that your body is having an allergic reaction to.

Sugar in almost all of its forms is not really conducive to burning fat. I say that using those words very specifically because if you’re looking to burn fat it’s time to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible about sugar and how it affects your body.

 

Figuring out what you  and your body needs will take a few weeks at first then is an iterative (always changing and improving) process.  What do you eat? Cut out the above 4 foods (go Paleo basically) for 2 to 4 weeks to let your body reset from all the allergens and inflammation and then starting from that basic level reintroduce the foods you fell you really want and that work with your body.

 

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4 comments on “Everyone Asks

  1. Here’s a silly question: Can we consume paleo diet within the first few postpartum weeks i.e. from week 1 to week 8?

    If yes, does it affect the nutrients of the breast milk?

    • Hey Sana, Thanks for messaging – awesome on you for being proactive about making sure your baby gets the best nutrients!! My answer is everything effects everything and it depends on your unique constitution. My advice is to find a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and consult your physician on this one. This is a link to an article I recently wrote on TCM if you are not yet familiar with it: http://richeats.tv/2015/10/traditional-chinese-medicine/

  2. Jennifer Mason on said:

    Funny, succinct, and helpful. Nicely done.

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