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Episode #81: Salt, Shakeology, yeast infections, & calorie counting
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1. Salt on a Paleo diet? [9:30]
2. Yeast infections [18:18]
3. Pre-workout nutrition for early morning workouts / fat for fuel? [26:04]
4. Paleo = weight gain?? [31:04]
5. Counting calories on Paleo [31:47]
6. How does Shakeology shake up? [49:30]
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1. Salt on a Paleo diet?
Hi ladies – I have three questions for you. (Side note: they're all long and totally unrelated to each other, so please feel free to pare down if you can't accommodate all of them)
First, Loren Cordain feels very strongly about not adding any extra sodium chloride to one's diet, but no one else in Paleo-land seems to talk about it at all. Dr. Cordain's was the first book I read when I originally went Paleo, but making salt-free recipes resulting in BORING FOOD. I'm much happier with the Practical Paleo recipes, but I'm concerned that I may be missing something important. Can you explain whether or not you agree with his position on table salt, and why?
Second, my health has uniformly improved since going Paleo two months ago – lots of little niggly symptoms like breakouts, heart palpitations, and stuffy noses have disappeared completely. The one thing that doesn't seem to be improving is my yeast infections. I get one about once every month or two. I can sometimes trace it back to a bacterial exposure (during sexual activity, for example), but not always. I treat them pretty successfully with vaginal probiotic suppositories or Monistat for the external ones, but I feel like Paleo nutrition ought to have decreased the frequency of my candidiasis breakouts. Is there something in a Paleo diet that could be exacerbating the yeast balance, or some other change you'd suggest?
3. Pre-workout nutrition for early morning workouts / using fat for fuel
Third, for Diane: you suggest in “Practical Paleo” that eating before working out leads the body to use the energy present in the food rather than stored fat get you through the workout. But does this same rule apply to fat- and protein-based pre-workout meals? I work out at 6am and feel a little icky if I don't eat at least a little something when I wake up. I don't actually need the food energy to get me through the workout; eating is just part of the ritual of waking up for me. So if I eat an egg with avocado, or make Coco-nutty Grain-Free Porridge (OMG BEST THING EVER!!), will my body be using that fat and protein immediately as an energy source, or will it be dipping into stored fat?
Thanks to you both for all your great work!
4. Paleo = weight gain??
What the Heck! Why am I gaining weight on paleo?!?! After years of a crap diet, skipping meals, and what I now know are unhealthy eating patterns, I started eating paleo in Sept of 2012. It took a few months to transition fully, but I now eat 95% paleo. I have also GAINED 15 pounds, when I need to lose around 30. I am trying to heal a leaky gut after years of low calorie diets and low fat, reduced calorie foods, but the gaining weight makes me want to revert to old habits of meal skipping and calorie counting. I do have a cheat meal occasionally, like a cupcake on my birthday, or maybe some organic corn chips with salsa, but my boyfriend does this as well, and he has LOST weight since we have began eating paleo. What gives?
Sleep is 8 hours a night. I recently joined the YMCA behind my house, but am trying to stick with only yoga and walking to keep cortisol levels down. Supplements are .125mcg synthroid, 80 mcg potassium, 650 mg ferrous sulfate (iron), and magnesium if I want any hope of going to the bathroom on a regular basis. I recently began taking marshmallow root and drinking peppermint tea in hopes of helping my gut heal.
Thai food 3x/month, tortilla chips 2x/month, dairy 2x/month
5. Counting Calories on Paleo
In order to lose weight on the Paleo diet, do I need to be counting calories?
6. How does Shakeology shake up?
I'm just wondering what your take on Shakeology is and if you feel its safe for Paleo diets? I understand whole food is better than any form of shakes but I just started ordering the vegan form of Shakeology and would like to continue using it along with trying to eat as close to Paleo as possible. I'm just beginning to understand more about the Paleo way of eating and there are times that some of the info gets to be a lot, so any insight from you would be helpful and greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
Thanks for listening!
Liz & Diane
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