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Hi Webster, thanks. I've flagged that as a title to obtain. What is your BP running at now and how long have you held it there?
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Thanks people for your responses. Much appreciated. I am in quite good condition, but not happy with BP. Based on my research I have decided to run an experiment to change the sodium/potassium balance (not that I use much salt anyhow. I was intrigued by the post (I think from Webster) about reducing 145/95 to normal in 10 days by focusing on potassium rich foods and that is what I have set out to replicate. Cheers, David
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Hi Scott, good point about the skins. I do eat more berries than any other fruit, being particularly fond of blackberries and blueberries. I understand your point about bananas, but they are also a good source of potassium. For someone that has higher blood pressure than he wants, it is a consideration. What are your thoughts on both potassium sources and BP reduction in general? Thanks, David
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Hi Scott, just wondering where you stand on fruit itself and certain vegetables, such as carrots. I understand you're railing against HFCS and the ludicrous amounts of fructose pumped into everything ... and I agree. Richard got me linked to Stefan's posts about how fructose is metabolized and and my already high level of concern about fructose became even more elevated. I've been learning about hormones and especially leptin resistance. What I have found about fructose left me quite appalled. Like many people here, I now make just about everything I eat and read labels carefully for anything else. The fact is I LIKE fruits and vegetables, David
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Hi Richard, remember I emailed you about 6 weeks ago - same scenario: food and drink that I'm no longer accustomed to. Same results, just substitute nausea for heartburn. It took a day to flush out. Funny thing is, that afternoon I went for a long run and held up pretty well - about 18 hours fasted, probably a bit de-hydrated, severely cranky - and put in more time and distance than usual. You mentioned your progress. Here's mine - in the last two months I'm down over 17 lbs and two inches on the waist. I plateaued at 179-182 for weeks, but today was under 175. Another 15 lbs to hit my weight target ... but what I'm really interested in is eliminating visceral fat. I know what I used to weigh and what I looked like when I was in optimal condition 20 years ago. I also know what I used to eat! David
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2009 on Was It Worth It? at Free the Animal
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Sorry, this reply SHOULD have gone to Minneapolis. I guess I'm not driving this right, David
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2009 on Reader Questions - At You at Free the Animal
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Meat, veg, fruit, some yogurt. I'm down about 14 pounds and running most days. That's in part due to certain supplements. My objective is to get back down to the weight I was in my best army days, so I've got another 15 pounds to go. It is amazing how fast thirty pounds sticks to you, and you don't even notice it. I don't know what % my body fat is. I just want rid of anything abdominal and to have low BP. Any further hints about BP from anyone are welcome, David
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2009 on Reader Questions - At You at Free the Animal
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Minneapolis, There is a huge difference between feelings towards something and it doing something to you. I used to LIKE wheat. Now that I have observed poorly controlled emotioanl states in isolation and been able to correlate them with incidents of eating wheat I no longer do. Read Daniel's response. This is real. You just may be lucky enough that you haven't seen it. My wife has felt the same thing. And yeah, you did annoy me. Assigning guilt to people is something that is easy to do and is almost always wrong. Not answering a clear question annoys me, especially when the guy is reaching out for help. No, no hard feelings. I came out hard, but I feel strongly about some things, and laying a guilt trip on the guy is one of them. For sure, we both are trying to improve quality of life, and for that I appreciate your presence here. You ask my opinion on fruit carbs. I can't really comment. Like you I am learning and this is an area where I am trying to soak in knowledge. I like berries and eat a fair amount of blueberries and blackberries. I go through spates of eating bananas - I want the potassium but know this is also a very sweet fruit. It is a topic that confuses me a bit as some experts push them, others minimize them. There's also a huge difference in different kinds of fruits in part because of the phytonutrients. As for macadamias and other nuts, I am even less knowledgeable. Some people say you need to eat them raw to ensure the oils are whole, others say you need to roast them to destroy the lectins. Which is it? I wish I knew. I tend to eat cashews now and then (raw and roasted) and eat about a dozen raw almonds most days. I hardly ever eat macadamias, and almost never eat walnuts (I just don't like them). This is another thing I want to learn more about. There is no balance in what I read about the nutritional value of nuts versus their non-healthful aspects. I doubt this helps, but I thought I'd share my current state of knowledge and the questions I have, David
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2009 on Reader Questions - At You at Free the Animal
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Nope Minneapolis J, Ain't buying it. This is what you said to the guy asking Q1: 'truthfully that is mostly mental. if you are in paleo you are probably someone who wants to be self-conscious and consisent. if you eat bad you feel "guilty",'. Who is assigning emotion? YOU are. YOU are stating that Q1 Joe is feeling "guilty". He said he "got angry for little or no reason". He didn't say he felt guilty. There is a significant difference between them. Maybe you display anger when you feel guilty. It seems that Q1 Joe and I boil over very quickly when we eat certain things. I don't feel guilty about what I eat. EVER. What I do observe is that some things do affect my mood ... and this is EXACTLY what Q1 Joe was asking - if anyone else other than him has noticed that. The questioner also did not say "crash" and neither did I. Both of us said angry. May I humbly suggest that you simply DO NOT SHARE the experience that we BOTH HAVE? Neither Q1 Joe nor I talked about feeling "unnaturally full". You did. Richard is trying to do a service by posting a reader's question. You could do a service by reading the question and addressing the question, not what you want to read into it. No, we don't have clear evidence that it has to do with wheat. Q1 Joe did not mention wheat. I did. What I said was that certain off-diet foods do not elicit the response that Q1 Joe was asking about, but others do. One that I had found that did elicit this response IS wheat. And yes, since noticing these angry incidents, I have tried to cross-reference them to off-diet foods. So far, the common denominator has been wheat. There could be others. In case it isn't clear, your response annoyed me. It is absolute BS allocating guilt to someone. You are implying that Q1 Joe and I feel that we have done something wrong by going off diet. What a load of crap. Normally I don't call people out like this, but for your response I'm making an exception. And no, I have not had any wheat today. If you want to see an example of a constructive response, try this from Rob: "I'd think the blood sugar/insulin spike and crash from taking in carbs when you've been mostly paleo could easily lead to irritability issues." At least this posits a potential explanation. Unfortunately, I don't think it fits. I eats lots of carbs, including plenty of fruit. I've also gone off-diet on chocolate bars lots of corn, but no wheat products) and had no problems. Eat a bagel, and I feel ready to fly off the handle. So if it isn't blood sugar and insulin, what else might it be? I know that celiacs are unable to process the wheat proteins. Could this be the problem? Now that I've been off wheat for months, have I lost the enzymes required to correctly digest things like gluten, and those substances are having a mood-altering effect when metabolized? Be very clear that Q1 Joe and I are asking about MOOD and not EMOTION. Here's a potentially useful link as a starting point: http://changingminds.org/explanations/emotions/temperament_mood_emotion.htm. Note that this site states: "Moods can be caused by shorter-term chemical imbalances, for example brought on by a poor diet." David
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2009 on Reader Questions - At You at Free the Animal
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Q1 - yes, I feel cranky if I eat wheat now. I'm OK with a chocolate bar or wasa bread/ryevita. Since some stuff makes me feel off and not other stuff it isn't "guilt". Not sure who posted that in an answer that but they are off base. Like Joe, I would have to admit to getting angry at the drop of a hat. I am person with a temper to start and at times too much stress. This feeling is WAY beyond my normal temper. Joe wanted to know about anyone whose mood was affected by food. I am the same way by certain things now. I bet it is fairly common, David
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2009 on Reader Questions - At You at Free the Animal
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My thirteen year old daughter likes peanut butter. I used to as well, but when you abandon bread it gets a bit hard to eat. Anyhow we went shopping and I had her read the ingredient lists. Skippy, Kraft, you name it. It didn't take her long to figure out that a couple of brands were actually creamed peanuts, while others were something else with peanuts included. She knew what to buy. As for HFCS, yep, what can a person say other than wow. Look for "corn solids" too. The kids still eat cereal, but all we have is the "better" stuff. Yes, the "healthy" cereals. OK puffed wheat and rice don't have too many other ingredients. Check out Special K. Ummm, isn't this supposed to be the THE cereal for halth conscious eaters. Oy. Raisin Bran? Sit down before you look at the ingredients. David
Toggle Commented May 28, 2009 on "WTF": Read the Label at Free the Animal
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LOL. I am finding the same thing. Two observations. 1) About 3 weeks ago I went to a business function that spanned the dinner hour. I had a couple of pints, food was a mixture of sandwiches and various appetizer type hot stuff. Not at all what I each these days. I figured that wasn't a problem for one evening. Afterwards I stopped for another couple of pints with a friend. Oy. By the time I got home I felt awful. In the morning I still felt bad, real bad. Not hungover, not thirsty. More like my stomach was full of rocks, and then the kids had jumped on it. It took almost all day to get rid of that feeling, including the longest and most aggressive run I had done since getting back into training ... so I suppose there was some good in it. Conclusions - that food just isn't worth the trouble any more, beer doesn't help. 2) When I am on a run, if I get to thinking about food, I think about berries and fried eggs (over easy in a good pan with a touch of bacon fat or coconut oil).
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Good answer, Richard. Here's my thoughts for the fellow asking the question. Obviously you got into your current condition through a combination of what you eat, how much you eat and what you do (or don't) for exercise. Here's the obvious. Keep doing the same and you'll continue down the same path, at least as fast. if you figure you're 60-80 lbs overweight now, you'll be another 60-80 lbs heavier in 10 years. So here's something obvious ... change what you eat, change how much you eat, change your exercise. Now, we all know that is easier said than done. After all we eat the amount that we do because we're hungry. Overweight people have a hard time exercising, because they're overweight. I think the place to start is with WHAT you eat. Start with the easy changes. Dump all fructose that is not in fruit. That means dump soda. Dump almost every breakfast cereal. READ the ingredients of stuff you buy. If it includes sugar, high fructose corn syrop, corn solids et cetera ... DO NOT buy it. Google on how the body metabolizes fructose, how it goes straight to abdominal fat, how it does not give you any sense of fullness, and what abdominal fat does to your body and your liver in particular. That should motivate you. Dump anything made with any kind of fat or oil identified as hydrogenated or modified. If you do that it will make a huge difference. Next consider dumping grains. It took me about 5 years to admit that it was worth trying. I have never looked back. It was hard to do, but like quitting smoking, it is fantastic afterwards. Learn about how to reset your hormones, such as insulin and leptin. They are way out of balance now. I know this because you are overweight. Once the weight is coming off and once you purge the crap out of your diet, you will feel more energy and will be able to exercise. Cut fructose and work on your hormones and you'll start feeling full after eating. These are all simple things but they are up to you. YOU have to make a change. Right now just about any change would be better than carrying on with your current path. Good luck and keep writing here for support. Richard has collected some good people here, David
Toggle Commented May 21, 2009 on A Reader Question at Free the Animal
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I usually make my stock without adding vegetables. However, a lot of times we'll make a roast, for example, and have carrots, onions garlic, over-ripe fruit or whatever in with it for flavour. When putting the bones in a the pot I always throw in the drippings from the roast pan. In fact, the first water I add to the pot is usually hot water sluiced around the roasting dish before I wash it. That is some of the best stuff for flavour. I then put the pot on to boil and leave it simmering for 24 hours or more at a low setting on the stove. I might need to add a bit of water once or twice, but it is no big deal. When done, I pour it through a collander into another pot or a big bowl and let drain. Finally I pick through the the bones because there is often an amazing amount of really good meat. You can either throw that back into the stock or set it aside to add to a soup. When I make my soup I'm like Marc - toss in whatever's on the fridge that needs to be used up. I generally add leeks, because I like them. There's no reason not to do what Richard suggests with celery tops, onion skins and other stuff, I just don't keep that stuff around. For anyone that wonders why simmer the stock so long ... have a look at the amount of calcium dissolved out of the bones into the stock - and that's what's visible. David
Toggle Commented May 12, 2009 on Making Beef Bone Stock at Free the Animal
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Have a look at the physics of temperature transfer. When immersed in water your body has to expend a LOT of calories to maintain body heat. I think you'll also find that the energy required correleates to the temperature gradient between the two bodies in a non-linear fashion, so the extra 10 degrees would have a significant impact. Consider that the life expectancy of a man overboard in sea water at 0 degrees celcius is extremely short. You might also look into the European style of using saunas which involves alternating between heat and cold. The best I ever enjoyed was during the winter in Austria. The hotel's outdoor sauna was the hottest of the 3 dry saunas. Then you walked through the snow to the outdoor pool. I did this 3-4 times a night for about a month. Wonderful.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2009 on Losing 5 Pounds in a Day at Free the Animal
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Richard, first video, near the beginning, there's a slide that really rings true for me. I travel a lot for business. I like to prepare my own meals when I can and will try to get a room with kitchen facilities. Even if I can't, I still find a local grocery store and stock up on decent fruit and veg. So the slide about being disgusted by other peoples' lunches really stood out. So often well meaning people want to take me out to theire favourite local lunch spots. It's hard to turn down well-meaning hospitality, but when you pay $8 for an all-you-can-eat BBQ or Tex-Mex or whatever ... it's hard for me to really find anything nutritious. Sugary sauces, lot's of rice, fries, fries, fries. If I'm lucky we go to someplace with a good salad bar. Great video to lay out the basics of why we choose to eat the way we do! David
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2009 on A Morning Video Juxtaposition at Free the Animal
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Yes, it was so nice to see the effort in her letter and that she was expressing an opinion instead of trying to just tell you "I know better and you're wrong". I think you did a good thing by giving her letter air time. I need to do more research on beans, after all they'd be available in season for paleo man. They'd also be something that would be fairly easy to gather and carry around, so I can see them being a useful commodity. In fact, I could see beans being one of the few plant based foods available in a harsh winter. Maybe you could give us a post or two on your findings about legumes in general and how you came to your opinions? Keep up the good work!
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2009 on I Know What I'm Doing at Free the Animal
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I thought that letter was a very respectful submission of her opinion. Whether one agrees or not is irrelevant. This whole blog, in fact this entire movement about food, is about questioning and challenging convention. That REQUIRES debate, differing opinions and diverging analysis. This issue is as much about our descendants as ourselves - any changes we make as individuals are hard to assess in isolation, other than in obvious markers like weight. We just don't know what changes in individual cholesterol numbers mean, in part because we really don't know what the numbers mean to the general population. It doesn't help that some of the numbers are of less interest than the ratios between them or that the effect of some components is barely discussed when getting your results. For example, does your MD know about triglycerides and when was the last time he discussed the size of your LDL particles? The only way we will get to better nutrition for our grandchildren is to assess information, experiment on ourselves, observe how we feel, track our clinical data (blood, weight, fat% et cetera), observe how we fare versus our peers and in the end PROVE our opinions by living old and living well. That will only be demonstrable over time and with enough people. Empirically it is obvious that most North Americans are pasty, flabby and soft - so the basic diet is just wrong. I have no doubt that Richard AND Dr. Warner are BOTH vastly healthier than most of their age peers. Let's not shout down Dr. Warner if we disagree on some of her opinion. Let's celebrate that she shares some of our opinions, consider why she agrees with what she does and carefully assess where she disagrees. There may well be useful nuggets in her contrary viewpoints ... and at least she is open to alternative diets, unlike so many in the healthcare industry.
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2009 on I Know What I'm Doing at Free the Animal
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