Thursday, May 23, 2013
I have been doing a exercise class called crossfit and many of the other members talk about the Paleo diet. I am a nurse that works with mostly cardiac patients and I can't seem to wrap me head around the high fat diet that is consumed. Can anyone explain this better to me? I have heard testimonies of lower cholesterol and lower body fat, but it just doesn't make sense to me. Thanks in advance :-)
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Lori, that would be great! Much appreciated :-)
1647 days ago
Jessica, If you are interested in knowing more, I know of a women that goes to the Life Center and is there on Wednesday am's teaching the Lose to Win program. She follow's a Paleo diet and can give you a lot of information. She was a participant during the last session and talked a lot about it. Let me know if you want her name.
1661 days ago
Thanks guys for the feedback. I hear of bacon being a staple in many Paleo eating households and that just raises red flags to me. I guess I need to research this better. Your responses were very helpful.
1663 days ago
The key to Paleo (and all low carb for that matter) is insulin.
In a nutshell, sugar and starch are dangerous because they flood your system with glucose, and we all know that high blood glucose is dangerous - sometimes lethal.
Insulin to the rescue, right? Well, yes and no. When you eat lots of sugar and starch, your body is flooded with insulin to mop it up. There is only a small quantity of glucose that can be burned immediately for fuel, though, so what happens to the rest?
A lesser-known fact about insulin is that it is also the chief fat-storage hormone. When there is too much sugar floating around, insulin commands it to be converted to fat and shoved in fat cells to get it out of the way.
If the high carb meal was unusual for you, then that stored fat will likely get pulled out for use once you've burned up your initial sugar rush. However, if you eat carbs all the time, this cycle will continue to happen over and over again, and over time you will no longer burn the fat off, but will keep it stored. You'll also feel raging hunger for carbs, leading you to keep the cycle going.
So why is fat good? If you get your body's energy requirements from fat instead of sugar and starch, you produce a very low level of insulin at any given time. (Even if you eat zero carbohydrate, your body makes the tiny bit of glucose that you actually require from protein.) When insulin is low, fat storage is low. You will use the fat for immediate energy needs, store very little of it, and actually excrete any excess! When people eat a "ketogenic" diet their body is fueled by these fat-made energy packets called ketones, and when there are too many you actually can exhale them! (If you've every smelled someone's breath and it was like overripe fruit, that's ketones you're smelling.)
Insulin may also be the trigger that causes inflammation throughout the body, and it is becoming more and more clear that it is this inflammation that drives all the illnesses associated with metabolic syndrome: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, gout, Alzheimers, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
1664 days ago
Comment edited on: 5/23/2013 2:05:10 PM
The fats are from healthy fats... nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, fish oil and grass-fed meats. Very low in saturated fats.
I try to go as Paleo as I can, but I don't go "caveman". I try to avoid dairy and added salts as well. Shopping he grocery store walls and not eating anything manufactured in a factory.
There are some really good links out there for the Paleo lifestyle. I don't call it a "diet".
1664 days ago
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