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Ep. 267: The Benefits of Nature

In this episode, we discuss the benefits of actually being in nature, in the outdoors.

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Ep. 266: Getting Back on Track

In this episode, discuss reasons what to do if you know you should be following a specific diet but can't seem to get back on board with it.

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 266: Getting Back on Track

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:41)
  • Stephanie asks: "Hi ladies. Long-ish time listener, and I absolutely love you both, especially your real-life-ness and authenticity. My question is along those lines. A few years ago, I was convinced of the health benefits and followed a paleo template diet with ease; I felt wonderful and was at my best. But now - I've fallen off track. I still know in my head that I should eat a paleo/real food only diet with earnest commitment... but I'm struggling with consistency, and a bit of "what-is-the-bleeping-point" because I'm already 30-40ish pounds overweight and none of my clothes fit anymore anyway. I guess my question is - how do you start and re-start yourselves when life gets in the way? How do I not get down on myself for re-gaining weight, and just move forward?
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Ep. 265: Should everyone follow AIP?

In this episode, discuss reasons why and why not to follow the Autoimmune Protocol

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 265: Should everyone follow AIP?

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:41)
    • We're recording early due to book work, travel and Stacy's Birthday!
    • Stacy is turning 36, which is the age she remembers her own mom.
    • Stacy is going to the Biltmore in Santa Barbara for a spa weekend that she earned with Beautycounter!
    • Send any questions you have to us! We love questions! thepaleoview@gmail.com
  • Question from Karen (5:47): "My question is Would it be a good idea for me to try the Autoimmune Protocol even if I have not been officially diagnosed with an autoimmune disease? I have seen benefits of the Paleo diet but am still experiencing gastrointestinal issues and wondering if I should continue by eliminating eggs, nuts, seeds, and nightshades? Any feedback or suggestions would be greatly appreciated."
    • Stacy says not to look at it as necessarily an autoimmune issue, but a bad reaction to a certain food.
    • Everyone has different triggers, some may be nightshades, some may be starch or fat. You have to figure it out.
    • Keep a food log to track when and what circumstances are causing issues.
    • That said, the AIP wouldn't necessarily be bad, just not necessarily prescribed. Plus, you're eliminating so much it will be harder to see what you're reacting to.
    • Reintroduce using the reintroduction protocol.
    • AIP is about dialing in all aspects of health and making sure you the best, safest choice, removing all possible immune stimulators.
    • Autoimmune is hard to diagnose, so if you think AIP might help a chronic illness, it probably will.
    • And sometimes even treated autoimmune disease will benefit from AIP by reducing inflammation and treating concurrent autoimmune issues.
    • But AIP is not indicated for everyone. Some eliminated foods are really nutrient dense and a good choice for most people! Stuff like grass-fed dairy, nuts and seeds and pastured eggs are good for most people.
    • You won't know what your issue is until you do an elimination diet. Maybe you have an infection or SIBO or FODMAP intolerance, etc. Perhaps you need a probiotic.
    • Diet is the biggest corrective factor in GI symptoms! Eat more veggies and fruits. Your community of gut bacteria will love them.
    • Gut bacteria control everything! Getting them healthy is so important. Eat more veggies and fiber and low saturated fat and high Omega-3s. Seafood and veggies are magic!
    • Remember: AIP isn't paleo with more eliminations, but a whole lifestyle change to have a great nutrient dense diet with healthy lifestyle factors.
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Ep. 264: Coping Mentally with New Physical Limitations

In this episode, Stacy and Sarah talk about Adrenal Fatigue and how to keep your spirits up when you can't seem to get ahead.

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 264: Coping Mentally with New Physical Limitations

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:41)
    • Stacy is enjoying her long weekend because this is her busy season at work and the kids just went back to school!
    • She picked apples. See our Apple Tutorial!
    • Paleo Principles update: Sarah is doing her final read throughs! Almost done!
    • Sarah really enjoys reading this book. She thinks its her best one yet.
    • Stacy has been focusing on mindset lately to look at things more positively.
  • Question from Nancy (8:27): "My issue is I totally feel zonked out. Very little if any energy throughout the day. It's all I can do to make it through until bedtime at which time I crash and find it difficult to get up in the morning. I do realize this can at least in part be related to my elevated thyroid numbers. But I think that I have adrenal issues on top of it. I have a very stressful job (high school guidance counselor) and see very little reprieve during the day. I've worked as a school counselor for almost 20 years and I think it's caught up with me. I have gotten to the point where I have actually no (and I mean no) fight or flight response. Someone like Michael from Halloween could jump out of the bushes and try to scare me and the only response I would have would be "oh, hi!". I would have absolutely no racing heart, etc. or any of those normal fight or flight responses. This started about 8 months ago when I could feel my heart racing start to slow down or feel muffled. Now that feeling has evolved into having absolutely no flight or flight response at all.....not even when I see someone cute.....no heart flip flops. I've shared this information with my doctor and he feels some of it is related to my thyroid and some of it's related to adrenal fatigue. My doc wants to slowly regulate my thyroid medication as to move quickly will put too much strain on my adrenals. He says once we get my thyroid on track we'll work on the adrenals. But I'm not sure and it's starting to scare me and feel at some point my adrenals will just stop working all together. Not sure what to do about it as I'd like to get my adrenals back on track. Right now my doctor doesn't want me to do any strenuous exercise as he feels it would overtax my weakened adrenals. I'm an athlete who formerly ran, lifted weights, and biked throughout the week. And now I walk just to get fresh air and try to keep it moving. That's a downer for me, but it's all I can do. I also work on stress management by relaxing, meditating, listening to cool music and generally try to mentally separate from my work day when I'm not at work. I enjoyed your blog post Sarah about adrenal fatigue and feel the information helpful. Thanks so much for what you do, Sarah and Stacy. You both rock!!"
    • See Sarah's post series on Adrenal Fatigue here.
    • Stacy says take the saliva test if you think you have adrenal issues!
    • When Stacy had issues, she took supplements and changed lifestyle when she had issues.
    • Work on your sleep! See Sarah on naps.
    • Look at your life and take out anything that's not adding value and only adding stress. Stacy had to pull back from paleo blogging when she had issues.
    • Maybe change your job to be less stressful
    • Nutrient dense foods and supplements as well.
    • Anything that's a stress, you should tackle it. Stacy had to unpack boxes to reduce her stress.
    • Missing your workouts can be a downer, but focus on the positives of what you can do!
    • Her T3 and T4 thyroid hormones are not too bad, but her Thyroid stimulating hormone is very high.
    • Thyroid levels have to be taken on slowly because overdosing can be life threatening.
    • Sarah had been working on it for years now.
    • See our show with Isabella Wentz for more
    • There is crossover Thyroids, stress axis and sex hormones. She could have low progesterone levels too.
    • And cortisol could be high in the morning, low in the afternoon. She has to test to know how her thyroids are working.
    • There's so much going on with this stuff that you need a doctor that knows what to do with it.
    • Just because your doctor is working on thyroid doesn't mean you can't do diet and lifestyle factors to improve adrenals.
    • Going outside in the day, light therapy, amber glasses, meditation, stress reduction all good ideas
    • Walking is great but maybe yoga or martial arts as well?
    • Supplement with Vitamin C and Magnesium and B Vitamins to combat stress! Sarah likes Metagenics, Douglas Labs, Seeking Health, and Designs for Health brands.
    • Get Omega-3s from seafood once a day and maybe short term fish oil supplementation.
    • The most important tools for recovering: Patience (it takes time!) and self-care (you are important and you need to recognize and meet your needs!).
    • Develop priorities that protect you in the future.
    • This sucks, but you CAN recover from it!
    • Stacy points out that there's a reason the Serenity Prayer is popular. Don't focus on what you can't change. Focus on what you can change and think about the positivity!
    • Should isn't a positive word. Don't ever use it on yourself.
    • Again, see Sarah's post series on Adrenal Fatigue here.
    • Sarah doesn't know the sign of the horns, apparently. WTF. How is she going to ward off the evil eye?
    • Swedish Death Metal: Listen to Opeth, my favorite band.
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Ep. 263: Asking Us Everything Part 2

 

In this episode, Stacy and Sarah respond to your Ask-Me-Anything style questions!

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 263: Asking Us Everything Part 2

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:41)
    • We're back for more AMA! We think this is a lot of fun.
    • Paleo Principles update: We're at 688 pages. It's WAY TOO MANY!
    • How did you write such a long book? No one knows. Maybe we'll do a workout video with it.
    • Meanwhile, Stacy's kids are going to three different schools and one of them took the bus to middle school at 6:30! It's been exhausting!
    • More AMA questions! Fun questions we love and haven't been asked before!
  • Are either of you superstitious? (8:21)
    • Stacy believes that people can find themselves in advantageous or disadvantageous situations, but there's not some force in the world that notices when you follow superstitions
    • Sarah does do some superstitions out of habit, but doesn't think she actually believes that they have power.
    • Sarah does say she believes in karma and also believes that people are meant to do things, but also believes in the chaos and randomness in the universe. There is some cognitive dissonance there.
    • Stacy doesn't know why she does some superstitions, and catches herself doing them despite not really believing in them. They're fun for kids too.
  • Which character from The Walking Dead do you most identify with? (12:36)
    • Stacy definitely identifies with Maggie because she's kind and a leader who is into family.
    • Sarah doesn't watch the show.
  • Stacy modifies it to which character from Game of Thrones do you identify with? (13:03)
    • Stacy identifies with Sansa and Dany
    • Sarah took an online test that said she was a Robb Stark because of her leadership and strong moral compass. But Sarah also really loves Dany for similar reasons. Sarah also identifies with Samwell Tarly because she too would be in the back as a craven.
    • Stacy and Matt love Tormund Giantsbane and Samwell Tarly as well.
  • If you had to live in a house with other bloggers for a reality TV show, who would you choose? (16:18)
    • Number one for both is Russ Crandall, The Domestic Man.
    • Stacy also mentions Bill and Hayley from Primal Palate,
    • Stacy wonders what kind of show this is? Are we casting for a competition? Because we're not naming our bad guys!
    • Really, check out who we tag all the time on social media
    • Stacy: RealFoodLiz Liz Wolfe, That Paleo Couple, and A Tribe Beyond Blessed, Kaitlyn from Grassfed Girl
    • Sarah: Mickey and Angie from Autoimmune Wellness, Charissa Talbot from No Cook Paleo, Kirsten Peterson from Vibrant Life Army Wife, and Denise Minger.
    • Check out our Live from Paleo FX House show for more!
  • Is once a week for dessert too much? (19:48)
    • Sarah: it depends. Is it going to satisfy you so you won't crave it anymore or will it just trigger more cravings?
    • Stacy and Sarah both tend to be "fall off the wagon" types. In that case, maybe best to avoid it.
  • What is your most hated activity in Strongman or Crossfit?
    • Stacy: Running. It's why I started Strongman.
    • Sarah: Weighted lunges or running with a weight.
    • Stacy loved the feeling of being too sore to do normal activities. She always said "Bring it on!"
  • What is the most often cooked meal in your house? (26:06)
    • Stacy: Meatloaf and Chicken thighs.
    • Sarah: roast chicken or liver burgers.
  • Is there anyone in the paleo world you still get nervous talking to? (26:30)
    • Stacy: No, not in the paleo world
    • Sarah got giggly when talking to Mark (Definitely go back and listen to that one!)
    • Sarah gets excited when people know who she is. Like Art Devany and Dr. David Perlmutter
    • Stacy has learned that people are just people and are just like everyone else.
    • Stacy says only a few people would intimidate her or make her squee. One of them is a baby sloth.
    • Kristen Bell's sloth spatula is on backorder, but it is here.
  • How tall are you? (33:23)
    • Stacy: 5'7". People always think she's taller though.
    • Sarah is 5'5 3/4", but she always says she's 5'6".
  • Can you do a foreign accent? (36:33)
    • Stacy: It would be terrible. However, Stacy and her stepsister would go to the beach and pretend to be French with the names "Ginger Bread" and "Carry-on Bag".
    • Sarah: I do bad American versions of foreign accents and uses them to play with her kids.
  • Which is your favorite of your books (38:54)
    • That's like asking which is your favorite kid! They're all our favorites
    • But if pressed, Stacy likes Real Life Paleo because it's how we really eat, but Matt likes Beyond Bacon because its a more sophisticated foodie book.
    • Sarah: I really like my new one, Paleo Principles. It's like my previous books put together and made better!
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Ep. 262: Asking Us Everything

 

In this episode, Stacy and Sarah respond to your Ask-Me-Anything style questions!

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 262: Asking Us Everything

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:41)
    • Sarah and her family watched the eclipse at totality, and she's probably not blind!
    • They drove to Athens, Tenn. but their first plan was closed, so they ended up in a random field.
    • There were lots of cool telescopes there her family got to use.
    • Sarah feels lucky they were close enough to drive.
    • Stacy's area had 84%, so she got to go watch at school with her boys.
  • It's an "Ask Me Anything" style podcast. We took your Q's from social media and got some great ones! (11:40)
    • Trisha: What brand of oral hygiene do you use?

      • Sarah has been using Primal Life Organics Dirty Mouth Toothpowder and Dirty Mouth Boost recently.
      • At first there was some sensitivity as her teeth adjusted, but now it's working to remineralize her teeth.
      • Her kids like the sweeter flavors, which are new for kids.
      • Stacy uses Redmond Earth Paste. She's also used the PLO product but didn't like the powder.
      • Redmond Earth Paste is more like a traditional toothpaste, but it's also clay-based.
    • Nick: if you could go back in time and give your 24-year-old self some advice, what would it be?
      • Cole was not quite a toddler when Stacy was 24. She would tell herself to prioritize nutrients for herself as well as her baby.
      • She wasn't ready to hear about Paleo, but she did want to optimize his diet.
      • She didn't focus on herself for years, until she didn't have the energy to keep up with them.
      • Sarah was in grad school and had just lost 100 lbs (the first time) using a low-carb diet and had decided she would run marathons.
      • She thought that was proof that she was healthy, but she would tell herself to pay more attention to her other symptoms.
      • For example, she was struggling with constipation, skin problems, joint pain, asthma.
      • Nutrient density, gluten free and dairy free weren't on her radar, but she was really stressing her body.
      • Eventually she had to learn to see her health as more than her BMI, and she wishes she would have understood that earlier.
    • Hannah: what are your techniques for reducing stress?
      • Stacy likes cuddling and skin-to-skin contact with her family
      • Drinking a warm cup of tea is relaxing.
      • Her self-care routine and skincare are really helpful as well, or taking a bath with a bath bomb.
      • It's also critical for Stacy to separate food from emotions
      • Sarah's number 1 trick is to have a non-negotiable bed time and focus on sleep.
      • She also tries to get light exposure during the day (outside or sun lamp) and minimize exposure at night (with Swannies or lightbulbs).
      • She also prioritizes movement.
      • She seeks out laughter with her kids or with friends, hobbies, etc.
      • On the flip side, it's helpful to find stillness through stretching and meditation music.
    • Phillip: go-to fast Paleo breakfast options?
      • Stacy likes slow-cooked scrambled eggs, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt with chia seeds and blueberries, jerky, RXBars.
      • Sarah makes homemade sausage patties and freezes them, then eats them with saurkraut and a piece of fruit.
      • If she's running out the door she makes a Collagen Veggie Blend drink and eats a Beef Apple Bacon EPIC Bar.
      • On the weekends she makes a double or triple batch of Paleo Waffles.
      • Stacy recommends making soup, Simple Mills Muffins, egg muffins, banana bread or something else that can be reheated quickly.
      • Just think about what you like + what's portable and make that! Wesley likes eating trail mix, so he gets a good, energy-dense breakfast even though it's not a "typical" breakfast.
      • Sarah just tries to focus on protein and round it out with vegetables or fruit (but that's how she thinks of all meals).
    • Paleo-friendly deodorant?
      • Stacy has SUPER sensitive skin and has tried every "natural" deodorant out there.
      • She's been on a quest for a while, and every one has baking soda or coconut oil and both bother her skin.
      • The one she's found that works is available at One Stop Paleo Shop, it's E.M. Apothecary brand, and it's charcoal based.
      • It works well before the summer time, and the days she works out she still uses Dove brand deodorant.
      • She's working with E.M. Apothecary to develop a more feminine scent, but in the mean time she's still looking for "the one."
      • Sarah also gets a rash with baking soda deodorant. She likes ZAK Detox Deoderant — just be sure to get the baking soda-free.
      • They have 3 scents, a very feminine one, a very masculine one and a neutral one.
      • Have to remember that chemical-free deodorants just don't last as long, so staying on top of it with reapplications is helpful.
      • If baking soda DOES work for you, there are lots of options that work really well.
    • Trina: how do you come up with your recipes?
      • Stacy started with having a family who loves to cook and eat, and there were lots of recipes too difficult to give up.
      • She wanted to develop recipes she'd loved and missed, so she started recipe development following other people's recipes and tweaking them.
      • She and Matt co-develop: she's the idea man and Matt does the execution.
      • They've backed off on recipe development because they're are SO many in the community, and they've already developed over 2,000!
      • Sarah keeps a big book of notes.
      • She gets inspiration from all over the place, including family recipes, a meal she's had in a restaurant, buying a weird ingredient.
      • She looks through classic recipes and old ingredients to understand the chemistry so she can mimic it with Paleo ingredients.
      • She'll then write down her plan, make it a couple times, and adjust as she goes.
      • Baked goods can take 12-15 times to perfect.
      • Stacy says it's also a matter of making sure things are balanced on your site or in your book (mains versus treats, etc.).
      • Book recipe creation is more about the balance of nutrient density and simplicity, while website recipes can be more complex and tend to draw a lot of traffic if they have that "wow" factor.
    • We'll do a Part 2 of this AMA next week, since we weren't as rapid as could have been...
    • Your questions help us drive topics going forward, so please continue to ask questions.
    • Good luck to those of you with kiddos going back to school! Remember Paleo to Go is a great option if you need resources!
    • Sarah and Stacy still don't know what episode it is (bonus maniacal laughter).
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Ep. 261: Can't Stand the Smell of Burning Flesh!

 

In this episode, Stacy and Sarah answer a question from a vegetarian mother who wants to put her daughter on the Autoimmune Protocol, but doesn't like to cook meat

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 261: Can't Stand the Smell of Burning Flesh!

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:41)
    • Welcome back! Stacy's feeling much better now!
    • Meanwhile, Sarah jinked herself by thinking about her family's resilience against illness and her daughter got a stomach bug.
    • Paleo won't make you impervious, but it does help! Mostly, chronic illness is what's most affected.
    • Stacy says that eating #morevegetablesthanavegetarian is one of the best factors in her strong immune system.
    • Our paleo isn't a re-enactment, its simply choosing the foods that best promote the health of our bodies.
    • Choosing nutrient density, avoiding what makes you sick.
    • In the end, it is a very vegetable focused diet.
    • Recent health studies show that it's not just 5+ vegetables per day but even 8 or more servings for ideal health!
    • Fiber is great for gut bacteria, and the great vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals are wonderful for health!
    • Sarah says that her paleo is a plant based diet composed of 3/4 vegetables, eating the rainbow!
    • But paleo isn't vegan! Meat is a healthy, important, nutrient dense food!
  • Question from Claudia: "My 16 yr old daughter who has had eczema since early birth, along with severe respiratory and immune issues. She missed over 100 days of school spring 2016 due to flu, turned to bronchitis, turned to pneumonia, turned to mono. My daughter loves grains/beans (I know the worst thing for her), but eats mostly whole, plant-based food with me, plus chicken. She doesn't eat much cheese or crave it the way I do. I have shared custody with my ex husband, and she said crying to me on Christmas Eve, even if I eat perfect with you, I can't at my dad's because he doesn't support it. Help...I know my daughter needs to be on autoimmune protocol, but refuses to exclude grains and legumes. I can make her chicken but can't do red meat, never ever could tolerate the smell of cooking flesh. Not total hippie, not about animal rights, though I do love animals. It's about the smell of burnt flesh and Vado vegan response." (16:36)
    • Stacy says there are ways to not create the smell of burnt flesh: slow cooking or braising, for example. Or using premade broth.
    • There are ways to transition to AIP that will help her with her nutrient deficiencies in things like B12, K2, etc.
    • Transition first away from grains and beans, like using less harmful grains like white rice.
    • Start with eggs and seafoods as proteins first instead of moving right into red meat.
    • More vegetables to replace beans and grains.
    • Then when she's with her father, ask for something simple like chicken and rice casserole.
    • But it's a huge change to go straight to AIP! Start slowly!
    • Sarah sees a need to have a conversation around food with her daughter about figuring out how to change to a better diet.
    • Paleo is definitely something to try for eczema! Sarah found paleo that way!
    • Eggs, Dairy, Grains are all common links with eczema
    • Try a paleo diet with rice and may be with soaked and well prepared beans. But not peanuts or kidney beans!
    • Instead of red meat, try shellfish and fatty fish instead for the same nutrients!
    • Sarah recommends going dairy free as well.
    • Try Paleo Principles, Real Life Paleo and The Paleo Approach as well!
    • Track your nutrients with stuff like MyFitnessPal or Chronometer.
    • Having data will help her have a conversation with her dad.
    • At 16, she can also take ownership of cooking and shopping for herself as well.
    • But she needs the education to want to buy in herself as well.
    • See Planning ahead podcasts: TPV Podcast, Episode 205, Melissa Joulwan and the Weekly Cookup and TPV Podcast, Episode 182, How to “Do it All” In a Healthy Way
    • Empower her to set her up for success.
    • Broiled fish might be a good choice, as well as cooking outside to eliminate the smell. Use an aluminum pouch to contain the smell.
    • Familiarity is crucial to our preference for foods. The more you try something, the more likely you'll be to like something. The one bite rule works! Same with positive reinforcement!
    • Go for high quality prepared meat and get yourself used to the taste so it becomes more palatable for you.
    • "Eat more vegetables, but don't forget the meat!"
  • Sarah's book tour! She's finished with the major edits!
    • Book is out November 7th.
    • Seattle on November 8th.
    • San Francisco on November 9th.
    • Boston on November 11th.
    • New York on November 12th.
    • Chicago on November 14th.
    • Minneapolis on November 15th.
    • Atlanta on November 16th at Foxtail Book Shop.
    • Maybe more in January!
    • Preorder Paleo Principles!
  • Outro (51:20)

 

 

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Ep. 260: Uh Oh! Stacy Got Sick!

 

In this episode, unfortunately Stacy got sick after her camping trip. So this show is just a brief check in! Sarah's almost done with Paleo Principles!

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 260: Uh Oh! Stacy Got Sick!

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:41)
    • Stacy went camping over the weekend and brought back some flu-like symptoms!
    • Meanwhile, Sarah is finishing her edits for Paleo Principles! It's become a monstrously large resource. Can she keep it under 650 pages?!
  • Outro (15:15)

 

 

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Ep. 259: Has Wheat Increased in Gluten?

 

In this episode, Stacy and Sarah contemplate whether wheat has increased it's amount of gluten in recent times.

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Ep. 258: Bad Pseudoscience about MTHFR

 

In this episode, we discuss pseudoscience and how to recognize it in relation to an article about "bad foods with MTHFR variations".

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 258: Bad Pseudoscience about MTHFR

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:41)
    • Stacy is in her brand new office in her new home!
    • She's unpacked almost everything. Man is it a lot of stuff!
    • She found that she has too many clothes because when she unpacked it all she found herself paralyzed by too many choices.
    • Thank you for the fun live show, everyone who attended! It was so much fun! Sarah also loved her road trip to Washington!
    • She felt inspired by surviving the trip to visit other places.
    • Stacy gets stressed out by clutter, so showing her house still with boxes was stressful.
    • And it was a new house: Stacy, Sarah and Matt had to Google how to turn on the stove.
    • On top of it, the kids all got along really well. It's such a crap shoot whether your friends' kids will like your kids, but it worked out splendidly!
    • The live show was fantastic! We loved the instant feedback and follow up!
  • "Pseudo-Science BS on the internet" (18:10)
    • Sarah puts a lot of time and research into what she puts out on the internet. She even is comfortable with nuance on topics like "Is this good to eat? What are the pros and cons?" But not everyone is like that.
    • Some people take a grain of scientific truth and uses jargon to report things in a sensational way. If you seen that kind of sensationalism, turn around and walk away.
    • One of the biggest issues in society is fact checking. And when it comes to health information, misinformation can be dangerous.
    • Look for things like citations, especially with links. Check the citations to make sure they say what the article says it does!
    • Be skeptical of things that sound too good to be true or are too condescending.
    • Look for multiple sources. The more sources, the more likely something is to be valid.
    • This article is like that: Bullet points of technical language with no sources.
  • The article from a MTHFR information site was called: "MTHFR Bad Food List" (27:12)
    • It starts by saying that folic acid wouldn't be good because you need real folate.
    • But the subsequent list is full of unconnected list of foods with no themes or sources.
    • The reason was only "Known powerful enzyme and metabolic inhibitors" and "As a result you will make fewer amino acids and can’t make as much protein as you should. This leads to lower immunity by reducing glutathione which is one of the bodies most important antioxidants involved in the homocysteine cycle."
    • What's the process here? What's going on!? And where's the reference to extra B12 and what foods are GOOD to eat?
    • This list doesn't make sense on folate rich foods and includes nutrient rich foods.
    • It references mechanisms that don't make sense either.
    • Sarah feels that it's "here's a bunch of sciencey words related to a bunch of foods not to eat!"
    • The grain of science here is that folate rich foods might not be good for people with MTHFR variants.
    • These variants affect the efficiency of the enzyme MTHFR which affects your methylation ability. And it never stops it completely.
    • MTHFR is the rate limiting enzyme. It controls how quickly you can methylate (activate) proteins.
    • Problems with MTHFR affect with lots of autoimmune and mental disorders. Also liver detoxification and neurotransmitter regulation.
    • It affects the usability of vitamins (like B9, folate). You can't convert folic acid into methlfolate. Folate itself is better.
    • Some people who can't convert folic acid may have issues from overdose of folic acid supplements.
    • It turns out the grain of truth in this article is that folic acid can be bad for people with MTHFR variance. But that doesn't mean that FOLATE is bad for you!
    • We do love the Vital Proteins Beef Liver Pills as a supplement for folate, though!
    • Sarah did searches in PubMed for any connection between the science words and these foods. And a bunch of these foods did the OPPOSITE of what was claimed! None were metabolic inhibitors and only a few could be a possible enzyme inhibitor.
    • There is a lot of information out there for MTHFR challenged people. Find a good doctor to work with to help you!
    • Pseudoscience is rampant on the internet. Take the time to become informed for yourself. The more people around on the internet when a story is shared, the less an article is seen critically. Because people assume everyone else much have checked it!
    • "Trust but verify." - an old Russian proverb that Ronald Reagan liked to quote.
    • Don't be afraid to ask, don't be afraid to discuss it! Help your friends and family learn to be skeptical!
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