My brother is completely different than I am. He eats anything he wants and does not care about organic food, vegetables, or anything like that. All he eats is macaroni and cheese with hot dogs and doesn't gain a pound. Me on the other are more sensitive to foods like that and I break out with pimples or gain some weight eating the same diet as him. When I eat organic foods fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef and such. My skin stays clear and I maintain my weight. Why is this?
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on April 03, 2013
at 12:09 AM
"Doing well" isn't just about the here and now, nor just weight and skin condition. How will you and how will he look and feel in 20, 30 or 40 years? Just because you can eat something without immediate ill effect, doesn't mean it will keep you healthy in the long term.
on April 02, 2013
at 11:34 PM
I think it's primarily a matter of gut bacteria. Different bacteria digest different food materials and create different metabolic byproducts(even hormones). Another factor can be what enzymes you are able to secrete in order to digest food materials before they reach those bacteria. Bottom line is that there is no simple biochemical explanation. Each food goes through a complex interaction in each individual.
on April 02, 2013
at 11:09 PM
Doesn't seem fair, does it?
My husband can eat grains, legumes and sugary stuff, although he eats far less of it than most people because he follows mostly a Mediterranean diet with some paleo crossover.
I think there truly are differences in metabolism. Some people make it to a ripe old age in good health eating plenty of grains and conventional foods, but I do think it's the minority--everyone else seems to think it's the majority.
Having a hereditary form of PCOS and other issues, I don't think I was ever grain/sugar tolerant (though that didn't keep me from packing them in!), not even as a very thin and active child & young adult. If you'd looked at me back then, you'd THINK I was handling them quite well, but in reality I wasn't--terrible reactive hypoglycemia, bowel issues, PCOS, etc. So part of my theory is that you just can't tell by looking at the "wrapper".
I hope my husband continues to do OK on grains and other non-paleo foods forever, but it sure does make it seem unfair that I can't!