So I have been paleo for around a year and noticed countless improvements in all aspects of life.
My question is this..
My father is Paraplegic, disabled from the waist. Full use of upper body and with a good quality of life in regards to relaxing lifestyle. The only stress he has is from money, and that only crops up perhaps a few times each year.
I have encouraged my father to try the paleo approach to eating to help with energy and longevity. Of course due to having no muscle in his legs or lower body due to 20+ years of no use, I assume his metabolic rate and energy needs are lower than the average person of the same age. I would like him to get this checked out but unfortunately the medical care around here in my opinion isn't solid and i am afraid it wouldn't be of any use. My father has always been lean, 54 year old being mistaken for 30 at times! he seems to be gaining weight recently, and i have advised he isnt eating enough, hence his body hanging onto what it has and storing.
Any recommendations? Reads in regards to paleo working for specific cases such as this? any sort of paleo recommendations for disability? of course exercise is limited to upper body exercise, to which we are currently working on.
Does anyone have any recommendation or advise to give to my father to encourage him to switch to paleo and up his caloric intake, other than 'try it' or 'its worked for so so'
Many thanks in advance, apologies for the long winded question.
asked byrobgood86 (145)
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on May 12, 2011
at 06:48 PM
This answer is a little out of left field, but congenital amputee Kyle Maynard eats paleo and is a paleohacker.
Also, he is a total hoss, owns a Crossfit gym, and had a mixed martial arts fight.
So the line of argumentation would be this: "Kyle Maynard doesn't have use of his legs, but kicks tons of ass and converted to a paleo diet. There is a strong chance that the diet is helping him be a total hoss. Maybe you could get some benefit too?"
on May 12, 2011
at 07:41 PM
For your father, he is probably deficient in Vit D3 and he should supplement with at least 5000IU a day. Great for boosting the immune system, great for moving calcium into the bones and great for dental problems, and is great for the mood.