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Handling heat!!!!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

So I would assume that most of us here are well adapted to/can handle cold temperatures(from the amount of fat we eat) but how many of you have found that you can handle hotter temperatures better now since you've gone paleo?

5af4bc9d2c390b0bcad9524f149c1b4f

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on May 24, 2012
at 06:18 AM

I've had zero odor issues with the Thai deodorant crystal. As far as I understand it, it's a mineral salt that inhibits the bacteria that causes the odor in the first place. I bet the Marks Daily Apple forums have a more detailed discussion, but I'm just happy my scrubs and shirts don't have that cakey, stiff, antiperspirant crap on them anymore!

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on May 21, 2012
at 11:46 PM

I love using baking soda, coconut oil, and lavender. I don't smell at the end of the day like I used to with commercial deodorant/antiperspirant.

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on May 21, 2012
at 10:31 PM

I grew up in the Seattle area as well. Anything over about 80 is hell for me, which really sucks because I now live in Virginia. I will say that I have adapted to heat here a little, but not the humidity. Not sure if it's due to forcing myself to adapt or what... I doubt it's the paleo thing, at least for me. I can now deal with temps up to about 90 as long as the humidity isn't too high. I lived in South Carolina (Charleston) during hurricane season one year, though. That was pretty much the worst six months ever.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:49 PM

Give us FL peeps a nice, cool tropical storm or low-grade hurricane to cool us off any day! Nothing stronger than a Cat 2, please.

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on May 21, 2012
at 11:26 AM

Even though I live in Florida (I grew up somewhere less tropical), this is how I've felt since childhood.

B04787f664abf9bebc28f71bf7825a3c

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on May 21, 2012
at 02:16 AM

I tried that crystal deo that they sell in Walgreens and the like, is it the same thing? While the thought of continuing to stuff aluminum into my armpits is still quite unpalatable, I have yet to find a decent natural alternative.

45eaf1688c1baf31d687a382b78f451f

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on May 21, 2012
at 01:20 AM

I actually find that true here in the Midwest...we bitch about the cold most of the year, but when it starts to warm up we crank the air to subarctic temps...

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on May 21, 2012
at 12:02 AM

Florida represent! I personally love it - except for the part that everyone else in the world turns the air conditioning down to subarctic temps so I'm always lugging sweaters around everywhere because as soon as I step inside I know I'll be freezing. But Miami thunderstorms are A+ and totally make up for it.

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5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on May 21, 2012
at 09:21 PM

I'm in Seattle, where it's wet and gloomy most of the year. It rarely gets hot (above 80F) in the summers, and even then it doesn't stay hot for more than maybe a week. I know more people who own boats than have air conditioning in their homes, because AC just isn't necessary here.

Even before I started paleo I decided to try an experiment in better adapting myself to cold. So at the beginning of the winter of 2010-'11, I set the thermostat at 57F and left it there until January, when I bumped it down to 55F. There were a couple of very wet, chilly days where I'd been outside a lot and felt justified in kicking it up to 60F for the evening, but for most of the winter I kept the house on the cold side--even when it snowed. And I got used to it.

We didn't get many hot days during the summer of 2011; it was a mild summer, even for us. But even on the warmest days I noticed that I wasn't so uncomfortable as I used to be. My upper limit for comfort has always been around 72F, and above 80F things got ugly fast. (Texans, I can hear you snickering from here. Cut it out!) But I don't recall having a single day last summer where I suffered from the heat.

Last October I set the thermostat to 52F, and haven't touched it since. My raincoat got a lot of use during the winter, but I never put the quilted lining in, and I only pulled one wool sweater out of storage. T-shirt weather for me is now 50-55F. And--interestingly--during a recent trip to Dallas, when the temps were in the mid-80s, I had no problem with it. I noticed it was hot, but wasn't knocked flat by it as I used to be. I didn't spend the trip hunkered down in any air conditioned spot I could find. It was almost (dare I say it?) pleasant. So I'm actually looking forward to any hot days we get this summer, just to confirm how well I've heat-adapted.

That said, I haven't noticed a difference due to eating paleo, but cold adaptation--which has paid off by increasing my heat tolerance, too--strikes me as a paleo activity.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on May 21, 2012
at 10:31 PM

I grew up in the Seattle area as well. Anything over about 80 is hell for me, which really sucks because I now live in Virginia. I will say that I have adapted to heat here a little, but not the humidity. Not sure if it's due to forcing myself to adapt or what... I doubt it's the paleo thing, at least for me. I can now deal with temps up to about 90 as long as the humidity isn't too high. I lived in South Carolina (Charleston) during hurricane season one year, though. That was pretty much the worst six months ever.

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B04787f664abf9bebc28f71bf7825a3c

on May 21, 2012
at 02:17 AM

I MISS WINTER! I really hate the summer months :(

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on May 21, 2012
at 11:26 AM

Even though I live in Florida (I grew up somewhere less tropical), this is how I've felt since childhood.

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on May 21, 2012
at 09:46 PM

I handle cold by putting on a more layers and warmer clothes.

Could you please explain how eating fat makes one "cold adapted?" I am aware that having more body fat makes you more tolerant to cold temperatures, but how does eating fat (and not necessarily having elevated body fat) make you "cold adapted"? I thought we as a species adapted to colder climates by wearing more clothing.

Eating more calories will increase your metablism and make you warmer, is that what you mean by "cold adapted?"

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on May 21, 2012
at 09:45 PM

I handle cold by putting on a more layers and warmer clothes.

Could you please explain how eating fat makes one "cold adapted?" I am aware that having more body fat makes you more tolerant to cold temperatures, but how does eating fat (and not necessarily having elevated body fat) make you "cold adapted"? I am pretty sure we as a species adapted to colder climates by wearing more clothing.

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on May 21, 2012
at 02:04 AM

my high-metabolism , skinny 6'4 145 pound husband hates the heat. I'm 5'3 120 pounds and have always LOVED the heat. Black leather seats in my car, 100 degrees F outside, I'm a happy lizard. I can't stand the cold. 70 degrees F, is cold to me. Paleo hasn't changed anything. Bring on the heat-rock!!!

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1bbcd2122d9c75b07440f22ef57d6448

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on May 21, 2012
at 12:34 AM

I haven't really noticed any better heat-adaptation specifically from paleo (although it's only beginning to really get hot where I am), but I definitely notice my heat tolerance rising as I lose fat and get in better shape.

I don't prescribe to the incredibly-high fat percentage that some do, but I haven't found that cold temperatures are any "better" on paleo, either.

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on May 20, 2012
at 11:09 PM

I'm a hot-weather gal and always have been. My fave temps are between 80-85. I remember last summer when t got back down to 90 after 65 days of temps averaging over 100 (we had a bad summer here in NE Texas and surrounding areas) and I thought "Oh, it's nice and cool today"...LOL!

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on May 20, 2012
at 10:44 PM

I don't do well in the heat, never have and this summer was no different. We are heading into winter now and I am already freezing when its not yet cold-60ish.

So maybe we really do need that winter fat on our bodies to keep us warmer? I'll just go buy warmer layers thank you!! :)

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on May 20, 2012
at 09:19 PM

Summer heat, in Florida, lasts for about 10 months out of the year... well, maybe 9 as the last two years or so have had longer winters... we have to deal with hot pretty much constantly.

I have to allow myself to get conditioned to the heat, I find that "having reckless fun with mad abandon" makes me think less about the heat, i.e. going swimming with my son, going to the beach, sprinting with my dogs in a field, or lifting weights with some old friends in a gnarly old garage.

Changing shirts 3 times in a 2 hour workout though? That crap kinda sucks, but I just deal.

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on May 21, 2012
at 12:02 AM

Florida represent! I personally love it - except for the part that everyone else in the world turns the air conditioning down to subarctic temps so I'm always lugging sweaters around everywhere because as soon as I step inside I know I'll be freezing. But Miami thunderstorms are A+ and totally make up for it.

45eaf1688c1baf31d687a382b78f451f

(502)

on May 21, 2012
at 01:20 AM

I actually find that true here in the Midwest...we bitch about the cold most of the year, but when it starts to warm up we crank the air to subarctic temps...

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on May 21, 2012
at 09:49 PM

Give us FL peeps a nice, cool tropical storm or low-grade hurricane to cool us off any day! Nothing stronger than a Cat 2, please.

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Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

on May 20, 2012
at 09:12 PM

I was wondering that today. I could also put it down to conditioning, but I spent 5 hours running about outside today when it was 90F and everyone else seemed to be struggling after 10 minutes. I wasn't altogether comfortable, but I didn't feel it was overwhelmingly hot like I remember I used to feel.

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5af4bc9d2c390b0bcad9524f149c1b4f

(1101)

on May 20, 2012
at 08:59 PM

While not strictly related to diet, I did just purchase a Thai deodorant crystal. My wife pointed out that not using an anti-perspirant might allow our bodies to actually sweat and cool off like they're supposed to.

I -am- looking forward to the heat wave this summer to see if it's all made a difference. I know being thirty pounds lighter probably will!

B04787f664abf9bebc28f71bf7825a3c

(877)

on May 21, 2012
at 02:16 AM

I tried that crystal deo that they sell in Walgreens and the like, is it the same thing? While the thought of continuing to stuff aluminum into my armpits is still quite unpalatable, I have yet to find a decent natural alternative.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on May 21, 2012
at 11:46 PM

I love using baking soda, coconut oil, and lavender. I don't smell at the end of the day like I used to with commercial deodorant/antiperspirant.

5af4bc9d2c390b0bcad9524f149c1b4f

(1101)

on May 24, 2012
at 06:18 AM

I've had zero odor issues with the Thai deodorant crystal. As far as I understand it, it's a mineral salt that inhibits the bacteria that causes the odor in the first place. I bet the Marks Daily Apple forums have a more detailed discussion, but I'm just happy my scrubs and shirts don't have that cakey, stiff, antiperspirant crap on them anymore!

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