on July 14, 2014
at 05:44 PM
"Wow, so ALL those people dying every day of strokes, heart attacks and clogged arteries and obesity and sedimentary lifestyle, etc are myths perpetuated by the medical community? "
Until very recently in human history (just a few generations) there were no industrially processed oils, people ate only real, whole foods, especially meat and seafood, nose to tail. Nothing went to waste--every scrap of fat, skin, offal and meat was consumed. Dairy was always full fat. Vegetables and fruit were only available in their seasons and typically eaten with fat. Hardly anybody was a vegetarian (if so they consumed eggs, dairy, seafood), nobody was vegan. Yet heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and neuro degenerative diseases were exceedingly RARE. It is not meat and seafood causing "clogged arteries", heart attack and stroke although the sedentary (not "sedimentary"--that's a type of rock) lifestyle is certainly a factor.
My guess is you have been following the conventional wisdom all your life and this is where it's gotten you--terrible cholesterol profile. You didn't get there eating pastured red meat and wild caught fish, plus natural fats and organic veggies. You ate mostly packaged low fat dreck to have a profile like that. A lot of good it has done you.
All you seem to believe is the conventional wisdom you've been spoon fed--did you come to learn something about Paleo or to argue?
on July 14, 2014
at 04:31 PM
Wow, so ALL those people dying every day of strokes, heart attacks and clogged arteries and obesity and sedimentary lifestyle, etc are myths perpetuated by the medical community? Hmm,
I have blood work done every 6 mo : Full lipid panel and HGB A1C and comprehensive metabolic panel. My Cholesterol is 248, my triglycerides is 657, my bad HDL is way high, good LDL way low. IT'S FROM EATING TOO MUCH RED MEAT, INCLUDING BACON AND PORK CHOPS AND PROCESSED FOODS, etc Btw, Shellfish is very high in Cholesterol, too.
Another thing I 've learned is that inflammation is what causes cholesterol to attach to your arteries and form plaque. Anything burnt or browned, including seared meat, baked good muffins, cookies, etc.
My question is, I see alot of the recipes calls for bacon and alot of meats. How does the Paleo diet reconcile with folks like myself?
on July 14, 2014
at 03:37 PM
What, exactly, does "high cholesterol and lipids" mean in YOUR case? High total cholesterol is meaningless on its own because it's simply a measure of multiple factors inclduing large and small LDL and HDL. Low HDL is not good, even if it keeps your total cholesterol is low, while a "high" total cholesterol due to a higher HDL is desireable. "High" LDL is not necessarily bad, depending on your age and particle size, plus the true NUMBER of LDL particles (LDL-P) vs. a calculation of LDL (LDL-C) based on a formula that is not necessarily accurate, depending on other circumstances. So the term "high cholesterol and lipids" is meaningless without knowing more. And treating "high cholesterol and lipids" without knowing more is crazy--but our medical establshment does it every day.
As for triglycerides, they are a better predictor of risk than "high cholesterol and lipids" and they are directly related to your carbohydrate intake. So you need to lower the carbs in your diet, especially added sugars of any kind, even "natural sugars" from honey, maple syrup, and the various so-called paleo-approved sources like coconut sugar. Keep fruits and starchy vegetables to reasonable amounts, and of course eliminate grains and refined sugars. When those are in line, your triglycerides WILL come down. Savvy physicians who use whole food diets use triglyceride numbers to see if their patients are being compliant with lowering excess carbohydrate intake--there is a direct correlation.
You don't state WHY you can't eat meat or seafood. If it's because you think it will further raise your "high cholesterol and lipids", you (or the doctor so advising you) are mistaken. Dietary intake of cholesterol has little negative effect on blood cholesterol, but good, clean sources of pastured meat and wild caught fish can have a BENEFICIAL effect by increasing HDL and increasing particle size of LDL. If you avoid red meat and seafood for allergies or reliigious reasons, that's different, of course. In either case, you can get HEALTHY, natural fats and protein from eggs, dairy, fowl, nuts and seeds. Aim for pastured sources for optimal nutrition and to limit toxins. Whether you can/choose to eat red meat and seafood or not is a personal question, but in either case, the paleo diet "reconciles" perfectly with building a healthy lipid profile.
Above all, you must avoid so-called "heart healthy" industrially processed oils, as they DO contribute to inflammation and heart disease--no soy oil, vegetable oil, canola or safflower--even though they do have the effect of lowering LDL cholesterol. Your numbers may look good while your health suffers. Choose olive oil or coconut oil instead.
If you don't know the breakdown of your own "high cholesterol and lipids" it's time to learn what it's all about and what it really means. Read, read, read critically and think what it means for YOU, not statistics and numbers put out by drug companies marketing to your doctor.