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Why can some people eat whatever they want?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 14, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Why can some people eat whatever they want and still feel good, look good, be happy, not have digestive problems etc

And the rest of us have to struggle to get half of those things through diet and exercise

Why? Can someone tell me why?

By the way this is a question

Also, I'm referring to how well one feels and how good they look as in their skin and hair etc, not everything in the entire universe is about weight loss

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 15, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Just gotta know where to look. I know someone gets it from someone who makes it at home, too.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 15, 2012
at 07:20 PM

^ VB, that's incorrect. http://www.edenfoods.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=107410 https://www.great-eastern-sun.com/stuff/miso-master-organic-miso-tamari

77fcbf8bece61c60e3ff430d4bb5de66

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on September 15, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Thanks for that Robin, i will certainly try it, fingers it

68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on September 15, 2012
at 03:36 PM

While humans have the same genetic make up, things manifest in many ways. All you can see is the outside. One person's "perfect skin" might be at the detriment of something going on in another area. The classic example is a bodybuilder/figure competitor. When fully trained, they all look amazing. However, what's going on inside? There are many ways to skin a cat and just because the aesthetics in a single glimpse are good, doesn't mean different things aren't going on, have gone on or will go on.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on September 15, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Look for the "Good Belly" juices if juice is allowed on the diet, but I would start VERY slowly -- I wouldn't even give him half of their normal child sized portion. If it were me, I might even start with 2 tablespoons for a few days and see how he does, then slowly work your way up. And be sure to read the labels -- they make lots of different items, and some of them have added multivitamins, which you may or may not want. I've also had good luck with Source Naturals Duraflora. If your son cannot swallow pills yet, you can break open a capsule and mix into yogurt.

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

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on September 15, 2012
at 01:32 PM

Maybe it was God.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 15, 2012
at 11:27 AM

Dan, there is no such thing as traditionally brewed anymore, unless you brew it yourself. There is such thing as soy sauce, industrially made.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 15, 2012
at 11:19 AM

Soy sauce, traditionally brewed, is fermented with a proteolytic fungus that breaks down gluten. If unpasteurized, this fungus is still viable and will assist you in safely breaking down gluten (or will already have broken down the gluten). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soy_sauce#Traditional

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 15, 2012
at 04:39 AM

Soy sauce has gluten. That's what triggered my sickness.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 15, 2012
at 04:38 AM

My problem with fermented foods is I cannot have just a little. I go all the way - like there is no tomorrow. I will consider trying again though. Thanks and I agree.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 15, 2012
at 04:36 AM

Is he okay now? Is he Paleo?

1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

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on September 15, 2012
at 03:32 AM

Wow Dan! Probably the most agreeable thing I have EVER heard on paleohacks.. Eat from your plants

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 15, 2012
at 01:08 AM

"never taken antibiotics." key. words. see my post (if you haven't already)

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 15, 2012
at 01:08 AM

"never taken antibiotics" ... key. words.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 15, 2012
at 01:05 AM

+1 genetics and epigenetics

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 14, 2012
at 10:39 PM

Oh, and probiotic pills? Forget about it. Doesn't compare. Even the expensive, refrigerated, scientifically formulated ones.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 14, 2012
at 10:25 PM

Jesus that's a lot of hiking.

51c66d8a6f3005628535a50a950b1c61

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on September 14, 2012
at 10:17 PM

-continued from above- catch up with them eventually. Me, I'd like to go way past 70 feeling good. Even if it takes a lot of "effort." :)

51c66d8a6f3005628535a50a950b1c61

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on September 14, 2012
at 10:16 PM

Hunting Bears, not sure how old you are now, but you might change your mind as you get closer to 70!! Very few people in middle age and beyond eat whatever they want and look and feel great. My husband looks great, but has some extensive digestive issues if he doesn't eat right. He has friends without digestion issues, but their eating habits affect them in other ways (HBP, high triglycerides, etc). Of course, you may find some people in the age range who can truly eat what they want and not have it affect them yet, but they are pretty rare, and I'm willing to believe it will -continued_

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on September 14, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Well, the thing is he wasn't fine. He *looked* fine, but spent a good deal of time in the restroom after meals. I don't think everyone who looks fine is. That's what I meant to say.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

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on September 14, 2012
at 09:26 PM

also, this is a question, not an 'oh woe is me' thread

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on September 14, 2012
at 09:25 PM

this is a question not a tiny violin

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on September 14, 2012
at 09:25 PM

like, why I mean, what is the reason

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

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on September 14, 2012
at 09:22 PM

but why can she eat what she wants and look fine yet others have to eat perfectly to achieve a semblance of decent skin

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

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on September 14, 2012
at 09:20 PM

as an aside, I would rather be in the camp of eating whatever I want and still looking and feeling great, even if I keel over age 70

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 14, 2012
at 07:31 PM

I don't care if I gain weight as long as I can eat anything I want and not have a stomach ache. I just want to feel good. Thanks for sharing though.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on September 14, 2012
at 07:15 PM

My husband is 5'7 and about 135 lbs. When we first started dating he ate a lot of crap--pizza, candy, beer, soda, etc.--and didn't exercise a lot. He didn't (couldn't, really) gain an ounce. Turns out he's sensitive to gluten and his insides were wrecked. His facial hair also wouldn't grow because of whatever reason (hormones?). He had acne. He's still thin and is definitely one of those "hard gainers," but appearances were definitely deceiving in his case.

45e51fee7d295e523ff4134f76c3ba05

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on September 14, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Michael Phelps spent 6-8 hours per day in the pool training and swam over 50 miles per week. Of course he had to eat 6000+ calories a day to keep up his training. I doubt you are keeping the same kind of activity level. Rather than focus on why you can't have candy or ice cream, why not be grateful that you have nutritious food to eat and the means to do so, unlike so many others around the world.

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on September 14, 2012
at 06:32 PM

they cant........

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 14, 2012
at 06:15 PM

You say - genetics. I say - epigenetics. I bet those little innocent kids were exposed to toxins in their womb.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 14, 2012
at 06:08 PM

Yes, I know they are fine. Michael Phelps eats all kind of cr@p and then wins the gold medal. And he is not alone. I eat one tiny friggin candy and I can't function. NOT FAIR!!!

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on September 14, 2012
at 06:05 PM

But, VB, you don't really know that they are absolutely fine. Maybe they are just ok and years down the road they won't be ok at all. The advantage of getting sick early is that you know something ISN'T ok and you can do something about it NOW.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on September 14, 2012
at 05:42 PM

THIS. In high school I probably lived off of french fries, Marlboros, Coca-cola and marijuana, and looked amazing. I also danced 6 hours a day. I'm sure if I were doing that twenty years later still, I'd be pretty messed up.

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194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 14, 2012
at 10:38 PM

Gut flora. Absolutely.

I have a friend in college who is one of the most energetic, active kids I know. He's a silly, crazy guy and though he's pale (he never eats veggies), he's fine eating anything. He lives off of the most processed crap... you know the type. His digestion is a machine, it just pulverizes anything that comes through it and somehow transforms it to energy.

Today I asked him, "When was the last time you took an antibiotic?" He replied,

"I'm pretty sure never."

Then there's me. I've had my fair share of antibiotics throughout my childhood. And like a lot of you, I have many food sensitivities, foods that cause brain fog, fatigue, etc. But that's actually changing. Ever since I started eating raw, unpasteurized fermented foods, my digestion has been So. Much. Better. and I've been able to tolerate the foods I haven't been tolerating for years. My energy is the best it has been in at least 6 years, no exaggeration. I'm 23 now.

Our body can't do it without them. We seriously understate the importance of gut bacteria in our health. They do SO MUCH of the digestion that we can't do on our own, especially the breaking down protein.

My digestive tract is starting to feel like a machine (in a good way).

Please, please PLEASE consider going on a gut flora repopulating binge. Sauerkraut, kim chee, kefir, soy sauce, miso, umeboshi plums, red wine, all raw and unpasteurized. Eat a little bit with every meal for oh, say a month. And then see how you feel.

Then get back to me.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 15, 2012
at 04:39 AM

Soy sauce has gluten. That's what triggered my sickness.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 14, 2012
at 10:39 PM

Oh, and probiotic pills? Forget about it. Doesn't compare. Even the expensive, refrigerated, scientifically formulated ones.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 15, 2012
at 11:19 AM

Soy sauce, traditionally brewed, is fermented with a proteolytic fungus that breaks down gluten. If unpasteurized, this fungus is still viable and will assist you in safely breaking down gluten (or will already have broken down the gluten). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soy_sauce#Traditional

1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

(698)

on September 15, 2012
at 03:32 AM

Wow Dan! Probably the most agreeable thing I have EVER heard on paleohacks.. Eat from your plants

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 15, 2012
at 07:20 PM

^ VB, that's incorrect. http://www.edenfoods.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=107410 https://www.great-eastern-sun.com/stuff/miso-master-organic-miso-tamari

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 15, 2012
at 04:38 AM

My problem with fermented foods is I cannot have just a little. I go all the way - like there is no tomorrow. I will consider trying again though. Thanks and I agree.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 15, 2012
at 11:27 AM

Dan, there is no such thing as traditionally brewed anymore, unless you brew it yourself. There is such thing as soy sauce, industrially made.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 15, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Just gotta know where to look. I know someone gets it from someone who makes it at home, too.

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on September 14, 2012
at 05:39 PM

Appearances are deceiving. They might appear to be able to eat what they want, but it's a facade. Obviously humans vary in-terms of genetics, but the basics are the same. I knew a girl who literally ate Coca-Cola and Snickers on a daily basis. The rest of her food intake was varied, but these two things were a staple EVERY DAY. You would never know by looking at her. Doesn't mean the havoc wasn't being wreaked on the inside...

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on September 14, 2012
at 05:42 PM

THIS. In high school I probably lived off of french fries, Marlboros, Coca-cola and marijuana, and looked amazing. I also danced 6 hours a day. I'm sure if I were doing that twenty years later still, I'd be pretty messed up.

68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

(5795)

on September 15, 2012
at 03:36 PM

While humans have the same genetic make up, things manifest in many ways. All you can see is the outside. One person's "perfect skin" might be at the detriment of something going on in another area. The classic example is a bodybuilder/figure competitor. When fully trained, they all look amazing. However, what's going on inside? There are many ways to skin a cat and just because the aesthetics in a single glimpse are good, doesn't mean different things aren't going on, have gone on or will go on.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on September 14, 2012
at 09:22 PM

but why can she eat what she wants and look fine yet others have to eat perfectly to achieve a semblance of decent skin

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on September 14, 2012
at 09:25 PM

like, why I mean, what is the reason

7
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on September 14, 2012
at 05:38 PM

I'm gonna have to say genetics.

Why do some little innocent kids get cancer? Why do some smokers live to be 100?

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

(5150)

on September 15, 2012
at 01:32 PM

Maybe it was God.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 14, 2012
at 06:15 PM

You say - genetics. I say - epigenetics. I bet those little innocent kids were exposed to toxins in their womb.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 15, 2012
at 01:05 AM

+1 genetics and epigenetics

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E6c14efded576a0bea38a2fe2beced6a

on September 14, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Because life isn't fair.

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193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on September 14, 2012
at 05:36 PM

Genetics? Conditioning?

It sounds like you're struggling. I'd try to focus less on how everyone else does what they do and focus on what you can do.

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on September 14, 2012
at 06:18 PM

I used to think I could. I mean, I didn't notice any problems until I cleaned up my diet and realized how good I could really feel! I thought I felt fine before, but it was just that I was used to it. Now I feel better than ever and wouldn't go back for the world.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 15, 2012
at 01:08 AM

Genetics and epigenetics and also enterogenetics/enterotype, i.e. the predominant network of gut bacteria.

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Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

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on September 14, 2012
at 08:58 PM

Life has not become any more fair since your last question of this nature.

A better question might be something like, "how can I come to accept the unfairness of life?".

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

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on September 14, 2012
at 09:25 PM

this is a question not a tiny violin

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F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on September 14, 2012
at 08:57 PM

I can eat anything I want so long as I hike 30 miles a day every single day. Well, I could for two summers in a row and then even that didn't work anymore.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 14, 2012
at 10:25 PM

Jesus that's a lot of hiking.

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on September 14, 2012
at 05:38 PM

I agree with Laina, focus on yourself. Be happy with what you have. You might have some aspect that is superior to other people.

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742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on September 14, 2012
at 11:52 PM

My dad eats whatever the heck he wants and is very healthy. He never has energy problems, his digestion is rock solid, he never complains about eyesight problems, headaches, stomachaches. He is the only one in my family who appears perfectly healthy. The only difference between him and the rest of us is that he has never taken antibiotics and rarely takes any medicine because he avoids doctors.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 15, 2012
at 01:08 AM

"never taken antibiotics." key. words. see my post (if you haven't already)

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 15, 2012
at 01:08 AM

"never taken antibiotics" ... key. words.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 14, 2012
at 05:46 PM

Thank you for this question! I mean I know people who eat ANYTHING THEY WANT (and drink anything they want as well) and they are ABSOLUTELY FINE!!!

And here I am, all it takes to make me sick is one candy or one ice-cream cone!!! Why is life so unfair?

I hate it. I wish I could eat anything I want. I wish I would not have to spend hours washing and cutting. I wish I could go back to the way I was and eat anything in any amounts and still be fine.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 15, 2012
at 04:36 AM

Is he okay now? Is he Paleo?

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on September 14, 2012
at 06:05 PM

But, VB, you don't really know that they are absolutely fine. Maybe they are just ok and years down the road they won't be ok at all. The advantage of getting sick early is that you know something ISN'T ok and you can do something about it NOW.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 14, 2012
at 07:31 PM

I don't care if I gain weight as long as I can eat anything I want and not have a stomach ache. I just want to feel good. Thanks for sharing though.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on September 14, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Well, the thing is he wasn't fine. He *looked* fine, but spent a good deal of time in the restroom after meals. I don't think everyone who looks fine is. That's what I meant to say.

45e51fee7d295e523ff4134f76c3ba05

(923)

on September 14, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Michael Phelps spent 6-8 hours per day in the pool training and swam over 50 miles per week. Of course he had to eat 6000+ calories a day to keep up his training. I doubt you are keeping the same kind of activity level. Rather than focus on why you can't have candy or ice cream, why not be grateful that you have nutritious food to eat and the means to do so, unlike so many others around the world.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 14, 2012
at 06:08 PM

Yes, I know they are fine. Michael Phelps eats all kind of cr@p and then wins the gold medal. And he is not alone. I eat one tiny friggin candy and I can't function. NOT FAIR!!!

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on September 14, 2012
at 07:15 PM

My husband is 5'7 and about 135 lbs. When we first started dating he ate a lot of crap--pizza, candy, beer, soda, etc.--and didn't exercise a lot. He didn't (couldn't, really) gain an ounce. Turns out he's sensitive to gluten and his insides were wrecked. His facial hair also wouldn't grow because of whatever reason (hormones?). He had acne. He's still thin and is definitely one of those "hard gainers," but appearances were definitely deceiving in his case.

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77fcbf8bece61c60e3ff430d4bb5de66

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on September 15, 2012
at 09:52 AM

Which liquid probiotic is best to give a 5 year old? Reason i ask is that my son has been recently diagnosed with autism and i read that this is down to digestive issues, i have changed his diet to GAPS and am giving him cod liver oil everyday, he was 8 weeks premature and he has had a lot of antibiotics as he had bad ear infections that had to be treated with antibiotics. I have been told digestive enzymes HCI and pepsin pancreatic enzymes will help and to give him an effective probiotic, can anyone suggest a good probiotic for a 5 year old with gut problems??

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on September 15, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Look for the "Good Belly" juices if juice is allowed on the diet, but I would start VERY slowly -- I wouldn't even give him half of their normal child sized portion. If it were me, I might even start with 2 tablespoons for a few days and see how he does, then slowly work your way up. And be sure to read the labels -- they make lots of different items, and some of them have added multivitamins, which you may or may not want. I've also had good luck with Source Naturals Duraflora. If your son cannot swallow pills yet, you can break open a capsule and mix into yogurt.

77fcbf8bece61c60e3ff430d4bb5de66

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on September 15, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Thanks for that Robin, i will certainly try it, fingers it

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9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on September 14, 2012
at 11:37 PM

I was/am one of those people. I've always been skinny, and a hardgainer, poor appetite. My metabolism has always been a freaking furnace. Last time I was sick was in 2001. I could eat anything and everything and not gain a pound. My diet consisted of coke, chips and fast food. I exercised (lifted weights) regularly, but not too intensive.

Then at 35 I had a motorcycle accident, not a serious one, but enough to keep me out of the gym for a few months - I started gaining (fat) weight for the first time in my life. After I recovered I put a stop to that, lost all the kilos, and am back to lower weight than I've been since I was a teenager (37 now). And fitter.

My take? Genetics. From my father's side. Although Dan might be on to something about gut flora - I can eat stuff from a Hong Kong side street stall and not get stomach issues. Age does play a role, so I kinda have to watch what I eat these days. That's pretty easy since I'm paleo now, though.

FWIW going paleo didn't change anything in my health, except my digestion is noticeably better (been at it for 13 months).

edit: I took (heavy) antibiotics in 2001.

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on September 14, 2012
at 10:44 PM

I have a buddy for the past 10 years eats nothing but fast food every meal and candy in between. He says he feels fine and is skinny as ever! Didn't gain a pound.Also never exercises. I did notice he always looks drained of energy. Is it possible that his body doesn't process calories/nutrients meaning He can get away with eating what he wants and not gain weight??? This stuff bothers me too

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E45c5a1c8df73da5e03bb6e7e90f8420

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on September 14, 2012
at 09:20 PM

It really all has to do with gut health, which can be compromised by a variety of factors, stress, genetics, even how you came into the world- babies born via C-section have compromised gut health since they do not receive a very important transfer of probiotics through the birth canal- All of my siblings have struggled with health and digestive issues even when eating organic, healthy food- and I attribute it largely to growing up in a house filled with violence and constant stress from a young age which has been shown to compromise gut health. Getting ready to do GAPS as my system seems not to tolerate ANYTHING anymore :(

But yes, I had this thought while drinking my green juice across from my beautiful, skinny, perfect-skin bff who was eating cheesecake and a smoothie.

Like others have mentioned, long-term consumption of cheesecake and less-than-ideal food is not good for anyone, and eventually it will show in one form or another.

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on September 14, 2012
at 09:15 PM

Not everyone is equally likely to overeat on a high crap diet. Not everyone is equally addicted to crap food. Some have a better history (childhood nutrition etc.). In shortness : people differ!

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