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What if you were genetically gifted?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 01, 2011 at 1:09 PM

I'm not sure this is a hack, so I apologize in advance:

I often wonder if I were one of those guys who were genetically gifted and looked, performed and felt great without any focus on diet or nutrition, that I would even be living a Paleo lifestyle. I have friends and family who eat whatever they want and are very muscular, lean, strong, and have no health issues. They don't even think twice about switching the way they eat because I guess it works for them. Obviously, longevity comes into play with respect to diet and health, but I can only say that because I pay attention to what food does to your body.

Would any of you be paleo or concerned with nutrition if you didn't have an autoimmune disease, were not overweight, or didn't have some strength or muscularity goal you were trying to attain?

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on February 01, 2011
at 09:50 PM

yes, thats just what i would say, too though maybe my interest in food politics would have led me here eventually, it was my broken body that got me here sooner.

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on February 01, 2011
at 04:59 PM

Yea, this is how I feel about dairy products lol. People refuse to give it up because it's an addicting drug and makes food taste extremely good. But it's not paleo, and for many people this seems to be the one non-paleo food they eat. I think it's really bad stuff personally.

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on February 01, 2011
at 02:51 PM

I don't think so. Kirik is alive - as are we all! Sounds gifted to me.

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on February 01, 2011
at 02:13 PM

i think kirik is joking haha

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on February 01, 2011
at 02:02 PM

Exactly what I thought. But alas I am definitely not genetically gifted.

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on February 01, 2011
at 01:59 PM

Too bad the question wasn't "Do very, very genetically gifted people have even a semblance of reading comprehension?" because Kirik cleared up that misconception pretty quickly.

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on February 01, 2011
at 01:37 PM

Pride goeth before the fall.

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on February 01, 2011
at 05:14 PM

Perhaps the ones who experience noticeable reactions to the neolithic agents of disease are the LUCKY ones. They immediately see the harm in the bogus foods, whereas the "gifted" people are harmed by the bogus foods in ways that are not immediately obvious and evident.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 01, 2011
at 04:38 PM

Think about how many grain eating/processed food eating people "seem" healthy, fit and energetic for most of their life and lack autoimmune disorders but then when they get to age 35-40 they get cancer out of nowhere.

I believe everyone is sensitive to grains and poisons like processed food to some degree, it's just that some of us have more obvious symptoms and so we change our diet early on which is great. Others will go on damaging their body without realizing how bad things really are for them just because they "seem" healthy. Unfortunately there is all kinds of "silent damage" that can be caused by grains and processed foods. And for many silent damage may manifest itself later as cancer, heart attacks ect. You name it.

In some ways I am glad that I am highly sensitive to gluten or else I would have never changed my lifestyle. Once I saw results from avoiding gluten I have never looked at food the same way and will never ingest processed food or toxic grains again.

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on February 01, 2011
at 01:53 PM

If I were in perfect health (whatever that means), and genetically gifted, there would have been no reason for me to look into alternative diets. So to answer the question, no I would not be paleo because there's no reason for change if nothing is broke.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on February 01, 2011
at 09:50 PM

yes, thats just what i would say, too though maybe my interest in food politics would have led me here eventually, it was my broken body that got me here sooner.

E3267155f6962f293583fc6a0b98793e

(1085)

on February 01, 2011
at 02:02 PM

Exactly what I thought. But alas I am definitely not genetically gifted.

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on February 01, 2011
at 02:00 PM

I've always been naturally slim, but also interested in health, why not be the best you can possibly be regardless of whether you are "genetically gifted" or not?

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on February 01, 2011
at 01:33 PM

I am very, very gifted, genetically speaking. What in the world is your question, my friend?

4e40d2b9e1a762949a25b958762aa10d

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on February 01, 2011
at 01:37 PM

Pride goeth before the fall.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on February 01, 2011
at 02:13 PM

i think kirik is joking haha

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

(2764)

on February 01, 2011
at 02:51 PM

I don't think so. Kirik is alive - as are we all! Sounds gifted to me.

C0887358ae041723ba426a6ad4732cfc

on February 01, 2011
at 01:59 PM

Too bad the question wasn't "Do very, very genetically gifted people have even a semblance of reading comprehension?" because Kirik cleared up that misconception pretty quickly.

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on February 01, 2011
at 08:35 PM

The gifted but negligent eventually rust.

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on February 01, 2011
at 06:33 PM

Take those gifted people and put them on the paleo diet and they become demigods.

As a rule, I never blame genetics for anything as it reeks of defeatism.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 01, 2011
at 07:26 PM

Genetics isn't the reason for disease(both physical and mental.) What causes disease is what we EXPOSE to genetics. Whether it be environmental, diet ect.

In my opinion, "It's genetics" seems like a Cop out created to make the masses believe they need doctor visits, a diagnosis and pharmaceuticals to treat physical and mental problems.

As we have all seen with the hunter-gatherer diet, this is not true and we seem to have the tendency to shock people with the positive changes our body makes by following the evolutionary ways. How many times have you encountered or heard of someone that "still doesn't believe paleo works" even though you are clearly showing change when following it?

Somehow neolithic and industrialized processed foods have gotten to peoples heads and they just assume the way they are "is the way it is".

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on February 01, 2011
at 05:22 PM

I'd have never looked into anything diet/nutrition/lifestyle related if I were "genetically gifted". Once I fattened up nicely (in my late 30's) I began to look into how to change things. Typical CW low fat/low cal, chronic cardio, etc etc was about all I knew, but lucked out when stumbling onto Mark's Daily Apple a while back. But if I was lean and strong in my late 30s I'd NEVER have looked into it.

By now I'd be diabetic, arthritic, suffering from allergies and likely on cholesterol, allergy and pain meds thinking "that's just how it is"....

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on February 01, 2011
at 04:28 PM

I did not come into paleo because of any serious health problem that I had (I never had one except being slightly, some five pounds overweight). I am indeed worried about the epidemics of diabetes, obesity, cancer and other serious health problems that I have lately observed among other people who are not following a healthy nutrition as paleo. I started to read, do research and paleo is by far the best answer I have found to this concern.

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on February 01, 2011
at 04:00 PM

MANTRA:

TOLERATED != OPTIMAL

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 01, 2011
at 04:59 PM

Yea, this is how I feel about dairy products lol. People refuse to give it up because it's an addicting drug and makes food taste extremely good. But it's not paleo, and for many people this seems to be the one non-paleo food they eat. I think it's really bad stuff personally.

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