Paleo Misconceptions

by Elle Russ

“Paleo” is a popular buzzword that many people have misconceptions about. Misconceptions like “Paleo means just eat more meat and eliminate carbs,” or “Paleo is just a higher carb version of the Atkins Diet,” to “Paleo means gluten-free and eating whole foods.” All of the above are misguided and uninformed misconceptions. Let me clear them up.

For starters, the terms paleo, primal, ancestral health, evolutionary health, caveman diet, and hunter-gatherer diet are all synonymous. Anyone can internet search a list of paleo foods and adjust their grocery list accordingly — and they would be better off for it. However, truly adopting a paleo lifestyle is more than picking meals from a list of foods — it is the ultimate way of honoring our human DNA and the genetic blueprint all of us were born with, while achieving optimal health and a lean, strong physique.

Can you even remember the last time you or someone you know went 6, 8, 12 or more hours without eating and didn’t have a noticeable drop in mental focus, mood, and overall physical energy? Are you hungry upon waking and hungry or tired after exercising? Do you struggle with energy levels and keeping weight off? Are you constantly looking in the fridge and feel like you are food-obsessed? If you answered yes to any of these, then you are right in line with a huge section of the population – living as a carbohydrate dependent sugar-burner. This means that your body is primarily burning glucose to fuel itself, versus the preferred fuel of fat that our human DNA dictates.

Truly becoming paleo involves reprogramming our ancestral genes back to their original function — burning fat to fuel the body. When one becomes fat-adapted by retraining the body to burn fat as its primary fuel, drops in energy, alterations in mood like being HANGRY, and sugar cravings become a thing of the past. Food addictions fall by the wayside. Through adopting an ancestral lifestyle and diet, I have never experienced a faster, more sustainable and efficient way to lose excess body fat, reverse insulin-resistance and type 2 diabetes, optimize thyroid function, cure food addictions, eradicate sugar cravings, and much more!

One of the most common objections to the Paleo lifestyle is that our hunter-gatherer ancestors didn’t live long, so they can’t possibly be healthy role models. Contrary to popular belief, our hunter-gatherer ancestors lived very long, healthy lives – that is, the ones who made it past birth, puberty, and managed to escape a lion attack without the help of a nearby hospital. Hunter-gatherer dietary habits can be evaluated from stool samples dating back 50,000 years, as Gary Taubes, the author of Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat, explained in his books. The nutrient-dense plant and animal diet of our ancestors is in sharp contrast to the modern diet of regimented meals that are wildly excessive in processed carbohydrates. In a nutshell, adopting a paleo lifestyle honors the genetic blueprint we were all given in order to sustain a happy and healthy body.

Where to start?! Diet, exercise, and ensure you get proper sleep. A Paleo eating strategy is high fat, moderate protein, and low carb (less than 150 grams of total carbs per day, unless you are a professional athlete and if you are a small female, you might want to start at 100 grams of total carbs per day to start, and adjust down or up from there). No grains, no legumes, or dairy.

Humans have been evolving for more than 2 million years. Experts have studied the remains of our hunter-gatherer ancestors who lived 60,000 years ago and claim that modern diseases like cancer, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, thyroid conditions, and more arrived on the scene when humans unknowingly strayed away from our naturally intended fat-burning diet through the advent of agriculture.

The human body is designed to burn fat as its favorable, primary fuel. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors naturally functioned this way before the advent of grains 10,000 years ago, dairy 7,000 years ago, and sugar 250 years ago. This is why grains, sugar, legumes (and most dairy) are not a part of the paleo eating strategy.

Use a calculation derived by Dr. Phil Maffetone (180 minus YOUR AGE): Keep your heart rate below that number to ensure a fat-burning workout versus a glycolytic, sugar-burning one. Elevating your heart rate beyond that for a HIIT sprint session or workout once or twice a week can be beneficial, just make sure not to do it EVERY DAY because the body can only store about 200 to 300 grams of glucose in our organs. Therefore, if you are an avid daily runner or chronically exercise above the Maffetone maximum heart rate, you are regularly depleting your glucose reserves. This process ignites cravings, which leads you to eat more sugar, thereby igniting the production of insulin and subsequently fat storage. In contrast, when we exercise in the fat burning zone, we are primarily burning fat (which is usually the intention of the exerciser to begin with).

Elle Russ is a writer, speaker and show host of the popular Primal Blueprint Podcast. She is the 5th person in the world certified in Ancestral Health and is the leading voice of thyroid health in the Paleo, Primal, and Evolutionary Health movements. Elle is the author of the bestselling book The Paleo Thyroid Solution and writer of the award-winning documentary HeadHunt Revisted, and much more. She lives and plays in Malibu, California. You can learn more about her and her work at ElleRuss.com

Some Overooked Things that might be De-railing your Thyroid Treatment

Are you frustrated that despite following your doctor’s orders and treatment plan, you still feel fat, foggy and fatigued? Well there might be some overlooked issues that are preventing you from becoming optimized on thyroid replacement hormone.

As many thyroid patients know, 93% of the hormone produced in the thyroid is T4 which is inactive and has to be converted to the active form T3. Even thyroid replacement medications, many of which are T4 only (Synthroid and levothyroxine), still need to be converted to active form T3. But there might be some “monkey wrenches” that prevent this conversion from working optimally, thereby producing hypothyroidism and all its miserable symptoms.

Here are some things that might be preventing the conversion of T4 to active T3:

Liver issues
Much of the T4 conversion to active T3 takes place in the liver. If you have a toxic liver or it is compromised in some way, the conversion won’t take place properly.

Gut issues
The rest of the T4/T3 conversion takes place in the gut. If you have digestive issues or Leaky Gut syndrome, this could also prevent optimal T4/T3 conversion. A poor diet can contribute to your less than optimal T4/T3 conversion

Hormonal Imbalances
High cortisol levels also prevent optimal T4/T3 conversion. In fact, oftentimes, high cortisol makes T4 convert directly to Reverse T3–the INACTIVE form of T3. Reverse T3 is not useful for body.
Also low progesterone can prevent optimal conversion.

Nutrient Deficiencies
Low selenium, low iron, low zinc can also prevent optimal conversion of T4 to active T3. Blood lab tests can easily determine these deficiencies.

Heavy Metals, Excess Iodine, Herbicides and Pesticides
There is so much pollution and toxins in our environment today. Our grandparents’ detoxing systems were able to keep up with their relative amounts of toxins, but today it’s very difficult for one to optimally detox without some protocols. Heavy metals, herbicides/pesticides can compete with thyroid hormones at the receptor sites. Therefore, active T3 is not able to do its job. There are tests to determine heavy metal toxicity and other toxins.

Food Allergies and Sensitivities
Food allergies or food sensitivities can cause inflammation in the gut. Inflammation can happen on the cell membranes thereby preventing optimal T4/T3 conversion.

OK, then where do you begin to find out if the above listed issues might be your issues? First, it’s important to find trusted, informed health professionals to work with you so you can regain optimal health. It’s also important to take the right tests to determine your exact root cause. And it helps to have the much needed support of people who understand what you’re experiencing and help you begin your journey back to health.

Information for this article was gathered from StopTheThyroidMadness.com, 316Jumpstart.com, The ThyroidPharmacist.com and the author’s own personal experience.

Detoxing Naturally with Bentonite Clay

Did you eat something that didn’t sit right with you? Do you overindulge in cocktails last night? Are you trying to detox heavy metals overload?

Nature has provided a magnificent detoxing in bentonite clay. Clay is great at grabbing on to toxins in the human body, via a negative charge and wide surface.

Choose a quality brand, like Great Plains by Yerba Prima or Sonne’s #7 Detoxificant. Try to get the bentonite clay in a glass bottle. When adding the clay to a glass of water, stir with a wooden or bamboo spoon, not a metal one as it diminishes the clay’s charge. Drink down with plenty of water and increase water intake throughout the day so as to not get constipated.

I have used bentonite clay over the years, but recently heard a talk show on the radio program, Expanding Our Awareness, that featured healer and biochemist, Byron Jordan. You can find out more info about clay and other natural healing on his website, Earth-Medicine.

Having a treat on the Paleo/Primal Diet (making lemon jello)

A lot of times I hear that the Paleo/Primal Diet is boring and offers no treats.

Well I have created a recipe for homemade lemon jello to prove that wrong. It is great on a hot day. See the video on instructions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fgG1acYNUk

But here is the recipe:

Lemon Jello

4 packages Knox gelatin

1 16-oz bottle of Santa Cruz fresh lemon juice, chilled

2 cups of boiling water

1 teaspoon of stevia (like Sweet leaf)

In a glass bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over chilled lemon juice.

Add hot water stirring so gelatin dissolves. Add stevia.

Refrigerate for several hours.

Enjoy

 

The Power of EFT (Tapping)

Do you want to know if EFT Tapping works on getting you unstuck and creating Abundance in your life?
I’ll share my story from today:
I was on a walk up in Marblehead Neck where I’ve been going for over 30 years. I decided to listen to the great Carol Look to tap on some abundance issues.
So I tapped along with my headset on and waved to passersby–maybe looking a little silly but I didn’t care.
Carol ended the session with this advice for increasing Aubundance:
Reduce resistance
And raise your Vibration
Her suggestions for reducing resistance–you guessed it: Tapping.
Her suggestions for raising your vibration–walk in nature, talk to a good friend, sing a song, laugh and smile.
So since I just finished a round of tapping, I asked myself: How can I raise my vibration/frequency?
Well, I was just coming upon this lovely cottage garden that I always look forward to on the loop.
To my delight, the owner came out and gave me a tour. Actually the bigger, more beautiful garden was in the back.
I told her how I use to have a big garden like hers. But hers was magnificent!
I also told her what I do. And she asked me for my contact info so she could get a gift certificate for some organizing for her daughter. Wow. Now that’s Abundance in action.
If anyone wants to work with me on;
Reducing your resistance and Raising your Vibration to create more abundance, more wealth, more good health, please contact me so we can do some Tapping!
And Thank you Miss Gitta!

How to Take a Healthier Walk

Probably hard to believe, but you can improve your daily walk. Studies show that being around forests, woods, mountains, rivers and oceans is very healthy for humans. These areas have more highly charged ions, which in turn improves your energy and mood. In fact, the Japanese call waking through the woods, “forest bathing”.

The other improvement is to walk (or at least part of your distance) in an inline fashion, placing one foot in front of the other and twisting each shoulder 30 degrees so it rotates toward you midline. This requires twisting the spine, which according to Dr. Carl Jelstrup, DC strengthens the gluteus muscles and leg muscles, improving balance and helping to maintain proper pelvic and lumbar function.

Another way to change things up is to try interval training while you walk. Walk as fast as you can for 60 seconds; then slow your pace and walk for 90 seconds. Then repeat 15 more times.