Help UCSF Conduct a Study of Dietary Treatments for PCOS (Including a Paleo Diet)!!!

A research team at the University of California – San Francisco — Lynda Frassetto, MD, Umesh Masharani, MD, Heather Huddleston, MD, Michael Cohn, PhD, and Ashley Mason, PhD — is getting ready to conduct a study of dietary treatments for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). They will test a paleolithic diet and an American Diabetes Association diet to see if either or both improves insulin resistance and menstrual cycle regularity for women with PCOS.

Thing is, these folks need your help: As many of you can imagine, it is difficult for researchers to land funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to do nutrition-related research in the context of disease treatment or management. This study will give them the early data they need to start large, truly definitive studies of the links between diet (including a Paleo diet) and insulin resistance.

Please check out their crowd-funding website to learn more about the study, the researchers, and make tax-deductible donations to help this research happen. And, if you are going to AHS, one of the backer rewards is having lunch with the researchers – a pretty rare opportunity! 

Click here to visit the site.

Please help them with this study!

Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 99

Podcast PicSarah and I are back with Episode 99 of the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast!  Click here to listen or find us on iTunes. Please submit your questions to paleopodcast@gmail.com and if you have a spare minute, please be sure to leave us a review on iTunes!!  Thank you very much and enjoy!

Here’s what we discuss in this episode:

  • Fitness for newbies.  (14:10)
  • Diet challenges and convoluted paleo.  (22:24)

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SuperHuman is Extraordinary

Becoming SuperHuman is a goal for many people. The term ‘SuperHuman’ has sprung up the last few years to describe something you can achieve if you get the right amount of sleep, the right vitamins and minerals, move in the right ways, and eat the right things.

The idea is that through various bio hacks and lifestyle changes, you can become something greater than human — a SuperHuman. It’s a great marketing strategy and resonates with many who feel less than human — in other words, they’re tired all the time, always hungry, stressed and in lots of pain.

I think that the term is necessary in today’s culture and health & wellness industry. But I also think it’s an insult to the extraordinary human mechanism and design.

Why? Because the human is inherently “super” — the adjective is unnecessary. The scale that we use to define a healthy human has shifted. Imagine a linear, x-axis scale where the 0 is the average human of today and SuperHuman is off somewhere to the right — say, around 100. That’s how it is today.

But I believe the average human of today is actually way to the LEFT of 0, you know, like in the negatives and that the 0, or “baseline human”, is an extraordinary thing in its own right, all by itself.

**As a sidenote — humans have gotten unhealthier and unhealthier over the last several decades for a number of reasons which include Government guidelines, the belief that high cholesterol causes heart disease, the industrialization of the food industry, and the boom in the pharmaceutical industry — all things that take the blame out of the unsuspecting and unhealthy humans’ control. Not all blame is removed, but a ton of it is…

Back to the point — the human body is the most complex and miraculous gadget on the planet. Nothing matches its ingenuity or marvel. This organism that uses unbelievable functions to fight off disease and adapt to surroundings in amazing ways — not to mention the other billion incredible things the body can do like neuroplasticity or synaptogenesis — has been mistreated and allowed to function at a less than ideal capacity.

And now we’ve come to the point where being healthy is something that is beyond human — SuperHuman.

I believe the term SuperHuman is redundant.

Describing a healthy human as SuperHuman is like saying a Large NFL Lineman, or my Beautiful Wife, or a Worthless Cat, or an Annoying Mosquito, or Insane DennisRodman.

The adjectives preceding each noun are unnecessary since the noun is inherently what the adjective is describing.

Like a Hormonal Pregnant Lady, or a Stupid Man (yes we’re all stupid in our own different and stupid ways), a Faithful Beagle, or a Stinky Gas Station Bathroom.

A human in its most baseline and properly functioning state is, inherently, extraordinary. But humans have skewed the definition of “health” by not taking care of humans properly.

Imagine a field of highly efficient, powerful Formula 1 race cars.

All of the cars’ crew chiefs mistreat the machines. They don’t perform proper maintenance. Oil isn’t changed. Transmissions aren’t flushed. They run the engines way too long at the wrong times in the harsh weather. They put a low grade, synthetic fuel in the tank that the car can technically run on because it’s an amazing specimen of technology and can adapt to a less the optimal fuel, but it’s not the fuel the engine was designed to use.

They leave the cars in the elements all year round — rain, sun, snow, wind. All the cars are treated this way. It’s the norm. To the mass of crew chiefs, there is no convincing scientific or compelling evidence to make them think that anything they’re doing is causing any harm.

Now imagine that one of the cars does receive proper maintenance from its crew chief. The engine’s oil is changed. Gaskets are replaced. Tires are rotated. This car is kept under a sheet in a garage and only run when it needs to be run. It receives the fuel that it was designed to use. This car wins every race on the circuit and laps just about every other car on the track. This car is taken care of. The other crew chiefs think this car is extreme and its crew chief is crazy, off his rocker, and doing things that couldn’t possibly be expected from a “normal” crew chief.

Should this lone car be defined as a “SuperCar”? Or is it just an incredible piece of engineering and machinery designed by millions of hours of testing and brain power that is functioning how it was designed to function?

Becoming SuperHuman is nothing more than being this lone car — it’s allowing the most incredible thing on the planet do what it was designed to do — be extraordinary.

Having to label health as “super” is an insult to the human definition. I believe the term SuperHuman is necessary today, but it’s just a sign that we’ve over-complicated the process of becoming healthy and defining health by underperforming and allowing the most incredible piece of machinery in existence to function below its optimal capacity.

My goal is for humans to re-take control of their humanness, start taking care of themselves and begin functioning in the extraordinary way that the human body is designed to function.

Join me.

*To read more of Mark’s great articles, visit his awesome blog Simply Human Lifestyle and listen to his Podcast

 

Primal Pit Paste – Get Your Stink GONE!

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This one will be short and sweet and to the point. You’re trying to live a natural life style. You realize that the world is out to get you and you avoid everything from packaged processed food to unlabeled GMO veggies and fruits to toxic chemicals in your cosmetics and body products so you’ve made some big big changes! You’re buying local as much as possible, eating grass fed beef, washing your face with stuff you buy from Tropical Traditions and yet, you can’t go the natural deodorant route. Why? Because being smelly SUCKS! You lose friends, you lose jobs, you lose your sex life. None of those things are good. Smelling nice is good. That’s were Primal Pit Paste comes in. It’s deodorant that won’t kill you faster and the best part is, it really stinking WORKS!! (pun absolutely intended) I have tried every single natural deodorant known to man and woman, the end result, my pits smell like lavender scented grossness at the end of the day.  But finally, thank goodness, I’m so happy I tried Primal Pit Paste, my life is back to being happy and smell free again!!

Because I love Primal Pit Paste and because I love you,  Primal Pit Paste wants you to have a life again that INCLUDES natural deodorant!  So they are giving away FOUR as in 4 lucky people a $25 gift certificate to use as you like to try their amazing products!!!

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Stick To Your Guns — They Won’t Starve

One of the most reoccurring things I hear parents say when discussing their kids and trying to get them to eat real, human foods is — “I have a stubborn child. If they don’t like the dinner I make, they will literally sit there and not eat until they starve to death.”

No. They won’t.

If someone can find some news article or research study that I’m not aware of that shows a healthy child provided with real, human food literally holding out on a starvation protest until they die — then I will eat my words (haha pun intended).

But until I see that for myself, I am going to keep believing that a truly hungry child will eventually eat human food if given enough opportunities. My daughters do it, too. They scoff at food on the table and won’t eat. Well that’s fine, girls. You can either have it for a snack later or eat some other type of real, human food that requires no preparation like fruit or nuts or something because chicken nuggets aren’t an option.

Do an internet search for “kids + starvation” and take a look at what real starvation looks like. Be careful if you actually do that because the images are a horrifying slice of reality.

You think any of the kids in those images would pass up broccoli and grilled chicken breast because they didn’t like how it tasted?

No. They would punch any of our obstinate kids in the face, eat the broccoli and chicken in three bites, lick the plate, eat part of the plate, then ask for seconds, please.

But what ends up happening is that a tired mom or dad is all out of patience. Their child is refusing to eat. The parents don’t want to put up with it, so they pull out the Hamburger Helper or mac and cheese to end the protest and get on with their lives.

Hey. I get that. I get being at the point where you are flipping through the phone book in the “Selling Your Child” section. I’ve been there.

Raising kids can be frustrating. No — raising kids IS frustrating a lot of the time.

But don’t give up. If you really want your kids to eat real, human food, give them a chance to adapt. Stick it out with them armed with the knowledge that they will be better off in the long term.

Put real, human food in front of them 90% of the time and watch them transform into little humans that will eat a variety of colorful and nutritious foods. The other 10% can be spent on holidays, birthday parties, and Grandma and Grandpa time.

Trust me. They won’t starve.

Be sure to follow Mark’s work over at his amazing blog Simply Human Lifestyle and listen to his podcast!!!

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Here’s a fun and fast side dish that’s great to accompany any Mexican food inspired main dish. I suggest serving this with Sarah’s Beyond Easy Pulled Pork.  Enjoy!

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Serves 4.

1 Head Cauliflower

1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil

1⁄2 Small Onion (diced)

1 Clove of Garlic (chopped)

1 Lime, juice and zest

1/4 Cup Cilantro, chopped

Sea salt to taste

1. Rice the cauliflower by grating it on the larger holes on a grated or in a food processor

2. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan over medium-high heat, add the onion and sautee

until soft

3. Add the garlic and cook for a minute or two and then add the cauliflower and cook,

stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower rice is tender, about 7-10 minutes.

4. Turn off heat and add the lime juice, zest, sea salt and cilantro into the cauliflower rice and stir

just to combine.

Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 97

Podcast PicSarah and I are back with Episode 97 of the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast!  Click here to listen or find us on iTunes. Please submit your questions to paleopodcast@gmail.com and if you have a spare minute, please be sure to leave us a review on iTunes!!  Thank you very much and enjoy!

Here’s what we discuss in this episode:

  • How would we train Biggest Loser contestants?  (18:25)
  • Natural body products.  (38:05)
  • Mass gain and overall health.  (48:46)

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