EMB Health Digest #2

By Darren Stehle

Paleo Diet Flowchart

This week is about eating in our modern age — some advocate eating a strictly Paleo diet, while others suggest eating more like a caveman, or finally in a way that is in tune with understanding and listening to our body.

I’m guessing that cavemen didn’t make beer or wine so maybe we shouldn’t drink alcohol either, but if you do (and I do… in moderation), you might care about how it affects strength training, building muscle and fat burning.

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Have you ever read a caveman’s cookbook?

Advocates of the Paleo diet (especially those who have a program or cookbook to sell you) argue that we should eat like cave people, however,

“Evolutionary biologists argue otherwise…. because different genes change at different rates, there’s no reason to expect us to be genetically identical to people living in the Pleistocene.”
Should we all eat like cavepeople?

What’s Wrong with Paleo

The problem with the Paleo Diet is that it is based on a number of assumptions that don’t always match up with historical research and evidence. This longer, in-depth article takes a look at the pros and the cons of Paleo and why something closer to an “Ancestral” approach to eating is potentially healthier and more individualistic.
Examining the pros and cons of the Paleo Diet

Why Are Processed Foods So Bad?

“You can find circumstantial evidence to support all [of our ailing health] claims, and people do. It’s relatively easy to develop an opinion about nutrition and find a camp that is adamant about its validity. They’ll show you all sorts of data about things that happen in test tubes, in large uncontrolled human populations, or in mice, and insist that you’re a fool for not believing them.”
Processed Food vs Real Food: Why Nutrition Science is So Confusing

The Effects of Alcohol on Muscle

So you had an awesome workout on Friday after work, but you have plans with friends to go out and you know there will be drinking. What should you do?

“like protein … alcohol is not easily converted to fat. That [metabolic] process is too costly… So rather than a fat storer, alcohol is more of a fat burning suppressor.”
A Lifter’s Guide to Alcohol

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