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March 26, 2012

Dear Mark: Food for Skiing, Menstrual Carb Cravings, a Stubborn Teen, and More

By Mark Sisson
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This week, we’re back to a rapid-fire edition of Dear Mark. I enjoy honing in on a single reader question well enough, but I also like covering a smattering of questions from you guys. In future weeks, I’ll probably continue to mix it up. Which do you prefer? Anyway, we’ve got four topics today. First, I discuss carb cravings during “That Time of the Month.” Why do they occur and should you give in? Next, I provide a few Primal food choices suitable for a former Clif bar addict heading out on a five-day ski/snowboard trip. Then, I give advice to a father of an overweight, inactive teen. This is always hard, and there are no easy answers, but I have a few thoughts on the matter. I wrap it up with the safety of feeding fat to children.

Let’s go.

Mark – I am relatively new to the program. I am making a relatively easy transition to most of your suggestions. I will be going on a 5 day Utah snowboard/ski trip next week – always a rigorous trip with a bunch of guy friends. I use to live on Clif bars…I’m NOT a nut eater (intolerance)…wonder what you’d recommend for ongoing nourishment through the day on these 7-8 hour excursions in the mountains (no stops at lodges for us). Lots of fruit? Protein (? a source – suppose a shake). I have read your blogs on marathon training etc…primary curiosity is DURING the long day away from civilization. Thanks!

Damon

First off, congrats and welcome to Primal living! I’m jealous. That trip sounds like a blast. I do a fair amount of snowboarding myself, and while I’m not pulling any insane tricks or jumps anymore, I find a big breakfast of bacon and eggs the morning of (with some fruit on the side, perhaps) gives me enough steady energy to make it through a day of boarding. However, you are “relatively new to the program,” so you probably need a few snacks to hold you over, especially if you’re a younger dude going hard all eight hours. Here’s what I’d recommend:

Canned fish (sardines, herring, quality tuna, oysters): healthy fat, tons of protein, tastes great, portable, easy to open, edible bones.

Quality cold cuts and cheese: fat, protein, shelf stable by design.

Jerky: protein, portable, no chance of spilling anything; make your own.

Pemmican: this classic protein/fat combo sustained many an arctic explorer; here’s how to make it.

Fruit: bananas, apples, berries, mangoes, pineapple, anything you like.

Coconut products (milk, meat, oil, water): given your nut intolerance, these may be a problem (some people have cross-reactivity), but if you can eat coconut the possibilities are vast.

If you’re driving to the mountains, you have a few more options. You can pack a cooler with the following items:

Meat: cook a few pounds of meat, slice it up, and keep it on ice; fill a small ziploc bag with a few slices every morning; there’s nothing quite so thrilling as a mouthful of cold grass-fed beef while slicing through fresh powder.

Eggs: hard boil a couple dozen of them.

Or, just check out my previous post on eating Primal while on the road. They may not all work for you, but most should. Oh, and I hear there’s a halfway decent meal replacement shake on the market. Might be worth checking out.

My friend and I are both happily Primal and generally find the program very easy to follow, until That time of the month rolls around. We’ve both noticed that our carb cravings are significantly stronger than before we went Primal. The PMS symptoms themselves aren’t a big deal, it’s just a feeling of never being sated unless a hearty serving of carbs is consumed, and regular Primal favorites are unappealing. Any idea what might be going on? Thanks.

Kate

During menstruation, a woman’s serotonin levels are at their lowest. And because carbohydrates (via insulin) increase the availability of the premier amino acid precursor to serotonin (tryptophan), craving carbs during your period is totally natural. It probably just means that you are low in serotonin (which, according to the research, you likely are) and your body wants to make more of it.

As for whether or not this is problematic, sports science offers another clue: during the mid-luteal phase (the two weeks leading up to menstruation) when estrogen dominates, the potential for glycogen storage is maximized. What that means is that for two weeks before your period rolls around, your muscles are primed to accept and store carbohydrate as energy (rather than as fat). I wouldn’t suggest you give in to the carb cravings as they typically manifest – muffins, cakes, pizza, cookies – but this might be a better time to eat a few Primal-friendly sources of carbs. Think sweet potatoes, white potatoesyamssquash, and various types of fruit. Oh, and high-quality dark chocolate, if that’s your thing. The fact that your cravings only surface during your period tells me that you’re in a good place, nutritionally, and that these cravings are physiologically normal and expected.

I have a son that is about 80 pounds overweight. He has high BP, addicted to video games, no exercise, eats no fruits, veggies. Will eat mostly pasta and is 18 yrs old. I don’t know what to do now. I have hired personal trainers, had doctors speak with him, tried cutting out all the bad food. Nothing works, Any suggestions?

Tim

Bring him to PrimalCon. No, seriously: do it if it’s at all possible.

At 18 years old, he’s not going to listen to his dad, a personal trainer, or a doctor. 18 year-olds are just stubborn creatures like that, and the harder you push the more they resist and grow entrenched in their ways. He probably won’t respond to outright declarative statements or advice directed at him. And he’s not going to read a blog you recommend or listen to a buff trainer trying to motivate him (unfortunately), because those seem contrived. The change has to be organic. He has to want to change. It has to develop on its own. I think if he hears from and sees a lot of healthy Primal people doing Primal things who are neither his parents nor people enlisted by his parents, he might be intrigued and even receptive to some of this stuff. It’s worth a shot, and we’d love to have you guys come out and join us.

Good luck, and if that doesn’t work out, write back and we can try something else.

Hi Mark, can you help! My mum and dad are giving me a really hard time about our 6 and 3 yr olds being primal!! Is it safe for them to eat lots of fat? I’m tearing my hair out as my mum is very against fat!!!!!

Catherine

I’m sorry to hear that. Assuming you breastfed your kids, your parents must have been absolutely livid when the kids were younger, knowing that their diets consisted entirely of multiple, daily infusions of a 55% animal fat solution. Seriously, though – what do your parents think about human breastmilk? At 55% animal fat, it’s high-fat in anyone’s book. At what point does the animal fat become poison? Two years? Three? Six? It’s crazy. Just point them toward the fat content of breastmilk (which even a vegan will admit is a young child’s optimal food) and see if they come around. Otherwise, don’t worry about it. Your kids are fine.

However, I wouldn’t recommend outright limiting or restricting any one macronutrient when tiny active healthy humans are involved. Remember, these aren’t broken obese adults. Provide a wide range of healthy foods – eggs, meat, vegetables, fruit, sweet potatoes, broth, fermented items like kimchi or sauerkraut or yogurt – and your kids should be okay. And yes, if they want to reach for the stick of grass-fed butter for a little noshing, there’s not a thing wrong with it. A fun trick to pull is whipping out a marrow bone, a couple egg yolks, or any conventionally-maligned fat source when your kid gets hungry at the playground, especially if other kids and parents are nearby. From what I hear, it never fails to get a reaction.

That’s it for this week, folks. Keep sending the questions and thanks for reading!
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86 Comments on "Dear Mark: Food for Skiing, Menstrual Carb Cravings, a Stubborn Teen, and More"

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katie
4 years 8 months ago

hah i can imagine a little paleo kid running around a playground sucking on some bone marrow. Hope that’s my kid someday!

Dr. Mike Tremba
4 years 8 months ago

Never heard of it until now, but just ordered some beef pemmican from my healthfood store…. I know it’s an aquired taste, but figure it’s worth a try. Thanks for the idea, Mark.

Peggy The Primal Parent
4 years 8 months ago

Wow, you can order pemmican from your local health food store?!! Amazing. Are you sure it’s not the brand of jerky called pemmican?

Susan
4 years 8 months ago

You can get it at US Wellness too…..

Dr. Mike Tremba
4 years 8 months ago

Thanks for letting me know, Susan.

Hope all is well over on your site 🙂

Dr. Mike Tremba
4 years 8 months ago

I’m really not sure, and didn’t know there’s a difference, Peggy-thanks for letting me know that there is one. Once they call and say it’s in, and if I remember, I’ll keep you posted 🙂

Eric
4 years 8 months ago

Just make sure you read the label. I bought a bar labeled “pemmican” at an outdoor gear store only to realize it was vegan… in in other words it was not pemmican at all, just another sugar-laden grain brick.

Oh well, you can’t go wrong with US Wellness, though.

jane
jane
4 years 8 months ago
I have an 18 year old, though not over weight, she is still Miss Awkward! We came to an arrangement where non-primal foods are in a cupboard on their own. This place is not right in the centre of things, so it seems to often get ignored, as the fride is much easier.. ie two steps nearer to the door of the kitchen. I cook healthy and nice food and she is free to put on whatever gunk she wants. i have noticed that the cupboard is largely forgotten these days. She does appriciate if I make her a salad… Read more »
Galina L.
Galina L.
4 years 8 months ago

I am sure every 18 yo would appreciate stakes, cheese, deli meats. I would remove sweets,pasta and other grain foods from home. My 18 then son got interested in paleo-eating because he was with me when I visited my mom and managed to convince her to ditch bread and eat LC diet. It was amazing to see her BP normalized in days, more than 20 lb were lost. When he returned to college, he decided to cook and eat paleo-food as well. It is less expensive than eating in cafeteria, btw.

Nic
Nic
4 years 8 months ago

RE: ski outing & snacks
mixed nuts, dried appricots, dark chocolate. Those are my 3 top pick of quick fix snacks to keep me going whether in the skin track or lift serve skiing. Pack small, tasty. A ‘big’ breakfast of eggs, bacon and w/ a avocado helps power me up without ‘weighing’ me down or feeling sluggish. My Ski après is a whey protein drink.

shred some pow!

peggy
peggy
4 years 8 months ago

too bad this freakish spring has cut the pow supply 🙁
Don’t forget scotch eggs!!! ya a bag of your favourite “trail mix” will tied you over til you can grill a good steak after 😀

nbongo
nbongo
4 years 8 months ago

OMG I wish we could get Scotch Eggs over here, I seriously love them!

outlookishazy
outlookishazy
4 years 8 months ago

There is a recipe for scotch egg’s in Well Fed, by Melissa Joulwan.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 8 months ago

There is a recipe for Scotch Eggs here at MDA – check the archive.

Clarissa
Clarissa
4 years 8 months ago

A very easy handheld primal meal for us is just leftover grilled hamburger patties….portable, tasty, good fat and protein, filling. You can wrap them up individually in saran wrap. Heck, throw a slice of raw cheddar on top, and you should be good to go for a while.

Unamused Mouse
4 years 8 months ago

That sounds like a great snack…especially with the cheese on top. Yum!

Happycyclegirl
Happycyclegirl
4 years 8 months ago

People have commented on the amount of fat my kids eat. Thing is–they love it! We cook up pig skin with its fat and render our own lard. Then the skin becomes really crispy and pops like popcorn. We just leave it on the counter and the kids snack on it. They love it! Of course, we do this about once a month. It also makes a great snack for the road. And, best yet, the butcher gives it to us for free. 🙂

Happycyclegirl
Happycyclegirl
4 years 8 months ago

I forgot to mention my kids are 3 and 5 years old.

Magda
Magda
4 years 8 months ago

Mine are 2 and 7.5 and they love fried up chicken skin!! My 2 YO will eat just about anything… the 7.5 YO is another story.

Tonja Pizzo
Tonja Pizzo
4 years 8 months ago
Thanks Mark for posting the letter from the pulling her hair out mom. It came along at just the right time. My family has been primal for almost a year. I have an 8 year old who just has annual trip to the pedi last week. He came in at under 5th percentile for weight—lower than it’s ever been–but his height is still where it’s been since the day he was born (25th percentile–he comes from short stock). The pedi suggested I put him on pediasure–I’ve never read the list of ingredients, but told the doctor flat out that probably… Read more »
Joanne - The Real Food Mama
4 years 8 months ago
My two year old is the same!! He is under the 5th percentile for weight and 10th for height!! Always has been. I ate primal when I was pregnant with him and his little body is a machine!!! He its more than is 4.5yr old brother most of the time and just burns through it!! He eats eggs, steak, chicken, cheese, yogurt, almonds, avocado, bananas..etc…he is 100% Primal…in fact when he was about 12mo the peditrician suggested cooking his eggs in butter and whole milk to help him gain weight…I laughed her and said “done and done….” I think he… Read more »
Jeffrey of Troy
4 years 8 months ago

Not to get too personal, but regarding epigenetics/nutrigenomics, I’m wondering if you/your husband went primal/paleo before the 2 yr old was conceived?

Cin
Cin
4 years 8 months ago
“We settled on a daily smoothie with berries, bananas, coconut oil, almond butter, coconut milk, whey protein, raw pastured egg….he fully supported my idea.” I have an underweight 10-year-old I am sloooowly transitioning to Primal, and he drinks a daily smoothie similar to this that has really helped him pack on muscle and necessary fat for growth. We used to put in Boost, but he hates the taste, so now we mostly do this: frozen strawberries, a banana, scoop of coconut oil, whole milk (he tolerates dairy well), 11% greek yogurt or double devon cream or a scoop of coconut… Read more »
Stephanie
Stephanie
4 years 8 months ago

love it!

homehandymum
homehandymum
4 years 8 months ago

“evil opposite to vegan” Love it!

We have friends who are vegan, and yeah, that’s a good description 🙂 – we are so far in the other direction that we actually overlap in some ways – like lacto-fermented veges, kick-ass salads, and never going near white bread, chicken nuggets, or any sort of ‘food’ from the middle of the supermarket (aside from canned tomatoes).

Still haven’t worked out a way to have dinner together, but snacks are a snap – fruit, nuts, dark chocolate 🙂

shirley
shirley
4 years 8 months ago
Hi Mark, I am new to primal life (Dec 2011) and since I have lost 16 pounds. I feel better and stronger then ever at 51. I am glad to see your take on jerky. I have made my own for over 35 years. I slice my meats, marinade during the day and just before bed I place them on the clean oven racks. Dry at lowest temp and it is done by morning. I have never had any go bad and I keep it at room temp until gone. I dry my Apple slices with cinnamon sprinkled on top… Read more »
Suhail
Suhail
4 years 8 months ago

Interesting and informative read like always. Prefer a ‘smattering of questions’ rather then just the one. Look forward to your next post.

yoolieboolie
yoolieboolie
4 years 8 months ago

lol! So glad to hear about that last one! We’re less than a month into a primal pantry. Two days ago I found my boys (3 & 5) hiding with a stick of butter each and the biggest grins on their faces!!! They used to hide with a box of crackers or bag of cereal, so I’d guess this is an improvement!!!

Thanks for the great post(s)! I’ve become quite obsessed with your blog and all the great information. Very happy to break my kids of only eating some form of wheat and cheese for every meal so young!

Alison Golden
4 years 8 months ago

I find sweet potatoes and, strangely, parsnips to be good carbs to eat pre-menstrually. They satisfy me and give me enough sweetness.

You say “during the mid-luteal phase (the two weeks leading up to menstruation) when estrogen dominates..” Shouldn’t that read “progesterone?”

Heather
Heather
4 years 8 months ago

Hi,
Parsnips are full of sugars, that’s why they make such a good carb choice. Slow cooked in a stew and they are yummy, in moderation,
Cheers

Alison Golden - PaleoNonPaleo
4 years 8 months ago

Yes, I say strangely because I don’t like them at other times. And I don’t know anyone else who likes them. At all. 😉

Lauren
4 years 8 months ago

Slice in sticks and toss in butter, salt and maple syrup, then grill. Depending on size, you may need to blanche them first. Clearly not an all-you-can-eat dish, but yummy. I have never suffered from parsnip hating, but most ppl I know don’t even know what they are. My husband calls them dwarf noses.

Sylina
Sylina
4 years 8 months ago

I use them in my chicken soup, and they are yummy simmered in chicken stock.

Joanne - The Real Food Mama
4 years 8 months ago
When I first told my family that we were now eating Primal, my grandmother got crazy sacred!! She posted to me on facebook one day a very long note about how she really thinks that feeding our kids RAW meat is just terrible. I laughed so hard….in her mind us eating like our ancestors meant that we no longer cooked anything! LOL….of course I like my steaks pretty pinks…but I quickly told…No we don’t feed our kids raw meat! Our family really just doesn’t get the change we have made in our lives, and its been two years!! We’ll go… Read more »
Ashley North
Ashley North
4 years 8 months ago

My two year old son requests spoon fulls of grass-fed butter from time to time. He likes it and it makes for a super easy snack! I love it when we’re at a public gathering and he eats the butter right off of the table. People are usually dumbfounded.

Graham
Graham
4 years 8 months ago

Living in Vail, I ski a lot, obviously–I eat the same as I would for any other physical activity…

Concur on the Pemmican as the best (and best tasting) portable fuel for skiing/mountain biking–holds up a bit better in the winter:)

Brendan
4 years 8 months ago

Haha bust out the bone marrow at the playground. Brilliant!

Ruth
4 years 8 months ago

Thank you so much for especially the one on ‘That time of the month’! Hopefully I can get through a bit of a more healthy craving the next month! Been eating like crazy the last couple of days…

Trish
Trish
4 years 8 months ago

OMG thank you for posting the pre mens response. I have the exact same issue during that time. I buy 80% cacao chocolate melt it and pour it over walnuts sprinkle sea salt on it and pop in the freezer. Then I break it up in squares and eat one whenever I have that carb attack!

Kim
Kim
4 years 8 months ago

that sounds great, dont know if I could stop at one though!

Postmodernnomad
Postmodernnomad
4 years 8 months ago
Funny about the PMS carb cravings. Before going primal my carb cravings would so strong at that time of the month, I used to think that if I was out in the wild and all there was was honey, and there was a bear between me and the honey — the bear had better watch out. But since I was in the city and you can’t go a block without tripping over someone selling cookies and sweets, those cravings were way too easily satisfied. When I first started going primal, I’d still get the feeling that the meat and vegetable… Read more »
Joanne
Joanne
3 years 11 months ago

Extra fat like this works for me too. Usually it’s after I eat my dinner, and there’s “something else” I want, but I don’t know what exactly, usually something sweet/crunchy, I’ll have a spoonful of butter, or coconut oil. Sometimes with salt. This fixes it. Once I started on a trace mineral supplement, that really helped too. I think we (women) need different amounts of fat depending on where we are in our cycle.

Caleigh
4 years 8 months ago

I definitely like hearing your answers to a smattering of questions rather than just one. Am definitely going to look into making my own pemmican and jerky. Luckily I have some friends out here that already do that!

Caleigh
4 years 8 months ago

Oh, and thanks so much for addressing pre-menstrual carb attacks! It’s insanely nice to know I’m not the only one that craves carbs before that time of the month! I always tried to address them with dark chocolate and macadamia nuts but if they were out of stock in my cupboard (I live in a VERY small town and the closest place a vast array of healthy foods is available is 50 minutes away) then I have to resort to the next best thing…sweet potatoes!

Dawn
Dawn
4 years 8 months ago
I like the smattering of questions instead of just one… About the ski trip – I went on a snowshoeing hike a couple of weekends ago and packed some hard boiled eggs in an outside pocket of my pack. The cold air kept them very well and they gave me a great boost of energy when I needed it. About the PMS cravings – I seem to crave bread or toast, not just carbs per se. My answer is to bake a loaf of almond flour bread (Paleo Comfort Foods cookbook has a good recipe). A couple slices of that… Read more »
Kari
Kari
4 years 8 months ago

Kids.Need.Fat!!! all the poor little obese children I see are drinking skim milk, eating low fat everything. Their poor brains/bodies are starving! Hope you can set some people straight, Mark! Thanks as always for the great info.

Galina L.
Galina L.
4 years 8 months ago

I think grand-parents could be tamed about a fat issue is they could be convinced to read the Weston Price book “the nutrition and physical degeneration” which available free on line. Or buy it and make them see pictures at least.

Joy Beer
Joy Beer
4 years 8 months ago
Amen. My pediatrician measured my daughter’s cholesterol when she was 2 and it was “borderline high”. We were sent home with a sheet of paper telling me what she should eat, and what needed to go away. A prescription for the SAD, with 2% milk or skim, etc. etc. etc. Limit cheese. All that. Her weight shot right up in response to the restrictive diet as she started to sneak candy and gorge on the healthy whole grain pasta I was allowed to give her. We went paleo/primal end of last November, and she is so dang happy, trimming down,… Read more »
Mrfuzzybear
4 years 8 months ago

I agree. I honestly don’t see how most people can drink regular milk, let alone skim milk. Nowadays it just seems so watery I can’t imagine that regular everyday store milk is anything close to the original thing.

Peggy The Primal Parent
4 years 8 months ago

Your talk about breast milk was just way too awesome.

“At what point does the animal fat become poison? Two years? Three? Six? It’s crazy.”

Indeed!

Peter Hemmingsen
4 years 8 months ago

I thought you knew women? They go crazy for chocolate around their period. That stuff’s catnip to them.

Galina L.
Galina L.
4 years 8 months ago

After I started ketogenic diet(for managing migraines), I lost all my craving for chocolate and sweets before my period and PMS symptoms.

Sarah
Sarah
4 years 8 months ago

Although I totally agree that high fat diets for kids are not unhealthy, I think the general agreement about the macronutrients of human breastmilk vary greatly from those listed above. Human breast milk is about 85% water, 8% carbs (lactose), 6% fat, and 1% protein. Other mammalian breastmilk does indeed have higher fat content. Wenda Trevathan does a wonderful job exploring the evolutionary roots of mammalian breast milk in her book “Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives” if anyone is more interested in the female perspective on evolutionary medicine.

ima_homer
ima_homer
4 years 8 months ago

Sarah,
you have to exclude the water because there is no calories in water. now looking at the calories you see that its nearly 50% fat,using your numbers!

the numbers vary by mother of course and by length of lactation by as much as 10% in studies.

Beth
Beth
4 years 8 months ago
Parents are a hard sell. My mom nearly swooned when I told her that I cook primarily with coconut oil. And when she found out that I’ll take a spoonful of the stuff and plop it into a smoothie, she nearly had a heart attack! She recently lost a lot of weight (too much, if you ask me) and lowered her cholesterol through “diet” and exercise. Now she eats nearly no fat (so unhealthy) and she’s a cardio-fiend. She thinks her “diet” is dead-on right and her doctor thinks she’s a genius. Of course, all he is interested in are… Read more »
Becki
Becki
4 years 8 months ago
Hi Mark I’ve been getting your weekly advise for over a year now and have bought 2 of your books. I live in the UK and can’t get some of the things to eat you suggest on your website. To be honest I’m so unwell and have been for years. In and out of hospital with “cancer”, “ulcerative colistis”, “coeliac disease” the lot. I’ve had tubes shoved up and down my body and still they can’t find what’s wrong (my stomach bleeds). Over a year ago I started doing your recipe and the very first one I used cauliflower instead… Read more »
bunpoh
bunpoh
4 years 8 months ago
Becky, I used to have bad digestive problems, got a preliminary diagnosis of IBD, then Crohn’s disease. I also gained distrust of the doctors, and a horror of the drugs they waned to put me on – those steroids can kill you, or permanently injure. I did my own research and found many people with my problems and others, such as UC, said they had success with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, which is really pretty close to Primal/Paleo eating, maybe a touch more restrictive. Really gut healing. I tried it and it totally worked, though I had problems if I… Read more »
bunpoh
bunpoh
4 years 8 months ago

Oh, sorry I misspelled your name, Becki! I was trying too hard to remember what I used to have to eat. 🙂

Lauren
4 years 8 months ago

Gottschall was (is?) the inspiration for GAPS, by Natasha Campbell-McBride. Whether SCD or GAPS is better for you I couldn’t say, but NCM is in England so her resources may be more available to you. Good luck (and don’t discount the possibility that short IFs may help you heal).

Third Chimp
Third Chimp
4 years 8 months ago

You should also check out GAPS diet which is gut healing and aimed at restoring normal gut flora.

Heather
Heather
4 years 8 months ago
Great post Mark, I have just started reading Big Fat Lies, by David Gillespie, an Aussie. He hasn’t gone far enough, but the Aussie perspective is interesting and so is the economics of the SAD diet and all it’s props. In there he mentions a very high fat diet that some physicians use to control child hood epilepsy that can’t be controlled by drugs. The diet reduces seizures, and some kids are able to ditch the meds and lead a normal childhood. The low fat fever is a huge uncontrolled species wide experiment which is only going to end in… Read more »
Kim
Kim
4 years 8 months ago

Hi Heather,
‘Sweet Poison’ and David Gillespie was my reason for giving up sugar in the 1st place, haven’t read ‘Big Fat Lies’ yet. Would be good for an Aussie comparison. He has done a brilliant job and stirred up much contraversey.
Baby steps…

Jenny W
Jenny W
4 years 8 months ago

L LOVE the idea of pulling out a marrow bone – pity mine are too old for that now!! The visual picture made me roar with laughter. I’m still working on getting my 26 and 30 year olds more ‘primal’ – their main problem is very low incomes – but they do see their Mum looking younger than nearly everyone else the same age – and appreciate why.

Unamused Mouse
4 years 8 months ago

I think Batty’s Blueberry Butter Balls with B-Coconut would make a great snack in the cold…

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread8256.html

Nikhil Hogan
4 years 8 months ago

Ooooh, Dark Chocolate to make my girl feel better during PMS, i’m going to remember that.

alicat
alicat
4 years 8 months ago

Nikhil, you’re definately a keeper!

Farmer Pat
Farmer Pat
4 years 8 months ago

My partner used to buy 85% and 99% bars and stow them around the house. When I’d start showing signs of impending PMS, he’d sidle up with a hug, a kiss, and a wonderful bar of dark chocolate.

Interesting how if we get out of our bodies’ way, they tell us what is right to do, and healthy.

mashka
mashka
4 years 8 months ago

Re the crazy carb cravings during period: As Mark said, this may be related to low serotonin levels. To make serotonin, your body needs an amino acid named tryptophan. You’re body can’t make this amino acid on its own, so needs a dietary source of it.

Some primal-friendly foods high in Trp: Egg whites, seaweed, dried fish, mozzarella (sorta primal), pumpkin seeds, game meat. Try eating some of these to satiate a carb craving.

To find more, use http://nutritiondata.self.com/tools/nutrient-search and select ‘Trytophan’ in ‘highest in’ dropdown tab. Hope this helps!

Snowcreature
Snowcreature
4 years 8 months ago
For lift served resort snowboarding I’ll just happily wait to eat until I get back to the ski house later in the day. Get in 30-40 days a season and this seems to work fine. I’ve done more of a Leangains style eating template for over a year so is pretty easy, it’s not hard to adjust to exercising while fasted. In the backcountry I do like to carry food for safety if nothing else. There’s a huge amount of energy expended in skinning your way up the mountain, esp. in rough weather. Any good fats (coconut, nuts, pemmican) and… Read more »
Terri
Terri
4 years 8 months ago
To Tim with 18 y-o: Your house, your money, your rules. And it’s also your fault he’s in the predicament he’s in. Sorry, but both of you need some tough love. Don’t buy or make what you don’t want him to eat or don’t want to eat yourself. And don’t give in and feel sorry for him. You’re providing/paying for his drug of choice and it’s killing him. If you insist on making pasta for dinner, only make enough for one small serving and provide the rest of the meal in vegetables/salad/meat etc. If he’s cooking the pasta meals himself,… Read more »
Louise
Louise
4 years 8 months ago
For ski days, in order to “go hard” all day through heavy snow I find it absolutely necessary to carry a few snacks to eat on the chairlift. I carry chocolate, dried fruit, or my fave, yam pancakes. This is how I make them: roast yams in the oven. Scoop out flesh and mash. Beat in eggs (one egg per yam), a good dose of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt with a heavy whisk. Spoon into hot pan oiled with coconut oil, and spread out a bit into pancakes with the spoon. (You can make them big or “pocket… Read more »
Jamie
4 years 8 months ago
Whenever anyone balks at the amount of fat my son eats, I just point out that he has a tiny little six pack, more focus and more level energy than any other five year old I’ve met. When I switched him over to primal his behavior became almost angelic. He’s never been a crazy kid but something’s I thought were “normal” were not (Thanks Peggy The Primal Parent!). I am also a professional potty trainer. More and more kids are having trouble pooping, especially kids who eat “healthy” (ya know…whole grain goldfish). I also recommend upping the fat by a… Read more »
Tim
Tim
4 years 8 months ago

Catherine, not even conventional pediatricians would recommend putting children on a low-fat diet. Point them in the direction of these reviews (just google the titles):

Hardy SC, Kleinman RE. “Fat and cholesterol in the diet of infants and young children: implications for growth, development, and long-term health.” J Pediatr. 1994 Nov;125(5 Pt 2):S69-77.

“Is it wise to restrict fat in the diets of children?” Olson RE. J Am Diet Assoc. 2000 Jan;100(1):28-32.

Margaret
Margaret
4 years 8 months ago
I’ve been following your website for only a short while, but am enjoying reading the questions and answers, as well as the primal success stories. Thank you for the response to the question regarding menstrual cravings. I was wondering that exact thing, because my experience over the last three cycles (which is how long I’ve been following a primal diet) is that I’m fine until shortly before my period starts, and then I just want to eat carbs like crazy. What I’ve done is just about exactly what Mark suggested: add some sweet or white potatoes (with lots of pastured… Read more »
Marjorie
4 years 8 months ago
We just got back from a ski vacation in Jackson Hole/Grand Targhee WY. We’ve perfected ski day/on the hill nutrition! First, eat a big breakfast (eggs, meat, and some fruits and veggies). We take along jerky or pemmican (ordered our latest batch from US Wellness Meats and it was amazing!) or canned fish (mackerel or sardines). Dehydrated fruits or a Lara bar round out the meal (skip the Lara bar if you’re not good with nuts). Tons of energy to get you through the second half of your day! Once you’re off the mountain, eat a giant steak and all… Read more »
Lianda
4 years 8 months ago

What do you recommend to someone who has rigorously followed the Paleo Plan for 6 weeks without any change in weight? No other positive changes felt in digestion; and energy and mood level is depressed. Do you believe Paleo works for everyone?

Erika
Erika
4 years 8 months ago

I would track calories for a week or so. You could just be eating more calories than you’re burning. http://www.Fitday.com or http://www.myfitnesspal.com are a couple of good sites to help you track and they have apps too. I use My fitness pal. Figure out how many calories you’re consuming and then reduce calories or get more active. Good Luck!

Lianda
4 years 8 months ago

Erika, thanks for your sincere suggestion. However, eating less is what sets off a slower metabolism; and exercising more actually makes you hungrier – that’s the way the body’s automatic self-regulating thermostat works. This is the reason that 95-98% of all diets fail; because they rely on this mis-information that unfortunately, is widely believed despite the statistics that prove it doesn’t work! There’s another mechanism going on here – one to be determined. I’m thinking it has to do with stress or adrenal exhaustion.

Farmer Pat
Farmer Pat
4 years 8 months ago

Pemmican and jerky recipes galore:

http://www.paleofood.com/jerky.htm

Lisa
Lisa
4 years 8 months ago

Shark week cravings mystify me. I’ve never had them, even before going primal. I eat a bit of dark chocolate every day, so no difference there. Overall, I’m hungrier and moodier. Maybe crave more salt than usual. Salt me up some chocolate and you’re my new best friend for the week!

Donna
Donna
4 years 8 months ago

Loving that “Shark Week” term…so laughing!!!

Joanna
4 years 8 months ago

Dark chocolate will fix anything.

Sev
4 years 8 months ago

What ? I’m allowed to eat some carbs 1 or 2 weeks per month ? Thank God, I’m a women ! LOL

In some spiritual point of view men can have a mini metaphoric PSM, so let’s say that my husband will be allowed to eat like me if his body really tells him to do so lol

Laura M.
Laura M.
4 years 8 months ago

Re: the 18 year old who is overweight and stubborn about changing. Show him the sexyness of food. Find ways to get him involved with cooking food (even if it is not uber-healthy just yet) and growing food and enjoying food. Food porn, baby! There are tons of shows and cookbooks with hot chicks and dudes who are chowing down on delicious, healthy food and loving it. Sometimes we get caught up in the things we can’t do but be sure to show him the things he can do that are fun, tasty, sexy and cool. 🙂

Bri
Bri
3 years 5 months ago
Hey Mark, I was just watching the “Female Fat Loss Formula” Webinar from Dr. Jade Teta and he was saying that during the follicular phase (the week of menstruation and the week after) the body is better able to use carbohydrates because the increased levels of estrogen during this time make us more insulin sensitive. This contradicts what you said above that the two weeks leading up to menstruation is when the body is primed to use carbs (also attributed to increased levels of estrogen). The cycle chart that he showed depicted estrogen at it’s highest during the week after… Read more »
Christie
Christie
2 years 3 months ago

My bub teethed on drumstick, ribones and, her favourites, old pieces of bridle leather 🙂 A few ladies were concerned she might choke on the drumstick when I was shopping & my parents shook their heads smiling at the leather (I am a hippomaniac!) but I never got any flak. Gnawing on an old piece of cowhide was primal instinct at its finest! 🙂

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