Thank you for your reply to my article, and for disagreeing with me in a respectful manner-a rare occurrence today haha.
In response to your disagreements, I would like to share my thoughts in an equally respectful manner. I see no need to banter nor argue, and at the end of the day until some of this material are settled sciences, there will always be room for interpretation, and that's what makes discussing this so interesting and stimulating for me.
Firstly, I would like to point out that I did have length constraints I had to fit the article into, so a lot of my reasoning here, while it would have helped, was cut out of the article. With that being said, you did answer what I was trying to get across in the article-that for many, the avoidance of grains has political ties rather than health ones. But you did raise a good point that many/most grains have been linked to irritation/inflammation. However, there is not an agreed upon nor established amount of grains looked at in most of these studies. I for one believe in minimizing grains, but on the same token, they can have benefits, too. One example would be if you know anyone who has been on 'orthodox' Paleo for a long while without 'breaking', there are links to dry tear ducts and sinuses. This is because grains, like white rice for instance, produce mucus (normally a bad thing), but at a baseline level, we need some mucus in us. At the end of the day, I view many aspects of nutrition like I do economic decisions in that, there are very few things that are black or white, 100% upside/downside. There is usually a benefit to risk ratio, and food is no different.
As far as the trainer himself, one part of the article that was left on the cutting room floor, so to speak, was very insulin-sensitive. People like that whom have tried to bio-hack their bodies to be highly fat-adaptive but have failed, tend to depend more on carbohydrates. Thus, he was unable to get enough calories from enough of a variety of sources (of carbs) to vary his micronutrient intake enough.
Thank you for the positive feedback as well. I personally believe Paleo is a great methodology of all the diets that rx food groups for people. I personally often start there when I wrote nutritional programs for really unhealthy people....I also like using the diet myself as a sort of intelligent cleanse (since most cleanses stress non-eating and case HORRIBLE metabolic damage). I don't see Paleo disappearing, but I do see it potentially evolving.
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