In the post “Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying” on her blog Feasting on Fitness, Kristy A provides a list of blogs by parents who follow the paleo diet and lifestyle. Learn and enjoy!
For many overweight kids and adults, junk food and sweets aren’t the only cause: it’s starch. One reason is that high fructose corn syrup is in EVERYTHING, even starches like bread. Check the labels–you’ll be horrified. Why we need to sugar everything we consume is another post, but for now, take it on good authority that high density foods like bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes give too much energy, and the excess carbohydrate turns to fat. In reality, it isn’t fat that makes us fat, but carbohydrate! The old advice to eat a low fat and high carbohydrate diet hasn’t gotten us out of the obesity epidemic; in fact, the epidemic has gotten worse.
I just got back from a talk given by Dr. Lustig of “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” fame, but I can’t write up that smorgasbord of info at the moment. Next time, Gadget, next time. Right now, the focus of this post is:
Step 1: We need to work toward the goal of replacing that starch AND SUGAR with vegetables and fruit–i.e. REAL FOOD.
Update (4-22-11; 7:07 PM): Another blog for parents is The Primal Parent. On her “About” page, she says:
My own journey with the primal diet – or the paleo diet as it is also called – began just before my pregnancy. Hitherto I was unable to conceive and had myriad health challenges. I began studying nutrition and disease while experimenting with the primal diet. Within three months of eliminating grains and dairy, I was pregnant. This unexpected miracle fueled my interest in the primal diet. I continued studying and experimenting with foods which led to the successful control of joint pain, infertility, acne, depression and other illness from which I had previously suffered. Now, as a parent I am primarily concerned with the prevention of gratuitous pain and suffering in children and growing adults. My experience with paleolithic lifestyle and diet extends to the philosophy of those ancient practices and how they can be applied to modern parenting.
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The more I learn, the older I get, the more I see we need to find things out for ourselves.
In a Jimmy Moore interview, Gary Taubes discusses how he was misrepresented by the media on the Dr. Oz show. Links to parts 2 and 3 can be found on Jimmy Moore’s Website.
Related: Dr. Eades dissects an ABC report on fat and diet.
Given how people are, I say that things are the same with horses and horse nutrition, amongst vets and people. False ideas get stuck in people’s heads, and influence us for the worse, damaging our health and fitness. And good ideas get ridiculed or misrepresented.
Besides which, evolutionary medicine is a recent development; the idea has not had time to spread through science and society.
Mark Pomery, triathelete and coach, is interviewed by Jimmy Moore about diet and athletics. He has some good ideas to reduce inflammation and more. One good idea from the interview is that most people think of asking ‘how many calories did I burn’ after they exercise, while Mark has people think about ‘how many nutrients did I burn through; how many vitamins and minerals did I use and need to replace.’
Fox News interviewed a family (be sure to read the comments to the post on Tom Naugton’s site), Michael and Tula Larson, and their doctor, Dr. Kenneth Bock, (author of Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies) about Tula’s autism and how it was eliminated with diet. The diet is basically the paleo diet, which you could learn about from such books as Mark Sisson‘s Primal Blueprint, Robb Wolf‘s The Paleo Solution, Nora Gedgaudas‘ Primal Body — Primal Mind, or Dr. Art DeVany‘s New Evolution Diet.
The episode and Dr. Bock are criticized on Media Matters. However, Dr. Ann Childers, among numerous other people, has made observations similar to those of Dr. Bock, and has used diet to treat children with mental health problems, as she discussed in an interview by Jimmy Moore. You could also listen to Nora Gedgaudas discuss how diet has an affect on mental health in some of her radio shows (episodes #29, 33, 39). See also the PBS documentary The Medicated Child (which I have not seen, and so cannot recommend; I am posting it here on the implicit recommendation of Tom Naughton) and read the comments to the post.
I’d tend to think that diet does help; however, we’d have to do the (real, proper, inductive and integrated) science and research the (real, proper, inductive and integrated) science that has already been done. If you look into related issues, you will learn how high-fat diets have been used to help children who are not developing neurologically properly and how ketogenic diets are used to treat cancers and neurological problems.