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Question #1: No apparent health concerns, digestion seems fine still eating wheat and sugar… oh, but massive congestion!
“I recently started listening to your podcasts with Liz – I love them! Unfortunately I listen to them while baking cookies or bread which feels like an oxymoron. So, here’s my info: I have been vegetarian (eat fish sometimes) for about 9 years, I eat lots of wheat, sugar (hence the bread and cookies!), grains/pasta, and dairy. Yes I eat lots of fruit and veggies too but the first items make up the bulk of my diet. I don’t exercise formally but my 2 small children keep me pretty active. I’m 5’4″ and 120 pounds and don’t want to lose any weight. I have no obvious health issues or obvious food allergies. I’m 43 years old. I have no trouble going to the bathroom, no issues with gas or bloating, no skin issues. I eat organic food, avoid processed food, use natural hygiene products (baking soda/ACV/coconut oil, etc).
So here’s my issue: I have really bad “environmental” allergies that manifest in the form of congestion. At least I think they are environmental. Sometimes I feel fine, other times (especially at bedtime) I can’t breathe and have to blow my nose A LOT. It wakes me up at night – I have been known to stuff tissues in my nose so I don’t drip onto my pillow (gross). It’s not just at night, it happens during the day too and in different places – at work, at the store, outside. But mostly at night – maybe it just feels worse because I’m lying down? These “allergies” happen year-round but seem to be worse in the fall and winter. I am thinking of trying an elimination diet to see if it’s possible that a food could be causing my congestion but I have no other gastro intestinal symptoms, actually no other symptoms at all. Could a food sensitivity cause my histamines to go haywire like that? I should also mention that I get colds pretty easily and they often turn into sinus infections. Ok, so maybe I’m not the pillar of health I painted myself to be in the first paragraph .
Question #2: Paleo and figure competitions/dietary tweaks.
“Thanks so much for your amazing podcast! I love listening to the show as I walk to work here in Madrid. I know you get TONS of questions, so I really tried to do my research before submitting this. I can’t seem to find any good information out there so I came to you!
I have been Paleo for about 1 year now and have drastically improved my health and fitness. I am interested in training for a fitness competition in the future. I can’t seem to find any good information out there about how to take a Paleo approach to competition prep. Most of the information I have found about diet for competitions involves things like whey protein, wheat bread, dairy, other non-paleo items, and the 6-meal-a-day-low-fat-not-fun approach. I was wondering if you have any diet advice for someone looking to get into this kind of sport. Specifically, I would love to know more about the timing of macronutrients (ex. what to eat before/after workouts).
I am 24 years old and I currently have a good level of fitness (3-4 days a week in the gym, 2-3 days running). I don’t supplement currently and receive all my nutrients from whole foods. I don’t know my percentage of body fat, weight, or any other scientific stuff because frankly, I feel good and look good so I am not worried about it right now! I have been implementing mainly a ketogenic approach to my diet, limiting carbs from sources other than vegetables. I want to incorporate more carbohydrates like sweet potatoes but I don’t want to lose any of my leanness (is that a word?).”
Question #3: Goat milk?
“You discussed the good and bad versions of dairy on the Paleo 101 cast. However, where (if anywhere) would goat dairy fit in? Would it be in the good category or is it as bad as cow dairy in the same ways. Explaining this would be great!”
Question #4: Dietary recovery for a mentally underdeveloped toddler.
“My daughter is adopting a child from Uganda. The adoptive child is a 2 year old female however developmentally she is more like a typical 8-9 month old. What are your thoughts, research, suggestions… regarding the optimal diet for her “recovery” Can you point us in a direction for further investigation and or recommendations?”