Podcast Episode #36: Surgery Recovery, Problems despite “Paleo,” Low Cholesterol?
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Episode #36 - A slight delay at the beginning, but we’re there!
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#1: Sunscreen [11:39]
#2 : Recovery from Surgery [20:24]
#3: Ongoing physical problems despite “Paleo” diet [27:22]
#4: New to “Paleo” – sports-specific goals/reducing inflammation [36:24]
#5: Cholesterol & Triglycerides – too low? Cholesterol & Cortisol [43:16]
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Hey Diane and Liz, I love the podcast and figured you two might have some useful nutrition-related advice related to recovery from surgery. I am 49 years old and, on March 26th, I am having arthroscopic surgery on my right elbow to remove huuuuuge bone spurs and clean out scar tissue that has built up from 30-some years of playing the drums in bands. I am actually really excited (weird, I know) to get the surgery because I hope to get a big payoff in terms of mobility in that arm that I haven’t had for years.
My question is this: is there some particular tweak to my paleo/primal eating that I should be doing post-surgery to optimize/speed recovery? I am technically a “primal” eater, rather than paleo, since I do incorporate WAPF-style grassfed butter and grassfed raw-milk cheese into my diet, but otherwise i keep things pretty darn close to 100% paleo compliant. But is there either: (1) something I should be particularly focusing on to include in my meals more than usual (e.g., more organ meat, more bone broth, etc), or (2) something that I am eating that is totally paleo or primal but which I should nevertheless knock out for a while because it might inhibit recovery (e.g. dairy, nightshades, whatever).
Hello ladies, I love the podcast and I’m seriously considering getting some coaching (you’ll see why shortly…). I have a myriad of issues that I have been continually working on for over 5 years but I’d like to focus in on one or two in this question submittal. I have post nasal drip which requires constant throat clearing and excessive swallowing all day, 24/7 no matter what the weather is like or the time of year or what I eat etc. I’ve been off dairy (with the exception of kerrygold butter) for at least 6 months and I have not had any relief. I eat a very clean paleo diet otherwise. In case you need some background info, here are all my other problems….
1. Chronic fatigue (probably due to poor sleep quality which is due to sinus congestion)
2. Chronic sinus congestion and post nasal drip (dry and stuffy sinus passage but consant nasal drippage of clear mucus, never had a sinus infection)
3. Restless leg syndrome
4. Cold hands and feet
5. Sleep apnea (I’m not overweight so I believe it’s due to my sinus congestion, however, it’s not technically sleep apnea because I hold my breath upon inhaling rather than exhaling and I either hold my breath or let it out very slowly in a groaning fashion)
6. Depression (more apathy than anxiety which is probably due to feeling tired and shitty all day)
7. Itchy bum….no explanation needed
So, I hope that providing my rap sheet will allow you to make some accurate assessments of what the root cause of my problem actually is. I’m looking forward to getting your take on this…
Hey! I have a few questions regarding food i eat and other things regarding my body. I play tennis at least 2 hours a day and I go to integrated 3 times a week. I also play tournaments on weekends. I have been looking in to the paleo diet, especially because Novak Djokovic last year switched his diet to follow the paleo system. I was wondering if you had any tips on what specific foods are great for recovery daily. Recently I feel tired on the court and lack energy, also I am constantly aching and a lot of my joints/muscles are inflamed (tendinitis in my knee) etc… Is there anything I can eat, drink or natural supplement I can take to help with that?
Daily I just eat what is at home. I eat frozen foods (chicken, french fried, pizzas, veggies, turkey burgers) I eat lunch at home, I am home schooled and have time to make good food. I love potatoes I don’t drink milk but I do use rice milk with my cereal, I eat cheeses and breads.
I’ve heard that very low cholesterol can be bad, but I haven’t found anything about how to raise it. My total cholesterol used to be in the 80s, back when I was a vegetarian. It raised to 120 after 1 year of eating paleo and 130 after 2 years (60 HDL, 65 LDL, 24 triglycerides). Is that still too low? Are there ways to raise it more other than just eating paleo? What about triglycerides? Can they also get too low?
Also, what is the relationship between low cholesterol and low cortisol? I recently cut way back on exercise due to overtraining and adrenal issues. I did an adrenal salivary test and found out that I have low DHEA and cortisol, both am and pm. I’m currently at about 1/3 of the lower end of the optimal range for all of those. If there is a relationship, is the low cortisol more likely to be a cause or a symptom of the low cholesterol?
Diane & Liz
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