I seem to have hit another of my occasional slumps where not only do I not have anything originally passionate to write about, but I’m not even that happy with some of my latest posts — so why add self-inflicted insult to my own self-inflicted injury?
Why? Well, one thing I have been doing for my Twitter followers (@rnikoley on Twitter) the last few days is a tour through the blog archives. Three tweets per day, roughly, of some of the best of the best, typically by topic. I just queued up a couple of day’s worth of vitamin K2 posts in chron order that will begin tomorrow morning. I have uniformly good feedback and lots of re-tweets.
So I thought I’d let readers who email me write the posts for a while. This is progress, and tomorrow will be questions. Man do I get a lot of email, which I do love to get. I have unanswered stuff going back to early February. I am deeply sorry that I can’t personally answer all emails. I just can’t. I could not have a life outside of that if I did. Perhaps feeling guilty is not the right description but I do tend to torture myself by leaving everything I have not responded to in my inbox, to look at occasionally, for purposes of self loathing and I suppose, to remind myself that there’s a there, there.
Onward. First, Joseph writes about how a suggestion of mine helped him.
Hey, this is Joseph, we’ve interacted a bit on Twitter. I mentioned I was eating a bunch of ground beef and you told me about your meatball recipe… which includes eggs. Well, I added eggs to my ground beef… and guess what? Eggs + ground beef = zero craving ketogenic diet.
You know, I’ve tried MANY times to go ketogenic… but the cravings were always too strong. In fact, I’ve never heard ANYONE say they had a ketogenic diet that DIDN’T require you to push through major cravings. …
Anyway, I have a very long history of struggling with "food intolerances." Symptoms include major energy deficit, IBS, etc etc etc. I won’t bore you with the details. Suffice it to say I’ve been self-experimenting for years, trying to find a stable cure.
Matthew appears to have stalled with lots of fat loss to go.
Just wanted to check in again. Unfortunately, not much has changed in the last six months. I still weight over 300 lbs, despite my much better bloodwork. I’ve been exercising 30 minutes a day 5 days a week and generally eaitng primal. I’ve also been counting calories.
2-3 eggs breakfast with bacon
6 oz tuna salad with 3 tbspn mayo
8-10oz beef with cup of veggies.
Unfortunately I still end up going off primal on the weeknds – I can’t seem to quit my addiction fully, despite having toned it down from pizza and 8 litres of diet coke a day six months ago to a bottle on the weekend and maybe a slice on Saturday. Part of it is long -term biological dependence and the rest is emotional eating and other psychological issues. I started taking 5-HTP about a week ago and this is the first week I’ve gone 7 days without binging, so this may be a huge step.
I had some questions I hope you could give me the answer to.
Veggies: When I started I was told the importance of a bedrock of vegetables. Unfortunately, I still have trouble eating enough – eating too much of them makes eating a chore and I get disgusted with my food and reach for pizza. How many veggies should I be eating, and can 2-3 cups a day (the atkins approach) be enough?
Exercise: I do low state cardio – walking, swimming – and the Primal Blueprint bodyweight exercises. Is this eough or should I be doing isolation exercises for strength?
Calories: My body loves to eat, and I’ve found that if I count what I eat on myfitnesspal without limiting it I can eat 3-3500 calories a day on primal foods (and thus gain weight). Should I be counting calories? Should I not? I feel like if I don’t count calories I will just eat and eat and gain weight. I read 4 hour body and he suggested not counting calories but rather just recording what I eat visually. I started a tumblr blog for this goal – heftyhammer.tumblr.com – and wondered if this might be enough or if I still need to count calories.
VLC: I am still more than 100lbs overweight. Should I consider going sub 20g carbs – Ketosis – until I am much closer to my weight goal? If so, can I get buy eating eggs, tuna, flank steak, everyday for a year or do I need to add some variety? I am still poor so I can only afford tallgrass beef about once every other week (had some tonight in my first ever tartare which was fabulous.)
Any suggestions? Offhand, intermittent fasting comes to mind, as does resistance training.
Alright, number three and final for now. Tyler writes:
I came across your blog just over five months ago through Mark Sission’s website. I quickly took a liking to your brash, unapologetic style of writing and being able to spread the primal word without watering it down for the "paleo pussies". I am twenty three years old and switched to the paleo/primal lifestyle last November. I have never been over weight, but I did have irritable bowel syndrome that was quickly eradicated once gluten was cut from my diet. I have never felt healthier in my life. I love cooking primal dishes and eating large portions of meat in one sitting. My only issue is that I am in the delayed entry for the United States Marine Corps. I leave for basic training on November 15th.
I’m not naive, I realize that at basic there will be bigger concerns than sticking to a 100% Paleo diet, but I don’t want to feel like shit during the hardest 13 weeks of my life either. With your prior military history and being a pillar of the Paleo community I figured you would be the best person to turn to. I don’t know how to go about this. Should I attempt to eat as clean paleo as possible and risk running a calorie deficit or should I eat the grains, sugars, and garbage that will be offered just to break even with the calorie expenditure? If I do go the grain route should I attempt to readjust myself back to them prior to leaving and if so how early? I’m also going to be doing long intense cardio sessions that don’t exactly fit into Mark’s Primal Blueprint. Again do you think it would be best to stick to a more HIIT workout plan until I leave, or continue with the long runs and marches for boot camp preparation? I also run in Vibrams, but those will not be at basic either, again would it be best to use them now or adapt to using a boot?
I want to be a Marine and will become one, but the military in general is steeped in conventional wisdom. I know after basic training is over I will be able to go back to my old ways for the most part, cooking my own meals and back to my own workout regimen. I know that is a lot of questions to throw at you, but I’m really at a crossroads at this. So far I decided that I would stick to my own diet and every Saturday eat some grains to get used to them again, but I really think all it does is irritate my gut. I did switch over to the long runs and body weight exercises though, but I still do them in my vibrams or barefoot. What do you think?
Keep up the great work and don’t let the idiots keep you down. If someone can’t take an F bomb in an article they have no business on the internet. The officer corps goes through a bit different deal but, I always look back to those six weeks of Gunny’s kicking our asses 24×7 in Newport, RI as one of the most challenging and memorable of my life.
I’ll never forget it.
I’d say to Tyler, just enjoy basic training and never forget it. Do what you need to perform and come out the other end proud of yourself.
OK, commenters: weigh in on any or all.