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What Was Your Wakeup Call? And A Review Of Jeff O'Connell's "Sugar Nation"
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March 15, 2012
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My reasoning has always been that dairy fat is fine: it's lactose and casein that are potential problems.  And I've made the point before that goats and cattle were domesticated long before the cabbage.

I love coconut oil, myself...but there are a few people that MCTs simply disagree with.

I'm glad you're finding success, and I wish you and your husband the best.


April 5, 2012
7:01 am

we're doing fine. thanks

i like your take of dairy vs. cabbage. i believe that NADs are more worrisome than dairy.


May 21, 2012
8:21 pm
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This was a good post, JS.

I've had allergies, IBS, and what I learned later was reactive hypoglycemia my whole life-most started around the 3rd grade-I'll be 31 in a couple of weeks so that would've been….22ish years ago…sheesh…

Been paleo for almost 3 years and beyond the occasional upset haven't heard a peep since.

I was always über self disciplined as a kid and that hasn't changed so for me it was just lots of years of research (I started around 12 yrs old) and n=1 until I found the paleo lifestyle and then there was some more research and tweaks until I arrived here…

TGC was my wake up call for life-Ive told you this before but I feel it fits in this thread as well to benefit noobie readers that read the forums and comments.

Anyway, TGC was the blood stained (in a good way!) ribbon tied to the top of the paleo package that finally put everything to rest and set my course for the future.

For me the biochemistry sealed the deal with the diet and lifestyle changes; TGC changed my outlook, attitude, and basic philosophical frame of reference towards life. This I believe, is as important as any dietary factor and precisely why I refer people here.

It's been said before but bears (yes, that's another pun…) repeating: we ARE in fact predators and the more people understand the implications of that on their daily lives and how they approach their problems and other people, the better off they are. It makes us stronger to push away all the conditioning and superimposed, anthropocentric(I'm looking at you, Religion) freedom inhibiting crap that's been shoved down our throats since the dawn of agriculture. It gives us strength and power we never knew we had once we accept WHO and WHAT we are.

Ok rant over…I just want people to understand that it's about far more than just a choice of steak over skittles- although that's super important as well.

I'll take mine rare. 😉

May 22, 2012
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You raise an important point, which is that behavioral changes don't usually stick unless they become part of our identity. 

"I'm going on a diet" rarely lasts, because it's an imposition that depends on willpower to maintain it: a "diet" is a restraint we're imposing on our true selves, who would be more than happy to keep eating toaster strudels and Mountain Dew.  "I am a predator and I don't eat birdseed" is different: if this is a true statement and we really do think of ourselves as predators, toaster strudels aren't even food to us anymore.


September 8, 2012
1:44 pm

JS- this is a great site... I'm thrilled to have found it.

I'm currently reading this book and find it to be a full of very astute observations on T2DM from a layperson's perspecitive. I'm a diabetes educator/nurse practitioner and I try to focus on "fixing" my patient's insulin resistance with a primal type diet. For folks who are worried about insulin resistance and want to know where they stand, I highly recommend a test called a C-peptide. It basically tells you how much insulin your body is producing in order to control the blood sugar. I find it indispensible for explaining to people that having a "normal" blood sugar doesn't show the whole picture. A high C-pep result shows future trouble brewing far more accurately that just checking blood sugar.

Just some thoughts for those who may be interested. Keep up the great work!

September 9, 2012
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That's a good point about C-peptide. When our blood sugar finally goes out of control, that means our body has become so completely insulin-resistant that our pancreas can't make up for it anymore.  It's very likely that we've been insulin-resistant for years before that happens.

I'm glad you find useful.  Stick around, browse the index...and if you want to support my work, buy a copy of The Gnoll Credo.


November 14, 2014
10:19 am

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basis, this website is truly good and the peoole
are really sharing good thoughts.

November 17, 2014
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Hello! I realize this is an older thread, but I was fascinated by reading the "wake-up call" stories and just wanted to add my own two cents.

I am male, in my late thirties, and received my "wake-up call" about two years ago. I was gaining weight despite attempting to exercise, and I was frequently injured, with joint injuries that just wouldn't heal and frequently re-occurred. My digestion was _terrible_ -- severe IBS almost everyday, took some drugs for it that seemed to do nothing. I would frequently get these crashes in the middle of the day (low blood sugar?) where I would feel tired, woozy, unfocused, angry, and feel like I _had to eat immediately_ or I would pass out. I was eating sometimes every two hours throughout the day. I thought, "All this stuff can't be a normal part of aging, right? I'm only in my thirties!"

My path to the paleo/primal/ancestral viewpoint was through barefoot running, and somehow somewhere reading barefoot running websites led me to reading Gary Taubes and William Davis. (I no longer run barefoot on a regular basis, although I do wear minimalist shoes and do some barefoot strides every once in a while.)

Taubes and Davis were the real eye-openers for me. I somehow got my wife on board with a paleo trial period, and then I stopped eating wheat cold turkey. Wheat was the "X factor" for me. Once I stopped eating wheat, it was like flipping a switch. IBS -- cured. Crashes and constant eating during the day -- gone. And effortless loss of 25 lbs of body fat.

Today I read the Gnolls website, also Mark Sisson, Emily Deans, and others. ChiRunning has helped with the running form and injuries, CrossFit-style workouts help with the strength. I have stabilized at a body weight that feels comfortable to me, and I follow a roughly 80/20 rule when it comes to paleo eating, which means 80% paleo/primal but occasional beer, take-out food, corn/rice, and beans. But never wheat!

Thanks for reading!

November 18, 2014
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The Pooch:

I still respond to comments on my older articles...and based on both the comment threads and my web statistics, they're still being regularly read!

Sadly, your story isn't uncommon. Over 1 in 100 suffers from frank celiac (prevalence in some subgroups exceeds 5%) -- and that doesn't include the much greater number, like yourself, whose bodies reject wheat as a foreign substance through other mechanisms. As you know, the unshakable position of allopathic medicine, until very recently, was "Celiac is 1 in 1000 or less and non-celiac gluten intolerance doesn't exist" -- a position still taken by the majority of doctors, and one that has condemned millions to a lifetime of unnecessary suffering.

I firmly believe that most of what we think of as "aging" is the result of a species-inappropriate diet based on birdseed, not food. The good health of ancestral cultures, as recounted by Weston A. Price and others, is not an accident of genetics -- and the fact that ancestral cultures suffer even more than we do when they take up our diet is proof of this.

Re: your sources, I've found over the years that the Primal Blueprint is holding up much better than most other "paleo" books. Sure, it's very breezily and pop-sci written, and he spends a bit too much time on the carb curve -- but the specifics of his actual prescription for heath, e.g. the Ten Laws, are useful practical truth for the average person trying to gain and maintain their health.

I'm glad I've somehow been able to contribute to your quality of life. Thank you for sharing!


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