hey all, anyone familiar with Nora Gedgaudus and her book "Primal Mind Primal Body."? http://www.primalbody-primalmind.com/
She is pretty kickass. However, im writing here on PaleoHacks because she points out that less protein is needed than many groks consume. Shes all about eating lots of good quality sat fat and good veggies, and good quality protein with all the fat - only that she says mostly all of that protein should be consumed prolly once a day only and only in smallish amounts at that. Just wondering what you think and if anyone on here is familiar with her. Cheers, ben.
The problem is that she's againast carbs too. I eat very little meat compared to many paleo dieters and usually still go over her recommendations. I'd have to do more research on the reason she gives for protein restriction (mTor), but I'd be curious what an actual diet that follows her advice is like....
A salad with a cup of lard? Gallons of coconut milk? I'm not sure it's a good emulation of our ancestor's diet. mTor seems to be more about calorie restriction than anything, so I'd say intermittent fasting is a better strategy to deal with that.
Her protein requirements make no sense given the observed diet of many contemporary HGs. She's also predicating a diet on essentially a purely theoretical basis. Mice live longer on mTOR activity lowering diets but do humans? What other costs are associated with it?
I personally have not run across any evidence anywhere that any macronutrient needs to be carefully restricted for magic health. It seems implausible and there is no actual experimental evidence in humans to suggest any real effect, merely hypotheses based on observing caloric restriction in monkeys or mice force-feed mTOR inhibitors. I agree with Kurt Harris on this one: your dietary inputs have wide tolerances.
I followed her recommendations for about 9 months. I noticed a down turn in athletic performance. Got leaner than normal as well. I decided to up my protein and carb intake. Not quite to Sisson's 1 gram per lb of body weight, but about 1 gram per pound of lean muscle mass as determined by a BIA. Noticed an almost immediate increase in muscle size. Especially in the chest region.
I've heard interviews with her, and while I respect a lot of her opinions, I already know I can't eat the way she does.
When it comes down to it, she's a calorie restriction person. She appears to eat about 1,400 calories a day (effortlessly), but fat just won't do that for me.
Listen to her interviews with Jimmy Moore, and maybe it will be more clear to you what she's eating.