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Nora Gedgaudas - The Paleo Diet, Primal Body & Primal Mind interview

Nora Gedgaudas - Hour 1 - The Paleo Diet, Primal Body & Primal Mind


Nora Gedgaudas is one of the world's leading experts on Paleolithic (Paleo) nutrition and author of the international bestselling book "Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond The Paleo Diet For Total Health and a Longer Life." She is Board-certified in Holistic Nutrition through the National Association of Nutritional Professionals and is a Certified Nutritional Therapist. Nora served as a trainer for the State of Washington Institute of Mental Health, illuminating nutrition's impact on mental health for State health care workers at all levels. She maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon as both a Certified Nutritional Therapist and a Board-certified Clinical Neurofeedback Specialist. In August 2011, Nora was a featured presenter at the Ancestral Health Symposium at UCLA-billed as "the Woodstock of evolutionary medicine." We'll discuss the pre-agriculture diet and lifestyle. Also, we cover the negative impacts of agriculture upon our environment and the ill effects of grain in our bodies. Nora provides specific information on why the paleo diet is the best for the human body.

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I sure hope

I hope Ron Paul endorses Gary Johnson like he endorsed Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party last time. Gary is the only one in the general election with business economics and government policies that I support. Oh oh.. Is this the Paleo site? I'm sorry. I thought it was the Ron Paul site.

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We're in a very long term effort to grow

Liberty/Peace in the world. Our warriors need the best health and mental acuity possible, to combat authoritarian aggression on every level, including totally wrong official "health" guidelines and subsidies and promotion of toxic foods and medical conventionality.

It's the HEALTH section of

It's the HEALTH section of the Ron Paul site. (not the Gary Johnson site)

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I lost 30 pounds on this diet...

and it was surprisingly the easiest for me (in fact my first real attempt). It had a lot more to do with the fact that Fat Head (the documentary) revealed to me what really causes us to get fat.

And if you follow the money trail you can see that the powers that be are manipulating what we eat, as well as what we put in our bodies (i.e. drugs that mess up our health).

As others have stated, the paleo diet is very anti-establishment, since it relies upon real food.

While I don't endorse veganism/vegetarianism, there are many healthy ones who totally swear by it, or they say that it works better for them than paleo.

Either way around, Paleo and the raw food diet is still far better than SAD (standard american diet) which is filled with garbage (though quite seductive due to the addictive nature of carbs and sugar). It never occurred to me until I went on Paleo that I had a carb addiction.

If you don't think so, try going a full month without eating bread, rice and beverages with carbs in them (which is pretty much every drink except a few low-carb drinks and water). See what kind of withdrawal symptoms you exhibit (but notice how your weight drops so easily) :)

"Withdrawal symptoms". I call it akin to a mini version of

"hypoglycemia". I felt that at first when I stopped totally from eating rice (my country's staple) and grains altogether (from dependence of complex carbs in diet).


I just ordered the book.
she made everything sound very interesting and is very smart especially with affects food has on mental capacity.

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After you clean up your diet,

After you clean up your diet, you start to really notice people whose behavior and mentality are effected by their poor diets. I say they're suffering from "grain brain." It's amazing how many mental and physical health issues can be alleviated with proper diet and nutritional supplementation. It's equally amazing how many people are so unwilling to change that they'd rather stay ill than make the necessary changes to get healthy.

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it is addiction to sugar.
who knew dairy and grains turned into sugar.

I need to clean up my diet, youre right!
I have grain brain!
I think most of us do and dont even know it.
this woman is smart.
cant wait to get her book.

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I don't know so much about diets...but I kind of follow the Maker's Diet based on a book by Jordan Rubin and it works well for me, also I juice now and then. Mostly I eat smaller portions, less meat, and less processed foods. Would like to hear your opinions, on these matters! I have some friends going vegetarian and even vegan...I just don't think we need to go that far...to be healthy. The health and wellness industry is so huge, sometimes I don't know what to do with all that information!

Fear knocked on my door and Faith answered!

As far as veganism and

As far as veganism and vegetarianism, this quote from the interview kind of gets one's attention...

Nora Gedgaudas - "the most damaged brains I have worked with are vegetarians and vegans by far"

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The inability to convert plant fat into essential fat.

This would doom a vegan diet to failure.

I wonder if the failure to convert fats is a mineral deficiency or congenital.

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I'm on a "modified" paleo diet...at times one cannot totally

avoid salt, sugar, legumes, processed oil nor grains (minimal to none). I ALWAYS count my calories though (aim is 1,200-1,400 cal/day) and I still "indulge" sometimes on food most crave, albeit in a portion controlled way. I munch on something small calorie-wise every 2-3hrs throughout the day to stabilize blood glucose (thus avoiding sudden and big hunger pangs and no, am not diabetic though it runs on my maternal side of family). I take supplements, multivitamins, fish oil, D3 and hydrolyzed collagen daily.

However, since the start of the year, I have lost 40 lbs (with barely an exercise, my bad)...and everything "elevated" on my quarterly fasting blood work went down to normal since end of June (triglycerides, HgBA1C, LDL, etc). Doc stopped my fenofibrate and b/p pills since. I feel light on my feet, minimal to no aches/pains, my migraines disappeared, getting up in the morning is not as "laborious"/no pain on my feet while walking to the bathroom unlike before and am always in a fine mood. Last time I was at this "light" (or heavy) was in my college years. I am in my mid 40's.

Still working on 5lbs more to lose for my target BMI...

Weak blood sugar control is lack of chromium + vanadium

We lose minerals every day in our sweat. If things were better in the past, maybe minerals were lost and not replaced.

We can get all our nutrients from plants and animals. Except 60 minerals because soils are deficient or depleted.

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Lack of chromium? I take chromium picolinate daily for yrs

along with other supplements as I mentioned..includes milk thistle (food for your body's main FILTER, the liver), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), red yeast rice (natural statin), gingko biloba and hydrolyzed collagen tablets (taking >3rs now daily; my natural skin tightening, moisturizing, wrinkle reducing, blood vessel strengthening and organ rebuilding amino acid supplement that works wonders).


Btw, I do not have weak control of blood sugar. Working for a county diabetic clinic helps alot...the mechanism and control of hunger/appetite has everything to do with the level of blood sugar/glucose in your blood. Just because I was talking about stabilizing blood sugar levels earlier (by eating small, frequent meals/snacks)...that does not mean I automatically have issues with my blood sugar. I am maintaining the blood glucose "equilibrium" I seek to CONTROL my hunger/appetite or eating too much (which alot of folks are trying to resist and/or control), that is my AIM and thus I can control my weight long term (no "yo-yo" weight fluctuations). Oh, I also follow one guide for weight control from diabetic patient teachings: Glycemic Index


Want to control your hunger/appetite, lose and/or maintain weight and keep it...maintain an "equilibrium" of your blood sugar levels throughout the day.

100% Paleo isn't practical

I've been trending Paleo over the past year, but going 100% paleo is not practical, monetarily (paleo friendly-food is _EXPENSIVE_) or socially (if you eat out - ever - you're going to run into artificial sweeteners, period). So it ends up like any other nutritional lifestyle choice: diet concessions must be made in moderation.

I think the overall theme of the Paleo lifestyle is that naturally-occurring > artificial. That said, if you're going to drink a soda, drink one with real cane sugar, not the artificial garbage they pump into them these days.


That's BS ... paleo is very doable...I've been doing it for over 5 years and therefore have excellent. Health.....conveniently eating paleo is also very anti establishment

Two questions:

Question 1) Are you saying you haven't had a single gram of artificial sweetener, ounce of dairy-product, or pinch of flour in the past 5 years?

Question 2) Do you ever eat out?

They need to cut to the chase

They need to cut to the chase in that video.

It's hard to have an hour

It's hard to have an hour long interview in less than an hour...

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btw, make sure to eat a lot

btw, make sure to eat a lot of pure fats, including saturated. fatty acids are important in hormone production.


I'm with her for the most part, but I think vegetation should still be the biggest part, followed by meat, fruits,dairy, and non-glutenous grains and pseudo grains.
Something like this:
50% vegetables
20% meat
10% fruit
10% fermented dairy
10% non-glutenous grains and pseudo grains--rice and buckwheat.

I'm not big on a lot of raw foods. People learned to cook food for a reason.

The primal food pyramid

does in fact have fruits and veggies at the base:

http://www.haynesherwayct.com/?p=54 (second graphic down)


I didn't listen to all of the hour long recording. I was referring to the pyramid beside here photo. Proportional to the rest of the pyramid, it is at least 50% meat.She may say different in the audio. If so, that is a poor visual choice.
Hope no one wants to fight like a caveman about it :)

I don't think anyone wants to

I don't think anyone wants to fight about it. But getting all cave man could be wild fun...

That pyramid graphic in the vid was put there by Red Ice Radio. The important thing is the info in her interview.

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Ha ha

Just for fun...the person featured in the video has some responsibility as to how the video is presented. She should have gotten that straighted out before she made it instead of allowing a diet pyramid composed of 50% meat to be place beside her head on her video to be circulated on the World-wide Web.
I did listen to a little but it started to sound familiar. I've been a follower to a degree too in the past, but after trying various diets I feel the one I mentioned works best for me. Thanks for posting the video, though. I may listen to more of it later.

Other peoples personal experience are welcome.

Oh my.

Maybe you should turn off your monitor when you listen to the interview. ;-)

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too wate...i alwedy taw it

sound sorta like

Sally fallon's book--think so? if you've read it, that is.

As she said in the interview,

As she said in the interview, she's not talking about eating huge slabs of meat. Sure, everyone would agree that lots of veggies is a good thing.

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The paleo diet, though well intended

may not be an accurate pre-agriculture diet of our ancestors, because it is based on the "savanna ape" theory of early evolution, which is the assumption of most anthropologists. A closer look may reveal a very different early evolutionary path and therefor a very different early human diet. I found this very interesting and the evidence irrefutable.