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Dear Mark: Primal Compromises for Athletes

I’ve been getting a slew of emails lately from marathon runners and other endurance athletes among our group, many in response to our 30-Day Primal Health Challenge. Questions have run the gamut but generally get at how to combine endurance training and Primal Blueprint methodology:

How do I combine a low carb diet with marathon training? (Hint: you generally can’t)

What would you recommend for carb refueling post-race?

Can I even do the PB challenge if I have to adapt the diet for training purposes?

Troubleshooting High Cholesterol on the Paleo Diet

Even although high cholesterol isn’t necessarily a bad thing, why might someone have high cholesterol on a Paleo type diet?
As I concluded in the previous post, the HDL: triglyceride ratio is more predictive of heart disease and is actually relevant to the underlying biological process.
It would make sense when considering risk factors for heart disease for them to be relevant.  Currently total cholesterol, HDL-C, LDL-C, HDL-C:LDL-C and triglycerides are used, with much emphasis on total cholesterol.
Total cholesterol isn’t an important risk factor, because it’s intended to be a negative measurement based on the sum of other measurements some are considered good, neutral and bad, nor is it based on the actual process of atherosclerosis (it’s possible that an increase in HDL-C, a good thing, puts one over the threshold for high cholesterol and then the doctor prescribes a statin).  HDL-C:LDL-C is closer.  Pretty much all disease (including atherosclerosis) is based on the damage: repair ratio.  It assumes HDL-C is repair and LDL-C is damage.  Although not all LDL-C will do damage, only the pattern B LDL does, pattern A LDL is neutral.  Unfortunately many blood tests don’t differentiate between the different types of LDL.  Triglycerides and carbohydrates as a percentage of total calories can be used to predict the amount of pattern B LDL.  Since triglycerides predicts something that damages it could be used in the damage side of the ratio, making the ideal risk factor the HDL: triglyceride ratio.

How to Eat to Get Pregnant

There are two common reasons why many women fail to get pregnant. Here fertility specialist dr Michael D. Fox, M.D., discusses the first one: PCOS, an ovulation disorder.

PCOS, or “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome”, is very common in people following a western lifestyle. It’s connected to weight issues and may also cause acne and excess facial hair due to the hormonal imbalance.

This disease can be effectively treated by a relatively simple lifestyle change. Here dr Fox discusses the remarkable success seen at his clinic in recent years. Pregnancy rates unheard of with just medication: The vast majority of couples get pregnant with no need for expensive IVF treatment.

If you struggle with your weight and have a hard time getting pregnant then you should watch this video.


Low Carb Paleo with Mark Sisson

Here’s a man who wants to improve the health and lives of 10 MILLION people! And he might just succeed.

Mark Sisson runs the wildly popular fitness blog Mark’s Daily Apple, and is the author of a number of books including the bestseller The Primal Blueprint. He’s also one of the leaders behind the growing Paleo movement.

Despite running a small fitness / health empire Mark Sisson also finds the time to stay in a shape that would be the envy of just about anybody half his age. And he seems to enjoy every minute. How is it possible? In this interview he shares his secrets.

Furthermore, as the debate rages whether Paleo is low carb or not, Mark Sisson stays calm and sticks to what works.


The Paleo Diet Explained

What is the Paleo diet and why should you care? Well, it’s the original human diet and it’s probably still the healthiest way you could eat.

Here the world’s #1 expert, professor Loren Cordain, explains what you need to know and answers common questions. For example: Is Paleo always low carb? What’s wrong with vegan diets? What single dairy product is ok to eat?