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Sunday, July 21, 2013

PaleoJay podcast 40- Vitamin Kryptonite, and Paleo diet for a college student

PaleoJay Podcast 40- Vitamin Kryptonite (K1 and K2)
and College Student Paleo Diet

PaleoJay Podcast #40

Vitamin K1 and K2- Kryptonite in reverse?
And Paleo diet for a college student!

OK- as new facts are brought to light, the Paleo type of diet template tends to .... change.  This is just how science is supposed to work!  New facts come up, and we change what we are doing.  The strange this is, in modern AMA type medical science, this idea is being ignored- and has been for decades!

This kind of boggles my mind- any university trained US of A medical Dr. would say - 

“Oh yes, I am completely a man of science!”

That is, until you confront them with scientific evidence with which their training (which took place, usually, 20 or 30 years ago) doesn’t agree!  Then, they dismiss it, sweep it under the rug, and want to change the subject... this is not science my friends!  This is protecting your own turf, bailiwick, or “hood”; however you say it, it is not science.

It was fine, saying that fat was bad, sugar was fine, whole grains were wonderful, and long slow distance running was wonderful exercise... back in 1970, when we were all quite healthy, slim, and it sounded right!  But now, over 4 decades later, when the vast majority of us are fat, sick, diabetic, and racked with preventable diseases that hardly existed pre 1970’s: 


We have all been GRAIN- washed, as I’ve said before.  The truth is what our grandparents, our great grandparents, and all of our forebears throughout history knew:

Fat, quality fat is a fount of life- it is wonderful for our health!
SUGAR is the poison that fat was thought to be in the 1960’s- SUGAR IS BAD!!
Whole grains are basically JUST ANOTHER FORM OF SUGAR!! They turn to sugar right in your mouth (hello dental problems!), and raise your blood sugar even worse than sugar, with the resulting INSULIN surge to calm them down, that ages you and forces your body to store more and more FAT. 
Long, Slow Exercise only succeeds in destroying your joints, wasting your precious muscle tissue, and teaches your body to be really good at preserving body fat to fuel this strange obsession.  It also seems to be a good way to promote cancer, by depleting the body’s immune system to such an extent that it can scarcely recover...

Anyway, that is a long intro into the idea that we really do need lots of quality fats. 

We really need Vitamin Kryptonite, aka Vitamins K1 and K2!

First discovered was Vitamin K1, which is found in leafy greens like spinach, kale, and their ilk.  If you have a good green Paleo smoothie each day as I recommend, this is not a problem at all- you have K1 in plenty (along with many other phytonutrients!)- Be Happy!

But K2 (Red Kryptonite maybe?) was discovered later- “Activator X” it was called by the great Weston A. Price, and it is found in animal products exclusively, (sorry vegans!), although it is also found in fermented foods like sauerkraut. 

Foods high in vitamin K2

Natto (a fermented soy product from Japan)

Hard cheese
Soft cheese
Egg yolk
Chicken liver
Chicken breast
Ground beef

While Vitamin K1 helps in blood clotting and other ways, K2 (red Kryptonite!) does even more!  It appears to be very effective at preventing cancers, particularly prostate cancers, preventing heart disease, and insuring healthy skin and bone growth- these two varieties of kryptonite are really not the same animal (or vitamin!) at all- but they are both very very good Kryptonite to make you a Superman/woman!!

So, eat lots of the above mentioned foods, just making sure that your are eating pastured eggs, grass fed beef, pastured chicken liver, and pastured butter, ideally...

Organic Valley, just south of me, has a Pastured butter that is BETTER than Kerrygold butter from Ireland, which is only 90% pastured!  (Bad move Kerrygold!)

ANYTHING raised naturally, on the food that it was meant to eat (grass for a cow, bugs and worms and grass for a chicken, and everything natural under the sun for a pig in a field except GMO grains yuck!) is going to be wonderful for YOU to eat!  If you eat an animal, you eat what it ate- so eat healthy, happy animals!  

So eat lots of happy animals, and happy animal products as well Paleo-ites!

Oh, and I did receive a question from a concerned paleo listener, who asked “How can college kids eat healthy in school?”  

This is a tough one, but it underscores a point that I like to make- and that is that it’s the journey to healthy eating and living, and not a destination.  

When you are young, especially, you have a lot of resilience in your young intestines from a good solid nutritional upbringing, especially with nursing from breast milk when young, you can handle a LOT.  In fact, up to age 30 for most healthy and well nourished when really young people can handle almost any insult to their system...

But the point to remember is this: every dietary indiscretion (like bread, grains, pasta, grains, donuts, grains and sugar, sugar, high fructose nightmare corn syrup, etc) is cumulative- your body can’t recover past a certain point, so- 

Just choose the best you can in your current situation!

Breakfast in the dorm- choose eggs, some fruit, tea or coffee - pass on donuts, toast, margarine, and other nightmares!  A good idea is to keep a jar of coconut oil in your room- add it to your coffee!  Very filling, and very healthy as well!!

Lunch in the dorm- meat and veg, meat and veg.  No bread, put some real butter on your meat!

Supper in the dorm- (see above about meat and veg....just eat a REALLY LOT of both!  Salad is always good!  I’ll leave the dressing up to you- we can’t be perfect in this environment DUDES!)

For snacks, I will just say that almonds, cashews, and jerky will never let you down!  And, for an easy and elegant and almost always available meal/snack substitute that is super healthy and ready when you are...


Talk about eating the whole animal!  Sardines are not only the whole animal, incredibly cheap, and quite tasty- they are seafood, thus high in omega 3’s, low on the food chain, thus low in toxins, and readily available almost anywhere (and storable forever!!)- 

If you don’t like sardines, How DARE you??  LEARN, SON!!

Just make sure to get the expensive ones... $2.00 per tin, as opposed to 1.00...

You really do get what you pay for!  Cheap sardines are really, really cheap- so go “high roller”- the most expensive sardines are still really really cheap- but they are FANTASTIC!!


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