62 minutes | Oct 29th 2020

Pregnancy Glucose Test, Strongman Nutrition, Dawn Phenomenon | THRR053

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Strongman Nutrition, How To Avoid Exacerbating Dawn Phenomenon, Salad Dressing, Glucose Tolerance Test in Pregnancy, Grass-Fed Beef and Nutrition

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News topic du jour:

We must burn the West to save it How an ancient American Indian practice can reduce the risk of massive wildfires.

A number of unique factors this year combined with long-term trends to create the devastating and unprecedented fires of 2020. But a major reason for the massive scale of the destruction is that natural fires and burning practices first developed by Indigenous people have been suppressed for generations.

Wildfires are essential to many Western ecosystems, restoring nutrients to the soil, clearing decaying brush, and helping plants germinate. Without these fires, vegetation in woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral shrublands accumulates, so more fuel is available to burn, especially when a megadrought keeps drying out the fuel, year after year. A debt to the landscape starts to mount, and when it comes due, there is hell to pay.

“If we’re not using fire in the same way that this landscape evolved with over millennia, then we could be creating a situation where we’re creating a further imbalance,” said Don Hankins, an environmental geographer at California State University Chico and a Plains Miwok Indigenous fire practitioner.

1. Strongman Nutrition Help [32:22]

Joshua says:

Good afternoon.  I'm a 30 year old father of 7. I'm 166 centimetres tall and 90kg at 30% body fat based of the navy body fat test. I recently have been inspired to get as strong as healthily possible so I can be my children's own superhero after watching Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson pull the 501 kg world record deadlift. I know you also have been really successful with powerlifting in the past. So my question for you would be. How would one eat to get as strong as possible.

Thank you kindly



2. How To Avoid Exacerbating Dawn Phenomenon [35:46]

Donna says:

Hi, Robb & Team,

I've been about 90% Paleo (sourdough bread occasionally, some dairy) since mid-March, and overall I've felt a lot better.  My meal routine worked fine right through summer.

In fall, I ran into a problem.  My blood sugar is generally highest first thing in the morning, before I've eaten anything, and this seems to be due to 1) burning through my dinner calories by around 5:00 a.m., now that it's colder and I've resumed weight training at my gym; and 2) the dawn phenomenon, assuming this is a real "thing," where glucose gets poured into the blood in preparation for waking up.

Some research turned up the suggestion of eating 4-6 ounces of a slow-digesting food 30-60 minutes before bedtime to prevent a big blood-sugar drop in the early morning.  Do you know whether this works?  If it does, would you suggest a protein (nuts), or more of a complex carb (dried fruit)?  Or would you recommend an entirely different strategy?




3. Salad Dressing w/ Sunflower Oil? [40:52]

Kate says:

Hi Robb and Nicki,

I really enjoy your podcast and find it to be both informative and entertaining. I have recently been using Tessemae salad dressing which is supposed to be Whole30 approved but I noticed it was made of high oleic sunflower oil. Is it a problem to consume this oil and if so, what would be a better salad dressing option that contains more omega 3? I believe the high Oleic sunflower oil is lower in polyunsaturated fats and omega 6 than normal sunflower oil but should it still be avoided?


4. Glucose Tolerance Test in Pregnancy [52:29]

Whitney says:

Hi Robb and Nicki!

Been listening to you for about a year now. Love the show! Been gluten free for 10 years (Celiac) and Paleo-ish for about 4. I'm pregnant with my first child and nearing the point where I need to take the dreaded glucose tolerance test for gestational diabetes. I was floored when I found out it consists of drinking 50 grams of sugar on an empty stomach, and if you fail that test, you have to come back and do the same thing with 100 gram of sugar!!!! As someone who avoids sugar and keep my carbs in check this makes my stomach turn. I bought a cheap glucometer and have been monitoring my blood glucose for about a week in hopes the OB/GYN will take that as a replacement for the glucose test. On a broader level I wanted to get your general thoughts on this test. In my mind, this test for gestational diabetes is probably giving people diabetes! Am I making too big of a deal about a one time glucose test? I'm thinking its time for an update to the guidelines here, and surely there has to be a better way to test for gestational diabetes. Fasting insulin maybe? Some sort of HOMA score? I just think it's ridiculous that our health system is forcing all pregnant women to ingest 50-100 grams of sugar in one go! Would love your thoughts. Thanks for all you do!




5. Grass-Fed Beef & Nutrition [59:10]

Sofia says:

Hi Robb,

Thanks for everything you're doing for the planet!  It's really important work and I notice and appreciate you.

I wanted to address something you said the last time I heard you on a Podcast....can't remember which one, I listen to so many.

When you got to the question around nutrition you claimed that there really are no health benefits to eating grass-fed beef or dairy over conventionally raised, feed-lot animals.

Are you aware that grain fed cows don't produce K2, a critical nutrient and the hormone necessary for escorting calcium out of the blood supply and into bone.  I could be wrong, but based on my research your claim that there is no notable difference between the nutrient density of the two animals is false.  Please reference Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue's book, Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox if you're curious about learning more.  If what she says is true, then the transition from grass-fed, regenaritive beef production to the feed lot, grain finished model could correlate to the rise in arteriosclerosis in the States and Europe.  Don't you think?

Thanks again for the work you're doing!





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