Question: How can a person deal with overzealous ideologues? Suppose that an overzealous follower of a particular belief system constantly monitors and polices the behavior of other followers. When he sees what he believes to be a failure by someone to live up to their ideals, he attacks that person publicly, trying to shame him into proper behavior. What is the proper response if I am attacked by this overzealous follower in public? What if the attacks are private? Should I respond if my friends and acquaintances are attacked?
Subjects Discussed: * Nell's history with endurance competition and the paleo diet * Contacting Loren Cordain * The basics of paleo, including dairy * The benefits of eating a paleo diet * The pleasure of endurance training and competition * Finding physical activities that you enjoy * The standard advice for nutrition and what's wrong with it * Nutrition in preparing for competition * Nutrition during competition * The importance of timing during competition * The difference that paleo has made for Nell's performance in competitions * Training for endurance events * Nell's training schedule * Endurance and paleo * Recovering after competition * Paleo is not too hard * Nell's new book, "Paleoista" * Nutritional consulting and downloads * Plans in the works.
Subjects Discussed: * The nature of fitness and the purpose of exercise * The "Body by Science" or "SuperSlow" method * Safety in Body by Science workouts * Other benefits of Body by Science * Dr. McGuff's discovery of the Body by Science method * Workouts for older, overweight, and weak people * What's wrong with "cardio" * The injury rates in CrossFit * The role of evolutionary theory in fitness * Doing CrossFit as a sport * The value of a trainer (or workout partner) * Sticking with Body by Science over time * Calf raises * Leg extension and knee injuries * Leg extension and leg press * Optimal strength gains * Timed static contractions.
Question: Should a person allow his ideology to set his default positions? When people adopt a religion, philosophy, or politics as their own, they often don't think through every issue - or they've not done so yet. Does accepting the various positions of that ideology as a kind of default amount to accepting them on faith? What should a person do when he hasn't thought through the issue for himself?
Subjects Discussed: * The basics of the paleo diet * Paleo versus low-carb diets * The benefits of paleo: not just weight loss * Easing into paleo * The evolutionary framework for nutrition and medicine * The state of modern medicine * The claimed health benefits of vegetarianism and veganism * Concerns for animal welfare * Debates and disputes in the paleo community * Wheat and gluten * Cheating on paleo * Paleo as life-transforming * Robb's political activism * Robb's podcast, book, and online resources.
Question: Is it moral to smoke, drink, or eat unhealthy foods if one recognizes the costs of doing so? Suppose a friend makes a deliberate decision to eat foods he know to be unhealthy (such as frequent sugary desserts). He knows that it might harm his health, but he says that the personal enjoyment and satisfaction outweigh the risk of shortened lifespan and possible future harmful health effects. In other words, he claims he is making a rational choice to maximize his overall happiness. Is that moral?
Question: How can I stop my spouse from sabotaging my self-improvement? Over the course of my 15 years of marriage, I'd gained over 100 pounds. After feeling disgusted with myself for too long, I decided to change my habits. So I switched to a paleo-type diet and started lifting weights. So far, I've lost 40 pounds, as well as shed some health problems. My husband still eats what he pleases, and I don't pester him about that, although he needs to eat better too. However, he's constantly attempting to undermine my efforts – for example, by bringing home and encouraging me to eat doughnuts. I want him to celebrate and support my new-found success, but he seems to want me to be fat, unhealthy, and miserable. What should I do?
Subjects Discussed: * The problem with guilty pleasures * Techniques for dealing with guilty pleasures * Sugar as my guilty pleasure * Asking for help when overwhelmed with a new baby * Staying up too late surfing the internet * Snapping at people when in a bad mood.
Question: Is it immoral to give away food that you regard as unhealthy? Assuming that one believes (as I do) that candy and sweets are harmful to health (especially in quantity), is it immoral to participate in trick-or-treat by giving children candy when they come to your door? Or, is it immoral to "dispose" of an unwanted gift of, say, a rich chocolate cake by leaving it by the coffee machine at work to be quickly scarfed up by one's co-workers (as an alternative to simply discarding it)? Is the morality of these two cases different because in one case the recipients are children while in the other case they are adults?
Question: Is "sustainable agriculture" a legitimate concept? Many advocates of a paleo diet also advocate "sustainable agriculture," including Robb Wolf and Mat Lelonde. Is sustainable agriculture a valid concept? What does (or should) it entail? Should consumers be concerned that their food producers practice "sustainable agriculture"?
Question: Since eating wheat is purported to be unhealthy due to gluten (and other stuff), is it immoral to eat bread? (Analogous to smoking being purportedly bad for you.) Since one has to eat something, it would be better to ask, "Is eating bread immoral when other food sources are available?"
Question: I have a friend who is pretty hardcore paleo and is often very critical of other people's diets. Food is really important to her and I don't think she means to sound so disparaging. How do I kindly tell her to butt out of mine and my friends' eating habits?