Paleo and vegetarianism aren’t necessarily opposite extremes: we can all agree on lots of vegetables, and we can even bond over coconut oil and avocados! But while meat shouldn’t be the end-all be-all of a Paleo diet, it’s not something that you can skip altogether. This week, get two different perspectives on why vegetarianism is not ideal:
- Chris Kresser focuses on potential nutrient deficiencies.
- Emily Deans posts about vegetarian diets and mental health.
Don’t rush out to proselytize to all your vegan friends (chances are they won’t take it very well!), but if you ever needed a convenient counterargument to the “plant-based nutrition is superior!” crowd, now you have two!
Also in the news this week:
- Return of the brown fat! Todd Becker at Getting Stronger notes an interesting parallel between cold showers and exercise, in the form of an intriguing new hormone called irisin.
- Another study proves (yet again) how bad self-reported calorie intake is: most of us, especially the overweight, underreport at least 250 calories a day, with fully 13% of the normal-weight population and 37% of the overweight population off by over 500 calories!
- Endomorphs are people who struggle to lose weight no matter how well they eat: get some sympathy and tips for making it work here.
- Ladies, read this: a post on Robb Wolf’s blog covers what women need to know about carbs.
- As Mark Sisson points out, we don’t know what cavemen ate – and it doesn’t matter!
- The first ever clinical trial using a Paleo diet for autoimmune disease just finished – and the results are encouraging!
- Next time you need to justify a Tetris addiction, you can cite the scientific research proving that Tetris helps reduce cravings – probably a finding that would apply to anything that took your mind off food for a while, but a fun study nonetheless.