Episode #136: “The New Evolution Diet” With Arthur De Vany

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Arthur De Vany, pictured above, is 73 years old and the featured guest in this audio interview.

In this March 9, 2011 free audio episode: The New Evolution Diet with Art De Vany, calf swelling from running, difference between branched chain amino acids and protein powder, transfer factors, prolotherapy for back pain, how to run better without running longer, how long to recover from a marathon, xanthan gum and guar gum, alternatives to barbell squats, exercises for becoming a better swimmer.

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Featured Topic: “The New Evolution Diet” With Arthur De Vany

In this week's interview, I speak with Arthur De Vany (pictured right) author of The New Evolution Diet: What Our Paleolithic Ancestors Can Teach Us about Weight Loss, Fitness, and Aging.

During the interview, Dr. De Vany, also known as the Father of the Paleo Diet, discusses how he keeps his 73 year old body going strong with random workouts and evolutionary diet approaches, and the science behind his program and his book.

Click here to check out Arthur De Vany's book “The New Evolution Diet”.


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Kim asks: I have been running for about 3 years approx. 20 miles a week. Over the last 9 months I increased my mileage to about 30 miles a week to train for a 1/2 marathon. When I increased my mileage I began to have swelling in my calves. Really both legs are swollen in a water retention sort of way but the calves are the worst. The swelling does go down but not completely away. After the 1/2 marathon I took a couple months off of running completely and just started running again 3 weeks ago. The swelling/water retention went away when I wasn't running but now is back again. It is worse after sprints. Any thoughts?

Kyle Kranz asks: What is the difference between taking a supplement that contains all the essential amino acids (hemp protein in my vegan case) and taking a BCAA supplement? BCAAs are included in the hemp or any other supplements with all of the amino acids, so would a person be better off just taking a full A.A. supplement instead of only BCAAs?

In my response to Kyle, I mention Master Amino Pattern, or MAP.

pepepacoluis @bengreenfield. Hi Ben. What do you think about the 4life transfer factor products?

Mike asks: Ben, I just recently re-listened to podcast 105 in which you interviewed David Minkoff. I have been dealing with a low back issue for over a year now and have tried every conceivable avenue to resolve. Much of the pain started at a time shortly after which I had lowered my stem to get more aerodynamic. I now wonder if I may have strained some ligaments which are the root cause of spasms and other referred pains that I experience when in hip flexion. Have you any thoughts or experience with prolotherapy?

Patrick asks: I have a 17 mile loop I like to run and don't want to try to stretch it out any further than that. I've heard several pros never run longer than 16-17 and add intervals to their long runs rather than additional volume. What can I add to my current loop without adding more base volume and without compromising high-end aerobic fitness?

Tom asks: I'm running the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2011, and 19 days later doing the St. George Ironman. How long does it take to RECOVER from a marathon, and what would you recommend for recovery. Thanks, p.s. I'm 57 years old, and would like to qualifly again for Boston with its new program, but my main Goal is doing the best I can at St. George Ironman….

In my response to Tom, I recommend he read this“Lightning Speed Recovery Secrets” article.

Kim asks: I read that Xanthan Gum and/or Guar Gum can be used to thicken smoothies. I found both ingredients online from Bob's Red Mill, which has natural products. However, I've always thought of these two ingredients as additives. What is your take on using a tablespoon or two in a daily smoothie? Also, would you prefer Xanthan Gum over Guar Gum? Anything else you might use to thicken a smoothie?

John asks: What alternatives are there to barbell squats?

Here is some background: I'm 22 years old and have been lifting weights 3-5 times a week for three years. I've always had trouble with this particular exercise because of pain under my left scapula.
About a decade ago I was diagnosed with scoliosis, which is a curvature of the spine, so I am assuming that this pain is related to my scoliosis. The doctor who diagnosed me said that the condition was not severe enough for treatment. I don't disagree with his diagnosis or his advice about treatment; however the same shoulder that is experiencing pain while performing a squat is also my higher shoulder. Because of this pain I mainly use lunges and leg presses for leg strength.

Hi I'm Brian and I've been listening to your podcast for the past 6 months. I've recently joined swim in high school as a junior and have found it difficult to fit in lifting weights in my schedule, since I swim Monday through Friday for two hours a day. When should I lift weights and what exercises can I do to become a better swimmer?

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  2. Jennifer says:

    Ben,
    The idea of no grains at all breaks my heart. How do you feel about it? Seems to me there are simply too many good things in beans and grains to forgo these foods.

  3. Jerry says:

    Hey Ben,

    I know I'm a little late to the game here…but I've got a comment, and then a very serious question.

    Comment: Although a very interesting interview, Art makes a lot of assumptions our ancestory that not even have a concensus in the science community, much less any credible evidence to support the theory.

    Question: I realize that endurance training has catabolic effects on the body. However, I had hoped that through proper training sequence and methods that minimize hormonal distruption and help balance out these effects, along with supplementation, that I would manage it. However, you made a comment that really caught my attention. You said that you know that participating in Ironman triathlon is taking months or YEARS off your life. This struck me hard. It reminds me of a smoke who says the same thing about their habit, or any other addict with a distructive habit.

    Are we addicts that are destroying our body? Are we really taking years off our life? Seriously? Your comment has made me consider whether or not I've got my priorities straight. Do I really want to leave my wife and someday-grandkids a few years earlier than I should beceause of a recreational pursuit? I thought I'd be doing triathlons into my 60s or longer, if I am able. Now I have to worry about how many years I'm taking off my life. I would appreciate your further thoughts and comments on this. Can you ease my conflict or do I have a choice to make between a long healthy life, or a shortened life due to a recreational habit?

    1. This would be a good podcast discussion, Jerry. Can you call toll free to 877 209 9439 and leave the question via audio for me to discuss?

  4. Ely says:

    Hey Ben heard you on Jimmy Moore podcast.

    Art says the important thing is the ratio between Triglyceride and LDL….particle size not that important due to size.

    My Tri/HDL 88/68 = 1.29 whats does that mean? How do I get the ratio between tri and LDL

    Thanks

    1. Ideally, your Tri/HDL should be low (i.e. Low triglycerides, high HDL) and your Tri/LDL should be high (i.e. Low triglycerides, low LDL). You get your LDL off the same bloodwork results where you got your HDL numbers…

  5. Amber says:

    Great interview Ben! As a fitness professional and long term endurance athlete I have been contemplating my continued participation in endurance sports due to the stressful nature of long training. I was having an internal conflict with my desire for health with my love of racing. At the end of the interview, I really like how you acknowledged the fact that endurance training can be stressful and impact longevity. But you continue to still participate because of your passion for competing. Hearing that really put things in perspective and allowed me to come to terms with my passion for personal health and endurance racing. Great podcast Ben. Keep up the great work.

  6. manny says:

    Fascinating interview with Art. Thanks for posting this one. Whether you agree with Art or not, he has clearly done some serious thinking about the big picture interconnectedness of the metabolism of our ancestors and its contextual reliance on activity patterns, stress patterns, etc. Truth is, when confronted with the root causes of their diseases, most people face the choice of changing their life patterns in a major way or continuing down the pathway to disease. This is why modern medicine is such an easy sell. It offers a "solution" without having to make the life change. This is a false choice that most would prefer to ignore. One can be a "victim" of disease and "give" the responsibility to the doctor…

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