Podcast 7: Death By Cheat Meal

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The Relentless Roger and the Caveman Doctor (RRCD) Podcast:  Simplifying complex issues for healthy living


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In Episode #7 Roger and Dr. Champ:



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  2. madeleine

    so I’m assuming Caveman Doc is very busy taking an exam or busy with research duties. no podcast for the last 2 wks.

    come back!! roger-caveman dynamic duo 🙂

    1. cavemandoctor (Post author)

      I’m back! New podcasts and post on their way!

  3. Mark Mealey

    Great podcast. Got turned on to your site listening to Jimmy Moore’s podcasts. You guys do a great job. I have a questions about “salt loading” mentioned in this podcast. I have never heard this before. I’ve been doing Dr Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution Diet to help control my Type 1 diabetes since 2004. The benefits have been amazing, however, since starting the diet my Blood Sodium level has always tested below normal. Now hearing about “salt loading” has peaked my interest. I do not restrict my salt intake. When you talk about “salt loading” are you saying that we should consume salt over and above what we would normally consume throughout the day. If so how do you increase your salt intake over and above “normal” salt intake. I would say my salt intake is already well above what my doctor would consider a “healthy” sodium intake.

    1. cavemandoctor (Post author)

      Hi Mark,

      Glad you like the podcast and glad Dr. Bernstein’s diet has been working well for you for almost a decade. I am actually writing a long post on the issues with salt as we speak. When we eat a low carbohydrate diet (decreasing serum insulin) the kidney starts to allow more sodium to exit through the urine. As a result, the amount we need goes up. If you eat a liberal amount in the diet, this may be compensated for. However, with strenuous exercise and perspiration, we can lose the recommended daily allowance of sodium in an hour on a hot day (will reference in my article). Take this and add a low-carb diet and often people can experience low salt levels. Many on a low-carb diet feel like they are “hitting the wall” which is often quickly reversed with broth or “salt loading” (though this is commonly misconstrued as needing to “carb-load”). It is a personalized approach based on diet, blood pressure, etc. I have seen many people on a low-carb approach benefit greatly from increasing their salt intake.

      I personally have found that when I hit the wall, sodium turns it right around. If I am going to engage in strenuous exercise, I make some bone broth with himalayan salt, and if I am going to sprint in the 90+ heat, I am pretty liberal before and after my exercise (drinking plenty of water too). I will have more coming on this soon.

      Thanks for the comments,

  4. Andrea

    Regarding the “extreme” behaviors of cheat meals and days – this is absolutely a problem for some and not as much for others. I read a really insightful article by a business blogger about the same theory. She called it the “abstainer/moderator” camps.

    The moderators are those lucky souls who can have the ONE square of chocolate or the ONE spoonful of nut butter and that satisfies their craving. The abstainers are the black/white folks – if it’s in the house, they will eat it. If one bite is taken, the package is consumed. But if the item is not available, it’s really not a big deal.

    Here’s the original. Hope you enjoy!


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