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Offline Warren Dew

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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #75 on: August 09, 2012, 10:34:26 PM »
Some fake food today:  two slices of hazelnut flour banana bread with pasture butter on top.  I know it's not really paleo but it's hard to resist when my 4 year old makes it.  No negative effects yet.

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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #76 on: August 10, 2012, 08:35:39 AM »
Warren, you get a PASS on this one.  Never turn disappoint your kids.


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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #77 on: August 23, 2012, 12:01:23 AM »
I had a "migraine" stress headache on tuesday, for the first time since 2008.  I'm pretty sure the proximate cause was a virus, as my merely primal daughter had been sick for a few days with a bad cold.  However, continued occasional slices of hazelnut flour banana bread might have contributed to the severity, as might pigging out on cherries, which are pretty high in sugar.

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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #78 on: August 25, 2012, 03:13:41 AM »
Some fake food today:  two slices of hazelnut flour banana bread with pasture butter on top.  I know it's not really paleo but it's hard to resist when my 4 year old makes it.  No negative effects yet.

I'd give a pass on this too.  I just got some coconut flour and while I'm not going to go as far as making pancakes with it, banana bread made with over-ripe bananas sounds like a nice idea on the odd occasion.  I used to love banana bread

(the only thing I made with it so far is a batter for frying calamari, with egg and coconut milk)

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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #79 on: August 25, 2012, 12:31:21 PM »
I think it would be better if I could get my Jungle Oil coconut oil open to use it as a spread.  I finally managed to get the jar open once last week, but after I closed it I couldn't get it open again.

It's the only coconut oil I can just spread on something and eat; other coconut oils I can use as an ingredient, but they don't taste good enough to eat straight.


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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #80 on: August 25, 2012, 04:07:35 PM »
Sounds delish! I could go for that as a treat. Where did you get the recipe please?

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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #81 on: November 11, 2012, 06:29:14 PM »
We had a going away lunch for a coworder on Wednesday.  I ordered some Italian sausage that I thought was made from paleo ingredients, but based on how it tasted, it didn't work out that way.  With Margaret bringing home all sorts of stuff every since preschool started, sure enough, I came down with a sore throat and a slightly runny nose.

Before paleo, I would have considered it a very mild cold, but now that I'm used to being cold free, it was darned annoying!

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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #82 on: February 10, 2013, 09:42:23 PM »
This one happened a couple of months ago.  We go to a Chinese restaurant weekly, and there's a beef and onions dish which has previously been okay if we wipe off the sauce, though if I'm not careful enough about that, I've previously gotten intestinal cramps and diarrhea a few hours later.

We hadn't had it in a while, and must not have been careful enough regarding the sauce.  My wife had a migraine later that day, for the first time in four years; she used to have them regularly.  I had one the next day, and then had hemorrhoids for two weeks.  Both of these used to be pretty regular occurrences for me, prepaleo, but I'd gotten used to not having those problems!  It had been so long since I'd had hemorrhoids that I'd thrown out my preparation H - actually I think given it to my mom on a visit - and had to buy a new tube.

Just another reminder of how much paleo has improved my life.  We need to find another fully paleo dish at that restaurant besides the pork belly.

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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #83 on: February 10, 2013, 09:45:18 PM »
On the plus side, my daughter personally delivered a hot hazelnut flour carrot apple cupcake today, to which I added some coconut oil and thick slabs of pasture butter.  I know the butter isn't paleo - nor the baking, really - but I seem to tolerate it better than I used to.

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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #84 on: April 24, 2013, 04:30:04 PM »
Oops, spoke too soon.

My wife and I were both adjusting to new jobs, so time was tight.  As a result, I was cooking less, and my diet shifted to more hazelnut flour banana loaf and more 92% chocolate and more nuts, to the point where I think I was getting most of my calories from them.

Well, I gained five pounds and my new job physical came back - triglycerides at 150, about three times as much as the last time I had them checked.

So, I cut back on the nuts and started cooking more meat.  Some of the weight came off, buy before I could address the chocolate addiction, the store quit stocking 92%.  I got 85% instead, and then immediately got a bad cold, likely from the excess sugar in the chocolate.

I'm mostly well from the cold now.  I really have to just discipline myself and cook and eat more fatty meat.

Plus find a source for that 92% chocolate.

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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #85 on: May 25, 2013, 08:49:20 PM »
Thursday was a major stress day.  I got a painful headache, though it wasn't debilitating the way headaches were before I went paleo - I was still able to get quite a lot of work done.

Instead of cooking healthy meals, I pigged out on almonds.  They came back up in the evening.  On the plus side, the headache then went away.

The kids were pretty sick, so that might have had something to do with it - as might the cyanins in the almonds.

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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #86 on: June 14, 2013, 11:00:29 PM »
A follow up on the three weeks since the last post:  the first two weeks of that period were pretty stressful.  I was working 14 hours a day and while I was staying paleo, I was eating a lot of nuts and also had a lot of cherries, which have been a problem for me before due to the sugar level.  Also, after the first week, our daughter came down with fever and chills and had a "target" rash, so she got put on antibiotics for Lyme disease.  She did improve within a day of starting the antibiotics, but it was still a stressful experience.

I seem to have had or caught sinusitis at about the same time, so I had constant postnasal drip and frequent coughing.  This past week I've been taking it easier - no more 14 hour days - and the postnasal drip is now gone, though whether that was the taking it easy or a viral infection running its course, I don't know.

At any rate, I'm mostly better now, as are the rest of the family.

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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #87 on: June 16, 2013, 07:22:10 PM »
I should also note that while I mostly record bad news here, in fact the paleo diet has been very good for me.  For example, the two weeks of suspected sinusitis didn't keep me away from work; it just made me cut back from 14 hours per day to 8 hours per day.

I'll also use this post to provide my food intake from a typical weekend day that includes a restaurant visit.  Note that my appetite may have been somewhat suppressed by lingering illness.

Lunch, ~2pm:  half an order of Szechuan pork belly, eating only the pork belly and not the bell peppers and tofu, wiping off as much sauce as possible.  The pork centers from two small steamer buns.  About an ounce of chicken and cashews.

Afternoon:  About 1 oz of macademias; maybe 4 oz strawberries.

Dinner ~ 7pm:  2 oz steak; 2 oz grass finished hamburger.  About 1 oz mushrooms and 1 oz onions sauteed in grass finished tallow and uncured bacon grease.

After dinner:  half the leftovers from the Szechuan pork belly, eating only the pork belly as before.  6 oz blackberries.

Supplements:  500mg vitamin C with the strawberries; 500mg vitamin C with the blackberries.  2000 IU vitamin D with lunch.

Around 3 quarts of spring water spread throughout the day.

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Re: Restaurant meals
« Reply #88 on: June 26, 2013, 10:12:46 PM »
Today was unusual in that I didn't cook any of my own food.  Since we often get people asking about how to handle restaurants and such, I'll log it.

No breakfast because I got up late.

Lunch, ~1pm:  Ate from the salad bar.  2 hard boiled eggs, about 1 oz of chicken breast, about 1 oz of bacon bits (real bacon, not the fake stuff); about 1 tsp of onion and 1 tbsp of shredded carrot, and a couple slices of cucumber.  Poured about 1 tbsp of olive oil over the chicken breast and boiled eggs.

Dinner, ~ 8pm:  5 baby back ribs with no sauce, a few ounces of pulled pork, half a pound of strawberries, an ounce or two of macademia nuts and a few cashews.

2000 IU vitamin D; about half a gallon of water throughout the day.

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Re: Cautionary tales
« Reply #89 on: August 04, 2013, 06:14:09 PM »
Not doing the best job on paleo over the past month and a half due to a return to 14 hour work days.  Yesterday was not atypical for a weekend day where I wanted to spend more time with the family than on cooking.

Breakfast around noon:  large handful of salted cashews roasted in sunflower oil (not strictly paleo)

Lunch:  at my daughter's favorite Chinese dimsum restaurant, ate the insides of about four overstuffed shrimp dumplings - the shrimp part - and half an order of pork ribs, which for dimsum are cut in small pieces and steamed in a dish that retains the juices and fat.  Also ate half an order of gai lan leafy green vegetables.

Dinner:  three fried organic omega 3 eggs, three slices uncured bacon

Snack:  1 ounce left over rib roast beef.