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Food Journals / Re: Getting started...
« on: February 12, 2018, 02:14:36 AM »
I've taken to rooibos tea lately (a South African variety without caffeine). Less boring than water, less caffeinated & addictive than coffee, less sugar than fruit juice.

Same old for meals (granola, salads, eggs, etc), another roo steak & salad for dinner last night - prawns (with coconut cream, kaffir lime leaf, coriander leaf (aka cilantro), scallion, chilli, ginger, garlic, S&P) tonight. I had less fruit than I have lately (refer to Warren's previous comment). Last night I had smoked salmon for "dessert" - I've found a brand that contains only salmon, salt, and woodsmoke (most have sugar in the curing mix).

I found a supplier of excellent free range, grass fed meats recently, so yesterday I stocked up the freezer with various cuts of beef, pork, and lamb which is farmed close to home. Expensive, but a little goes a long way.

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Food Journals / Re: Re: Getting started... (Loelaj)
« on: February 10, 2018, 03:19:47 AM »
Hi loelaj,

Have there been any changes to your activity/exercise in this time?

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Diet and nutrition / Re: What are some recomended Prebiotics?
« on: February 09, 2018, 04:23:25 AM »
I know about "probiotics", and I also naturally ferment a lot of foods. But I'm know nothing of "prebiotics".

I'd be grateful if anyone could recommend a good source of information on the topic (in addition to Eric's comment above).

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Food Journals / Re: Getting started...
« on: February 09, 2018, 04:10:25 AM »
Granola, eggs, salads, veg, etc today. Tonight saw me devour a delicious fish curry made by Mrs Pete.

I discovered a quality butter made from grass-fed cow's milk. Unfortunately it's from the other side of the planet (Ireland), so I'll continue to search for a suitable local alternative. I'll go to the local farmer's market tomorrow, and hopefully resist the incredibly tasty food & coffee there.

Alcohol fail - I had a couple of drinks after a tough day. On the positive, coffee withdrawal is abating. I'm drinking "Rooibos" - a caffeine-free tea from South Africa that as a good flavour. I also have a number of herbal teas at hand, as well as quality bone broths in the freezer which I heat up each morning and take to work in a thermal container each day.

I've increasingly noticed the importance of having quality snacks at hand - as I've been eating more regularly my metabolism is increasing. I therefore get hungry more often. I was therefore tempted to use drive-thru while on the road today. I was able to stop at a Japanese kiosk and get some salmon sashimi with grated carrot. Better than Maccas...

Perhaps I should eat more meat/fish/poultry; I have three boiled eggs a day, plus about 150-200g (about 5-7 ounces) of meat/fish/poultry, much of which is very lean. Overall I'm eating better than I ever have before, but I'm wondering if I should reduce fruit consumption in favour of protein and/or fat. Sleep is something I also need to work on; I normally awake naturally after about 5-6 hours of sleep, and while I know this isn't enough I don't understand why it's happening or how to resolve it.

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Food Journals / Re: Getting started...
« on: February 08, 2018, 03:37:37 AM »
Paleo granola, fruit, veg, and boiled eggs through the day. My attempt at paleo san choy bau tonight didn't work as planned - it's a hard one without soy sauce and oyster sauce. Still tasty, but not authentic.

I would probably commit murder for a coffee right now. This tells me it's been messing with me for too long.

I've noticed over the past few weeks that my tastes are changing - in particular, I can't handle the level of sweetness I used to enjoy (not that I ever had a particularly sweet tooth). I assume my tastes will "correct"  themselves once I'm completely off the excessive sugar, additives, etc that I've been used to for so long.

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Recipes and meal photos / Re: Bone broth
« on: February 07, 2018, 04:46:05 AM »
I've made many a batch of bone broth. It's excellent as a hot drink on its own, or as a base for soups, stews, etc. My beef-broth goulash should be listed as a wonder of the modern world...

I most often make chicken broth...

Get whatever chicken carcasses, wing tips, etc (chicken necks and feet are particularly good). When I cook chicken wings I reserve the wing tips for this. Save the carcass the next time you make a roast chicken. Alternately, use beef bones (add a pig foot for added gelatine). Heck, I've made this with pork ribs, with venison bones, with fish bones & heads (although you only want to simmer fish stock for 30 minutes tops) - heck, use whatever you like.

Roast dem bones if you like. Not necessary. But you get bonus points for roasting with a real wood fire...

Throw dem bones in a slow cooker or a pot. Add some chopped celery, carrot, onion, and a garlic bulb cut in half. Add whatever herbs/spices turn you on. Cover with water, and simmer for 24 hours. Keep an eye on the water level to ensure it's always covered.

If you want a more Asian flavour, add ginger, scallions (instead of other onion). Coriander, mint, star anise, etc can help too, depending on the flavour you're after. I've often added soy sauce and/or fish sauce in the past, but that's incompatible with a paleo diet.

If you want a more European flavour, add thyme, parsley, etc. Be creative - that's the fun bit.

Add chillies as you wish - they go with anything, after all (although my wife disagrees with this).

DO NOT skim the fat off. Read on and learn, my very young padawan...

Run it through a seive, then some cheesecloth (muslin) held in a second seive. Then you have two options:

1. Refrigerate it or freeze it or use it as is. Amazing, unctuous, gelatinous, etc. I adore this.
2. Refrigerate it until a fat layer forms on top. THEN skim off the fat, and store in the fridge. This fat is excellent for sautťing, stir-frying, or whatever you plan on doing with some good fat.


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Food Journals / Re: Getting started...
« on: February 07, 2018, 04:18:47 AM »
That's the thing... the wife isn't interested in trying paleo, except for the occasional meal. She's addicted to bread, pasta, muffins, chocolate, cake, jam sandwiches, ice cream, etc. I'm trying to convince her that that type of crap is poison for her and the kids (especially desserts and jam), but as she grew up on it she thinks it's okay. She has a massively sweet tooth which I regret the kids have inherited.

I'm guessing the trick is for me to lose a heap of weight and hopefully she'll see my point... and lose some herself (am I allowed to say that?).

Anyway... roast pork was delayed until tonight due to time constraints yesterday, so last night I had a beef rump steak. Today I again had paleo granola, mushroom/tomato/basil salad, leafy salad, and a peach with two pears. I had a 300mL (about 10oz) bottle of pure pomegranate juice, but realised that it contained 16.9g (0.59oz) of sugar, so I'll stick to eating fruit and drinking water in the future...

I've boiled eggs for tomorrow's meals at work; I'm hoping the protein will ward off hunger.

My second day without coffee. Now the whole family tells me I'm grumpy...

Now I'm off to find a decent way to replicate Asian flavours without soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, etc.

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Food Journals / Re: Getting started...
« on: February 05, 2018, 10:48:33 PM »
Thanks.

S&P is Salt & Pepper...

I often have eggs for breakfast, which is a big thing for me. I was fed cereals for breakfast as a child and it never sat well with me. As I didn't realise it was the grains causing the problem at the time, it put me off breakfast altogether until recently. Bacon is something I love - and I cure it myself - but I'm looking for a good paleo bacon recipe without sugar or curing salts. NaCl is the only salt I really want to use. This also means I'll have to change my recipes for beef jerky and biltong.

Anyway: yesterday was eggs for breakfast, morning salad of mushroom, tomato and basil with balsamic vinegar, EVOO and S&P (now that's a great salad), lunch was a mixed greens salad (same dressing as before), dinner was another roo steak with leafy salad. I skipped drinking alcohol in favour of soda water with a squeeze of lime.

Today was eggs for breakfast, a peach & a plum mid-morning, for lunch I went out with Mrs Pete to a burger place (I ordered mine to be plated without the bun, so not a disaster but still not 100%), and dinner will be roast pork belly , broccoli, and a few other vegies (capsicum (I think you call it "bell pepper" in the USA), tomato, probably an apple). No coffee today, so I'm told I was grumpy all morning.

Unfortunately our berry season has just ended here, so they're of reduced quality and frightfully expensive. Stone fruits are still excellent and affordable for the time being, so that's the go for the moment. We'll be in apple, pear, persimmon, etc season soon.

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Food Journals / Getting started...
« on: February 04, 2018, 04:46:39 AM »
Today:

Breakfast: I had packaged "Paleo granola" with coconut yoghurt. Unfortunately the coconut yoghurt had some crap in it. Baby steps here... The granola claimed to be "activated", although there was no visual evidence...

Lunch: Spinach, carrot, beetroot salad, dressed with my own mix of EVOO, balsamic, mustard powder, S&P. About 200g of beef meatballs.

Dinner: Grilled kangaroo steak (yes, that's a thing here...) with garlic, S&P, and mixed salad. No dressing. With a pint of ginger beer (hey, I'm working on the whole alcohol thing).

Through the day I snacked on a banana, an apple, and a couple of kiwi fruit.

I also made about 3.5L (3.7 quart) of beef bone broth, with scallion, garlic, ginger, S&P for use in soup and as a base for soups. I like to take this stuff to work each day in a thermos flask for smoko (that is, morning tea in Aus speak).


It was about 27C/80F here today; I drank around 2L of water.

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Introductions / Hello from Australia.
« on: February 04, 2018, 04:28:30 AM »
Hello from Australia. My name's Pete.

Iím middle-aged and grossly overweight. 176cm (5í 9  ĹĒ) and 105kg (230 lbs). Not enough of which is muscle, too much of which is fat. Part of this is due to a sedentary job, most is due to drinking too much. I admit that laziness and complacency are probably the main factors.

Yes, this is all changing now. Iím weaning myself off old habits; I realise this will take a little time.

Iíve had ďmedical specialistsĒ tell me to limit fat consumption, eat vegan, etc. None of which has worked for me. Whenever I eat vegan I have no energy and feel lightheaded and extremely angry. Eating a carb-based diet (as has also been recommended to me) makes me feel bloated and generally crappy. Mrs Pete tells me that my mood takes a turn for the worse when I eat carbs (or worse, when I eat vegetarian/vegan).

Iíve had some ďexpertsĒ tell me to snack often, others have told me the opposite. Itís been suggested that Iím insulin resistant, although Iíve had a hard time getting confirmation or even proper definition of this.

Paleo or Whole30 seem the best options as far as Iíve been able to find so far. And frankly, Iím at the point of trying whatever puts a valid argument forward. Apart from that, I adore a meaty diet.

Iíd say Iím an above-average cook for someone self-taught. Friends tell me Iím a great cook (but Iím assuming some excessive kindness there). I cook some very palatable paleo Ė and non-paleo Ė meals (if I may say so myself), so no excuses there. Iím passionate about natural fermentation and old-school curing techniques; these have a long tradition going way back in my family. Thereís an anecdotal story to tell here about the benefits of fermented foods (based on my own very real experience), but perhaps thatís for another time.
Iím here to learn. Iím here to improve my health. Iím here so I can be here longer for my wife & kids.

I hope I can also contribute to this forum in some way. I look forward to the opportunity, if and when it arises.

Thanks to the administrators for accepting me into this forum. And thanks to you all for reading this rant. And I ask for your patience for the many questions Iím likely to ask.

Tl;dr version: Iím middle-aged, Iím fat, Iím desperate, I can do this, please help, I hope to help others.



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