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Diet and nutrition / Do you drink tap water or filtered water?
« on: July 03, 2012, 09:12:40 PM »
I've been using a brita filter pitcher for my water for years, to filter out the lead and mercury and stuff. But I just realized its also filtering out magnesium and calcium, which we need of course. Would it be better to just drink straight from the tap, or filter and supplement my magnesium?

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Diet and nutrition / Cat owners: What do you feed them?
« on: May 17, 2012, 07:48:16 PM »
I mean, what do you feed your cats? I feed mine Blue Buffalo brand Wilderness, which is supposedly based on the evolutionary diet of the wild lynx, which is the house cat's closest ancestor, according to the bag. Its grain free and high protein, but its still processed food.

Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn't just buy some mice and turn them loose in the apartment so the cats can have their natural diet. I guess I should mention that they are indoor only cats. I know its not totally natural but it protects them from cars and predators and neighbor kids.

I've noticed whole foods has little packages in the butcher department labelled "pet food" so I assume its just some raw meat scraps or something. I haven't priced this out to determine if its economical yet.

So has anyone tried to give their cats a paleo diet?

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Vitamins and Supplements / Enzyme supplements for gas?
« on: March 25, 2012, 11:00:21 AM »
Just wondering if anyone takes enzyme supplements to get rid of gas. Would this work? I have some beano, but read the label the other day and it contains wheat. Some of the coenzyme supplements I looked at said they came from rice bran. Are there paleo versions of these and is there any reason to take them?

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Diet and nutrition / Hormones in meat make you fat???
« on: December 15, 2011, 06:35:58 PM »
I recently saw someone claim that the hormones given to animals in conventional meat can make you fat as well as carbs. I haven't seen any actual evidence of this anywhere. I don't remember anything about it in Good Calories Bad Calories. Is there anything to it?

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Diet and nutrition / What kind of veggies did Paleo era people really eat?
« on: November 13, 2011, 10:42:13 AM »
I often wonder this when I'm eating my steamed broccoli or brussel sprouts or spinach or kale. Did our ancestors really eat anything like this? Were they eating leaves? Was there any wild plant similar to broccoli or sprouts that they just picked off and ate? I can imagine them eating fruit, but raw veggies don't really taste all that great unless you add some salt or something.

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Exercises / Alternatives to squats?
« on: November 07, 2011, 07:27:49 PM »
So I tried my first real squat today and I couldn't stand that bar cutting into my shoulders. My neck still kind of hurts. I've just been using the leg press machine for about 2 years and I've gotten some gains on that and I do about 300 lbs. I'm not sure how much real weight that equates to but I tried 125 lbs with the real squat and, yeah I can't deal with that bar on my shoulders. I did some hack squats on a free weight machine instead.

So, what alternatives are there. I do prefer the "machines" that are more like free weights in that you add weights and you just push the shoulder pads up, no cables or pulleys (I don't know what these are called). Should I combine some different machine leg workouts to get the equivalent of a squat?

The rest of my workout is dips, pull-ups, leg raises and shoulder presses and they seem to be working. I just need a safe leg workout that I won't hurt myself with.

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Diet and nutrition / What to do with 50 pounds of grass-fed fat?
« on: October 07, 2011, 09:28:54 PM »
I talked to the grass-fed beef guy at my local farmers market yesterday and asked if they just sell fat all by itself. He said they do but it is in 50 pound boxes, flash frozen and $0.50 a pound. That's a pretty good price considering I've been going through a jar of coconut oil a week and that stuff is about $7 for 12 oz. I'd much rather eat real fat.

However, I'm wondering how I would work the fat into my food. I generally eat ground beef for every meal except 3 times a week I have salmon. I cook the beef in a pan and just keep all the fat in it and add coconut oil afterwards.

The guy said the fat is layered so you can just peel off a layer at a time, but its frozen and I don't imagine it's feasible to thaw it every time I want a piece and freeze it again. Also, if I just thaw the whole thing out and keep in the fridge and just chip away at it, how long will it last? Can I go through 50 lbs before it goes bad? I'm thinking I may eat a pound and a half a week, judging by how much coconut oil I go through. Anyway, thoughts?

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Diet and nutrition / Ketosis and depression
« on: August 13, 2011, 05:41:06 PM »
Have any of you in ketosis experienced depression when you first started? I've been paleo for almost a year now, but have always eaten a lot of fruit and veggies so my carbs were about 20% to 25%. Now I've been dialing back the fruit to one or two pieces a day and when I get hungry I just eat more meat instead of more fruit. It looks like my carbs are down around 5% to 7% now so I'm assuming I've been in ketosis for this past week?

Anyway, I've been feeling a little run down and had trouble sleeping last night. Has anyone else had this experience? Did it go away?

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Has anyone read any reports on the environmental impact of grass-fed beef that are really unbiased? I've been googling and it seems like everything I read attempts to make the issue a wash and ends with a statement like "the only way to save the environment is to go vegan!" So, I don't really trust the information I'm reading.

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I just got some top round grass fed steaks and cooked one in some coconut oil on medium heat, rare, and its a bit tough. Is there a better way to do this? I live in an apartment so I don't have an outdoor grill and don't really want to spend a super long time cooking. Should I marinate first?

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Diet and nutrition / What's wrong with grass-fed butter?
« on: July 19, 2011, 06:31:41 PM »
Just wondering what the drawbacks are. I've read that butter doesn't cause an insulin reaction like other dairy does. And I don't believe that sat fat is bad for us. So are there any reasons I should avoid grass-fed butter?

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Diet and nutrition / Canned salmon and toxins
« on: July 14, 2011, 09:13:54 PM »
I've been eating more canned salmon lately than the frozen filets I was buying because its cheaper. How bad is the contamination of things like BPA, etc.? Should I go back to the filets? I'm trying to be a frugal Frankie lately.

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Anyone know off the top of your head? The two that I buy because of price and availability are wild caught keta and coho. Which one has the most O3?

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http://rawfoodsos.com/2011/05/31/wild-and-ancient-fruit/


I thought this was interesting as an avid fruit eater.

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Diet and nutrition / Morning sickness
« on: May 30, 2011, 10:09:13 AM »
I just barfed up my breakfast. I really hate wasting food. Anyway, I'm a dude so I know I'm not pregnant. What else could cause morning sickness? I've heard low blood sugar, but I always eat fruit with breakfast, today a little more than usual. Today's breakfast was a little over a 1/2 lb of beef, an apple, a banana, 1/2 cup coconut milk and some grapes.

I've had some morning nausea a little more often lately but this is the first time I've actually barfed. I'm not sick at all. I have pretty good health and had a complete blood and urine screen a few months ago at my annual physical and everything was perfect. What's the deal here?

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