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Miscellaneous / Happy Mother's Day
« on: May 09, 2010, 04:13:11 AM »
Happy Mother's Day to my paleo friends.

With my wife at my side, I am pleased to announce the birth of our daughter, Saralynn Ruth Strauss, born at 6 lbs 11.9 oz and 20 inches on 5/7/2010 at 1:40 pm.  This is an especially happy mother's day for us.

Miscellaneous / Soda in Impoverished Countries
« on: March 27, 2010, 01:43:29 PM »
A friend of mine is planning a month long trip to Uganda to help with a humanitarian project.  He was mentioning that, because of the red clay soil, even fresh water tastes terrible.  Bottled water is too expensive for most of the populace, so they drink alot...I mean ALOT...of Coca-Cola.  The newest health issue is that the children's teeth are falling out from the sugary drinks and health care workers are predicting a type II diabetes epidemic within the next few years.

You'd think that Coca-Cola would stop shipping coke and start shipping Dasani and sell it at the same price.  Bottled tap water is better than fructose and caffeine laden soda.

This post isn't meant to be an admonition of Coke's business practices as much as a commentary on health issues in other countries.

Exercises / Visceral Fat
« on: March 20, 2010, 07:53:26 AM »
Like Coach Dan John says "Choose a goal..." Do you want be lean (ketosis) or strong (peri-training nutrition focus) ?   Ketosis is a tool, nothing more, not even close. 

Thanks for that.  It made me reconsider my eating habits.  I have always made a point to get some protein and carbs (eggs or pork and a banana or apple) 30 minutes before working out, but I was slacking in post-training intake.  I will start timing my meals as per your suggested guidelines and chart the progress over six months.

Oddly enough, my poor post-training intake (can be up to four hours before I eat anything) may be why my body is storing interstitial fat.  Last check up, my doctor told me that I really need to do something to fix that.
interstitial fat?  Or fat around your organs?  Which do you mean?
Fat around my organs.  I thought that was interstitial fat, but I stand corrected.
yes that is the more dangerous kind.  My hubby has that too.  A lot of my patients have this too.  What does the rest of you look like?  You sound like you are active?  Do you tend to gain weight in your abdomen or all over?  balding?

I tend to gain weight in the abdomen and "love handles."  Gaining a bit more hair on my back and shoulders.  Sorry if that's TMI.  I have a full head of hair with no sign of thinning yet.  All of the men in my family have had full heads of hair for their entire lives. that's fine!  There's a definite pattern to the fat around organs.  People tend to gain it around their abdomen and with men they often have higher testosterone and can be quite hairy on their body...some men go bald because they have a sensitivity to the testosterone (this is largely to why some go bald and some don't).  The fat around your organs is called visceral fat....but if you google fat around your organs it comes up with all the dangers of this.  Funny one link said that people on high saturated fat diet had increase risk of this.....huh?

Exercises / Package sorter
« on: March 19, 2010, 10:57:27 AM »
I just took a job as a package sorter at FedEx.  I lift and move packages weighing anywhere from several ounces to 70 pounds back and forth over a max distance of 100 feet for three to four hours.  So far, it seems to be a great caveman style workout and I'm usually trashed by the time I leave.  I think my body will get used to the effort in a few weeks, but until then, should I still lift?  I don't want to break myself down.

By the way, the actual job title is 'package handler' but I can't seem to say that with a straight face :)

Exercises / Courtesy
« on: January 12, 2010, 03:38:34 PM »
To whom it may concern,

I don't post here very often.  However, if my rare spate of posts are deleted I would appreciate the courtesy of either an e-mail or message explaining the purpose of the censorship.  I make every effort to ensure that my posts are courteous and respectful.


Diet and nutrition / Placenta
« on: December 17, 2009, 07:00:48 AM »
Ok, I know this is going to gross a few of you out, but I wanted to get your take on it.

My wife and I are going to have a baby daughter sometime around May 1st of next year.  At 47 years young, I'm feeling a bit of trepidation at the prospect of funding a college education at an age when I should be farting in a hammock in Cancun, but that's neither here nor there.  I'm just happy that my swimmers are still swimming.

My wife, Michelle was watching a show about childbirth and other natural things the other day and it seems that it's become popular to have someone cook and store the placenta for the mother to eat.  Apparently, the placenta is a great source of nutrients for a new mother.  At first, I was totally opposed to the idea, but (as I try to have an open mind) I did some research and found a few good articles including this:,8599,1908194,00.html

My take on this now is that, not only is it natural, it's healthy and nutritious for any mammal including we humans.  Any thoughts?

Diet and nutrition / Eating in season
« on: August 07, 2009, 09:44:20 AM »
I've been doing some research (I know there are books out there but, I'm too cheap to buy them) on obtaining fruits and vegetables in season.  I'm keeping track of a few different fruits and vegetables at the produce section at my local market.  I've even found a farmer's market locally that I've been shopping at and will add the price results in when I post it monthly. seems to be a good website for tracking the seasonality of various foods as is

Of course, the idea behind this is to save money buy buying food when the market is flooded with it and therefore it's selling at a lower price as per basic supply and demand.  I'll post my results monthly starting at the end of August.

Diet and nutrition / Plantains
« on: July 17, 2009, 07:20:42 AM »
I lent my PaleoDiet book to someone and never got it back.  Could someone look up plantains for me and tell me if they are considered paleo?


Exercises / Natural Movement
« on: July 13, 2009, 11:09:23 PM »
I don't know if anyone has seen / posted about this yet, but I was made aware of it in Men's Health magazine a few months ago.  Makes sense.

Miscellaneous / 10,000 B.C.
« on: May 16, 2008, 04:24:34 PM »
Have any of you seen this yet?  I was just wondering if it was worth seeing.  We might go tomorrow night after I transport my son and all of his stuff home from university.

I groaned a bit at the trailer when it showed some sort of large dodo bird in attack mode.

Progress Reports & Photos / It Works!
« on: May 15, 2008, 10:24:15 PM »
I'm pleased to be able to say that, even at 45, I can still pack on some muscle.  For some reason, my body reacts quickly to weight training.

I have some before photos, from January, and I'm going to take some progress photos.  I'll post them to this thread in a month or so.  I'm just not "there" yet.

Diet and nutrition / Favorite Way to Cook
« on: May 14, 2008, 10:38:50 AM »
When I am able, I like to cook over an open flame.  We have a natural gas fuelled grill on our patio that I've been known to cook on in inclement weather.  Sometimes, though, the weather is a bit too foul and even the hood on the grill cannot keep up with the cold wind.

So, we move things inside to the Foreman grill.  This little device is a great way to cook if you don't have the space for a real grill or you don't feel like standing in the middle of a thunderstorm to grill your meat and vegetables.  It also comes in handy when you need quick and easy prep.  It heats up in minutes and, after cooking and letting it cool down, you just remove the plates and scrub them in the sink for easy clean up.

For stews and soups, you can't beat a stock pot over fire (grill or oven top).  I need to do more stews and soups (Thanks, Paleo Chick).

I don't really like sticking things in the oven.  It takes too long.  Same thing with a crock pot.  Prep time is long and cooking time is onerous.

The broiler is nice though.  You can place a rack of fillets down there and it's done in minutes.

My least favorites are the microwave (which I only use to heat something up or steam vegetables quickly) and the pricey toaster/convection oven that's been taking up space on our counter has only been used twice since we got it.

The simpler the better for me.  What are your thoughts?

While I'm not sticking to a strict Paleo WOE, I have been very successful at cutting out dairy, grains, legumes, potatoes, refined sugar and salt.  However, since I don't usually have time to cook during the day, and it will shortly be impossible to keep leftovers (my son is coming home from his freshman year in college this weekend and I fully expect him to eat the refrigerator upon arrival), I'm finding that the foods I'm able to hunt and gather during the day are getting a bit boring.

Has anyone else run into that?

Miscellaneous / New Evidence that Homo Neanderthalis Ate Seeds
« on: May 09, 2008, 10:41:17 PM »
Interesting Article

"Henry and Piperno
Plants in Neanderthal Diet:
Plant Microfossil Evidence From the Dental Calculus of Shanidar III

Relatively little is known about the diet of Neanderthals and contemporary
modern humans, and what is known is drawn largely from indirect measures of
diet such as faunal remains and isotope signatures. Despite these piecemeal
data, many theories on the diets of Neanderthal and modern human groups have
been formulated, including ideas that Neanderthals focused solely on meat
from large game while modern humans had a more varied diet. Plant
microfossil analysis, a technique relatively underused in paleoanthropology,
has the potential to answer many questions about the plant portion of diets
of these ancient populations. Plant microfossils such as starches and
phytoliths can be recovered from from a variety of archaeological contexts,
and are identifiable to plant family, genus and even species. A few previous
studies of plant microfossils from Neanderthal sites in the Near East have
suggested that they may have used plants extensively, and may have even
consumed grains (Albert, et al.1999, 2000; Henry et al.1996, Madella et
al.2002). However, these studies examined only microfossils trapped in
soils, which may be subject to contamination, or may not represent dietary
use of the plants. Using methods described at last year's Paleoanthropology
Society Meetings (Henry, Piperno & Brooks 2007), we have examined plant
microfossils trapped in the dental calculus of Shanidar III, a Neanderthal
fossil dating to around 35kya from Shanidar Cave, Iraq. Abundant plant
material was found on these teeth, including both starches and phytoliths.
Preliminary identification of the starches suggest this individual was
consuming grass seeds. This is the first direct evidence of dietary use of
plants by Neanderthals, and the discovery of starch grains from grasses
indicates these staples of modern human diet were consumed well before the
origins of agriculture."

Or, it could just mean that stuffing the mouth full of grass was part of the burial rites...

Miscellaneous / Trojan's Hives and Bananas
« on: May 08, 2008, 10:43:24 PM »
Trojan Llama,

I'm a big fan of herbal remedies for non-life threatening maladies.  Have you tried some Jewelweed (applied as an ointment) or Papaya juice?  More info here  It's certainly not a cure, but it's a natural alternative to over-the-counter medicines.

If you're craving bananas, you might be lacking potassium.  Eat em.  They're healthy!

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