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Penn researchers test economic theory among hunter-gatherers

We are not always the most rational critters.  :o 

Miscellaneous / Complaining to complain
« on: August 20, 2014, 05:44:20 PM »
So, I blew out my knee about a month ago at a jiu jitsu tournament - torn ACL and torn meniscus. MRI confirmed it, and my orthopedic surgeon gave me a few options. I went for door number two and had the meniscus cleaned up with the option of getting the ACL replaced (cadaver ligament) at a future date. I didn't want to be laid up for the whole summer, and be unable to train JJ for a year. While he was in there he cleaned up some bone spurs and confirmed my ACL is 100% torn. I'm looking at 4 weeks until I'm at 85% recovered with the last 15% coming some weeks thereafter. I'll have to wear a hinged brace when I train, but no more competitions for me until I get the ACL fixed. I'm doing my PT religiously, icing like crazy, and taking Norcos only as needed.  ;D

Exercises / "You NEED Long Duration, Low Intensity Cardio"
« on: August 02, 2014, 07:46:29 AM »

This is an article by someone I respect a great deal.

Food Journals / And then this happened ...
« on: March 28, 2014, 06:33:20 PM »
So, I made mussels in spicy tomato sauce just now. Oh yes.  8)

Recipes and meal photos / Chicken 65
« on: October 03, 2013, 10:50:19 AM »
With all the Indian food fans here I wondered if anybody had "perfected" a paleo-friendly version of Chicken 65?

Diet and nutrition / Gut ache after "Mongolian BBQ"
« on: August 17, 2013, 11:07:12 AM »
Went to a chain restaurant called Hu Hot for Mongolian BBQ. You choose your food buffet-style and they grill it for you. I loaded up with beef, red onions, pineapple bits, green beans, cilantro, water chestnuts, and bamboo shoots. I avoided the pre-made sauces, and instead topped it with minced garlic, minced ginger, lime juice, and a bit of hot pepper paste. I had it well-cooked. Fast-forward 6 hours, and continuing overnight, I have had a lot of cramping. My friend who ate with me is fine. I have Crohn's, and can be sensitive. That said, do you see any red flags in my food choices? I am wondering specifically about the bamboo shoots and water chestnuts as I believe the other items are ok. Your thoughts are appreciated.

Exercises / Anybody do hill sprints?
« on: August 07, 2013, 11:27:08 AM »
I have the intention of adding hill sprints to my workout routine, perhaps 1-2 times per week. My understanding is that hill sprints are great for conditioning and have a decent strength component as well. That said, I am doing some research around my area to find potential sites. I know I need about a 40-50 yard stretch to sprint, but I wondered if anyone here new what the optimal grade would be. Feel free to share your experiences with hill sprints. Thanks for the input. 8)

Diet and nutrition / Cattle breed question
« on: September 24, 2012, 12:15:12 PM »

I found a local farm that appears to be raising grass-fed, no anti-biotics, bad stuff, etc. but they bill their grass-fed as being lower-fat, lower-cholesterol; and I'm not certain that is a good thing. The claims are based on the breed of cattle they raise: McCallie Highland Coos. What are your thoughts?


(The Coos are pretty aren't they?!)

Meta / After a long hard fall off the paleo wagon I am back on......
« on: August 27, 2012, 11:13:10 AM »
I was strict for about a year or so and slowly began allowing more and more crap to sneak back in until ultimately I was eating mainly SAD albeit a bit cleaner than average. Still, I was eating ice cream, burgers with buns, etc. Needless to say the 40+ pounds I had shed returned. Mind you this was all simultaneous to having injured my shoulder, forgoing much exercise, getting surgery, then rehab, etc. Well, after a few stalled attempts I feel as though I have my mojo back. It's only been 5 days of strict paleo, but it has been about a month of improving my diet and learning to say "no" again.

I was really feeling it and I got the impulse to to kick things off with a little fast to remind myself I didn't have to cave-in to food temptation. I fasted for 18.5 hours and re-fed on canned salmon, avocado, and eggs (I posted a picture under the recipe category earlier today). I followed that with a 24 hour fast that was broken with a bone broth-based beef stew. I was thrust into ketosis after these two days. I know because I used a Ketostix, but also because my urine was ammonia-laden (I had become part-cat so to speak). Since then I have not fasted other than not eating after dinner and typically through lunch aside from a few cups of green or mint tea. I did have the "carb-flu" for those two days though.

Results have been dramatic; much like they were the first time I went paleo. It has been 5 days and I am down 6-7 pounds. Hunger has not been an issue. Meals have been strict paleo. I even went to the movies on Sunday and avoided what has always been a temptation for me - nachos with cheese and jalapenos. I snuck in a bag of hard boiled eggs and a bottle of mineral water and I was good to go. It's too bad the new Bourne movie wasn't quite as good as the previous ones.

I feel really good about this. I have that same "high" that I had originally. I don't mean a "high" like euphoria. Instead I mean I am seeing results that are reinforcing my drive and will to continue this WOE. I also have what may be the added benefit of failing and seeing the negative results. I am definitely pumped and I feel as though I am making a great deal of progress both physically and mentally.

I am holding off working out for now as I want my focus to be on diet for now. However, I will likely be starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu once again in a few weeks. Get it, get!

I've had this a couple of times now and it is tremendous.

1 7.5 oz can of Black Top Red Salmon (with skin & bones)
1 ripe avocado cubed
1/4 of a small onion diced (I didn't have onion this time)
3 hard boiled eggs (I prefer them a bit under done)
A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
Black pepper to taste

Meta / New food allergy/sensitivity?
« on: August 22, 2012, 10:52:38 AM »
I've cooked with coconut oil and eaten beets for several years now. Last night I roasted some golden beets in coconut oil in the oven until tender. I let them cool, rubbed off the skin, and enjoyed them.....until about 15-20 minutes later. I started to get itchy on my arms, legs, and the corner of my eyes. Swallowing felt tender. I took a few benadryl and was able to get it under control. Coincidental or not, my seasonal allergies acted up just a few days earlier for the first time of significance since going paleo. From what I understand it is a particularly bad year for seasonal allergies in St. Louis due to the exceedingly dry summer. Your thoughts are (as always) appreciated.

Diet and nutrition / Emergency meal: pre-packaged hard boiled eggs
« on: May 02, 2012, 10:35:26 AM »
I picked up a pack of hard boiled eggs from the grocery store as a quick meal as I hadn't planned anything and was in a hurry. They were "manufactured by" Almark Foods and contain the following ingredients in order: Eggs, Water, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate. Oh, and there is a allergen warning: "Contains Eggs." LOL

Anyway, can anyway speak to the safety, risks, etc. of citric acid and sodium benzoate? I know they're not technically paleo, but in a pinch....?

Diet and nutrition / Has anyone tried a ground beef-only diet?
« on: March 29, 2012, 01:36:14 PM »
I wondered if any of the cavemen here have tried a ground beef-only (or close to only) diet? If so, I wondered about your success/failure, lessons learned, etc.

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