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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.

Miscellaneous / It's the little things.....
« on: March 28, 2012, 07:52:43 AM »
A buddy of mine just bought a side of beef and he offered me the heart. WIN!

Meta / One Simple Strategy Could Help Us Resist Temptation
« on: March 21, 2012, 11:30:16 AM »

One Simple Strategy Could Help Us Resist Temptation
19 Mar 2012   
When facing temptation, can a simple change of language make a difference? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers who respond to temptation with the words "I don't" versus "I can't" are more able to resist.
"Whether it's buffalo wings at a tailgate or heaping plates of calories at the Thanksgiving day dinner table that is your downfall, help is merely a couple of words away," write authors Vanessa M. Patrick (University of Houston) and Henrik Hagtvedt (Boston College).
In four studies the authors examined the difference between framing a refusal with the words "I don't" vs. "I can't." "This insight is based on the notion that saying "I can't" to temptation inherently signals deprivation and the loss from giving up something desirable," the authors write. "For instance, when faced with a tempting slice of pumpkin pie, one's spontaneous response, 'I can't eat pumpkin pie' signals deprivation. Saying 'I don't eat pumpkin pie' is more effective." This approach signals to oneself (and others) a sense of determination and empowerment, which makes the refusal strategy more effective.
In one study, the authors studied 30 women for 10 days. The women were divided up into three different refusal strategies. One group was assigned the "don't" strategy, another was given the "can't" strategy, and a third group was given a generic "just-say-no" strategy. A daily email reminded the participants to use the strategies and to report instances when they worked and when they didn't.
The "I don't" strategy increased participants' feelings of autonomy, control, and self-awareness; and it resulted in positive behavioral change. One participant reported "a renewed dedication to shedding those extra pounds....I bought a used folding bicycle this weekend that I can keep in my office and use to ride across campus." Saying "I don't" also led to increased longevity; participants reported using it long after the study was completed.
"What's great about this research is that it suggests a strategy that is simple, straightforward, and easy to implement. And most works!" the authors conclude.
Vanessa M. Patrick and Henrik Hagtvedt. "'I Don't' versus 'I Can't': When Empowered Refusal Motivates Goal-Directed Behavior." Journal of Consumer Research: August 2012.
University of Chicago Press Journals
University of Chicago Press Journals. "One Simple Strategy Could Help Us Resist Temptation." Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 19 Mar. 2012. Web.
21 Mar. 2012.

Miscellaneous / rice
« on: March 16, 2012, 05:10:39 AM »

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