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Research / Weve been eating big game for a long time (and cooking it!)
« on: August 18, 2009, 08:25:48 AM »
Looks like the date for controlled fire usage (cooking meat) has been pushed back towards 400,000 years.

Man hunted the biggest game (usually has the most fat) and hauled the best bits home for cooking on the fire.

Sounds like a good life to me ;)

#edit:  There is evidence that we have been using fire for close to 1.5 M years, but it is not conclusive:

Research / The Swedes get it
« on: June 16, 2009, 06:27:19 PM »

Research / How far back was paleo man the same as us?
« on: June 15, 2009, 10:25:34 PM »
Doesn't look like we have changed much in the last 70,000 years:

Research / Carbs aren't required for endurance performance.
« on: June 15, 2009, 10:09:27 PM »
A ketogenic diet (<3% carbs) fully supports (and may enhance) endurance performance.

Looks like you don't need carbs at all for energy...

Research / Coeliac vaccine
« on: April 13, 2009, 07:47:47 PM »
Sounds like scientists are trying to make more pills, so we can eat whatever we want.

Seems they missed the point that we just shouldn't eat that grains...

Research / Even a short time eating paleo is good for you!
« on: February 19, 2009, 08:22:49 PM »
Even short-term consumption of a paleolithic type diet improves BP and glucose tolerance, decreases insulin secretion, increases insulin sensitivity and improves lipid profiles without weight loss in healthy sedentary humans

I just wanted to share a few things that have been mentioned in passing before, but not really brought out in the open.
... and yeah I know devolution isn't a word, but it gives the right connotation  ;).  Footwear that paleo man may have considered!

I wanted to do a big plug for Vibram Fivefingers as they are fantastic!

I've always been a barefoot guy and casual meant barefoot.  I used to spend a lot of time and money finding work shoes that I could handle for 9 hours a day and my comfy shoes usually look like they have smothered a grenade at one point in time.

I read about the 5F and although they look STUPID I was keen on trying them.  I found the distributor for Western Australia and arranged to meet him last year to try the 5F on.  He gave me a decent price and I ended up with 3 pair for me and the wife got one (he had limited stocks).  I got the Classics in black, the Sprints in taupe and the KSO in black.  My wife got Classics in sand.

I think we have worn the classics every day since the purchase!  I look like like I'm wearing grandma slippers in the black classics, but I don't care how I look in them.  They are extremely comfortable and my wife has noticed a massive reduction in back pain since wearing them (she's big time pregnant).

I took three weeks off over Christmas and when I started work again I noticed my work shoes hurt.  I have been wearing them for 6 months or more, but after the 5F they are HORRIBLE.  I just built up enough courage to start wearing my KSO's to work.  I work in an office and I'm afraid I'll be on the receiving end of many awkward conversations shortly  ;)

Did I mention the Fivefingers are FANTASTIC?  We now want more!  I don't know if we can get them locally, so will probably have to source some from the USA somehow  :-\


I have always been on the lookout for great clothing that works with your body instead of against it.  Another great find has been Underarmour.

The HeatGear shirts are great for the hot weather we have in Australia.  They are moisture wicking and this means the sweat goes straight through the shirt and then evaporates to make you cool, without making the shirt feel horrible and wet.  I got a couple of the compression (tight) fit black shirts and I live in them over summer.

Yes, black shirts in summer!

It's like having no shirt on, without getting burnt or embarrassed about your lack of clothing when out in public  ;D.  They are just hard to get out of when you are muscle sore and they are tight.

Right now I'm also looking for some loose pants for work, so I can get rid of the stranglers I wear now.  I'm going to get some Thai Fisherman Pants in Black, but I'm a bit skeptical that they will be good enough for the office (maybe ok with a good polo shirt?)  At least they will go with my 5F ninja slippers  :D

Anyone else have any great finds or ideas for comfort over fashion?

Workout Journals / My erratic workout routine
« on: January 20, 2009, 06:47:29 PM »
I'll try to post in here a bit, but it won't be every day.

I sort of end up doing a set routine (usually around a challenge) until I complete the challenge, or get bored of it.  Then I move on to something completely different.

This is the challenge I last did.  I got to about 50 after starting at 20.  No idea how many I could do now though...

I also do this workout of pain every now and then.  One handed exercises with 12kg (26lb) and two handed with 16kg (35lb).  I'm ruined after that...

.. or some sledging.  I have a 12lb sledgehammer that I got for exercise.

Now I'm doing these challenges:
• This painful disaster mentioned by someone here
• I want to be able to comfortably carry the weight of my wife (and kids?).
• Just heard of kipping pull-ups, so I'm seeing if I can do a few of them...

So my daily routine lately is:

After work
• I take my sandbag for a walk to the park (40kg/90lb).  I'll slowly up the weight to maybe 65kg/150lb?  if I can ;)
• Run around a bit and play with my 16mnth old son (the hunt).
• Some frenetic activity - all of the kipping pull ups I can do in a few sets (the kill)
• Walk my sandbag home again (bring the hunt home)
It would be great if I could teleport my sandbag to the park and just carry it home, but that aint gonna happen  ;)

Last thing at night
• I got to an ugly Frog Stand for 60 seconds, so now up to the Tuck Planche.  Holey #$*@ that is tough.  I can't hold all of my lower body up in the air like that (all rotator cuff and lats?), so I cheat and have my toes on the couch and try as hard as I can to lift my toes off the couch.  Maybe I'll get there one day.
• I do them on my pushup handles so they are more difficult and then I do about 10 push ups, either normal or wide
• The Tuck Front Lever on my doorway pull up bar.  I'm up to about 20 seconds.  That is also &*#@ tough to do (all pecs/abs?) and it took me a while to get my body parallel to the ground.
• Pull ups until I'm ruined, which happens to be about 1.5 - 2.5  :D
• Maybe some sit ups if I am feeling up to it (with a straight back, not the useless curly ones)
• Maybe another set or two of 10 push ups, maybe inclined or declined.

Introductions / Another caveman...
« on: December 30, 2008, 11:35:58 PM »
Just checking out the forums   ;D

I have been paleo for about 3 years now.  My wife for about the same and my son his whole life (just over a year).  We are very strict and we don't cheat by eating butter, sugar, agave, sweeteners, nightshades, salt, olives or any of the other things that are not paleo, but so-called paleo dieters eat anyway.

I am getting more into primal exercise and I'm currently trying to make a sandbag to carry around (maybe 50kg?).

I hope to be a useful participant as we have been though a lot in the last three years.  I just have to try and not be too opinionated when confronted by those who have not done the research I have and still have a lot to learn  ;)

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