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Food Journals / 30 day Paleo Challenge --> but different
« on: August 09, 2015, 01:01:36 PM »
I've completed ONE 30 day Paleo challenge several months ago; now I'm trying a second one, with a twist.  After watching the video on netflix, "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead," I bought a juicer.  Here's my personal challenge: a 10 day juice fast (maybe longer) and Paleo or Juice modified Paleo for the remaining 20 days.  Why not juice for 30 days, you ask --> As a conivor, I think (believe) I need meat or fish on a regular basis.   BTW:  Juicing a bunch of veggies together tastes better than eating them individually. 

Introductions / re-entry and update to Paleo
« on: July 12, 2012, 09:16:16 PM »
I started Paleo in July of '09 and initially lost 72 pounds --> so far into July, 2012, have kept it off.  I no longer have arthritis/bursitis, I sleep like a baby, I'm rarely hungry, my attention deficits are under control, my S** life is twice what it was before becoming a Caveman and my physical endurance for other activities has improved also.  I live on meat from: Whole Foods, U.S. Wellness and Wegman's Organic selection.  I get frozen fish from those three preceding places as well as local shops (living in NJ there are quite a few fresh fish markets).  I use assorted local veggies with my evening meals.  Snacks consistes of fresh fruits, local berries and nuts.   I've switched from beer to hard cider (read that as Wood Chuck and/or Magner's).  There are times when I have wine with meals or while watching the 11 o'clock news.
 I dehydrate my own beef/chicken/lamb jerky along with multiple fruits. 
NOW: I have enough country space to raise my own chickens, keep bees and grow as much as I can on 2.5 acres of prime virgin land (yes, I need to clear out a lot of trees, shrubs and vines.)  My best advice to YOU and the the world is, "GO PALEO!"

Meta / Off the "Grid"
« on: April 18, 2010, 07:46:09 PM »
My seven kids have flown the coop, and my mother & father in-law have flown much higher.  I no longer need a 7 bedroom (4,200 square foot) house, with two stoves, two living rooms a large recreation room & a four car garage.  My wife of 37 years and I are moving to a 4 bedroom home (2,800 square foot) house on 2.4 acres of land and going "off the grid."  We plan on raising chickens for eggs and meat, have some goats and pigs.....which only we will feed.  We will have our own well, our own "Wind Turbine Generator," our own "Solar Collection Panels" and our own septic system.  We are installing "at source water heaters," extra insulation, foam insulation at all joints and a 3000 gallon water tank.  What more do we need.  Any suggestions & all suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.

Research / Mother Earth's view of BEEF
« on: April 14, 2010, 08:17:33 AM »

Miscellaneous / Food, Inc.
« on: April 13, 2010, 06:52:44 PM »
I watched this documentary with my daughter "Nutmeg" and her husband.  I supplied supper for them, their four children and my wife.  I brought a KFC bucket of chicken; half grilled-half original, with two large sides of coleslaw.  I rejected the biscuits & soda offered on Paleo gounds.   After being Paleo for several months...THAT chicken was GOOD!!!! was the coleslaw.  Later I found out BOTH were filled with MSG.  EGADS!!! I watched a movie about food while under the influence of additives.  I was drowsy and had difficulty paying attention.  On the ride home afterwards, I felt DRUNK - without the euphoria of booze.  When I got home I "lost" my diner into the porcelain bowl.  The next day I had a severe headache, overall fatigue and nausea all day.  I used the porcelain bowl in the afternoon.  I have decided KFC is not for me!   HOWEVER... Food, Inc.  is definitely worth viewing. 

Miscellaneous / Caveman / Paleo QUOTES!!
« on: December 23, 2009, 06:01:51 AM »
Short and to the point quotes taken from articles and books I've read and/or from my personal quote collection.  If you have a quote you like that's not listed PLEASE add it to this string.  JMull
                            CAVEMAN / PALEO QUOTES

Sugar is a type of bodily fuel, yes, but your body runs about as well on it as a car would.  V.L. Allineare

The basic principles of the Paleolithic Diet are so simple that most high school students can understand them.  Ben Balzer

The reason why grains, beans and potatoes store so well is simply because of the toxins that they contain.  Ben Balzer

American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. Dave Barry

Eating rice cakes is like chewing on a foam coffee cup, only less filling. Dave Barry

I take a vitamin every day.  It’s called a steak.  Leo Benvenuti & Steve Rudnick

I've been on a constant diet for the last two decades. I've lost a total of 789 pounds. By all accounts, I should be hanging from a charm bracelet. Erma Bombeck

When digested, all carbs are sugars.  So, think of eating carbs as eating sugar.   Moreover, think of eating refined (processed) carbohydrates as eating concentrated sugar. Dennis E. Bradford

Food, one assumes, provides nourishment; but Americans eat it fully aware that small amounts of poison have been added to improve its appearance and delay its putrefaction.  John Cage

The right diet directs sexual energy into the parts that matter. Barbara Cartland

Over the course of a year, gatherer-hunters typically consumed more than 100 different species of fruits and vegetables.  Jack Challem

Today’s panoply of diets - from fast-food burgers to various concepts  of balanced diets and food groups - bear little resemblance, superficially or in actual nutritional constituents, to the diet H. sapiens and its ancestors consumed over millions of years.  Jack Challem
You are what you eat – and perhaps surprisingly, you also are what your ancestors ate.  Jack Challem

There is definitely life after oat bran. All our nation has to show after years of that is diarrhea. Julia Child

If organic farming is the natural way, shouldn't organic produce just be called "produce" and make the pesticide-laden stuff take the burden of an adjective?  Ymber Delecto

For the millions of us who live glued to computer keyboards at work and TV monitors at home, food may be more than entertainment. It may be the only sensual experience left. Barbara Ehrenreich

We think fast food is equivalent to pornography, nutritionally speaking.  Steve Elbert   

If we're not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn't settle for junk food.  Sally Edwards

The bagel, an unsweetened doughnut with rigor mortis.   Beatrice & Ira Freeman

More die in the United States of too much food than of too little.  John Kenneth Galbraith

No known primitive culture in the history of the human species has ever adopted vegetarianism by choice. Nora T. Gedgaudas, Primal Body Primal Mind

No human society in history has consumed a diet remotely resembling what the USDA Pyramid suggests as optimal.  Nora T. Gedgaudas, Primal Body Primal Mind

Genes are turned on and off by regulatory genes, and regulatory genes are controlled mainly by nutrients.   ….there is no drug anywhere that can regulate genetic expression better or more powerfully than diet. Nora T. Gedgaudas, Primal Body Primal Mind

Carbohydrate consumption, in general, depletes serotonin stores as well as greatly depletes the B-vitamins needed to convert amino acids to many needed neurotransmitters. Nora T. Gedgaudas, Primal Body Primal Mind

We must avoid the temptation of “food as a source of cheap, nutrient-devoid entertainment” and instead make conscious, deliberate and wise choices about what it is we mindfully incorporate into our living matrix. Nora T. Gedgaudas, Primal Body Primal Mind

Depression is not a Prozac deficiency.  Nora T. Gedgaudas, Primal Body Primal Mind

As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.  Joan Gussow

The basics here are that you inherit the way you metabolize foods in the same way you inherit your skin, hair, and eye color. This helps explain why no two people respond exactly the same to every food.  Joseph Hackett

Leave the drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can heal the patient with food. Hippocrates

They must have some sort of rule that they tell you they are vegetarian like 5 times a day.  Must be in the handbook “when you have the desire to eat meat, tell someone you're a vegetarian.”  Homerj (on the internet net)

My favorite animal is steak.  Fran Lebowitz

Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat.  Fran Lebowitz

McDonalds announced it’s considering a more humane way of slaughtering its animals. You know they fatten them up and then kill them. You know the same thing they do to their customers, isn’t it? Jay Leno

Food probably has a very great influence on the condition of men. Wine exercises a more visible influence, food does it more slowly but perhaps just as surely. Who knows if a well-prepared soup was not responsible for the pneumatic pump or a poor one for a war?  George C. Lichtenberg

Anyhow, the hole in the doughnut is at least digestible.     H.L. Mencken

Cheating on weekends means you’re willing to be 5/7ths healthy.   Jim Mullanaphy

After watching a TV show about a 750 pound man and seeing a display of what he ate in a day, I’ll never eat beige food again! Jim Mullanaphy

If I could learn to distinguish habit and boredom from true hunger -  I’d weigh less. Jim Mullanaphy

Call me old fashioned but I prefer food from a field rather than a factory.   I want to eat what a farmer produces not a lab tech.  Jim Mullanaphy

We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.  Mad Magazine

 No one dies of a bread deficiency.

Historical and anthropological studies show hunter-gatherers to be healthy fit and largely free of the degenerative cardiovascular     diseases common in modern society.   James O’Keefe, Jr. MD.

All I ask of food is that it doesn't harm me.     Michael Palin
That food and eating stand in need of defense might seem counterintuitive at a time when “overnutrition” is emerging as a more serious threat to public health than undernutrition. Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food.

Most of what we need to know about how to eat we already know, or once did until we allowed the nutrition experts and the advertisers to shake our confidence in common sense, tradition, the testimony of our senses, and the wisdom or our mothers and grandmothers.  Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food.

…people don’t eat nutrients; they eat foods, and foods can behave very differently from the nutrients they contain.  Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food.

 But while nutritionism has its roots in a scientific approach to food, it’s important to remember that it is not a science but an ideology, and that the food industry, journalism, and government bear just as much responsibility for its conquest of our minds and diets. ……  Thirty years of nutritional advice have left us fatter, sicker, and more poorly nourished. Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food.

You are what you eat eats too. Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food.
The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from mere animal biology to an act of culture.  Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food.

Human-like creatures have existed on this planet for as long as four million years, and for roughly 99 percent of this time, they were hunters and gatherers.... This means that when we're sitting down to lunch, our stone-age bodies "expect" to be fed the same types and ratios of fat that nourished our cave-dwelling ancestors.  When we eat French fries cooked in partially hydrogenated vegetable oil instead of wild plants; or wolf down a fat-laden hamburger heaped with mayonnaise instead of meat from a lean, free-ranging game animal, our bodies register the insult.  Artemis P. Simopoulos and Jo Robinson, The Omega Diet

Honor your primal genes by slowing down and simplifying your life.  Mark Sisson, The Primal Blueprint

It’s truly remarkable how successful Madison Avenue has been at indoctrinating eating habits that produce huge profits for giant multinational corporations – and developing devastating health consequences for consumers – into generations of society.  Mark Sisson, The Primal Blueprint

Once you’re sensitized to the negative effects of unhealthy choices, it gets easier to turn down what used to seem impossible to resist.  Mark Sisson, The Primal Blueprint

No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.   George Bernard Shaw

Research has also shown that grass-fed beef is lower in saturated fat and higher in Omega-3's than traditional beef.

Red meat is not bad for you.  Now, blue-green meat that’s bad for you.  Tommy Smothers

If we’re not supposed to eat animals, how come they’re made out of meat?  Tom Snyder

Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. Lord Edward Stanley

It's bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children's health than the pediatrician.
Meryl Streep

I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian.  T-shirt

Chemicals, n:  Noxious substances from which modern foods are made.  Unknown

Americans have more food to eat than any other people and more diets to keep them from eating it.  Unknown

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.  Virginia Woolf                   

Food Journals / Jim's current food list
« on: October 16, 2009, 08:56:45 AM »
10/16/09, Friday: Weight 177, waist 38.  Less fruit and more meat, eggs, and vegetables moved me off a “No Noticeable Change,” plateau.  To help defray the cost of my new style of eating, I purchased a food dehydrator for use on fruits and meats.  I also bought an 8.8 cubic foot chest freezer to store the grass fed meats I’m buying on line, there are no places near me convenient enough for me to drive to purchase them.  In descending order my diet consists of: water, beef, chicken, eggs, green tea, Red Rose tea, apples, bananas, assorted home dried fruits, shrimp, turkey, roast pork, tilapia, salmon, cod, whiting, sardines, broccoli, cauliflower, Romaine lettuce, spinach leaves, cucumbers, spaghetti squash, Iceberg lettuce, grapes, kiwi, almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, hazel nuts, raisins, craisins (cranberry raisins), and a few nights a week a glass (sometimes two) of wine, self-brewed beer or cognac.
 Occasionally I’ll have: a cup of coffee, a little Agave nectar, a little honey.  Recently I’ve tried:  a bison steak and patty, an Emu burger, and an Ostrich steak –it’s amazing what you can buy online.   
Since starting a Paleo Diet I have for the first time in my life tasted 1) sushi  raw salmon, raw tuna and
raw eel, 2) frog legs, a mango, a cactus fruit, and an uncured chemical free turkey hot dog.  I am attempting to eat a wide variety of different foods.  JIM

Progress Reports & Photos / Paleo Diet worked for me!
« on: September 22, 2009, 12:37:40 PM »
My Paleo Diet History.

I’m JIM, 5’10,” 61 years old.  Before I started this diet I ate too much and was constantly hungry.  Even after a big meal I craved more.  Although I tried to work out three times a week at my local YMCA my energy level was frequently too low, so I skipped the Y and went home to nap with the TV.  I’m writing this on 9/22/09…BECAUSE….I’M IMPRESSED!!!   Read my log and you’ll see why. 

7/7/09, Tuesday: Weight 209 lbs, waist around my belly button is 45¾.
I read my first article on the Paleo diet right after lunch; I had a ½ an Italian sub.  I had planned on eating the other half of the sub for supper, but threw the roll away and just ate the meat, tomatoes and lettuce.  So I officially began this diet at 5:30 pm today.
7/9/09.  I lost a little over a pound in just two days.  My waist is the same. 

7/11/09.  Weight is 206, I believe this is just water loss dues to very little salt in my food.  Waist may be ½ inch smaller.  It’s hard to tell because I may be pulling the tape harder to prove I’m losing.

7/14/09, Tuesday: Weight 202, waist 45 even.  I have been eating like a Paleolithic man BUT, I still had either two glasses of wine or two Brandies11:00 news.  If I stopped the booze, I’d probably lose more.
 7/15/09, X-TRA RESULT My bursitis and arthritis have significantly diminished.

7/21/09, Tuesday: Weight 198, waist 44¾.   My only “cheats” were drinking two beers during the day, while I worked in the heat of the mid-day sun installing an outside door along with new framing and tread step.
7/23/09, Salty foods now taste too salty, sweet things taste too sweet.

7/28/09, Tuesday: Weight 194, waist 44½.  I’m still loosing weight even with two pieces of rye bread with my egg sandwiches in the morning.

8/4/09, Tuesday:  Weight 190, waist 43¼. 
The 28th day of this diet, in one month I lost 19 lbs and 2½ inches off my gut.   
At no time did I feel hungry.

8/11/09, Tuesday: Weight 186, waist 43.  People at work and on the streets have remarked about my youthful appearance.  I have lost the bloat around my face and neck.  The muscle definition in my thighs and upper arms has become pronounced.  I can think better!

9/1/09, Tuesday: Weight 183, waist 41. I lost one pound while on vacation for a week in Virginia, even though I was eating out for most of my meals and had wine & Irish Coffee on occasion.
   I decreased my shirt size from XL to L and my pants from a tight 40 to a comfortable 38.

9/8/09, Tuesday:  Weight   183, waist 40½  Increased energy and more endurance noted at the YMCA.  I can walk faster and further on the treadmill and elliptical machines.  I can now complete  15 Cybex machines, two sets of twelve reps without stopping and a full range of motion.

9/22/09, Tuesday: Weight 182, waist 40 ***My waist measures 40” but I’m wearing size 38 pants.  I measure around my belly button and my pants ride just below that point.  My weight loss has slowed down and my energy level has picked up.

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