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Miscellaneous / Paleofantasy
« on: January 17, 2013, 07:43:22 AM »
Havent been on here for a while...coming up on 3 years of paleo and its still working for me. Has anyone addressed this new book Paleofantasy by Zuk that is coming out soon. In it she "debunks" us. Have not read it yet (trying for a pre-pub copy from the publisher) but according to reviews, she has bravely stepped up to expose a dangerous fad-paleo.  She is a science writer and believes we are silly and very dangerous.
I have already had it out with someone on goodreads who admits that there is something admirable in the way we eat but feels science should kill our backstory of foods that don't fit our evolutionary eating patterns. I expect she is fighting for her right to lie on the couch and snarf cheese doodles. Talk about cashing in on a "fad." Anyway, thoughts?

Research / obesity costs
« on: April 30, 2012, 08:40:26 AM »

at least this article didn't end with the advice to consume more whole grain products

Meta / ethical to eat meat
« on: March 20, 2012, 12:22:10 PM »
the new york times is having a contest to find the best answer to "why is it ethical to eat meat?" rules are stated here
anyone care to enter?

Miscellaneous / fun at restaurants
« on: March 15, 2012, 06:42:21 AM »
Yesterday terry and i had lunch at Fridays-we are members of their "stripe" club but had never used benefits before...while waiting for our lunch  several servers tried to give us our "stripes tip" which was a ginormous plate of chips with some kind of dip. After refusing 3 we thought wouldnt it be nice if the complimentary food would be a veggie tray?

Miscellaneous / Happy 2nd paleoversary to meeee!
« on: February 02, 2012, 05:24:13 AM »
This is my second paleoversary-on 2/2/10 i had a partial thyroidectomy. Since my throat was slit and bandaged, bread, pasta and other wheat based processed things were not for me. My husband, Terry,  made me nice nourishing meat and vegetable stews, pureed like baby food.  Of course i was home for 2 weeks recouperating so i didnt bother getting out of pjs. When i was getting dressed for the doctor, i pulled up my pants and they just fell down again! I was looking at a thyroid site and it mentioned a new way of eating called paleo and it was very close to the new way i ate-at that time i also dropped dairy and legumes, neither of which i was partial to anyway. I have kept the weight off without "dieting" but more important i have not taken a prilosec, nexium or tums for 2 years...Terry has since followed me into paleo country. I dont care what the "experts " say, this is right for me!

Miscellaneous / Trendy?
« on: January 25, 2012, 06:20:00 AM »
I am a collection development librarian on Long Island. Two years ago I had a thyroid operation which resulted in my going Paleo.  Since I didn't know anything about Paleo, I went to the library catalogue and was surprised to see the stats on any book about the paleo/primal lifestyle.  Even though there were very few books, they were all out and had circulated many many times.  I thought that this was a good new category to develop and, in the last two years have purchased 12 nutrition/cookbooks for the collection.  I now have so many that I thought it would be helpful to label them "paleo" under their dewey number, as we do for our "gluten-free books."  When I went to the catalogue yesterday to collect the books for relabeling much to my amazement-every one of them was out. I went to a Simon and Schuster book presentation last week and they were pitching a new book for women, as Paleo is "a guy thing."  This book is entitled "Paleoista," and is reaching for the chick-lit audience. I guess we've "arrived" now. BTW if anyone wants a list of the books I ordered, would be happy to print them.

Miscellaneous / Potluck rant
« on: November 02, 2011, 09:58:24 AM »
I am sitting at my desk , starving, because I went to a breakfast potluck at my work and the only food I could eat was what I brought (lox and lettuce for the bagels, which of course I couldn't eat) and some fruit.  Everything else was enclosed in pastry, or cheese, or bread, or cake/cookies. Its so easy to be paleo at home where I can stock the appropriate food and so difficult to be paleo out in the world! Ok I feel better now.

Progress Reports & Photos / Today is my Rebirth-day!
« on: February 02, 2011, 03:36:54 PM »
It has been exactly one year to the day since I started being can I pinpoint this so precisely? On February 2nd 2010, I had my right thyroid and some assorted lymph nodes out.  After eating liquids for 2 weeks I began to feel hungry again. However I didn't want anything constraining my throat and said no to anything made with grains.  After a few weeks on nutritional soups and stews, I discovered that I was losing weight-me, who had been so afraid of eating meat (why it makes you fat, right?)  I found that there was an interesting way of eating called paleo that I had drifted into, without knowing anything about it, much less that it existed.  As I read more, I started to follow the rest of the tenents, and they were easier for me than for most people...I hated beans and they made me nauseous so they were never part of my meals; I grew up allergic to dairy so there wasn't much to give up (but cheese was pretty hard);most desserts were out as my dad died of complications resulting from diabetes and I gave them up years ago. So why was I still fat...perhaps it was the 2 bowls of Special K (for breakfast and lunch) that I'd polish off every day...and those bran muffins that were so healthy. And if I was eating right, why did I pop a prilosec every time I knew that I was eating pizza or bagels...and then a few tums afterwards?  I was also always hungry and believed the malarkey that I had to have willpower-I had to starve myself in order to maintain my fat self and not gain MORE weight.  In fact, I had real doubts about the thyroid surgery...I had been told that I would probably gain about 20 more pounds!   
I must emphasize that when I began this WOE it had nothing to do with weight control, it just felt like the right and healthy way to feed my has been one year since I went Paleo and I have lost 22 pounds and 2 pants sizes. I have not taken any medication for tummy problems...not even a rolaids. Though I am restricted in food choices, the choices are healthy ones and I can eat as much as I want while maintaing this weight loss. People, it works!

Diet and nutrition / avoir tummy troubles
« on: November 08, 2010, 06:30:48 AM »
has anyone fired their gastro-enterologist after going paleo?

Introductions / Paleo through the back door
« on: November 07, 2010, 07:27:41 PM »
Hi all-my name is Donna...I'm Terry Ballard's wife and I invented paleo. Of course when I invented it, I didn't know it was paleo, i just called it my whacky new way of eating....Let me explain. I had a very large thyroid nodule in my right thyroid and had a partial thyroidectomy in February.  When you have that operation, your throat is very constricted-all I could eat were puddings, applesauce and popsicles. When I became stronger and hungrier, my husband made me very pureed vegetable/meat stews and soups which were delicious.  Before my operation I ate a lot of whole grain cereal-at least once or twice a day.  However the idea of anything processed now was quite unpalatable.  At my vist to the surgeon 2 weeks later was the first time I wore clothes since the operation and they fit looser.Without any effort or "dieting" I was losing weight, something I had given up trying to do a long time ago.  It wasn't until a few weeks later, on a thyroid support group site, that I found out this had a name, paleo, and a pretty easy set of rules-instead of eating everything in limited quantities, stick to a limited amount of food types, all healthy, and eat as much as you want!  Have been paleo now 10 months and it just gets easier-also I've lost 20 pounds without any feelings of deprivation. But more importantly, I do not need any antiacids, which I used to pop by the handful.  Look forward to meeting the rest of the tribe!

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