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Diet and nutrition / Re: Paleo while travelling?
« on: July 20, 2014, 09:04:38 PM »
Ya' gotta' eat but aside from tallow, your rations are not paleo in any way shape or form. Pemmican would be good though.

Traveling is admittedly tough. I generally drag my travel trailer on my extended journeys just so I can keep my fridge stocked with paleo foods and cook for myself.

I do eat on the road a lot with my job though, but usually only a couple or a few days at a time at the most. For those trips I bring boiled and brined eggs, pre-cooked bacon, sliced ham, jerky, canned and smoked fish, fruit, nuts (usually pistachios or macadamia), and some frozen, pre-cooked meat and/or omelets.  You have to get creative based on how much you need, how much and what kind of storage you have, and what you have to cook on.

Diet and nutrition / Re: How did cave men get salt?
« on: July 20, 2014, 08:57:10 PM »
I can't give you a specific answer but I seem to recall reading that naturally raised (pastured) meat and game meat have a significantly higher level of sodium than grain-fed commercial meat has.

Miscellaneous / Re: Celebrity Deaths
« on: July 12, 2014, 08:08:48 PM »
Add Steve Jobs to the list. That idiot Ornish got to him before he could come to his senses.

High protein and low calorie means low fat, which probably means processed/artificial food ingredients to make it palatable.

I'll pass.

Miscellaneous / Re: Overweight vegetarian
« on: June 25, 2014, 06:44:13 PM »
Mtnman, not to sound dogmatic but "transistioning" can really make the switch more difficult. Go cold turkey, switch to a clean version of paleo (not primal, paleo), with the foods you like. Eat plenty of meat, animal fat, fruits and veggies. Then, after a couple of months on this clean diet, start playing with it if you feel the need. See what you can safely add, one thing at a time. But you'll likely find that you don't want a lot of things you used to eat.

Diet and nutrition / Re: fat?
« on: June 07, 2014, 06:52:26 PM »
Bacon.  ;D

Some suggestions.

Try to eat big enough meals to avoid snacking. Eat a big meal with lots of meat, fat, and veggies so it can carry you through the times when you are prone to snack. You need to keep your insulin at bay and snacking can screw this up. Read the sticky above titled, "How to lose fat on the Paleo WOE, or Endocrinology for Dummies" for more on this.

Until you've lost some weight, skip the nuts. BTW, cashews are not Paleo. Make sure the breakfast sausage you are eating doesn't have some kind of sugar in it. Most do.

Do not eat rice or potatoes, especially now until after you've reached your weight goals. Neither are Paleo.

As for your low energy levels, you may be experiencing the "Paleo flu", which is common for people new to this WOE. Take a read through the sticky above titled, "Why is the caveman diet making me very tired?"

As Eric said, shoot for quick and easy. Keep it simple. Forget recipes. As you already figured out, most of them are not really Paleo.

Hope this helps.

Miscellaneous / Farmed and Dangerous on Hulu
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:08:07 AM »
Farmed and Dangerous is a parody on the insanity of industrial agriculture. It's free to watch on Hulu. I've only watched the pilot thus far but I found it an amusing tongue-in-cheek look at this bizarre and surreal industry. I'm sure like all parodies, it's all based on some nugget of truth. There are plots and subplots that many of us will recognize and being based on some reality. Clearly the "Animoil" corporation is based on Monsanto.

Industrial agriculture is a serious topic to me but this show is a fun way to "blow off some steam" and laugh at the ridiculousness of it all.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Desperate Help Needed
« on: March 24, 2014, 09:40:35 AM »
In addition to the posts above, another area where you can up your fat intake is with the eggs. Instead of boiling them, fry them (whole or scrambled) in some kind of appropriate fat. I use rendered bacon grease, butter, or ghee if I can get it. Butter and ghee are not strictly paleo but good quality (grass fed) butter is a decent source of animal fat so I will use it when I have to.

I only eat boiled eggs if I'm on the road and have no way to cook them fresh. When I have cooking facilities, I always incorporate some sort of fat with my eggs.

I know a teaspoon of sugar may seem insignificant, and in some people it may not make much of a difference. But sugar can literally be addicting and while a teaspoon doesn't carry a huge calorie load, it can trigger serious and insatiable carb cravings. Since you described yourself as a carboholic, I thought it was worth mentioning. In people with sensitive metabolic systems it's possible for even a small amount of sugar to derail your efforts when beginning LC or paleo in the early stages.

As for food, I'm fortunate in that I have come to appreciate the simplicity of paleo. Ever since I gave up on SAD, I simply look at my food as fuel and medicine rather than seeing it as entertainment and amusement. While I enjoy tasty food as much as the next person, I no longer seek out the variety of ingredients and bold flavors that I once thought of as a necessity. In other words, I apply the KISS principle to my food. I keep it simple. After about the first year on paleo I discovered I had no use for web sites with "paleo recipes" (most of which aren't actually paleo). The way I see it, if it requires a recipe, it's not really paleo. I do make my own breakfast sausage in large batches, which has a "recipe", but that's about it.

Keeping things simple is essential with the lifestyle I have. I work on-call pretty much 24/7. I work all hours of the day and night and usually only have a 2-hour warning telling me where I need to report for duty. On top of that, I'm often in the field for many hours at a time, sometimes being away from home overnight and even sometimes for several days in a row. When I'm working I often have no access to a microwave or any way to cook food. It all has to travel in an ice chest small enough to carry with one hand and I sometimes need to put several meals in there for a tour of duty. Eating paleo would not be possible under these circumstances if I were picky or needed constant variety.

To make it work I cook some food in large batches. Baked/roasted chicken, roasted root vegetables, hard boiled eggs (I sometimes pickle them too), burger patties, steak, bacon strips, etc. all travel well and can be eaten cold if there is no way for me to heat them so I often make these in large batches and refrigerate or freeze a supply so I always have something to toss in the ice chest.

When I cook meals, I keep it simple. Pan seared steak, beef liver, pork chops, etc. are very quick and easy to cook. I usually plop some bacon grease in the skillet, season and cook my meat, then when the meat is done I toss some sort of greens in the fat/drippings to mop it all up while deglazing the pan. I do this with spinach, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, etc. I use herbs and seasonings to cook the meat which I change-up now and then. But a full meat and veggie meal like this can be made in about 10 minutes.

For breakfast, I can cook the bacon or sausage, then the eggs, using the same skillet, and have a full meal ready in less than 15 minutes.

Stews and soups are easy to make in a crock pot and store in containers and can often be frozen if needed.

If you have access to a microwave on a daily basis, this should be pretty easy. Everyone is different but for me keeping things simple so I don't burn myself out trying to figure out new ways to satisfy my taste buds every day is essential. We've become accustomed to that in modern society but if you think about it, there is nothing natural about it. It certainly wasn't a priority with hunter-gatherers. I figure they were on to something.

Welcome aboard Ivan.

The transition is tough for carboholics, which most of us were to some degree. Anyone who eats a standard American diet pretty much is by default.

You say you eat "plenty of fat and red meat" but do you really? For me, eating more meat and fat was the key to curbing the cravings and snacking. For breakfast I typically eat 4 to 5 jumbo eggs and a 1/4 pound of bacon or my own breakfast sausage. Lunch, if I have it, which I usually don't unless I'm working (I have a physical job), is 4 to 5 chicken thighs (baked) or two burger patties, or a decent size steak and some veggies, all cooked in animal fat (usually rendered bacon fat), plus a piece of fruit. Dinner is similar to lunch except larger portions, sometimes I roast root vegetables in place of greens.

I eat until I'm full. If I get hungry again I eat some more but usually the same things I eat as meals rather than snack foods. I don't worry about portions or calories, only WHAT I eat. I've lost 80 lbs. doing this and have kept it off for several years now. While weight loss isn't your goal, I also got my blood sugar in check (I am insulin resistant), my cholesterol went down and my triglycerides plummeted, and I generally feel better and have more energy (relatively speaking, since I have chronic fatigue syndrome).

I don't think your non-negotiable "cheats" will affect you much except maybe that tablespoon of brown sugar. At least in the beginning. I would try to cut that out for at least 4 months until you're well adapted to this way of eating then maybe add it back in. Chances are you won't want it after being off of it for that long but even if you do it won't provoke your cravings as much then as it is now.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Protein shake?
« on: March 16, 2014, 08:20:41 PM »
For a weaned human being, milk is not paleo, period. It's highly unlikely that prior to the advent of milk as an agricultural product, paleolithic humans drank the milk from another species. Whether it's processed or "natural" is of no consequence.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Protein shake?
« on: March 15, 2014, 05:27:10 AM »
What version of Paleo are you eating? Protein shakes are not paleo. Milk is not paleo. "Low fat" anything is not paleo.

As the saying goes; Eat your food, don't drink it.

Research / Re: research study on barriers to full paleo adoption
« on: March 14, 2014, 08:10:30 AM »
What frustration? Buy some meat. Buy some vegetables. Buy some fruit. Go home and eat. How hard is that?

Miscellaneous / Disappointed in Cordain comments
« on: February 16, 2014, 01:25:35 PM »
I just watched the movie "King Corn" (free on Hulu). There is little in the film that most of us following Paleo don't already know. But what irked me was during the interview with Cordain where he placed emphasis on the fat content between grass fed and grain fed beef and basically vilified animal fat as the big problem.

While I know grain fed beef (and pork and chicken) is higher in fat and is lower quality fat, the real problem with the standard American diet is carbs more than animal fat. The worst part about a hamburger is the bun and the condiments, not the fatty beef. But the "founder" of the Paleo diet did nothing to make that point, fueling the already fat-phobic hysteria that is prolific in this country.

I realize he may have SAID more and it was simply edited out by the producers of the film. But it's a shame that this is the only thing I was able to take-away from his comments considering who said it.

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