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Food Journals / Hard Ciders
« on: November 03, 2013, 07:32:06 AM »
November 3, 2013

For those of you who are over twenty-one years of age and drink alcohol, please read the following post.

Over the past year or so, I've found a number of hard ciders to be personally-acceptable and relatively Paleo-acceptable. Why I say "relatively Paleo-acceptable" is because some cider companies add carbonation, malic acid and other preservatives.

That being said, I was initially surprised to see many popular ciders with acceptable ingredients. So, I decided to replace wine and liquor with ciders for a couple of weeks. Here are a couple benefits that I discovered:

1) No more serious hangovers.
Even though these ciders have natural sugar, I've notice that the "buzz" feels much more pure. Simple cider comes from fermented apples, and the simplicity of that alcohol translates to the clear "buzz" and reduced "hangover".

2) The easier ability to regulate one's intoxication.
Much like beer, cider has a much lower alcohol percentage than liquor or wine, so it's easier to regulate one's level of intoxication (ciders typically have 5-6%).
Questions like "do I need another glass of wine?" aren't so significant because one cider typically will not send someone over the edge of their comfort level. That being said, it's always possible that one single drink will send someone out of their comfort level, but my point is that it's easier to regulate one's intoxication with cider.

With these benefits and my growing interest in hard cider, I decided to explore the world of hard ciders. Over the past year, I've discovered several notable ones. Here are my frequent favorites:

1) Woodchuck Granny Smith (Granny Smith Apple taste, relatively very low on sugar/carbs)
2) Angry Orchard-Elderflower (Nice citrus flavor and wonderful sophistication for a cider, a tad sweeter than my ideal)
3) Strongbow (claims to have added sugar, but their carbohydrate level/sugar/sweetness is one of the lowest)
4) Ace Apple Cider (Nice initial flavor of apple, a little bit of a strange aftertaste)
5) Crispin (Dry Cider served over Ice)
6) JK Scrumpy Original Cider (very pure in it's ingredients, but a little overly sweet)


Anyways, I hope you all found this post interesting, and have a wonderful end to the weekend,

                                                 
                       Zensenji

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Food Journals / Two Meals at Work (with Preservatives!)
« on: August 23, 2013, 07:35:07 AM »
August 23, 2013

Two Meals at Work (lunch and an early dinner [around 5:30pm before I headed to my workout])

Why such an early dinner? I believe in the beneficial health effects of IF (intermittent Fasting). I've been intermittent fasting for the past two years (typically between an early dinner and an afternoon lunch the next day). Look it up if you're interested (I believe that it has helped with my acid reflux):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermittent_fasting


First Meal Picture: Cucumber-Onion salad, Organic Girl lettuce mix, an avocado, Publix pepperjack cheese, sliced chicken breast from the Publix deli, Yerba Mate, coconut water and cholula hot sauce.

Second Meal Picture: A banana, A LOT of steamed broccoli, Jarlsberg cheese, sliced chicken breast and Vampire hot sauce (from the Panola company).


I know... I know.. There are some PRESERVATIVES in these items.
I wanted to show you all these two meals to let you know that sometimes your meals have to come spontaneously. You pick and choose your battles in order to be efficient in this modern world, and sometimes I cannot be 100% Paleolithic. I've understood this for a while and learned to live with my imperfect, yet satisfying lifestyle.

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Food Journals / Pico de Gallo
« on: July 30, 2013, 07:22:58 AM »
July 30, 2013

So my boss gives me his CSA share leftovers (weekly vegetables from Serenbe Farms, Georgia).

Last week, I looked at the leftovers and I decided that I had the right ingredients for Pico de Gallo:


I used my Magic Bullet (which I mainly use for smoothies) to chop up the ingredients and then I poured the salsa over some BBQ rubbed pork chops that I cooked in the iron skillet (here is the rub I used for the chops: http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/Gary-Wiviott%27s-Barbecue-Rub).

The jalapenos made the salsa incredibly spicy, but I've been practicing my spice tolerance lately (I bought dried whole ghost chili peppers). I love cooking and I hope to do it more often in the near future.

Other spices I bought from this incredible company (The Spice House [Chicago]):
-toasted onion powder, roasted garlic powder, Pullman pork chop seasoning, Vulcan Fire Salt, Milwaukee Avenue steak seasoning and dried whole ghost chili peppers.

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Food Journals / Sexy Time Steak!
« on: June 26, 2013, 01:37:13 PM »
June 26, 2013

Tonight for dinner, I'm going to make the "Four-Hour Chef" recipe for "Sexy Time Steak":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MVZfX2NRXM
*Watch this video from 6:17-8:45 to see what I'm talking about...

I have two solid steaks (that I've properly "dry-brined" with salt for the last two days).

Also, I have an extremely nice bottle of wine for tonight:
(2010 Perrin & Fils Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France)

However, I'm not sharing this evening with a lady friend, but rather my father (late father's day celebration).
We are going to cook veggies, make a salad, sear the steaks, drink some wine and watch "Skyfall" (James Bond).

Should be a good night, I'll keep you all posted (Also, I've still been continuing my 3-4 hard workouts per week).

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Food Journals / A Lunch from Last Week
« on: June 10, 2013, 07:47:20 AM »
June 10, 2013

Happy Monday Everyone...
I've been wanting to show you all what a typical weekday lunch looks like for me.

Here is a typical weekday lunch for me


This lunch includes a "sandwich" sort of creation where I will eat avocado, cholula, turkey breast, salad and cheese in the same LARGE bite while having a little 100% Greek yogurt and berries/banana/apple for dessert. After experimenting with 100% Greek yogurt for a while, I have concluded that I will not be purchasing it anymore. To put it simply, yogurt makes me feel bloated. Especially before and during my workouts. However, I highly recommend combining a large group of different vegetables, fruits and meats into the same bite during your meals. Combining a large amount of ingredients into single bites can change a meal from being somewhat boring/dull to an enjoyable experience.

I know that of some you might be thinking about the preservatives that can be found in Cholula and Deli-Turkey breast, but there are times when you have to work with what you can quickly access. It is still a relatively healthy meal and although radical Paleo-eaters would not approve, I can live with such decisions for time-sensitive meals.

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Food Journals / Response to Unwashed_Ape
« on: June 06, 2013, 08:46:00 AM »
Unwashed_Ape,

I did not cook these shrimp (I got that dish from an Asian restaurant). I told them just to steam the broccoli and shrimp without any sauce or carrots. They were kind enough to do that.

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Food Journals / Lunch Last Friday at Work
« on: June 04, 2013, 01:31:27 PM »
June 4, 2013

Lunch Last Friday (Serenbe Farms Salad, Granny Smith Apple, Pepper jack cheese, Steamed Shrimp & Broccoli)
I did not use the Cholula hot sauce on the table even though it's Paleo-acceptable EXCEPT for Xantham Gum..


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Food Journals / Last Saturday Lunch
« on: May 21, 2013, 08:27:35 AM »
May 21, 2013

Last weekend, I was able to perform two solid workouts!
I enjoy partying, so it is typically tough for me to get two full workouts in on any given weekend.

This Memorial Day weekend, I'm going to party, relax and soak in the rays with some college friends.
At least I should get my fair share of Vitamin D! Haha...

Important Blog Post:
Here is an important blog post that I think certain people should read (unless you're die-hard 100% against carbohydrates or you get offended quite easily in general). It provides some interesting counterpoint to a 100% Paleolithic diet. For most people, there is a chance that this post could help with the common narrow-mindedness that the Paleolithic diet can be associated with. If you have 15-20 minutes (which all of you do at some point), I strongly suggest breezing through this:
http://natemiyaki.com/2013/05/20/debunking-the-paleo-diet-89-bullets-on-the-debate/

Lunch last Sunday (5/19)
Hard Boiled Eggs on a bed of assorted greens from Serenbe Farms, Blackberries and a Fuji Apple


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Food Journals / Healthy Fuel
« on: May 15, 2013, 06:41:43 AM »
May 15, 2013

Yesterday's Fitness:


-Half Mile Sprint (Light Warm-up)
-Hang Cleans (5x6; 115#)
-Squats (5x5; 185#)
-Dumbbell Military Press (5x10; 42.5# Dumbbells)
-Experimental Oblique exercise on Hyper Extension Machine


Healthy Fuel (Descriptions Below)


Picture #1) Bourgeois Beef Jerky: For fifteen years I ate this delicious jerky whenever I went to my grandmother's house in Louisiana. I just received some in the mail courtesy of my aunt and it's strong smoky flavor rekindled old memories. Ingredients? Ding! It's Paleo-acceptable! You rarely find Paleo-jerky without making it yourself...

Picture #2) Chicken and a Serenbe Farms Salad: My boss recently signed up for an CSA in which we pick up a delightful variety of vegetables each week that come from Serenbe Farms, Georgia. These organic vegetables are much more flavorful and "nutritious-tasting" than the typical supermarket vegetables. The chicken was lightly seasoned and cooked in my roommates' grandmother's iron skillet. The skillet hasn't been cleaned in over a century.

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Food Journals / Response to Eric
« on: April 30, 2013, 06:49:18 AM »
April 30, 2013

Eric,

I highly recommend the Magic Bullet.

Some people complain about the fact that it doesn't make certain dishes/foods perfectly (i.e. Chunky Salsa), but it gets the job done for me. My favorite thing about it is the fact that everything but the motor is dishwasher safe and the clean-up takes about 10 seconds. It's a great way to get a ton of fruits and veggies quickly or on-the-go.

I'm beginning to find a great balance between a ton of meat and a ton of veggies and fruits.
The Magic Bullet is acting as a catalyst in finding that balance. Plus, it doesn't take up much counter space at all.

Last Night's Dinner (Smoothie):
Six Raw Eggs, Blueberries, Half an Avocado, Stonyfield 100% Greek Yogurt and Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream:



Light Exercise: Bench Press (5x4 at 175 pounds) and Bicep Curls; Avoiding my Neck/Trap area for a while.

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Food Journals / The Blended Dinner
« on: April 29, 2013, 06:05:59 AM »
April 29, 2013

Last Nights "Blended Dinner" (with my Magic Bullet):


Cup One: Six Raw Eggs, Half an Avocado, Organic Heavy Whipping Cream and Half a Banana
Cup Two: A ridiculous amount of Raw Kale, One Fuji Apple and a Handful of Blueberries

I felt incredibly better after dinner last night; There was so much nutrition in this somewhat condensed meal:



Workout Update:

I seriously pulled my trap/upper neck (or at least tweaked a horrible knot). This happened when I tried to quickly turn my head to re-rack the barbell during an incline-press set... I know...

I will be out of commission from most of my exercise regiment for at least a week if not more...

Side Note: Before pulling my neck during the workout I did 125# Hang Cleans (5x5) with ease.
My hang cleans are drastically improving!

I'll continue to stretch and maybe even do some arm exercises that avoid the use of my neck.
Regardless, I need to start stretching my neck more regularly!

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Food Journals / My Recent Consumption
« on: April 11, 2013, 05:57:01 AM »
April 11, 2013

  Happy Spring everyone! The weather in Atlanta has been nothing short of wonderful for the past week!
  What else is wonderful? Yerba Mate, Crawfish, Sashimi (Taka Sushi House) and an incredible Turkey-Easter Lunch!
Note: I did not eat any of that bread on the table, my dad knows to separate non-Paleo food from Paleo-options.



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Food Journals / A Couple of Dinners
« on: March 30, 2013, 06:14:42 PM »
March 30, 2013

Tonight's Dinner: (Hamburgers topped with Paleo-salsa). More deliciously though, an AMAZING, protein and energy shake consisting of four raw eggs, coconut milk, cinnamon and a cup of black coffee (blended):


Another dinner from this week: Hard boiled eggs smothered in an incredible, homemade chicken liver pate, pickled pepperocinis and a few helpings of chicken and vegetable stew:


Also, today, I beasted a workout and enjoyed the sauna for fifteen minutes afterwards.
                                                                                                   
   Life is Wonderful,
                                                                                                                             
Zen

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Food Journals / Response to Unwashed_Ape
« on: March 13, 2013, 07:50:39 AM »
:)  I didn't think that for one minute everyone round that table was paleo!

Very true, the people sitting at the table are my mom, her fiance and my friend. Although I have inspired a significant number of people to begin his or her Paleolithic journey, I also learned a long time ago that you cannot force your beliefs upon anyone, no matter how close they are to you. You can only suggest, influence and inspire them.

Ultimately, it is important for any human being to do what makes them comfortable in life. That being said, I'm much more comfortable in life when I feed my body the proper foods, which I believe is accomplished through the Paleolithic diet.

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Food Journals / Response to Eric and Unwashed_Ape
« on: March 13, 2013, 06:16:52 AM »
March 13, 2013

Thank you Eric, after a couple days of solid workouts in a row, I'm headed there again tonight to crush at least a few pounds of these Crawdaddies. Every Wednesday they get bigger and bigger! Can't wait till the peak of the season!

Is that a bottle of Heinz tomato ketchup on the table?

Indeed it is Unwashed_Ape. I'm sitting at a restaurant, where condiments are often on tables...
Haha, just giving you a hard time, of course I did not touch that sugar-filled sauce called "ketchup".

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