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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.

Diet and nutrition / Re: salt
« on: February 13, 2014, 05:10:41 PM »
I don't skimp on salt. It's an absolutely necessary mineral and with the absence of processed food in the Paleo diet, the only salt I get is what I add to my food with the exception of a few foods naturally high in sodium. I used both iodized table salt and coarse sea salt. I don't have many other sources of dietary iodine so some of my salt provides it. Fear not the sodium.  ;)

Parenting / Re: Is paleo for baby healthy?
« on: January 19, 2014, 03:50:01 PM »
Here's the discussion on the raw milk formula developed by the Weston A. Price Foundation. We had great success with this formula when my twins were babies.

Miscellaneous / More unintended consequences of Obamacare
« on: December 28, 2013, 01:37:18 PM »
As if calorie counts are the problem.

The problem with government getting into the healthcare business is that they will now force their idea of nutrition on us. And we've already seen what that has done to millions of people over the last couple of generations.

While I do take supplements, I don't take multivitamins. They actually make me nauseous. That being said, I find studies like this suspect. They typically look at dramatic markers, like mortality, but ignore things like general wellness and quality of life. Hard to quantify, I know. But there is more to 'health' than dodging cancer or avoiding a cardiac event. To say multivitamins provide NO health benefits because they don't change the statistics on cancer or heart attacks is an oversimplification of a complex subject.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Ritz crackers
« on: December 09, 2013, 06:07:17 AM »
Tom Naughton has a great response to this Ritz incident on his blog titled "Government Stupidity Sits Better On A Ritz".

Diet and nutrition / Re: Ritz crackers
« on: November 19, 2013, 03:27:41 PM »
This kind of shit makes my blood boil. I suppose it should come as no surprise that this happened in a region that produces more wheat per capita than just about anywhere else in the world. And I thought we had the worst nannies in the world here in Kalifornia.

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