A lot of us still drink black coffee. If you don't have some specific issue with caffeine I'd ditch the grains before the coffee.
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Isn't Almond and Coconut Flour on the accepted list?
You have to base your intake of these things on how it would have been done in the Paleolithic. Nobody then would have expended the energy to shell a pound of almonds then grind them into flour. The calories burned to do this would exceed the calories taken in. Same with coconuts. Labor (thus energy) intensive.
If you want to eat almonds, buy them in the shell and open them yourself (preferably with a rock) then figure out how many you end up eating in a sitting. However much flour that many nuts would make is the most you should eat at one time. Just because almond flour is "on the list" doesn't mean you can gulp it down with impunity. Same for coconut flour. Keep it real.
You have made an impressive list of why NOT to go Paleo but few reasons why to make this lifestyle change. That is the wrong way to approach ANY lifestyle change. This isn't a diet, it's a way of life (commonly referred to as a way of eating or "WOE"). You will fail with your present attitude towards it.
Eat to live or live to eat. It's a choice only you can make.
« on: October 18, 2015, 06:55:39 AM »
This popped up in my news feed this morning and after reading it I decided it was woefully inconclusive. The study was done on tribes in Tanzania and Namibia, Africa and in Bolivia, which are all near the equator. Logic tells me that the farther one gets from the equator, especially as the seasons change, natural sleep patterns will change as well. Still, it's probably accurate that deep sleep is more important than the amount of sleep. But I suspect there is much more to this story than the study suggests.
I've found that "recipes" in general take too much time to prepare. I quit my "love affair" with food, and the incessant need for variety, and life is much easier and time-efficient.
For breakfast, I make some kind of simple meat (bacon, sausage, pork chop, whatever) and a few eggs, all in the same skillet. Sometimes I add a piece of fruit.
For lunch and dinner, some meat/fish and a veggie. I often saute the veggie (usually leafy greens) in the fat left from the meat in the same skillet. Simple. Easy meals, little clean up. Very little time spent. I often cook extra at the same time for another meal, such as lunch the following day.
Sometimes I grill but not much more variety than that. If you can get over the SAD tradition of endless variety, cooking and shopping becomes much easier, cheaper, and more efficient.
I did post one recipe for honey-balsamic glazed salmon many moons ago.
For the most part though, I don't use recipes. I just look at what I have on hand, and make something up. The key is to always have some oil, some acid, salt, flavor (herbs/spices), and sometimes a little something sweet. The idea is to make some version of what is basically a vinaigrette.
Some ingredients I typically use (not all at the same time) are citrus juice, wine, vinegar (sometimes balsamic in small amounts), oil (olive, avocado, or macadamia), salt, brewed coffee (yes, you read that right), ground pepper, rosemary, thyme, garlic, onion, herbs de Provence (which is a mixture of common herbs plus lavender and is great on fish), and honey if I want some sweet and I'm not getting any from citrus or balsamic. I will also use a little liquid smoke in some marinades if I intend to grill the meat and want a bold smoky flavor that is difficult to achieve on a gas grill. All of this usually gets watered down as well.
A good chimichurri is another paleo-friendly alternative.
The beautiful thing about marinades as opposed to sauces is that a marinade will impart nice flavors into the food but most of it goes down the drain and not in your stomach. While I go to great lengths to avoid certain highly offensive, non-paleo things like soy and corn syrup, I don't worry too much about things like vinegar, wine or brewed coffee in marinades. Very little of it is consumed and what you do eat is fairly inert on a paleo diet.
« on: June 03, 2015, 07:25:08 AM »
None of those are really paleo but if you insist on using them, you should use very small quantities. All you need is fresh meat, fresh eggs, fresh fruit, and fresh vegetables. What store doesn't have that?
Junk science seems to be irresistible to the media...
We already know this but it's nice to see it making the mainstream media.
Interesting infographic related to the article on junk science too.
« on: March 22, 2015, 10:12:20 AM »
Hey SPAMmer, why do you need a cookbook? Eat some meat. East some vegetables. Eat some fruit. How hard is it? If it requires a recipe, it probably isn't Paleo.
This will drive the vegans bat shit crazy...
I still don't get it. You say you want to produce a "credible" book but you haven't stated any credentials. Then you say it's a "personal challenge". All book projects are regardless of the subject matter and the author's knowledge of the subject. You have two whole posts in this forum, both in this thread.
Why don't you start by introducing yourself and your credentials? Nobody useful to your project is going to invest any time in helping you if they don't think this project has a lot of merit to begin with. If you were well known in the field, like Robb Wolf or Dr. Loren Cordain, everyone would be jumping at the opportunity to be involved. But nobody is going to invest their time in a project as complicated as a book if it isn't likely to be significant to the Paleo movement.
Some of the comments in your thread on paleohacks.com say it all (none of which are mine since I don't post there).
Not trying to be a smart ass or anything but I'm curious to know some things about the project. By your own admission, you are no expert in the field. So why write a book on the subject? What is the end game/objective and what does your tome provide that isn't already in print or easily obtained otherwise?