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Diet and nutrition / Re: What do you snack on?
« on: May 06, 2011, 10:42:08 AM »
When I have a serious sweet craving, coconut usually takes care of it. I know some people will eat a spoonful of unrefined coconut oil. That makes me gag. But what I really like is coconut manna, which is basically pureed dried coconut meat with nothing removed. A spoonful gives me a hint of that "Mounds bar" taste. And if I'm really craving a candy bar, a little square of 85% chocolate with a dab of coconut manna on top is really satisfying. Okay, it's not a Mounds bar, but it does the job. This is the stuff I buy...

As always, moderation is the key.

Recipes and meal photos / Re: What can you buy with 25€?
« on: April 30, 2011, 07:51:24 AM »
(The dog is now 100% raw fed.)

Same here. I have two "Cavedogs" ;-)

You should join us over here for the canine carnivore discussions...

Recipes and meal photos / Re: Almond Chicken
« on: April 27, 2011, 09:25:44 PM »
You can make a Paleo Mayo (I have) but I've yet to find one I could buy.

Cool! I'd love to see a recipe you've had success with. All the ones I've seen call for quite a lot of vegetable or olive oil. I use tiny bits of olive oil for cooking even though I know it isn't strict paleo. But it seems like there would be quite a bit in mayo, enough that you couldn't consider it "orthodox paleo". But I probably just haven't found the right recipe yet. Can you share yours?

Anyway, I did take a lot of inspiration from DTSMA68's concept here and make my own version tonight with chicken thighs. The only thing in here that isn't strict is salt, which I add a small amount of in order to make the food palatable to my non-paleo wife. But it came out really good, very moist and tasty and the basic concept is the same as the OP's recipe.

I used almond meal (about 2 cups, I just eyeballed it), some shredded dried unsweetened coconut (about 1/4 cup), 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and a tablespoon or so of curry seasoning. I used three eggs, scrambled, to dip the chicken in, then rolled it in the almond/coconut/curry coating. I put the pieces in a large Pyrex dish that I slathered liberally with lard. Bake at 425°F for about an hour or so. Don't turn the thighs. Let the tops brown.

To this I added some sauteed turnip greens (sauteed in beef tallow and garlic). This also got a light sprinkle of salt.

You could eliminate the coconut and use just about any seasonings you want. The bottom line is that the premise of egg and almond meal as a coating is a good one. The chicken was incredibly moist and flavorful, even by my foodie wife's standards. I might try Italian seasonings next time without the coconut.

The only thing here that is not strict paleo is the salt. Well, there is probably about 10 or 12 almond's worth of meal on each piece of chicken. That may be a bit much for some. For me it is a decent compromise if you don't eat nuts too often. Here's a pic of tonight's dinner:

Recipes and meal photos / Re: Almond Chicken
« on: April 27, 2011, 05:35:50 PM »
I'm really confused by this recipe. What is paleo about it other than replacing the usual flour or breadcrumb coating with almonds? Mayo isn't paleo. Neither is parmesan cheese, which the OP at least mentioned. Hidden Valley Ranch dressing is far from paleo. It's loaded with sugar, dairy solids, salt, and who knows what else. This sounds like an interesting starting point for a real paleo recipe, but this is far from paleo from what I can tell. amrh12n01, did you season the almond meal? The OP's idea of Emril's Southwest Seasoning sounds good but is it enough seasoning? Did you have light meat portions or dark? Maybe using drums or thighs (or quarters) might solve the dryness issue?

Diet and nutrition / Re: New to This
« on: April 27, 2011, 05:19:05 PM »
Beware of sausage, it usually has some sort of sugar in it. I assume your smoothie does not contain any dairy products? Watch out for dressings, they usually have some sort of sugar or are made with non-paleo ingredients (like soybean oil). Finally, all of the meat you list here except the chicken are ground meats. If you are concerned with the QUALITY of the meat you eat, and you are not buying organic grass fed beef, use less ground meat (unless you are having it ground your self or are grinding it yourself). Almost all supermarket and restaurant ground beef today contains "pink slime" and it does NOT have to be disclosed on the label. It is processed with ammonia and whether it is truly safe and wholesome or not is still a hotly debated topic. Chances are it is garbage and should be severely minimized or eliminated from human diets.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Coconut water good or bad you be the judge...
« on: April 27, 2011, 04:59:24 PM »
No doubt Allison Baker of SELF magazine generated this "story" using content provided in some beverage industry press release. Note that the subject of sugar, which most of the "sports drinks" are loaded with, isn't even mentioned. The worst thing she can say about coconut water is that there isn't enough sodium. Coconut water must be cutting into sports drink sales and the industry is using "journalists" to marginalize it. Lousy "reporting".

Diet and nutrition / Re: What do you snack on?
« on: April 27, 2011, 04:50:17 PM »
Sweet potato
Sesame Crackers
Baba Ghanoush
Cashew Hummus

Nothing listed above is strict paleo. No potatoes, no eggplant (nightshade), no cashews, sesame and other seeds in strict moderation.

Diet and nutrition / Re: How To Make The Best Paleo Sardine Smoothie
« on: April 25, 2011, 02:56:40 PM »
Now all you need is a Super Bass-O-Matic 76  ;)

Couple of my favorites.  ;D

Diet and nutrition / Re: Poll of sorts............
« on: April 12, 2011, 04:32:53 PM »

Brie, Mozzarella, Gouda, Cheddar, Spanish Manchego, Roquefort, Belgian Chimay, Abbaye Ste Mere, Gruyère, Asiago, Wensleydale, Camembert, Stilton, any smoked cheese. My stomach is growling and my mouth is watering just writing this. I can do without sweets just fine but really miss cheese.

Whole Foods is more of a marketing machine than a market. Disclaimer, I DO shop there occasionally for some specific items that are hard to find elsewhere. But as Eric said, it is a sea of misguided sheeple milling about in there for the most part. Why anyone would care what these people think is beyond me. Most of them are clueless about what a "good diet" really is. When I was on a regular "low carb" diet, I used to laugh at all the junk in that store, especially when you get away from the perimeter. All the labels stating "natural" (so is arsenic) and "with whole grains" or "low fat" (never mind the added sugar and salt) just made me laugh. But there are the masses, falling for the marketing mumbo-jumbo hook, line, and sinker. I couldn't give a flying fart what any of them think.

I get an even bigger stink eye in markets when I buy meat for my dogs. My dogs eat raw meat, bones, and organs (the "prey model raw" diet they call it). Just as Paleo is the "ancestral omnivore diet" for humans, the prey model raw diet is the proper ancestral diet for carnivores (as in dogs, cats, ferrets, etc.). And no, my dogs are not pit bulls or any bully breeds. They are just normal, everyday mutts.

Anyway, I buy mountains of meat at various markets and people always have some sort of comment. Mind you, I'm a rather imposing, 6'1" tall, "bouncer looking" shaved head white guy. But people always make some sort of comment so I have some snappy comebacks cocked and loaded for just such an occasion.

The irony is that what seems to appall people the most about how I feed my dogs is that they assume I spend a fortune feeding them because I feed them "human grade" meat. But on average, I buy their meat for about $1/lb. Once I average out the price of all of it (chicken, pork, beef, rabbit, etc,) it comes out the about a buck a pound. That is about the same or cheaper than the sawdust and corn filled junk kibble, and WAY cheaper than the so-called "premium kibbles", which can easily come in at $4/lb.

The point of the story? Arm yourself with some snappy comebacks before you go shopping. Not offensive or demeaning, just disarming. Come up with things that people don't know how to respond to. The other day I was at a local supermarket buying a boat-load of Cornish hens that were on sale. The gal at the register started going on about how much she loved the things then she finally asked me how I planned to prepare them. I just looked at her and smiled and said, "Oh, these aren't for me. I only eat macaroni and cheese and Red Vines. These are for my dogs. They are going to knock me over when I get home just to get to them. They love 'em!". She didn't know what to say and that was that.  ;)

Recipes and meal photos / Re: My first Paleo dinner
« on: April 06, 2011, 08:20:45 PM »
Thanks for the comments! I enjoy cooking more than eating and I think I'm going to enjoy cooking "caveman style". BTW, I know bacon isn't truly Paleo too but I understand it is pretty commonly eaten by Paleo diet followers. I use it mostly for flavoring other foods and for the residual grease and I do use a very good uncured (nitrate free) applewood smoked bacon from Trader Joe's.

Here is tonight's dinner. The wife went out to dinner with some colleagues from work tonight so I took the opportunity to make collard greens for my veggie, which she doesn't care for. The steak is a top sirloin, one of my favorite cuts of beef flavor-wise. The collard greens were made from fresh leaves, sliced up, and sauteed with bacon and thyme. No added salt on this one since I went a little heavy on the bacon and it provided plenty. The steak was brushed with bacon fat then I sprinkled a little salt, rosemary, black pepper, and garlic on it before grilling it medium rare. Very satisfying overall.



Diet and nutrition / Re: Drive through Question
« on: April 06, 2011, 05:30:48 PM »
I used to travel on business a lot and still do a fair number of road trips every year. Out west (I'm in California) we have In-N-Out, which I personally don't care for. But you can order any burger there "protein style", which basically means "without the bun, wrapped in lettuce". This is not on the menu, you have to ask for it. When I find myself here I order a double hamburger, no cheese, grilled onions, no condiments, and protein style. It's decent although as a native Californian, I cannot for the life of me understand why this place is so popular. I can think of a dozen places with better burgers. But it comes in handy sometimes.

Someone above mentioned Carl's Jr./Hardee's. They also have a protein option for any burger. Probably chicken sandwiches too. Just ask for it and they will wrap it in a lettuce leaf sans bun. Messy as hell but again, it'll do in a pinch.

Recipes and meal photos / My first Paleo dinner
« on: April 06, 2011, 02:28:37 PM »
I started my version of the Paleo diet on March 29. I have been eating "low carb" (Sugar Buster's Diet) for many years so transitioning to Paleo wasn't a huge jump for me and so far I'm enjoying it. I say "my version" of the diet because like many people, I've taken a few liberties that would not be acceptable to a Paleo purist. My exceptions are; olive oil (I use bacon grease and lard for frying but sometimes need a liquid oil for things like marinades or coatings), salt (just a little on some items to make the flavors palatable to my non-Paleo wife). I also drink coffee (black, thank you) and I don't plan to give that up right now. I also have a glass or two of red wine now and then, although I haven't in quite awhile and will probably have much less of it now than I used to.

Anyway, I made my first Paleo dinner (for me and the non-Paleo wife) on March 29th and I thought I'd share it.

The main entree was marinated and grilled London Broil. I eat a mixture of grass-fed and supermarket meat (I can't afford grass-fed all the time) and this particular cut was Choice-grade from the supermarket. I marinated it in olive oil, garlic, a pinch of salt, a tad of diluted grapefruit juice (needed an acid) and some dried ground rosemary. I grilled it medium-rare as you can see.

For the veggie I whipped up some sauteed turnip greens which were cooked with some bacon, green onion, and pine nuts, all of which was sauteed in bacon grease.

Finally, some roasted root vegetables finished off the meal. For this I roasted some turnips, rutabaga, and carrot in a little olive oil with some fresh chopped thyme, rosemary, garlic, and a pinch of salt.

I'm used to "alternative food" since I've been on so many different diets throughout my life but my wife can eat anything, never gain a pound, and has perfect blood chemistry (for now). She loves fine dining and good food. For me food is just a necessity. I don't derive a lot of pleasure from it although I appreciate good quality, good tasting food. For her it's an experience. But I'm happy to report that she loved this meal which was a huge relief for me since I'm the cook in the house and she wasn't too thrilled with the whole Paleo concept when I told her about it. I'll still have to cook a potato or some rice for her now and then but I won't touch the stuff. In the mean time, I hope I can come up with some more "legal" meal ideas that she likes and suit my needs.



Diet and nutrition / Re: I am never buying almond butter again
« on: April 06, 2011, 01:51:31 PM »
Almond butter is a weakness for me as well. I find that if I put a little on some slices of fruit (like a pear) I tend to eat less than if I just eat it with a spoon.

Also, beware of the Sunflower Seed Butter at Trader Joe's. I'm so accustomed to buying different nut and seed butters there because they usually have nothing more than the nut or seed and maybe some salt. I've become so trusting that I forgot to read a label the last time I was there and didn't realize their Sunflower Seed Butter has evaporated cane juice in it until I got home and popped a spoon of it in my mouth. It is sweet...and sinful...and bad.

Bad caveman, bad.  ;)

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