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Research / Our paleolithic inheritance
« on: June 14, 2009, 09:02:40 PM »
I figured I'd put this here because it's research, though not dietary research.  It's an interesting video on current theories about human ancestors through about 3 million years ago, most of which was during the paleolithic.

Warning:  the total video is an hour long.  The most interesting part is probably the part between about 35 and 50 minutes in.

Progress Reports & Photos / 3 pounds in 2 days ... oops
« on: May 23, 2009, 08:14:26 PM »
Thursday night was our anniversary.  Every year, we've had an anniversary cake from the same place that made our wedding cake.  It's obviously not paleo, but we figured it was okay for this one time a year.

So for dessert after our anniversary dinner Thursday night, I had a very thin slice of the cake.  It didn't actually taste all that good - the strawberries and blueberries we had with our steak were better - but for some reason I felt impelled to have another slice.  And after a while, I had yet another slice.

Then yesterday, I had Chinese pan fried dumplings for lunch ... I know, not paleo.  Then I had another slice of cake at dinner.  Then today I had dumplings again at lunch, along with some bean milk.

This afternoon, I weighed in.  I was up 3 pounds in the last 2 days!

Plus, I felt kind of lethargic all afternoon yesterday, and I was famished half an hour after lunch today.  I guess it was an object lesson in what happens if I indulge in what I thought was going to be a small wheat cheat!

I guess we need to figure out an alternative to the cake next year.

Diet and nutrition / What to eat when sick?
« on: February 11, 2009, 12:40:08 PM »
I'd better start with a little explanation about how we got to be sick, since people on the paleo diet don't seem to get sick much.  Anyway, it started when we began switching our baby from breast milk to formula.  We'd prefer not to do this, but my wife needs to stop breast feeding to start on baby #2, sooner rather than later as we aren't getting any younger.  So the first time we take baby out to a public event after we start her on formula, she comes down with a bad cold.  After a week or so of caring for her, so do both parents.

So, what do I do for a bad cold and sore throat?  Usually I have a lot of soup, from cans, but they are chock full of nonpaleo ingredients - MSG, wheat flour, what have you.  While I suspect the liquid, and maybe even a bit of salt, is good for me, I doubt the other ingredients are.

I know people don't tend to get sick often on the paleo diet, but if you have - or even if you haven't - any suggestions?

Miscellaneous / Paleo versus Modern
« on: January 08, 2009, 12:34:35 PM »
I work on the fifth floor.

When I was on a typical modern diet, I used to say to myself, I really ought to take the stairs for the exercise.  However, when I went past the elevator banks, I always ended up being too lazy to walk up, and took the elevator instead - even though it wasn't any faster, since one of the elevators was broken.

The elevator got fixed about the same time I went on the paleolithic diet.  So now, when I enter the building, I think to myself, I ought to take the elevator and save a few seconds.  However, when I go past the elevator banks, I always end up being too lazy to push the button, so I walk up the stairs instead.

Diet and nutrition / Paleo for baby?
« on: December 27, 2008, 07:12:19 PM »
Our daughter Margaret recently reached six months.  We've been giving her breast milk, but she's starting to show some interest in what we're eating.  Plus, we need to wean her because we want to start on a sibling.

So, the standard sequence is to start babies on baby rice cereal, then other grains, then beans.  It's months before they get to something they might actually have had available during the paleolithic!

Anything too chunky risks choking her, and she would't be able to get it down anyway.  We've had someone suggest putting a little of whatever we're having in a blender and giving it to her.  Of course, they didn't exactly have blenders in the paleolithic, either.  What did babies eat back then?

Miscellaneous / Knives
« on: December 16, 2008, 12:14:23 AM »
This isn't exactly about paleo, but I figured there might be some cooks on this forum who might be interested.

Amazon currently has their 10 piece Wusthof Culinar set on sale for $400.  Okay, that's not cheap, but compared to the regular price of $1300?  I wouldn't mention this, but the Culinars are incredibly good knives - they're actually worth the $1300 list price for those that can afford it.  They're a steal at $400.

I picked up a set to replace my beloved Wusthof classic knives.  Since they're made of steel rather than stone, they're not paleolithic, but I figure our cave man ancestors would still have appreciated them as quality tools.

Miscellaneous / Thanksgiving detox
« on: December 07, 2008, 07:36:18 PM »
Last weekend I visited my brother's family for Thanksgiving.  I tried to stick to paleo options - the turkey was obviously paleo, nuts, etc. - but I didn't get as much in the way of vegetables as usual, and I had very little fruit compared to what I usually get.  I also had virtually no fats - normally, I eat some omega three eggs and grass fed beef and such.  However, I did completely stay away from the grains, dairy, legumes, and prepared foods.

Anyway, for the first few days after getting back, I felt generally kind of miserable - tired, some achiness, etc. - similar to how I felt before going paleo, or maybe in the first week or so of adjusting to the paleolithic diet.

Has anyone else experienced this?  Or is it more likely lack of sleep or a mild cold?  It didn't feel like a cold, but wife, baby, and au pair all got colds.

Recipes and meal photos / Warren's food photos
« on: August 31, 2008, 07:49:05 PM »
I've been enjoying the photos from other people, so I figured I'd add some of my own.  I usually don't have a lot of time to cook, so there won't be much in the way of recipes, I'm afraid.

My first photo isn't of a meal, but just of the salad course.  It just took a sharp knife to prepare.  I wish I'd been able to get better looking spinach, but it tasted fine.

This was from before I was experimenting with removing nightshades.  It's definitely not nightshade free, but I think it's paleo.

I think this is a total of about 25 kcal, mostly from the strawberry in the middle.  All the vegetables help make the meal feel filling, though!

Hm, not sure how to get the attachment to show up in the body of the post ... any advice?

Diet and nutrition / Are tomatos paleo?
« on: August 03, 2008, 09:10:09 PM »
Since getting interested in paleo, I've been adding more fruits and vegetables into my diet.  I've been thinking, though ... do all of them really qualify as paleo?  In particular, do tomotoes?

- new world vegetable, so our ancestors didn't actually eat them until the neolithic
- in the nightshade family, known for its poisonous members

- technically a fruit, so it's evolved to be food for animals
- has antioxidants, currently believed to protect from heart disease and cancers

What do you think?  Are tomatoes properly a paleolithic food?  Should I be eating them?

Diet and nutrition / Why do you use the paleo diet?
« on: July 30, 2008, 05:59:37 PM »

One of the things that interested me on coming to these boards was the diversity of reasons people have for looking at the paleo diet.  I thought it might be interesting to find out what the distribution of common reasons was like.

Feel free to post with more detail - especially if I missed your reason!

Diet and nutrition / Where do you get your calories?
« on: July 20, 2008, 12:24:54 PM »
I'm not on a paleo diet at the moment, primarily because I still eat bread and potatos.  I'm considering moving entirely to paleo for the possible long term health benefits.  I don't need to reduce my weight, so I don't need to reduce my calories.  I'm trying to figure out what I would replace the starch with.

Here's a typical day for me:

breakfast:  2 egg omelette with a little onion and 1/4 tomato, 6 oz orange juice

daytime snacks:  1/2 banana, sesame breadsticks with butter (maybe 300 kcal worth), 1/2 can sardines

dinner:  3 oz organic beef, 1/2 potato, small salad with no dressing (1/2 tomato is the only thing with much in the way of calories)

evening snacks:  1 oz popcorn or other grain based snack popped in soy oil, orange

It looks to me like about half my calories are from grain and potato starch.  What should I replace it with?  Where do you get your nonmeat calories?

Introductions / Introduction
« on: July 20, 2008, 12:04:43 PM »
The forum says to introduce ourselves, so here I am.

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