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Diet and nutrition / Re: Veggies - how would they have been cooken/eaten?
« on: December 24, 2009, 09:06:28 AM »
I think most likely they ate them raw.  Boiling and pit roasting are also possible.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Salt - another bad rap?
« on: December 23, 2009, 07:00:37 PM »
Unrefined or Celtic sea salt does not go through the refining process, and does not have added iodine.  It is 85% sodium chloride, and about 14% trace minerals.  I have repeatedly seen these numbers in every article I have read on the difference from countless sources, I have never seen the info or numbers you have provided.

Could you perhaps provide one of these references?  I'd be interested in finding out more about the compositions of available sea salts.

Meta / Re: #1 result for 'Paleo forum' search on Google
« on: December 23, 2009, 11:29:49 AM »
Thanks so much, Eric, for making this great forum!

And I remember getting lots of help from Kallyn and Paleo Dude when I first showed up here (plus from a couple people who haven't posted in a while).

Miscellaneous / Flexible sleep schedule?
« on: December 22, 2009, 07:35:48 PM »
I wonder if the paleo diet makes us more flexible with our sleeping habits and needs.

I sometimes find myself getting sleepy a few hours before my normal bed time if I don't have anything to do.  On the other hand, if I actually want to stay up, it's not difficult.  For example, last night we held yuletide vigil through the longest night, and I had no trouble staying up until 8 am.

Has anyone else found that they can handle a more variable sleeping schedule on the paleo diet?

Diet and nutrition / Re: Bison
« on: December 22, 2009, 06:45:24 PM »
I just think grass fed bison is probably closer to wild animals compared to domesticated beef and lamb. I prefer grass fed bison over grass fed beef in taste too.

Bison may be slightly closer to paleolithic ungulates, but it should be noted that beef cattle have had no more time to evolve under domestication during the neolithic than humans have.  They're probably basically the same animal as in the paleolithic, just as we are.

Whether it's grass fed is probably more important than what species of ungulate it is.

Diet and nutrition / Re: The study of meat only diets
« on: December 22, 2009, 12:48:19 PM »
I come in somewhere in the middle.  There is certainly evidence of man made fire as far back as 1.8 million years ago, and one would cooking would be an obvious use of the fire.  On the other hand, one likely method of cooking - spit roasting of large cuts - would likely have left the interior rare, which is to say, raw, though the outside would have been well cooked.

Rare beef tastes much better to me, and I suspect that's an indication that it may actually be better for me too.  I don't know if the difference is primarily the better retention of fat, but that could definitely be a factor.  I don't have a crock pot, so I haven't tried slow cooking methods that retain all the fat.

Introductions / Re: Just startin out
« on: December 21, 2009, 03:18:40 PM »
I want to know why I cant seem to lose the inches even when faced with all the training and expended energy, maybe it was those carbs I had been consuming.

You got it exactly.  It's the carbs.

Diet and nutrition / Re: eggs or nuts and acne?
« on: December 21, 2009, 03:16:08 PM »
Have you tried omega 3 or pastured eggs and do they make a difference?

Introductions / Re: Just startin out
« on: December 21, 2009, 12:12:57 AM »

With respect to known issues, Nightshades are associated with certain forms of arthritis.  I'm also 49 and personally started getting a little arthritis in my right distal index finger joint a couple years ago; cutting out nightshades made that go away.

Also nightshades are native to the new world - the Americas - and thus were not available to humans during the paleolithic.  To some, that makes them nonpaleo, though the case is not as clear as for grains, dairy, and legumes.  Personally, I consider nightshades a grey area, as they are still fruit adapted for consumption by primates.

Food Journals / Re: Sassy Sarah's Super Sexy Slimdown
« on: December 20, 2009, 04:31:42 PM »
Looks like a great menu to me.  Tahini might be slightly borderline, but I wouldn't worry about it.

Food Journals / Re: Chow time in the Wolf den.
« on: December 18, 2009, 03:12:41 PM »
Bot maybe?

Miscellaneous / Re: the paleo-skin :D:D
« on: December 18, 2009, 03:09:53 PM »
KP is such a frustrating problem. I just can't figure out what the trigger is. I did gluten-free and dairy-free for years, and that didn't help it one bit. And being Paleo since April hasn't helped one bit either. I've been chocolate-free for over a year too (which was my cystic acne trigger), and that has cleared up my acne but not the KP.

I wonder if it's an omega issue as you mentioned. I was tracking my 6:3 ratio for a while but I don't remember it affecting my KP....something to consider though!

The wikipedia article on it says it's caused by excess keratin, which is a protein.  I've noticed since going on all meat that my nails grow faster, which is another thing keratin goes into.

I wonder if eating somewhat less lean, and thus less protein, and slightly more fat, in your meat, leaving the calories the same, might help.  If I recall correctly, your protein:fat calories are about 1:1, where some people are closer to 1:2 or 1:3.  Less excess protein might result in the keratin accumulating slower, while more fat might help with the pore lubrication.  Just a guess, but maybe it's worth a try.

Food Journals / Re: klcarbaugh's Log
« on: December 18, 2009, 11:50:36 AM »
And if it were the case that in excess acid forming foods were bad, wouldn't we expect to see the same thing for excess alkaline foods since the blood is pretty much neutral on the pH scale?

This hasn't been addressed, so just a quick comment:

Yes, you're right, we would expect that.  However, the natural blood pH is slightly alkaline - a pH of 7.4, corresponding to about 3 times as many alkali ions as acid ions.  It would thus take a lot more alkaline foods - at a guess, three times as much - to cause a problem as it does acid forming foods.

I've noticed that some types of greens, as well as high percentage chocolate, sometimes tastes very bitter to me and sometimes not.  Foods that can taste bitter tend to be high pH.  I wonder if greater sensitivity to bitter taste means I'm at the high end of the blood pH band and should minimize my alkali intake.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Prehistoric Sorghum
« on: December 18, 2009, 11:39:57 AM »
Read this today

I don't know enough about the timing of things but I DO know enough to be very leery when it comes to media reported stuff!

What is your take on it? 
It's just another news article based on the same science article.  It doesn't add anything new that wasn't discussed upthread.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Interesting - Grains 100,000 years ago?
« on: December 17, 2009, 07:41:52 PM »
The more complete article:

What do you guys think?

I think the last few paragraphs in that article are telling.  It would be more convincing if the sorghum residue had been found on grinders but not on drills.

Also, the word "presumes" in "Mercader presumes that the ones buried deepest in the layer are at least 100,000 years old" sounds to me like optimistic scientist speak for "this is completely unproven, but I'd like for it to be true".  There's often mixing in archeological evidence, which is why they look for layers in the first place.

All that said, there must have been some transitional period before agriculture, and the lower bound date for the layer of about 40,000 years doesn't sound unreasonable for it.  That says little about the paleo diet, though, as 40,000 or even 100,000 years is a very small fraction of the 3,000,000 years or so of the paleolithic.

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