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Introductions / I am back too
« on: May 05, 2007, 02:15:15 PM »
After 5 weeks of traveling around the USA I am back in New Zealand and back at my computer.  Well actually I had access to a computer at my parent's house in Alabama, but they only have dial-up and I am a spoiled-rotten broadband ho.   :) 

I can report that while I ate horribly on my vacation (everything non-paleo except for the three white no-no's potatoes, rice and bread) I must have had some residual benefit from eating healthy beforehand.  I did not gain any weight, and now I am looking forward to resuming my righteous food habits.  But I have to admit it was fun falling off the wagon!

I have missed this correspondence a lot, and it has been a pleasure to catch up on all the posts I missed, and read about the newbies who have joined up.  Suze

Exercises / Kettlebells?
« on: March 17, 2007, 08:30:57 PM »
Had a look at this URL, posted by Kallyn the other day in response to another question.

The guy goes on about kettlebells as an exercise tool and I was wondering if anyone in the forum has tried them.  Sounds like a good workout.


Meta / Don't Go There
« on: March 13, 2007, 04:22:25 PM »
Always trying to do my bit for the site, so I visited an URL for a company called "Blessed Herbs."  All I can say is... Well, no, it's so gross I can't even describe it.  There were pictures.  Arggh.  Don't go there.   ;D Suze

Research / So close and yet so far...
« on: March 02, 2007, 11:46:00 AM »
This has been in the news lately...

Basically it advocates the return to a quasi-HG lifestyle to combat depression, but without actually doing anything different, at least as far as I can tell.  Like taking an omega-3 supplement instead of eating more fish.  I guess it's a start, but...


Recipes and meal photos / Fiendishly Yummy Cookies
« on: February 26, 2007, 12:44:24 AM »
I don't know if I should even post this recipe.  These cookies are so good it is practically impossible not to over eat them, except for the fact that everyone else will like them too, so you may not get a chance.

Pre heat oven to 300 degrees.  Place baking parchment over a cookie sheet and butter thoroughly.

4 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons arrowroot
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 cup flaked coconut
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup puffed buckwheat (If you don't do buckwheat you could add more seeds or coconut or some other finely chopped nut)

Whip egg whites until firm peaks form.  Meanwhile toast coconut and seeds in a dry frying pan until fragrant and light brown.  Add vanilla, salt and arrowroot to eggs and mix well.  Fold in maple syrup and coconut/seed/buckwheat mixture.  Mix until just combined.  Place by spoonsful on parchment sheet.  Don't be tempted to put them directly on a cookie sheet because they will stick.  Bake at 300 for 20-30 minutes until firm and browned.  Don't remove from parchment until cool but then watch them disappear.

I made these today and they are already all gone.  Next time I may try this recipe with honey, as real maple syrup is unbelievably expensive here.  Also I am  not sure I cooked the first batch long enough as they were still slightly soft in the middle, rather than meringue-like.  But they were still really good.  Its a good thing I went on a long walk today!   :D Suze

Recipes and meal photos / Mixed meal recipes
« on: February 14, 2007, 03:07:47 PM »
Since I live in a household with a whole lot of non-paleos (and one vegetarian as well) i thought I might start posting some recipes for dishes that can easily be prepared for everyone to enjoy.  Last night we had "Shepherd's Pie."

preheat oven to 350.
400 g lean ground beef or ground venison if you can get it.  That's about a pound.
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 carrots, sliced and steamed lightly until almost tender
4 large red-skinned potatoes, cubed and boiled with skins on
1/2 a large rutabaga, cubed and boiled until tender

Saute onion and garlic in large oven-proof skillet, add meat and cook until no longer pink.  Meanwhile drain potato and mash with butter and milk.  Also drain rutabage, reserving cooking water, and mash with olive oil and/or coconut milk.  Drain carrots, also reserving water, and place on top of meat in pan.  Spread potatoes thickly over one half like frosting, and rutabaga on the other.  Add a little grated cheese on top if you eat cheese.  Bake at 350 until potato topping is slightly browned.  Meanwhile make gravy with reserved cooking water, a stock cube and arrowroot thickener.  Serve with salad.  (I also made a smaller separate dish with TVP for my vegetarian daughter. I am beginning to feel like a hospital chef.  :) ) Suze

Diet and nutrition / Buckwheat?
« on: February 10, 2007, 11:10:17 PM »
My mother-in-law, who is a botanist/archaeologist, and has taken a professional interest in my way of eating, has suggested that I try buckwheat flour.  I thought it was just a different kind of wheat but then I found this on the net:

"While many people think that buckwheat is a cereal grain, it is actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel making it a suitable substitute for grains for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens."

Tamir Katz says no to buckwheat, but he doesn't say why.  It seems to be very nutritious, low GI, and can be cooked in a variety of ways.  I am keen to try it, especially with winter coming, as it can be cooked up as a porridge.

Anyone know anything about this stuff?  (No jokes about the SNL skit please!  :D )


Vitamins and Supplements / Selenium
« on: February 01, 2007, 12:34:44 AM »
Based on the advice I read in Cordain, I have just started taking 100 micrograms of selenium each day.  Normally I don't bother with vitamins/minerals, but it is a well known fact that NZ soils are deficient in selenium, so any veg grown here doesn't have as much as it should.  Does any one else take it?  According to the bottle I got, the maximun dose is 150 micrograms per day, but Cordain recommends 200-400.  Is that safe?  Suze

Research / Interesting Take on Paleo
« on: January 29, 2007, 01:25:32 AM »
Came across this posting on a Low-Carb bulletin board.  It is long and very detailed, but the guy does raise some very interesting points on the paleo way of eating.

I haven't read anything else that looks at the paleo food pyramid in quite this way, and I am intrigued by the idea of using sprouted grains.  Comments?  Suze

Miscellaneous / Paleo diet and Spirituality
« on: January 29, 2007, 12:04:46 AM »
I got to thinking about the connections between what I eat and my spiritual path on Friday when I was fasting.  I wondered if such a profound change in diet and lifestyle had affected anyone else's spirituality at all, and if so how?  I was thinking mostly of the Christian faith, where bread is such an important sacrament, the very body of Christ.  I guess I am just curious how others on this list have changed (or not changed) their religious practices since beginning the paleo diet.  Someone smite me if this is too personal a question, but I'd really like to know.

I'll answer my own question first, by saying that I am a pantheist, or Pan, for short, and I have found that this lifestyle has helped me connect on a deeper level to Erce and all the Cosmos because I feel fundamentally more in touch with the things that I nourish myself with.  It is now a much more conscious decision on my part as to what and when I eat rather than just stuffing myself with whatever I found in the pantry.  Definitely all good.  Anyone else?  Suze

Diet and nutrition / Fasting Journal by Suze
« on: January 25, 2007, 01:18:02 PM »
I have been mentally preparing myself to begin intermittent fasting ever since Christmas and I thought keeping a journal of my experiences might be interesting.  My plan is fast once a week, from Friday breakfast to Saturday breakfast.  My reasons for this are twofold.  One to see if I can jumpstart my weightloss, which seems to have stalled a little this month, and also as a spiritual exercise.  I will post a report each week.  This morning, after a big breakfast of pancakes and bacon, I am feeling ready to give it a try, but I am worried that low blood sugar levels by the end of the day will make me grumpy and tired.  That is where the spiritual discipline gets a workout, anyhow.  Suze

Recipes and meal photos / Pancake Breakfast
« on: January 25, 2007, 12:59:19 PM »
Here is a picture of the nut pancakes cooked up from the recipe I posted on this website yesterday.  I made them for breakfast this morning, along with some free-range bacon and a sliced banana, drizzled with a little maple syrup.  Very tasty!  :)  Suze

Miscellaneous / Travel
« on: January 22, 2007, 03:06:47 PM »
I am making arrangements for my first trek to the USA since becoming a hunter-gatherer and I was wondering if anyone else has flown internationally?  United Airlines offers a dizzying choice of special meals, including vegetarian, vegan, kosher, low salt, low fat... well you get the picture.  I don't know which one would be the most likely to have a majority of things I might be able to eat, or if I would be better just sticking with the standard menu and not eating the bread roll, potato, cheese etc.  Anybody have any experience with this?  Suze

Diet and nutrition / Red Currants
« on: January 10, 2007, 11:42:22 PM »
I have recently discovered the delights of fresh red currants, thanks to my m-i-l who has several very prolific bushes growing in her garden.    When she gave me a container full of these little red jewels I was a little bit surprised, as I had never eaten one raw before - only in various condiments.  I really thought they were too sour to be eaten without some form of sugar.  But to my surprise I found them to be delicious added into a salad and in my fruit/nut breakfast bowl.  The taste is similar to pomegranate seeds.  I did a little research and found out that they are a good source of Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Vitamin K.  So delicious and nutritious! 

Gather some red currants if you can and try them.  I believe they grow in the upper tier of the United States, but not down South as it is too hot.  Suze

Miscellaneous / Defense mechanisms
« on: January 10, 2007, 01:15:51 PM »
Just need to vent a bit.  I got in a huge argument with my sister yesterday about the paleo-diet, and ended up leaving in a huff.  She was making fun of the fact that I use paleo ingredients in modern recipes.  She said that I wasn't being authentically paleo unless I roasted everything with a stick over an open fire, and therefore I was wasting my time!  I patiently tried to explain the benefits, but to no avail.   >:( Has anyone else had difficulties of this kind with friends/family?  Any snappy comebacks to offer? Suze

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