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Exercises / 100 pushups
« on: May 01, 2011, 11:25:22 PM »
OK wlfdg and others. What do you think?

100 Pushups

Recipes and meal photos / Favourite recipe sites
« on: April 24, 2011, 01:04:24 PM »
Please list your favourites to go to for ideas and recipes.

Link and name of site at least, paleo, primal or real foods description would be helpful so that those new to paleo can get an idea of what to expect.

Important notes (please read):

Many sites will use coconut and almond flours (which means consuming a very large amount of nuts) or use lots of dried fruit (which is a lot of sugar) or large amounts of honey (more sugar) and while technically paleo by ingredients, are really stretching the paleo envelope. These things should be rare treats and not staples. (Try grinding your own stuff to see just how much you would consume.) Same goes for nut milks.

Some sites will have recipes that use dairy, or cashews, or other non-paleo foods like green beans or peas, so choose and adapt (maybe post recipe in another thread and ask for help adapting if you need) and are probably primal.

Some sites will have some great paleo suitable stuff amongst non-paleo food. I've found many like this, and a lot of them are real food/ whole food places.

Lots of sites make baked goods (and I don't mean meat) - this is neolithic style food and mostly should be a rare treat.

Diet and nutrition / Inside wild grass fed bison
« on: April 21, 2011, 11:09:24 PM »
This page is from Tribe of Five

Miscellaneous / Bacon perfume
« on: April 20, 2011, 02:09:38 AM »

Progress Reports & Photos / My tummy is too hard lol
« on: April 19, 2011, 10:13:23 PM »
So I was having one of those yukky woman's examinations and the woman checking me said that she was it was a bit hard because my abdominal muscles (well the lower ones lol) were in such good shape and so firm.

She was concerned that I might do lots of crunches because she said that these actually hurt a woman's pelvic floor muscles, or hinder control of them. It was soooo good to be able to tell her that no, I don't do that kind of stuff, as it's a waste of my time.

Research / Kurt Harris on fat
« on: April 15, 2011, 12:46:06 AM »
In Archevore, 9th April

Jousting with the Atlantic

Diet and nutrition / American translation please
« on: April 08, 2011, 01:56:24 AM »
Gah - I know a tangerine is a variety of mandarin, but do you eat other fruits or varieties that you call mandarins? Or are they all tangerines to you?

Diet and nutrition / Rabbit starvation
« on: April 07, 2011, 08:38:05 PM »
Do you think that people who try to do lean meat low carb paleo will get rabbit starvation?

Diet and nutrition / Yikes - lecithin in herb tea
« on: March 31, 2011, 09:41:48 PM »
I had some herb tea in the cupboard. It was the fruit kind and I'd kept it thinking it would be nice as a treat some time. Luckily, I read the label before making it up. It contains soy lecithin. Sheesh.

Diet and nutrition / Kidneys smell offal
« on: March 30, 2011, 01:10:04 AM »
Liver cooking smells pretty bad too but I've grown up eating it and I quite like it. Is all the other offal so, er, offal smelling?

Any ideas on how to make it more palatable that don't involve pegs and gas masks gratefully accepted. I want to be able to eat more organ meats.

I made the kidneys into a kidney soup which I might like (I haven't decided yet) but the smell really puts me off. PS - I hate the smell of steak and kidney too.

Diet and nutrition / My Pyramid (an honest look lol)
« on: March 19, 2011, 08:08:57 PM »
Well here is an honest look at parts of the US recommended food pyramid called My Pyramid.

Check out other links in the blue subjects link box (left top). Most go somewhere and are worth a look.

I don't know who made this but apparently it was someone who followed Dr Eades' blog. It's been around a while.

Diet and nutrition / How much fat do we mean?
« on: March 10, 2011, 09:08:53 PM »
We often advocate eating more fat. samjohn (along with many others) has it in his signature. The thing is, what do we mean? I'm talking grams of fat here as well as a more general 'eat more' viewpoint.

What follows is a post from That Paleo Guy (a 'paleo/primal' blog) that talks about this. I've used this one because although he eats differently from many here, we get asked the same things over and over and he spells it out.

Please, please, please don't get hung up about his use of dairy. There are many good arguments for allowing dairy (whilst changing over from SAD to paleo, for instance) however the whole point of this post is to look at how much fat is actually enough.

I'm only 160cm (5'3") and I can easily consume 120g of fat per day. What about you?

Recipes and meal photos / How to cook the perfect...
« on: March 08, 2011, 09:41:13 PM »

Scroll down the page slooooooowly

The pictures are pure paleo food porn


I don't care how he says to cook the meat

*licks lips*

I haven't posted this for a while and I think it's worth a repost:

Think like a caveman

Imagine you are a member of a group of early humans. You don't count kilojoules or kilocalories but rather eat based on availablility and opportunity, and hunger if things are going well. You don't weigh yourself, you mood isn't affected by arbitrary numbers and self monitoring comes down to being able to function well. You don't 'exercise' but you do move a lot, and use your body to do things. You do what you do to stay alive, and function as a member of your group as comfortably as possible. This includes socialising, thinking and sleeping when you are tired.

Somewhere eating became micro-managed, nutrients got dissected, we started looking at bits of food (and bits of our bodies) in isolation and the whole process of eating became over-scienced. I doubt that any early human would consider it necessary to analyse or rationalise what they ate in the way that we do now. It's a relatively recent trend.

Now think about these five things:
  • Forget about the #*%$!!! kj/kcals.  Trying to keep them low is what is screwing you up. No living creature ever has been designed to operate in this way.
  • Stop measuring everything. Scales lie and your body has no idea what you mean by % of bodyfat. These thing are arbitrary measurements imposed by us to make sense of or quantify something. They are tools to help us understand stuff, not rules to live by.
  • You don't run like a machine. You cannot expect your body to run like a science experiment. Stuff works in general but humans have too many variables to precisely predict, for instance, a 1lb loss of body mass per week, or be able to adjust bits of yourself to conform with some idealistic idea. It's just not realistic.
  • We are self monitoring beings designed to constantly adjust to our environment, energy needs, social needs and just about anything else you can think of. This means our 'measurements' fluctuate, and all kinds of things influence how we react (even emotional and mental ones) just because we are alive. Deal with it.
  • Eating is one of the great pleasures in life and it's supposed to be that way. Allow your palate to heal and enjoy the natural process of eating. There is nothing wrong with enjoying your food.

Bottom line:
  • The goal is health and well-being, ensuring all your bits work, strength, flexibility and stamina, and removal of illness, inflammation and excess weight.
  • Eating properly, moving around and being mindful of the points above will give you energy, muscular definition and tone, lighten your mood and improve the quality of life without unrealistic expectations and a lot less stress.

Patience grasshoppers.

Feel free to challenge anything. Debate is good.

Diet and nutrition / It's the sweetness
« on: March 01, 2011, 08:12:28 PM »
Iíve just finished reading a post at Whole9 called Dessert Demons in Disguise which really rung true with me.

I'm tightening up my diet as I'd started making cream a regular thing and I've got such a sweet tooth.

I've noticed that in cutting all sweetening, I'm at a bit of a loose end in the evening because I have lost my signal that eating time is over. I should point out that even though I don't tend to use stuff like nut flours I'll often end a meal with something even if it's just a sweet raw (or sometimes cooked) fruit, or hot drink.

I know it won't take long to get used to it, but for now I'm really missing my version of 'pudding' after dinner. 

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