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Diet and nutrition / Re: Paleo binge eating?
« on: June 15, 2009, 04:48:26 PM »
It happened to me yesterday, after a big run with the dog I got home and sat down with a bunch of grapes. I intended to eat a handful or two then bag up the rest, but before I realized it I had eaten them all and was craving more...

Diet and nutrition / Re: Is raw (not dutched) organic cocoa allowed?
« on: June 15, 2009, 04:46:25 PM »
What I described above make a fudge. You combine the ingredients, the consistency will be like a paste, and then spread onto a sheet. I throw it in the freezer to set it, and then pow - a fabulous treat.

I will definitely be trying this one very soon.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Breakfast Suggestions?
« on: June 15, 2009, 04:44:24 PM »
This morning for breakfast I had some chicken breast left over from a roast chicken, half a granny smith apple and a handful of almonds.

Wow the first week is done and I feel great. Not one cheat either. I am currently enjoying a little reward cup of raw cocoa for getting through the whole week.

I feel really good too, despite it being a rough week at work and getting not a lot of sleep.

Mostly it was no issue, had mega carb cravings on the second and third days, and my skin got a little dry at first but that went quickly. Eyes are brighter, skin clearer, and although it is slightly risque, the morning wood is basically a totem pole (I have found that in me at least, that is the best way of gauging my health).

So I've been living off steak chicken eggs, veg and fruit. I had a great meal last night which was steak and tomato, with some nice fresh cold red grapes on the side. The contrasting hot and cold was delicious.

The thing that has made the most difference in how easily I can follow the diet is my paleo stew I would say. I buy a couple kg of chicken drumsticks and remove the meat and marrow and put to one side. Then use the remaining bones and boil them for hours and hours with onion, celery, carrot, sage leaves and parsley to make a nice chicken stock.   

Strain it, add carrot, tomato, onion, pumpkin, herbs and spices, chicken meat and marrow, then leave it to simmer for awhile. Then just portion it out in some trusty tupperware, into the freezer, and I have instant meals waiting in case I don't have time to prepare proper food. Really helped me a lot convenience wise.

Anyway, am going to branch out diet wise, have a bunch of fresh game meats at home, rabbit, kangaroo, crocodile etc all vacuum sealed. Also managed to make some serviceable jerky in my fan forced oven which I didn't think was possible.

The amount of fresh fruit and vegetables I have eaten must have quadrupled, I and my girlfriend have gone through soooo much fruit and veg this week.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Is Maca powder allowed?
« on: June 12, 2009, 01:02:44 AM »
From a quick look, it appears to be a relatively 'new' food, so some people won't include it on their paleo list, but it will be considered paleo by some others, as it can be eaten raw and isn't a member of any group that's traditionally on the 'no-no' list.  So really, that's up to you to decide.

That is the crux of the issue isn't it. Whether you take it as what could have been eaten raw, or what might have been eaten in the paleolithic diet.

I figure if it was edible raw, and grew back then, then people probably ate it. Not like food was easy to get, why would they skip any potential source of energy.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Paleo & Intermittent Fasting
« on: June 10, 2009, 07:55:47 PM »

The human equivalent of what the rats did would be for you to not eat for a full 24 hrs every 48 to 72 hours. ie on Tuesday stop eating at 6pm and don't have your next meal till 6pm on Wednesday.

Yeah, I eat my meal around  6 or 7 pm every day.. On weekends I usually manage to throw some breakfast back though. If I turn it into a scheduled thing, I'll probably f@!# it up so I just take each day as it comes.

Yeah if it isn't broken, don't fix it.

The thing I found interesting in the study though was that intermittent fasting rats ate the same amount of calories over the week as the normal eating rats, but still had extended lifespan and all the other benefits.

So you get all the benefits of calorie restriction, without the weight loss and starvation.

Food Journals / Samjohn's paleo diary
« on: June 10, 2009, 05:44:53 PM »
Yesterday -

3 egg omelette with tomato and onion.

green apple, navel orange

Chicken stew  made with chicken drumsticks, carrot, onion, capsicum, tomato, pepper and some other herbs


1 whole roast chicken

Diet and nutrition / Is Maca powder allowed?
« on: June 10, 2009, 05:29:48 PM »
Sorry about all the 'is this allowed' questions, still new to this and want to get it right.

So Maca powder, is it allowable? As it is served dried, not cooked I thought it might be ok.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Paleo & Intermittent Fasting
« on: June 10, 2009, 04:19:51 PM »
I've been doing IF for a long time, even before Paleo and had no idea I was even doing it.. I just called it being really busy.
Coupled with Paleo, I find it works really well. I eat one large meal a day at dinner time and *sometimes* have a little food throughout the day if I can get my hands on some during work. I find as long as I eat a ton of fat at dinner and keep strictly paleo, I'm really not hungry during the day.

The human equivalent of what the rats did would be for you to not eat for a full 24 hrs every 48 to 72 hours. ie on Tuesday stop eating at 6pm and don't have your next meal till 6pm on Wednesday.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Is raw (not dutched) organic cocoa allowed?
« on: June 10, 2009, 01:37:48 AM »
I'm one of those who doesn't think cocoa is quite paleo, but I have to admit it was one of my cheats for a long time.  I've been on the paleolithic diet about a year now, and I've only recently stopped having a little bit of cocoa or dark chocolate each day.

let me know if you notice any change because of it.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Is raw (not dutched) organic cocoa allowed?
« on: June 09, 2009, 04:53:42 PM »
Ahh great, I think I might still avoid it for the first few weeks. I'm going to be religious about the diet for a few weeks to measure effects, then get back to my morning cup of cocoa and see if i notice any difference.

thanks mate.

Recipes and meal photos / Re: Pumpkin??
« on: June 09, 2009, 04:48:41 PM »
is pumpkin allowed on the paleo diet?

Diet and nutrition / Re: Paleo & Intermittent Fasting
« on: June 09, 2009, 04:38:43 PM »
I don't see a reason to fast several times a week.  I fast maybe 12 to 18 month intervals (heck it may have been 2 years by now) but for specific reasons, sometimes if I feel I am getting an upset stomach for some reason. As for losing 25 pounds. Don't rush it. Just stick to paleo don't eat too many carbs.  The correct carb amount is different for each person but it is about 60 to 120 grams a day.

He was probably talking about the research done into intermittent fasting not too long ago.

A bit of a precursor is that a while back research into rats showed that living on a starvation diet (minimum calories per day for survival) increased rat lifespan by about 40% over the control group.

Now a little bit later an experiment was run whereby a group of rats were fed every second 24 hours, which was called intermittent fasting (IF). So they fasted 24hrs, then ate for 24 hours. The caloric intake between the IF rats and the control group was exactly the same over the trial period.

The results? The IF rats experienced a similar extension in lifespan to that seen in the starvation diet rats of the earlier study, and had no significant weight loss, compared to the control group.  Pretty amazing huh?

There is a writeup of one of the studies here  but quite a few have been done so if you are interested google it. Interesting reading.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Paleo binge eating?
« on: June 09, 2009, 04:24:49 PM »

I'm pretty sure it has to do with what passes for an insulin spike on the paleo diet.  I think our insulin sensitivity improves, meaning that it takes less sugar or other carbohydrates to cause a bit of an insulin spike. 

But if your insulin sensitivity improved that would mean it would take more sugar to cause an insulin spike.

Diet and nutrition / Is raw (not dutched) organic cocoa allowed?
« on: June 09, 2009, 03:55:24 PM »
Hey guys, 4 days into paleolithic eating for the first time and am really missing my morning cup of cocoa.

In my case this means one teaspoon of raw organic cocoa in a cup of boiling water. No milk, no sugar, un-dutched cocoa.

Is this allowed on the diet? I have searched high and low for an answer but could not find anything. Hopefully someone here has some info for me.

Really enjoying the diet by the way.

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