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Miscellaneous / Re: Meat tax may be coming
« Last post by XFit_legionnaire on January 08, 2018, 05:59:56 AM »
I am certainly not advocating that people drink soda, of course  :) Worthless, empty calories by anyones measure. It's just that every time I hear about something like this I am immediately suspicious of ulterior motives.  If I actually thought that there was some type of benevolent intention, that would be another matter entirely.

However, there is also a part of me that is just irked by "sin taxes" in general. This is still America and people should be able to do as they please for the most part IMHO. If people want to smoke cigarettes, drink 2 liters of Mountain Dew and devour buckets of fried chicken from KFC, they should be free to do so without unreasonable price gouging.
Miscellaneous / Re: Meat tax may be coming
« Last post by Eric on January 07, 2018, 04:29:07 PM »
Yup, just like the Philly soda tax was a money grab, though I actually agree with that tax since soda is terrible for you.

Funny how the Democratic cities are always the worst off and the most violent.  Not that the Republicans are any better (the whole system is screwed up), but it's odd the poorest cities with the most murders have been under socialist rule for decades ;)
Miscellaneous / Re: Meat tax may be coming
« Last post by XFit_legionnaire on January 07, 2018, 11:48:00 AM »
Here's in Illinois, and Cook County in particular, such a measure sounds right up their alley. Though I suppose what makes us "special" here is that the sociopaths and career criminals in tacky suits that occupy city hall do not even attempt to mask it as being about health. They are broke and want money. I moved away from the city out to the burbs and take the train into work nowadays. Not worth the headache of putting up with their circus. I would sooner take money out of my wallet and set it on fire than give it to those people.

Germane to this post, I suspect many other particularly large cities with a fanatically ideological and similarly braindead populace adopt similar measures for precisely the same reason: CASH. "Health" is just a handy excuse for fundraising.
Miscellaneous / Re: Meat tax may be coming
« Last post by JayJay on January 07, 2018, 08:41:59 AM »
Unfortunately Federal withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord is not stopping individual States from deciding what is good or bad for you, and taxing accordingly. I'm sure some idiotic State will decide meat is toxic and impose a new tax on it.
Exercises / Re: best paleo athlete ??
« Last post by XFit_legionnaire on January 06, 2018, 08:24:28 AM »
The overwhelming majority of CrossFit athletes adhere to a Paleo regimen. Why? That is a very good question. I have been at it two years and have competed in a couple of regionals and I still am not quite sure what the connection is with any certainty. More on this here

In any event, the CrossFit games every year is like our super bowl, and brings out folks who are capable of some incredible acts of speed, strength and endurance  and consequentially, most adhere to paleo.

This is last years winner, Matt Frasier, who aside having a diesel AF physique, the Olympic lifts he is capable of boggle the mind. I have also had the opportunity to meet Matt a couple of times and he is a terrific guy:

Probably next in line from my sport IMO would have to be Rich Froning, who managed to win CrossFit games for several years in a row. No small feat to put it mildly.

All of this said, Crossfit is not going to get you jacked like a body builder either, unless you are going above and beyond. It's outside the scope of what our training incorporates, and frankly Paleo would be woefully inadequate to accommodate this. Paleo is woefully inadequate for most all professional athletes by and large. Which is why you don't see hardly any of them endorsing it. Then again, for the average joe looking to drop some pounds or tone up and are not subjecting themselves to the rigors of say, the NFL, it will do just fine.
Introductions / Re: Greetings from Chicago
« Last post by Eric on January 06, 2018, 05:49:08 AM »
Welcome bro!

Whether it's for health or the nookie, I admire your interest in Paleo ;)
And I'm sure your diet is better than most since you have a serious interest in working out, so feel no shame hanging out with us and asking questions, sharing anecdotes from your gyms, etc.

Have a great one!
Introductions / Greetings from Chicago
« Last post by XFit_legionnaire on January 06, 2018, 05:34:35 AM »
CrossFit guy here from the Chicago metro (originally, Wisconsin). Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to read my intro post, which I would surmise is likely a tad unorthodox from the norm here. So yeah, social niceties out of the way, here goes:

To be completely frank, and please take no personal offense to this, but I really do not care about Paleo, Keto, Zone or really any of the diet fads. Shocking as it might be to believe, at least at my box, I am coming up on my 2 year CrossFit anniversary and have managed to avoid the paleo thing almost entirely.Trust me when I tell you they tried, but eventually they just gave up and yet they all still love me just the same. I know everyone says this, but I have the friggin best coaches and community. I am just self aware enough to know that I like my ultimate wraps, burritos, cheese curds (and even the occasional 5 Guys burger with a large fries and a shake) far too much. Just how I roll. About the closest I have come to being Paleo was when I have attended box potlucks or events a few times. Despite this, ummmm, yeah, let’s just say I am not accused of being out of shape much. With that out of the way I will get to the crux of my reason for joining.

So there is another local box that I hit up on occasion when I am looking for a change of pace, which is something I think we all need from time to time. Anyway, about 6 months ago I spied the most gorgeous female I have ever laid eyes on at said box. After a few weeks of the closest thing you can really do to “flirting” during a typical WOD, we finally decided to meet up after class. Like about 99% of the rest of the population of that box, she is strict paleo.

Things have progressed in a more or less linear fashion since then as far as dating goes, but now that she is starting to become a much bigger part of my life and is a frequent guest at my apartment, I would like to do my best to be a decent boyfriend and at a minimum have some accommodating things on hand in the kitchen. Hell, perhaps even surprise her with some great meals when she gets off work. Like many dudes in their 20’s I pretty much suck at cooking to be honest, but I am willing to put forth the effort. Sweetheart that she is, she brought me Portillo’s yesterday when I was stuck at work late, and it got the gears in my head turning that perhaps I need to be making an effort to make things easier on her.

Now granted I can find out lots of information just from reading random sites and blogs, but since forums are a much more dynamic environment, and one that also allows me the opportunity to pose questions, here I am.

In any event, I wish everyone the utmost success in their fitness and health goals, and perhaps I will even get a chance to interact with some of you. Have a splendid weekend.
Recipes and meal photos / Re: Zhoukoudian soup
« Last post by Eric on January 05, 2018, 03:45:49 PM »
Wow, sounds great!  Thanks - will have to try this.
Recipes and meal photos / Zhoukoudian soup
« Last post by Warren Dew on January 04, 2018, 10:54:44 PM »
The lower Zhoukoudian cave was occupied by homo erectus around 700,000 years ago, and again by early modern humans in the late paleolithic, by which time the broad spectrum revolution had occurred and humans were likely using fruit, like the citrus found in Asia, and other vegetables to supplement their meat.  Spicy, sour soups like this one could have been made in leather pots using the heated rock method, but we'll use modern pots on the stove top.


1 quart bone broth (see recipe linked below)
4 oz pork or other meat
1/2 cup bamboo shoot
1/2 cup mushrooms
2 lemons
white pepper
1 egg
2 scallions

While heating the bone broth to a simmer in a saucepan, slice pork and bamboo shoots into strips, about 1/8 inch by 1/4 inch by 2 inches, and slice mushrooms 1/8 inch think.  Cut lemons in half and squeeze out the juice.  Finely grind 1/4 teaspoon white pepper.

Put pork, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, lemon juice, and ground pepper into heated bone broth.  Allow to simmer about 5 minutes stirring occasionally, while beating eggs in a bowl and chopping scallions into 1/4 inch pieces.

After the 5 minutes of simmering, pour eggs in a thin stream into the soup and stir.  Serve promptly with scallions on top of each serving.  Diners may wish to add more pepper to taste.

Serves 3-6.  Recipe may be doubled or quadrupled.

My other recipes:
Recipes and meal photos / Re: Bone broth
« Last post by Warren Dew on January 04, 2018, 09:52:44 PM »
I haven't made this much, but I now frequently make an even simpler broth recipe.  It's based on the bones left over when we order out for baby back ribs every couple of weeks, so it's not 100% paleo.

I take 4-5 ribs, including whatever meat the kids leave on them, and put them in about a quart of water.  I then heat the water to a simmer and let it simmer for an hour or two, reducing the volume by about half.  I then remove the bones, strain out any other solids using a find mesh steel spatter guard, and salt to taste for a consomme soup.

It tastes reasonably good, and is excellent for when someone in the family has a cold.  I keep baggies of 4-5 bones in the freezer for this purpose; since it only takes an hour, I don't need to make it in advance.
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