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Miscellaneous / Hydration
« Last post by Cait1221 on August 22, 2016, 08:10:30 PM »
Does anyone have any tips on staying hydrated? I seem to keep going through cycles of drinking almost no water for days, and then having times where I stay perfectly hydrated for days. Currently I'm at that point where I'm struggling to stay hydrated, simply because I have a labor intensive outdoor job at a park, and I just don't realize I haven't had anything to drink until I'm at the point of a headache.
This sounds silly, but I really just forget to drink water and don't notice until it's too late. Does anyone else ever have this problem?
Diet and nutrition / Re: Paleo & Cast Iron
« Last post by Warren Dew on August 20, 2016, 10:00:45 PM »
Given how little oil is involved, I doubt it would be a problem.

Unhydrogenated lard would probably also work.  Tallow might be a bit too solid to wipe on. 

I don't use anything special, but I only use my cast iron for frying, so it gets frequent application of fat during cooking and stays seasoned that way.

On another note, I did manage to drop and break my #8 frying pan last week, handed down from my grandmother, but I don't think it had anything to do with seasoning.  The fracture looked like there had been a crack developing for a while.  The cover to the pan says 1925, but I think the pan was actually older, as it had a hammered handle; the top will now go on a pan I bought on ebay.  Ah well, can't complain about getting a century of use out of it.
Diet and nutrition / Paleo & Cast Iron
« Last post by silentdave1020 on August 17, 2016, 05:25:26 PM »
Greetings folks,

I was recently advised by my doctor to try a paleo diet to address a few concerns that showed up in my bloodwork.

For many years now, I've been a big fan of cooking in my cast iron cookware. After cleaning the pots & pans, I have always wiped them down with a thin layer of canola oil to maintain the non-stick surface and prevent rust. I would only apply enough oil to cover the surface, and then wipe away the excess with a paper towel.

I know canola, soybean, vegetable, corn, and most other oils are not compatible with Paleo guidelines. However, since such a small amount of oil is used is it OK to continue this practice? Or is it better to switch the oil type to something paleo-friendly? Does anyone have experience using a paleo-friendly oil for this purpose? I've heard that some oils can get sticky or rancid if applied to a cast-iron pan and then left to sit for a few days.
Diet and nutrition / Re: Any good Paleo Cookbooks/Recipe Collections?
« Last post by jamesgrace on August 15, 2016, 05:38:36 PM »
Tons and tons of free recipes available on Blogs, Forums and Paleo websites. Just google Paleo recipes. One of my favorites is 1000 paleo recipes. You can learn about it at [] It's not free but is broken down nicely into various categories to help plan meals. Either way (or both ways) you have nearly an endless supply of recipes and meals.
Food Journals / Re: Cautionary tales
« Last post by Warren Dew on August 04, 2016, 10:14:47 AM »
No dried fruit and minimal whole fruit, along with flossing and brushing once or twice a day and use of the dentist recommended toothbrush and toothpaste, and my gums feel much better.  I'll probably get lazy about brushing again after this toothbrush wears out, but I plan to stay off the Larabars.
Diet and nutrition / Re: Hack my Blood Work
« Last post by Warren Dew on August 04, 2016, 10:11:18 AM »
I'm sure my symptoms don't rise to the level of clinical toxicity.  I'd still rather not have even slightly achy kidneys when I wake up.  2000 IU should be plenty to get most of the cancer prevention benefit, so there's a wide range to work with.  I'll report back in a few weeks.
Things have been much better.  On the other hand, I've also been careful not to use my arms as a pillow, so the reduction in bone pain after sleeping on them may be due to that instead.  I'll probably continue targeting 2000 IU per day instead of 4000, erring on the high side if I can't remember whether I took it.
Diet and nutrition / Re: Women and Fasting
« Last post by Warren Dew on August 04, 2016, 12:03:21 AM »
The way I see it, during the paleolithic, it was advantageous to do our reproduction in good times, and to refrain from creating extra mouths to feed in lean times.  Thus, we have different optimizations for those different states.

Now, if you want to live your life around reproductive fitness, then yes, eat more, optimize for reproduction, and have a kid every 3 years from age 15 to 50.  Not all women want to do that, though.
Diet and nutrition / Re: Is it Paleo? (flowchart)
« Last post by malikawanfb on August 03, 2016, 04:48:52 AM »
When it comes to diet and exercise, a successful future is often attained by looking to the past. This is the case with the Paleo Diet, which recommends that we restyle our eating habits to more closely resemble those of our ancient hunting and gathering ancestors.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Women and Fasting
« Last post by cowlean on August 01, 2016, 01:19:03 PM »
Hmmmm, can't say I agree there. Live and let live, but don't we find our optimal states when we are fertile?
Ruminating, but I'd think it wouldn't matter whether it was just before or after, just as long as it was digested at the same time.
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