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Miscellaneous / Minimal Shoes for winter
« on: October 21, 2010, 11:15:00 AM »
I've worn my VFFs a lot, in lots of different conditions. The biggest problem I have is that your feet get wet very easily.

So, before winter gets here, I was looking into alternatives. The VFF Flows keep coming up - as they are neoprene material, they should be somewhat water-proof, right?

The other option is something from Softstar.

Anyone have any opinions or anecdotes here?

Diet and nutrition / Feeling fatigued / trouble waking up early
« on: October 14, 2010, 06:10:01 AM »
So for the last year, at least, I've been waking up 1.5 hours before I normally have to. I originally used this time for many things, but eventually began working out in the morning. I'd go to bed around 10, and wake up at 6. It was easy.

However, the past 3 weeks or so, it has been a severe struggle to wake up at 6. I succeed maybe 1 day a week. I don't understand it....

My only idea is that I'm simply not eating enough calories, but I'm definitely over maintenance levels... Is there anything else that would cause fatigue? I don't know what to change in order to test this...

Vitamins and Supplements / Creatine sources?
« on: October 07, 2010, 12:53:28 PM »
So, most people seem to agree that creatine supplementation actually "works". Wikipedia indicates that it is available in animal meat, but stops there.

If one wanted to do it paleo style, where would one begin?

Does anyone know of meats high in creatine, and how the amounts compare to actual supplements?

Research / "In the face of contradictory evidence"
« on: October 04, 2010, 03:15:46 PM »
This report cracks me up:

It basically says "Ok, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans ignored 30 years of science. WTF gives, guys?"


We conclude that compared with Western diets, Paleolithic diets contained consistently higher protein and LCP, and lower LA. These are likely to contribute to the known beneficial effects of Paleolithic-like diets, e.g. through increased satiety/satiation. Disparities between Paleolithic, contemporary and recommended intakes might be important factors underlying the aetiology of common Western diseases. Data on Paleolithic diets and lifestyle, rather than the investigation of single nutrients, might be useful for the rational design of clinical trials.

Diet and nutrition / Crocodile meat
« on: September 27, 2010, 08:03:25 PM »
So I'm sitting here eating crocodile meat (found it at a local grocery store and HAD to buy it). It's very odd - somewhere between chicken and scallops....

My list of non-standard meats I've eaten now includes: rabbit, rattle snake, wild turkey, ostrich, buffalo, wild boar, deer, elk, and crocodile

What's on your list?

Diet and nutrition / Ketosis is "normal" metabolism
« on: September 24, 2010, 02:03:10 PM »

Dr Eades believes that ketosis is actually the normal metabolism for humans. Pretty interesting:

I would maintain, however, based on my study of the Paleolithic diet that starvation and carb restriction are simply the polar ends of a continuum, and that carb restriction was the norm for most of our existence as upright walking beings on this planet, making the metabolism of what biochemistry textbook authors call starvation the ‘normal’ metabolism.

Diet and nutrition / Peeling hard boiled eggs
« on: September 22, 2010, 11:50:27 AM »
I think peeling eggs is the most tedious task in the world. And you always end up with a couple little gritty pieces of shell.

I've seen this trick where you peel off bits at each end and then blow the egg out, but it has never worked for me.

How do you do it? I find the fastest way is to roll the egg around on a surface, and then try to catch that layer of skin/film underneath the shell and peel it all off in one sheet.

Diet and nutrition / Corn Sugar!
« on: September 14, 2010, 09:27:31 AM »


That’s right – contrary to what many religiously believe, it is the inability to grow more fat during times of energy surplus, rather than the excess of fat which appears to directly contribute to the metabolic consequence often associated with obesity.

Research / Egyptians made antibiotics in beer
« on: September 01, 2010, 11:45:28 AM »
Not exactly paleo research, but "close". I found it very interesting:

Diet and nutrition / Yerba Mate
« on: August 25, 2010, 09:05:55 AM »
This tea is apparently South America's answer to coffee. I'm always looking for good coffee replacements, so I came across this. This section is of particular interest.

Studies of mate, though very limited, have shown preliminary evidence that the mate xanthine cocktail is different from other plants containing caffeine most significantly in its effects on muscle tissue, as opposed to those on the central nervous system, which are similar to those of other natural stimulants. The three xanthines present in mate have been shown to have a relaxing effect on smooth muscle tissue, and a stimulating effect on myocardial (heart) tissue

Does anyone know anything about this? It's likely not paleo, as it looks to be discovered in South America. Is there any weight to any of these claims? Anyone tried it and have recommendations?

Miscellaneous / Let's talk about poop (again)
« on: August 18, 2010, 09:27:15 AM »
Ok, this is about the third bowel-related thread I've started. But recently I've had lots of annoyances in this department.

A quick glossary, to make the paragraph below less crude:
  • Type A: Small output, little or no wiping required
  • Type B: Medium output, smears and requires multiple wipes
  • Type C: Same as Type B except in larger quantities and smells foul

So anyway, when I first started paleo, and was still including dairy and a handful of cheats, I was pretty much Type A most of the time. Later, I removed dairy and a few other small things. I rarely cheat anymore, but I am not very careful about sauces and things at restaurants. Minor stuff.

However, I am pretty much at Type B and C almost constantly these days. My suspicion is that this is cause by not being careful when eating out. The other night I ate a white wine sauce that contained cream (didn't know until it came to the table). However, this is just silly. 2 tablespoons of cream in a sauce and now I'm peeling paint off the walls the next morning? No, that's not how this is supposed to work.

Anyone else have any similar anecdotes or solutions here? I eat enough greens (I think) - I eat a salad almost every day, and include spinach in most of my meals at night.

Research / Matt Metzegar on Saturdated Fat studies
« on: August 16, 2010, 12:30:38 PM »
Say this blog post today:

He links to a study that begins with the premise that breast milk is 50% saturated fat.

I found it interesting

Miscellaneous / Regarding Weight Loss and Bodyfat
« on: August 12, 2010, 11:39:53 AM »
For a quick review: I started off around 200lbs (195 was when I weighed myself after being 70% paleo for a few weeks). I set a goal of 175, hit it, set a goal of 170, hit it, set a goal of 160, hit it. This is where I am now.

But I still have bodyfat to lose. According to my bathroom scale, I am at 17%. According to visual inspection, I'm closer to the 15% guys here (13%-20% picture, guy on the left). I am regularly working out, and eating well.

I guess the question is: should I reset my weight target? I mean, if I'm losing body fat, I'll likely be losing weight as well. I am gaining strength, based on how my workouts are going, but cannot confirm if this means added muscle mass or not.

My focus right now is to lose body fat, but weight is unimportant. It's just a real number I can track regularly. I am planning on recording caliper bodyfat numbers every week (on Wed, I think), but will likely continue with the scale weight and bodyfat recordings.

Should I set a new target for a specific bodyfat (better, but more inaccurate measurements) or for a specific weight (doesn't translate to bodyfat really, but more accurate) ?

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