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Diet and nutrition / Paleo Calcium!
« on: July 08, 2011, 09:23:28 AM »
Not just limited to certain vegetables, greens or fish bones!

How to Make Powdered Eggshells:

Wash empty eggshells in warm water until all of the egg white is removed, but do not remove the membrane because it contains important nutrients for the joints which helps arthritis.
Lay broken pieces out on paper towels and allow them to air dry thoroughly.
Break the eggshells up into small pieces, and grind them to into a fine powder in a food processor, blender, coffee grinder, or a nut mill, or put them in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to grind them. Please note that some blenders will not grind the eggshell into a fine enough powder. A coffee grinder works the best.
Store powdered eggshells in a covered glass jar or container. Keep it in a dry place, like the kitchen cupboard.
How to take eggshell calcium (this forms calcium citrate) takes 3 hours:

Put 1/2 teaspoon of powdered eggshell into a small dish (approximately 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 inches across) 1/2 teaspoon equals approximately 400 mgs of elemental calcium.
Add the juice of 1/2 a lemon (freshly squeezed), and mix well it will start to bubble and foam, which is what is supposed to happen.
Leave it at room temperature for 6 hours the longer you leave it the less gritty it will be, but do not leave it longer than 12 hours.
It can be taken by the spoonfuls, followed by mouthfuls of water to wash it down. It is not sour tasting. In fact the taste is quite pleasant.
Also take 400 mgs of magnesium citrate at the same time.

Miscellaneous / Father's Day gift for dad: Cooked him a Paleo meal :)
« on: June 20, 2011, 12:12:10 PM »
I drove down to Fort Myers to visit my dad over the weekend, and I made him roasted chicken quarters with spinach, yams, onion and bacon. With a side of apples sauteed in bacon grease and drizzled in cinnamon and local honey. He really liked it! It was a bit of a hassle trying to do it all in his tiny kitchen, but I managed, lol.

He told me his nutritionist had already recommended that he go on a low carb, low sugar diet (perfect for Paleo), and today I just got an email from him asking if I could send him links to more Paleo recipes :D

Dad's teeth are shot, so he can't really eat chewy or crunchy foods like nuts. Meat and veggies are perfect for him :)

Plus, he also has a lot of nerve damage in his spine which affects his ability to walk. Being wheelchair-bound has given him strong arms but a pretty big carb-gut for someone as lean as he used to be.

Miscellaneous / The many uses of baking soda
« on: May 30, 2011, 02:42:19 PM »
Hi ya'll, I figured I'd start a thread on all of the multiple ways baking soda can be utilized.

I just washed my hair with straight baking soda, massaged as a paste into my scalp and throughout my hair, and after I rinsed it out it was squeaky clean and soft! My hair is pretty thick, short and can get oily, so I didn't bother rinsing with apple cider vinegar or conditioner. I've been looking for ways to reduce the chemicals I put on my skin, because I feel that all they wind up doing is causing me to buy OTHER products to mitigate the harmful effects. Earlier today I'd tried using diluted ACV as a shampoo, but that didn't do much to scrub the oil build-up from my hair and it still felt nasty after I'd blow-dried it.

I've also successfully used baking soda as a toothpaste. I always get compliments on how white my teeth look! And if SLS irritates your gums, then baking soda is perfect to use.

Research / Re: Ulcers in mouth
« on: May 29, 2011, 07:15:28 PM »
[Moderator edit:  the original post in the thread was cleverly disguised signature spam and has been removed.  Leaving replies, of which this post is the first one, here.]

B vitamin deficiency is usually the main culprit. I've dealt with mouth ulcers (canker sores) all of my life, and even started getting them in the same spot on my soft palate. Diagnosed as a viral aphthous stomatitis (recurring ulcers), antibiotics have no effect on viral outbreaks. Everyone has the herpes virus to some extent, but healthy immune systems keep them suppressed.

Anything with alcohol such as NyQuil is a really bad idea. Alcohol will only dry them out and make them more painful. In order to heal, the ulcer needs to develop a clear coating of mucus.

* Take a B-Complex vitamin with your meal every day.
* Do not drink coffee, alcohol, or anything sweet. Sugar is another thing which will hinder the healing process of an ulcer. If you drink tea, drink it without honey or sugar!
* When they start to sting, gargle with a magnesium-based liquid antacid (don't bother buying the expensive stuff--you'll be using it as a mouthwash). Magnesium works wonders for relieving the pain of ulcers. Just remember not to swallow any of it, otherwise you'll have the runs later on in the day. Magnesium shits are no fun!
* Stay away from overly spicy, or crunchy foods that may scratch your throat.
* Stress can also induce these things, so make sure you're getting a full night's sleep.
* Lots of leafy green vegetables (vitamin K) are also good for healing ulcers of all kinds.
* Buy a humidifier and run it at night by your bedside. The moisture you breathe in will really help these to heal much quicker because it's letting the tissue form a protective coating over the lesions.
* Keep your mouth clean. Gargle with non-alcoholic mouthwash (Biotene is good). Bacteria contribute to inflaming the tissues around the ulcer, so the fewer cooties you have in your mouth, the better.

Now that I know what causes ulcers, I know how to treat them. Mine heal up in days instead of lingering for weeks, plus I get them much less frequently.

I made this tonight for dinner, was absolutely fantastic! Except for the bacon (which I'd forgotten to buy over the weekend) I had all the ingredients already in my fridge and cupboard. The bacon really makes this taste good!

I didn't have a skillet that I was comfortable putting in the oven (all my pans are non-stick coated), so I had a glass Pyrex dish heating up in the oven while I cooked on the stove, and just transferred everything to it when it was time to roast. Came out EXCELLENT.

All this past week has been up and down with being able to eat or not. Monday night I came down with a case of food poisoning, puking and shitting my guts out. By Tuesday, the puking had stopped but the shits hadn't (and weren't so much "shits" as it was "ass water"--my poor butt had transformed into a Super Soaker). Wednesday I felt great, and HUNGRY and wound up pigging out on delicious steak and sweet potato fries and salad. WAYYYYYY too much for a shrunken stomach to take on. So I ended up throwing up the sweet potatoes (amazing how thick that stuff is, coming back up your throat--GACK!) and felt like death-warmed-over all day Thursday, plus the water shits were back. On Friday I ate soup, a bit of canned pineapple and some white rice and felt much better. No water shits.

So it's Saturday and all I've been able to have an appetite for is a cup of white rice, a $1 mini pecan pie and two pieces of battered cod from Applebee's for dinner. I weighed 115lbs before I got sick, and I'm down to 112.5 which is really pushing it for someone my height (5'4"). I really want to gain those few pounds back, but the thought of calorie-dense foods like fatty meats only make me nauseous. I bought a pack of chicken quarters and some good fresh produce while I was out shopping today (yams, canteloupe, strawberries, baby spinach, bananas, etc). Hopefully I'll be able to start eating more because right now my stomach capacity is probably less than a 12oz can of Coke.

Also, while I was at the corner stand buying produce, I sampled some of the most DELICIOUS local honey! I tried Orange Blossom, Wildflower, and a new one: Brazilian Pepper Honey! The BP honey was unique, as it's made from the pollen from an invasive species here in Florida (seeds eaten by birds in South America, and pooped out here where these massive bushes can easily take over a landscape). It had a truly amazing flavor, light, with an interesting finish. Not too sweet either, at least compared to the other two honeys.

Diet and nutrition / Food poisoning recovery.
« on: May 16, 2011, 08:38:27 PM »
After foolishly eating some chicken salad for lunch yesterday, all this fine Monday evening I have spent puking and shitting my guts out. What are some Paleo foods which will help me recover from a bout of Streptococcus aureus? I'm out of coconut water, can I make some Paleo Gatorade?

Diet and nutrition / Nutrition Data's "Inflammatory Rating"
« on: May 05, 2011, 07:24:12 PM »
Seems to be based solely on fat intake for the day: << all it looks like is a bunch of crap doctors trying to sell their book.

What gets my goat is, for the past several days I've been eating lightly throughout the day (mainly because I'm too poor to go buy lunch somewhere), eating 2-3 boiled eggs, home-made trail mix and a big piece of fruit for the day. Then I'll pig out for dinner with a load of protein (tonight was non-breaded chicken wings) and some carbs (salsa & celery, watermelon and a Mounds bar).

For instance, my macros today were:

Calories: 2341 (I actually have no idea how I ate that much)
Carbs: 147g (23%)
Protein: 135g (24%)
Fat: 141g (53%)

Estimated Glycemic Load was 62.

My IF Rating was through the roof at -1022 (strongly inflammatory--typical target net +50/day or higher). Yet I feel great (of course). What bullshit is this?

Found this handy site to help give me a better idea of seasonal fruits and veggies in my state. Unfortunately it's US-based, but I'm sure there are plenty of sites throughout the world which might be of aid to international Cavemen :)

Diet and nutrition / Beer: No buzz, wicked headache
« on: May 01, 2011, 07:02:40 PM »
I've never been a big drinker. I spent the years leading up to the age of 21 by going on the occasional drinking binge, and ever since I've been able to do it legally I could count on one hand the number of times I've overindulged.

But it seems that since I've gone Paleo, my tolerance for beer has dropped to near zero. Red wine doesn't give me too many problems, and I have none whatsoever with ingesting decent quality liquor. I always alternate one drink/one glass of water so that I don't get dehydrated.

The past few times I've had beer, by the time I'm halfway through my glass/bottle I'm already starting to get a headache. I can barely finish my second one. I never get a buzz from it either. I'm not sure if the buzz issue has to do with my drinking so much water (which would dilute the alcohol I guess). When I drink liquor such as vodka or sake, a buzz is noticeable and no headache occurs (providing I stay hydrated).

I know that sulfites are a common cause for headaches where alcohol is concerned, but has this become more pronounced since going Paleo?

Research / The Inflammation Syndrome
« on: April 07, 2011, 07:57:12 AM »
Has anyone read this book? It bases much of its research off of the Paleolithic diet (although they emphasize lean meats a bit too much), but is otherwise anti-grain, anti-sugar & anti-starch. Very Pro-Paleo ;)

It's a pretty interesting read, and you can browse through some of the chapters online:

Diet and nutrition / RDA of Calcium on a grain-based diet
« on: April 05, 2011, 08:00:58 AM »
We all know that the RDA of calcium is about 1,000-1,200mg/day. But we also know that grains and legumes inhibit calcium absorption in the gut due to high levels of oxalate and phytic acid. So I'm assuming that the RDA is so high because it's taking a grain-based diet into the equation, knowing that 60% or more of that calcium will pass through a person's system and into the toilet.

So my theory is this: That because we've eliminated two major food groups which inhibit calcium absorption, do we really need 1200mg of calcium a day? I just can't fathom how cavemen (really, savannahmen) would have been able to ingest enough dark leafy greens and bone particles from fish to need THAT much calcium in order to maintain bone health.

I would think 600-800mg/day would suffice, and would be easily attainable through fresh foods. Just as long as our other mineral intakes are in balance (chiefly magnesium and Vitamin D).

What do you think?

Miscellaneous / Not wearing sunglasses
« on: April 02, 2011, 09:33:51 AM »
Living in sunny Florida, I've almost always worn sunglasses. Being in the optical industry, I got hooked onto wearing polarized lenses because it really DOES cut the glare (and are excellent for driving in rain because it's much easier to see the lines on the road). I still highly recommend them over regular tinted lenses. Especially if you're out on the water or snow a lot.

However it seems as though I never wear my sunglasses. I wear prescription glasses that block UV, but other than that I prefer to go au naturel. Anyone else becoming more acclimated to their environment? Some UV is necessary for your eyes.

Recipes and meal photos / Poultry on the grill--recipes? Tips?
« on: April 01, 2011, 08:35:53 PM »
I'm planning on going to a small cookout at the beach with some friends on Sunday, and wanted to bring some duck or chicken quarters with me to cook over the charcoal grill. Is there a good way to do it and have the meat coming out juicy and the skin nice and crisp? I know that low and slow is best, but am not used to cooking over fire and dealing with uneven temps.

Any and all tips would be appreciated. Otherwise it's going to be another seasoned tenderloin beef kabob (again).

Progress Reports & Photos / Routine Blood Test Results
« on: March 31, 2011, 07:37:42 AM »
I've been on Paleo since August of 2010. 28 year old female, BMI 19%

Results after fasting--                             Normal Range

GLU                         76mg/dL                   <65-99>
BUN                         14mg/dL                   <7-25>
CREAT                     .68mg/dL                   <.57-1.03>
SODIUM                  140 mmol/L                <135-146>
POTASSIUM             4.2 mmol/L                <3.5-5.3>
CHLORIDE               103 mmol/L               <98-110>
CO2                         23 mmol/L                <21-33>
CA                            9.4mg/dL                 <8.6-10.2>
ALBUMIN                  4.8g/dL                    <3.6-5.1>
TOTAL PROTEIN       7.0g/dL                     <6.2-8.3>
TOTAL BILIRUBIN     0.7mg/dL                  <0.2-1.2>
ALK PHOS                44 U/L                       <33-115>
ALT                          14 U/L                       <6-40>
AST                          15 U/L                       <10-30>
GLOBULIN                2.2g/dL                     <2.2-3.9>
ALB/GLOBULIN         2.2 (High)                 <1.0-2.1)

Lipid Test--                                               Normal Range

TOTAL CHOL            165 mg/dL                 <125-200>
TRIG                         56 mg/dL                  < <150>
HDL                          63 mg/dL                  < >OR=46>
LDL                           91 mg/dL                  < <130>

Paleo FTW  ;D

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