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Progress Reports & Photos / Same shirt - different look
« on: May 07, 2012, 07:11:06 AM »

Took the picture on the right yesterday. My wife remembered an awful picture from 2004 wearing the same shirt. She commented that the most striking difference is in my face. Almost exactly two years now on Paleo.

Miscellaneous / Paleo Super Bowl party
« on: February 06, 2012, 05:31:03 AM »
We usually ignore the Super Bowl, but not on years when our city is in it. It was just the two of us with our son and his girl friend. Looking at the menu, we had to avoid all the usual suspects - chips, hero sandwiches, ziti. What we did have was wings, clams, raw oysters, berries and roasted nuts with cinnamon and cayenne.  Nobody went away hungry and our team won!

Miscellaneous / Paleo Recipe search engine
« on: January 30, 2012, 10:15:37 AM »
I just used a little-known feature of Google called Custom Search to create a search engine that only looks at sites that are dedicated to Paleo recipes. If nothing else, this saves you keystrokes from typing "Paleo" when you are searching for recipes.
You can check it out at  Sometimes, it gets stuck in "Loading" mode. If that happens the best bet is to leave the page and try again.

Miscellaneous / Congress declares pizza sauce a vegetable
« on: November 21, 2011, 09:00:01 AM »
This was seized on by the media as "Congress declares pizza a vegetable." This was a bill that regulated the food content in school lunches, and it wanted to count the tomato paste in pizza as a vegetable portion. Beyond the laughable nature of making pizza seem like more of a health food is the better punch line. If any of our leaders could open a fifth grade dictionary they would learn that the tomato is a fruit.

Miscellaneous / Signs that restaurants have put us on their radar
« on: September 04, 2011, 10:46:51 AM »
In our part of Long Island we now have three restaurants that serve spaghetti squash marinara as an alternative to pasta. One is an an Italian place we haven't tried yet. One is the excellent independent place called the Pit Stop. Most interesting, they now have it at the chain restaurant Ruby Tuesday. The manager told us that this has been very well received. Our quiet revolution is moving forward, US News and World Report be damned.

Parenting / The soft sell
« on: July 17, 2011, 02:35:29 PM »
Our son Bob is a 28 year old librarian (It's in the DNA because we're both librarians). He lives by himself in Flushing, Queens in a 1 bedroom apartment, next to a really good Italian grocery. His initial reaction last year to us going paleo was that we'd dropped off the moon. Then, we let him gently know that I have gone from a size 44 pants to a 40. One more, and I'll be able to swap pants with him. Over the year, when he visited us on weekends (it happens a lot), we served him paleo food exclusively. He thought that spaghetti squash was a totally reasonable substitute for pasta. As he sees me shrink, he gets more and more guilty about the pizza and pancakes that he puts away, and is on a clear path to cutting down on breads of all kinds. At this rate, we'll have him on board in about a year.

Miscellaneous / Caveman anthem, to the tune of American Pie
« on: July 02, 2011, 01:29:22 PM »
Folks, it doens't get any more miscellaneous than this:

Long, long time ago, in a cavern far away
A caveman hankered for a snack
But he knew that he had no chance when he just made a furtive glance
At the food supplies that were not in the back.
He grabbed his spear and then his quiver
In hopes of something to deliver.
He ran out of his doorstep and then took many more steps
I can't remember if he sighed when he saw the creature trying to hide
But something touched him deep inside the day the mammoth died.

He was singin - 'Wham bam, this here paleo man
Eating gators not potaters, nothing out of a can.
He left his cave and let his mighty spear fly
Singin soon there's going to be a steak fry, soon there's going to be a steak fry."

Progress Reports & Photos / My Rebirthday
« on: May 04, 2011, 10:46:33 AM »
Since I never throw out my GMail, I was able to look up the fact that one year ago today my wife sent me an article about the phenomenon of "Wheat Belly." I was eating a bagel at the time, but I have not had one since. Dropped about 20 pounds, particularly around the abdomen, went from 44 to 40 in pants, stopped snoring, and stopped the constant use of antacids, It's all good.

Miscellaneous / The year in Paleo - according to Google Trends
« on: January 19, 2011, 09:05:56 AM »
According to Google trends, it was a very good year for searches about the Paleo Diet - especially near the end of the year. The most Paleo city in America is Austin, if you keep score by the number of searches, followed by Denver & Seatlle. If you pair this with Atkins, they are still much better known, but the cavemen are gaining. See the basic search at

Progress Reports & Photos / It just keeps getting better
« on: January 10, 2011, 01:18:45 PM »
My wife has been Paleo for nearly a year - me since last April. We're celebrating in February for her Re-Birthday. Last week we bought matching leather jackets and wore them to the New York Public Library. Curiously, I have no particular temptation to give this up.
We've both lost something in the range of 20 pounds and in my case lost most of an unsightly abdomen.

Recipes and meal photos / Irish boiling bacon
« on: November 17, 2010, 12:58:04 PM »
I was sent to Ireland four times by my last employer since 2003 and I got to know the food pretty well. Surprisingly, the most common meat staple in Irish grocery stores (at least in the West) is boiling bacon. It is cooked like corn beef and cabbage. We buy them in 4 pound lots from a specialty house in Queens and then halve them and save half in the freezer. It cooks in about 90 minutes, and we alway throw in a bit of Guinness or Harp for good measure. Sublime, and the leftovers make for excellent breadless Reuben sandwiches.
Some American suppliers sell wimped-out boiling bacon with virtually no fat, but the real deal should look something like this:

If you want to try this at an Irish restaurant in America, forget about it. I found one restaurant in San Francisco that has boiling bacon on the menu.

Recipes and meal photos / Breadless sandwiches
« on: October 25, 2010, 12:29:03 PM »
We've now made breadless BLTs, hot dogs and Reuben non-sandwiches. After a while we began to realize that this doesn't change much in the taste department because bread doesn't really taste like much.

Recipes and meal photos / NYC Hot and Cold buffets
« on: October 18, 2010, 07:35:07 AM »
I work in Lower Manhattan, and am blessed with a selection of delicious hot and cold buffets up and down Broadway. About two thirds of the offerings are dead-on Paleo. My favorite, Arome, has fresh avocados every day, as well as fresh berries, oxtails, steamed carrots, cauliflower, collard greens and canteloupe. Life is good!

Introductions / Six months on Paleo
« on: October 18, 2010, 03:46:46 AM »
My wife has been on Paleo since February. Half of her thyroid was removed, and during the recovery she found that certain foods made her throat feel constricted - things like bread and pasta. To her surprise, she started losing signifiicant amounts of weight. Then she found out there was a name for this. After two months, she sent me an article describing the "wheat belly." I read that while I was eating a bagel. It was the last bagel I ever ate. I have lost some weight on this, but the other health benefits have been amazing - stopped using antacids, stopped snoring and greatly reduced my dependence on asthma inhalers. Just generally feel better.
We have joined the very active Paleo group in New York, and that gave us a chance to spend ten minutes chatting with Robb Wolf - priceless.

Here is a shot of the new me and the old me. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Our Paleo blog can be found at

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