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Messages - terryballard

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Miscellaneous / Re: Paleo Recipe search engine
« on: January 31, 2012, 10:10:30 AM »
Following a recipe is not paleo since written language has only existed for 8,000 years.

Yes, but it's well known that French caves had paintings with step-by-step directions for making duck confit.

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 / Re: Potluck rant
« on: November 03, 2011, 08:36:42 AM »
And another good idea is the Paleo Breakfast bar. It's in Mark Sisson's first cookbook - here is something very similar:

Miscellaneous / Re: Signs that restaurants have put us on their radar
« on: September 16, 2011, 12:13:57 PM »
good news :) Did he say why they had done it? Might think they are serving those with wheat allergies for instance.

No, but I'll make it a point to ask next time we go there. 

Miscellaneous / Re: Signs that restaurants have put us on their radar
« on: September 16, 2011, 12:12:49 PM »
That's interesting. We shred cauliflower and substitute it for rice, an idea we got from Sisson. I've tried mashed parsnips as a potato sub. I like parsnips anyway, but Donna doesn't and says you can't hide the taste.

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 / Re: Anyone want a google plus invite?
« on: July 10, 2011, 06:10:09 PM »
You bet the cave I do.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Day 3, Is this normal?
« on: July 04, 2011, 10:34:37 AM »
My experience was that after switching to paleo a year ago, I was drinking far less coffee, but much more bottled water. For one thing, I was more energetic in the afternoons, so I didn't have to keep pumping myself up with caffein. Stay the course - it's worth it.

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."

Miscellaneous / Re: How long have you been doing Paleo?
« on: May 28, 2011, 10:33:00 AM »
How long have you been doing Paleo and why did you start?
Just over one year ago. My wife sent me an article about wheat belly and I looked down. Haven't looked back.

What changes have you experienced?
Almost no reliance on antacids.
Stopped snoring
Less use of asthma inhalers
Lost 20 pounds
Feel better.

Have you experienced any bad side effects?

Progress Reports & Photos / Re: My Rebirthday
« on: May 05, 2011, 06:57:57 AM »
Don't you love those commercials that say (correctly) that your favorite food is fighting you? Their solution - take a pill.
Thank heaven we've found a better way.

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.

Introductions / Re: Howdy
« on: April 28, 2011, 10:35:19 AM »
Heartburn was one of the first things to go when I took the Paleo plunge nearly a year ago. My wife and I both were on the "Rolaids Diet," Popping antacids at least once or twice a day. Now if I take one a week that's an event.

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