You Know…For Kids!
Ok, I don’t straight up rant very often, but I do draw a line when it comes to children. “Heart-Healthy Whole-Grain Cereal” b.s. aside, when it comes to advertising, most companies are pretty blatant about selling crap food to our children. The latest product from PediaSure though cleverly blends the lines and will likely convince an entire generation of parents that feeding their kids sugar and chemicals is the right thing to do. Watch the commercial first: Makes you think “Oh that poor mother, she doesn’t know anything about how to raise a healthy child if all she’s doing is feeding them fast food” Well is the PediSure really all that much better? Take a look at the ingredients list (bolding is mine): WATER, SUGAR (SUCROSE), MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SOY OIL, SHORT-CHAIN FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE; LESS THAN 0.5% OF: CELLULOSE GEL, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, POTASSIUM CITRATE, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL... Continue Reading
LIMITLESS!…But Not Aimless
And definitely not painless. I had the great pleasure of attending a MovNat workshop at Holly Park in San Francisco this past weekend. The workshop was taught by Clifton Harski, a protégé of Erwan Le Corre’s. If you haven’t heard of Erwan or MovNat, watch this video to understand the appeal: Doesn’t that just make you want to get out of your seat and do something? And that was the over-arching feeling of the day; get out there and have fun with moving. MovNat ascribes to three main principles: Natural MovNat is about reconnecting with nature. I grew up indoors,... Continue Reading
Muscle and Fiction
Muscle & Fitness – Eat Like A Caveman – April 2011 In a slight bit of irony, my very last issue of Muscle & Fitness (or Muscle & Fiction as my coach calls it), was also the first one that had any damn sense in it. This article isn’t worth going out and buying a copy of an otherwise useless magazine (yes, I’ve already canceled my subscription) but I’ll provide a synopsis here. In an article entitled “Eat Like A Caveman”, the author lays out the typical logical fallacy that Paleo eaters avoid certain foods because our ancestors didn’t eat... Continue Reading
Easy Peezy Turkish Kabobs
My family and I took a vacation to Turkey back in 2000 and had the most amazing beef köfte kabobs at a small restaurant in Istanbul. Since then, I’ve been trying to replicate them; this is the closest I’ve come yet. Ingredients 1lb grass-fed ground beef 1/2 onion several sprigs of mint 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp paprika 1 Tbsp oregano 1/2 tsp salt dash of black pepper 2 pinches of sage 1/2 tsp ground ginger 2-4 tablespoons of coconut oil, lard, or tallow Directions Cut up the onion, put it in a food processor with the mint and mix... Continue Reading
The Second Coming of Paleo
I am convinced that right now is the greatest time to be a part of the Paleo movement. Between the several podcasts, dozen books, hundreds of blogs and hundreds of thousands of success stories, we’re moving beyond the realm of “lunatic fringe” and “psuedo-science.” This move has been marked by a slew of recent interviews and studies that have shown that Paleo is founded in evolutionary biology, but supported by solid biochemistry and epidemiology. Here are some quick hits you may have missed: Robb Wolf and Art DeVany on Nightline The article entitled “Meet the Caveman Dieters”, and it’s accompanying... Continue Reading
Adventures in Paleo
ast weekend, I had the privilege of attending Robb Wolf’s new Paleo Solution Seminar as well as Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s (or Urban, according to this) Whole9 Foundations of Nutrition Workshop. Both sessions offered an immense amount of valuable information that has solidified my knowledge of how Paleo works on a biochemical level and also how to approach the real-world implementation better. I really enjoyed geeking out with all of them and the other folks there. Here are my thoughts on each day.   Robb Wolf (sans Andy Deas): The Paleo Solution Seminar ‘m a huge fan of Robb’s book and his... Continue Reading
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Slow-Carb and Paleo – Brothers in Arms
im Feriss’ Four-Hour Body (4HB) has been flying off the shelves, and rightly so. He has created quite the compendium on the human body using N=1 experimental techniques and loads of anecdotal research. The heavy emphasis on science and avoiding the foods we shouldn’t be eating are core principles of both Slow-Carb and the Paleo approaches. This quick intro should give you an idea of the many similarities and few differences between the two, as well as how you can adapt any Paleo recipe to fit the 4HB.   No Grains, Dairy or Sugar It’s easy to see that this... Continue Reading
Thai Red Curry
hai is probably the easiest cuisine to eat out Paleo due to all the heart-healthy coconut that is the base of most curries. The hard part to avoid though is the added sugar that sneaks in the kitchen when you aren’t looking. Curries are surprisingly quick and easy and if you eat them out of a bowl, you don’t even miss the rice! Ingredients 1lb skinless, boneless chicken (I use thighs cause they’re delicious!), cut into small chunks 1 can of coconut milk 1 tablespoon of Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste (more if you want it spicier) 2 tablespoons of... Continue Reading
The Power of Coconut
significant component of the Paleo lifestyle is intake of healthy fats. Our bodies run most efficiently when a significant portion of our calories come from saturated fat. Conventional wisdom has told us time and time again that saturated fat leads to heart disease by raising the level of cholesterol in the blood. In truth, saturated fat from grass-fed sources and coconut are heart protective and have been shown to reduce heart attacks and strokes. They are also an excellent fuel source for your body as they are not stored as fat easily. Coconut is by far my favorite source of... Continue Reading
Life After 30……Days
o this isn’t a post about dealing with being another year older (though I am turning 26 next week). This is about what to do with yourself after you’ve finished your 30-Day Paleo Challenge. If you got the most out of your Whole 30, you shouldn’t be craving many of the same foods you used to. If you’re like me, however, and love chocolate, there’s a smart way to incorporate the foods you miss into your life. #1: Careful With Your Gut! You’ve spent 30 days away from all the gut-irritating anti-nutrients you were eating before. Don’t think for a... Continue Reading
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