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In a moment of synchronicity, both Mark Sisson and Melissa McEwen have posts which (though you might not guess it from the titles) end up discussing the idea of using paleo principles as a basis for ongoing self-experimentation:

Hunt. Gather. Love: Why Paleo Didn't Fix My IBS

But people are always asking me to do an IBS post or series. And I kind of can't because it's been just all one weird experiment of me trying to figure out what I can tolerate and at what level. That's why I'm such a huge proponent of self-experimentation and not such a huge fan of dietary dogma.

Mark's Daily Apple: How Much Have Human Dietary Requirements Evolved in the Last 10,000 Years?

What we do know is that people seem to do really well eating this way, and if they don’t, if they move beyond strict Primal to include some rice or some properly prepared grains or legumes, the point is that they used evolutionary reasoning as a jump off point. And really, that’s the point: it’s a foundation upon which we can build a pretty diverse, fairly all-inclusive diet that appeals to just about everyone. In fact, when I look at a lot of people’s Primal journeys, it kind of resembles human dietary evolution. They begin with the basics – meat, poultry, vegetables, nuts, some fruit, the traditional Primal Blueprint eating plan – and it goes very well. {...} As time goes on, they might experiment with different additions or subtractions. They add some tubers. It works out, their workouts improve. They try some dairy. Fermented dairy agrees with them, but regular does not. They switch out some chicken for more seafood and red meat. They lean out and blood lipids improve. They remove all chicken and replace with shellfish. They improve even more. They – gasp! – add a bit of wild rice after big workouts. Strength gains continue, leanness persists. So on and so forth. And, of course, every person’s path is unique.
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[personal profile] 0jack
Does anyone have suggestions for preparing organ meats?  I love liver... lightly breaded and fried in butter with onions. <.<;;; *cough* 

While I'm happy to assign that into my 20% bucket, I'd rather find some new ways to prepare organ meats.  So y'all know, I will never eat tripe unless it's deep fried... preferably with some hot sauce for dipping.  I am too sensitive for kidneys.  

So, liver and heart?  I really do like liver when I'm low on iron.  I'd actually eat it raw if I could get it fresh and safe, but I'd eat any meat raw if I could get it fresh and safe.  I just ate a huge plate of it cooked, but as I said, soaked in milk and then dredged in starches.  I could try coconut flour?  What else?

The dogs are all for me eating more organ meats because they get the trimmed bits. *g*  
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In the opposite vein of [personal profile] mac's post, is anyone else here doing the Whole30 this month? I want to transition to eating more paleo - and this vacation to my mom's house has cemented that desire. She's a carbavore, and my gut has been yelling at me for about three days straight. I wasn't 100% at home, but I was moving closer and closer to it over the last two months. Now I really want to dive into it when I get home.

But, I won't be starting till a few days after I get home. I have to kitchen-purge and go shopping before I go full force. I looked up the farmer's market that's open the day after we get home, so I'll have to get up extra early to hit it up. There are benefits to living in Austin, and that is year-round Farmer's Market produce.

My biggest problem is eating out or eating at a friend's house. I really don't want to be rude, but I'm going to have to buck up.
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[personal profile] 0jack
Anyone else reading doing partial paleo eating?  I simply can't do it all the time, due to ridiculously extensive food allergies, a strained relationship with meat & fish (I used to be vegetarian and still am not over having to go back to meat-eating), and mental/physical disabilities that make it hard to do anything other than comfort-food basics sometimes.

I am interested in starting with several paleo meals a week (I am hoping to build up to a couple paleo days a week) to drill paleo basics into my "stand-by" memory (you know, how you can cook what you learned to do when you were 12 in your sleep).  I figure if I just prepare a few things often enough, I'll start to default to better cooking.  Part of this is my "replace willpower with habit" campaign for the year, too. 

If anyone else is up for a half-assed-by-necessity run at paleo, let me know. I'd love to hear from you.

A second question for y'all: Is maca flour paleo-friendly?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maca  
Maca is a Peruvian root vegetable used by humans and livestock. It's got all kinds of weird and wonderful medicinal properties and the flour is equivalent to cereal grain flours in nutritional value. I just picked up a scoop of it and want to give it a go.
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I made this the other day, and it's been fabulous. It's been a great accompaniment to my breakfast.

recipe in here )
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For anyone who's heard me whinging in the past few years about how Vivo Barefoot shoes used to be so much more barefoot before they changed the soles -- they've brought the old soles back on a few models, the Aqua Lite and Lucy Lite.

So if you're looking for an extremely thin and flexible (but more or less indestructible*) sole, check them out.


{*I'm still wearing my old Vivos from years ago, because the soles have not worn out despite years of constant wear on London pavements. With one pair, the lining and uppers finally wore out while the soles still have plenty of use left in them; I'm planning to construct a new pair of shoes round them.}
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The New York Times reports on some interesting research on people transitioning to "barefoot" shoes:

Tara Parker-Pope: Are Barefoot Shoes Really Better?

Take-home message seems to be that they do reduce the risk of injury in runners -- if you adjust your running form. If you don't, though, then you can injure yourself in new and exciting ways.
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If you made these with honey instead of sugar, I believe they'd be technically paleo (and the original Greek yoghurt version would be primal):

Link to recipe in my DW.

Still a sweet treat food, of course, but it's nice to be able to make your own from quality ingredients.
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Please excuse the terrible quality of the photograph and the apocalyptic mess of a desk on which my feet are propped, and focus on the sandals:


I made these from a kit from InvisibleShoe.com, who will sell you a sheet of 4mm Vibram Cherry rubber and a pair of nylon laces, and provide the instructions on their website.

I modified said instructions slightly: I decided that rubber against bare skin was going to be unpleasant in the heat and used Shoe Goo to attach a layer of denim from my rag bag, leaving it rough around the edges (because I like the look and because I'm lazy), and I pulled a loop of lace through the toe hole rather than a single strand so I could modify the tying system and make them simpler to take on and off.

I'm really pleased with how they've turned out. It's taken a few days of wear for the lump of the knot under the sole to flatten out, and for me to learn how to wear them (mysteriously, it's easier to walk with them laced more loosely), but they're now very comfy and I expect them to be my standard wear when it's too hot for shoes.

If you're in a climate which is sandal-friendly at any point in the year, this could be a good cheap way of trying out barefoot shoes and seeing how they work for you.
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Hi, all!

I'm on the look out for a good, uncomplicated buckwheat bread recipe. I'm concerned that buckwheat bread can get dry - I'm picky about textures, and dislike foods that are too dry generally. I figure adding fruit would help - like, a couple baked pears or something.

I've found a couple promising recipes for kasha (buckwheat porridge) but I'm definitely interested in any suggestions or tips you all might have. I've never cooked buckwheat before! 
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The NY Times has an article on the controversy about the health benefits and/or risks of coconut oil, plus an assortment of recipes:

Links here.
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[personal profile] rydra_wong
This is interesting:

f.lux: Better lighting ... for your computer

As people with light boxes will know, it's thought that blue light in particular plays a key role in setting your circadian clock, which is why it's recommended for use in the morning.

But computers (and TV screens) emissions contain a lot of blue light -- even more than daylight does. Therefore, it's been suggested that sitting in front of your computer in the evening might not be the best possible thing for your sleep.

f.lux is a nifty little piece of freeware that aims to solve this. You put in your geographical location, and after sunset in your area, the program "warms" the colour display of your computer screen, reducing its blueness (there's an easy option to disable it temporarily if you want to do anything involving precision colour work).

It may be the placebo effect, but I started using it several days ago and have found myself getting sleepy at an ordinary time in the evening (which is unusual for me; normally I get exhausted but not sleepy, and often have trouble sleeping) and then sleeping like a log.

Anyway, if you have sleep problems or want to improve your sleep quality, I'd definitely recommend experimenting with this. It might also be relevant to some people with mood disorders, given how strongly SAD and bipolar in particular seem to be affected by light and circadian issues (and given the number of us crazy people who have sleep problems).

(O mod, could we have a "sleep" tag?)
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I gather that whether or not you can buy wild game depends very much on your location. But if you have the option, it's definitely worth investigating it.

It tends to be preferable to farmed meat from a health perspective, and there are sometimes benefits from an animal welfare perspective: some of it is from populations that need to be culled in order to survive, and I like the idea that an animal I'm eating has had the chance to have a natural and interesting life in the wild before its death.

Ingredients (per person, all approximate):

250g wild pigeon breasts
about 50g salad leaves (sharp tastes are good here -- think rocket/arugula, mizuna, or mustard-y leaves)
a handful of blueberries
a handful of chopped walnuts
maybe a pear, cored and sliced
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
walnut oil if you have it
olive oil

Throw the leaves, nuts and fruit into a bowl (or onto a plate). If you have walnut oil on hand, it's nice to drizzle a bit over the top, but the recipe will work fine without it.

Cut the pigeon breasts into bite-sized chunks. Grease a frying pan with a bit of olive oil (or your oil/fat of choice) and saute them quickly, then tip them on top of the salad.

Finally, pour over a tsp or two of balsamic vinegar, to taste.
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250 crab claws (prepared)
bunch pak choi
small red pepper
optional onion (about half a small onion?)
2-3 teaspoons coconut oil (or cooking oil/fat of your choice)
teaspoon curry powder of your choice
1 lump of ginger, 3 cloves of garlic (a small chili pepper might not go amiss either, depending on your preferences and the heat of your curry powder)

Peel the ginger and mince it and the garlic and optional chili. Slice the pak choi, pepper, and optional onion.

Heat a wok to cooking heat (the rule of thumb I learned was that the right heat has been reached when a drop of water flicked onto the surface of the wok will "dance").

Add the coconut oil, then, as soon as it's melted, the crab claws, ginger, garlic and curry powder (and optional chili). Stir.

After the crab claws have been cooking for 3-4 minutes, add the vegetables, keep stirring, and cook for a couple more minutes.

Note: chopsticks are very useful for extracting the bits of meat at the tip of the claws from inside the shell.
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1) If you're looking for an alternative to wheat flour, you might consider acorns. Pro: nice nutty flavor, fairly nutritious, if ground finely makes a delicious bread (there's a couple variations here), high in omega 6. Con: work intensive to make (you have to leech tanins out of most varieties) and difficult to source prepared acorn flour, not ideal if you need a diet lower in fat.

2) Has anyone made buckwheat bread? Buckwheat porridge? I really like buckwheat soba noodles, though everywhere I've found them so far they're pretty expensive. Any other suggestions for how to prepare buckwheat? 

3) The book on paleo diets I requested from the library still isn't available, so a basic question: how do people on the paleo diet get enough complex carbs, or is that not really a concern?

4) Cattails seem to be paleo-friendly. You can eat the root, spikes, corms, pollen (which apparently can be used like flour), and seeds. Apparently cattails get incredible yields. There's info here, but I haven't done any research besides (so far). Cattails grow wild in many regions - the concern there is whether there's anything toxic in the soil or water, so if there isn't lots of plant and animal life in the body of water it's growing in or near, you probably shouldn't eat it. Also, there are near-relatives which appear similar to cattails but which are poisonous. The article I link to above tells you what they are and how to identify them, as well as the various parts of teh plant that are edible at different times of year and some suggestions for preparation.

5) Related to #2, what kinds of bread are paleo-friendly? Specifically, I want to make sandwiches and toast.
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I'm thrilled to find this comm! \o/

I was informed I am gluten "intolerant" by my nutritionist back in September. I do cleansing fasts regularly (twice a year) so I went on a five day juice fast to clear everything out of my system and was going to go wheat free after that. In the meantime, though, I discovered the paleo/primal lifestyle paradigm and decided to try that instead of re-creating my prior diet with gluten-free processed food.

The changes in my health were astounding - I never realized just how much my problems were linked to my food. I wrote about my experiences in my blogpost My Primal Lifestyle which discusses how going paleo/primal improved my sleep, my energy levels, my skin, and...well, everything!

I'm still overweight and unfit due to several years of self-destructive behavior, but I'm finally seeing changes in how I feel and look. Living this way is easy for me because I don't ever want to feel as terrible as I used to every day.

My biggest hurdle now is incorporating more body movement; I'm a grad school student and my main "job" is writing, so I spend most of my day sitting down. I've picked up yoga again, and I started jogging, but I need to remember to stand up out of the damn chair more often throughout the day! argh!

Personal goals include becoming very physically fit because I want to go hiking and skiing again, and learn to surf (life long dream) and tap dance. There is so much I want to DO, and I know that living paleo/primal is the only its going to happen. I really do feel great.

Look forward to hearing more from people here! ♥

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Hey, all!

As part of a paleo-esque shift in my diet, I've cut dairy almost entirely out of my diet with the exception of yogurt and I'm wondering about paleo-friendly foods that are high in calcium. What are your suggestions? Recipes also welcome.
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[personal profile] rydra_wong
stone soup: minimalist home cooking is an excellent cooking blog I've been following for a while ([syndicated profile] stonesoup_feed): it's focused on recipes that use only 5 or fewer ingredients, and take less than 10 minutes to prepare.

Well, the blogger has been experimenting with Paleo for a month, and reports here (with some nifty meal ideas):

how to eat like paleolithic man and get more vegetables in your diet

ETA: A 4-ingredient and technically Primal recipe I posted recently: honey yoghurt chocolate truffles
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