Here’s three things I ate while in San Francisco this weekend, just so you know you don’t have to go too far astray when dining out. Late lunch at The Daily Grill on Saturday. A salad with their own blue cheese dressing, seared ahi tuna, flash fried spinach (fantastic; have got to try to duplicate) and some pickled cucumbers. Then, a party at the home of friends in the Marina district that night. Our mutual friend and chef, Simon, catered, as he does every year. In addition to the unbelievable shrimp, scallops, foie gras, and other delectables that I didn’t get pictures of, I did manage to snap this of two pieces out of about five of rack of lamb I ate. To die for. It was the second time I had rack of lamb this week, the first being the night of my birthday. My wife and a friend went shopping, and they did all the work. Finally, breakfast at Cafe Mason on Sunday morning. Steak, eggs, garlic roasted tomato and excellent black coffee.
Entries from February 2009
February 2nd, 2009 · 5 Comments · Recipes
February 2nd, 2009 · 8 Comments · Health & Fitness, Success Stories
This comment came through on an older post from November on evolutionary nutrition. Let me quote Marisa. Hi! I stumbled upon this “paleo” eating quite by accident. I have a gluten/casein allergy that has wreaked havoc on my health, and has induced autistic symptoms in one of my children. Since removing it from our diet, my eczema has abated, and my child’s ability to cross-pattern appeared for the first time, along with her toe-walking (symptom of neurological damage) being a thing of the past … except when we get wheat contamination, and then she walks around like a ballerina again. (along with the diarrhea, aggression, and general malaise) We experiemented with the whole GFCF (gluten-free/casein-free) world of other grains, but literally spent a fortune. In the hopes of reeling in the finances, I dropped all the “fun” foods, and stuck to non-allergenic foods that were readily available to us: grass-fed, organic beef, pork, chicken, vegetables, nuts, organic oils (EVOO, coconut and palm mostly), coconut milk, and some fruits (thank god for Whole Foods). Because of our leaky guts I shied away from legumes (mold). Well, there you have it: the paleo diet. As we progressed along this line, I was…
February 2nd, 2009 · 44 Comments · Health & Fitness
Two articles on fasting in today’s LA Times, and both are very good in large part. Running on empty: the pros and cons of fasting “There is something kind of magical about starvation,” says Dr. Marc Hellerstein, a professor of endocrinology, metabolism and nutrition at UC Berkeley, who studies fasting. Adds Mark P. Mattson, chief of the laboratory of neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging: “In normal health subjects, moderate fasting — maybe one day a week or cutting back on calories a couple of days a week — will have health benefits for most anybody.” Mattson is among the leading researchers on the effects of calorie restriction and the brain. [...] “We’ve been finding that putting an animal on a reduced-calorie diet for a couple of weeks dramatically slows cell proliferation rates,” Hellerstein says. “This is the case in pretty much every tissue you look at: prostate, skin, colon, liver, lymphocytes.” Intermittent fasting and calorie restriction have also been shown in animals to reduce cognitive decline in diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, Mattson says. [...] Among 448 people surveyed, intermittent fasting was associated with more than a 40% reduction in heart disease risk. Fasting was…
February 3rd, 2009 · 9 Comments · Health & Fitness
They can get real strong, can endure. They can kick ass. Here, take a look at the short video from the 2008 Crossfit Games. Near as I can tell, those are 45 pound plates on a 45 pound bar, so 135 pounds altogether. And those pull-ups can be excruciating, I can tell you. Put them both together in a timed competition and that’s really something. I got that from Chris at FitnessFail who does a good job contrasting the model “look” verses the healthy and fit look, as displayed by the women in that video. As regards Miranda Kerr and Marissa Miller: OK, does anyone actually think the latter two are attractive? Am I really this out of touch with what most people are into? With both of the above women, I see insanely thin people with no body (besides cleavage) and no muscle definition. They’re nearly certainly what I’d call “skinny fat” I.e they’re overly thin, but the have no muscle to them and are still a bit soft. I’m sure this would be more apparent if the blemishes were not airbrushed out. The both have arms that look like skin over bones…. Again, maybe my own taste is…
February 3rd, 2009 · 14 Comments · Health & Fitness
I haven’t talked much about this in a while, but on the heals of yesterday’s post on fasting, Andy left a comment referencing a post by Rusty Moore of Fitness Black Book. Fasted Workouts and Fasted Cardio vs EPOC – For Fat Loss For the longest time, I didn’t understand why I had more energy after fasting. I have my most productive hardcore workouts after fasting for 5-18 hours. If I ate anything in that 4-5 hour window before training, the workouts just weren’t as intense. Ori Hofmekler explained where this “hidden” energy source came from…the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS). Go over and read more about the SNS. As readers know, I have been working out fasted (18-30 hours) for a bit more than a year, now. I can’t imagine doing it any other way. As an added benefit, take a cold plunge or sit in a totally cold bathtub after the workout, for as long as you can stand (in the summer, I somtimes remain in the 50ish degree water for 10 minutes). Then, don’t eat until you’re actually hungry, which, for me, is usually a couple of hours after the workout.
February 3rd, 2009 · 8 Comments · No Particular Category
Reader Andrew sends a question in email. After discovering I was Celiac, I found Celiac.com, then the Paleo diet, then Art De Vany’s Blog, then yours. Thanks for the blog. I’ve got a quick question that I couldn’t figure out where to post. I’m still pretty new to the Paleo diet. It’s been working great, but I want to make sure I’m not [edited] myself up. So I know that we probably can’t get more than 35% of our calories from protein (I guess the kidneys fry?), but even if I eat 20% of my calories as plants, this leaves 80% of my calories coming from meat. If I eat 20% complex carbs, 30% protein, then 50% of my carbs to come from fat, right? Where do I get the fat from? Should I simply eat a lot of avacados and olive oil? Or does most meat have enough fat that it’s not a problem? Andrew: You’re exactly right. Now, your kidneys won’t fry at all; you will simply find yourself incapable of overdosing on meat (i.e., you’ll eventually get sick and puke). Yes, explicitly: fat is the secret to success. This is why I eat both fatty and lean…
February 3rd, 2009 · 3 Comments · Politics & Culture
If you’re a type 2 diabetic, the standard medical treatment of insulin supplementation is based on your continuing to eat a diet “rich in whole grains,” sugar, junk, and so on. In essence, you’re supplementing with a powerful hormone that does all sorts of damage to tissues long term, so you can eat cake, pie, bread, candy, sodas, etc. You’re taking a drug in order to eat inferior, less nutritious (or anti-nutritious) food. It’s that factual; that simple. Now, I certainly imagine a need for insulin supplementation for some few people, but I doubt most. Dr. Bernstein’s free forum, for instance, is chalk full of former type 2 diabetics who became more knowledgeable than the doctors treating them, cut out the junk, went high fat, and cured their diabetes. Natural dietary fat is the key and secret. The root cause of America’s obesity and diabetes epidemic is ignorant fear of fat. Now, today, a couple of readers send me a link to a BBC article. Alzheimer’s ‘is brain diabetes’ When I saw the title, I assumed it might be something to substantiate what we Paleo types continually drone on about: eat a nutritious diet, one that does not include non-nutritious,…