It was a weekend too busy for blogging, with a couple of home projects, getting started and well into Mark’s book, The Primal Blueprint (so far: I think it’s going to be the ‘go to’ book), and a little cooking. There’s quite a number of interesting comments on my last post that figured largely on the subject of cholesterol. I think it’s important to understand that we are all different and aren’t necessarily going to have the same lipid numbers even on largely the same diets. I see lots of signs that people are stressing out about it. They are feeling great, have dropped a ton of weight, the one big sign they are on the right track is the typical huge drop of triglycerides, but then they go and worry and beat themselves up because total cholesterol went up, and/or they are not getting the numbers they want in LDL or HDL. Some have gone on to get NMR LipoProfile testing done and are not happy about their particle size and mix. So, with that in mind, let me paste here some wise words from reader and commenter Don Matesz, who also blogs at Primal Wisdom. Let’s not forget…
Entries from June 2009
June 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment · Health & Fitness, Politics & Culture
June 1st, 2009 · 6 Comments · Success Stories
Tim Ranitsch, featured in this former post, send me a couple of photos. On the left is his much larger self at 225 and on the right, at 170. While he lost most of his weight doing a standard dieting approach, he reports feeling much better and more natural on the paleo path the last nine months. It never ceases to amaze me how getting down to a normal weight transforms a person’s face. Great job, Tim, even if you used conventional dieting (starvation and food obsession) to get there. Now you’re in a great place for life.
June 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment · No Particular Category
I can’t help but notice that the 2nd most popular search (top of the right sidebar) is for “baldness.” Amusing, as, while I have blogged about innumerable things — many of them numerous times, I’ve only mentioned baldness a single time, and it was in a link roundup, right here, top-a-the-stack. I guess Dr. Mercola’s interested in the topic as well. Alright; two posts about baldness: CHECK.
June 1st, 2009 · 9 Comments · Recipes
Here’s one thing I cooked this weekend. Lets begin with the grilling (you can click on the images for the full versions). That’s a pork loin on the barbie. The foil is for capturing the juices (i.e., fat) as well as for indirect heating. What you don’t see, as it’s obscured by meat and onion, is the four slots in each loin, wherein I have stuffed garlic cloves and fresh rosemary. In the meantime, let’s prep the sauce. In goes two (there’s only one showing, but it was two eventually) cubes of my bone stock, a T each of duck fat, leaf lard, and butter. Can you take a wild guess at what I thickened it with? Of course, the fat juices from the cooked loin went in as well. How about paprika (about 2T) and a dash of cayenne? So, here’s the final result, sliced up, plattered, and sauced. You can see the garlic and rosemary if you look close. For me, is was one of the more satisfying dishes I’ve made recently. This, salad, and some watermelon was enough. Well, not entirely. My friend’s wife was away, along with mine, for the weekend and we finished off all…
June 2nd, 2009 · 5 Comments · Recipes
Last night’s dinner. I began this about 3:30. Use your favorite dry rub, and rather than really coat it, use a pretty light brushing, both sides. Then wrap securely in foil, place in a baking pan with a mesh so that it’s off the bottom of the pan, and get it in the oven at 250 for three hours. I’ve done 200 for four hours and the results are similar. When done, let it rest for 10 minutes or so, unwrap, move the accumulated juices (fat) to a saucepan, and begin reducing. I add in some chili powder, paprika, cayenne and sometimes some cumin, mustard, or various other spices. You can also do jalapeno, onion, garlic, and strain it or don’t. I’ve also used a good quality bottled BBQ sauce, added to the drippings in a proportion of about 2/3 dripping to 1/3 sauce. You could also make your own low-sugar sauce. As the sauce was reducing on low, I fired up the grill on high and did each side about three minutes or so. Plater it and dump the sauce on, or serve the sauce on the side. This came out fall apart tender.
June 3rd, 2009 · 5 Comments · No Particular Category
Here’s something new I’l be doing. Throughout the course of any given day, I see lots of stuff I’d like to call attention to, and some, I do — via Facebook, Twitter, and my shared Google items. However, making them available via blog posts is problematic because I end up with dozens of links, have to choose between them and procrastinate, and then end up doing something else. What I’ll do is simply keep a compose window open and toss them in when they come up. When I get six or more, I’ll publish and begin a new one. I’ll sometimes offer brief commentary. ~ Is the gluten in wheat like morphine? Dr. Davis thinks so. ~ Hey, the mainstream gets it right on vitamin D. Advising 2,000 to 3,000 IU per day is a pretty big step for keepers of the conventional wisdom for the unconfused consumption of the masses. ~ Can intermittent fasting (IF) regenerate brain matter and stimulate production of neurons from stem cells? Reboot your brain. ~ “…much of the evolutionary process in cancer could be arrested at the outset by maintaining vitamin D adequacy. According to Garland, other scientists have found that the cells adhere…
June 3rd, 2009 · 33 Comments · Health & Fitness
If you harbor any doubt that the American Diabetes Association is the arch enemy of all diabetics everywhere, all the time and in all situations, look no further than Jay’s comment to a post over on Art’s subscription blog. Friday I stopped by the local office of American Diabetes Association to pick up materials for the Tour de Cure bike ride. Participants were stopping in all day to register for the event. There were Dunkin Donuts available for anyone. There were large bags of M&Ms to be given to participants on race day. I was shocked! This is the ADA and they are giving out donuts! Saturday was the bike ride. I road 100k. I road for fun not exercise. I went slow by biking standards I’m sure. I met a “pre-diabetic”. He looked slim by diabetes standards. I thought he a type 1 like myself. I told him about EF and my diet. When he told me that he rides his bike daily(over 100m/wk) and can’t do it without carbs I realized his pre-diabetes will likely become full blown. He is what I’d call “skinny-fat”. He is consuming large amounts of carbs to fuel long/slow exercise. His pancreas is…