Did you survive it? The big feast?
Down here in So-Cal on an absolutely gorgeous day, we had 15 or so people here at Bea's parents' place for the standard fare: turkey, stuffing, and all the fixings, snacks, desserts & such. I chipped in to do the green beans (slow cooked with onion and bacon), mashed potatoes (2/3 white & 1/3 white sweets), and the gravy. The gravy was the masterpiece. A nutritional powerhouse, I used all the giblets (heart, liver, gizzard) and the neck meat, chopped fine and reduced with white wine, vegetable stock and chicken stock. In the end, chopped hard boiled egg is added. It's a chunky gravy for the potatoes, the turkey, even the stuffing.
For myself, I managed to get by just fine with very minimal snacks (a few corn tortilla chips & salsa). For dinner, it was simply an enormous amount of turkey (all dark meat), modest potatoes, green beans & gravy. I splurged with a small piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and then a couple of pieces of the best english toffee I have ever had in my life: Sweet Bricks. The peanut butter chocolate is amazing. The proprietors are three siblings raising money for both of their parents' very serious health problems (see 'About' link) and, are longtime friends of Bea's family. So, not Paleo, but as a rare holiday indulgence, not so bad, and a good cause.
I slept well with no issues and felt fabulous this morning, though pretty hungry by 9am. Probably the sugar getting back at me. But, eggs, bacon and chili verde fixed that. Man, I can remember in years past and prior to Paleo that recovery from the Thanksgiving feast took days.
So here's some links for your Holiday enjoyment.
~ Healthy Mind / Fit Body, with whom I did a podcast interview a while back, has put up a list of "The 10 Most Important Blogs You Should Be Reading…if you care about your health." While Free the Animal is on the list these things are, of course, subjective. But, if one of your favorites isn't on the list you are invited to give a mention in comments.
~ Tasha at Voracious is A Vegan No More (the comments from Shiite vegans over there are a real kick; laugh your ass off funny). And in related news, an email just in this morning:
I made up a quick list of all the ailments people are complaining about over at a Raw Food Talk. And this is just recent comments: losing hair, hair thinning, hypothyroidism, teeth rotting, headaches, food cravings, depression, and my favorite, which is that the moderator of the forum is so confused about what to eat and has such an eating disorder that she has been juice fasting for over 140 days straight. She is currently in bed with the "flu" and is too weak to post right now.
I just scrolled down and wrote the ailments of the people over there. Every day, there are problems and ailments. They are all, of course, attributed to "detox". Even if someone were to die, they would say it was "detox".
Ah, what the hell...how about another? Chandelle at Chicken Tender kicked the vegan habit as well.
~ I listened to a bunch of Jimmy Moore podcast interviews in what turned out to be 8 1/2 hours on the road Wednesday. My three favorites were:
- Episode 362: Dr. Frederic Vagnini Presents ‘The Weight Loss Plan For Beating Diabetes
- Episode 363: Get ‘The Paleolithic Solution’ With Fitness And Health Expert Robb Wolf
- Episode 365: Low-Carb Pioneer Dr. Ron Rosedale Focuses On The Role Of Leptin
All three are just great. Vagnini, while a bit off on saturated fat nonetheless is an encyclopedia on diabetes and the spectrum of treatments from diet to nutrition to supplementation to drugs. Robb Wolf is simply an authority on the Paleo lifestyle, is scientifically minded, and somewhat brash like nobody you know. This was the first time I've heard Rosedale, and I've never read any of his books, but what an amazing 100-minute interview. There were lots of surprises in there for me.
~ Food still rots. Even McDonalds'
~ Just as virtually all vegan propaganda is total BULLSHIT!, like meat doesn't digest and rots in your intestines, kids don't naturally like meat (BS: watch this), our digestive tracks resemble that of herbivores and so on, how about the one that meat makes people aggressive? Yep, you guessed it: Total BULLSHIT!
Kachanoff, a researcher with a special interest in evolution at McGill University's Department of Psychology, has discovered quite the reverse. According to research presented at a recent symposium at McGill, seeing meat appears to make human beings significantly less aggressive.
~ And just in case there's not enough vegan bashing in this roundup yet, read "How Steve Pavlina Almost Killed Me."