Christmas at the Cabin

A pic Beatrice took. Rotor is by the fire and Nuke, in the cat bird seat where she likes it. She’s the guardian, though she’s become accustomed to sleeping with me under the covers nearly every night, but only after 3-4PM when she wakes me up with her whine, asking permission. I never turn her……...


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A Most Successful Self-Experiement: Over 18 Months Soap and Shampoo Free

01/04/11: Well it happened again. While Boing Boing didn’t link up this post, Sean Bonner linked up the original one. Bless his heart. And do read his post because he describes his own success with the experiment over the last year, calling it "easily one of the best moves I’ve ever made in my entire……...


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Self-Experimentation Doesn’t Trump Science; It IS Science

Over the last few days I’ve spent significant time catching up on reading some of the newer Paleoish, Low-Carbish diet & fitness books to hit the shelves. Specifically, Rob Wolf’s The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet , Art De Vany’s The New Evolution Diet: What Our Paleolithic Ancestors Can Teach Us about Weight Loss,……...


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Holiday Meals and Breaking News: Neanderthals Ate Hot Pockets

Lots of time on hand up here at 4,500 feet elevation in the Sierras. Things winding down from Christmas with family who depart tomorrow and then will rev up again on Friday when another set of family show up for the New Year festivities. Cooking meals is, of course, a big part of the enjoyment….…...


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Roasted Pork and Braised Cabbage from the Fifth Worst Cookbook in the World

Indications are that I might be putting up a decent amount of food porn this week. So far we’ve been eating very well. When we left San Jose the other day I filled a box with a number of things from my Marin Farms CSA so I do have lots of things to cook. Last night……...


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Not Sunday; Not Rock; Emmylou Harris: a Wrecking Ball Selection

So how many people are going to embed Bing, Johnny, Nat…maybe even Burl or Mitch Miller doing the great Christmas classics? Not me. Simple and quick: An amazingly beautiful woman performing an amazingly beautiful song live. Emmylou, from Wrecking Ball: Goodbeye. Pastured pork leg is in the crock pot and braised cabbage in the oven….…...


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Lamb Feast & Season’s Greetings

Arrived up in the mountains yesterday afternoon to enjoy a relatively quiet season through the new year. The large family get together was last weekend and tomorrow, we’ll have a few family over. I’m probably not going to do anything fancy for Christmas dinner. Maybe a simple pot roast. Or, maybe my brother will bring……...


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I Get Email From a UK Heart Surgeon

Whilst engaging in cooking on last Saturday and entertaining family for an early Christmas dinner — periodically checking email — I received a missive from a new heart surgeon in training in the UK. He took umbrage with my derogatory remarks directed at another UK heart surgeon some time ago. I need to advise you that your……...


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Meat Mastery

According to Martin Berkhan, "Richard is a skilled practitioner of meat mastery." Well, let’s see; you be the judge. We had early Christmas yesterday because some family members are out of town next weekend. I decided to do a boneless prime rib roast. 13.5 pounds. Here we are, ready for the oven. Click all images……...


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Chris Masterjohn on Religion and Paleo

It’s been nearly a month since I posted on Jimmy Moore’s raising of the subject of potential conflicts between low-carb and paleo lifestyles and religion. I was surprised to see Chris Masterjohn take up a bit of his time to get involved in the comment thread. At any rate, apparently the topic interests him enough……...


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Search 5 Million Print Books in Microseconds

Damn that John Durant. Just as I was beginning to get a handle on all my tasks he comes up with something that’s just too fun not to play with. It’s Google’s search engine for the millions of books they’ve digitized over the years. John explains. Google has been digitizing books for years now, and……...


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Leangains: The Dietary Approach

You can find the previous post in this series that discusses the workouts, right here.

I’m not going to lie to you: this could be the most controversial post of the Leangains series. I suppose the reason for that, were I to sum it up, is that the readership of this blog largely focusses on those with current or formerly damaged and broken metabolisms, and Martin Berkhan’s approach does not seem to zero in on that — at least from my perspective. A low-carb predisposition is an understandable aspect of my readership and in Martin’s case, low-carb, while being a valuable tool anyone can use, is not a requirement for all.

So I think it’s fair to say that a lot of paleo / Primal practitioners out there might not necessarily see eye to eye with all the Leangains approach to diet prescribes. But I also see this as a temporary thing for me. I simply want to get as lean as I want to be and then carry on more or less as before, though with a Leangains informed approach, which I might sum up as: lift really heavy; briefly, a couple times a week, eat lots of meat, and go good & hungry for some period almost every day. Also, from my perspective, I see Martin as highly supportive of paleo principles, but with some added tweaks owing to what he knows about the science of nutrition and conditioning.


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The Latest Uh-Oh for the Vegetarians and Vegans: Creatine

So guess where you get Creatine? If you’re a gorilla, ape, vegetarian or vegan you might have a problem because it’s not an essential nutrient, as it is manufactured in the human body from L-arginine, glycine, and L-methionine BUT, in human animals and other animals, approximately half of stored creatine originates from food (mainly from meat)….…...


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Sunday Rock Prog Rock

This one took a bit of searching. I had something in mind, took a while to zero in on. So, let me ask you; you know Kansas, right. Who doesn’t…Cary On Wayward Son? And while I’ve always loved that song, it’s not really Kansas. Here’s Kansas — The Pinnacle — in 9+ wonderful minutes, in……...


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Happy Bah Humbug

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Weekend Links & Quick Hits: Gary Taubes, Art De Vany, Denise Minger, The China Study, Chris Masterjohn and Real Results

~ Gary Taubes finally has a blog. Of course, you would have to have had been asleep under a rock not to already know that by now. His first and as of yet, only post — The Inanity of Overeating — has racked up 250 comments so far. And his new book, Why We Get……...


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Braised Lamb Shank and Grassfed Potroast…and Erwan LeCore

Awaiting Roger Waters & The Wall show time like a 4-yr-old getting his first bicycle from Santa, and continuing on the theme of never being too busy to source good food, here’s some more recent meals. Braised Lamb Shank The taters were half white & sweet. Then I reduced the braise sause. Grassfed Potroast Wow. That……...


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A Little bit of everything including Food Porn, but mostly Roger Waters & The Wall

To say that I’ve languished at blogging would be an understatement though, at the same time, it has forced me into writing blogs that are different than I normally do — and I’m embracing it. So this will be diverse. First, I’m just working a lot. After essentially a 7 year vacation from my company,……...


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One for those missing the food porn

I usually don’t even bother to read most of the "inspirational" emails many people seem to have an irresistible urge to email out to everyone in their address book, but the one I got last night regarding the New Year caught my eye. …So much so that I thought I’d share it as a prelude……...


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