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6.27.2011

These moms are NUTS!

Today my boys had (yet) another event/potluck/picture day for their swim team.  I'm telling you having your kids on a swim team in Northern Virginia is, in itself, a fool full-time job.  I'm all for having my kids in activities, but this is getting borderline ridiculous from a time investment point of view.  But I digress.

For this event, all parents were tasked with bringing something to the potluck.  My wife then informs me that we were assigned the responsibility of bringing donuts.  DONUTS!?!  To a paleo person, that's akin to bringing a carton of Marlboro Lights. SMOKE UP JOHNNY!  But whatever, I kept my mouth shut and agreed to do so, because in some moron's mind, donuts somehow constitute a nutritional breakfast for growing children.  (remember the hardest part of Primal Living: don't preach)

Anywhoo, so I show up to this little shindig with our pack of cigarrettes box of donuts and I had to machete my way through carb-filled, grain-infested foods...4 tables worth.  I wish I had a chance to photo the tables, because you all would have flipped your paleolithic lids!  Bran muffins, cupcakes, potatoes, fruit, fruit slathered in whipped cream, sugar, and syrup.  My head was about to explode.  However, that wasn't the worst part.

Typical plates at this breakfast potluck.

 
mmmm...diabetes cha cha cha!

Much to my horror, I walk up to the donut station to hand it to one of the volunteer parents only to find 3 long lawn chairs (the 7 foot long kind) laid out and completely topped with donuts.  I mean, every variety you can imagine, 2,3,4 stories high worth of boxes.  It was insane!  The local Dunkin' Donuts must've been like "What the F is going on around here?"  So I hand the mom my contributed box of Camels Donuts, and she pauses and looks at me judgementally.

From there, the conversation goes a little something like this:
Her: "Uh-oh, did you bring gloves?"
Me: (puzzled) "Gloves?  Are you sick?"
Her: "No, because of the contamination?"
Me: "Is there some kind of donut e. coli recall?  I'm sorry I haven't been watching the news."
Her: "No, because of the nuts"  (We had peanuts on 2 of the donuts)
Me:  "Uh, no..are you expecting someone to go in to anaphylaxic shock?"
Her:  Looking at me like I'm crazy.
Me:  Looking at her like she's an uneducated dipshit.
Her:  Places it on the ground several feet behind the recently assembled "Great Wall of Donuts."
Me:  Shakes head, walks away, says out loud "Read a book".

Forgive my smugness, but these people are out of their ever-loving minds.  Never mind the mound of sugar-filled poison you have in front of you.  Never mind the fact that I'm surround by obese kids, many prediabetic, with ADD, piling sweets on their plate(s).  Never mind the fact that we have meat, and cold eggs sitting at 80 degrees, in the sun, out in the open, with flies and gnats crawling on them.  Never mind that the percentages of MRSA and VRE colonized hands touching said food are abound in greater amounts than peanuts.  But YOU'RE concerned with PEANUT ALLERGIES?!?!

Only 1% of the US has nut allergies.  Less than 1% of have the potential for anaphalaxic reaction (as opposed to small allergic reactions)  Less than 1% of the anaphalaxic reactions result in death.  And those percentages are based on "Nut Allergies" not even Peanut allergies.  So the numbers for peanut-only allergies are even more favorable.  Paranoid much?

And as for the contamination factor, the percentages of reaction to trace amounts (proteins that travel into the air from donuts with peanuts onto other donuts) are ridiculously small.  And to have a sensitivity to peanuts so severe that trace amounts would cause a deadly reaction are probably so small, it's hardly quantifiable.  And if your child DOES have such a problem, you'd know, and you certainly wouldn't be at an outdoor potluck at a public pool.  That in itself would be neglect.

Only 150 people died of severe food allergies and thats ALL foods (not just peanuts).  Out of 307 Million (most recent census) that's .0000000488924% of the total population .  Again, that's not even considering the fact that we are talking about peanut allergies only, and the issue of trace exposure anaphalaxis.  For that you'd may have to put maybe 10-20 more zeros at the front of that figure.  (Just a guess)

You're MORE likely to win the lottery lady.  I don't mean to be jerky, or perhaps I do, but this is why I feel that people really need to educate themselves on the subjects they hear about in the media, especially if you're going to spend the energy being the peanut police.  Read a book.

So, with that in mind, here are a list of ways that her child is more likely to die:
Car accident.
Plane crash.
Lightning strike.
Shark attack.
Boating accident.
Exposure to the cold.
Exposure to the heat.
Skateboarding accident.
Drowning at a public pool.  (which is where we were at)
A terrorist bombing.

We are the only country with this insane peanut allergy hysteria.  Yes, these moms are nuts.

6.26.2011

Paleo Pho Recipe!!!

I LOVE Pho.  It's quite possibly my absolute favorite food.  I heard in the podcast "The Latest in Paleo" that Angelo's wife Amy had a Paleo friendly recipe!  I had to post a link to this for my peeps...


Here it is:
Paleo Pho Recipe

PS- if you haven't listened to Angelo Coppola's podcast on 5by5 entitled "The Latest in Paleo, you absolutely should.  It's very well done, with the best production value of any of the paleo podcasts.  It's particularly friendly for those just getting started as many of the other podcasts are very advanced in terms of biochemistry, science, and jargon.  They tend to be esoteric and full of inside jokes that new paleo folks will find confusing.  Angelo does a great job demystifying it all.

Check it out!

6.24.2011

Paleo Product Review: Carlson's Cod Liver Oil

When I hear bullshit anecdotal, non-evidence based arguments for why primal or paleo nutrition is flawed, it drives me absolutely bonkers (internally) because I know these folks are killing themselves by buying in to the SAD ADA AHA prescribed diets.  Worse, I can't say anything, because in order to do so, you have to come from a very smug place.  And as you all know, one must try to lead by example rather than preaching, because soap-boxing Paleolithic Nutrition is counter-productive.

One very popular argument I've heard involves supplements.  "Well, if Paleo is so awesome, then why do you take supplements?"  Well, in a perfect world, if one is primal, one wouldn't have to supplement.  In other words, if we had the same amount of time to hunt/gather, walk in the sun, and sleep, supplementation would be completely obsolete.  Instead, we supplement for convenience, or to correct exposure to toxins ingested in foods (such as grain-fed beef).  Toxins in foods are unavoidable for primal folks who do not have access to whole food sources like farmers markets, farms, or places that specialize in whole foods groceries.  If one eats out (for convenience) and he/she ingests lots of seed oils, or grain fed beef, then it's a good idea to supplement with a high omega-3 oil to combat the inflammatory effects of the food.  

A great way to do that is with Carlson's Cod Liver Oil:



JUST LOOK AT THE Omega-3 Fatty Acid Content!  It owns salmon oil in that regard.  The inflammatory nature of long chain omega 6 fatty acids are negated due to increasing one's ratio of O3s to O6.  Here's a nice helpful calculator on Whole 9 to help you calculate how much DHA and EPA one needs to ingest to counter-act the imbalance.

I don't calculate.  I'm more primal in that regard.  Like Dr. Harris over at Archevore.com, I just do a teaspoonful of Carlson's anytime I have consumed an unusually large amount of bad stuff, usually when I eat out.  The taste is not bad at all, neutralized by the lemon taste.  The sheer amount of O3's makes it worth the taste alone.  (of course, I love fish)

6.22.2011

Paleo Product Review: Purity Farms Ghee and Native Forest Coconut Milk


I kind of think that when one starts buying Ghee, one has officially passed into the realm of Primal/Paleo living.  It kind of makes you OG.  Not as OG as say, organ meats, but I've been eating those since before I went converted, so from my perspective, Ghee's a bit more exotic if not 100% strict paleo diet.
It's delicious, smooth, and soft.  It's a rich version of pastured butter, and the smell is amazing.  Purity Farms' version is organic.  Though technically a dairy product, the fact that it's Lactose and Casein free, means it's very paleo/primal-friendly in that the most troublesome dairy macronutrients are eliminated.  Even more important is that it's free of oxidized cholesterol responsible for inflammatory cardiovascular health issues.  Using ghee for cooking or slathering over your meats in veges, ups the fat content without worry of CVD.

Here's the Nutrition Facts Label for the Ghee:
http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-purity-farms-ghee-clarified-butter-i166562
***(disregard the grading as they are basing that on AHA and ADA guidelines)

Also recently purchased is a nice vegetable source for saturated fat: Organic Coconut Milk (canned) by Native Forest.  I don't really use this to cook with (although I plan to).  Instead I use it to make larger amounts of coconut milk for drinking and supplementation.  I essentially add 1 can of water per can of coconut milk.  I buy the unsweetened variety to give me some options on flavor.  I like to add a little Stevia to sweeten it when used as a drink, and it's very tasty.  The thing about canned coconut milk is that it coagulates at the top (the good fat) and there's plenty of pulp.  So, to really use this, you have to break it up with a fork (or blender) and mix it well.  I like to leave some of the chunks in the pitcher because they're DELICIOUS!

Coconut Milk Nutrition:
http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-native-forest-organic-coconut-milk-i211402
***(disregard the grading as they are basing that on AHA and ADA guidelines.  ALSO keep in mind the nutrition link is for the whole can, but you're not drinking a whole can when using this as a drink.)

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