Happy Halloween! If you are in the middle of your first 30 days, then don’t make an excuse to cheat on this day. If you are already paleo …don’t over do it. 

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Quick Thoughts On “The Prehistoric Diet Plan” From Dr. Oz

After reading this online, I honestly had a difficult time typing Dr. in front of his name. No I’m no questioning his degree but was shocked at the lack of research and knowledge on this subject. I thought about picking on the very word prehistoric but I’m not going to waste time arguing what recorded history consists of. The important thing is your health.

First off Dr. Oz states that we only need 10% of our macronutrients from protein. If you talk to an anthopologist they will tell you that our ancestors had much more muscle mass than most humans today. They simply were not supporting this with a diet of 10% protein. Also, if we take a look at prehistoric cave drawings (recorded history), we can see that hunting meat was a big part of life. One may catch a rerun of the recent show, Icaveman on the Discovery Channel.It documents a hunter-gather experiement.  Robb Wolf, boy genius of the paleo world participated in it and I’m sure would tell you just how important meat was and is. By the way,  if any of you have Dr. Oz on your Christmas list, let me suggest tutoring in biochemistry from Robb. From the rest of what he suggests, he could use it.

Calcium- On his website Dr. Oz suggests that tofu or “soy, almond or rice milk” are great sources for calcium. First of all, does this sound like something that our hunter-gather ancestors consumed? I think not. Sadly, in the protein category, he mentions spinach, kale and sea vegetables as great protein sources but misses the fact that they are good sources of calcium.

Fats – They recommend plant based fats from hemp and chia seeds. Dr. Oz. Here’s the problem with that – Those Omega 3’s are ALA which has to be converted to EPA and DHA in order to be used. This conversion is not efficient, taking about a gallon of ALA to get a teaspoon of something useful.

Carbohydrates- Suggests eating fruit (which I’m fine with) combined with whole grain breads, pasta and rice. Suggesting- “Packed with various antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, they’ll help to protect you from cancer, heart disease and many of the other chronic diseases we’re plagued with.”  I would beg to differ, citing that inflammation caused by grains is the root cause of all of this. Let me also state that carbohydrates should be consumed in proportion to one’s activity levels where sugar is needed. Fat can fuel much of our activities much more efficiently.

Prehistoric recipes include a smoothie? Need I say more?

All in all this is a vegan diet being pushed as a diet that prehistoric man ate. Research shows very few people thrived on this type of diet. My opinion, call it a vegan diet instead of riding what may be considered the latest trend. I’m going to send Dr. Oz a copy of The Paleo Solution. Perhaps he will read it and have a revelation…one can dream.

Food Porn Fridays

Local Farm Eggs over Pork Carnitas and Roasted Potatoes at Down House - Houston, TX

 

Brussel Sprouts are back in season!

 

Fresh Local Sausage!

Book Review – Sugar Nation by Jeff O’Connell

Recently, Jeff O’Connell sent me a copy of his new book Sugar Nation. Jeff is no stranger to the fitness world. He has served as editor-in-chief of Muscle & Fitness magazine, executive writer at Men’s Health and is currently editor- in-chief  at Bodybuilding.com . He has also co-authored fitness books with Mario Lopez and LL Cool J.

Jeff O’Connell

The book follow’s Jeff’s personal quest to learn more about sugar, the industrialized diet and how it’s contributing to a world epidemic in declining health and dramatic uprise in type II diabetes. He interviews doctors, attends conventions, looks at the drug business, and tell us why we’re not on a good path to turn things around. You may be shocked at what he found.

The book is well written and contains the personal touch of how this hit home for Jeff and his family. As a firm believer in paleo/primal nutrition, it’s good to see someone outside the circle tackling this issue. If you are not yet convinced that a paleo/primal diet is the way to go, then pick up this book!

Building A Slosh Pipe

Slosh pipes are a great tool to have in your workout arsenal. They challenge the core and stabilizer muscles preparing you to deal with moving and shifting mass in sports and in life.

Building one is cheap and easy. Heres how:

At your home improvement store purchase either 4 inch or 3 inch diameter PVC pipe and endcaps. The pipe should be long enough to perform an overhead squat. Common lengths purchased for slosh pipes range from 6 ft – 10 ft. You will also need pvc cement.

Step 1 – Coat one end of pvc pipe with cement on area where endcap will go and coat inside wall of encap with cement as well. Press on in a turning motion. Note that cement dries rapidly so you need to do perform step one fast.Let dry for 5 minutes.

Step 2 – Fill pipe 3/4 full with water and add a 1/2 cup of vinegar so that water does not become rancid.

Step 3 – Repeat step one with other endcap. Let dry for 5 min and check for any. leaks. If leaks occur then coat leak area with more pvc cement.

Fast. Easy. Effective.

You now have a slosh pipe!

Thinking of Buying a Barbell? See This First!

If you are considering purchasing weights for home, spend a few minutes watching this video first.

Platform: Is Your Bar Straight?.

Food Porn Fridays

What better way to kick off food porn friday than with Paleo Comfort Foods!

Ahhh…Kale is in season!

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Cauliflower Gnocchi

Recipe

This dish is the brainchild of my wife who among her many ventures is a partner in Everything Else Is Cake, a bakery providing delicious grain free options.

Ingredients 

1 bunch Cauliflower (cooked and mashed)

1/2 cup Coconut Flour

1/2 Cup Arrowroot Powder

1 Egg

Combine cauliflower and egg. Add mixture of coconut flour and arrowroot powder until a dough is formed. 

Roll into balls and drop into boiling salted water (Do not over crowd the pot). Boil until they float. Remove with strainer.

Sauce

Ingredients

5 pats of  Grass Fed Butter

Heavy Cream 

3 Strips of Bacon (cooked and crumbled)

Fresh Spinach

Tony Chachere’s Seasoning 

Fresh Parmesan Cheese

1 Clove Garlic (chopped)

In a large pan on medium heat, combine butter, garlic, seasoning, cream and spinach. Add gnocchi and bacon and cook about 5 -8 min. Finish by sprinkling in parmesan cheese, stir gently. Toasted walnuts or pecan can be added as well. 

Note- This is a heavy sauce. For a lighter dish try a sauce of olive oil, spinach, tomato and herbs. 

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From the mind of Jen Sinkler

Organic Dark Chocolate Covered Cracklins

At a recent MovNat workshop, We brought in some cajun goodies. among them were cracklins (Skin side of meat and fat fried in their own fat). They’re pretty freakin good, like bacon on steroids! Someone else had some dark chocolate. Jen remarked, you should dip the cracklins in chocolate. I’m sure she never though anyone would actually do this. Oh yes I did! Not bad actually.  

Exploring My True Nature – A MovNat Experience

I spent this past weekend at a  MovNat workshop in Covington, Louisiana. It was taught by Clifton Harski and we were joined by Jen Sinkler, Senior Fitness Editor of Experience Life Magazine who has been covering MovNat. Look for an article from her in December issue.

 

Jen Sinkler works on precision jumping

I have been interested in MovNat for some time now. I had the opportunity to meet Erwan Le Corre, the founder of MovNat a year ago but have not had the opportunity to train with the group. Until this weekend, I had been watching videos and playing in the park. It’s amazing what a weekend can do.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them” – Einstein

The work shop reminded me of this quote by Einstein. From a movement perspective, we are way off track as a modern civilization. We lose touch with the abilities that we have as children. Most try to get in shape by running on treadmills or performing curls. We sit in desks all day. We have become zoo humans , incapable of moving properly and trying to use the same things that got us in this boat to get us out. In order to fix us we must look to nature, to the basic fundamentals of our movement. 

Clif ran us though drills to rediscover those movements, including standing, sitting, crawling, rolling, running, balancing, climbing, lifting and throwing. MovNat is is all about proper efficient movement. It enables you to teach your body to do the things it was designed to do.

Adam showing off his skills

 For two days, people of different athletic backgrounds and ability levels worked side by side and saw marked improvement in our skills. You need a good combination of strength, balance, mobility and agility to perform all the tasks well. MovNat is truly functional fitness.


Clifton Harski shows us how to climb a tree

We all went home with the tools that we need to free us from the zoo. We made new friends, ate good food and learned some things about ourselves and what we are capable of. In my opinion, everyone should go and do this.

Wendy and Liz catwalking on a fence

Thanks to Liz Bragdon and crew at Our Place Studio in Covington, Louisiana for putting this weekend together.

Me learning climbing on a bar

Gone to MovNat, Back on Monday…..