Friday, January 28, 2011

Gotta Love Youtube

Take That Vegetarians

Credit to Fitbomb for finding this gem.

And last, the paleo diet meets capitalism (btw, I really don't think labels are necessary).


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Holy Shit!

Excuse my language but in this case, it is appropriate.  I almost said Holy Cow but after I read this article Holy Shit seemed much more fitting.  What Taco Hell puts in the crap they sell is not allowed to be called beef.  Here are some of the ingredients they sneak into their "meat":

Water, isolated oat product, salt, chili pepper, onion powder, tomato powder, oats (wheat), soy lecithin, sugar, spices, maltodextrin , soybean oil (anti-dusting agent), garlic powder, autolyzed yeast extract, citric acid, caramel color, cocoa powder, silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent), natural flavors, yeast, modified corn starch, natural smoke flavor, salt, sodium phosphate, less than 2% of beef broth, potassium phosphate, and potassium lactate.

Just another place to cross off your list if you haven't already.  If you become really aware of what you eat and how foods effect you, you will end up only eating home cooked meals and at few high quality restaurants.  People who take pride in what they cook do not compromise on ingredients to save a few cents per serving.  


Monday, January 24, 2011

I Feel Great!

I have been reading it and hearing it all over the place.  When people cut out the problem foods and replace them with real foods like the paleo diet prescribes, People...Just....Feel....GREAT!

Oh yeah, ignore that this is a NutriGrain commercial.  Ironically, that is something you should avoid.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I live in a part of the world where it is below freezing and dark much of the winter.  The Inuit might say that is a weak excuse to spend more time inside.  I may say I am going to go for a short walk in the cold after I get home from work but I never do it.  I readily admit I spend more time in front of a TV or a computer screen this time of year.  

Something I have discovered is TV programmers know that viewers like me and millions of others love to watch men and/or women do things that are physically tough.  There is no argument that sports are popular TV viewing.  How about shows like Dirty Jobs, Gold Rush Alaska, or Axe Men?  People actually watch those shows...I am one of them.  Americans love watching people get dirty and work with their hands.  It is a dying art in our country.  

This winter, I have been watching some interesting programming about people who work for their food.  The first is actually a video blog called The Perennial Plate.  It's about an internationally trained chef who takes a year from his career to explore where real food comes from and take part in harvesting it.

The Perennial Plate Episode 15: Farm to Market from Daniel Klein on Vimeo.

The next program I have become interested in is a show called Going Tribal.  This is a show about a former British Royal Marine who lives with primitive tribes of the world.  He participates in their rituals and their eating.  It is amazing to see how these cultures are pressured by outside forces of modern man. When their land's are encroached upon and their wild game is poached, they reluctantly have to resort to agriculture.  Their tradition and instinct is to hunt and gather.  That way of life is increasingly becoming unsustainable as they lose the land and wildlife they need to thrive.

The last show was introduced to me by Leroy.  The show is about an outdoors writer living in New York City.  The Wild Within  documents the travels of an avid outdoorsman who lives on the product of his hunt or catch.  His family eats no other meat than what he gets on his various excursions.  He is very respectful of these wild animals.  He would never dream of killing something without honoring it's existence by passing it on as a meal. 

Something I realize more every day is that you cannot take your food production for granted. When you do this, you forfeit your health to companies who are more concerned with profit than food quality.


Friday, January 14, 2011

Here is a Novel Concept

Get real food, cook it, and sit down as a family and eat it.  This will improve the health and well being of everyone involved.  Don't have the time or desire to help your children thrive?  Stop relying on others to prepare and cook your food.  Here is an interesting interview of Dr. Hyman.