Friday, October 28, 2011

Oz's "Prehistoric Diet Plan"

The Prehistoric Diet Plan

So, I went to check on the recording of Dr. Oz today where he experimented with the paleo diet and it wasn't on today's show.  I did some digging and found out that episode will be on next Friday, 11-4.  What I also found is that Dr. Oz is jumping onto the ancestral health freight train.  Too many people are talking about it for a media whore like Oz not to try to get in on the action.

Oz's site profiles his "Prehistoric Diet Plan".   It is a plant based diet with plenty of beans, tofu, soy milk, hemp, chia, and flax seeds.  This guy fails to recognize our ancestors have been eating animals for over 2 million years.  Sure even our most recent ancestors also ate a lot of plants....nobody is disputing that.  They also prized animal protein and fat.  Women were attracted to the best hunters not to men who would forage them up some organic soy milk.

I should stop giving this guy the time of day.  But I do think it needs to be pointed out how ridiculous this man can be and it is important to discredit him when appropriate.  He has WAY too much influence and if just one person stumbles upon this post and then thinks twice about listening to that man then I will have done my job..  Just over a month ago in a Time Magazine article he talked about how things such as eggs and coconuts may actually be healthy for us despite prior concerns with these foods.  Those would fit well in a prehistoric diet.  MUCH more so than tofu or soy milk.  Also in the same article he referenced how cavemen didn't live very long but now he says they may have the answer to how to eat healthy???  WTF?

Maybe our ancestors did eat primarily a plant based diet but you would have to go back over 2 million years to find ancestors that did not consume meat. After thousands of generations of thriving on plants AND animals, some "experts" decided it is a good idea to eliminate meat.  A plant only diet is a recent invention  It is not possible to subsist on without supplements to fill in the gaps.  People do get better going from a typical crap diet to a plant based diet.  After the honeymoon period, plant only eaters will start a downward decent in regard to their health.  It may take longer for some but it inevitably happens.  I have read too many stories and heard too many testimonials from people who have actually experienced it.  They have seen it in themselves and in friends around them.

So Dr. Oz is right to look to the past for clues toward a healthier way of eating.  I just think he should have looked toward our more recent ancestors who walked on two feet, lived on the ground, and hunted animals.  His diet is more appropriate for our ancestors who lived in trees.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Oz Up to More Shenanigans (this post is for a mature audience)

Dr. Kim Mulvihill laid the ground work for a proper journalistic investigation of the paleo diet.  She actually tried the diet for 7 weeks while living her normal life.  The results were fantastic.  

Dr. Oz also ran a paleo experiment.  His expose will be aired tomorrow, 10-28-11.  Instead of following Dr. Kim's lead, the Oz circus show decided to lock 3 women in a cage and feed them a paleo diet.  What a CROCK OF SHIT!  It makes it seem more like a punishment than a healthy lifestyle option.  This is a warning for all you paleos.  You may want to watch this show and be prepared because many people you know will see it and have something to say.  I don't recommend anyone walk around picking fights but I do recommend you be prepared when someone starts one with you based on what they've seen this jackass say about your way of eating.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lean, Mean, Fighting Machines

Seems like a lot of  Marines are turning to the paleo diet to optimize body composition and to help them be as strong as possible.  Maybe our government will recognize the effectiveness of this food and stop sending them crap to eat that ultimately gets discarded.  Here are some quotes from an article in the Marine Corps Times:
"Lt. Col. Sean Riordan used to consider himself chubby.  He just chalked up his less-than-desirable physique to genetics.  Today, Riordan has washboard abs and says he feels healthier than ever. His secret lies in a new fitness regimen — and a drastic dietary shift that calls for cutting out grains, legumes, sugar and dairy products, and eating more protein, fruit and greens. It’s called the caveman, or paleo, diet."
".... the Marines riffle through their field rations, keeping the most healthful items and dumping everything else. The majority of his platoon, Eberly said, eats a diet of tuna, chicken and vegetables. 

“They all take the chicken and tuna out of First Strike Rations and throw out the rest. Literally. They throw out every other item. We trade all the Pop-Tarts and Cokes with kids and shopkeepers [in the village] for homegrown vegetables.”
The guys below are Lt. Col. Riordan (right) and  Major Black.  Personally, I would rather these guys and their wacky diet out their defending my country.  Considering how fit they look and the skills I am sure they have, we are in good hands with them fighting for us.  I appreciate their sacrifice and the fact that they are spreading the word to help build a more capable soldier.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Food is a Form of Health Insurance

So, I just read about this guy's interesting life here.  The Yahoo Finance story is about a man who lives on an income of $11,000 per year.  I thought it was so cool that I absolutely had to share it with you.  Here are some key quotes by the subject of the article:
"I eat pretty well. I don't skimp on food. I eat a lot of grass-fed meats, fruits, and vegetables ... some people call it the caveman diet. I go to farms, farmers markets, and health food stores. I probably spend about $250 a month on food. I could spend a lot less if I didn't care about eating well."
"I don't go out much at all. I prefer the food I make to what I get in restaurants. More often than not, I'm disappointed. I'm pretty health-conscious and I want my food to be real food, so I'm content eating what I make."
When asked if he splurged on anything he answered:
"The food I eat. I don't feel like I'm skimping at all. It's a form of health insurance to me."
Food is a form of health insurance.....couldn't have said that better myself.

You can read more about this guy's interesting life journey here.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Doctor's N=1 Experiment with Paleo

Dr. Kim Mulvihill, M.D is a medical correspondent with the CBS affiliate in San Francisco.  She is a middle aged doctor with a focus on OB/GYN.  She appears to be a health conscious individual who actively competes in triathlons.  As a story for the news program, she decided to investigate the paleo diet and try it herself.  It appeared to be a pretty well controlled self experiment.  The clinical and weight loss results are nothing short of amazing.  Even more amazing when you consider she is a middle aged woman.  They tend to struggle the most with weight loss compared to say a man in his early 20's.  I am not sure what she was eating before the experiment but I would speculate that she was not a habitual junk food eater.

Sorry, I know I said I would show all 5 clips here but for some reason the code is acting wonky and I cannot figure it out.  Here are all the clips linked in order:

#1  #2  #3  #4  #5


Friday, October 14, 2011

Its the Simple Things....

In my opinion, it's not hard to make me happy.  Ask my wife and she may partially agree.  Well, she was great enough to make me a delicious breakfast today.  It was quite simple.  Sauteed spinach, the best eggs we can buy (also the cheapest), and homemade beef sausage patties.  It was as good as it looks.  It kept me satisfied till I ate again at 3 this afternoon.

Here is another thing that made me happy via laughter at the site of it:

I saw this van during my daily commute.  Although not the safest idea, I had to get a picture of it.  It made me laugh despite the lack of a dog in the front seat.  Enjoy your weekend.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Attention Dr. Oz......

This is how you objectively investigate paleo or any diet for that matter.

This is what happens when an M.D. actually evaluates the paleo diet in a scientific manner.  The totallity of her investigation will be documented in 5 video segments.  The one I posted was #3.  Stay tuned for a post with all 5 videos.  Read more here and be sure to read comments at bottom of article.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Support a Friend, Support Real Food!

So there is this great blog I stumbled upon a while ago after I did a Google search on the place where I was buying half a grass fed cow.  Turns out this lady named Jan did a great post on the exact place where I went called Whitefeather Meats.  She is a paleo blogger who happens to live not too far from me.  There are not many of us in Northeast Ohio like there are in California for instance.  I thought that was pretty cool and have had an email dialogue with her ever since.  Jan seems like a great all around person with some strong but properly aligned ideals.

Let's talk a bit about her blog.  If you spend any time on it you will notice she has quite a flare for web design and photography.  On the surface it's beautiful.  It puts my blogger site to shame.    The content is what really makes her unique in my opinion.  In a world wide web of typical crap food recipes, she decided to go in the opposite direction.  Probably not as popular, but her ideals are not necessarily aligned with what will make her popular.  She only posts great tasting recipes (I have tried a few) that incorporate high quality, nourishing ingredients.  

Well, to her surprise she was recognized by Shape magazine as a top 20 healthy eating blog.  Getting the word out in mainstream forums like Shape is what will drive utilization of the paleo diet.  So in support of for Jan's Sushi Bar here.  Thank you.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Has Paleo Jumped the Shark?

No, I don't think so.  A music video is just a sign of it's increasing popularity.  I guess there are much worse things for young hipsters to get into than resistance training and clean eating.