Food Is Not The Enemy

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Sarah forwarded me this Huffington Post article recently, entitled “23 Things Every Woman Should Stop Doing”. I started to read down the list, and some of the items really resounded with me. Then I got to number four: “Viewing Food as the Enemy”…. We all have different relationships with the food we put into our bodies. Sometimes, that relationship is a healthy one. However, more often than not, that connection is unfortunately an unhealthy one. It bothers me when people call eating in a Primal or Paleo way a “diet”. Although it does not have to, the word “diet” can carry so many negative connotations. When I think of a diet, I think of cabbage soup diets, the grapefruit diet, the Hollywood diet,  the cayenne lemonade diet — all of which have at least one thing in common — they’re all restrictive. And when a person constantly restricts and prohibits a wide range of foods, they run the risk of beginning to view food as the ‘enemy’. Many people struggle to view food as an enjoyable way to fuel their bodies, rather they wonder, “How many calories is in that?” or “I’m not allowed to eat that!” True, eating a … Continue reading

Dear Primalgirl: Paleo’s Gonna Kill Ya

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Okay, maybe I’m being a little mellow dramatic with the title of this post but when Ancel Keys is brought up, I get a little pissed off. I received this comment the other day on a post I did a while back called Can Going Paleo Give You Celiac Disease? The comment was just too long and complicated for me to write a simple rebuttal underneath. Instead, I decided to turn it into a post. I will address each point in black text so it is easier to distinguish who is “talking.” In case you don’t feel like reading the original post, I concluded that going Paleo hadn’t given me any new diseases or syndromes; instead the removal of particular foods from my diet caused me to be highly-aware of the immediate problems they created when reintroduced. Written by Scotty from www.mycollegenutrition.com:  I Highly Disagree, it’s totally possible to get an Autoimmune disease from any dietary restriction, Low carb paleo included. (by the way clay color poop is associated with problems in the pancreas). http://theskinnywhitebuddha.blogspot.com/2011/11/celiac-disease-diabetes-of-intesines.html Clay colored poop can be associated with pancreatic or liver problems. This is why I immediately had the doctor run a panel for me, to make … Continue reading

School Lunches, the USDA and a Review of Eat Like a Dinosaur

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Click here to jump right to my review of Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-free Kids by Paleo Parents Matt and Stacy. Before I get to my review, I need to vent about a couple things. We’ve had a base wide power outage this morning so I am experiencing a rare treat: people who normally meet elsewhere in private on base are having to go to Starbucks, the only place within 10 miles that has electricity. This is what I am witnessing: a base doctor, studying radiology and drinking diet Mountain Dew. I am itching to ask him if he knows the effects of the brominated vegetable oil he is drinking, but I’m pretty sure that he doesn’t care. a pharmaceutical rep pushing a new drug on a hospital administrator. He even has fancy new toys for the doctors, stethoscopes and models of joints and bones. I’m not sure how that makes the drugs work better, or makes them safer, but they sure will look cool in the doctor’s office. a nurse apologizing for showing emotion when faced with men returning from war without their limbs. She said she will “work on it.” In my experience, military … Continue reading

The Amazing Ability of Trans Fats: We Won’t Get Fooled Again

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If you eat a Paleo diet, you know all about trans fats, I’m sure. However, many people still don’t get it, believe it or not. There’s a reason companies use trans fats in their processed foods and a reason why they want to continue to do so, even though the public at large is screaming for them to stop. Check out this video and you will be scouring labels to make sure you never consume it again. (Or better yet, eat a Paleo/Primal diet and you won’t have to waste time reading labels.) Do I look familiar? I’m sure you’ve seen me around Companies like using trans fats in their foods because they’re easy to use, inexpensive to produce and last a long time. They give foods a desirable taste and texture. Most restaurants and fast-food outlets use trans fats to deep-fry foods because oils with trans fats can be used many times in commercial fryers. The food industry uses different names for trans fats in their packaging. These include margarine, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, partially hydrogenated vegetable shortening, and shortening. If the ingredients on the package list any of these items, the food contains trans fats, no matter what … Continue reading