Category Archives: Nutrition

Being the “difficult one”

At a restaurant, being picky is one of the things that I hated the most when I became a vegetarian, and remained the only thing I really hated about it other than how crappy it made me feel. I literally hated being picky more than the depression.

I just came across a pretty great Austin-based post about a gal that eats Paleo called “How to Eat Paleo out in Public“. She has an utterly unapologetic attitude about going to restaurants and making “special” orders for her dietary needs–

“You’re at a restaurant, YOU are putting the food into YOUR body, and most of the time, YOU are paying for it. Order what you want, how you want it. Get over trying to be ‘easy.’ Get what you want.”

Unapologetic about my self-realized health and spiritual matters, onward.

Other nice links:

Practical Guide to Paleo

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Kicking alcohol and grains: step 1–know your bases

I should be familiar with kicking something large in my life. I kicked meat in 2006 and went “cold turkey” for three years. If I could do that and the challenges that ensued, I could surely kick so many more of the negatives in my life that will be far more fruitful once gone than vegetarianism ever was. How did I approach vegetarianism?

1. Read a lot of information, reflected on it, had my bases

2. Tested out vegetarianism for Lent–in this, figured out ways around social issues around giving up meat

3. Continued to read vegetarian theory to reinforce what I believed and practiced it

Coming out of vegetarianism was the same with my next “ism”–locavorism. I am now “ism” free, however, I fully appreciate and practice the value of praxis (reflection and action). This I will never nix from my life; only dogma. I praxis’d my way out of “ism”hood. Gooooooo, Praxis! Continue reading

Chipotle: Ethical and low carb

I would hate but....I've been there.

Here’s a follow up post to the one I just did on Chipotle, which is essentially the only restaurant chain I ever eat at.

Sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking and you really want to do the whole paleo thing. I have heard about apps like PaleoGoGo but ha! I am too poor to want an iPhone, I do not want an iPhone, and even if I had an iPhone, these apps don’t usually pertain to folks like me in rural areas. I can do this work myself; and I kind of enjoy it.

In order of ethical standards at Chipotle, here’s the deal. The pork is 100% outdoor raised, the beef 85%, and they are working on the chicken. Use that into your decision-making if you wish.

Here’s an example of the “typical burrito” that I used to get a few years ago (calculated with this nifty tool that Chipotle fans put together). I was a vegetarian then, so this includes no meat. Continue reading

Misdirection of “Health at Every Size”

Perhaps Dr. Bacon should have sent this letter to the model industry? Pictured here is the first “plus sized model”.

A few weeks ago on my daily Comfood List patrol at work, I found a letter from an “avid Comfood reader but rare participant” with concerns that we the members of the food justice movement (I would consider myself part of that camp) are using overweight folks to their advantage. My delving deeper into the lengthy message led me to her open letter to the Food Justice Movement called, “A Message for People Committed to Food Justice and Sustainable Agriculture” where she even invoked the image of food justice people riding on fat peoples’ backs. This is sort of a funny image to invoke in a serious “concerned” message, but what the hey. She said “fat” a lot for someone trying to be P.C. :

“Foodies, I plead with you: Lay off the fat people. Continue reading

Why I [Usually] Have More Respect for Vegans than Paleos

A guy who saw some things he didn't feel right about and took action--Jonathan Saffron Foer author of "Eating Animals". I respect this man.

A common attitude toward vegetarians--that I would argue needs to stop--the other way goes, too. I do not respect these people who mock vegetarians, even if they are "mocking back."

The Paleo Blogosphere. What do we see the most?

  • Awesome testamonials and pictures of hot bods
  • Promises of a better life
  • Delicious and wonderful food porn
  • Great no-BS nutritional resources
  • Demonization of grains, legumes, sugar, and sometimes dairy
  • Self-promotion of books, supplements, and protein powders
  • Various trademarked and branded names for a lifestyle that can’t really be branded
  • Vegan and vegetarian bashing. Let’s discuss. Continue reading

Processed Food Free Children Experiment, n=2

I honestly think this is the cutest thing I have ever seen.

If you were to raise your child and never take them to a grocery store, never have them be exposed to commercials on television, and never know that this wasn’t normal — what would happen?

Interesting.

Here’s one account–

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Extended Fast Test Run

I actually look forward very much to Lent.

Today I tested out the fast portion of what I have decided (preliminarily) to be my Lenten practice. I am extending my intermittent fasting (IF) period until after 4:00pm for a total of 18 hours fasted and a 6 hour feeding period. For the past month, I have been practicing a 14/10 IF schedule (14 hour fast period, 10 hour feeding window). Put simply, until last month I always ate breakfast, then I started only eating lunch and dinner. Starting today I only ate dinner.

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