Saturday, December 27, 2008

Free Book About Lunch

By Diana Hsieh

As the saying goes, there's no such thing as a free lunch. However, you can get a free book about breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Yesterday, I was delighted to discover that Dr. Michael Eades announced that he and his wife, Dr. Mary Dan Eades, were offering their book The Protein Power Lifeplan for free. (It's a Christmas present; they've done it in the past. Go Santa!) You just have to pay shipping if you order it online. It's totally free if you can pick it up in person in Eagle, Idaho. The offer ends on January 5th.

Guy Adamson of FA/RM wrote me about the offer this morning, saying:

This is an excellent book on diet I highly recommend. Even if you have read Protein Power, I think LifePlan is a more complete book ... If Good Calories, Bad Calories scare the grains [and sugars!] out of you, LifePlan takes similar information and presents it in a way you can apply to your life.
I've not yet read Protein Power but I'm a huge fan of Dr. Eades' blog. So I'll be ordering my copy this weekend, probably with some krill oil.

Thank you, Drs. Eades!

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Breakfast This Morning

By Diana Hsieh

This morning, Paul and I split the following tasty bits for breakfast:

  • 1.5 slices uncured bacon (Applegate Farms)
  • 4 slices uncured Canadian bacon (Applegate Farms)
  • 3 farm fresh eggs fried in bacon grease
  • 1.5 cups cauliflower, leftover from dinner
  • 4 slices of raw milk cheddar cheese (Organic Valley)
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1 clementine
I prepared the whole breakfast in about 15 minutes. It was fabulously delicious, wonderfully hearty, and perfectly healthy. And to think, a year ago, I would have preferred pancakes and syrup!

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Food Link-O-Rama

By Diana Hsieh

Because I don't have time to write up my planned post on barefoot running (!!), I'm going to dump some links on you from my overflowing "Blog Me - Food" bookmarks folder. It's good stuff, so enjoy!

  • I recently discovered Lorette C. Luzajic, a food writer for Gremolata, via a two part interview on Modern Forager: Part I and Part 2. I very much liked the interview -- and the two articles that I read:
    • Spilling The Beans: The Trouble with Soy. If you eat tofu -- or processed foods of any kind, most of which contain soy -- you might want to think twice about this supposed health food.

    • I'm A Natural Born Killer. Is vegetarianism the healthy lifestyle that most of us just don't have the willpower to adopt? Or is it just modern asceticism slathered in propaganda?
    Also, her blog looks interesting, although not often updated.

  • Stephan has been kicking ass and taking names, yet again. Go check out his latest offerings. You'll never look at your french fries the same again -- and not because of the carb-heavy potatoes.

  • "Eat a Balanced Diet" and Other Useless Advice by Johnny Bowden. He nails the problem with advice like "eat a balanced diet," "everything in moderation, "eat less junk food," and even "eat more fruits and vegetables." He writes:
    What is a balanced diet? What elements should be balanced? Everything in moderation? Does that include sugar for sugar addicts, or alcohol for alcoholics? What is junk food? Is it synonomous with fast food? All fast food, or just some of it? You mean "slow food" can't be junk? And which fruits and vegetables should we eat "more of?" How much more? Are they all created equal? Are fruits and vegetables even equivalent on the nutritional pantheon?
    He then offers some basic (and good) answers to those questions.

  • Inside the Story: Gary Taubes: What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie? An interesting interview with Gary Taubes about his 2002 NY Times article, What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie?. Here's a tidbit:
    HENRY: Did the reaction to your NYT Magazine story surprise you?

    TAUBES: Yes. Even though I knew the article would be the most controversial article the Times Magazine ran all year, it still shocked me. More than anything, it was the viciousness of some of the responses. One of my good friends in the science journalism business--someone who had written a book on obesity and concluded, as the establishment insists, that the culprits are over-consumption of fatty diets and inactivity--went from considering me one of the four or five best science writers in the country to accusing me of having had a brain transplant and making up the story to get a big book deal.
    I'm not surprised.

  • The Great Divide. A surprisingly good Washington Post article on the Weston A. Price Foundation.

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  • Wednesday, December 17, 2008

    Mayo Clinic?

    By Diana Hsieh

    This evening, I decided to make some ham salad with a good hunk of leftover uncured ham, but I didn't like the look or smell of the non-fat mayo I had in the fridge from my pre-paleo days. So I made my own mayonnaise using Monica's recipe. It turned out yummy -- and unlike the non-fat mayo, very real!

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    Saturday, December 13, 2008

    The Effect of Laying Off Carbs

    By Greg Perkins

    Last week I mentioned mending my high-carb ways. Tammy's been documenting my progress in swimsuit photos -- sorry, half-naked middle-aged-man alert! -- and since I wasn't thinking there was much of a difference so far, she dug into her archive today to show me the contrast between now and two and a half months ago. (click to zoom in, if you dare)

    Yep, it turns out that making meals of whole bags of tortilla chips with sugary margaritas wasn't helping. But more important, I simply feel better!

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    FA/RM

    By Diana Hsieh

    I'm delighted to report that Dr. Monica Hughes recently launched Free Agriculture - Restore Markets (FA/RM) -- a new organization devoted to promoting "agricultural and health policies based solely on the principles of individual rights." Check out the web site including the goals of the organization, opportunities for activism, and readings on rights. Also, be sure to bookmark the blog.

    Until quite recently, I was almost entirely ignorant of the nature and extent of the government controls on agriculture and food production. Sure, I'd heard vague tidbits here and there, but I didn't realize the breadth and depth of the sheer insanity until I began doing just a wee bit of digging for myself, often with Monica's help.

    The simple fact is that the pursuit of one's life, health, and happiness requires a government that respects and upholds the rights of property and contract in all aspects of food production, distribution, and consumption. We have nothing of the sort in America today. The rights of individuals (i.e. producers and consumers) are utterly disregarded by the state -- often in ways that border on a police state (e.g. see here, here, and here). The growing alarming about "carbon emissions" threatens to unleash even more life-threatening statist controls. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

    Our daily sustenance is in peril.

    Visit FA/RM for more.

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    Saturday, December 06, 2008

    Fasting and Feasting This Thanksgiving

    By Greg Perkins

    The day before Thanksgiving, Tammy and I tried fasting for the first time! And we didn't die. (Though I'm pretty sure we would have died if we had tried it a few months ago, before mending our high-carb ways.)

    I'd been hearing murmurs about potential benefits of occasional fasting (and more so now that I'm paying attention to some of the blogs and other resources that folks have been pointing out here on Noodlefood). Like the general concept of shaking up the system to keep it on its genetic toes, using the energy stored in body fat, boosting muscle production, strengthening the immune system, helping on the longevity front, etc.

    Anyway, after hearing some random news report say that the average American doubles their already-huge caloric intake on Thanksgiving, we thought we'd just skip food the day before and call it even. (Yes, I kid.)

    I don't normally eat breakfast (I'm a late-dinner kind of guy), so I didn't notice anything until after lunch. At that point, my system felt like it was idly wondering, "hey, where's the usual food?" But since I haven't been running on carbs for a couple months now, there was no crash and it was no big deal. I just moved on with the day and ended up back home around dinnertime. Now that's when things got tough -- not because we felt like we were starving, but because we apparently have some way-heavily-ingrained habits of enjoying nice beverages and eating and snacking the night away. We found ourselves super-fidgety and unfocused, not knowing what to do! We couldn't even break out a glass of wine or cup of coffee or a diet soda (those might undo keeping our systems level, and we wanted to experience the full effect). Sigh. Maybe that's the form in which we experience hunger now. Anyway, there was finally a recognizable symptom: our stomachs growled at us for maybe a half hour mid-evening, then gave up in disgust. We went to bed a early to try to escape the fidgety torture of not being able to pour a glass of wine and munch on almonds.

    Another little surprise: we expected to be ravenous waking up on Thanksgiving, but we weren't at all -- it felt like just another morning! I was approaching 37 hours on just water, and Tammy was approaching 24 hours, not having gotten the spontaneous memo in time. Since I didn't want to even flirt with going beyond fasting and into starvation-mode, we made big omelets and savored some decked-out coffee. Then we proceeded to have two more Thanksgiving meals with our various families. And then we followed it up with late-night leftover Thanksgiving munches. Ahhhh, gluttony. :^)

    Before jumping in, I looked around to try to get a better picture of whether this was a sensible idea and what to expect. Over at Mark's Daily Apple I found this little article: Is Intermittent Fasting Healthy?

    Numerous animal and human studies done over the past 15 years suggest that periodic fasting can have dramatic results not only in areas of weight (fat) loss, but in overall health and longevity as well. A recent article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition gives a great overview of these benefits which include decreases in blood pressure, reduction in oxidative damage to lipids, protein and DNA, improvement in insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake, as well as decreases in fat mass. ... Intermittent fasting has also been shown to reduce spontaneous cancers in animal studies , which could be due to a decrease in oxidative damage or an increase in immune response.
    ...
    One thing that is most interesting about the intermittent fasting studies is that slightly overeating on the non-fasting days (to make up for the lack of calories on fast days) yielded similar results, so it wasn’t so much about total calories as it was about the episodic deprivation.
    And over at Modern Forager, I found a nice series exploring What Happens To Your Body When You Fast?
    • Liver glycogen levels are depleted within 8-10 hours. Muscle glycogen falls by 50% over 24-hours, even without exercise.
    • After depleting glycogen, amino acids are recycled to be broken down for glycogen through gluconeogenesis.
    • We see increases in three of the four hormones driving lipolysis, indicating a propensity towards fat burning. Somewhere around 12-18 hours, lipolysis becomes a major energy pathway, producing energy from body fat.
    • T3 levels fall slightly, indicating a slightly lower metabolic rate. Urinary nitrogen excretion falls, indicating less catabolism of muscle proteins.
    • Beta-hydroxy butyrate, hGH, and IGF all increase. Proteins that protect cells from stress also increase.
    • Inflammatory markers decrease. Insulin sensitivity improves. AGEs likely decrease.
    • Cancer protection increases, healthy cells are better protected from chemotherapy, and markers of heart disease decrease. General immunity seems to improve.
    • Brain neurons are protected from stressors, BDNF increases (helps grow brain neurons), and the brain is better protected from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases. Fasting after a brain injury lessens the damage of the injury.
    • Exercise during a fast shows a higher rate of fat burning for fuel.
    • Learning is enhanced and jet lag may be reduced.
    It was a great experiment for us, underscoring a new aspect of our nutritional life that we didn't yet appreciate: it isn't any big deal if we're running around taking care of business and healthy fuel isn't available for a while (we had been carefully timing our eating and even taking snacks with us "just in case"). Well, we don't crash any more -- and spontaneously skipping a meal or three is easy and apparently healthy.

    If you have any good resources to share, please post them in the comments!

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