Monday, October 29, 2012

PaleoFX 2013

By Diana Hsieh

News from PaleoFX:

PaleoFX Partners is proud to announce the second annual PaleoFX Symposium in Austin, TX, March 28-30, 2013. This year’s speakers include Sarah Fragoso, Nora Gedgaudas, Kelly Starrett, Paul Jaminet and many, many more.

The symposium will focus on the cutting-edge of nutrition, movement, and human health and well-being generally. There will also be top strength, conditioning, and natural movement coaches giving hands-on demonstrations. The symposium is intended for laypersons and professionals alike.

Tickets are now on sale. For details, visit us at www.therealpaleofx.com and www.facebook.com/paleofx.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Philosophy Weekend: Philosophy in Action Radio Preview

By Diana Hsieh

In Sunday morning's episode of Philosophy in Action Q&A Radio, I'll answer questions on circumcision versus female genital mutilation, anarcho-capitalism, duties to government, and more with Greg Perkins.

  • Who: Dr. Diana Hsieh and Greg Perkins
  • What: Philosophy in Action Q&A Radio: Female Genital Mutilation, Anarcho-Capitalism, and More
  • When: Sunday, 28 October 2012, 8 am PT / 9 am MT / 10 am CT / 11 am ET
  • Where: Philosophy in Action's Live Studio
This week's questions are:
  • Question 1: Circumcision Versus Female Genital Mutilation: Is circumcision on par with female genital mutilation? Many people decry female genital mutilation, but they regard circumcision as the right of parents. Is that wrong?
  • Question 2: Anarcho-Capitalism: What's wrong with anarcho-capitalism? Libertarian anarchists – such as Murray Rothbard, Roy Childs, and Stefan Molyneux – claim that anarcho-capitalism is the only political system compatible with the "non-aggression principle." Is that right? Must any government initiate force by excluding competing defense agencies, as anarchists claim? Should governments be abolished in favor of a private markets in force?
  • Question 3: Duties to Government: In a free society, would people be obliged to support or obey the government? Ayn Rand defined government as "an institution that holds the exclusive power to enforce certain rules of social conduct in a given geographical area." She said that a government has – and must have – "a monopoly on the legal use of physical force." Given that, must a person support the government – morally or financially – in order for his rights to be protected? Would a person have to swear loyalty, pay taxes, or serve in the military? What would be the status of an anarchist – meaning someone who regards all government as illegitimate – in such a society?

To join the live broadcast and its chat, just point your browser to Philosophy in Action's Live Studio a few minutes before the show is scheduled to start. If you attend the live show, you can share your thoughts with other listeners and ask me follow-up questions in the text chat.

If you miss the live broadcast, you'll find the audio from the episode posted here: Q&A Radio: 28 October 2012.

Philosophy in Action Radio broadcasts every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. For information on upcoming shows and more, visit the Episodes on Tap.

I hope that you join us on Sunday morning!

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Friday, October 26, 2012

The Paleo Rodeo #133

By Diana Hsieh

Welcome to this week's edition of The Paleo Rodeo!

The Paleo Rodeo is a weekly blog carnival featuring the best paleo-related posts by members of the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. The past editions of the Rodeo are collected on this page.

What is "paleo"? As I say in Modern Paleo Principles:

A "paleo" approach to health uses the evolutionary history of homo sapiens, plus the best of modern science, as a broad framework for guiding daily choices about diet, fitness, medicine, and supplementation. The core of paleo is the diet: it eschews grains, sugars, and modern vegetable oils in favor of high-quality meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables.
The purpose of The Paleo Rodeo is to highlight some of the best blogging of the ever-growing paleosphere.

Here is this week's edition:
Rafael B., PhD presents Are fried foods bad? posted at Real Food = Better Health, saying, "Not at all. Fried real foods (eggs, meat, fish) does not increases heart diseases or mortality."

Hadass Eviatar presents Just Eat Real Food posted at My Coat of Many Colours, saying, "I sing the praises of real food!"

Danny J Albers presents A story in pictures posted at Primal North, saying, "How our food advice exploited the Inuit and then had us blaming them, a story in pictures."

Victoria presents These feet were made for walking posted at Principle into Practice, saying, "Many who embrace an evolutionary approach to food eventually adopt an evolutionary approach to footwear. Whether you chose to go truly barefoot, or opt for a more mainstream 'minimalist" option, there are benefits of embracing a choice inline with out evolutionary past."

Crystal Fieldhouse presents Paleo 30-Day Challenge - Story from the Trenches posted at Eat Sleep Move, saying, "To be honest, I actually had absolutely no intention of 'changing my life'. In my head I always looked the way I look now, it is funny how your mind plays tricks on you when you are desperately trying to ignore what is staring back at you in the mirror."

Carmen Fraser presents Raw Paleo Hedgehog posted at Carmen Eat Joy, saying, "When my Dad recently began his paleo journey, he was craving something chocolatey and sweet - which this is - but with no sweeteners and no dairy, it's the perfect guilt free treat to satisfy your paleo cravings!!"

Nell Stephenson presents Colder Weather & Heartier Meals posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "For some, as the winter weather nears, the natural tendency to opt for heartier meals can prove to be a challenge if you're trying to stay Paleo, for no other reason that what may come to mind are non Paleo foods."

Meghan Little & Angel Torres presents Paleo Ginger Carrot Soup, A Healthy Fresh Side posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "This soup has a nice balance of sweet and savory, with fresh notes of ginger and hints of garlic. Really delicious with our skirt steak, grilled chicken or filet mignon! Perfect for the cooling weather!"

Carmen Fraser presents Raw Paleo Hedgehog posted at Carmen Eat Joy, saying, "Something chocolatey and paleo friendly - perfect for your 4pm cravings!!"

Douglas Robb presents You eat Paleo, your spouse doesn't...what do you do??? posted at Health Habits, saying, "I like to eat Paleo.... My wife doesn't. This difference can be a real pain in the ass for a couple that enjoys eating dinner together but still wants to avoid having screaming fights over the dinner menu."

Dan presents A Grizzly Guide to Paleo posted at Grizzly Strong, saying, "An informative post regarding Paleo - establish a baseline knowledge for those uninitiated to make an informed decision about their health."

Dan presents Grizzly Goes a Wanderin' posted at Grizzly Strong, saying, "This post is all about how to succeed in Paleo while traveling - some of the common issues and the tricks I've found that make it easier than you might think."

Peggy Emch presents Teaching With Analogies and Why We're Born So Helpless posted at The Primal Parent, saying, "How would you explain to a child why human babies are born so helpless? Come listen to me explain an analogy to a child!"

Neely Quinn presents How Not Exercising Obsessively Is Improving My Life posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "Sometimes you just need a break..."

Ute presents Why are you not losing weight on the paleo diet? posted at Grokette's Primal Musings, saying, "If you're not seeing the desired results you were hoping for, you may be doing something wrong. Read my blog post for what this might be."

Brittanie Duncan presents Food Day 2012 posted at Three Diets One Dinner, saying, "Feeding your family the right foods is about love. Did you celebrate Food Day 2012?"

Lisa presents The Paleo Vacation in Greece posted at Swiss Paleo, saying, "Can you go on vacation and stay paleo? We went to Greece...stop by and see what we ate and what we did!"

Lisa presents Coconut Macadamia Chocolate Macaroons posted at Swiss Paleo, saying, "I know we all need another paleo cookie recipe like we need a hole in the head, but these are really, really good (and drop dead easy)!"

Melissa Joulwan presents Golden Cauliflower Soup posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "I'm trying to force fall to arrive in Austin, TX by making soup -- and this is my new fave for breakfast. Velvety smooth and creamy, it's comforting and good for you. YAY!"

Amy Kubal presents 7 Shades of Paleo posted at Robb Wolf, saying, "Are you ready for this? What 'shade of paleo' are you? Maybe it's not a black and white subject."

Max Ungar presents 25 Things You can do In and Around Your Campus posted at Caveman College, saying, "Here are 25 awesome and primal things that you can do to make your experience at college that much better."

The PaleoMD presents A New Paleo Friendly Supplement Company posted at PaleoMD, saying, "Just found a new supplement company that appears very Paleo friendly! High quality Whey Protein sweetened with Stevia."

the PaleoMD presents Great Ideas North of the Border! posted at PaleoMD, saying, "I wish our medical and health organizations in the US were so forward thinking!"

Primal Kitchen's Family Grokumentarian presents Diet's Impact on Neurological Struggles: Not Everything, But Hardly Nothing posted at Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary, saying, "My youngest daughter was diagnosed with apraxia and sensory processing disorder at age 26 months in the spring. This week, I reflect on how she has made real, very noticeable linguistic and developmental strides in the time since we overhauled her diet."

The Cavegirls presents More reasons to buy organic poultry posted at Northwest Cavegirls, saying, "A recent lawsuit filing has me chewing on this lesson and organic foods, i.e. poultry, and how imperative it is to use it instead of conventional."

Angie presents Primal Breads posted at Angie's Suburban Oasis.

Many thanks to the PaleoBloggers who submitted to this edition of the The Paleo Rodeo! We love new members! So if you blog on paleo-related matters and you'd like to submit your posts to the carnival, please subscribe to the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. You'll receive instructions and reminders via that list.

Finally, you can find all of the blogs of the PaleoBloggers on this continuously-updated list:
Enjoy!

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Philosophy Weekend: Philosophy in Action Radio Preview

By Diana Hsieh

In Sunday morning's episode of Philosophy in Action Q&A Radio, I'll answer questions on federal, state and local government, parenting via empty threats, circumcision versus female genital mutilation, reasons for everything, and more with Greg Perkins.

  • Who: Dr. Diana Hsieh and Greg Perkins
  • What: Philosophy in Action Q&A Radio: Government, Empty Threats, Circumcision, and More
  • When: Sunday, 21 October 2012, 8 am PT / 9 am MT / 10 am CT / 11 am ET
  • Where: Philosophy in Action's Live Studio
This week's questions are:
  • Question 1: Federal, State and Local Government: Is it proper for state or local government to enact laws that a federal government should not? A proper government is one that fulfills and is limited to the role of protecting citizens from initiations of force by other individuals or other nations. However, in a free and proper society, is it proper for local and state governments to enact laws that go beyond the proper functions of a federal government? For example, in a properly-governed United States, could states enact certain laws that regulate behavior beyond what the federal government could enact, perhaps based on the religious or other values held by most people in that community – on the assumption that any person who disagreed could leave the area?
  • Question 2: Parenting Via Empty Threats: Should parents make empty threats to their children? At the grocery store last week, I heard a mother threaten to throw away her daughter's favorite toys unless the daughter behaved. That seems to be pretty common: parents make empty threats in an attempt to scare their kids into better behavior. They'll say that it works, and perhaps it does. But what are the consequences? Are such empty threats a valid parenting technique?
  • Question 3: Circumcision Versus Female Genital Mutilation: Is circumcision on par with female genital mutilation? Many people decry female genital mutilation, but they regard circumcision as the right of parents. Is that wrong?
  • Question 4: Reasons for Everything: Does everything happen for a reason? When confronted with some unwelcome turn of events, many people tell themselves that "everything happens for a reason." What does that mean – and is it true? Is it harmless – or does believing that have negative effects on a person's life?
After that, we'll tackle some impromptu "Rapid Fire Questions."

To join the live broadcast and its chat, just point your browser to Philosophy in Action's Live Studio a few minutes before the show is scheduled to start. If you attend the live show, you can share your thoughts with other listeners and ask me follow-up questions in the text chat.

If you miss the live broadcast, you'll find the audio from the episode posted here: Q&A Radio: 21 October 2012.

Philosophy in Action Radio broadcasts every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. For information on upcoming shows and more, visit the Episodes on Tap.

I hope that you join us on Sunday morning!

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Friday, October 19, 2012

The Paleo Rodeo #132

By Diana Hsieh

Welcome to this week's edition of The Paleo Rodeo!

The Paleo Rodeo is a weekly blog carnival featuring the best paleo-related posts by members of the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. The past editions of the Rodeo are collected on this page.

What is "paleo"? As I say in Modern Paleo Principles:

A "paleo" approach to health uses the evolutionary history of homo sapiens, plus the best of modern science, as a broad framework for guiding daily choices about diet, fitness, medicine, and supplementation. The core of paleo is the diet: it eschews grains, sugars, and modern vegetable oils in favor of high-quality meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables.
The purpose of The Paleo Rodeo is to highlight some of the best blogging of the ever-growing paleosphere.

Here is this week's edition:
Julianne presents Eating gluten free and paleo diet travelling in Russia posted at Julianne's paleo and zone nutrition, saying, "My family and I travelled to Russia in September (to meet our children's birth family) We spent nearly 2 weeks in Moscow and Novokuznetsk, Siberia. I was surprised to see how easy it was to stay gluten free and paleo eating in local restaurants and cafes."

Rafael B., PhD. presents Carbs cause fatty liver posted at EAT REAL FOODS, saying, "When I was diagnosed with fatty liver muy hepatologist prescribed a low fat diet. Oh my god!! How wrong she was!!!! becasue Carbs cause fatty liver."

Danny J Albers presents Chocolate Blubber posted at Primal North, saying, "Practicing primal low carb or nutritional ketosis? Delicious fat for the road based on the Inuit Hunter practice of packing blubber for long trips for the exact same reason, energy!"

Carmen Fraser presents Banana and Apple Paleo Macadamia Muffins posted at Carmen Eat Joy, saying, "Sick of eggs for breakfast? Try these muffins, sweetened naturally with banana and apple. No honey or agave in sight..."

Carmen Fraser presents Whole30 - 2 Weeks In posted at Carmen Eat Joy, saying, "After 2 weeks on the Whole30, I can honestly say I haven't felt this good for a long time. And I wasn't even eating that badly before..."

Jennifer Hunt presents Review of PCOS Unlocked: The Manual posted at Vibrant Sexy Strong, saying, "My review of PCOS Unlocked: The Manual written by Stefani Ruper of Paleo for Women. SPOILER: It's awesome."

The Cavegirls presents Pumpkin Muffins posted at Northwest Cavegirls, saying, "It's certainly one of those days here in the Pacific Northwest. First rainy day this autumn, leaves are falling, heating is on and we have a 'no-school" day. There was no better way to start it than with a batch of freshly baked paleo pumpkin muffins! These are great for breakfast or snacks or well... for anytime really!"

Angie presents Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies posted at Angie's Suburban Oasis, saying, "What's better than a chocolate chip cookie? A Paleo Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookie, that's what! The kids and I had a lazy day last week when they had the day off from school. We slept in, watched a movie, played and made cookies. The kids voted for Chocolate chip cookies, but I took them a step further and added more chocolate! They were one of the best cookies I've had. They were crispy on the outside, fudgy on the inside and just plain yummy."

Nell Stephenson presents Here We Go Again posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson writes about racing today at the 2012 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hi- her sixth time competing as a high level Paleo endurance athlete at World Championships."

Max Shippee presents But I Don't Want to Get All Bulky! posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "Not doing heavy lifting because you don't want to end up looking manly or 'bulky"? You may be surprised to find out the truth."

Heba presents Paleo 101: An Interview with Nutrition Student Laura of Ancestralize Me posted at My Life in a Pyramid, saying, "Healthy living ... with a cosmopolitan twist! More on my About page."

Melissa Fritcher presents 100LBS Gone Forever! posted at LessofMimi, saying, "Post highlighting a huge milestone on my way to goal."

Tarah presents Introducing Paleo Pen Pals! posted at What I Gather, saying, "Brittanie from Three Diets One Dinner and myself have started a Paleo food swap called Paleo Pen Pals! Sign up, send a Paleo ingredient or food to your pen pal and receive an ingredient from them, make a new recipe, blog about it and share the Paleo love!"

Fatisfied presents Walk Like an Egyptian... posted at Free Your Fat, saying, "Walk the walk of sustainable Paleo living by planting the Egyptian walking onion (a perennial edible plant) before the ground freezes."

Melissa Joulwan presents Slow-Cooker Italian Pork Roast posted at The Clothes Make The Girl, saying, "Just four ingredients, zero work, and tons of flavor, this is a perfect recipe for fall. Enjoy!"

Julie Campbell presents doro wot posted at the crankin' kitchen!, saying, "a traditional, deeply spiced Ethiopian dish of chicken and hard boiled eggs in a rich stew."

Mary Catherine Horgan presents "Things that are awesome" Wednesday: Brussels Sprouts posted at Nourish Paleo Foods, saying, "I've haivng a little love affair with Brussels sprouts this week. This is my fun ode to the mini-cabbages."

Beth Mazur presents Study: Marshmallow test revisited posted at Weight Maven, saying, "researchers added an interesting twist to the classic marshmallow test to see how kids' rational decision-making skills affected their ability to delay gratification."

Primal Kitchen's Family Grokumentarian presents Boo Bites - a Paleo and Gaps Diet Friendly Treat for Halloween posted at Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary, saying, "This is a great, safe kitchen project for kids to help! The ghosts don't have to look perfect, and the decoration of the eyes and mouths will definitely keep your little ones busy. The little coconut manna based ghosts come together in less than 15 minutes, and make a compelling treat for Halloween."

Brittanie Duncan presents Paleo Pen Pals posted at Three Diets One Dinner, saying, "If your Paleo Blog is all about food, this post is for you! Join me and Tarah from What I Gather in the first ever Paleo blogger swap! So far we have had a great response and are looking forward to our first one. Join Paleo Pen Pals on our facebook page, http://facebook.com/paleopenpals."

Susie T. Gibbs presents Poor Man's Beef Stroganoff posted at Fluffy Chix Cook, saying, "Quick and easy weeknight meal brings comfort without the carbs. Buttery cabbage noodles are a perfect side dish to replace noodles."

Many thanks to the PaleoBloggers who submitted to this edition of the The Paleo Rodeo! We love new members! So if you blog on paleo-related matters and you'd like to submit your posts to the carnival, please subscribe to the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. You'll receive instructions and reminders via that list.

Finally, you can find all of the blogs of the PaleoBloggers on this continuously-updated list:
Enjoy!

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Philosophy Weekend: Philosophy in Action Radio Preview

By Diana Hsieh

In Sunday morning's episode of Philosophy in Action Q&A Radio, I'll answer questions on pursuing personal values in an imperfect world, working for the IRS versus collecting welfare, upselling to unwary customers, being like Hank Rearden, and more with Greg Perkins.

  • Who: Dr. Diana Hsieh and Greg Perkins
  • What: Philosophy in Action Q&A Radio: Our Imperfect World, Work Versus Welfare, and More
  • When: Sunday, 14 October 2012, 8 am PT / 9 am MT / 10 am CT / 11 am ET
  • Where: Philosophy in Action's Live Studio
This week's questions are:
  • Question 1: Pursuing Personal Values in an Imperfect World: Given the terrible state of the economy and culture, is it wrong to pursue your own private values? Shouldn't we all be working full time at counteracting the terrible ideas that run rampant in our culture? Is time taken away from "the good fight" in pursuit of other activities merely a useless distraction, counterproductive, and possibly immoral – as some people claim? Or is the pursuit of your own values a moral way to enjoy one's life in spite of the grim state of the culture, politics, and the economy?
  • Question 2: Working for the IRS Versus Collecting Welfare: Is it wrong to accept Social Security disability benefits when I could work? I'm blind. Although I can work, my recent job at the IRS seemed to be so soul-draining and vexing that I determined to look elsewhere for employment. However, jobs are limited right now, and I am not sure what else I want to do at this point. Was it right for me to quit my job before having the next one lined up? In the meantime, is it moral for me to receive Social Security? Have I gone from being a maker to a taker?
  • Question 3: Upselling to Unwary Customers: Should a waitress upsell a customer without warning when given an ambiguous order? At the restaurant where I work, we sell wine. Customers often ask for "just a red/white wine, whatever." Many servers take that as an opportunity to sell them the most expensive wine. Is that moral and/or wise? (Personally, if the customer gives me an order like that, I suggest a few options, usually the house wine and some more mid-range brands.) Should we tell the customer what wine we're selling them and its price? Should we give them the cheapest or house wine? Or should we sell them the most expensive wine, since that will generate the largest tip?
  • Question 4: Being Like Hank Rearden: Should I try to be more like Hank Rearden? After reading Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged," I've come to an important conclusion: I want to be more like Hank Rearden. What tips would you offer to someone desiring to be so awesome?
After that, we'll tackle some impromptu "Rapid Fire Questions."

To join the live broadcast and its chat, just point your browser to Philosophy in Action's Live Studio a few minutes before the show is scheduled to start. If you attend the live show, you can share your thoughts with other listeners and ask me follow-up questions in the text chat.

If you miss the live broadcast, you'll find the audio from the episode posted here: Q&A Radio: 14 October 2012.

Philosophy in Action Radio broadcasts every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. For information on upcoming shows and more, visit the Episodes on Tap.

I hope that you join us on Sunday morning!

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Friday, October 12, 2012

The Paleo Rodeo #131

By Diana Hsieh

Welcome to this week's edition of The Paleo Rodeo!

The Paleo Rodeo is a weekly blog carnival featuring the best paleo-related posts by members of the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. The past editions of the Rodeo are collected on this page.

What is "paleo"? As I say in Modern Paleo Principles:

A "paleo" approach to health uses the evolutionary history of homo sapiens, plus the best of modern science, as a broad framework for guiding daily choices about diet, fitness, medicine, and supplementation. The core of paleo is the diet: it eschews grains, sugars, and modern vegetable oils in favor of high-quality meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables.
The purpose of The Paleo Rodeo is to highlight some of the best blogging of the ever-growing paleosphere.

Here is this week's edition:
Rafael B., PhD presents What would happen if I eat 3 eggs daily? posted at What would happen if I eat 3 eggs daily?, saying, "What would happen if I eat 3 eggs daily? Imagine that you would ask that question to your doctor or nutritionist. Surely will look straight in the eyes and with an air of superiority will tell you are on the irreversible path of developing cardiovascular disease due to high cholesterol content of eggs THE REAL ANSWER WILL SURPRISE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!."

Adam Farrah presents Feelings are Warnings posted at Practical Paleolithic, saying, "A blog post about listening to your feelings and emotions, honoring them and giving them the status they deserve in your life."

Nell Stephenson presents Peanut Butter Cure? posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson writes about the Peanut Butter Cure. :(."

Meghan Little & Angel Torres presents Paleo Mofongo, A Puerto Rican Side Made From Fried Plantains posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "This Puerto Rican side dish is made from fried green plantains and spices and is delicious on its own, or stuffed into a turkey! So good, you'll go back for seconds!"

Blair presents The Ascension of K2 posted at The Found Link, saying, "Found links connecting the elusive X-factor with the recent discovery of an overlooked vitamin's lifesaving potential."

Tarah presents Super (Paleo) Smoothie Recipes! posted at What I Gather, saying, "Smoothies can be a quick and tasty way to get in a few of your daily servings of fruit. They are a great breakfast on busy mornings and perfect as a post-workout recovery treat."

Neely Quinn presents Navigating Health and Performance Failures on A Paleo Diet: We're Only Human posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "Despite some of the seemingly miraculous healings that occur for some people when they switch to a Paleo diet, other Paleo eaters struggle to find perfect health and performance."

Carmen Fraser presents Activated Paleo Porridge posted at Carmen Eat Joy, saying, "For those who are sick of eggs, yet have a slight nut intolerance, this brekky is for you!"

Carmen Fraser presents The Whole 30 - After One Week posted at Carmen Eat Joy, saying, "What a fabulous way to kickstart into paleo living... The Whole30 gives you no excuses and plenty of reasons to begin... or begin again..."

Max Ungar presents College Tips Part 1: Animal Products posted at Caveman College, saying, "What college students should be buying and using in their appartments."

Diana Hsieh presents Easy Sautéed Pineapple posted at NoodleFood, saying, "Pineapple sautéed in butter is quick, simple, and yummy!"

Lisa@swisspaleo presents Sunday Cook-Up: Prosciutto Eggs cups Two Ways posted at Swiss Paleo, saying, "A great make ahead breakfast idea for a 'grab and go" meal. Easy to change the recipe according to the ingredients you have on hand."

Amy Kubal presents Pushing Your Buttons... posted at Robb Wolf, saying, "Do certain foods push your 'on' button and cause it to stick? How does it happen and what can you do about it? Find out here!"

Beth Mazur presents Today's annoying study: Shai diet followup posted at Weight Maven, saying, "a four-year followup to a well-known diet study shows that for most, weight loss diets are not generally successful at helping people maintain significant (in terms of pounds, not p-values) weight loss."

Neely Quinn presents Navigating Health and Performance Failures on A Paleo Diet: We're Only Human posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "Despite some of the seemingly miraculous healings that occur for some people when they switch to a Paleo diet, other Paleo eaters struggle to find perfect health and performance."

Todd Dosenberry presents Primal Toad posted at Epic Primal Giveaway: Halloween 2012 -- $595 Value, saying, "The second epic giveaway is here. It ends on Halloween night (boo!) and includes a variety of Primal/Paleo prizes with a total value of $595 (with more being added next week). The way you enter is fun and enables everyone to learn from each other on how they approach eating during the holidays!"

The Cavegirls presents Easy Paleo Pizza posted at Northwest Cavegirls, saying, "Cavegirl Stephanie has found the perfect paleo pizza crust!"

Angie presents The Ultimate Chocolate Waffle posted at Angie's Suburban Oasis.

Jennifer Hunt presents How to Travel with Kids and Special Diets posted at Vibrant Sexy Strong, saying, "What do you do on a month-long road trip when your two-year-old can only eat meat and cooked vegetables? A few tips for Paleo families who can't eat carrot sticks, almond butter, fruit, or Applegate."

Anthony DiSarro presents Points of Performance: Speed & Strength (Part 1) -- How do your lifts stack up? posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "In this Points of Performance blog post series, we will look closer at the relationship between strength and speed, help you identify if you have in fact struck a balance between them, and what to do about if you have not."

Many thanks to the PaleoBloggers who submitted to this edition of the The Paleo Rodeo! We love new members! So if you blog on paleo-related matters and you'd like to submit your posts to the carnival, please subscribe to the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. You'll receive instructions and reminders via that list.

Finally, you can find all of the blogs of the PaleoBloggers on this continuously-updated list:
Enjoy!

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Monday, October 08, 2012

Another Paleo-Friendly Snack

By Diana Hsieh

As a follow-up to my post on paleo-friendly snacks, I wanted to mention the new AMRAP Refuel bars.

I received two free samples a while back. They're a dense and chewy bar with a nutty flavor. They don't have any aftertaste. They're perfectly paleo.

I prefer to eat my own homemade snacks whenever possible, but I do rely on such pre-made snacks when I'm in a terrible rush. I keep a few on hand in my car and truck for whenever I find myself unexpectedly stuck somewhere, exhausted and hungry. (It's just not helpful for my recovery from adrenal insufficiency for me to grit my teeth and endure that.)

The AMRAP bars are a bit pricey, but they're substantial. For some, they'd be a good option. You can read about and order them here.

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Sunday, October 07, 2012

Food Safety in a Free Society: Philosophy in Action Podcast

By Diana Hsieh

In the 30 September 2012 episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I discussed food safety in a free society, and I thought it might be of interest. The question was:

How would the government protect the safety of food and drugs in a free society? Would the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) exist in free society? If so, would food or drugs have to gain FDA approval to be sold? Would it have the power to remove food or drugs deemed unsafe from the market? If not, what would protect consumers from harm due to adulterated or otherwise unsafe food or drugs?
My Answer, In Brief: The FDA violates rights: it should be abolished. The safety of food and drugs would be ensured in a free market by the profit-seeking of companies within the context of a legal system that bans fraud, torts, and other rights-violations.

Download or Listen to My Full Answer:

Tags: Ethics, Food, Free Society, Health, Law, Medicine, Torts Relevant Links:To comment on this question or my answer, visit its comment thread. A podcast of the full episode – where I answered questions on greed in the NFL dispute with referees, a religious wedding for an atheist groom, preventing information overload, food safety in a free society, and more – is available as a podcast here: Episode of 30 September 2012. Philosophy in Action Radio broadcasts every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. For information on upcoming shows and more, visit the Episodes on Tap.

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Friday, October 05, 2012

The Paleo Rodeo #130

By Diana Hsieh

Welcome to this week's edition of The Paleo Rodeo!

The Paleo Rodeo is a weekly blog carnival featuring the best paleo-related posts by members of the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. The past editions of the Rodeo are collected on this page.

What is "paleo"? As I say in Modern Paleo Principles:

A "paleo" approach to health uses the evolutionary history of homo sapiens, plus the best of modern science, as a broad framework for guiding daily choices about diet, fitness, medicine, and supplementation. The core of paleo is the diet: it eschews grains, sugars, and modern vegetable oils in favor of high-quality meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables.
The purpose of The Paleo Rodeo is to highlight some of the best blogging of the ever-growing paleosphere.

Here is this week's edition:
Rafael B., PhD presents Fat is NOT the problem in Obesity posted at Real Food is Great, saying, "Finally, even Harvard agrees: FAT is NOT THE PROBLEM in health and OBESITY."

Kris presents 10 Reasons Not to Eat Wheat posted at Kris Kris, saying, "I've believed wheat to be unhealthy for many years, but I recently read the book Wheat Belly and it seems that wheat is much worse than I thought."

Suz Crawt presents Free Food? posted at The Paleo Network, saying, "Is free office food worth it?"

Nell Stephenson presents Beating Belly Fat & Slimming Thighs? posted at Paleoista, by Nell Stephenson, saying, "Paleo expert Nell Stephenson writes about whether any of the common gimmicks in the media around getting slim and losing weight have any merit."

Victoria presents Rheumatology Ruminations posted at Principle into Practice, saying, "Rheumatological disorders are some of the most complex and poorly understood diseases doctors and patients face. Are they the result of bad luck and genetics, or are they a body's violent reaction to the mismatch of our modern world with our evolutionary expectations?"

Kelly Fitzsimmons presents Learning the Egg Nutritional Facts of Life posted at Weight Loss Ninja, saying, "Busting the myths and presenting just the juicy facts about Eggs. Read this article now to learn more and extinguish all the misinformation you hear everyday regarding eggs."

Crystal Fieldhouse presents How to Substitute Your Weekly Staple Veggies For Something Different posted at Eat Sleep Move, saying, "Ease into the Wild Food Challenge by switching out the Top 10 Most Popular Veggies with these Wild Food substitutions that are 'same same but different." Change the way you think and eat, one bite at a time."

Douglas Robb presents A Paleo Diet for the 21st Century posted at Health Habits, saying, "A FREE eBook introducing 'normal" people to the Paleo Diet...explaining how to incorporate Paleo nutrition into our fast-paced modern lifestyle."

Peggy Emch presents More Kids, More Love posted at The Primal Parent, saying, "Have you ever wondered if you would love a second child as much as the first?"

Max Ungar presents Staying Primal in the Dining Hall: A Meal-by-Meal Guide posted at Caveman College, saying, "Your primal guide to the college dining hall."

Mary Catherine Horgan presents Working in paleo / Caveman Cafeteria posted at Nourish Paleo Foods, saying, "An interview with Will White owner of Caveman Cafeteria, a new paleo food truck and catering business in Denver. He answers all my questions, including, 'Do you make people run after the food truck before eating to simulate the hunting experience?"."

Max Shippee presents Getting Toned posted at Paleo Plan, saying, "How do you actually get 'toned" and what does that mean? Hear it first hand from a CrossFit trainer."

Jedha presents 25 Goal Setting Ideas posted at Paleo Diet Blog, saying, "A list of ideas and strategies you can use to get more out of life :)."

Angie presents Zucchini Pasta with Slow Cooker Bolognese posted at Angie's Suburban Oasis, saying, "Looking for an ultra fast dinner that cooks in the crock pot while you go about your day? This Crock Pot Bolognese is a versitile meat dish that can go over everything from sweet potatoes to zucchini noodles."

The Cavegirls presents Paleo Dinner Party Menu posted at Northwest Cavegirls, saying, "Looking to throw a paleo dinner party? I did just that over the weekend. We had a fabulous dinner that contained no grains, no dairy, no refined sugars, no legumes, no nightshade veggies and no citrus (an allergy of one of the attendees). We were all very well fed and had happy taste buds!"

Meghan Little & Angel Torres presents Paleo Curried Chicken Salad, A Light Lunch with Cranberries & Apples posted at Paleo Effect, saying, "This recipe is so simple and so delicious. The sweet fruit really complements the earthy curry and chicken. Try it on our Fluffy Paleo Bread for a sandwich. We love it for fall picnics or a quick meal to grab for lunch at the office!"

Kerri Costa presents Roasted Butternut Squash Soup posted at the functional foodie, saying, "Perfect soup weather! This is the quintessential fall soup. Hearty enough on it's own or the perfect first course for Thanksgiving."

PaleoMD presents Rich Bell Pepper Soup with Goat Cheese posted at The PaleoMD, saying, "Rich and hearty Paleo bell pepper soup with complex taste aided by the addition of goat cheese!"

Charissa Talbot presents 5 Questions with "Paleo Slow Cooking" author Chrissy Gower -- and a giveaway! posted at Balanced Bites, saying, "I can't even begin to count how many times people have asked me for more slow cooker recipes... well, folks, Chrissy's done it for you here. And she's cooking up things in that slow cooker I'd never have imagined!"

Carmen Fraser presents The Whole 30 - Beginning Oct 1 posted at Carmen Eat Joy, saying, "The awesome paleo/Robb Wolf inspired Whole 30 - the beginning of my journey. So excited!"

Amy Kubal presents The State of School Lunch posted at Robb Wolf, saying, "School lunch - it's complicated. What are your kids eating today?"

Many thanks to the PaleoBloggers who submitted to this edition of the The Paleo Rodeo! We love new members! So if you blog on paleo-related matters and you'd like to submit your posts to the carnival, please subscribe to the PaleoBloggers e-mail list. You'll receive instructions and reminders via that list.

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Enjoy!

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Polyphenols and Xenohormesis (How things like resveratrol, curcumin and ginseng work)

By Christian Wernstedt

[Originally published on the VitalObjectives blog]

I often recommend botanical compounds called plant polyphenols as part of helping people optimize their bodies' ability to getting rid of toxins and/or dealing with oxidative- or other types of stress,

Examples of polyphenols are curcumin from turmeric, EGCG from green tea, resveratrol from grapes, and silymarin from milk thistle. There are also polyphenols belonging to the family of botanical compounds called "adaptogens". (The most famous adaptogenic plant is Panax Ginseng.) Coffee has polyphenols too.

I know from observational experience, looking at lab results, and the scientific literature that polyphenols of various types often work very well to achieve desired effects with minimal unwanted effects. (I would add, especially when used as part of defined "protocols" for specific purposes rather than random supplementation.)

So how do polyphenols work?

Aren't they just like weaker, more "natural" versions of designer pharmaceuticals (aka biochemical monkey-wrenches), and hence just as un-natural and potentially harmful?

Not so!

It has been discovered that polyphenols' main pathway of conferring their effects seems to be to send messages to our genes.

Polyphenols tell the body to start doing certain things; for instance to create more anti-oxidants, or to alter its response to environmental stress.

This is a different way of action than, for instance, providing essential nutrients for processes that the body is already striving to perform at a certain rate, or from substituting compounds that the body might make on its own.

Interestingly, our bodies seem primed to receive messages from these compounds (in fact specific receptors for some of them have been found), but why would our bodies want to listen to strange biochemical messages from plants?

One explanation, which I find biologically compelling, is xenohormesis, and it goes something like this:

Plants produce higher quantities of polyphenols when under environmental stress. This is why grapes growing under harsh conditions are used in the most sought after wines in the world (polyphenols provide "complexity" to the taste), and it is why Swedish strawberries taste better than any other strawberries in the world (or, maybe that's just my nostalgia…).

Now, when animals (including us), eat these polyphenol rich plants their bodies receive advance warning of forthcoming stressful conditions, and may then adapt accordingly on the genetic/biochemical level. Such advance warning is life-serving, so this is why our bodies evolved and retained the biochemical means to "listen".

Example:

When wine grapes are made to suffer nutritionally, they produce more of the polyphenol resveratrol in the response.

When an animal then eats these grapes, the extra resveratrol in them tells the animal's genes that famine might be coming.

In response, the animal's physiology re-orients towards famine conditions without actually experiencing a lack of food yet. The famine-reorientation sets off reactions that have been found to increase longevity. (You have probably heard about caloric restriction, or CR, as a way to prolong life.) In this way, resveratrol acts as a "CR-mimetic", ie., giving the benefits of starvation without the downside.

Cool, isn't it ?!

Now before you go out and buy resveratrol or other polyphenol compounds to take indefinitely, be aware that if you make your body up-regulate, say, certain longevity processes, it must at the same time down-regulate something else. (Are you prepared for the potential problems from messing with your physiology in this way?)

Actually, the body seems to have evolved clever ways to counteract sustained and therefore possibly disruptive signals from plants and their polyphenols.

For instance, what often happens is that unless a polyphenol compound is cycled on and off, there will be diminished effects over time. The body's receptors seem to become deaf to the signal. This also makes biological sense. Who benefits from someone yelling "Fire! Fire! Fire!" long after a fire must reasonably have been extinguished?

So don't think about polyphenol compounds as universal panaceas. You are not going to override the bad effects from eating at McDonald's by putting curry (curcumin) on the burger.

However do think about them as powerful tools with a low risk/reward ratio in the toolkit of health, performance, and longevity.

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Monday, October 01, 2012

Easy Sautéed Pineapple

By Diana Hsieh

A few days ago, I decided to attempt sautéeing pineapple in butter for dessert. Wow, it was delicious! Basically, just slice the pineapple into thin spears -- perhaps 1/4" to 1/2" thick. Then sautée that in a pan -- no need for non-stick -- with a good tablespoon of butter. (Here, I'm using pineapple spears from Costco.)



Brown it on both sides. Toward the end of the cooking, if the pan has gotten a bit dark, add some pineapple juice to unstick that yummy fond. Then serve, perhaps with whipped cream or something else delicious. Melted dark chocolate might be quite yummy. If you don't eat dairy, you could cook it in ghee or coconut oil.



Oh, and in the first picture, you can see that I have some banana in the pan. Alas, that didn't work out well: banana is delicate enough to require a non-stick pan. It was a bit of a gooey mess, but still delicious!

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