Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What To Avoid? What to Eat?

Every person who comes across the primal/paleo lifestyle takes something different from it.

Some people view it as low carb.  Some view it as moderate carb with plenty of fruits and vegetables.  Some people like to include legumes and dairy.

What To Eat:
1) Grass fed beef that is not CAFO.
2) Wild seafood
3) Fruits and vegetables that are organic.  No Monsanto GMO
4) Pastured chicken and pork.  Not so easy to find.  The vegetarian chicken diet is probably grains and GMO soy and corn.  No thanks. 
5) Good fats such as Coconut, Avocado and Olive Oil
6) Bone Broth from Chicken, Fish or Beef
7) Fermented Vegetables
6) I do think that dairy can have a role but it should be raw and organic.  Dairy raises insulin and exists for the purpose of helping a baby grow.  Not exactly ideal if you're looking to lose weight.  Dairy also has a protein called casein that can be a gut irritant for a percentage of the population. 

What to avoid:
1) Wheat
2) Sugar
3) Vegetable Oils
4) Anything in a box
5) Pasteurized Dairy
6) Legumes (proteins act as anti-nutrients)
7) Trans-fats 
8) Soy

Monday, May 16, 2011

Gluten And Tennis Performance

The Wall Street Journal had this article today: http://on.wsj.com/kFlwpX

"How did Novak Djokovic conquer the tennis world?
Maybe the answer is as simple as this: Since last year, he's swearing off pasta, pizza, beer, French bread, Corn Flakes, pretzels, empanadas, Mallomars and Twizzlers—anything with gluten."
It's great to hear stories like this.  Gluten, in my opinion causes issues for the majority of humans.  For some people it causes immediate reactions.  In the majority of people it causes long term health problems that can't be directly connected to gluten when diagnosed.  
Unfortunately doctors don't pay much attention to gluten and their lectins (proteins) unless a patient has a direct allergy.  
Let's hope that other athletes take notice of this which can only help in getting this information out.  

First Post

It's been a long time coming that I finally decided to start a blog.  I believe heavily in the paleo/primal lifestyle.  My blog will touch on topics such as paleo/primal, autoimmunity, The pharma/agra/insurance industries and their role in disease.

This blog will also document my weight loss journal along with recipes and pictures of recipes.  I'm a 31 year old male from the new york area.

I've had short term success with Paleo but then I seem to find my way back to the sugar/wheat.

I'm a big fan of Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, Chris Kresser, Jimmy Moore, Diane Sanfilippo and Dr. Cate Shanahan.

I have psoriasis which is an auto-immune disease.  Modern medicine doesn't have a fucking clue what to do with it.  From everything I've read it's caused by intestinal permeability and/or high insulin levels.  Strict paleo does a pretty good job with both of those.

So this is my first post.  I hope people find this blog informative and entertaining.