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Monday, March 21, 2016

Marching to the Beat of a Caveman's Drum

As I alluded to in my previous Catch-all post, adherence to a strict Paleo diet and lifestyle has kept me in the Game of Life despite a pretty significant handicap.

Here are a few recent meals that highlight this path of success....

For my first and only disclaimer, grits are not Paleo.... they are a grain - corn - and I can definitely feel the High blood sugar - Insulin overshoot - Low Blood Sugar undershoot cycle that is so well described in Mark Sisson's "The Primal Blueprint" as the single most destructive mechanism to the human machine - but they are a calculated indulgence that I enjoy at least once a week.... and in this case I corralled them with a host of Paleo offerings including on the left, an ample Spring Mix Salad with tomatoes and fuji apple sided with a cast iron skillet grilled bevy of asparagus and sweet onions.

And on the right, 2 eggs, roasted chicken breast and guacamole.....

And yes - I do eat this much food at least twice a day and still maintain a low body fat level and plenty of muscle at 172 lbs and 5'10".

10 minute breakfast - more asparagus, a beautiful hard seared patty of organic pork sausage, guacamole, tomatoes and 2 eggs....

Conventional wisdom is bullshit - it's not the fat that kills you.... it's the simple carbs that are converted by your body quickly into blood sugar which is then met by an over insulin response to rid the blood of the high blood sugar, thus sending the sugar straight to your body to be stored as fat and resulting in a temporary low blood sugar condition that leaves you feeling sleepy and with low energy so what do you do - go have a sweet treat or high sugar drink to get your blood sugar back up.... a never ending destructive cycle.

So the next time you think about reaching for a grain or gluten-rich Energy Bar, reach for a chicken thigh instead.

That's what a Caveman would do and he was a helluva lot healthier than 99% of today's population!

Geez - what a beautiful plate of Spring Mix salad, tomatoes and wedges of clementine oranges topped with a cast iron skilled seared Wild Sockeye Salmon fillet coated with salt, pepper, cumin, garam masala and all spice and sided with the same cast iron skillet grilled asparagus.

Eat this and you will be happy you did.

Repeat after me..... Meat and Eggs are my friend!

And in the Caveman way, eat in front of a roaring fire!

Living at 7200' in a beautiful, arid environment is another way to embrace a healthy lifestyle.

Yep - that's my grocery basket - get your carbs from a cornucopia of fresh, colorful, anti-oxidant, nutrient rich fruits and veggies.  These are the right kind of carbs!

Be selective with your proteins - Buy wild, organic and pasture raised if you can afford it.

And who can't afford a $5.99 / lb Wild Sockeye Salmon fillet and a $7.99 Rockfish fillet?

 A base of Spring Mix with tomatoes, carrot sticks and blueberries with a hot mix of green beans, onions, jalapeno peppers, ginger, yellow squash, deboned chicken thigh and pork sausage.

And all together now.... 

This is a huge portion of food that has a ton of nutrients.

I ate the whole thing and had absolutely no "Big Meal Hangover" like I would've had with a meal containing rice, pasta, bread or some other gluten products.

And the kicker is..... all of these meals were prepared in less than 10 minutes.

So lack of time is no excuse.

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