Saturday, September 29, 2012


If you don't think you can go without wheat then you are eating too much wheat.

Just finished Wheat Belly and I'll do a post with my thoughts later.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Making real food less time devouring

So my brother, sister-in-law, and adorable nephews came to visit this week =]
They think the paleo thing is interesting but with kids of two and four and both working full-time it really is not going to happen (since they don't want to - and everybody should choose themselves what they put in their mouth). Right now my sister-in-law's weekday evenings are finish work, shop while figuring out what to make for dinner+pick up kids, cook dinner, feed, tidy, tuck in kids. My brother is not some kind of awful man that doesn't contribute but they are very involved parents (i.e. some things might go a little faster).
So in the spirit of things going faster and them getting more quality time with their awesome offspring here are tips to reduce the time spent in the kitchen:

15 Tips for Better Weekly Meal Planning

Some amazing women:

Melicious Joulwan


And my personal tip:

Two or three sets of 'Pruta' from IKEA (apparently 'pruta' doesn't mean 'to fart' in Swedish - so disappointed) - yes I am aware of dangerous, dangerous chemicals from Chinese factories etc etc etc but seriously, having matching lids for most of your storage bins and being able to stack all of those mothers probably helps you increase your veggie intake and decrease your stress enough to more than compensate. And they are really cheap. And so am I. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Gut permeability

So there's this clever thing that mammals do. They breastfeed. And when milk enters the intestines it signals to the intestinal lining to loosen the links between cells (called tight junctions because cells are linked directly to each other rather than suspended in the extra-cellular matrix) so proteins and peptides can enter the bloodstream. Peptides like growth hormones and proteins like antibodies. So the mother can share her adaptive immune system (the immune system that remembers things like vaccinations) with her off-spring. It's only partial protection because the cells necessary to produce the antibodies are not shared, but it's better than nothing. A quick glance at the literature suggests that capric acid may be the causative agent in milk. I haven't spent much time looking though.

tl;dr if you have problems with your immune system try eliminating dairy, gluten, legumes, nightshades, coconut oil, palm oil. All of them at the same time.

Other agents that loosen up tight junctions are chitosan and gluten. Chitosan is a semi-synthetic polymer that has been investigated as a drug delivery vehicle. And you already know gluten. Wheat is by far the greatest source of gluten but celiacs also get sick from rye or barley. And they have too much carbohydrate and it's very easily digestible carbohydrate so you get the whole insulin-blood sugar roller coaster when you eat a fair amount of them (if you don't it can be an indicator of insulin insensitivity - you might want to get that checked out).

In addition lectins, a group of plant carbohydrate-binding proteins, bind to the surface of intestinal cells and may disrupt tight junctions or become transported into the blood in some other manner. Peanut lectin is famous for this.

Why am I even blabbing about all this? Well, if you have any kind of food allergies you might wonder how the hell these immune system provoking peptides or proteins end up inside your body. Supposedly things get broken down into monomer carbohydrates, individual fatty acids (from triglycerides), amino acids etc before being allowed into the body. Well, if your tight junctions are loose junctions then the doors are open for all allergens (bacteria still can't come through). So if I were you I would try giving up dairy, gluten grains, and various plant lectin containing yummies (I'm looking at you legumes and nightshades). That was it really. And sometimes paleo-people rant about "holes in your intestines! So very full of holes!" and now you know what the hell they are on about.

PS Yes, coconut oil is the darling of the paleo community and I heart it but if capric acid is how milk lets stuff in then coconut fat can do the same. And some animal fat. We can't all tolerate or be allergic to all the same things.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Paleo snacks that aren't bloody nuts!

So... snacks. Really, we should be eating enough food at our meals to not need snacks except for a bit of a treat but lets get realistic. We come home from work, we're hungry, and our goddamn significant other doesn't have dinner ready (i.e. my hand). A few rules: no nuts or nut derivatives (e.g. nut butter), jerky, or things that have to be heated.

  1. A tin of mackerel in tomato sauce.
  2. A piece of fruit (not a pound of grapes or cherries).
  3. An avocado (still technically a piece of fruit).
  4. A handful or two of tomatoes (also a fruit?)
  5. Carrots.
  6. A container of berries.
  7. Eh... yeah that was what I had. Please comment if I missed anything!

     8. Nori
     9. Cucumber
     10. A pre-boiled egg (how the fuck did I forget that?)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Brekky - part 7

24/8-27/8 Lots!
My dad was visiting and I didn't write anything down. I am guessing that we had asparagus, tomatoes, mushrooms, apples (fried up), tenderheart cabbage, onions, celery, sweetpotato, eggs, bacon, D&A Harrowgate pork sausages, gluten-free beef sausages, leftover slow-cooked brisket. Probably some other stuff as well. And my Dad managed to eat two loaves of bread and half a baguette in the 4 days he was here =( He mentioned that his mum used to say that you turned black inside if you didn't eat bread. I have no idea what that even means. I fed him extremely delicious food while he was here and made him pay himself for all his bread and cake and what not. I had bought him milk for his coffee/tea though.

28/8 Nothing
Slept in Edinburgh and had a cup of tea in the morning before grabbing a train home. Here's a section from one of the shops at Waverley train station:

Had lunch around noon before going to work.

29/8 Fried salmon, cherry tomatoes, green bell pepper

30/8 No friggin' clue

31/8 Smoked salmon, red bell pepper, avocado, lettuce, cashews, gomashio