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"Eat Like A Predator, Not Like Prey": Paleo In Six Easy Steps, A Motivational Guide
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April 27, 2014
1:55 pm
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OMG! I just thought of the next big gimmick. "RESISTANT SUGAR'. Just add 2 tbs. of refined fructose to a glass of water and drink. You can now eat more fruit as the "Resistant Sugar" will protect you.I'm gonna be rich!

April 27, 2014
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... or Rich 😀

Living in the Ice Age
http://livingintheiceage.pjgh.co.uk

May 2, 2014
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Thanks for this. You have really given me some great ideas on food. I have a long term medical condition and stumbled into reducing my sugar and grain intake which helped my condition a lot. However I have struggled to make much sense of what I should or should not eat. This has helped put it in context. Avoiding food with added sugar was the best thing I ever did diet wise.

May 4, 2014
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Tom:

I'm glad you're seeing success, and I'm glad my work is helping you.  Stay on target!  You'll continue to see benefits for many months as you maintain this new way of eating -- often the lack of chronic irritants you always thought were "just part of aging".

JS

May 5, 2014
3:12 pm
Allen
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The mainstream media finally published an article on diet that is worth reading. I think it's gonna make the AHA quite upset, but the article is quite truthful. Check it out. You can search the following terms in google. "The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease Are butter, cheese and steak really bad for you? The dubious science behind the anti-fat crusade." I didn't want to copy and paste the entire Wall Street Journal article.

May 7, 2014
4:06 pm
Valerie
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J. First of all, thank you for all your wonderful articles and for taken your time to help others. I live a paleo lifestyle and it is a non brainer for me. I was wondering what your thoughts are on the recent Harvard study, that claims "Eating more fibre after a heart attack may lengthen life"? It stated that people who ate the most fibre after a heart attack had a 25% lower chance of dying in the following decade! compared with those who ate the least fibre. Thank you!

May 8, 2014
3:34 pm
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Allen:

I've read the article, and it's a solid overview of the history behind the anti-fat crusade.  I suspect someone read Denise Minger's "Death By Food Pyramid"!

 

Valerie:

Oh, great...more associative data retrospectively mined and "adjusted" from the Health Professionals Followup Study and the Nurses Health Study (done by Harvard) until it supports the dietary recommendations the Harvard School of Public Health has already decided on.

I already wrote that article, about a previous pile of junk retrospectively mined from that same dataset.

More importantly, we have much better data on dietary fiber, from DART -- which was an ACTUAL CONTROLLED TRIAL of a fiber-only intervention.  Result: the fiber group showed a 20% increase in all-cause mortality.  (This was termed "not significant" by the authors, probably because it wasn't the expected result!)

Here's a hint: if you see a reference to the "Health Professionals Followup Study" or the "Nurses Health Study", especially in conjunction with the "Harvard School of Public Health," you're almost guaranteed to be looking at a giant pile of bull feathers.

JS

July 4, 2014
10:48 am
eddie watts
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J do you access to the full data on that DART attached?
the abstract does not mention the mortality rates at all

July 9, 2014
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eddie:

The fulltext of DART isn't free, but I read it a while ago. If you want to see the graphs, Stephan reprinted them in this article from way back in the day.

JS

July 14, 2014
6:31 pm
Pedro
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This is great! I have been consuming everything that I can get my fingers on regarding the Paleo way of eating. I hate to say diet because it is so often taken out of context. Thanks for this informative website.

I ate a "normal" American diet until 6 years ago. I became vegetarian and it felt good, at first. Probably because I was not eating healthy foods prior to becoming a vegetarian then began consuming lots of healthy vegetables and fruits. HOWEVER, I always craved meat. I usually binged once or twice a year on meat for a week at a time. Then I felt guilty. Guilty because I felt like I was weak and because I let down The Club. Yes, vegetarians are all in a club. We are the chosen ones!

I had a hard time maintaining my weight and a terrible time losing it. About 3 weeks ago I was up to 294 lbs at 6 feet tall. I knew I needed change. I started eating meat but restricted my fat to 15%. That didn't wok. So, I kept searching and dieting. I've been eating Paleo for about 10 days and feel great! I don't restrict my calories. I have been counting and eat about 1900 calories per day (45% fat, 35% protein, and 15% Carbs). Weighed in this morning at 276 lbs! And I'm not even trying!!!

Thanks again!!!

July 14, 2014
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Pedro:

I was a vegetarian too, though not for as long as you were...I only lasted about a year before converting back into a guilty omnivore, though I spent several almost-vegetarian years living miserably off cheese quesadillas (I continually craved cheese for the protein and saturated fat I was missing from all the hearthealthywholegrains.)

I'm sorry it took so long for you to find us, but I'm glad you finally did -- and that you're seeing solid results. The weight loss is nice, but it's the functional improvements that will help keep you motivated. Over time you'll rediscover what it's like to inhabit a body that functions as it should.

Welcome home.

JS

July 23, 2014
8:07 pm
Allen
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there is an article called "Study Finds Elementary Students Like New Healthier Lunches" on WSJ.com I didn't copy the hyperlinks for copyright reasons but you can search the terms. In the middle of the article there is a picture of a salad filled with veggies like green pepper, broccoli, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and croutons. Along its side, there is fat free milk and a whole peach. I think that's a good salad for an appetizer and perhaps a couple slices of peach are good. But I wouldn't like it if I were a kid. How am I supposed to study with bunch of fillers and no calories. Don't kids need calorie dense foods like hamburgers and pot roasts and stuff? Fine. Beef is expensive but why can't they get some pork dish or something. Even just barbeque pork with not too much sauce can give them satiation to last until they come home. I guess Mrs. Obama got some campaign contribution from the veggie growers association...... I'm sad for our kids. And they won't be eating school food.

July 23, 2014
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Allen:

"How am I supposed to study with bunch of fillers and no calories. Don't kids need calorie dense foods like hamburgers and pot roasts and stuff?"

Especially if you're, I don't know, ON A SPORTS TEAM and practicing daily...

...not to mention you're GROWING THE BODY YOU WILL INHABIT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. You need PROTEIN, and all the meat-associated nutrients, to do that.

Meanwhile, here's the reaction of a bunch of actual school-age teenagers to the new guidelines:

It's not the veggie growers association supporting the guidelines: they're more focused on keeping illegal immigration easy so they can continue to exploit their workers. Most likely Mrs. Obama is simply, like most from her generation, brainwashed into believing that you can starve your way to good health -- despite her own abject failure to stay slim, and the fact that the US Surgeon General is morbidly obese.

JS

August 13, 2014
3:44 pm
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Mr. Stanton,

I came across mention your site while reading Fat Head The Blog. I did a month of LCHF and didn't lose an electron:( However, I thoroughly enjoyed this posting and will tackle Paleo under your behest.

Someone at work gave me a bread machine, which comes out like cake. Do I have to....sigh......throw it out?

I will also introduce you and link your site on my above blog.

Thanks so much for the funny and well informed article.

August 20, 2014
11:53 pm
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Jean:

Don't be discouraged if you don't see immediate results, especially if you've already tried LCHF. Weight loss is, in general, a consequence of good health, it takes time to heal the damage from years of the SAD (Standard American Diet), and some of the damage can never be undone -- only compensated for.

That being said, if you're looking to lose weight and it's difficult for you, keep in mind two things:
1. Be strict. It's hard to completely avoid wheat and corn. Suck it up.
2. Exercise is extremely important -- not because it burns calories, but because it restores metabolic flexibility, without which losing fat without also losing substantial lean mass becomes extremely difficult! Read this article.

I wish you the best of health on your journey.

JS

September 18, 2014
10:55 am
Kelly H.
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My husband and I actually raise grass fed cattle here in south Texas. I have a couple of questions. First of all, different breeds of cattle carry their fat in different places usually. Especially compared to grain fed. In your experience, what cuts of meat qualify as "fatty enough". We don't cut the fat off of most meats. But what should I tell people are the fattier cuts? Also, we've just transitioned to trying to eat MORE of the fat. It's been so trained out of me that I'm having a hard time doing it. It makes me gag! The texture is so....rubbery! Any suggestions? Thanks :)

September 18, 2014
12:40 pm
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Kelly H:

There's no need to force down fat! Just don't be afraid of it anymore, e.g. eat however much of it tastes good to you. This amount will very likely increase over time...and since your cattle are grass-finished, the fat is rich in nutrients and healthy to eat.

However, there are plenty of cuts that have giant fat globs stuck to them no matter what and will be difficult to choke down for anyone...in which case you can just trim them before cooking, freeze the trimmings, and render them into tallow when you've got enough. (Be careful not to include any meat or red streaks, or your tallow will taste like burnt meat. Also, wet-rendered tallow will be much cleaner and taste better.)

"In your experience, what cuts of meat qualify as "fatty enough"?"

As you say, that depends on the breed and how they're raised. As a general rule, grass-finished beeves carry more subcutaneous fat (the "lip" around the edges of the muscle) and less intramuscular fat ("marbling") than grain-finished beeves -- though I've bought more than one grass-finished side with spectacular marbling!

In general, and as I'm sure you know, cuts from the round are very lean, and thus go well with herbed butter or other fat-based sauces. The sirloin is often lean, but can sometimes accumulate fat (particularly the bottom sirloin or "tri-tip"). Chuck usually has decent fat content as a whole, but some parts of it are lean (e.g. the "tender"), so it depends how you have it cut. And shank, skirt, and tenderloin are always lean no matter what! In contrast, short ribs are usually the fattiest cut, followed by the rib primal in general, the New York, and the brisket.

In general, the fattest "cut" is the hamburger. I seem to like my hamburger anywhere between 75/25 and 80/20. Any leaner and it's a bit dry...any fattier and it tastes more like pate, which is delicious but too rich to eat very much of.

JS

September 20, 2014
10:29 am
Dan
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Hi J, avid reader here. Was wondering if you could expand on the cat lady bit at the end of this article.

"our real enemies are the predators who hoard this knowledge for themselves, the predators who profit so handsomely from our fear and ignorance—and from our indiscriminate love, whose endgame is the crazy cat lady dead in her condemned house, corpse devoured by the creatures she fed in life."

is it our indiscriminate love whose endgame is the cat lady death, or is that the endgame of the predators? I'm finding it hard to put to words....think I'm looking for what you are using the cat lady scenario as an analogy for.

anyways, feel free to ignore this if it sounds like rambling...

Thanks for the hard work and all the great information. -Dan

September 21, 2014
5:17 am
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Dan:

Yes, the cat lady death is from indiscriminate love. As I said just above, "You will stop giving your time, love, and strength to those that demand it, and start giving it to those who deserve it. You will understand that ‘love thy fellow man as thyself’ doesn’t apply to someone with his hands in your pockets or his gun in your face, no matter whose authority they claim."

We get what we reward. If we reward thieves, liars, jerks, users, and drama kings/queens just as much as the solid people who get things done every day, never cause trouble or drama for anyone else, and by doing so keep the world running, we will be overrun by thieves, liars, jerks, users, and drama kings/queens.

JS

September 23, 2014
7:03 pm
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Got it, thanks for the reply.

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